PROFILE: MUSCATEL, CITRUS, HONEY SWEET
ORIGIN: MOC CHAU, SON LA, VIETNAM
HARVEST: JULY 2018
Gorgeous honey sweet, muscatel, pear and citrus flavours dominate this wonderful Oriental Beauty high mountain oolong tea from the north of Vietnam. With its smooth, creamy amber liquor and lingering sweet aftertaste it is a true delight at an affordable price.
We are particularly thrilled to have secured a batch of this exquisite oolong tea which is primarily shipped to the Taiwanese market.
A ‘bug bitten’ oolong our Oriental Beauty is produced from the leaves of the Thanh Tam (or “Qingxin”) cultivar. It is subjected to a high degree of oxidation and a careful drying cycle to emphasise the wonderful flavour compounds released by the leaves after the leafhopper insects have sucked juices from them.
Oriental Beauty can only be produced in small batches during the summer months when the leafhoppers are plentiful – provided that the weather is not too wet.
The tea is produced on the Moc Chau plateau at altitudes between 1100 and 1200 metres. It is truly a rare tea of great quality which we don’t expect to stay on the shelf for too long. Once it is gone there will be no more until next year.
I thought Floating Cloud is the best tea I have ever tasted. I was wrong. I am officially becoming the biggest fan of Oriental Beauty. The tea is so delicate. The way it develops is truly beautiful. Good name. :) And the smell. It reminds me of all the good things that happened in my life so far. I cannot really put it into words. It's the warmth of my grandma, the sunny skies of my home town, the adventure of a journey, the excitement of a new love.
Buy this tea! This is one of those situations where I hate say "for the price", because it doesn't do the tea justice. This tea is a fantastic example of oriental beauty at any price, but for THIS price? Buy this tea, buy it, buy it now. I bought 100g to try and then went back and bought darn near a pound the next week. It really is that good.