Formosa Imperial Dragon

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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From Whittard of Chelsea

Classic Formosa with a divine ‘peach skin’ aroma and flavour, gently dry and subtly orchid-like in its fragrance. This is the best grade of large silver-tipped, brown Oolong, beautifully made, which seems to have an intensely calming influence.

Brew very light using a pinch of leaves in a tea bowl, or 1 teaspoon per 2-cup teapot. Never add milk.

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237 tasting notes

One of the Secret Santa packets from Alana – and another winner! It smells very fresh coming out of the bag, with light fruit and toasty notes foremost. The leaves are long and fairly dark, and since I don’t have much experience with Formosa oolongs, I’m interested in how this turns out.

I’ll give it about 2.5 minutes for this first attempt, in 185 degrees. The liquor is a nice clear orange-brown and the smell of the tea continues to highlight the dried fruit, coming through now as a very juicy aroma. Taste-wise, it’s a great example of a classic oolong – very silky and smooth texture, just a little bit of toasted flavor, a good amount of natural sweetness, and virtually no astringency or bitterness. A real winner.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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423 tasting notes

This is a very nice Oolong that I got a few years back from Whittards, but still tastes and smells as it did when I bought it. Whittards no longer has it, from what I saw.
This tea does smell and taste a little like peaches, but with an added toasty taste to it. It is silky, not astringent, and without the mineral or grassy taste that some oolongs have. The leaves are huge, so this tea needs a lot of space to unravel. As you re-brew it the fruity tastes become more dominant than the toasted ones.

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

oooh, that sounds really nice!

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223 tasting notes

Just finished my package of this. I’m going to get some more :)

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