I actually almost misidentified this as not being by Ten Ren, because it’s more prominently labeled as being from “Midori & Tea” . I am also going to admit that I bought this for the gorgeous tin that it’s in. I’ve actually had a whole bunch of teas labeled Oriental Beauty Tea that weren’t oolong as this is. I think my favorite was a Pu-ehr by Life Rising. This is mild and generally a good tea. It’s a good thing I’m enjoying it as much as I am, because I now have a lot of it. Tastes a lot gentler than your average Chinese restaurant oolong. Beauty enhancing effects? Unverified.
(I forgot to set the timer and steeped this a bit long. No harm done.)
Oriental Beauty is also known as Bai Hao Oolong has unusually colored leaves ranging from black to red to yellow to white due to the local microclimate in Northern Taiwan. Unlike most oolongs, the leaves undergo a high degree of fermentation (80%) before it is baked. This tea is also known as Champagne Formosa Oolong because in Europe a few drops of champagne are added to each cup for extra flavor.
Oriental Beauty is a good grade with light brown to dark brown tea leaves. It has a strong smooth taste with a lightly floral and baked aftertaste and a floral aroma with roasted undertones.