This evening the first thing I did when walking in the door was turn on the tea kettle so that I could try another of the teas that I brought back home from Germany.
Formosa was the name for Taiwan previous to the 1970’s. Today we do not see this name very often just as we do not see the name Ceylon for Sri Lanka. Both of these islands are known for their tea production.
Here you can see the beautiful color of the tea. The tea is a bit darker than the Nepal Oolong tea that I tried earlier this week.
Here you can see the tea leaves in the infuser that is now resting in the lid of the tea cup. It is now ready for further infusions.
Here is another view of the beautiful color of the tea. The aroma of the tea was really nice. I like to hold the cup where I can enjoy the aroma as it cools. The smell of the tea definitely adds to the experience of drinking a cup of tea.
It is hard to describe the feeling of breathing into a cup of hot tea and letting the steam carry the aroma into your nose.
The taste of this oolong is a complex mix of floral and woody notes. The tea is very smooth without any bitter edges and has great mouth feel. The complexity of the taste increased with the second and third infusions and it will be interesting to see how it continues to change.
The tea was a nice little celebration of the end of another training course. I can relax a bit tomorrow as I prepare for my next courses.