Oriental Beauty Reserve

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Apple, Bread, Cantaloupe, Cedar, Cinnamon, Honey, Honeydew, Honeysuckle, Licorice, Malt, Mineral, Nutmeg, Orange, Orange Blossom, Peach, Pear, Pine, Rose, Violet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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  • “This was the final tea in the sampler provided to me by the folks at Totem Tea. Of the bunch, I would have to say that it was my favorite despite the fact that were was not weak link in the group....” Read full tasting note
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From Totem Tea

Bai Hao, Oriental Beauty, is the most revered of the leaf-bitten teas of Taiwan. With it’s delicate white strands among bronze leaves, the un-brewed tea looks mysterious. This Bai Hao has an earthy sweetness with a smooth and cooling sensations that is felt in the mouth upon breathing after a sip.

Being from the leaf-bitten category of tea like Gui Fei, Oriental Beauty has a distinct place in the echelon of tea. The quintessential white strands of leaf bitten tea are a product of the healing process the plant undergoes after being bitten by cicadas. This natural biting process is encouraged, and it embodies a natural symbiotic relationship between the cicada, tea plant, farmer, and tea drinker — they all are rewarded by cooperation. This is not a tea that can be produced on a mass scale with heavily machined and non-organic practices.

Compared to other leaf bitten teas like Gui Fei and some Taiwanese Honey Black teas, Oriental Beauty has marked notes of tangerine peel, earth, mineral water. It is made using the Qing Xin Da Pan varietal, which is the highest quality used for Oriental Beauty. The preparation of this tea requires a very long oxidation. Part of the oxidation occurs on the leaf after being bitten, part occurs by rolling and bruising, bringing the leaf to a relatively high 60% oxidation.

Brew Oriental Beauty using 195 degree water with 40 second infusions. The brew is a lovely copper, and you will have some flexibility with experimentation of brew times.

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This was the final tea in the sampler provided to me by the folks at Totem Tea. Of the bunch, I would have to say that it was my favorite despite the fact that were was not weak link in the group. Though I have not had a ton of Oriental Beauty oolongs, I do enjoy them, and as of this posting, this is by far the best I have ever had. This was a deep, rich, complex, and absolutely gorgeous tea.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 195 F water for 8 seconds. This infusion was chased by 15 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 10 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 7 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of cedar, pine, baked bread, and malt. After the rinse, I detected new aromas of roasted almond, rose, violet, candied orange, and spices. The first infusion introduced stronger rose, candied orange, and violet aromas as well as a subtle scent of honey. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of malt, baked bread, roasted almond, candied orange, violet, and rose that were chased by subtle honey notes. Subsequent infusions saw the nose turn even more intensely floral as well as a bit nuttier and spicier. Definite impressions of cinnamon and nutmeg emerged in the mouth alongside new notes of orange blossom, cantaloupe, honeysuckle, apple, pear, honeydew, and minerals. Very subtle hints of cedar and pine appeared as well, and I could also detect hints of peach and licorice in a few places. The final infusions presented lingering notes of minerals, cantaloupe, honeydew, roasted almond, pear, rose, and orange blossom that were supported by a subtle maltiness.

I am used to teas of this type that beat me over the head with stone fruit, honey, and roasted almond notes, so coming across one that overwhelmed me with impressions of flowers, melons, orchard fruits, and spices was a real treat for me. If you have yet to find an Oriental Beauty that does it for you, check this one out. It is well worth it.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Bread, Cantaloupe, Cedar, Cinnamon, Honey, Honeydew, Honeysuckle, Licorice, Malt, Mineral, Nutmeg, Orange, Orange Blossom, Peach, Pear, Pine, Rose, Violet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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