Mei Ren, meaning ‘beauty,’ is named after Dong Fang Mei Ren (Oriental Beauty), a famous oolong from Hsinchu County, Taiwan. The plant cultivar used to make this style of tea tends to attract small Jassid ‘leaf hopper’ insects that bite the newly sprouted tips. This starts a live oxidation of the leaf that results in a unique, desirable flavor profile. Oxidation in all other teas happens after the leaves have been plucked. Mei Ren comes from Emei Township at an elevation 650 meters. It is aromatic and sweet with a colorful leaf appearance and amber-red brew.
Sweet brown sugar aroma with a mellow, woody base. Notes of fresh currant, blackberry and fig.
Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.
|Water Temp °F (°C)||Steep Time (minutes)||Number of Infusions||Quantity of Leaf (tsp / 8oz water)|