TT18: Formosa Oolong Choicest

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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Choicest Oolong (Wu-Long) is a flavorful alternative to the higher priced Fancy grades, with much of the complexity and cup character. The bold leaves, with some silvery tips, produce a liquor with notes of dark grapes and hints of peach.

Steeping Suggestions: –
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 190°
Steep Time: 4-5 min.

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Had this today. While i don’t have the same aversion to this as most oolongs, it’s also not anything special. It’s a nice cup of tea but that’s about it for me.

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This is my other oolong for today. I still think so far I really like the big red robe out of all the darker oolongs I’ve tried so far.

This has a dry, roasted quality with fruity notes. I’m having a hard time guessing which fruit but I’d say white grapes. Sweet with out the tang and such of berries or citrus. This is really quite a good cup.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Brewed in an infuser mug. Went for two steepings: 4 minutes, 8.

The name made me purchase a sample. Based on the leaf appearance, I went in thinking I’d be drinking something like Oriental Beauty. The leaves are thin and a little twisty, mostly dark brown with some camouflage green and few silver and downy – although their length is much shorter in comparison.

I had a hard time making out the dry leaf aroma, although the wet leaf’s smells of green grapes. The liquor is quite aromatic. It leaves behind in the mug, after I’ve finished each infusion, a rich clover honey scent. The kind of fresh honey from the farmer’s market. I had a gigantic aroma cup (the mug is on the tall, thin side).

At this point, I’d say this Taiwanese oolong is very much more like an autumn flush Darjeeling than an Oriental Beauty. The liquor is burnt orange, medium-bodied, and slightly thick. A honey flavor dominates and strengthens as the liquor cools. Red grapes take over in the aftertaste. Doesn’t leave a dry throat after I swallow. The honey and muscatel notes are not BOOM POW like they are in OB. They taste more subdued, gentler and kind of muted. Also, it even feels like autumn flush Darjeeling – both in the mouth and in effect of the body.

Decent quality, good price for 80g. I had an interesting experience with this.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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