Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: T-Oolong Tea
This quality Hsin Chu Oriental Beauty Oolong (#3) is from a very experienced tea farmer. This tea is all natural, handpicked, handcrafted and produced from Qingxin Dapa varietal grown in Hsin Chu county in Taiwan. The aroma and taste of this tea is very fruity, rich, complex and satisfying, and the aftertaste is fruity, sweet and long lasting. It is a very enjoyable Oriental Beauty we recommend.
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While Ali Shan tends to be my favorite type of Oolong tea, I’m still rather fond of Oriental Beauty Oolong teas, and I’m really enjoying this Hsin Chu Oriental Beauty Oolong #3 from T-Oolong Tea. I love the fruity quality of this Oriental Beauty! So sweet and delicious!
It is a delightfully complex Oriental Beauty, with delectable fruit overtones that are reminiscent of a sweet, tree-ripened plum, bursting with juicy flavor. There are very subtle hints of earth and wood to this cup as well, and I like the way these notes add to the depth of the overall cup. My first few sips, I could have sworn I tasted a vague smokiness to the tea as well, but, now that I’ve finished my first cup (infusions 1 and 2) and working on my second cup (infusions 3 and 4) I find that the smokiness has disappeared, and it makes me question whether or not I actually tasted a smoky tone or if it was just my imagination.
I love how the flavors develop with this tea. The first cup was light and smooth, and the second cup seems to be richer in flavor. It is still remarkably smooth though. It has a silky mouthfeel. The aftertaste is sweet and lingers. The third cup (infusions 5 and 6) is smoother than either the first or second cup, and the flavors seem to have married into a more seamless kind of taste.
Each new infusion brings a new adventure, and that is why I love Oolong teas. This one is definitely worth trying – and it is one I’d recommend to those that tend to shy away from Oolong teas because of their strong floral notes. This one is much more fruit-like than floral. It’s a beautiful, contemplative cup.