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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tazo Loose Leaf Oolong Tea 'bai hao'

Tea Information:
Tea: bai hao
Type: Oolong Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Tazo
Purchase: 15th Ave Coffee & Tea
Description: Bai Hao Oolong is named for the unique appearance of its tea leaves, which are mostly dark in color but ends with a silvery tip. It is also known as "Dong Fang Mei Ren" or Oriental Beauty, a name given by Queen Elizabeth II in the early 20th century when she tasted this tea for the first time. Bai Hao Oolong is one of the most precious tea to come from Taiwan. Truly a "beauty" not to be missed.

Other names:
White Pekoe Oolong, Dong Fang Mei Ren, Oriental Beauty
(taken from

Steep Information:
Amount: 6.1g
Water: 500ml filtered water 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fresh greens, a little floral
Steeped Tea Smell: musky, sweet, a little vegetal
Flavor: vegetal, sweet
Body: Light
Aftertaste: vegetal
Liquor: translucent orange-yellow

This was a gift from Melody over at She runs an informative, friendly fan site about Starbucks, if you enjoy Starbucks or coffee it is very much worth checking out!

I did a second, new, steep:

Steep Information:
Amount: ~3tsp
Water: 750ml filtered water 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2:30 minutes
Served: Hot

It turned out more of a medium bodied tea, it really is amazing how time and temperature affect leaves!

It's no a clean enough finish to earn 4 leaves, but is a very enjoyable and not grassy vegetal tea.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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