2016 Summer Oriental Beauty Tradition from Hsin Chu

The taste of Tradition

 

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Price: $ 13.00

Cultivar: Qingxin Dapang
Harvested by hand on June 2016
Origin: Hsin Chu, Taiwan
Process: Jassid bitten buds, medium to high oxidation, striped and roasted for a long time at a low temperature.

 1. View

The leaves are a mix of small, large leaves and buds. The orange brew has a very good clarity and transparency. The leaves are part green, part red, reflecting a medium to high oxidation level. The ratio of bitten leaves isn't very high.

2. Scents

The dry leaves smell like a mix of wood, roasted bread, ripe fruit and honey! During the brewing, under the lid, I had some beer scents! The tea itself has the typical honey scent of Oriental Beauty in a very refined and subtle way.

3. Taste

The brew tastes very mellow, clean and with a long and pleasant aftertaste. The scents and taste are well balanced. It's not overpowered by one or the other.

Conclusion: I tasted both the 2017 and 2016 versions of this tea, and this 1 year old batch was obviously the best choice. The reason is simple: this producer roasts his Oriental Beauty Oolong very thoroughly at low temperatures for more than a day. This ensures a very good preservation and aging potential. However, the roasting reduces the fresh, high notes of the tea. When it has just been roasted, the tea's fragrances are kind of hidden and you can only smell the light roast. That's why 2017 felt 'closed', subdued, while the 2016 had time to shed some of these roast scents. This is why I describe this Oriental Beauty as traditional.

 

Before selecting this tea, I visited a different farmer in order to better understand various production styles. Most local farmers know each other from school, because they are family related or because they meet in the fields. So, they often try each others' teas to learn and improve. This farmer quickly told me that he's cooperating with 3 different foreigners who sell Taiwan teas overseas. He could only let me taste 2 batches of OB, because all the rest had been sold out! The reason he's able to sell so well his newest OB is simple: he barely roasts his tea so that it's more fragrant now. This is the current, modern trend for most Oriental Beauty makers: their emphasis is fresh scents. 

In the end, I am quite happy that I can provide a different and more traditional Oriental Beauty Oolong with this 2016 batch!

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