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Tags: Bai Hao Oolong, Fine tea, Ito En Tea Shop, Kai Japanese Restaurant, New York City, Oriental Beauty oolong tea
Categories : Oolong Tea, Tea
Enjoying Oriental Beauty Oolong from Ito En, 822 Madison Avenue (at 69th Street), NYC. It is a nicely flavored tea, if a little lighter than the finest I have ever had, the Bai Hao Oolong from C.C. Fine Tea, of which the 2008 is, perhaps, the best of the best.
But, if you are in New York City, visit Eto En and while you are at it, go upstairs and have an exceptionally fine meal in their restaurant, Kai. Great food and great tea.
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Tags: Bai Hao Oolong Tea, Big Mouth Tea, Chinese Tea, Formosa, Fujian Province, Oolong Tea, Oriental Beauty Tea, Tea
Categories : Oolong Tea
Bai Hao--two leaves one bud Photo by Craig Gibson
I just acquired some very fresh Bai Hao Oolong tea from the Fujian gardens of my Tea Master, Jason C.S. Chen. Very fresh! Bai Hao is usually known in the west as Oriental Beauty, although its original name was Big Mouth tea. Bai Hao is one of the most oxidized of the oolongs giving it that western comfort feel of a black tea whilst retaining the honey sweetness of an oolong. This is one great tea, especially when it is so fresh. Bai Hao means “white hair.” The finest camellia sinensis has white hair on the buds. This is an oolong so it is picked two leaves, one bud. Oh, and the sweetest thing about it, literally, is when bugs chew on the plant, it produces sugars as a defense. Sweet, indeed. [Photo by Craig Gibson]
Coming Soon…Bai Hao Silver Needle
In the meantime, have a cuppa on me: