Bai Hao oolong is known by many names - Oriental Beauty, White Tip Oolong, Champagne oolong and Fancy Formosa Silver Tip to name just a few. This heavily oxidised Taiwanese tea is one of the most prised oolongs in the world. The sweet aroma of Bai Hao is linked to green leafhoppers that attack the tea leaves in early summer causing a chain reaction - the bitten leaves turn yellow, oxidise and release aromatic substances in their defence. Bai Hao yields luxurious floral and peach-pit fragrance that hangs heavy on the palate hours later. Incredibly sweet, fruity and lush with a delicate warm spicy undertone. Striking and thought-provoking tea, perfect for multiple infusions.
This tea contains a moderate level of caffeine | Steep at 90°C for 2-3 minutes.
Explore a variety of teas with our popular sampler set.
Four teas included are:
dancong aria, formosa bai hao, ti kuan yin, wuyi ensemble,
oolong teas of China teas
4 x 11-23g samples
fresh from origin
Formosa, meaning 'beautiful island', is what Dutch traders called Taiwan. The teas grown here, mainly north of Taipei, continue to be called as such. Tea can be harvested up to six times a year here, although the high mountain teas may be only twice a year. Oolong tea had been a very important export for the island until the 1980's, when tea growers turned their focus to native oolong enthusiasts. Today, oolong tea is mainly produced for tea lovers in Taiwan, and the rarest, most prised lots are extremely difficult to find in the West. Tea culture is so alive and well in Taiwan, annual competitions are held amongst tea growing districts to reward the most outstanding oolongs each year. Gold medal winning oolongs are some of the most expensive in the world.