Several posts I shared some information with you about Eastern Beauty Oolong
The dry leaves…
The buds and the strip type leaves were a gorgeous multi- hued mix of greens, whites, yellows, blacks, reds, and browns –reminiscent of fall foliage- beautiful earthy colored tones with some silvery tips- the colors of nature! The leaves were hand rolled which during processing allowed them to maintain their thin wiry appearance.
Brewing will depend on which method you choose to steep your tea – Asian-style or Western-style. The process will differ significantly regarding the ratio of tea to water used and in the type of tea vessel which you choose. I used my trusty tried and true Rishi teapot – it holds 400 ml of water – I added 1 tablespoon of the tea – the water temperature was 200 degrees Fahrenheit and I steeped the leaves for 3 minutes.
In my cup…
The leaves yielded a beautiful deep amber gold cup with a sweet, rich character. Intoxicating notes of honey and ripe fruit were both in its fragrant aroma and its complex flavor – incredibly fruity and floral – reminiscent of a stone fruit, peaches- wonderfully peachy and luscious.! I know this is going to sound silly, but it had a peach pit sweetness, since it was not heavily peach flavored – how about a peach Bellini! It was flavorful, light and very honeyed and not a bit earthy or acidic. It had a natural sweetness that was pleasant and soft, and that tiny touch of honey rounded out the sweetness.
WOW! This tea offered a bright, sweet finish that was long and full that pleasantly lingered long on my palate after drinking – it left my mouth with a gentle honey sweetness. It was nectar sweet, complex, and delicious and the second and third steeps just accentuated the peachy fruity notes. Eastern Beauty oolong resulted in a balanced and smooth cup, with no astringency or heavy tannins, thus making for an easy and VERY enjoyable cup. It was an exquisitely fragrant, fruity tea with nothing perfume-y about it. If there were an Oscar for teas, this would be a winner! For me this was 5+++++!
All teas will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 for dislike and 5 as love:
- Dislike (I didn’t like the tea and would not repurchase)
- Passable (I didn’t dislike the tea, but I didn’t think it was very good)
- Average (I didn’t find it good or bad and would drink it again)
- Good (I liked it but it and may repurchase)
- Love (I enjoyed it lot and would repurchase)