Taiwan Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) from Teavivre

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Teavivre

Tea Description:

  • Grown and produced in Xinzhu (Hsinchu), Taiwan
  • Tea buds covered in white tips, with one or two leaves
  • Bright-reddish orange tea liquor
  • A mellow, sweet taste

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

True to its name, this is definitely a beauty!

Using my gaiwan, I steeped this tea using short steeps:  following a quick 10 second rinse, I steeped it for about 45 seconds for the first infusion, and a full minute for the second infusion, and combined these two infusions in one cup.  Each subsequent cup was poured in the same fashion, adding 15 seconds to each steep, and combining the brewed tea of two infusions.  This produced a beautiful golden, honey-colored tea with a delicious honey-esque flavor to match its color.

There are delicate peach notes in the background which add to the sweetness but not in a way that renders it cloying.  There is an earthiness to this cup as well, which offers the palate some balance to the sweet flavors of honey and peach.

The flavor seems to get better and better with each cup!  The first cup was light and crisp in flavor and quite delicious, but with the second cup, the tea brewed a darker color and produced a deeper, richer flavor.  The honey tones are now quite distinct.

The third cup was a little lighter than the second, but richer than the first.  As I noticed that the tea was beginning to taper, I decided to stop at three cups … six very delicious infusions from one measurement of leaves!

Another delightful tea from Teavivre.  If you tend to prefer your Oolongs to taste more of honey-fruit rather than floral, this would be an excellent choice!

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