Today I’m reviewing a very special oolong available at What-Cha. What makes this oolong so unique is that the leaves are bitten by leafhopper insects before picking. This biting, as well as it being highly oxidised and unroasted, gives the tea a distinct taste from many oolongs. Read on to see what I think of this tea.
This tea reminds me of a first flush Darjeeling, with its crisp dry leaf aroma, muscatel notes and dry finish. I have tried a handful of Oriental Beauty teas over the past year, and I think it is interesting to see how they range in sweetness and earthiness. With this Oriental Beauty, I did not detect much sweetness like I’ve had in other ones, but I very much enjoyed its earthy, muscatel notes. It is a nice tea for any time of day, and I think it would appeal to many people, as it appears more like a black tea than an oolong, but it still has subtle oolong characteristics that oolong lovers can appreciate
Retail price: 10 grams for £1.51 / 50 gram for £5.50 / 100 grams for £10.23