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Formosa Aged Wuyi Variety Oolong
Formosa Aged Wuyi Oolong 2000
Origin: Mingjian, Nantou, Taiwan 名間.南投.台灣
Style: Deep fermented Oolong, full bodied, fruity aroma
Loose leaf style: Half ball Dongding oolong style
Loose leaf color: Dark Brown
Wet leaf style: Dark Brown
Tea color: Crimson
Formosa Aged Wuyi Oolong 2000 is a very rare find in Taiwan. Wuyi Oolong refers to the tea tree variety, not the location. Wuyi Tea Tree was first introduced to Taiwan 2 centuries ago. With developements of new varieties, Wuyi Tea Tree is getting smaller areas in Taiwan. Compare to other new developed varieties such as "Jinxuan" or "Cuiyu", Wuyi produces darker oolong with riper characters, and may contain a bit more caffeine.
Aged oolong is re-roasted every few years, and stored in clay pots to enhance aging. This aging process produces the unique ripe fruit and roasted rice aromas. It is mild in caffeine and smooth for your stomach.
How to store aged oolong? It's just as easy as "let it sit there and age more", away from light, moisture, and ordor. It is not necessory to keep in air-tight container, because it helps aging if the tea is exposed to some air. It's a good idea to keep it in a clay canister, or even in a plastic bag, and store in a nice, dry, dark space.
For most of the half ball style Oolong tea, the best water temperature is "just boiled and cools a little". You can start with 1 tsp for 120cc(4oz) 95C(203F) water, steam about 1 min for the first brew to unroll the leaves. 30-40 seconds for the second infusion, and add 20 seconds for the following infusions. Provides at least 5 infusions, up to 9 infusions.
The tea leaves need to be fully expanded in the container, remember not to put too much loose tea to avoid over packed. One tip to keep in mind is the amount of dry loose tea should be around 1/5 or smaller of the teaware or container, after brewing, the tea leaves will expand to 80%-90% of the container. Once you get familiar with the tea, you may explore your own brewing method.
Gongfu teaware or Yixing pots suit best for Oolong tea, glassware, Gaiwan, or porcelain teaware are also good personal choices.