Oriental Beauty Oolong

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Taste the best of Oriental Beauty

Do you know the fascinating origin story of Oriental Beauty (also known as Dongfang Meiran, 東方美人茶, Eastern Beauty)? 

It begins with a Taiwanese tea farmer whose tea plants were damaged by leafhoppers one day. Rather than forgoing his harvest, he decided to process the bitten tea leaves into tea as usual. When he took his tea to a local tea merchant, 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, 15kg of Oriental Beauty cost was equivalent to a house in Taiwan.

Because tea makers can only make this tea when the leafhopper populations are high enough and when the weather conditions are suitable, our Oriental Beauty is handmade in small batches with limited quantities available. Making Oriental Beauty tea is laborious, with tea farmers carefully selecting and handpicking only the leaves attacked by jassids (jacobiasca formosana).

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

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

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

    Expect an incredibly complex and balanced cup of sweet tasting, fruity flavor and slight spice with citrus, muscatel, peach, honey, and cinnamon notes with hints of rose.

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

    ✓ Single-origin, single-ingredient
    ✓ Naturally grown without chemical substances

    ✓ Handmade in small batches with limited quantities
    ✓ From the best cultivar for Oriental Beauty (Qing Xin Da Mao)
    ✓ Can age for 5+ years
    ✓ Zero calories
    ✓ Non-GMO
    ✓ Vegan

    Perfect for

    • Creating an autumnal vibe
    • Sweet, fruity, and floral tea lovers
    • Oolong tea lovers looking to taste a superb example of Oriental Beauty

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

    Ingredients  Oolong tea from the Taiwanese Qingxin cultivar

    Price per Cup  1oz (28g) yields 49 cups at $0.57 per cup

    Oriental Beauty contains polyphenols, catechins, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. Here are some of its benefits:

    ✓ Improves metabolism and digestion
    ✓ Maintains a healthy immune system
    ✓ Regulates bad cholesterol
    ✓ Promotes healthy heart function
    ✓ Regulates blood sugar

    All teas from the Camellia Sinensis tea plant contain naturally-occurring caffeine, and our Oriental Beauty tea has medium caffeine content. If you want to lessen caffeine consumption, we recommend brewing with less tea or trying our naturally caffeine-free tisanes, such as Snow Chrysanthemum.

    Western Brewing: Portion 2-3 grams of tea for 12 fl oz water, and brew at 200-212°F for 3 minutes using your favorite infuser. Re-steep up to 3 times.

    Gongfu Brewing: Portion 3-5 grams of tea for 4 fl oz of water, and brew at 200-212°F for 30-60 seconds using a Gaiwan or a Yixing teapot. Re-steep up to 5-7 times.

    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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    100%would recommend this product
    5 reviews
    • RZ
      rick z.
      Verified Buyer
      I recommend this product
      Rated 5 stars
      9 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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