Oriental Beauty (Dong Feng Mei Ren)

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A high elevation Taiwanese tea with stunning notes of apricot, orchid, green apple and hazelnut. This tea of many names is a true beauty and among the world’s most prized oolongs.

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  • 1.5-2.0 tsp per 8 oz of water, 195°F, 2-4 min.

    When making your tea with a yixing teapot or a gaiwan, use twice as much tea and steep the same tea leaves 1-2 minutes multiple times until the flavor fades.


    • Cultivar - Qingxin; Region - Pinglin, Taiwan; Harvest - 2017 Summer
    • One of our two oolong teas whose flavor depends upon the role of the emerald leafhopper
    • Within 20 minutes of being bitten multiple times by this insect, the tea plant creates unique chemicals within the structure of the leaf that deter further bites
    • The Incredible flavor in a cup of Oriental Beauty is the result of this interaction between plant and insect
    • Oriental Beauty has many other names:  Dong Fang Mei Ren, Silver Tips Oolong, Champagne Oolong, Braggart's Tea, Bai Hao, and Five Colors Tea!
    • One of the most unique and delicious oolong teas in the world and the result of an unusual relationship between the tea plant and an insect
    • Grown at a high elevation in Nantou County, west of Taipei, these tea leaves produce some of the finest Oolong teas
    • During a two week period each Spring, the tea plantations are visited by the emerald leafhopper
    • Unlike many insects, these leafhoppers do not mind the bitterness in the leaves and take small, round bites out of each leaf
    • Unable to run away from the danger, the tea plant reacts chemically within 20 minutes and produces chemical compounds that deter further bites
    • These bitten leaves have a more complex flavor profile when compared with unbitten leaves, and are the magic behind the flavor in Oriental Beauty
    • Fresh, baked or grilled apricots or peaches
    • Soba noodles
    • Buttery scallops, shrimp, lobster or Dover sole
    • Mango pudding
    • Peach ice cream
    • Chocolate mousse
    • German Heffeweizen beer
  • Taiwan oolong tea: 100%

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