056 | Oriental Beauty | 東方美人
Oriental Beauty was the most precious tea in 20th century Taiwan. It traveled to the West and was given its name by an English Queen for the beautiful complexity of flavor. It is also known as champagne oolong or Bai Hao oolong. Muscat grape is the signature aroma of this tea, brought to life by the tiny tea cricket Jacobiasca formosana. When the tea plant is bitten by this insect, its defense mechanism secretes a specific hormone for preservation. As the tea leaves with high level of the hormone undergoes intensive oxidation during tea processing, muscat-like aroma flourishes. The tea crickets thrive in warmer weather and are especially active at the bookends of summer, causing the harvest to be extremely seasonal.
The multi-colored and fine twisted tea leaves produce deep amber colored infusion. Higher quality Oriental Beauty contains more tea buds, the white pieces of brow-shaped dry leaves coated with young tea buds' baby fuzz. The tea infusion offers aromas of citrus and flowers. The coppery top note is complemented by scents of rose petals and sweet muscat grapes. The finish is long and full, rendering baked sweetness from honey dipped figs. The depth of its aromas offer an exciting journey of flavor discovery that proves to be an endless delight.
Origin: Emei, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
Cultivar: Qingxin da mao cultivar – bitten by tea jassid
Elevation: 0 meters
Flavor Profile : Rose, citrus, muscat grape, honeyed figs
Mouth feel : Medium bodied, heady, complex, velvety