Oriental Beauty Formosa Wulong Tea is known by many names - Eastern Beauty, Bai Hao, White Tip, Formosa Silver Tip, and Dong Fang Mei Ren. Authentic Bai Hao hails from Hsinchu County in the northwestern part of the island of Taiwan and is grown at lower elevations between 600 and 1,600 feet. It was first produced in the 1930’s from either the Qing Xin Da Pan or Qing Xin Da Mao small-leaf cultivars. It is harvested by hand only in late June through early August after jassids, a type of leap-hopper insect, land on and nibble the leaves. Due to chemical reactions taking place in the bug-bitten leaves, they begin to undergo natural oxidation while still on the plant. After harvest, the leaves and buds are then further oxidized to around 60-70% and finished in a twisted and open leaf style.
Varying levels of oxidation result in beautiful 5-colored leaves that yield a smooth, medium-bodied, and sweet infusion with peach, honey, and woody notes.
Leaves may be infused multiple times.