Imperial Formosa

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  • “This is the first time I can remember that the flavors described on a tea have represented almost perfectly the flavors that I get when I sip it. I know that the gap between what’s suggested and...” Read full tasting note
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Mood: Introspective, scholarly
Time: Anytime – in the study or garden courtyard
Cuisine: Fruit, chocolate, or mild cakes and cookies.
Price Per Cup: .31+
Caffeine: Low

Rarely – maybe once a generation – will a tea blend come along with flavors so rich and pure. Close your eyes. Concentrate. You’ll note the subtle wash of dates, chestnuts, cedar, and orange blossoms. It’s a constant reward for those willing to give it a chance.

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314 tasting notes

Appearance: Deep orange amber liquor. The leaves are long, dark and whole, when they’ve unfurled. A few are still attached to their twigs!

Scent: Nuts and brown maple leaves. Roasted chestnuts? A slight sprinkling of sugar.

Taste: Yum!! Definitely like roasted chestnuts! Simultaneously woodsy, leafy and sweet—like steamed sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves. A scattering of golden raisins?

Last Thoughts: I love it! I really enjoy the roasted, toasted quality intermingling with the sweet leafy-ness. I’m intrigued by the oolongs I’ve tried so far. I want to try more!
I just realized that I’m picking up nearly the same tastes as the Sugar Caramel Oolong! But this seems more “brown” than “green”—more cooked than fresh. They are both different yet similar. It’s an oolong thing, I guess. :)

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227 tasting notes

Delightful oolong with a nice honeyed flavor and notes of apricot.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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227 tasting notes

I like this one. Leaves were more on the black side but still had the fresh smell.
Tea is dark yellow, slightly orangy.
Tastes like oolong should. With a very smooth tasty feel. That yummy almond or chestnut like taste. Highly drinkable tea…

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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367 tasting notes

Between an amazing Star Wars event at my library and the US premiere of the new Dr. Who tonight I feel wiped out. (I gots me a photo of a Stormtrooper and me holding a cookie! Yes, I’m that sort of nerd). All this is to say that I’m struggling writing this note. It’s a fine oolong. It seemed very very woodsy (like moss, dirt, greenery – all that jazz) in both scent and taste. I looked at the little sample packet to read what on earth I was supposed to be tasting. Maybe “musky cedar?” My wacky taste buds really couldn’t pick up anything else. My mouth did a quasi-half-hearted dance of sweetness. I had to stop at the 4th steep, but it still seemed to be going strong. I keep waffling (mmm…waffles) between thinking that I’d order more of this or not. And since I’m uncertain, then I probably won’t. NE.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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293 tasting notes

I am over halfway through my sample kit. It’s a fun voyage! I started with the teas I was most excited to try first, now I am onto the ones I wasn’t sure. This tea seems woodsy, has some twigs in the mix. Roasted flavor is medium strength. It’s a bit earthy. I didn’t resteep since I am not crazy for it. Still made a nice cup.

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247 tasting notes

I light brown even after 5 minutes of steeping, this tea can best be described as “light”. A light color, a light taste, a light weight…light.

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Sample 11/31
Finally able to drink tea again after a week and a half of post wisdom teeth extraction misery. Tea is a lovely amber color. Tea has a warm nutty taste, slightly floral, and kind of woody.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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328 tasting notes

This is delicious! Tastes like date-nut bread (which I love!) Then it changes a bit, lighter with a hint of citrus. A tease of a tea, something new with each sip. I brewed this western-style because I wasn’t sure of the amount in the sample, but I will definitely purchase a tin to steep in my tiny oolong pot—can’t wait to taste the changes then!

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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251 tasting notes

This tea is the most glorious amber color. Even my husband commented on the pretty color of the tea! It has a nice flavor, but I’m not able to describe the undertones. I taste something I familair, but I can’t quite pin it down.

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223 tasting notes

Thanks Marcus!

The scent of this tea is lovely. It’s fruity and I get a strong note of aged wood. The tea itself is quite delicate. All the flavours described come through, especially chestnut. All in all, a very pleasant tea.

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