Bai Hao (Oriental Beauty) – Tillerman Tea Co.

All hail the Queen! The queen of teas that is. Everything about this tea shouts royalty. Unfortunately, the dry smell isn’t coming through due to cross contamination from another tea but the wet smell more then makes up for the loss. In the first 30 seconds of steeping an aroma blossoms from the leaves that is borderline heavenly. One would think they infused rose oil into the leaves. It’s so floral it almost hides the earthy tones.

The essence extracted from the leaves in the water, aka the flavor is truly unique. Floral and fruity notes with a honey finish. Considering that it’s 70% oxidized, I’m surprised that the earthy tones are so mellow.  The surprises keep hitting with this tea. I’ve tried it hot, luke-warm, and cold and find the flavor notes do best right in the middle.

Oolongs are truly one of those tea types that are not well known enough the USA. If you are a first time tea drinker you generally start off with something that isn’t even tea [to be considered tea it has to have the camellia sinensis leaf in it]. These are generally called herbals or tisanes. They then will most likely try blacks like English breakfast or scented greens like Jasmine. It’s not until you really dive deeper into the world of tea that you discover oolongs. Even the world of oolong is intense. The type of oolong you get depends on how much it is oxidized. As I said before this tea (Bai Hao) is 70% oxidized and thus is closer to the black tea spectrum. If you truly want to branch out into the tea world or just want to discover more about oolongs and you don’t know where to start, this is a good tea to begin with.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Tillerman Tea
Description

 

One of the few high grade teas to be harvested in the summer, this tea, first known as “Bai Hao” in Taiwan, reminds us a bit of a superior first flush Darjeeling. We are not the only ones to think so; the story (certainly apocryphal) goes that Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, enjoyed this tea so much that, when she ran out of her Darjeeling, she dubbed this the “Oriental Beauty.” This was subsequently translated back into Chinese as “Dong Fang Mei Ren” Multi-colored twisted leaves mixed with an abundance of silver furry tips gives this tea its visual appeal. The unique flavor profile results from the way this plant develops. The tea green leaf hopper attacks the young developing bud in the spring causing it to wither on the branch. The lower leaves are harvested in the summer with the withered “white tip” attached. This tea is organically grown in Hsinchu County in Taiwan. For anyone who likes a fruity malty tea like Darjeeling with an intriguing honey note, this is a great alternative. After all, if it was good enough for the Queen. . .

Grower: Hsu Sheng Fu Dashi
Cultivar: Qing Xin Da Pan
Region: Emei, Hsinchu
Altitude: 300m
Harvest: Summer 2016
Oxidation: 70%
Roasted

Brewing Suggestions:

Use between 3-5 grams of tea. This is a wiry leaf so practice is required. Pour 195°F (90° C) over the leaves and steep for 1 minute. Always remember to adjust steeping time depending on water temperature, amount of tea you have and personal flavor preference. Increase time and temperature slightly with each infusion.

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Taiwan Beipu Oolong Tea – Oriental Beauty – Competition Grade from Cameron Tea

Taiwan Beipu Oolong Tea – Oriental Beauty – Competition Grade from Cameron Tea is also known as Dong Fang Mei Ren, White Tip Oolong, or even Bai Hao Oolong, to some. The cultivar of Taiwan Beipu Oolong Tea – Oriental Beauty – Competition Grade from Cameron Tea is Chin Shin Dah Pan. It has a medium level of fermentation, too!

I really loved the bi or tri colored winding leaves. Taiwan Beipu Oolong Tea – Oriental Beauty – Competition Grade from Cameron Tea has a slightly herbal and floral aroma once infused. It brews fairly dark for this type of oolong, too! The flavor is delicate, a sweeter floral flavor, and even a tad like honey towards the end of the sip. Taiwan Beipu Oolong Tea – Oriental Beauty – Competition Grade from Cameron Tea has an incredible natural flavor. It seems hard to over infuse or interrupt. As the tea cools naturally at room temperature I could pick up on subtle nutty notes and it seems to have a creamy yet refreshing aftertaste, too! I REALLY like this! WAY TO GO Taiwan Beipu Oolong Tea – Oriental Beauty – Competition Grade from Cameron Tea!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Cameron Tea
Description

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Region: MaioLi, Taiwan

Type: Oolong Tea

Cultivar: Chin Shin Dah Pan

Also know as: Dong Fang Mei Ren / White Tip Oolong / Bai Hao Oolong

Fermentation level: Medium

Taste: Floral aroma with sweet fruity and honey taste.

When to drink: Throughout the day

Terroir: Beipu is one of the most well-known Oriental Beauty growing areas in Taiwan. Located at altitude of 400m, tea trees grow on leeward side of hills with both high humidity and lots of sunlight which create ideal environment for attracting green leafhopper (Jacobiasca formosana). The bites of leafhoppers start the oxidation on the leaves which produce distinctive fruity and honey flavour.

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Wild Arbor Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Tea Setter

TeaSetterTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong Tea

Where to Buy: Tea Setter

Tea Description:

Wild Arbor Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Tea Setter

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Taster’s Review:

It’s time to talk about Wild Arbor Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Tea Setter.  This is a delicious cuppa that I enjoyed a while back that NEEDS to be talked about.

Wild Arbor Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Tea Setter doesn’t need much of an infusion time.  It’s a hardy portion that came in the sample bag and it was then suggested to infuse in boiling water for about 20 seconds.  And you know what?  20 seconds is all Wild Arbor Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Tea Setter needed!  This tea stands up to multiple infusions, too!

When it comes to flavor this tea makes me smile!  It has a beautiful flavor!  It’s sweet and thirst-quenching.  It has a touch of sweet peas hinting underneath your stereo-typical Oriental Beauty flavor.

This tea – Wild Arbor Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Tea Setter – is nothing short of 2 thumbs up!

 

Top Grade Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Fong Mong Tea

s-l500Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong Tea

Where to Buy: Fong Mong Tea

Tea Description:

Taiwan characteristic Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea, a long narrow strip like of various colors, is also called Bai Hao Oolong Tea. Bright white-tipped leaves, a symbol of high level Oriental Beauty Tea, can only be cultivated irreplaceable strong fragrance in organic ecological tea plantation. This tea, with very limited quantity, can only be produced by a senior experienced tea master at one harvest each year. Being exceptionally beautiful in appearance and having the most exquisite taste from any other Oolong teas, the tea starts with a floral aroma and gives you a naturally sweet fruit and honey taste which is totally different from the other Oolong teas. This is the best choice you won’t miss when you experience firsthand “FormosaTaiwan Tea”.

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Taster’s Review:

Top Grade Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Fong Mong Tea is the tea of the moment here at The Sororitea Sisters!  First I have to say I am so honored and delighted to sample this tea for several reasons one being because it’s a Top Grade Tea and another reason being it’s an Oriental Beauty and how could I pass that up?

The leaves of this Top Grade Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Fong Mong Tea are thin, long, winding, and crispy.  It smells like what an Oriental Beauty is supposed to smell like.  Post infusion the tea liquor color is amazingly golden almost sun-kissed!  The aroma follows suit with a near natural citrusy type flavor to it.  This Top Grade Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Fong Mong Tea holds up to multiple infusions and morphs on your tongue with each additional infusion.  Nothing beats the first infusion for me personally because of the color, aroma, and flavor.  But the follow-up infusions are pretty impressive, too!

Top Grade Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Fong Mong Tea is a sipping tea.  I savored every moment of this one.  I was careful not to gulp because gulping would mean I was rushing thru it and that is something I didn’t want to do with this tea.  If there are tea moments you don’t want to end – this would be one of mine.  Top Grade Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Fong Mong Tea gets two thumbs up from me!

 

Oriental Beauty from Sanne Tea

OrientalBeautyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Sanne Tea

Tea Description:

Oriental Beauty is also known as Bai Hao (white tips) Oolong, or Champagne Oolong. The beautiful name, many people believe, is from Queen Victoria. When brewed, the leaves generally spread in water, like a graceful lady dancing with gorgeous finery.

To make Oriental Beauty, farmers have to grow tea trees without pesticides, so Jacobiasca formosana, a type of green leafhopper insect, can feed on the leaves, stems, and buds. This leads to the tea plant’s production of monoterpene diol and hotrienol which gives the tea its unique flavor. Tea leaves bitten by the green leafhopper insect lose their green color and appear bronzed or washed out, eventually becoming atrophic and curly. It is why the high quality Oriental Beauty shows five different colors: white, red, yellow, green and brown.

The tea leaves are only harvested and made in summer, when the green leafhopper insects are most active. What makes Oriental Beauty more precious is that the unique sweetness is produced when the leaves only bitten by Jacobiasca formosana. Tea leaves, infested with other insects, like Ectropis oblique and Toxoptera aurantii, won’t produce honey flavor. This uncontrollable eco system makes Oriental Beauty one of the rarest teas in the world.

The tea comes from Cuku, Pinglin Dist, near Feitsui Reservoir area. All tea leaves have to be handpicked to ensure that each leaf has been bitten by Jacobiasca formosana. Because of the difficulty involved in harvesting this tea, a professional tea picker can only harvest 0.7 to 1kgs each day.

This tea has natural ripe fruit and honey flavors with a smooth texture and multiplayer floral finish. When brewed, the tea liquor has a clean and bright golden color. The full-bodied, mellow, and aromatic flavors will bring you ultimate luxury experience

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Taster’s Review:

This is a tea I’ve heard stories about and I couldn’t wait to try it. I’ve heard rave reviews from Sanne Tea and when I was able to take the opportunity to try out their teas, I jumped on it!

After being sick for almost the last month, my taste buds are slowly coming back to me.  Being a tea blogger and not having your taste buds in check isn’t a fun experience. But slowly but surely, I started feeling better to the point where I was ready to try this tea out and find out what the excitement is about.

The description paints a gorgeous pictures of what the tea is supposed to taste like an I have to say. . . it is dead on!

This tea does have this amazing honey like flavor that I am just devouring and loving. Full-bodied, smooth, and just plain delicious, this tea delivers on everything the description states. First you get this lush honey sweet flavor, then a note or two of a ripe fruit (I swear I was picking up fresh strawberries!), followed by a unique floral finish. Gorgeous from the start. You really can’t go wrong with this tea. I can’t wait to try the rest of their offerings and steep up more of this beauty!