English brand name: Daoli Oriental Trip
Chinese characters: 道理 乌龙东方美人
Pinyin: dàolǐ wūlóng dōngfāng měirén
Name origin: Dongfang meiren literally means ‘oriental beauty’ in Chinese. This is one of the most commonly used names for this type of white-tipped wulong tea.
Ingredients: buds and leaves of Camellia sinensis
Harvest year: 2012
Origin: Yunnan, China
Selected, imported, and packaged by: Daoli
Gongfu steeping suggestion:
One serving: 1 nugget
Water: ~ 80 °C, 100-250 ml
Time: 120-180 seconds
Brews: 8-10 times
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A word about the tea
Daoli Oriental Trip is a top-quality Yunnan-grown wulong tea with a rich and mellow taste. It is harvested in spring and pressed into neat rectangular nuggets for convenient storage and transportation. One of the most distinctive features of this tea is that it can be brewed 10 and even more times. Each nugget contains about eight grams of tea, and if steeped properly it can yield at least two liters of amazing beverage. It has a naturally invoked chocolaty aroma and a taste that changes from mellow to smoky and back to mellow again throughout an incredibly lengthy and emotionally rewarding steeping experience. The Chinese language has a special term to describe teas that perform so well even after multiple brews - nàipāo (耐泡). ‘Nai’ means ‘patient’ or ‘resistant’, and ‘pao’ means ‘brewing’. The legend has it that in the 19th century a British tea merchant presented a sample of this kind of tea to the British Queen, and she named it ‘oriental beauty'.
Tea and Health
The leaves of Camellia sinensis contain various polyphenol compounds that have powerful health benefits. The Chinese say that tea has a positive effect on overall health and can be used regularly as a natural way of lowering cholesterol, normalizing blood pressure, and losing weight. Learn more about tea and healthy living.
Why we like it
We brewed our very first nugget of dongfang meiren a couple of years ago, and it was so good that we bought a fair amount of that tea for gifts and personal use. Once we decided to make it part of the Daoli collection, we required the tea growers to make us a batch as close as possible to the one that we loved so much. It was easier said than done. To cut the long story short, it was the fourth batch that met and, in some ways, even exceeded our expectations, and that is the one that we ended up pressing and sending to the EU. Read more about how we do business.
Daoli Oriental Trip undergoes considerable oxidation. Hence the relatively dark color of the liquor that it produces. In fact, it’s almost as dark as typical black tea. That’s one of the reasons why many people place it somewhere between black and wulong, which may be true for some approximated version of dongfang meiren. However, due to its unique flavor characteristics, the Oriental Beauty used for this particular Daoli Trip is certainly more on the wulong side of the gustatory spectrum. The tea is made in limited quantities and the process of making it is a mixture of secret art, skill, and luck, so Oriental Trips may vary slightly from one year to another.
Miha likes to put a nugget of the Oriental Trip into a tumbler and then simply add hot water in it for hours on end, which is a great way for solitary drinking experience at both home and office. Roman, on the other hand, enjoys brewing it in his cast iron pot. This method is a bit less hassle-free, but it definitely allows to uncover more of the the Oriental Trip’s potential and makes sharing tea easy. That being said, please note that what tools you use to brew the tea isn’t nearly as important as keeping the water temperature at around 80 degrees C. Otherwise, that mellow and chocolaty taste that this trip is famous for may simply ‘burn out’.
Making your cup of tea
Tea can be steeped in a teapot, gaiwan, or a strainer placed right in your cup. Feel free to experiment with time, temperature, and quantity. If tea feels a bit strong or bitter, just use less leaves or steep it for a shorter period of time.
The purpose of the first brew is to rinse the leaves slightly, so it shouldn’t last more than five seconds and is to be discarded. Pour the hot water again (80 °C). This time let it steep for up to 2 minutes, allowing the nugget to open up. Increase the steeping time slightly with each following brew to maintain the same level of strength and fragrance.
Avoid leaving the leaves soaking in water between brews, because it makes tea taste bitter and steals a lot of its flavor. If used properly, six grams of Oriental Trip can yield more than ten middle-size cups of excellent tea.
Chinese people enjoy the original taste of tea, so they never use milk, sugar, or lemon.
Packaging and storage
Each resealable bag of Daoli Oriental Trip contains 140 grams of tea. It should be stored in a cool and dry place.
Tea lovers about this tea
Check out why this trip is so popular among our customers.
“You have to try this. I love the way nuggets open and develop nice brownish tea soup. Taste unfolds steep by steep, my favourite is the 3rd one - mellow and complex. True oriental beauty. And what a value for money. You can get a lot of tea from just one nugget.” ––Goran about Daoli Oriental Trip online
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