Description from Té Company Tea
Oriental Beauty Oolong tea, or Dongfang Meiren, was the most precious tea in 20th century Taiwan.
It traveled to the West and was given its name by an English Queen for the beautiful complexity of flavor. It is also known as champagne oolong or Bai Hao oolong.
Oriental beauty has a signature aroma of Muscat grape, brought to life by the tiny tea cricket Jacobiasca formosana. When the tea plant is bitten by this insect, its defense mechanism secretes a specific hormone for preservation. As the tea leaves with a high level of the hormone undergo intensive oxidation during tea processing, muscat-like aroma flourishes.
The tea crickets thrive in warmer weather and are especially active at the bookends of summer, causing the harvest to be extremely seasonal. The multi-colored and fine twisted tea leaves produce deep amber-colored infusion. Higher quality Oriental Beauty contains more tea buds, the white pieces of brow-shaped dry leaves coated with young tea buds’ baby fuzz.