Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Imperial Tea Garden
In Taiwan, the making of oolong tea is regarded as an art form where the style and dedication of the grower is passed down through generations. Producing oolong tea involves highly specialized skills to control the withering, oxidation, and firing process. A slight varience in any of these variables can greatly affect aroma, flavor, color or finish. This tea is a long fired “amber style” tea which gives it a roasted character.
I love Formosa Oolong. In fact, up until a few years ago, Formosa Oolong WAS Oolong as far as I was concerned. I really didn’t have much experience with any other type of Oolong. In the last couple of years, I’ve been more adventurous and discovered many different types of Oolong. However, Formosa Oolong remains a favorite of mine.
This Formosa Oolong from Imperial Tea Garden is quite delicious. The flavor is mildly sweet with a peach-like quality in the background. A very smooth tea that offers a very light mouthfeel – light, but silky! There is also a very light astringency.
But the flavor is anything but “light.” I am finding this to be very flavorful. A roasty undercurrent that melds with a sweet, honey-esque note. Beautiful!
Formosa Oolong is one of those Oolong teas that tastes great however you choose to serve it. I like it hot, but it is also one of my favorite iced teas too. It doesn’t need any sweetener because it does have a natural sweetness to it, but the flavors probably won’t be overwhelmed if you choose to add a little (don’t go overboard, though!) It’s great with a thin slice of citrus fruit or a chunk or two of candied ginger. Or enjoy it the way I am now: hot with nothing added.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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