Floral Oolong (Dong Fang Mei Ren) from In Nature

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  In Nature

Product Description:

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.

Taster’s Review:

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!


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