• Reviews

    Tillerman Tea Bai Hao (Oriental Beauty) Summer 2017

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: dark, twisted with scattered white tips Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark amber It’s been a little over a year since I’ve written about an oriental beauty here on the blog. Funnily enough, I consider it one of my favorite oolongs but only a few have ever been sent to me for review. I think a large part of that has to do with the fact that there is actually very little authentic O.B. produced every year. The name Bai Hao refers to the white bud tips scattered throughout the darker leaves. Another crucial part of this tea’s processing involves the leaves being…


  • Reviews

    Zentboutique Premium Bai Hao Oolong

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: dark, curly and twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold This tea goes by many different names but most know it as Oriental Beauty. It is unique because farmers actually encourage pests (specifically the tea green leafhopper) to feed on the the plants. This starts the oxidation of the leaves while they are still on the bush and adds a sweet taste to the resulting tea. This version from Canadian based Zentboutique was excellent. It was earthy with notes of honey and peach. An almost citrus-like sweetness lingered long after each sip. The mouth-feel was smooth…