Oriental Beauty (oolong tea)

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Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea

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One of our Artisan Reserve oolong teas, a line of small batch handmade teas from a craft handed down over generations. Hand selected for having all the hallmark qualities of the highest grades with noteable personality accents.

Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea is an oolong tea also known as Bai Hao Oolong or Champagne Formosa. The name Bai Hao means white tip and refers to the small tender white buds that are picked along with the top two leaves.

We have managed to procure a batch of the finest Eastern Beauty we have ever tasted. It has all the hallmarks of a legendary Oriental Beauty, the floral sweetness and lingering notes of berry, but also has a deep earthy richness that is often not found in a Bai Hao.

This batch has a depth and richness we have never come across when cupping this type of tea. It certainly has all the woodsy and earthy and complex fruit notes that you would expect with a quality bai hao oolong. However, this batch, from our friend's small farm in Huang Shan, China, is out of this world. Deep, deep flaovr and accompanying mouthfeel. Brothy without being heavy. Imminently satisfying with a nourishing quality.

60-70% fermentation.

We love this tea for its depth of personality and ability to handle long steep times. A little history, the origin of this name dates back to the early 20th century when a British tea merchant presented a sample of this tea to Queen Elizabeth II. From there, the Queen named this tea as Oriental Beauty.

AKA Eastern Beauty, Bai Hao Oolong

Customer Reviews

  1. October 15, 2012 Review by Jim Ronobo

    I love this tea, I think it is currently my favorite oolong. I drink it every morning as my new breakfast tea. It is substantial and never boring. I get a good second brew from it, too.

  2. June 20, 2011 Review by Joe P.

    The aroma is captivating! My first brew, I was blown away by the sweet deep honey fragrance, very alluring and hypnotizing. The taste of this tea is spectacular. Honey, sweet roasted barley, almost wine like. This tea is amazing, it will not let you down.

  3. October 21, 2010 Review by Ryan C.

    This is one of the top 3 Oolongs I have ever had! I love this for a darker Oolong and keep Royal Courtesan for a lighter Oolong. Get some of both and live happily ever after!

  4. August 25, 2009 Review by Tom

    Just love this tea - has a unique and delicious subtle flavour unlike any other oolong I have tasted. Indefinable, compelling.

  5. May 18, 2009 Review by gina

    I find myself getting lost in the fragrance of this sultry tea. Is it stalking me? I think it is. And I am glad.

  6. February 16, 2009 Review by Mary H.

    Very impressed with this lovely oolong tea. Quite oxidized as it should be with a unique character. Much more bold than most bai haos.

  7. February 9, 2009 Review by Ken T.

    Bai Hao oolong from Zhi. Lots of silver tips (good), whole unbroken leaves (mostly, again, good), fresh scent in the cup (good), phenomenal autumnal color in the cup (getting better), rich, full mouthfeel (even better), a long smooth, fruit and nut flavor, with a srong buttery oakness (to die for), and a fihish that is almost salty and breathtaking (I have died and gone to heaven). Need I say more?

  8. February 4, 2009 Review by Sasha G.

    Very very good ta.

  9. January 28, 2009 Review by Rich

    The best ever. Thank you people!

  10. November 13, 2008 Review by Suzanne


  11. November 2, 2008 Review by adam

    This has me coming back for more. My favorite zhi tea at the moment.

  12. August 2, 2008 Review by Tori S.


  13. July 20, 2008 Review by Lance

    I'm not used to this type of tea, a bit exotic for me....give me Tetley's with milk and sugar!

  14. June 18, 2008 Review by Henry A.


  15. June 14, 2008 Review by Jason

    BAM! Perfect in every way.

  16. May 28, 2008 Review by Hayden C.

    ZEEEEEEEE WHIZZZZ where did you find this hidden gem? I have tried almost all your oolongs and this one kicks every other ones butts. And everyone elses as well. YEAH!

  17. May 20, 2008 Review by Timothy T.

    I like this oolong tea a lot!

  18. May 15, 2008 Review by Roy

    What sets this apart from other bai hao ooolongs is the finished product. It has an amazing complexity and freindliness. At once earthy and bold, it releases a gentle plethora of fruit and berry notes throughout multiple steepings. A veritable Monet of teas.

  19. February 9, 2008 Review by april

    love it!

  20. January 30, 2008 Review by phillip r.

    Sigh, what can I say? It is okay.

  21. October 13, 2007 Review by Karen

    HOLY MOLY. This is beyond compare.

  22. October 2, 2007 Review by Patsy K.

    No doubt the best Easter Beauty tea in the world.

  23. September 29, 2007 Review by Ryan

    Dusty and dry

Water: 200°F | Leaves: 1.5 -2 teaspoons per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 3-4 minutes

Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don’t overboil water
- Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
- If you want stronger tea, use more leaves instead of steeping for a longer time
Leaves can be resteeped 2-3 times resulting in various flavor differences. Don’t throw out those leaves until they have given it all up!
Polyphenol in oolong tea is effective in controlling weight. It activates the enzyme that is responsible for dissolving triglycerides. Studies have confirmed that a 2-3 cup per day intake of oolong tea contributes to enhancing the function of fat metabolism and controlling obesity.
The Oriental Beauty dates back to the end of the 19th century, when Taiwan began to export their teas to the west. During this time, tea was mostly harvest at low altitudes in the plains of northern Taiwan. Most of the tea farmers were new immigrants from the Fujian Province of China with little experience for growing tea. Each summer, the farmer’s tea plants were eaten by swarms of small green leaf cicadas. The farmers didn’t bother to harvest these tea plants because the low quality would be turned down by the foreign traders. However, one farmer in the Hsin Chu county of Taipei harvested his bitten leaves and managed to sell them for a high price to one of the foreign traders, John Dodd. Legend has it that the tea made from these leaves were so good that it made its way to the Queen Elizabeth II, who named it “Oriental Beauty.” Back in Hsin Chu, the farmer bragged to everyone how great his tea was, and thus the tea was also dubbed “Pong Fong Cha” or “bragger’s tea”.

The Oriental Beauty is highly oxidized. After being bitten by cicadas, the leaves are harvested during the summer. The bite catalyzes the oxidation process, reduces astringency, and adds a sweet, honey characteristic to the tea.

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