Oriental Beauty Summer 2018

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Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea
Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Butter, Citrus Zest, Honey, Nectar, Smooth, Spices, Sweet
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This beautiful Taiwanese oolong is one of my absolute favorites. The body is rich and the finish is long, with notes of apricots, honey, and spice. The sweetness comes from being a “bug-bitten” tea. In the summer, tiny leafhoppers are allowed to bite the leaves, triggering a healing process on the leaf that sweetens the flavor. The overall taste of this tea is fruity and sweet with a heavenly aroma. A great introduction to tea for non-tea-drinkers due to its smooth and sweet nature, and immensely enjoyable for seasoned oolong lovers!

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Whispering Pines Tea Company is dedicated to bringing you the most original, pure, beautiful tea blends. We use only the highest quality ingredients available to create additive-free teas teas inspired by the pristine wilderness of Northern Michigan. Our main focus is on customer satisfaction and quality.

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I’m so glad that I asked Brenden to sample this one because it is quite good. Thank you!

“Apricot, honey, and spice” is on point, as I get that western and grandpa style. The dry aroma has the usual honeyed Autumn leaf pile aroma that any oriental beauty has, and the taste is very delectable. Amidst the sweet notes, there’s almost something savory in the background like butter in smell and taste. Later steeps have a little bit of citrus zest, too. Combined, it’s lovely.

I also usually get peach in Oriental Beauty notes, but this I get pure apricot. I have to say it is by no means dry and immensely fruity. The spice in the background borders on cassia, or cinnamon, but it is a touch sweeter. I would not say clove, but probably nutmeg in the hints mid sip. Honey always finishes it off and coats the roof of my mouth. I’ve yet to find more complexities, but since this tea is so flexible and defined, I could care less about further sophistication.

I still can’t believe I was able to do a grandpa style of this tea. I didn’t verge too much from 4 grams for 9 oz grandpa, and for western, about the same ratio, only 3-4 for eight oz. The shortest I’ve brewed it at was two minutes so far, and three at longest. I’ve yet to try it Gong Fu although I’m certain it will fair well. I’m going to hoard the sample as much as I can, so I will maybe do Gong Fu once, and then do the rest of the sample grandpa and western.

It will be a sad sip down coming soon. I do recommend this tea for anyone looking to expand their oolongs, or to try out Brenden’s collection. Great for the afternoons and mornings, and I’d see it as a summer, fall, and winter tea. My only criticism is perhaps price, but I personally have a hard time finding Oriental Beauties that are not overly dry or malty anyway.

Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Butter, Citrus Zest, Honey, Nectar, Smooth, Spices, Sweet

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