Reviews

Butiki Teas Oriental Beauty

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: mottled mix of greens, browns
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 4 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: amber

I purchased some Taiwanese black teas a while ago and a sample of this tea was included with my order. We usually think of Oriental Beauty as a Taiwanese tea but this one hails from the Anhui province of China. The leaves were very pretty to look at, a hodgepodge of cool earthy tones. Its taste was wonderfully complex with notes of stone fruit, honey and florals. Oddly enough it had a biscuity quality that reminded me of second flush Darjeeling. There was very little astringency, making for a very smooth cup. Milk and sweeteners would be travesty here. I sometimes worry that it comes of snobbish when I make a strong recommendation like that but I hope that it encourages people to try the tea all its own before trying to add anything. At just $10.99 per ounce, this tea is quite a steal. I love that it is organic and that +Stacy Lim gives the name of the cultivar as well as the tea master who crafted it.

Oriental Beauty sample received with order from Butiki Teas.

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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.