Super Fancy Formosa Oolong

Super Fancy Formosa Oolong
$18.75

 

Light in character with orchid-like undertones. A top grade Oolong with a pale yellowish green cup.

Super Fancy Formosa Oolong. (Oolong means Black Dragon in Chinese). The favored tea of many Taiwanese connoisseurs, oolong is immediately recognizable due to their stout, crinkled and rolled leaf style. When infused, the tea unfurls revealing full leaves with bruised, slightly reddish edges. The light liquor and palate cleansing profile make this tea the perfect companion to a relaxed afternoon appreciating the finer things in life.

So how is it made? In Taiwan, making Oolong is considered a precious art. To make one as fine as this, requires years of formal training to master. From nursing new seedlings, to planting, nourishing the bushes, and properly selecting the best time to pluck the leaves, the intricacies of Taiwanese tea husbandry are passed down from one generation to the next. The great masters believe that it is only through the transfer of carefully protected secrets that the finest specimens can be produced. Production involves rolling the fresh leaf followed by a brief fermentation period. Once the leaves have begun to turn brown, they are fired under high heat to capture the unique and highly intricate flavor profiles. It is interesting to note that a shorter firing produces teas with an almost peach-like character while a longer firing will produce a rich amber cup with baked notes. Super Fancy Formosa Oolong undergoes a slightly longer firing than some others and subsequently produces a cup that is exceedingly smooth, somewhat toasty and long on the finish. An exceptional tea, entirely worthy of a celebration of its own