”Oriental Beauty” favored by the Queen of England
Taiwanese tea masters introduced advanced tea planting and tea-making techniques in Taiwan to enhance the quality and popularity of tea.Supplemented by a unique environment and weather, ChiangMai has become a famous tea area in the world.
The most famous tea of all is "Oriental Beauty." Under the efforts of Taiwanese tea masters , "Oriental Beauty" and a variety of high-quality organic teas set foot on the journey of aroma.
Legend has it that many years ago, a Taiwanese tea farmer discovered that his tea tree was heavily bitten by insects. The leaves on the tea tree grew poorly. There were many spots on the tea tree where many leaves were curled up. He refused to compromise. Instead, he picked these "bad" fresh leaves, made oolong tea according to normal processing, and then had tea to sell. Unexpectedly, the Tea House Comprador found that the taste of these teas was sweet and had sweet, ripe fruit and honey aromas. Therefore, they paid a high price to purchase it. This tea hit the market from then on, making waves in the world. Such is its divine taste that some British merchants dedicated the tea to the Queen of England. The Queen brewed it in a crystal cup and saw the colorful tea leaves bouncing in the water. It was very beautiful, aromatic and full of flavor. Knowing the tea came from Formosa in the East, the Queen praised that it was just like a Chinese lady's graceful dance. After several delightful sips, she was full of amazement and designated it the name of "Oriental Beauty Tea."
Oriental Beauty Tea attributes its unique and wonderful flavor to Jacobiasca formisana (Tea green leafhopper), a green cricket-like insect hiding in the green leaves, which makes it hard to find. The prescence of the leafhopper causes chemical changes in tea plants. The leaf buds are low in chlorophyll, soluble sugars, total free amino acids, and moisture contents, while rich in polyphenols, catechins, several proteins, and caffeine.
By hand-picking one bud and two leaves, grading the leaves, refining the roast and packaging, the tea leaves are white, green, yellow, red, or brown and white with the aroma of thick honey and ripe fruit.
The process seems simple, but it is not easy to form high-quality Oriental Beauty Tea. First of all, it must be the kind of tea that can produce those specific aromatic substances. Second, they need a suitable natural environment and climate, and the uncertainty of the rise and fall of insects is very high. Oriental Beauty Tea must be harvested in hot June and July weather. Third, one cannot apply pesticides, so other pests will also multiply and affect the growth of tea.
Due to the stringent environment, Oriental Beauty Tea's picking costs are very high. The instability of the output leads to quality variations so high-quality Oriental Beauty Tea is naturally rare.