REVIEW: Green Terrace Teas – Eastern Beauty Oolong

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Tea: Oolong tea from Emei Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan (spring harvest 2014)
Sample provided by: Green Terrace Teas
Link to Eastern Beauty on Green Terrace Teas website

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf is a mix of medium to large-sized, dark brown, curly leaves

– It has a light floral aroma

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a pale golden liquor with a sweet and floral aroma. The second infusion is slightly darker

– It is a light to medium-bodied liquor that has little astringency.  The liquor has a prominent honey flavour and light floral undertones. It has a semi-thick mouthfeel and the sweet honey notes settle nicely in your throat

Tips/conclusions:

– Prepare this tea gong fu style with 90C water. You will be able to infuse this tea four to six times

– In my last review, I tried Green Terrace Teas’ Li Shan Black Tea – a tea that I found extremely sweet and smooth for a black tea. I feel like this tea is its close cousin. Both teas have the same essence, although Eastern Beauty has less body, is not as sweet, but has nice floral notes. Eastern Beauty might appeal to people who like oolongs such as Phoenix Dan Cong or Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao), but I would choose Eastern Beauty because I prefer its sweet notes over the prominent roasted flavours found in many medium to highly-oxidised oolongs

Score:

4.75/5

Retail price: 10 gram sample for $4.80 / 50 grams for $20.00 / 100 grams for $36.00

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I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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One Response to REVIEW: Green Terrace Teas – Eastern Beauty Oolong

  1. Pingback: REVIEW: Nothing But Tea – Liu Pan Shi Red Oolong (2014) | teaxplorer

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