Oriental Beauty - Dongfang Meiren Wulong

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Once called Formosa Tea, this was Queen Victoria favorite tea. Oriental Beauty, known as Bai Hao Wulong in Taiwan, is one of the rarest teas on the island. Interestingly enough, the leaves of this tea are both lucky and unlucky. In order to make this special tea, a small green insect called the Tea Jassid must swarm in the thousands onto a tea farm and bite the young leaves of the bushes. Basically the leaves get many of their nutrients drained from them, leaving them limp and yellow. This however is a blessing to the farmer! These and only these leaves are picked, and with deep oxidation the tea is blessed with sweet honey notes, a deep fruity taste and sometimes even a hint of cinnamon can be detected. So tasty, so rich, so rare and once so sought after, 15kg was thought to be worth as much as a house in Taiwan.
Location: Beipu, Xinzhu County, Taiwan
Harvested: Summer 2012
Varietal: Qing Xin Da Mao

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I just got home from playing my 2nd gig of the day, I’m tired & hungry, & I want tea! My package from Eric, at The Fragrant Cup, has arrived! I started the water, opened the package, & …roasted chestnut is what I am thinking. The leaves are chocolate colored, with tinges of yellow, green, & beige.

I’m going for the lazy woman’s brewing method, as I don’t feel like fussing with the Gaiwan. I want a quick tea to carry around the house with me & sip while I grab a few things to take to Tony’s & get changed out of my black dress & into some pajama-like clothes, which is what I’ll wear for the rest of the weekend. So 2 minutes brew, in a cup with the Finum. (I promise another day I’ll give this the proper treatment).

This pale gold infusion has a very mild sweet flavor, very delicate. In my mind I see a field of clover blossoms, & I’d like to lay down in that field & rest. It’s a really pleasant tea with a mild honey taste, a little drying in the back of my throat (of course, that could be my allergies, now that I think of it). Definitely a tea I’ll drink again. (gongfu style next time)

Terri HarpLady

and actually, I’m still in my black dress. I sat here & drank the tea, which is really what I needed to do, I’ve been running around all day.


One rule of thumb. Never lay down in a field wearing a black dress. (ah hum)…glad you made it through the day though. Had to have been difficult.

Terri HarpLady

Just a day in the life, Bonnie, & a profitable one at that! It was sad to play a memorial service for someone I have known, although I hadn’t seen her for years. It was beautifully done.


I can imagine you in your black dress, seated at the table and sipping your tea all proper like, with your pinky up and everything.

Terri HarpLady

That’s exactly how it was! Not sure about the pinky, but probably, lol

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13504 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! and thanks to terri for this one, as is usually lately heh. Had this earlier in the afternoon as well. The aroma of this one was much like loashan black. It sort of tripped me out a little. The tea did not have the same depth that loashan black does, but this was almost like it’s milder more golden second cousin. heh. I quite enjoyed this one even if there is a bit of a floral note at the end of the sip. No oonlongy taste here for me though so that makes me a happy camper!

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