Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Wednesday's Oolong -- Formosa Beauty

Formosa Beauty

Origin: Taiwan

Description: The island of Taiwan was previously known as Formosa, which is Latin for Beauty. This tea is commonly referred to as Oriental Beauty, as designated by Queen Elizabeth II, this tea is similar in taste and appearance to a first flush Darjeeling. This Taiwanese tea's flavor is fruity, rich and smooth, perhaps even a touch sweet. This is also known as Pong Fong tea (in Taiwanese, which means to brag), Puff tea, and Eastern Beauty. Formosa Beauty is great for multiple infusions -- it's complexity unfolds with each brewing. While other dark oolongs are a perfect match to grilled foods, this one is an especially nice complement to duck. 212°F 1-2 level teaspoon tea per 8 ounces water; steep for 5 minutes.

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