Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong
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Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong

Regular price $15.00

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 it themselves.


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.

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