Saturday, July 25, 2009
Tea Tasting Saturday #30 - Formosa Oolong
Finally, I got to find out if Formosa Oolong differed very much from Fanciest Formosa Oolong!
Category: Oolong Tea
Purveyor: Harney and Sons
Dry leaf appearance: Tightly rolled dark tea leaves, with some lighter brown and whitish gray bits scattered about.
Wet leaf appearance: Dark (almost black), small tea leaves.
Steeping temperature and time: 1 teaspoon of tea, 205 degrees, 3 minutes.
Scent: The dry tea smelled like tree bark. The wet leaves smelled of something woodsy and vegetal.
Color: Golden brown.
Flavor: I have been looking forward to rediscovering the black teas I'm most familiar with, and this one, though an oolong, was pure delight! It reminded me not of a *weak* black tea but what I'd call a *light* black tea. A very smooth taste, very nice mouth feel, only slight astringency afterward. And I cannot *wait* to cold brew these leaves overnight!
Additional notes: Michael Harney notes that this tea "was once considered the Champagne of teas and the standard for oolongs in the United States." Interestingly, he also notes it is used mostly as a base in Harney's Earl Grey tea and other blends that call for "a mild, dark oolong."
Next week's tea: Jun Shan Yin Zhen