Had this Damanzhong with my chadao teacher and her friends in Gongfu method, it yielded 9 infusions. It still could go on for another few infusions but we didn’t because they had to go. That was beyond my experience.
Damanzhong Baihao Oolong
Formosa Natural Damanzhong Baihao Oolong Choicest Grade
(Formosa Bai Hao Oolong, Formosa Imperial Oolong, Formosa Oriental Beauty, Formosa Dongfeng Mei Ren)
Naturally gorwn, pesticide free
Origin: Pinglin, Taipei,Taiwan 坪林‧台北‧台灣
Style: Medium-deep oxidiced Oolong, full bodied, ripe fruit note, honey sweet finish
Loose leaf style: Long twisted leaf with bud
Loose leaf color: Mixed of black, brunet, dark green, chaki, and white buds
Wet leaf style: Brunet
Tea color: Golden Honey
Damanzhong is a special varietal for Baihao Oolong only grown in Pinglin, Taipei. It produces more white buds than other varietal. The name 「Damanzhong」 indicates its slow growing progress, only harvest in June. Along with the honey and fruity flavor of Baihao Oolong, it also yields unique pear undertones.
Baihao Oolong, also known as Oriental Beauty (Dongfang Mei Ren) or Formosa Imperial Oolong, is one of the top grade Formosa Oolongs in Taiwan. This is another gift from the little tea bug 「green leaf cicadas」. After the bugs tasted the tea leaf, it becomes sweet and fruity. It is said the name of 「Oriental Beauty」 was chosen by Queen Elizabeth because of the delicate taste and the colorful appearance of the tea. Baihao Oolong is grown naturally without any pesticide, uses only top buds and top leaves. The name 「Baihao」 came from the white buds of the tea. The production is extremely labor intensive, and only harvest in summer.
Baihao Oolong is medium-deep oxidized (65%), and is very different to other light oxidized Formosa Oolong Teas. As it was marketed in the western world for more than one century, it almost stands for the tern 「Formosa Oolong」. In fact, this is also the deepest oxidized Oolong tea produced in Taiwan.