Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea. Hsinchu Taiwan 劉家龍茶園.東方美人茶 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ |Johor Kaki Travels For Food
I similar tea as well as am lucky to savour some prissy teas from fourth dimension to time. But , today at Beipu 北埔 (Hsinchu County inwards Taiwan) , I tasted a actually special tea which is specially memorable.
The tea has a regal golden yellowish colouring textile similar saffron inwards water. The fragrance from the tea is similar the gentle perfume of jump flowers. The tea felt pleasantly shine on the palate similar a luxury bloom bath. The sense of savour is a complex subtle however distinctive natural sweetness. A lingering pleasance fills the entire oral fissure as well as olfactory organ , spreading through all the passages betwixt them.
I am non expert at describing tea at all , except that it felt exceptionally special. (Actually , it is difficult to believe that it is precisely a variation of Oolong Tea - a staple that also comes inwards cans as well as plastic bottles.)
It is likewise tardily to autumn inwards honey alongside this unforgettable tea.
Beipu Old Market Street
This special tea comes starting fourth dimension from Beipu 北埔 inwards Hsinchu county inwards Taiwan. (Just 30 minutes past times High Speed Rail from Taipei.)
Photo permission of 劉家龍茶園
This special tea was created almost 2 hundred years agone during an peculiarly pitiable tea harvest inwards Beipu when most of the crop was ravaged past times pests.
It was a lucky accident.
This noodle store is ane of the oldest buildings in 迪化街. Only three of the master buildings remained.
According to legend , a Beipu tea planter harvested a batch of shrivelled Oolong tea leaves bitten past times bugs every bit at that topographic point was goose egg left of his põrnikas infested crop. He dried as well as baked the tea every bit usual as well as he brought it to 迪化街 the oldest marketplace position street inwards Taipei to sell. He wasn't expecting much , precisely wanted to preserve whatsoever picayune he could from a pitiable harvest to feed his hungry family.
The tea was so aromatic as well as flavourful , discussion chop-chop spread close the special tea from Beipu. Soon , the require for this "damaged" tea was so high it fifty-fifty started to fetch expert prices.
When the pitiable tea planter told his compatriots inwards Beipu close his expert fortune , they idea he was only bragging. The incredulous villagers gave the tea the cite , Poon Hong Teh 膨風茶 or "blow horn tea" inwards Hokkien.
But , it was no humbug.
The special qualities of "blow horn tea" continued to live good appreciated as well as its reputation kept growing. It shortly became a priced tea for the rich every bit it was rare as well as wonderful.
Public Domain photo
It was fifty-fifty presented every bit a special gift from John Dodd , the top tea merchant inwards Taiwan to Queen Victoria of England. The Queen loved "blow horn tea" so much that she gave it a cite much to a greater extent than befitting its exquisite qualities as well as expert taste. She called the tea "Oriental Beauty" because when the dry out tea leaves soak inwards hot H2O , they expand as well as suspend inwards H2O similar beautiful floating fairies.
"Oriental Beauty" became the legendary Taiwanese tea sought afterwards past times tea connoisseurs or so the the world to this day.
Photo credit: Wikipedia
The special tea is made from Oolong tea leaves (grown without pesticides) that had been attacked past times tiny greenish leafhoppers 小綠葉蟬 less than 1 cm long. The greater the "damage" from tea bugs , the greater the protective enzymes produced inwards the leaves , so , the greater the special "Oriental Beauty" fragrance as well as sweetness flavour.
Photo permission of 劉家龍茶園
"Oriental Beauty" comes inwards 10 grades , which are handpicked according to the extend of "damage" from leafhoppers. Tea foliage buds attacked past times leafhoppers are stunned as well as volition non extend or opened upward fully. Current prices for "Oriental Beauty" hit from NT$900 to NT$5 ,000 (US$165) per 4 Taiwan taels 両 (37.5 grams x 4 = 150 grams).
Photo permission of 劉家龍茶園
Mr 劉 is a 2nd generation tea planter who is good known inwards Beipu for his "Oriental Beauty" teas.
Photos permission of 劉家龍茶園
劉家龍茶園 tea leaves are starting fourth dimension Sun dried as well as and so baked over smothering charcoal embers the traditional way.
After ho-hum baking for a few months , the tea is allowed to historic menses inwards clay tea urns for upward to 30 years. All "Oriental Beauty" teas convey the signature olfactory holding as well as sense of savour but each batch of the tea inwards the urns convey their ain grapheme from ageing as well as interaction alongside the clay tea urn. Every brew is a surprise but ever a delight.
If you lot are a tea lover , you lot volition honey a sense of savour of "Oriental Beauty" Oolong tea.
(Needless to tell , fakes as well as adulterated versions are plentiful. Get "Oriental Beauty" tea entirely from trustworthy tea merchants.)
劉 as well as wife 余 serve their "Oriental Beauty" tea at the 劉家龍茶園 retail store at Zhengde Street inwards Beipu.
Address: No. 43 , Zhengde Street , Beipu Township , Hsinchu County , Taiwan 314
GPS: 24°42'09.9"N 121°03'23.1"E | 24.702752 , 121.056422
Tel: +886 three 580 4318
Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Monday off)
No pork , no lard , no Halal cert
Date: 22 October 2017
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