Recieved this one today ( 1/4 ) aurateas samples! Very generous sample sizes I must add as well. Lets start with the appearance of this tea: it had big juicy looking leaves that left me curious about the flavor of the particular taiwanese oolong. The scent smelled neutral nothing really stuck out – just a normal tea smell. I began to steep as I later enjoyed this tea with my mom. The tea had a medium flavor that wasn’t too delicate yet not too pronounced. It went well as a digestive and had a nice color too it. It was a beautiful honey color that inticed me extremly! As for the flavor, it was present and pleasing. Very impressed with this taiwanese oolong! My mom enjoyed it as well which is always fun to see :) I have been drinking a lot of berry and floral teavana teas recently and this one was really a great change from that! definately not floral and berry like, just a flat out solid tea!
Formosa Baihao Oolong Oriental Beauty (Muzha)
Formosa Natural Baihao Oolong Choice Grade
(Formosa Bai Hao Oolong, Formosa Imperial Oolong, Formosa Oriental Beauty, Formosa Dong Feng Mei Ren)
Natually 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 brunet, dark green, brown, black leaves and white buds
Wet leaf style: Brunet
Tea color: Golden Honey
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.
Steep 2 teaspoon tea leaf in 120c.c.(4oz) 80°C(176F) hot water for 1 minute, add another 20-30 seconds for following infustions. Serve 3-6 or more infusions.
Although Baihao Oolong belongs to Oolong catagory, it is harvest in summer from Chingsin Oolong varietal (or Cingsin Oolong) varietal, these facts make it stronger in character than other Oolongs. Which means it is better lower the water temperature to 80°C, and use teaware which is easy to conduct and release heat.