How to brew Oriental Beauty Tea / 如何泡東方美人茶

Oriental Beauty

Oriental Beauty (Photo credit: chadao)

An alternative steeping method I learned a few days ago, it could be used in other twisted shape tea, incl. Red Jade/ TTES#18 (紅玉/台茶18號), Red Rhythm/ TTES#21 (紅韻/台茶21號), Red of 4  seasons (四季紅), or Pouchong.  

This works best for the people who do not like much in astringent  taste.  Try it sometime! Continue reading


Definitely the most luxury tasting in 2013 Nantou Global TeaExpo

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10 Taiwanese Champion teas are ready for tasting

It is definitely the most luxury tasting I’ve ever made!!!

2013 Nantou Global TeaExpo from 5th, Oct., 2013 ~27th, Oct., 2013 is holding a “Golden Tasting” event, offering 17 different exquisite Taiwanese teas to taste, 10 teas per time, only cost NTD100.  It makes a pretty good deal…

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Foguii commented on Red Rhythm/紅韻 (aka TTES#21/台茶21號), Artisanal Black Tea directly from tea farm in Taiwan!


Soft and scrumptious

Dark brown “spider legs” impress on opening this pack of rare black tea. Sweet candy, cooked apple, lychee, and pineapple are only some of the many flavours offered by the wet leaves. A velvety brew with fruit decidedly on the berry side, that also offers rose flavours and more subtle vegetal notes (hay, cut grass). This is overall a very well balanced black tea that will without a doubt please the most demanding tea drinkers.

Foguii commented on Red of Four Seasons (四季紅), Artisanal Black Tea directly from tea farm in Taiwan!


A complex, exotic brew

This exceptional tea knows how to make a frist impression, with delicate, long twisted leaves with a few golden tips, a fragrance reminiscent of wet wood, wicker, berries, and more fruity/honeyed notes as the leaves get moistened. The deep copper brew has a pleasant velvety texture and just enough astringency to balance out the sweetness. Lingering aromas of lychees, blackberries, peaches with malty undertones combine towards a fresh, menthol finish. Brilliant!

Foguii commented on Red Jade/紅玉 (aka Ruby Black or TTES#18/台茶18號), Artisanal Black Tea directly from tea farm in Taiwan!


Black tea with a citrus feel

Long twisted, dark chocolate leaves take a lighter shade of brown (tobacco) as water seeps into them. Decidedly fruity, red jade boasts tangy citrus aromas ( lemon, orange) and a very floral note, with timid malty undertones. A vivid, spicy tang, then, without astringency, that leaves a long-lasting impression with a fresh, subtle liquorice finish.