It feels that lately, I have been drinking a bunch of mediocre tea. The kind of mediocrity (mediocriTEA?) that has me continually reaching for the same bag of tea in hopes of either having an “A-Ha! Moment” with it or just getting it out of my collection faster so I can move on to better teas. Better teas like Formosa Fancy Bai Hao from Masters Teas.
The Formosa Fancy Bai Hao from Masters Teas is an oolong tea from Taiwan. The leaves are thinly rolled and the colors remind me of the forest floor. I see dark green leaves, brown leaves, and leaves tinged with silver or burnt orange. And the aroma is sweet and fruity, but there is also a light malty aroma that reminds me of black tea.
In place of a gaiwan, which I imagine is this teas preferred brewing vessel, I used my tea tasting set from Adagio Teas. I steeped 1.5 teaspoons of tea in about 3 oz. of 212-degree water. (Typically oolongs are steeped in cooler water, but the Masters Teas website suggested 212-degree water). My first infusion was 30 seconds, and I added 20 seconds to the following two infusions. Each time yielded a honey yellow liquor.
The first infusion was the best. Upon the first sip, I was greeted with aromas of juicy, summertime peaches. But, it was the finishing notes of sweet, clover honey that made this cup simply un-put-downable. The following infusions tasted of peach with a clean finish; the delectable honey notes were no longer present.
Overall, Formosa Fancy Bai Hao is one of those teas where a little tasting experience goes a long way. I cannot wait to drink this tea again, but I also can’t help wanting to hoard it because it was such a satisfying sip.
What is a tea you sipped recently that left you feeling impressed?
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