Formosa Bai Hao (Oolong #40)

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Oolong Tea
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Astringent, Bitter, Honey, Tannic
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 10 g 4 oz / 130 ml

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  • “Drinking a cup of #40 before heading out to lunch. And where am I going… I took my mom here for her birthday and we did the Royal-tea lunch. It was pretty cool, and...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is my first oolong, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s very mellow. Soft and sweet. I’m getting just a bit of the fruity flavor, and the flavor of the tea is fairly delicate. That being...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown no. 108 of the year 2014. The peachy note came out really nicely tonight, during multiple short steeps in the gaiwan. I did the first three at 30 seconds and the rest at 45 while watching...” Read full tasting note
  • “I keep thinking I’ve reviewed this tea and I keep being wrong! So here it finally is. The bottom line for me is that I like this much better than Adagio’s other oolongs. That said, it is not...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

Oolong tea from Taiwan. Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful’ was what the Portuguese explorers called this island. The oolong tea grown here continues to be called as such. The intense pungency and exquisite bouquet of Formosa Oolong tea is regarded to be the finest in the world. However, only the finest of Formosa teas warrant the label of ‘fancy’ grade. This is such tea. The ‘Oolong Symphony no. 40’ has dark, silver-tipped leaves and produces a mesmerizing cup of delicate peachy notes and warm, soothing flavor. Well deserving its nickname as the true champagne of teas.

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51 Tasting Notes

6 tasting notes

This is the first oolong I fell in love with. I have then discovered that I prefer roasted oolongs. I haven’t found this anywhere else but in Adagio.

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19 tasting notes

I steeped this tea 2-3 times and was pretty dissappointed at first. It was incredibly bland and dull. However, the fourth steep I just went all in and steeped two teaspoons at 205 for around 5 minutes. When I smelled the liquor I had to do a double take! It smelled like someone has poured peach juice in my cup. Let it go long like everyone suggests! This can be a great tea!

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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16 tasting notes

Deliciously smooth, yet complex oolong

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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10 tasting notes

This one is pretty good tea, but you have to be careful to use enough leaves. The leaves are very lightweight, so I recommend using more than a teaspoon per cup. I have used too few leaves before, and the result is a sort of woody taste. This tea is pretty good for everyday use, but it doesn’t have the delicious complexity of the best Taiwanese oolongs.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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37 tasting notes

Very good, dark Oolong. Picked up the sampler tin out of the cupboard not knowing much about it until I started to drink it and noted how nice and complex it is. Weak Oolongs really irk me, so this one wasn’t a problem. I would say one of the better dark Oolongs I have had in awhile. It is worth the extra cost. Try sampler first and I don’t think you will be disappointed. Definitely can handle multiple steeps.

185 °F / 85 °C

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15 tasting notes

A special tea for a special time. My all time favorite tea. Ever. Period!

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18 tasting notes

Scent of honey but great taste of Oolang. A good one from Adagio :)

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