2019 Summer Oriental Beauty Tradition from Hsin Chu
The taste of Tradition
Cultivar: Qingxin Dapang
Harvested by hand: June 2019
Origin: Hsin Chu, Taiwan
Process: Jassid bitten buds, medium to high oxidation, striped and roasted for a long time at a low temperature.
The leaves are a mix of small, large leaves and buds. The dark orange brew has a very good clarity and transparency. The leaves are part green, part red, reflecting a medium to high oxidation level.
The dry leaves smell like a mix of wood, roasted bread, ripe fruit and honey! The tea itself has the typical honey scent of Oriental Beauty in a very refined and subtle way. This 2019 batch has brighter, fruitier notes than the 2018 version.
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: This 2019 batch will taste even better after some time of aging, but it already tastes very mellow and enjoyable.