Oriental BeautySave £36 (or 64%) on 150g vacuum packs
Exclusive to Té Amor in the British Isles, this intoxicating oolong is exotically fragranced, with notes of honey, lilac and sandalwood.
Our Oriental Beauty comes from the Deng family in Beipu, northern Taiwan, where they have been making the style since 1967. It is their speciality, and they have been awarded first prize at the prestigious National Oriental Beauty Tea Competition Taiwan on many occasions.
The handpicked leaves are heavily oxidised (but not roasted) to reach deep autumnal colours interspersed with the white buds. The leaves brew up a quite dark coloured liquor, which could be mistaken for a black tea, but the complex and distinctly floral fragrance marks it out as an oolong.
High quality Oriental Beauty is distinguished by its fragrance, which is variously described as honeyed, floral (lily/honeysuckle) and fruity (muscat). This is the result of an enzyme released by the plant after it’s been bitten by a leafhopper (Jacobiasca formosana). Deliberate oxidation during processing intensifies the remarkable flavour still further.
The tea, from the chin shin dah pah cultivar, is grown on the protected leeward side of low lying hills, which enjoy high humidity and plenty of sunlight – the ideal environment for attracting the leafhoppers.
For an interesting variation on this tea, see our Black Oriental Beauty – a fully oxidised version of the oolong.
Decant after 1 minute. Like most oolongs, Oriental Beauty can be re-infused multiple times, adding a few seconds to each infusion time.
Oriental Beauty also makes a wonderful cold brew.
This is lovely to drink throughout the day and is especially good with cake!
NB Although most oolongs are traditionally rinsed before brewing to ‘awaken’ the leaves, the open leaved Oriental Beauty and Pouchong do not need to be rinsed.