Bai Hao (Oriental Beauty)
One of the most famous teas of Taiwan, Bai Hao, also known as Oriental Beauty is a particularly challenging tea to source every year. Bai Hao is one of the "bug bitten" teas that are known for its distinct fruity notes and honey sweetness. The quality of leaf and flavor depends on an almost symbiotic relationship between the tea farmer and the leaf hopper insect which bites the tea leaves during certain times of the year, initiating a chemical reaction in the plant. This reaction along with careful processing of the tea leaves by the farmer yields the distinctive characteristics of Bai Hao Oolong.
This years Bai Hao is an exceptionally sweet, high-grade tea that has just the right amount of roast to balance and round out its fruity notes. The abundance of downy leaves also help bring out the honey and orchid like notes. A truly enjoyable tea.