Extra Fancy Formosa Oolong

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From Mark T. Wendell

Sparkling and fruity in character, its pale brew and subtle flavor is unexcelled. The leaves are big and contain the silver tip of the bud, making it a special treat for Oolong lovers. Picked once a year, our Extra Fancy Formosa Oolong from the Pei Pu region of Taiwan is considered to be the finest available.

$33.50/1/4 lb

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I am determined to get something out of this tea besides barely-there-wood flavored water. This tea is supposed to be “Extra Fancy”… am I missing something? Will I have another fataliTEA on my hands or will I be able to salvage what is left of my sample bag?

Okay, it is official. I know this is an unflavored oolong, but would it be too much to ask for just a bit of some sort of flavor? Some body? Something? I gave up and mixed about half a packet of white hot cocoa in the tea which makes the cocoa just a tiny bit more interesting due to the tiny wood-like taste of the tea. I will either use the remaining tea in cocoa or may just throw it out. I don’t know, but I’m docking some major points.


How long did you steep it? At what temperature?


Boiling, 5 minutes. I’ve even tried up to 7 minutes, nothing.


I even almost doubled the leaf amount. Maybe I just got a bad batch…


I don’t know. I’ve not tried this particular formosa Oolong … but formosa Oolong is one of my favorites… so it surprises me to read your experience with this one. Normally, I brew mine at water just below the boiling point (about 195 degrees F) for 3 minutes and it’s wonderful. Not quite as thick as a greener oolong would be, but, a nice flavor.

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I love oolong, and I love finery, especially in the tea world. So when the chance to try this tea came up…an oolong, mind you, that is supposed to be one of the finest available, and available only in limited quantities, I jumped at the opportunity.

The dry leaf holds light, vegetal notes that are, surprisingly, reminiscent of a few white teas that I have tried.

The steeped liquor is a brilliant gold, with excellent clarity (the benefits of utilizing a glass vessel for steeping). It also has a darker aroma, more akin to darjeeling. Ah, but the first sip was nothing like drinking darjeeling. Light and fruity (what specific fruit flavours – I cannot quite place), the liquor slipped over the tongue easily. Incredibly soft mouthfeel combined with a surprisingly bold, yet not overwhelming, aftertaste to provide a wonderfully pleasant drink.

Steeping the tea again, for a few minutes longer (five this time), led to a brew of much the same strength and character as the first. I was pleased at the resilience and quality of this tea. I most definitely enjoyed drinking this and would certainly keep this on my list of teas to keep in stock. I give it a 90/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.

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