Review: Stash Tea Formosa Oolong Bay Jong

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Thumbs up!"This offering is very flavourful, smooth, easy to drink, with an excellent value to price ratio. I really can't find any down sides to it, except perhaps the fact that I'm going to have to buy myself some, and my tea cupboard is already overflowing. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 9.6/10
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Grown in Yilan County, in northeast Taiwan at an elevation of over 3500 feet, this oolong features loosely twisted leaves, rather than the more prevalent rolled nugget format. Taking a look at my sample, the large leaves are lovely mixture of dark greens and tans. They smell both smokey and fruity, a combination that immediately makes me think of oolongs.

Following the suggested instructions, I steeped 2 grams of tea, approximately 2 teaspoonfuls, in water heated to 80 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The leaves are difficult to measure being large and fluffy, so now is the time to break out the kitchen scale. The resulting straw-coloured liquor bears a faint peachy aroma. Taking a sip. smooth mineral tones lead to light floral and fruity tones. Peach, apricot, orchid, and lilac notes all make an appearance. The mix is quite sweet and easy to drink, especially since this cup has no astringency whatsoever. I could drink this all day without getting tired of it.

After 3 and a half minutes, the second steep is nearly identical to the first brew. The fruit flavours develop a bit more depth and intensity, particularly as the tea cools. The refreshing tart apricot finish is especially striking. I finish my cup in record time, again!

My third cup is a little rougher in feel than the previous steeps. Following a 4 minute-long brew, it blends a smokey dimension with a mostly floral profile. As it cools, the tea becomes increasingly smooth, infused with narcissus and lilac notes.

My fourth and final brew is still relatively sweet and floral after a 4 and a half minute-long infusion. The flavour profile is pleasantly balanced but less flavourful at this point. Vanilla tones feature prominently in the long-lasting finish. These leaves definitively have incredible staying power.

This offering is very flavourful, smooth, easy to drink, with an excellent value to price ratio. I also really enjoyed taking note of this tea's changing flavour as it cooled. I really can't find any down sides to it, except perhaps the fact that I'm going to have to buy myself some, and my tea cupboard is already overflowing. Fans of greener, floral oolongs would do well to check this one out. I'm definitely impressed with this tea – it looks as though Stash Tea isn't just for bagged teas anymore!

— To purchase Stash Tea Formosa Oolong Bay Jong, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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