Oriental Beauty is a twisted leaf oolong from Taiwan with multi-hued leaves reminiscent of autumn foliage. It has a very smooth and sweet flavor, virtually no astringency, and beautiful amber colored liquor. This is a more fully oxidized oolong tea inching closer to the black tea family. You can imagine that this would bring about a more robust flavor compared with those oolongs that are less oxidized and greener in color.
Basic Brewing Instructions:
Oolong tea should be given a 10-15 second rinse with the same temperature water as used for brewing.
195˚ F water temperature.
Use 1 Tablespoon per 8oz. of filtered water
Recommended first steeping of 30 seconds. Add 30 seconds for each subsequent infusion up to 3 minutes.
Tea brewing is meant to be a joyful exploration. There are no hard and fast rules. Experiment with the quantity of tea that you use, and steeping times. Enjoy discovering what your preferences are. They may change day to day.
See Tea Brewing 101 for further instructions.
The Gongfu Cha Method is our prefered style of brewing oolong teas.