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I really like this tea. It’s like everything black tea wants to be without the bitterness. Fruity, sweet, tart, yum. It’s flexible about brewing, and has pretty good legs.

The dry leaves are twisted and long and dark, the smell is sweet/fruity/spicy.

I start with my usual ratio of 1 g leaf to 1 oz/30 mL water, brewing gongfu with small gaiwan, water between 180 and 195 degrees, infusions 30" t0 1 minute, and repeat infusions until the flavor is gone.

The liquor is amber to red, medium body, sweet, fruity; the wet leaves more mostly intact, medium to large, and retain the strong fruity scent.

I have also ‘bulk brewed’ this one several times for my thermos to share during a workday afternoon and it’s quite popular with my colleagues.

But now my leaves are sitting in a drying gaiwan, I have no more hot water, and after only 3 infusions, I am pretty sure that there was more there to give. Sigh.

Disclaimer: I have only had one ‘oriental beauty’ tea from TenRen, and that one was rose-scented and just seemed off; I composted rather than drank it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
JK Tea Shop

many Chinese tea drinkters dont call it oriental beauty. It is called Yue Guan Bai (Moon Light), because this tea is oxidated under the moon light.

Indeed, its flavor and taste is super similiar to true Oriental beauty.

teaddict

The Yue Guan Bai refers to the Yunnan version discussed above?

Interesting. I like to try to keep track of both english and chinese names for my teas because so often they’re sold as one or the other, which is confusing when you’re trying to find them again, perhaps from a different seller.

JK Tea Shop

I denifitely agree. I think this is also a good point to put in my website. Thanks.

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JK Tea Shop

many Chinese tea drinkters dont call it oriental beauty. It is called Yue Guan Bai (Moon Light), because this tea is oxidated under the moon light.

Indeed, its flavor and taste is super similiar to true Oriental beauty.

teaddict

The Yue Guan Bai refers to the Yunnan version discussed above?

Interesting. I like to try to keep track of both english and chinese names for my teas because so often they’re sold as one or the other, which is confusing when you’re trying to find them again, perhaps from a different seller.

JK Tea Shop

I denifitely agree. I think this is also a good point to put in my website. Thanks.

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I’ve been drinking tea for 30 years, but only bought 2 brands of 2 different teas for most of that time. It took me almost 30 years to discover sencha, puerh, and green oolongs. Now I am making up for lost time.

I try to log most of my teas at least once, but then get lazy and stop recording, so # times logged should not be considered as a marker of how much a particular tea is drunk or enjoyed.

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