To experience why this unique Taiwan white tip oolong was nicknamed Oriental Beauty by Queen Elizabeth II, you have to taste the real thing. It is perhaps the most demanding tea to process well. Harvested only once a year in summer and after the young leaves are bitten by a kind of tiny leafhopper, genuine Dongfang Meiren can attain its special taste profile only after following the oolong processing routine modified especially for this tea. Tea Hong’s Phong-hong tè — the original name of Oriental Beauty — is a prime selection from the origin in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Fragrant with a warm and sweet floral impression. Tones of honey, lychee, dried longan, fresh moss and cinnamon accented with cedar wood on a bouquet undertone of sweet cream. Crystal clear amber liquor in the colour of maple syrup. Bright, mouth-watering sensation on contact. Clean, minty palate with faint notes of peach and American ginseng accentuated with a slight bitterness of the root of Astragalus propinquus ( aka huang qi ). Lasting, refreshing aftertaste that is minty, savoury of the aforesaid herbal root. Slight yet persistent sweetness at the throat.
As it is demanding to cultivate and produce, genuine Oriental Beauty requires your attention to prepare well in order to manifest its full taste profile. The key is to keep the infusion temperature at around 90°C and adjust the leaf to water ratio towards infusion duration. Very slightly lower temperature if you find the slight bitterness not to your liking.
For users new to this tea, begin with a smaller infusion vessel using the standard 2 to 100 leaf to water ratio for 5 minutes. No blanching is required and properly preheat the tea ware. For gongfu style, begin with 4.5 to 100 and 90 sec. After you have familiarised with the tea, try different proportions and infusion durations for different effects. This is a delicate tea and water quality does play an influential role. As much as possible, use natural soft water.
This tea is prized for its unique fragrance. Take steps to enjoy the aroma.
To acquire really fine Long-jing in rapidly changing China, we had to search away from tourists infested localities, and yet still faithful to the origin of Hangzhou. In Wu’s farm where the underground water is crisp and the air sweet, our Long-jing master realizes the environment is more important than the convenience; there would be no quality without the traditional respect for Nature. Tea Hong’s Long-jing Spring Equinox might well be used by nobles and mandarins in their tea competition when Emperor Qianlong was still young and flamboyant, and crazy about the tea.
Silver Curls is a spring flush harvested in the deep mountains in eastern Fujian. A nice green tea both for its taste and appearance, it can be used extremely flexibly for various needs. This Tea Hong’s basic grade green tea is often placed as a premium one in many other teashops.
Huangshan Maofeng green tea is a must-have souvenir when one visits Huangshan. However, even if you know the way to real teashops rather than tourist traps, a pack of such quality as Tea Hong’s Cuiyu would come at a high price. That is why this pleasant tasting and slightly sweet baked green tea is a most popular item not only for our retail, but also export. To maintain consistent high quality, we employ only harvest before the lunar almanac demarkation of “guyu” — the first rain for seeding, around early to mid-April. “Yuqian” — before the rain — is the traditional term for this.
This is a more affordable version of the most sought after Chinese green tea. While some people are willing to pay thousands for a small pack of the earliest harvest in Spring, Tea Hong brings you what is authentic but slightly later in season, for similar enjoyment but much less in price. It is, nevertheless, still a first flush — some tea grows slower than others, dependent on the cultivar, horticulture and micro-climate.