Sometimes, my favorite time to drink a nice hot cup of tea is first thing in the morning, prior to eating breakfast or during a long span between meals. My mouth and taste buds seem virginal – untouched by any other flavors. At these times, I have had my best tea tasting experiences – many of the more subtle flavors are more profound. Which is precisely what happened this morning. Without the benefit of breakfast, I enjoyed a cup of Formosa Oolong.
Composition: According to Tavalon Tea’s website, Formosa Oolong is a wonderful Taiwanese Oolong with sweetness, complexity and strength, often called the Champagne Oolong.
Dry Visual: Very dark, broken tea leaves with a few stems. Thanks Tavalon Tea for the wonderful picture.
Dry Aroma: Quite woodsy, but pleasant.
Flavor: Formosa Oolong has the characteristic smoothness I so enjoy when drinking a nice hot cuppa oolong tea. Naturally sweet, this tea is quite good, requiring no sweetener as found with every quality oolong I have had the pleasure of tasting. There are two distinct undertones that complement one another well – a very mild peach flavor I believe contributes to the sweetness and a more pronounced roasted flavor that adds a bit of complexity distinguishing Formosa Oolong from other oolongs I’ve previously enjoyed.
Liquor: A dark amber color - I was surprised by the color’s intensity.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time 3 minutes. I brewed for the recommended 3 minutes.
Manufacturer: Tavalon Tea
If you have enjoyed Formosa Oolong, stop by and share your experience. How does it compare to other oolongs you have enjoyed in the past. What other flavors did you experience while tasting? I look forward to hearing from you. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!