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.
White Peony Fuding is a traditional fine quality Bai Mudan from the origin of Fuding. It is a preferred daily tea for its light; sweet, floral and refreshing taste. Others drink it for the health benefits of a fine white tea. Many teashops offer this as the best white tea. We think it is best for the price.
A green tea made from the first flush of a Taiwan wulong cultivar grown in the mountains of the Huangshan UNESCO World Heritage Site to the strictest organic standard, Tea Hong’s Organic Spring has a mild and yet flavorful character that changes according to how it is infused and the state of the drinker. This non-demanding fluidity makes this tea a great choice for the Zen sitter and the hard thinker, to whom discovery is a transcendence.
For people who like classic style Phoenix but desire something more mellow than Honey Orchid, Orchid Gratus offers a taste that is as full-bodied. It is balanced with as subtle a warm and slightly sweet aroma. Not only is this a great choice for the veteran tea connoisseur who seeks peace in the cup, but is also a bridge between softer oolongs and the more vibrant world of taste in Fenghuang Dancong.
Finer and safer quality Longjing from the genuine origin has become so high price that there is a high demand for alternatives. Tea Hong’s Longjing Pure is produced deep in the high mountains in a national conservation area away from pollution. Same latitude as Hangzhou, but higher up in altitude. Even more ideal for green tea. Not only does it answer the market need but can also satisfy the connoisseur’s high requirement for taste authenticity. Tea Hong’s Longjing Pure. Purely Longjing.