Eastern Beauty Oolong

Bai Hao Wulong - Dongfang Meiren

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    Very fruity without being overly sweet. Stays very consistent and goes for many infusions, but there's minimal development. Fruits and honey.

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    Unbelievable lychee notes crowning the sea of sweetness this tea is. The incredible parfume is the icing on the cake

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    Raisins, plum, nutmeg and honey, with hazelnut finish. Very nice in the afternoon.

    Recommends this tea
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    Sweet round flavour with a strong sweet honey cake aftertaste. Intense body feel in chest and stomach and arms, with a little high sensation.

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    The wet leaves smell intensely deep of warm, dried red grapes shaken in autumn leaves. The tea itself is surprisingly popping, pleasant acidity and bright floral notes, followed by sweet elderflower syrup.

Eastern Beauty or Oriental Beauty is a heavy oxidised Taiwanese Oolong which is very rich in terpenes - volatile aromatics giving the tea a potent fragrance. This amplified level of terpenes is due to the processing of the leaf but it can be even more complex if the leaf is attacked by the Jassid or Leaf Hopper before picking. This is why the tea is picked in summer at lower elevations because this is the environment most likely to attract these insects.

The processing increases the amount of terpenes especially Linalool and Geraniol. These give the tea a floral and fruity fragrance with notes of geranium, rose, citrus, citronella and lychee. If the plantation is visited by the jassids then the tea plants create another compound called 2,6-dimethyl-3,7-octadien-2,6-diol which is a precursor to Hotrienol. The reason why the tea plant creates this terpene is either because it is a fragrance that the Jassids do not enjoy or because it attracts the natural predators to the Jassids but whatever the reason the result is even higher levels of terpenes. Hotrienol is responsible for the fermented, sweet fragrance in Riesling, Gewurztraminer, elderflower, rose and honey.

There are many tea vendors out there selling Eastern Beauty (aka Oriental Beauty, White Tip Oolong, Dongfang Meiren, Bai Hao Oolong). They all make the same claims about the leafhoppers and the intense muscatel aroma but the fact is that there are so many different grades ranging from the sublime to the awful.

In Taiwan this tea is at a premium and extremely expensive. True Eastern Beauty picked from Miao Li County should retail at upwards of £50 per 100g. Anything less and there is no way that it is Eastern Beauty which has been insect bitten.

Really, the origin and the authenticity of the tea does not matter. What is important is that the tea is delicious with an intense honeyed fruit aroma that is unmistakeable. We are confident that after tasting our Eastern Beauty you will have a standard against which all other Eastern Beauty can be judged - it is perfection.

Gong Fu Brewing Western Brewing
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90°c
195F
4.5 20 +5 9 0.8 120 +30 4
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