Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: In Nature
Dong Fang Mei Ren translates as ‘Eastern Beauty’ and is also known by the alternative name of Bai Hao Oolong, known to make women even prettier.
A very mild oolong from the High Mountains of Taiwan. This tea has an elegant taste with a unique palate and colour, very pleasing to the eye and the mind.
The dry leaf of this tea possesses a very unusual fragrance – unusual, but very pleasing. All at once I can smell notes of flower, wood and earth. A whisper of flower lingers in the air for several moments afterward. It is a delightful, transcendent experience. The aroma of the brewed liquor is significantly softer; however, I can still detect the faintest hint of what I experienced from the tea in dry leaf form.
These dark Oolong leaves remind me of a fancy Formosa Oolong, and after reading the description of the product (provided above) I see that the tea is indeed from Taiwan. The flavor is a bit different from the Formosa Oolong teas that I’ve sampled, though, it has a stronger floral presence which seems to replace some of the fuzzy peach tones that I am used to from a Formosa. Oh, yes, those peach notes are still discernible, they just aren’t as strong as I ordinarily would experience from a Formosa Oolong.
The floral tones are soft and sweet with a honey-esque tone in the background. There is also an earthy quality to this tea that melds quite nicely with the flowery tones – giving depth and complexity to the cup. The sip begins with the flowery note which remains throughout the sip, with the notes of earth and wood arriving about mid-sip. A note of fruity peach flavor peeks through. The sip ends with a delicious note of honey. No bitterness and only a slight astringency from this tea. The finish is sweet with a flowery taste that lingers long into the aftertaste.
A very pleasing Oolong experience. This is one I’d recommend to those who have a great appreciation for fine quality Oolong!