Okay, Oriental Beauty, here it is! I was the most excited about this one of the whole Traveling Tea Box (which means REALLY TERRIBLY excited) but I must say that it failed to meet my expectations somewhat. I mean, it’s still a great tea. There’s natural sweetness to it, in both scent and flavor. I can see where the “fermented” part is coming from, even though I’ve had hardly any fermented oolongs before (more fermented than roasted, that is) and I do think it’s very unique. But I find the whole experience rather… flat? Like there’s not much body to it? Perhaps it’s because of the way I steeped it (1 tsp/8 oz for 4,5 minutes at 190F?). I’ll try to resteep the leaves again before I attempt to rate it.
EDIT: Okay, I resteeped it for about 5 minutes at 195F and I still fail to notice much of complexity in it. Perhaps its subtlety is its greatest quality? It is not one I would crave for or even think about after it’s gone. It is still a great quality tea, definitely enjoyable and interesting. This oriental beauty just doesn’t seem to be my type of beauty, that’s all.
Flavors: Earth, Flowers