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.
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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.
Light brown and green leaves.
A wonderful aroma with notes of tropical fruits like guava, and stone fruits like peaches.
This can be quite a light bodied oolong.
Subtle flavors of spring honey, fresh white peaches, and buttered toast.