Formosa Oolong Tea

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Brand:Health & Tea
Style:Oolong Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Formosa Oolong Tea

This tea's info last updated: Feb. 13, 2015

Commercial Description

During the brewing process the semiball-rolled leaves with attached stream will open and reveal fresh floral flavors and aroma. This full-body Oolong has character with a lingering finish.

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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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A versatile tea, rich but mellow, that I can see enjoying in any weather.

The dry leaf has unusually big rolled leaves that look more loosely-rolled than most ooloongs, and has a pleasant nutty aroma with vegetal and floral notes.

Upon brewing, produces a delightful, full-bodied cup with a rich nutty aroma. There's still a greener quality, with some vegetal and floral notes, but it's predominately nutty and woody.

Very pleasant. Feels only mildly caffeinated, but feels quite filling; I can see this being a good tea to stave off hunger. I tend to enjoy it more when I'm hungry than I do after a large meal.

Brewed three average-strength infusions with ease. The second had an interesting wintergreen note which I found intriguing, but which didn't blend well with the rest of the aromas. This note was conspicuously absent from the first and third steep. The third steep had more of a cooling, herbaceous quality and was markedly less nutty.

I think I preferred making two longer steeps though, instead of three, because the aromatic complexity comes out more.

This tea seems on the pricey side for me. It's a very good tea, but I've had teas of similar quality for cheaper (compare oolongs from the Tradition brand; they have two teas that I find similar in character and level of roast, but are much cheaper). Alongside the other offerings from Health & Tea, I liked this tea better than the Four Seasons Oolong, but it didn't seem to approach the level of some of the truly singular teas, like the Ruby Black.
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