Vietnamese Oolong: Oriental Beauty
This highly oxidised oolong is certainly beautiful to look at this Vietnamese oolong Oriental Beauty delivers equally in aroma and taste. Produced at Tam Duong, at an average altitude of 3500 feet, in the shade of mount Fansipan, only the bud and first leaf is picked, unlike most oolongs which use more mature leaves. Picking is twice each year in early summer and mid autumn. Using the Jin Xuan cultivar and grown in the absence of pesticides. In attempting to defend itself against a predatory insect, the leafhopper, the leaf develops enzymes which give the tea a subtle, complex character. Beautifully open style leaves in attractive oranges and ochres have a light fruity applely and plum aroma. On the palate it is unmistakeably floral, honeyish and almost rose-like yet it is clean tasting and refreshing. Use one heaped teaspoon per cup with freshly boiled water that has come off the boil. Infuse for four minutes.
Tea from Grey’s Teas
Our teas are loose leaf and we specialise in large leaf grades. All are made using traditional orthodox methods. Our teas are from named tea gardens or defined areas of origin.
Sourcing our tea
Vietnamese oolong oriental beauty has been chosen for its distinctive, balanced flavour, aroma and appearance. Our tea is carefully sourced from long-established shippers. We can therefore guarantee the quality and origin of each tea and that it conforms to UK food and drink health regulations and our own demanding grading requirements.
The benefits of loose leaf tea
This loose leaf tea enables the full flavour characteristics of the tea to infuse. This tea is chosen for its high grade which imparts the flavour and aroma characteristics for which this tea is best known. A little extra time is necessary when infusing large leaf grades but you will be rewarded with a superior, more balanced cup. You will be well rewarded for your patience!
There are generally several packing options to choose from. These are 60 grams, 125 grams and 250 grams, the default being 125 grams in a packet. Our tough resealable packets contain a moisture barrier to ensure freshness is maintained and are specifically designed for tea. Alternatively, you can select a tin caddy for your tea. These square, silver coloured caddies have hinged lids. Again, 60 gram, 125 gram and 250 gram options are generally available as options which can be selected from the drop-down list. Packets and caddies have full-colour labels.
For delivery our standard shipping is second class post unless you choose an alternative option such as first class post or courier. Free UK shipping is available for orders over £30 and free first class post can be chosen for orders over £50.
Storing your tea
Store your tea with care by ensuring it is stored air-tight, away from heat, light, moisture and strong aromas. Our standard best-before period is one year from packing and all teas are packed to order.
A guide to our tea
You may order our full-colour, 33 page new tea guide, available as a clickable pdf for download. For more information about buying our loose leaf teas see our page How to Buy the Best Loose Leaf Tea.