You Ji Bai Hao or You Ji Dong Fang Mei Ren (Organically Grown Bai Hao or Oriental Beauty)
Hsu Sheng Fu
Bai Hao, or Oriental Beauty, was first produced in the mid 1930’s, probably in 1934 or 1935. Originally known as “pong fong cha” it received the name “Oriental Beauty” in 1983 when the premier of the ROC (Taiwan) bestowed while he was visiting the town of Emei, in Hsinchu county. One of the few high grade teas to be harvested in the summer, this tea, first known as “Bai Hao” in Taiwan, reminds us a bit of a superior second flush Darjeeling. Although producers in many regions have appropriated the name “Oriental Beauty” all true Oriental Beauty is produced in Hsinchu and Miaoli counties in Taiwan.
Multi-colored twisted leaves mixed with an abundance of silver furry tips gives this tea its visual appeal. The unique flavor profile results from the way this plant develops. The tea green leaf hopper attacks the young developing bud in the spring causing it to wither on the branch. The lower leaves are harvested in the summer with the withered “white tip” attached. This tea is organically grown in Emei, Hsinchu County in Taiwan. The aroma is richly honeyed. The tea is firmly structured in the mouth and has a long finish and lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. Limited availability.
Grower: Hsu Sheng Fu Dashi
Cultivar: Qing Xin Da Pan
Region: Emei, Hsinchu
Harvest: Summer 2019
To prepare this tea in the traditional gongfu style use a gaiwan or Yixing pot and 6 grams of tea per 100ml of water at 212°F. Steep for 15 seconds and then increase time with each subsequent steep.
For an 8 oz cup, use between 3-5 grams of tea. This is a wiry leaf so practice is required to get the correct amount (best to use a scale at first.) Pour 212°F (100° C) over the leaves and steep for 1 minute. Always remember to adjust steeping time depending on water temperature, amount of tea you have and personal flavor preference. Increase time and temperature slightly with each infusion.