Bai Hao Formosa Oolong
$15.00 – $42.00 — available on subscription
Since its first appearance in Western markets over a century ago, Formosa Oolong is what Taiwan’s Bai Hao variety was called before the words “Taiwan” or “Bai Hao” entered common vocabulary. Once marketed as “Oriental Beauty” or “Champagne Oolong,” the Taiwanese have started to call this tea “Peng Feng,” meaning “exaggerated,” in reference to the tea becoming increasingly expensive without retaining its traditional quality. Like many modern teas, prices for Formosa Oolong have been skyrocketing while the quality plummets. After years of hard work and cooperation with our farmers, we think we have finally created a Formosa Oolong that lives up to our standards. The Formosa combines the traditional depth of flavor with a fruitiness that is reminiscent of ripe peaches with honey. The highly oxidized leaves are a crisp reddish-brown color that are rolled tightly, and prized “silver tips,” which appear when the plant heals over small lacerations in its leaves, help to intensify the tea’s already strong flavors. Finally, a deep, reddish liquor with a uniquely refreshing taste rounds off the experience. No peaks, no bites — just the pure pleasure of a superb example of one of the world’s most extraordinary teas.
Taiwan: Formally known as Formosa, Taiwan is a renowned producer of oolong teas. The oldest tea plants were found in Shi Sha Lein. Commercial cultivation began there in 1841. Li Shan and Nantou are known for its distinctive style of high mountain oolongs.
Bai Hao Oolong may be prepared in many ways, including in a regular teapot, individual Gaiwans or gongfu style. We recommend near boiling water and an infusion time of 2-3 minutes for full intensity. May be re-steeped several times by gradually increasing time and temperature. Due to the fluffy nature of the leaves, please use a bit more tea than you think you need if you are not measuring by weight. If measuring by weight, use 3-5 grams per 6-8 oz of water. Always adjust quantity of leaves, infusion time, and water temperature according to your personal preferences.