Reviews

Tea Ave Oriental Beauty

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: mix of green, red and brown with some white tips
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 185 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale amber

The online tea world has been buzzing about +Tea Ave lately. I have to say that I am really impressed with their brand aesthetic and the packaging of their tea. The label provides so much information in a small space without being cluttered or hard to read. I want to know everything possible about the tea that I’m drinking. Oriental Beauty, also known as Bai Hao, is one of my favorite Taiwanese oolongs. I have three samples to choose from but I gravitated to this one immediately. The taste was full of floral sweetness with notes of honey and a very subtle hint of spice. There was also an interesting biscuity quality that I seldom see in Taiwanese teas. It stood up very well to resteeping, so much so that I simply stopped counting. Gaiwans are always my preferred method but I think it would do well if brewed in a more western fashion. This type of tea can be quite pricey because an authentic one must be grown organically. I would say that Tea Ave’s version is fairly affordable compared to some that I have seen.

Oriental Beauty sample provided by Tea Ave.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.