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drank Formosa Oolong Finest by TeaFrog
405 tasting notes

It’s a cold, rainy day here, so I wanted something roasty to warm me up – Formosa oolong definitely fits that bill. I prefer greener oolongs in general, but this is probably my favorite instance of a darker one. It’s warm, and a little sweet, and apple-y, and almost smoky; think… apples roasted in a campfire. Mmmm.

I feel a little silly for not getting a bigger bag of this with the TeaFrog order I just placed, but frankly (even though I’m trying to break the “save my favorites” habit) I don’t drink oolongs that often, and dark ones even less. But, if you like roasted oolongs, you should try it! Especially since TeaFrog 1) sends a sample of your choice with every order (and they’re generously sized samples) and 2) is having a promotion ‘til the end of the month giving you a discount for each review of their teas you’ve written.

I’ve gotten 2 steeps from this so far, and expect at least 2 more.

1 tsp, 30 second steeps, almost boiling water, 3.5oz pot

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

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