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Formosa Oolong Finest
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Discuss This on SteepsterFormosa Oolong Finest
Tea Type: Oolong

Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5
4 Star Rating
Formerly known as Formosa, Taiwan is the renowned home to the best Oolong tea available today. Taiwan enjoys an excellent climate tailored for growing tea. Humid summers that are not overly hot, and mild winter temperatures combine for ideal tea growing conditions.

Production of Oolong tea is very labor intensive. After being picked, leaves and buds are spread on a flat bamboo basket and withered under sunlight for a short period of time. Leaves are then withered further at room temperature for six to eight hours, and are agitated gently by hand once an hour. Once the leaves turn red and the moisture content drops, the leaves are pan-fired for 15 minutes at a high temperature to stop the fermentation process. The last step is to roll and dry the leaves.

Formosa Oolong tea has a distinctive taste and aroma. The leaves are long and twisted, with a mix of brown, black and red, and bits of green and silver thrown in. The liquor is amber in color, with a flowery aroma with peach undertones. The taste is delicate with slight notes of peaches, and a hint of spice, and no bitterness. An excellent tea to enjoy in the evening, or after a meal. Truly the "champagne" of teas.

Price: $7.00 (100g/3.5oz - approx 50 cups) QTY:
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Customer Reviews for Formosa Oolong Finest

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Melissa McCarthy  4 Star Rating
With a four-minute steep, Formosa Oolong Finest has a strong but not overwhelming flavour, no bitterness, a lovely flowery scent, and a slight sweetness. I didn’t notice a particular peach flavour, but that may be due to my relative inexperience with oolongs – I just don’t know what I’m looking for! It’s a good stomach-soothing tea and worth keeping in the cupboard for that alone, with that good taste and sweetness as a nice bonus.

Mike Dorosh  4 Star Rating
Oolongs come from primarily 3 regions Fujian & Guandong provinces PRC, and Tiawan. The mainland oolongs tend to have a savoriness to them - some describe this as a buttery feel. The Taiwan produced Oolongs, tend to be more delicate, and have a sweetness to them. Oolongs are teas that undergo a fermentation step during their processing. This process converts between 10% and 80% of the available sugars in the leaf, which produce the unique flavor and aroma characteristics of oolongs. These are some of the most complex, most inviting teas produced anywhere.

This Formosa Oolong Finest from Teafrog is a great example of a Taiwanese Oolong. Short reddish-black leaves with a faintly sweet aroma, with some broken leaf.

1St Steep: 3g (2tsp) tea in 6oz of 190F water, in my for Oolong Xing teapot for 4 minutes. Bright brown in cup, with a pleasantly strong spicy/perfume nose expected from Taiwanese Oolong. Spice with a bit of citrus sourness to the taste, with a nice smooth mouthfeel. The astringency is balanced and the dry aftertaste lingers.

Wet leaf shows good leaf shape, short leaf with a brown green color, and a musky smell.

2nd Steep (190F for 4.5 min) - Still a good spicy aroma, flavor much more balanced, and a slight sweetness to it. There is a bit more dryness to the aftertaste. This is a refreshing cup.

This is an excellent, every day Oolong. If you are looking for a Oolong to try, this is a good one to start with.

(via Tea Reviews - Its All About The Leaf)

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