Formosa Special White Tea

This tea has been retired/discontinued. Formerly TT95.

Picture of Formosa Special White Tea
Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:White Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 11, 2018

Commercial Description

We are pleased to introduce this Formosa white tea, a relatively new offering from Taiwan. The leaves are bold, with a crêpey appearance and a fresh, clean aroma. The light, golden-jade cup has delicate hints of fruit, with a balanced, creamy smoothness and clean finish.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

2¼ g/cup, 180°F, 3 min.

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Reviewer pic47 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
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I found this tea disappointing, especially for its price, which makes it interesting for me to see that it has been dropped from Upton's carryings.

The aroma of this tea reminds me of a green tea. The cup has a clean and crisp quality, like a good Japanese sencha, but without much bitterness or sharpness. There are a few grassy tones in the aroma, but they quickly vanish into a light sweetness. Like Taiwanese Pouchongs, this tea has a honey-like quality, but also a bit of a fishy aroma as well.

I would say this tea is subtle and mellow, but complex. But it's light, bordering on weak, and there are enough unpleasant aspects to the aroma to keep me from enjoying it.

I experimented a good deal with the brewing of this one. I prefer steeping much longer than recommended, and using more leaf. Steeping too long, however, brings out the fishy quality. The way I finally settled on brewing this tea came out to a cost of $1 per cup. At such a high price, this tea would be competing with some of the best of the best teas. I can't say I was surprised or disappointed when I saw Upton had discontinued it.
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