The Oriental Beauty tea of Taiwan Oolong teas, some people also called it “White Tip Oolong tea”, besides these two names, Oriental Beauty tea also has many different names in Taiwan, like Boast Tea or Bitten Tea. "Oriental Beauty tea", this name is more famous in western countries, some people said this name was started from 19 century, when Taiwanese started to export Taiwan Oolong tea to western countries, because Oriental Beauty tea has very special aroma, so one of Taiwan Oolong tea merchants decided to dedicate it to the Queen of England. The Queen also love this special aroma very much when she tasting. Because this Taiwan Oolong tea was from Formosa in eastern countries, so the Queen gave this Taiwan Oolong tea a romantic new name "Oriental Beauty tea".
Besides that, Oriental Beauty tea also has a very interesting name called “Boast Tea” in Taiwan, this name was started from a Taiwan Oolong tea farmer, because this Oolong tea farmer was hard to threw his Oolong tea away even tea leafhopper gnawed his Oolong tea very serious, therefore, he still decided to make his Oolong tea like normal Oolong teas and also took it to sell in the market. Because this leafhopper gnawed Oolong tea's aroma is more rich than other Oolong teas, so he sold out all of this Oolong tea shortly with a very high price than other Oolong teas. This unexpected result makes this Oolong tea farmer very happy, so he show off to everybody who he meet after he came back to his home. Because nobody believe Oolong tea's aroma will become more rich after tea leafhopper gnawed in that time, and they also not believe that a tea leafhopper gnawed Oolong tea also could sell a price higher than other normal Oolong teas, so everyone said this Oolong tea farmer is a boaster, and called this Oolong tea is a boast Oolong tea.
The most important point to make Taiwan Oolong tea become Oriental Beauty tea is Oolong tea leaf must be gnawed by tea leafhopper during its growing time. Because tea leafhopper only suck the nutrition from Oolong tea leaf and not eat the Oolong tea leaf. When tea leafhopper suck Oolong tea leaf, Oolong tea leaf will start its defense system to secreting "Jasmine Alcohol", because this "Jasmine Alcohol" will attracts tea leafhopper's enemy come to eat tea leafhopper, and this "Jasmine Alcohol" also is the point that makes Oriental Beauty tea has rich floral and honey aroma than other Oolong teas.
Compare with other Oolong teas, a high quality Oriental Beauty tea need to pay more attention during its Oolong tea leaf growth time, and Oriental Beauty tea harvesting quantity also is more less than other Oolong teas, because not all the Oolong tea leaf will be gnaw by tea leafhopper during its growth time, therefore, Oriental Beauty tea supply quantity also is not very stable every year. Because Oolong tea leaf gnawing situation will effects Oriental Beauty tea's harvesting quantity and its floral and honey aroma, when tea leafhopper gnawing more, it will let Oriental Beauty tea contains more rich aroma, but it also will reduce its harvesting quantity. These reasons makes a real high quality Oriental Beauty tea became very precious and rare.
How to brewing Oriental Beauty tea
Most of time, when we brewing Taiwan Oolong tea, it will be better to keep water temperature around 95 to 100 degree, but this water temperature is too high to brewing Oriental Beauty tea, the better water temperature for brewing Oriental Beauty tea is around 70~85 degree, and appropriate tea leaf quantity is around 25% to 40% of teapot capacity, of course we can add or reduce tea leaf quantity depend on how heavy that you love to drink. In Taiwan, we usually control the first brewing time between 5~8 seconds, and we also not drink this first round Oriental Beauty tea mostly, we call this action is “wake up tea”. Because we use lower water temperature to brewing Oriental Beauty tea, so we suggest everyone can brewing Oriental Beauty tea around 60 seconds at second time brewing, let Oriental Beauty tea can release its aroma more completely, from third to fifth time brewing, we can add 30 seconds in each brewing, finally, we can appropriate to add brewing time after fifth times brewing, a nice Oriental Beauty tea can be brewing for 10 to 12 times.