Oriental Beauty, aka Dong Fang Mei Ren, is arguably the most distinctive tea of Taiwan. Unlike many other Taiwanese oolongs which mostly are lowly-oxidized, green and high altitude rolled oolongs; Oriental Beauty is highly oxidized low altitude tea coming mostly from Hsinchu and Maoli in the northern part of Taiwan. In that regard, it’s very unique and one of a kind tea.
Furthermore, Oriental Beauty is one of these bug-bitten oolongs, only the leaves that are bitten by tea jassids are picked to make this tea. As the tea jassids nibble tea leaves they start oxidation earlier and as a result, processed tea leaves produce sweeter honey-like taste.
Dry leaves of Taiwan Tea Crafts Oriental Beauty are composed of white furry tips alongside with two following leaves. They are curly and have a fruity smell.
I brewed it gongfu style using about 6 grams of tea. It cupped out golden yellow liquor with great clarity. The aroma of the brewed tea is mesmerizing and therapeutic. In my experience it’s not possible to get this aroma from any other tea but Oriental Beauty. The taste is sweet and fruity; there is a little astringency possibly because of over-brewing. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety. The aftertaste is rather long and persistent leaving a nice refreshing fruity taste behind. It held up more than 6 infusions easily and if you don’t mind watery taste you can go for a few more steeps.
Overall I love it! I feel quite lucky and grateful whenever I have the chance to drink special teas such as this one. Taiwan Tea Crafts Oriental Beauty is recommended particularly for those who’re into Taiwanese oolong teas!