The Perfect Cup: In Search of Oriental Beauty

The Perfect Cup: In Search of Oriental BeautyI drank seemingly endless cups of this Braggart’s Tea with the tea maker as farmers brought their canvas bags of fresh leaves to be inspected before purchase. Sipping it while the next batch was being made before my eyes was about as good as it gets for an oolong lover like me. 

As with all exceptional oolongs, Oriental Beauty should be steeped multiple times in a small teapot—preferably made from Yixing clay—and sipped in small, handless cups while in the company of a friend. The tea leaves a lingering finish on your tongue which can last for hours. The coppery and velvet liquor is fragrant with honeyed, floral, and fruity notes. Now, that’s a tea I, too, can brag about! 

TeaTime contributing editor Bruce Richardson is coauthor of The New Tea Companion (Expanded Third Edition, 2015) published by Benjamin Press, available at

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