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The Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea we selected is imported directly from Taiwan to Fujian, China.
Our Taiwan Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
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This tea is special because it needs the bite of small green insect / leaf hoppers for its natural sweet aroma or honey aroma. The small green insect called leaf hoppers or tea jassid prefer to bite young leaves (buds). The leaf than reacts to defend and recover from the bite. This causes a partial oxidation and the very specific high pitched Oriental Beauty fragrance. So, organic leaves should also be more appetizing for tea insect / leaf hoppers. For more details see this article Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea Special Aroma cause by leap hoppers.
Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea contains plenty of polyphenols which can increase the function of enzyme for breakdown of fats, reduce the blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, anti-oxidize, have some help of anti-aging.
Tea garden is located in Xinzhu (新竹县). The altitude is about 1000m. Tea garden gets sun shine only in the morning whereas from the afternoon onwards, the entire tea garden is covered by a thick fog. Due to the fog and higher altitude, the taste and flavor of the tea is very thick and it gives a very smooth drinking feeling.
In the early 20th century when a British tea merchant presented a sample of this tea to Queen Elizabeth II. From there, the Queen named this tea as Oriental Beauty. This tea dates from the end of the 19th century, when Taiwan started exporting its Oolong teas overseas. John Dodd exported tea to the west, Formosa oolong. Some tea farmers proud what a high price they were able to sell this tea, therefore in Chinese/Taiwanese, named it "Ponghongday / Pong Fong Cha" or "Boast tea".
Once upon a time, legend has it that a farmer left his tea garden as he was too busy to look after it. His tea garden was terribly attacked by a large number of green flies. All the bitten tea leaves changed into yellow in color. Nevertheless, he still processed the tea leaves as he could not afford to give up his tea. To his surprise, the tea processed from insect bitten leaves gave a very strong fruity flavor. Coincidentally, a European tea merchant noticed this tea. He loved its quality very much and named it as Formosa Tea. It is believed that this is the prototype of Oriental Beauty. However it is slightly different from the conventional Oriental Beauty. The processing method of Oriental Beauty is changes year after year. According to the older generation, during their young age, the method of making Oriental Beauty was quite different. In any case, there is no change in plucking of tea leaves. They only select the leaves that are attacked by green flies. Usually each twig consists of one bud and two leaves.
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I wish I could give 4.5 stars because it is a good tea, but for me, many of the bai hao oolongs I have had taste very similar and have that dark, roasted wheat flavor that although enjoyable, can be explored more thoroughly with other specimens and varieties. not a bad cup of tea at all, just not mine! That being said, it is a wonderful base for some home alchemy!
I got this as a sample and I think the taste is pretty good. I'm not a fan of oolongs because of how floral they can be, but this one was not overwhelmingly so. It seems more mellow than other oolongs so that was a plus for me.
The deeper, reddish color of this tea's brew highlights its greater fermentation. The fuller flavor stands up to repeated steeps very well. I enjoyed it, but my favorite oolongs remain the "greens." Thanks for the free sample.
Oolongs I like. I am always willing to drink one. On the other hand, I never wake up thinking I need oolong. This one may just be one that might cause that to happen. Seriously. From the moment I opened the sample I knew this was different. The dry leaf scent is grain and malt. Malt in an oolong, who knew? The leaf looks like Bai Mu Dan but darker. The wet leaf scent is dry forest leaves and malt. The liquor is deep honey colored. The taste is wonderful honey soaked in malt. There is a light earthiness with some fruit and floral notes. This is not strongly geranium floral like most green oolongs and it is definitely not roasty tasting. It reminds me as much of Bai Mu Dan as anything. This is not so subtle that you have to search flavors out but it it is not overly anything either like I generally find in oolong. This review was originally published on Steepster by K S on Mar 24, 2014. TeaVivre has added this whole review here by getting permission from K S.
Lovely! This is a more delicate black kind of oolong with a mellow floral sweetness.
Not my favorite. Objectively, it is a nice oolong; it is simply not to my taste.
After tasting this in a sample I just received a full package and enjoying it. Having a sufficient amount also enable me to tweak the preparation method.
The scent has a kind of fruity floral that I sometimes find in black teas, perhaps darjeelings, surprisingly enough. It’s not a fruity floral that I’m super fond of, but we’ll see how it plays out here. Fortunately for me, the scent doesn’t quite translate into the taste. This has a super smooth and creamy texture that is really awesome. It’s not really roasty or toasted, and it’s not particularly vegetal either. Honey for sure, and a breadiness like a yeasty, crusty loaf straight out of the oven. A hint of fruit as well, although it’s subtle for sure. Definitely enjoying this one, and glad to try it out again! This review was originally published on Steepster by Dinosara on October 8, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Dinosara.
Very nice tea. However, I personally would rather order the "Da Hong Pao" Teavivre sells over this one.
Tried a sample of this tea. I was quite surprised when tasting this tea- a very unique aroma that I had not experienced in teas before. Would really consider ordering it in the next batch - this is something that should be in constant supply :-)
Reply: Yes this tea will often taste bitter even if using our brewing guide, because this tea is very hard to brew to the best taste. But you can try to brew for shorter time to reduce the bitterness.
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