Tea's from certain areas have reputations to uphold, in the world of french wine they have a classification system basically prohibiting poor practices (and thus poor results) from spoiling the image of the region the wine is coming from.
There are some teas such as Oriental Beauty Oolong from Taiwan that bring up this post. In reference to texts I've read this tea should exhibit some specific characteristics, none of which are present at all to me or anyone who has tried it with me so far (this tea smells like bleach/swimming pool locker rooms.) Basing my first experience on the first time I try the tea seems ignorant, so I need to ask.
For someone to put Oriental Beauty on their product, what are the requirements? Some references are saying 60% oxidation, some 70%, some saying that the tea needs to have been affected by the insects which eat the leaves and thus changing the flavour; is any of this a law? Can I go over to Northern Taiwan and label my tea Oriental Beauty? Wikipedia says "primarily" comes from Hsinchu county, which to me means it can come from anywhere...
To jump over to India and Maragaret's Hope. I see a lot of Margaret's Hope around tea shops in my city. Margaret's Hope is the name of a tea garden, not a region (right?) and so every year the people who run this garden (a single estate?) are putting out their product with their style and specifications.
If I buy Margaret's Hope in Calgary, flew across the world to Tokyo and had Margaret's Hope there. These leaves will be the same? Does the estate limit their production based on quality and reputation?
I'll probably follow up with a bunch of questions but I think that's good enough to get started. Thanks in advance everyone!