A dark oolong with muscatel grape and honey notes. Reminiscent of a 1st Flush Darjeeling black tea.
Oriental Beauty Oolong History
Taiwanese tea farmers discovered insect bites on their summer tea
harvest. The bites slightly oxidized the leaf, releasing a sweet aroma.
Farmers felt the tea inferior and refused to sell it. Instead they drank
In the 19th century, British traders saw the locals drinking this
brew and asked to buy it. The farmers refused. Thinking the farmers were
keeping the best tea for themselves, the British traders were
determined to buy it. Finally, the farmers quoted a high price. The
traders bought tons of it and brought it to Queen Elizabeth II. The
aroma and fragrance captivated the Queen. She compared it to a beautiful
lady or an oriental beauty.
Most Oriental Beauty is oxidized 35-40 percent and has lovely honey
and peach flavors. During the final drying process, the bite
marks turn white. The more white tips, the better quality tea.