Review: Driftwood Tea Oriental Beauty

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Thumbs up!"Creamy, rich and filling, this is one of the best examples of Oriental Beauty I have come across. The leaves make for a deliciously sweet cup, time after time. Highly recommended!"
Sophie’s Teaview: 9.4/10
Other Teaviews: Samantha gave it 9.2/10, Shaiha gave it 8.2/10
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driftwoodorientalbeautPicked in Taiwan's Hsinchu County in the summer of 2012, this oolong has been exposed to tiny insects to produce a rich honey flavour. The damage they cause changes the chemistry of the leaves, starting the oxidation process while these are still on the bush. Since only the bud and the top two leaves are harvested, the tea is beautifully streaked with silver, chocolate and tan hues. It has an interesting frizzled appearance, along with a planty aroma that is part muscatel and part fern.

I followed the directions for the lazier European style brewing on my sample's package, infusing 3 grams of leaf in 8 ounces of water heated to 85 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. I found this amount of leaf to be closer to 2 heaping teaspoonfuls rather than just the one indicated on the label. Being so curly, quantities are hard to measure - I recommend using a scale.

The tea brews up to a tan coloured cup with a sweet, pollen-infused scent. It's appeal is really all in the finish. The smooth, malty top and middle notes are nothing to complain about but it's the intensely sweet, honeyed finish that really shines. Ripe plum and cinnamon flavours linger in the silky, sweet aftertaste.

After a 3 minute-long brew, cup number 2 is more layered. While it's less sweet, woody, tannic and savoury flavours have come into play. The results are satisfying and easy to drink. A third cup is in the same vein following a 4 minute-long steep, with its rich toasted bread notes. The sweet, plummy finish still adds a good amount of zip to each sip.

I tried a final fourth steep using a 5 and a half minute-long infusion. Cinnamon, honey and bread notes are still present but the tea is getting milder and thinner in feel overall. The flavour profile is still nicely balanced though, with barely a trace of roughness to the finish.

Creamy, rich and filling, this is one of the best examples of Oriental Beauty I have come across. The leaves make for a deliciously sweet cup, time after time. Yet another winner from Driftwood Tea - highly recommended!

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