Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea
Our Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea is from the Thai Chan Tea Garden, Miaoli, Western Taiwan. This tea has an intense, complex tea with a sweet honey after taste.
Western method of brewing Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea
Amount of tea per serving (200 ml): 5g (1 tea caddy spoon / 2 teaspoons)
Temperature of water: 90℃ / 194℉ (boil kettle, cool for 20 seconds)
Infusion time: 3 minutes (or as desired). Then 1 minute.
Number of infusions: 3
How to enjoy: Best with no milk, no sugar
Traditional Gong Fu method of brewing Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea
Amount of tea per serving (200 ml): Fill 1/5 - 1/3 full of tea leaves
Temperature of water: 80℃ / 176℉ (boil kettle, cool for 20-30 seconds)
Infusion time: Firstly fill vessel to the brim and immediately discard water. Then infuse for 45 seconds - 1 minute (or as desired) Then 20 seconds for each further infusion.
Number of infusions: 4
How to enjoy: No milk, no sugar
In more depth...
Provenance: Thai Chan Tea Garden, Miaoli, Taiwan
Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea Grade: This tea is made from the Chinsin Dahpan cultivar and is moderately oxidised. It is a highly sought after tea due to limited production and its exquisite taste. It can only be found in Taiwan.
Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea Origin: The Thai Chan Tea Garden is located in western Taiwan in Miaoli County. This is one of the two small counties in Taiwan where Oriental Beauty can be grown. Miaoli has very little flat land and rises from the sea to the mountains in a short distance. This provides the rich rainfall and valleys needed for good tea production.
Also known as Dong Fang Mei Ren or Bai Hao, this tea has a special story behind it. The uniques flavour it possesses relies upon the attack of an insect called a Green Leaf Hopper or Jassid, a small cricket. This minute insect nibbles the edges of the leaves causing the plant to release an enzyme to defend against further attack. When processed this natural chemical provides the incredible flavour.
These teas are very scarce as this wonderful natural occurrence only happens for a few weeks of the summer in a small area of Taiwan. Picking has to be timed perfectly and processing is more intensive as only affected leaves can be used.
Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea Flavour: The chemistry of this tea means that the dry leaf is a beautiful mixture of gold, green, brown and black and silvery white. Once brewed the liquor is a light, amber yellow and has a bright, sweet, flowery smell. The flavour is intense yet smooth, honey-sweet with some fruity elements. This lasts for many infusions.
Oriental Beauty is best enjoyed on its own so that its delicate flavour can be savoured untainted.