Oriental Beauty Tea Cake Description:
This Oriental Beauty tea cake comes from the 2017 harvest of Oriental Beauty in the Emei Township, Xin Zhu county of Taiwan. Over the 2 year storage, the tea is periodically put through a light bake to remove moisture that is naturally absorbed by the tea. This cake reflects the same flavors expected of a high quality Oriental Beauty oolong with a fruity and floral aroma, only pressed into a cake.
The manufacturer of this tea is making the cakes to preserve history and capture the beauty of hand plucked leaves. As many younger Taiwanese move to white collar jobs, it is becoming increasingly harder to find people who will pluck tea. Many manufacturers/growers are fearing that they will need to convert to mechanical plucking, so she fears that hand pluck leaves will be forgotten. She is making the cakes to honor the beauty of the tea plant and educate her fellow Taiwanese on what they may lose.
Much like the puerh cakes, oolong cakes can be stored for years with their flavors changing with age. It is important to minimize exposure to air, moisture and light when you store to properly preserve the tea.
Each cake is approximately 100 grams.
Taiwan Oolong Tea
Taiwan Oolongs - Significance
Competition with Japan and China forced Taiwan to shift in the 1970’s to the oolong production they are well known for now. Even today, most of the tea in Taiwan is consumed locally even though they are considered among the finest of available teas worldwide. The tea industry in Taiwan is still dominated by small family owned farmers giving them control over both the growth and the manufacturing of the tea. This is a unique arrangement and is credited with creating the proper atmosphere for the creation of their diverse and superior oolongs.
- Western Style:
- Add boiling water to mug and allow the water to cool to 195°-200° or simply wait 2 minutes. Break off and steep roughly 1 Tbsp or 3-4 grams of tea per 8 oz of water. Steep for 4 minutes. It is worth experimenting with water closer to a boil.
- Gaiwan Steeping:
- Break off and steep roughly 1 g per oz of your gaiwan. Steep 30 seconds for the first infusion and add 15-30 seconds for each additional steeping. Steep as long as you are happy with the flavor.