Review: Stash Tea Formosa Oolong Bay Jong

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Thumbs up!"I did find this oolong to be enjoyable however it just doesn't have the complexity that I love in oolongs. The price is reasonable however and this would be a good tea for sipping while at work or while reading a good book."
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I do have to say that when I think of Stash Tea I tend to think bagged teas so I was very happy to discover that they also have loose teas. And quite a nice assortment for that matter. You do have to choose a type of tea and then do a little searching however as there is no way to just choose loose teas.

My tea today is an oolong from Stash Teas and they have quite a nice write up on this tea that I would like to share.
Formosa Oolong Bay Jong is light green in color and brews a pale yellow-green cup. The large leaves unfold during brewing to show off the top two leaves and bud. The liquor is very aromatic and slightly floral. The flavor is delicate with no hint of astringency or bitterness. This tea is best enjoyed during quiet times when you can really appreciate its intricate flavor and aroma.

The production of top quality oolong tea is very labor-intensive. After being plucked, fresh shoots from the tea plants are spread on a flat bamboo basket and withered in sunlight for up to an hour. The leaves are then withered indoors at room temperature for six to eight hours. Once an hour the leaves are gently agitated by hand which greatly accelerates the production of flavor components. The leaves are then pan-fired for 15 minutes at high temperatures which inactivate the leaf enzymes and stop the oxidation process. Finally the leaves are rolled and dried.

The plants selected for oolong tea production are chosen for their strong flowery aroma and beautiful large leaves. The extraordinary quality of Formosa Oolong Bay Jong comes only from Yilan County in northeast Taiwan where the soil and climate are perfect for this type of tea. The tea estates here are situated at an elevation of over 3500 feet. The Bay Jong tea is produced in very small quantities and is available only during the early stages of the harvest. Teas harvested later in the year do not produce the same wonderful flavor.

I do have disagree with the statement that the leaves are a light green in color as the leaves in my sample are a dark olive to black in coloring. They are thick and twisted and well look juicy. The aroma is very flowery reminding me of lilies and orchids. I set them up to brew using 180 degree water with a steep time of 3 minutes.

The liquor brews up to a greenish gold and the fragrance is a marriage of nuts and flowers. Very appealing. The flavor is as the website claims. It is delicate with a slight nuttiness and a floral aftertaste. Not as sweet as the aroma would lead one to believe and it has no dryness or astringency to be found.

I did find this oolong to be enjoyable however it just doesn't have the complexity that I love in oolongs. The price is reasonable however and this would be a good tea for sipping while at work or while reading a good book.

— 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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