Oriental Beauty Supreme Oolong Tea, Lot 344

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Autumn Leaf Pile, Flowers, Honey, Lime, Spices
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185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “I feel like I’ve been adding a lot of teas to the database lately, which is fun. This one comes from Taiwan Tea Crafts and is their top grade Oriental Beauty tea for 2014. The leaves are very curly...” Read full tasting note

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The name of this tea says it all. It is our top grade Lot in Oriental Beauty teas for 2014. We are confident that those who enjoyed our premium Private Reserve Lots las year will find more than content in this fresh new Lot. It is still extremely hard to find good quality top grade OB since not many producers have the desire to put such efforts in making a tea that yields so little quantity… This Lot is not only the result of a fine sorting, or grading if you prefer; when a production lot gets divided into batches based on presence of tips, colour and size of leaves. It is a lot that was expressely made to be a premium quality tea through a careful picking of only tender young leaves and buds (see picture) and made with extra care to preserve the beautiful appearance of the fine curls of precious leaves. This beauty is also apparent in the cup! When pouring below boiling (+/- 90°C) water over our Private Reserve Oriental Beauty Tea, one will immediately recognize the compelling exuberant aroma of citrus fruits that is characteristic of a good Beauty tea. The cupping will not disappoint either, as the velvety honey-texture warms the palate and reveals the hint of spiciness that makes this tea a perfect accompaniment to cakes and sweets. What a refreshing, smooth liqueur this is! But, we admit that we much prefer to drink this tea as a stand alone and let the exotic charm of this tea cocoon us from our daily pace of life, for a moment.

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I feel like I’ve been adding a lot of teas to the database lately, which is fun.

This one comes from Taiwan Tea Crafts and is their top grade Oriental Beauty tea for 2014. The leaves are very curly and beautiful, look very delicate, and these have been cared for and packaged very well. They all retain a beautiful shape without broken leaves.

The scent of the rinsed leaves is just bursting with flowers, apples, and honey, maybe even plums. There’s a lot of sweet fruit and flower scents going on. It’s almost a sort of sangria of teas. The aroma of the tea is really honeyed and with hints of autumn leaf and spice. I tend to get a similar scent impression with Oriental Beauty and White Peony, though the former is often much sweeter than the latter.

The taste is sweet and honey-like, really clean and mouth-filling. It’s got the same hints of autumn leaves and subtle cinnamon spice that the aroma does, while the aroma is more floral. Oddly, there are hints of lemon, or even more accurately, lime, in the taste as the tea cools off a bit.

The second infusion smells even more floral. The taste reminds me of dried fruit now. There are still some spice notes, still a very clean mouthfeel and slight cooling sensation to follow.

After just a couple infusions of this, I am feeling a really euphoric relaxed feeling. I feel like my body is very light and relaxed. Mmmm.

I have to admit I got really hungry and took a break to eat here, so my palate is nowhere near sensitive enough after those first two infusions to keep going from there with an accurate review. Mostly I’m getting the spice, earth, and autumn leaf notes at this point.

I have only had maybe two other Oriental Beauty teas before this one, and of the three I’ve had, I would say this one was the best. It had more complexity and was much more fragrant in surprising ways. I can’t say Oriental Beauty is a particular favorite tea of mine, but It’s an interesting one. I’m much more partial to Gui Fei. Funny how that works cuz I have another friend who hates Oriental Beauty but Gui Fei is one of her favorites. You’d think they’d be similar since they both involve bugs biting them in the growing process to give them their sweet honey-like flavors, but I think varietal makes a big difference in flavor.

This is good stuff. Give it a try if you like Bai Hao. I think you won’t be disappointed!

Brewed in a 100ml Gongfu pot with 5g of leaf, 15 sec infusion at 185/85. Short infusions of ~10 sec to follow, gradually increasing.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Flowers, Honey, Lime, Spices

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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