Dong Fang Mei Ren "Eastern Beauty" Bug Bitten Taiwanese Oolong
ABOUT THIS TEA:
In certain areas of Taiwan, locals discovered that the tea leaves bitten by the Tea Jassid, an insect, created a special honey flavor in the tea leaves after they were plucked and processed as oolong tea. The flavor is the result of terpenes released by the leaf in self-defense.
As a result, the "Eastern Beauty" was born - a bug-bitten oolong with notes of honey, cinnamon, and bursting with fresh fragrance.
Bright yellow-orange, the tea has suprising depth and no bitterness. It's a real treat for oolong lovers, especially those who prize Taiwanese oolongs!
Oolong teas are partially-oxidized teas, almost like a mix between a green and a black tea.
Oolongs are picked and then treated in a long, labor-intensive process that includes cultivating, harvesting, withering, oxidizing, fixing (or sha qing – “killing the green”), rolling and drying, and sometimes roasting.
The end result is a tea with a fantastic fragrance, almost like a green tea, but with a richer and more complex flavor than most green teas.
Oolong is best when stored airtight – that’s why I’m including a free nifty bag-closer with every order.
I had some bug-bitten Oolong with my Taiwanese tea guy, Mr. Wu, when I was last in Taiwan in 2019. Ever since then, it's been on my mind to get some over, and so I bought a small amount of this fantastic Eastern Beauty.
The price per ounce on this tea is on the higher end, but for anyone who truly enjoys oolongs, it's a no-brainer to pick up a bag and give it a try.
Even though "bug-bitten" sounds like something that will turn away tea newcomers, I have found people absolutely love this tea even if they are not big tea drinkers.
These teas are high quality and can be re-steeped multiple times! Each serving makes between 4-8 big mugs of tea, so at around $.50 a cup, you get top quality Chinese teas at a price that you can enjoy every day.
Jesse's Teahouse started because when Jesse lived in Beijing, he realized the quality and value of the tea directly from the Beijing Tea Market was so much higher than what could be easily found in the States -- and around the world.
Jesse contacted his tea friends in Beijing, they shipped their best teas to him, and he sends them to you. That's it!
Best Deal Alert! If you really love tea and want an even better deal, get this tea as part of Jesse’s “Team Jenk Combo Box.”
Jesse believes the key to making good tea is to help his Chinese tea friends share not just their best teas, but also their advice on how best make the teas.
That's why each box comes also comes with an info card that tells you:
- Tea Origin
- Steep Temperature
- Steep Time
- Directions for both teapot steeping and gaiwan steeping
There are also links to tea-making videos on QR codes on the back of the info card included in the tea box.
In Chinese Gongfu Tea Tradition, Tea Pets accompany you at teatime and you "raise" them by feeding them tea! Check out Jesse’s Tea Pets here.