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Formosa Ruby #18

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Edit tea info Last updated by SimplyJenW
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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  • “2 tsp in 8 oz. Fantastic tea. A smoother, sweeter tea than I would have expected at this price point. It's kind of like the Harney and Sons Formosa Oolong I like, but with more body. It's...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is a great morning. This is my tea. The leaves on this one were very big. It kind of looked like a long leaf Formosa oolong (usually I have the cheaper stuff that is in smaller leaf form). ...” Read full tasting note
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A black tea from Taiwan, this very special tea is a hybrid of the Camellia Sinensis Assamica from India and the wild Taiwanese variety growing near Sunmoon Lake. A chameleon of flavor, sometimes chocolatey, spicey, or sweet and caramely. It is always complex and wonderful.

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2 tsp in 8 oz.

Fantastic tea. A smoother, sweeter tea than I would have expected at this price point. It’s kind of like the Harney and Sons Formosa Oolong I like, but with more body. It’s lighter than the Fujian blacks I’ve tried.

I think I’m going to have to come up with a 3-tier system for the teas I like. I’m starting to realize there are a few teas in the $2/oz range that I consider good enough (and inexpensive enough) to drink often — as in daily, teas in the $5/oz ballpark (like this one) that are good for once every couple of days, and teas in the $10+/oz range that I can indulge in maybe once a week.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

i agree! this is where most of my thinking is starting to align with as well. “stuff that’s not as expensive that i’d drink everyday vs stuff that i’ll drink once a week that’s in the more expensive range as a treat”

Rachel J

Yeah. I feel like I have to narrow things down a bit now that I’ve tried a lot of different kinds if teas and am understanding where my preferences lie.

Terri HarpLady

I like this line of thinking as well. I think the reason I originally made a check-list was to get myself to quite drinking the really ‘awesome but pricey’ teas every single day, LOL. If I can’t drink a tea again until I’ve sampled all the other ones, that helps me to spread the really special ones out a little.

Rachel J

Terri, what’s your checklist look like? Intrigued… I have a spreadsheet, lol.

Terri HarpLady

It’s just a basic Table format, with 4 rows, from left to right:
Type (of tea, white, fl white, green, fl green, etc)
Name of tea (that column is the widest)
Brand (sorted alphabetically by brand, BTW)
Re (as in re-order? This is the smallest column)

I’ve got all the white teas listed first, then flavored whites, then green, & on & on through puers. Then I have all the TOMC & TOMCRs listed by month, then the tea trades I’ve done with people, then tisanes. Once I’ve sipdown something I delete it, unless I might want to re-order it, in which case I put asterisks around it…
LOL, this is incredibly organized for a right brainer like me, but that was an evening when Ms Theresa took control. She likes to create elaborate systems (which usually are doomed to failure). SO, anyway, starting this week I’m gonna print it out once a month & attempt to drink everything on the list once, LOL. It’s a pretty long list…262 currently. I think I need to start the new month with a serious sipdown spree!!

Rachel J

Nice… That’s a LOT of tea! At the height of my tea obsession, I had 50 once, and I thought I had gone over the cliff. You are way way way over the cliff!

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This is a great morning. This is my tea. The leaves on this one were very big. It kind of looked like a long leaf Formosa oolong (usually I have the cheaper stuff that is in smaller leaf form). It does brew up with a complex mix of flavors even though the color is surprisingly light. This time, I kind of get chocolate with a slight hint of cinnamon. I will definitely rebrew. This tea was not even on my order at Angelina’s. I purchased something quite a bit less expensive that was out of stock, and the owner subbed this one for me. This guy knows how to handle this type of thing, so I know I will purchase there again at some point, and it will probably include more of this particular tea! He drew me in!

For breakfast, I made the famous cheese toast with mustard. What can I say, it was absolutely delish. I had Italian bread, a garlic flavored mustard from Trader Joe’s (my favorite mustard), and finely shredded sharp cheddar. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

All hail cheese toast and mustard! My fave mustard is from Trader Joe’s too!

Brittany

You’re making my breakfast sound so boring!

ashmanra

Fixing mine now! Eating late this morning…

gmathis

I’m so peckish, even Velveeta on white bread is sounding good!

mpierce87

I think I know what my afternoon snack will be….

Indigobloom

mmmmmm. I dislike(d) mustard but I tried this and well, I think I like it now!

Indigobloom

(err, the cheese mustard bread)

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