Fanciest Formosa Oolong

4.5 star rating 48 Reviews

Fanciest Formosa is another great oolong absolutely delicious and widely sought after. It also has an interesting story…The tea plant protects itself from attack by creating a compound that has a wonderful peachy aroma, perhaps better than any other oolong. Mike saw the plants on the defensive on his last trip to Taiwan; he found it fascinating to observe this remarkable botanical process.

Mike's Tea Ratings

Briskness: 1
Body: 1
Aroma: 4
Details: This tea is made in northern Taiwan and is twisted (as opposed to the balled style.) It is done around June, later than other oolongs. The growers allow a leaf hopper (Jacobiasca formosana) to attack the tea leaves. The plants release a compound in self-defense that we find deliciously similar in flavor to peaches.
Dry Leaves: Light brown and green leaves.
Liquor: Copper.
Aroma: A wonderful aroma with notes of tropical fruits like guava, and stone fruits like peaches.
Caffeine Level: Caffeinated
Body: This can be quite a light bodied oolong.
Flavors: Subtle flavors of spring honey, fresh white peaches, and buttered toast.
Brewing Time: 4 to 5 minutes
Brewing Temp: 205° Fº