REVIEW: What-Cha – Taiwan Oriental Beauty Oolong

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Tea and origin: Oolong tea from Wushe Garden, Nantou, Taiwan
Roast: 0%
Oxidation: 60%
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Oriental Beauty

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.


Tasting notes

Dry leaf: Curly, withered-looking whole leaves. Crisp, slightly sweet aroma

Wet leaf: An earthy, muscatel, slightly sour aroma

Liquor colour: Light yellow to dark golden, depending on infusion number

Liquor aroma: A crisp, muscatel-like aroma

Liquor flavour: Citrus, muscatel, crisp notes. Dry finish, with a slightly sour aftertaste.                                   Light-bodied. Moderate astringency

Infusion method: Gong fu style: 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes                                                       85 to 95C water temp                                                                                                                           5 grams of tea                                                                                                                                         200ml water                                                                                                                                           Infuse 3 to 4 times

Comments/Conclusions

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

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About teaxplorer

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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