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The leaf is green and rolled, similar in appearance to Chinese Tie Kuan Yin style oolongs. A rare tea to be grown in Vietnam.
Brew with freshly drawn boiled water that has been allowed to cool for 2 minutes for 3-5 minutes.
The tea is light and bright with fine yellow liquor. The flavour is light, buttery and smooth.
Vietnam Oriental Beauty
This Oriental Beauty is grown using the Jin Xuan cultivar, and is grown without the use of pesticides. This encourages the tea green leafhopper to feed on the leaves, stems, and buds. The insects suck juices out of the plant which encourages the plant to produce monoterpene and hotrienol which contribute to the teas unique flavour. This also causes the buds to turn white along the edges and aid in the teas beautiful appearance. A warm climate is needed for the growth of this tea, so it is planted on the leeward side of the hill, with decent humidity and sunshine. Harvesting of the tea only happens in early summer, and mid-autumn. Once picked the tea is heavily oxidised, almost to the level of black tea. Unlike most oolongs which use four or five leaves and the bud, this one uses just the bud and one leaf. This tea is heavily oxidised and non-roasted. The dry leaf is twisted with colours of dark purple and brown, with white hairs on the tips.
Brew with freshly drawn boiled water that has been allowed to cool for 2 minutes, for 3-4 minutes.
When brewed the leaf produces a fruity aroma, with a bright orange colour and a sweet tasting liquor that has hints of peach.