Wonderfully complex oolong from Taiwan which stands out from all others due in large part to the role of hungry Green Tea Leafhoppers in helping develop the complex notes found in the finished product. The dry leaf has a wide mix of green, brown, and sliver leaves. Upon steeping this tea results in an orange-brown liquor with sweet, woody, and floral aroma and taste. As it cools the taste becomes even more complex.
Organic Taiwan Oolong Tea
Oriental Beauty, also known as Bai Hao, is one of the more fascinating of the oolong tea varieties to be found. Coming from Taiwan, this tea was accidentally developed when the farmer, having had his crop infested with leafhoppers (Jacobiasca formosana) decided to harvest and process his tea as normal, rather than letting the tea go to waste. As it turns out the tea had developed a highly unique appearance and taste that became quite popular. Now, rather than trying to control the Green Tea Leafhopper, the insect is welcomed and encouraged to feed on the sap in the tea leaves. As the Camellia sinensis plant tries to fight off the insects it produces chemicals which in combination with the specific terrior of the region produce this teas unique character.
Posted by Leone on 29th Jul 2014
The first thing I noticed was the fresh, earthy scent of the dried leaves. It was delicate but pronounced. I steeped the tea for 3 minutes. There was a classic oolong scent to it, but the taste was a lot lighter and less bitter than what I'm used to. As it cooled, it just became more flavorful with evident floral undertones. On the second steeping, it held itself very well. I did steep it a third time for 5 minutes, and it still wasn't bitter. Lovely!