Review: Driftwood Tea Oriental Beauty

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Thumbs up!"All I can say is you have to try this one for yourself. This is a very layered cup with flavors of wood flavors, cinnamon, sweet honey, and plum. Makes me hunger for summer and honey bees! (As well as fresh honey from friends!) "
Samantha’s Teaview: 9.2/10
Other Teaviews: Sophie gave it 9.4/10, Shaiha gave it 8.2/10
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driftwoodorientalbeautDriftwood Tea's Oriental Beauty is an oolong tea that comes from Hsinchu County, Taiwan. Oh Taiwan, I am so enjoying your teas! Oriental Beauty is also known as Dong Fang Mei Ren, you may have also heard the name Champagne Oolong as well. This oolong is definitely a beauty, the leaves are a tie-dye of colors from white tips, to dark brownish black middles and ends.

What is so interesting about this tea, and it may sound gross, but tiny insects take their time and nibble on the leaves. What results is an initial oxidization while the leave is still attached. Due to the damage by the insect, chemicals are released by the plant and an aromatic honey flavor is produced.

I followed the European brewing instructions for this tea, brewing a tablespoon of leaves in 8 ounces of water at 190 F for 4 minutes.

The first time I had this tea I was at a loss of words in how to describe it. Different than any other oolong I've had thus far. It is medium bodied, the scent is of cinnamon and an almost woody, smoke scent. There is a lasting finish of sweet honey and fruit.

The second brew at 4 minutes is so sweet, almost plum like as Sophie noted. I couldn't stop drinking! A longer steep at about 7-8 minutes is amazing! All I can say is you have to try this one for yourself. This is a very layered cup with flavors of smoked wood, cinnamon, sweet honey, and plum. This tea makes me hunger for summer and honey bees! (As well as fresh honey from friends!)

— To purchase Driftwood Tea Oriental Beauty, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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