Oriental Beauty Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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  • “This is a surprise. My only comparison, or so I thought, turned out not to be apt. The only other leafhopper-bitten tea I've had is Eco-Cha's Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Concubine, which is more of...” Read full tasting note
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An enchanting Oriental Beauty with notes of dates, prunes, and moscato. Toasted grains meander across the nose.

Named by Queen Victoria who likened this tea’s elegance to a beautiful Eastern noblewoman, this tea derives its fruity flavor and floral bouquet through a special process.

The source of the elegant and plum-sweet character of Oriental Beauty originates before plucking. The Cinderella-like transformation begins when the tea green leafhopper insect nibbles on the leaves and starts drawing up sap. As the leaves wither and oxidize on the bush, the aroma repels the bug which hops to another plant in search of another meal.

Because the lush, fruity flavors depend on the leafhopper’s visit to the gardens, this tea is very rare and exceptionally difficult to harvest in consistent quantities year by year.

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This is a surprise. My only comparison, or so I thought, turned out not to be apt. The only other leafhopper-bitten tea I’ve had is Eco-Cha’s Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Concubine, which is more of a classic high mountain, creamy, floral oolong. This is very different – almost like a delicate, comforting, smooth black tea. Like a muted, dialed-back Yunnan maybe. I had to double check the package to confirm it is in fact a high mountain, Taiwanese, leafhopper-bitten oolong. I was initially disappointed in the flavor, except…ever find a tea that is somehow satisfying out of proportion to its flavor? This tea feels good to drink. I’ll definitely finish and greatly enjoy this.

Stephanie

Interesting. I’m trying to think of any teas I’ve had that were more satisfying than tasty…can’t think of any at the moment!

Flowery

Yeah, pretty unusual for real tea I feel that way about nettles though too.

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