One of the few high grade teas to be harvested in the summer, this tea, first known as “Bai Hao” in Taiwan, reminds us of a superior first flush Darjeeling. We are not the only ones to think so, Queen Victoria enjoyed this tea so much, when she ran out of her Darjeeling, she dubbed this the “Oriental Beauty.” This was subsequently translated back int Chinese as “Dong Fang Mei Ren” Black twisted leaves mixed with rich red leaves and an abundance of silver furry tips gives this tea its visual appeal. The unique flavor profile results from the way this plant develops . The tea green leaf hopper attacks the young developing bud in the spring causing it to witherf on the branch. The lower leaves are harvested in the summer with the withered “white tip” attached. For anyone who likes a fruity malty tea like Darjeeling with an intrigueing honey note, this is a great alternative. If it was good enough for the Queen. . .