Sweet + Fruity

Oriental Beauty Oolong

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Recommended for oolong tea lovers looking to taste a superb example of Oriental Beauty; non-oolong tea drinkers who want to experience the best example of oolong

Do you know the fascinating origin story of Oriental Beauty (also known as Dong Fang Mei Ran)?

It begins with a Taiwanese tea farmer whose tea plants were damaged by leafhoppers one day. Rather than forgoing his harvest altogether, he decided to process the leaves into tea as usual. When he took his tea to a local tea merchant, he was pleasantly surprised to find the merchant praised him for the outstanding quality of his tea and paid him TWICE the price of his usual tea. In the late 19th century, the cost of 15kg of Oriental Beauty was equivalent to a house in Taiwan!

We are excited to share this Oriental Beauty, previously only available to our Mansa Tea Society members. As this tea quickly became a fan favorite, we decided to share it with more tea lovers like you.

  • This Vietnamese Oriental Beauty is handmade in small batches with extremely limited quantities available. Tea makers can only make this tea when the leafhopper populations are high enough during the second flush and summer harvests. It also can’t be harvested when the weather conditions are not suitable (only 2016, 2018, 2020 harvest available). Tea farmers have to carefully select and handpluck only the leaves attacked by jassids.

  • To create an optimal natural environment for leafhoppers, tea farmers grow the tea trees without chemical substances. Moc Chau, where this tea is from, is also higher in altitude (3280-3600 ft) for optimum leafhopper activity.

  • This Oriental Beauty is handcrafted from the best cultivar for Oriental Beauty (Qing Xin Da Mao). Expect an incredibly complex and balanced cup of fruity, sweet, and slightly spicy flavors with citrus, muscatel, peach, honey, and cinnamon notes with hints of rose.

  • You can steep the leaves multiple times by increasing the brewing time for subsequent brewing.

  • You can also age this tea for more than 5 years for a smoother taste and a more fragrant and elegant fruity flavor.

    For your immersive tea experience, we also included these in your tea order:

    • a short digital magazine that explains the history, processing, brewing, and flavor profile in depth

    • guided tea tasting recording led by our Founder & Certified Tea Sommelier

    Tasting Notes:  rose, muscatel, lychee, peach, honey

    Terroir  Moc Chau, Son La, Vietnam
    Elevation  3,460 ft
    Vintage  July 2018
    Aging Potential  5+ years


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    1oz / 28g yields 50+ cups

    Delivery Timeline

    Due to COVID-19, the updated delivery timeline is as follows:

    • US  2-5 business days
    • Canada  5-10 business days (Standard) / 3-5 business days (Express)
    • Worldwide  10-20 business days (Standard) / 3-5 business days (Express)

    We ship out the next business day morning. 

    For last-minute gifts, we recommend our e-gift cards.


    Shipping Fee

    Our regular shipping fee is as follows:

    • US  $9, or free shipping over $75 purchase
    • Worldwide  quoted at checkout, or free shipping over $150 purchase

    All the international orders are fulfilled as DDP (Delivered Duty Paid). Pre-paying duties upfront allows international shipments to be delivered door to door and not held at the customs. 

    If you wish to receive a more accurate quote for your international shipment, add the products you would like to purchase to the cart and head to the Checkout page. Once you fill out your address, you should see both the standard and express international DDP shipping costs.

    Rated 5.0 stars
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    • RZ
      rick z.
      Verified Buyer
      I recommend this product
      Rated 5 stars
      7 months ago
      it's all here

      Very flavorful tea, with a bouquet that gives it all away. Amazing flavors of melon, apricots, a slight peach, honey, a trace of wood and leather, and orchids along with a hint of honeysuckle. truly an amazing tea !!

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      Mansa Tea
      Hi Rick, Thank you for your fantastic feedback on our Oriental Beauty Oolong! The flavor profile is as you described, and we are glad that you enjoyed it. Thank you again for the review, and your feedback is greatly appreciated! Happy holidays to you and your family!
    • N
      Verified Buyer
      I recommend this product
      Rated 5 stars
      1 year ago
      LOVE IT!

      This is definitely the most amazing, interesting mix of flavors of any tea Ive ever had! LOVE IT!Nutmeg, nut milk. The second brew is so different from the first. I was pleasantly surprised. So sweet and floral like.

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    • AG
      Anne G.
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      I recommend this product
      Rated 5 stars
      1 year ago
      11/10 Flavor Profiles!

      This is a great one! 11/10! A little buttery, sweet corn, butterscotch, honeycomb taste, like the wax without the super sweetness.

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    • MW
      Marian W.
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      I recommend this product
      Rated 5 stars
      1 year ago
      Not the typical Oolong Tea

      I did a full tea time with this last week and was amazed with the continual fruit. Its not like the oolongs I'm used to from Wuyi or the tawainese. Very different. Kind of like the surprise you get from dandelion jelly :) you think it's bitter then you are so surprised!

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    • L
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      I recommend this product
      Rated 5 stars
      1 year ago
      [Son La 2018] Oriental Beauty Oolong

      Just smelling this tea is like a vacation.

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