Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: In Nature
Dong Fang Mei Ren translates as ‘Eastern Beauty’ and is also known by the alternative name of Bai Hao Oolong, known to make women even prettier.
A very mild oolong from the High Mountains of Taiwan. This tea has an elegant taste with a unique palate and colour, very pleasing to the eye and the mind.
The dry leaf of this tea possesses a very unusual fragrance – unusual, but very pleasing. All at once I can smell notes of flower, wood and earth. A whisper of flower lingers in the air for several moments afterward. It is a delightful, transcendent experience. The aroma of the brewed liquor is significantly softer; however, I can still detect the faintest hint of what I experienced from the tea in dry leaf form.
These dark Oolong leaves remind me of a fancy Formosa Oolong, and after reading the description of the product (provided above) I see that the tea is indeed from Taiwan. The flavor is a bit different from the Formosa Oolong teas that I’ve sampled, though, it has a stronger floral presence which seems to replace some of the fuzzy peach tones that I am used to from a Formosa. Oh, yes, those peach notes are still discernible, they just aren’t as strong as I ordinarily would experience from a Formosa Oolong.
The floral tones are soft and sweet with a honey-esque tone in the background. There is also an earthy quality to this tea that melds quite nicely with the flowery tones – giving depth and complexity to the cup. The sip begins with the flowery note which remains throughout the sip, with the notes of earth and wood arriving about mid-sip. A note of fruity peach flavor peeks through. The sip ends with a delicious note of honey. No bitterness and only a slight astringency from this tea. The finish is sweet with a flowery taste that lingers long into the aftertaste.
A very pleasing Oolong experience. This is one I’d recommend to those who have a great appreciation for fine quality Oolong!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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