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Last Updated: Mar. 13, 2014 

About Oriental Beauty

Bowl for of large, curly tea leaves, mostly black, with some silvery downy tips and lighter brown leaves Loose-Leaf Bai Hao (Oriental Beauty) from Tillerman Tea, Photo © Nicole Martin (Tea for Me Please), Copyright, All Rights Reserved
Dong fang mei ren(東方美人), usually translated as oriental beauty is a well-known style of oolong tea. It is also commonly known as bai hao oolong, and less commonly, white pekoe, or amber dragon. While this style of tea has many names, it is nonetheless a well-defined style. It tends to have a dark color, and a smooth flavor, with little bitterness.

Oriental beauty is a tippy tea, containing a greater portion of tips (buds) and thus having a higher caffeine content. The term "white pekoe" refers to the white hairs evident on some of the leaves, although overall this is a darker oolong more similar to a black tea.

Oriental beauty oolong shares certain characteristics of aroma and overall qualities in common with some Darjeeling black teas. This owes to the fact that the production of oriental beauty involves an insect, called chaxiaoluyechan (茶小绿叶蝉 or 茶小緑葉蟬), eating the leaves of the tea plant; the plant then manufactures a chemical defense which contributes to the unique grape-like aroma of this style of tea.

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Oriental Beauty from Butiki Teas

Style: Oriental Beauty – Region: Anhui, China
Jun. 25th, 2014

Method: 2 tsp, 8 oz, 195 degrees, 4 minutes, Forlife mug strainer & Dr. Who mug

Dry Leaf Aroma: fruit, floral, a little hint of seaweed

Brewing Aroma: sweetness and raisins, other non-specific fruit

Flavor: Yum. This has a lightly fruity taste, and is mildly sweet. This one made me smile. It has a tiny tinge o...

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73 / 100
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Oriental Beauty from Teas Etc

Style: Oriental Beauty – Region: Taiwan / Formosa
May. 5th, 2013

Definitely my favorite bai hao (oriental beauty) oolong yet. This is not a type of oolong I generally like, but I found this to be an atypical example of its style.

Significantly roasty aroma, and flavor is bolder, although less smooth.

I am curious...is this a competition winner because it was bolder in flavor ...

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43 / 100
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This tea has an overwhelming honey-like aroma that I find a bit repulsive. I don't like the flavor of honey much, though. I brewed it for 10 minutes to make it strong enough, and the flavor was still pretty subtle and watery-tasting, but it's okay. It's interesting. I don't usually like oolongs much, so I probably like...

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I think Arbor Teas' description of this tea is spot-on: Velvety-smooth and sweet, almost suggestive of marmalade. I would not have guessed that this example is not from Taiwan--it tasted very similar to the Taiwanese Oriental Beauty oolongs.

Dry leaf has little aroma.

Brews a rich, dark colored cup, very smooth ...

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I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO sad this tea is no longer available.

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Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Oriental Beauty
Region:Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Oriental Beauty

Brand:Teas Etc
Style:Oriental Beauty
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Eastern Beauty Oolong Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Oriental Beauty
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Organic Imperial Bai Hao Oolong

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Oriental Beauty
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Bai Hao Oolong (Oriental Beauty) Superior Grade

Brand:Life in Teacup
Style:Oriental Beauty
Region:Hsinchu (County), Taiwan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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