Deerland Grade: B/Beautiful. It is adorable with details and layers. A brilliant made.
Cultivar | QingXinDaPang
BeiPu Region | 300 m
Oxidation Level | Mid-High
Roasting Degree | None
Crafted by one of the oldest Oriental Beauty-producing families in Taiwan and follow the traditional processing procedure, this aged tea with mid-high level oxidization and medium level jassid infection produced in BeiPu is a magnificent tea for you to explore the beauty of the tea aging.
It is with flowery, honey and obvious smoked plum notes, made with QingXinDaPang, the orthodox cultivar for making the old fashion Oriental Beauty since the 19th century. The flavors of the tea are well-layered through time; smoother and richer notes appear in a way that the young Oriental Beauty can never own. For those who love a fine aged tea, this is a must-try.
DongFangMeiRen, also known as Oriental Beauty or Eastern Beauty, is a heavily oxidized, non-roasted, tip-type oolong tea originating in XinZhu County, Taiwan. It is a tea traditionally processed from QingXinDaPang (cultivar) tea shoots that are infected by tea jassid (Jacobiasca formosana). Tea jassids suck the phloem juices of the tea stems, leaves, and buds and lead to the plant's defensive production of monoterpene diol and tocotrienol which give the tea its unique honey and ripe fruit-like flavor.
Because of the need for tea jassid feeding, the tea must be grown in warmer, lower altitude (300-800m) areas. In Taiwan, the traditional center for Oriental Beauty's production locates in BeiPu and EMei townships.
The production of Oriental Beauty can date back to when Taiwan first exported tea to the west in the 19th century. It soon became popular among tea lovers around Europe ever since. Its popularity also makes it become an oolong that has various names, such as:
— White-Tip Oolong: After the tea is properly processed, the tips of the tea shoots would turn white.
— Five-colors Tea: After the tea is properly processed, the tea leaves would turn into many different colors based on different levels of the jassid infection, including mustard yellow, wine red, moss green, wood brown and so.
— Champagne Oolong: For some says, it is a good pair with a few drops of Champagne or Brandy.
— Puff Oolong/Phòng-Hong Tê: For it can be so pricey and no one would believe the tag.
— Ian-á Tê: In Taiwan, farmers use the local name of the tea jassid that plagues the plant to title the tea. Tea jassid's local nickname is "Ian-á". And "Tê" refers to "tea" in the Taiwanese language.
— Oriental Beauty/Eastern Beauty: It probably was named by American merchants at the very beginning. Some have turned it into storytelling and claimed that this name was given by the English Queen Victoria, for she was so amazed by the beautiful taste and appearance of the tea.
2015 BeiPu Aged Oriental Beauty | B702-S15 | 8g
Smoked Plum, Longan, Ginseng, Angelica, Ripe Fruit, Black Tea, Malt, Rose, Citrus, Passion Fruit
Honey, Citrus, Wood, Herb-like
with subtle and rich Flavors. Full-Body
Plum, Black Tea, Honey, Rose, Sugary