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Somehow this tea fell really flat on me. It definitely is quite a bit on the malty side for an Oriental Beauty, and it definitely has a tannic/citric finish and drying aftertaste too. However, the fragrance seems to be missing and I suspect it could be attributed to the fact that it’s almost 2 years old. The body is fairly light too and the taste is also not as pronounced and rounded as I would expect from an Oriental Beauty. I get a decently strong apricot note, more so than peach and nectarine, even though those are present too. There is a decent bitterness which is nice to see and also some woody flavours (maybe rosewood?). Sweetness is also strong and it reminds me of very light maple syrup. I must say that the aftertaste is a little bit more palatable and pronounced than the taste, thus saving this tea a little for me.

Thanks for the sample, derk! :)
Somehow, Oriental Beauty is a type of tea that often varies only in details, but this one was quite different, so I am definitely glad to have tried it, even though I am not going to be ordering it in the future.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Citrus, Fruity, Malt, Maple Syrup, Nectar, Peach, Rosehips, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
derk

How palates and preferences differ! I just started brewing another teapot of this a few minutes ago and I can smell it from 5ft away. I think the added Jin Xuan and some oxidation have turned this tea into something very different than what you’d expect from any other Oriental Beauty.

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derk

How palates and preferences differ! I just started brewing another teapot of this a few minutes ago and I can smell it from 5ft away. I think the added Jin Xuan and some oxidation have turned this tea into something very different than what you’d expect from any other Oriental Beauty.

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Currently, I am a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario. Apart from teas and mathematics, I enjoy sports and traveling, as well as music of all kinds. Connect at https://rateyourmusic.com/~Togo

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and I started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth only in 2017. I rarely drink blends and generally avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied.

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100 _ Unforgettable tea, an experience that changes your life.
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