drank Formosa Fancy by PostTea
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Day 15 of the PostTea advent. Like the straight sencha the other day, today’s tea is a straight oolong. Although there have been a lot of flavoured blends included in the calendar, it’s nice to have a few more low-key teas in there too. It’s a nice change of pace. I’m also pleased with the variety there has been – it’s not all black or green teas.

Which brings me to today’s. I’m not the greatest oolong fan, although I’m always willing to try a new thing. I’ve had formosa oolong before from different companies, but it’s not a variety I drink regularly as I’m not over sold on roasted oolongs. I thought I’d prefer them, given that they’re more similar to black tea than green oolongs, but in general I prefer the green. Anyway, as roasted oolongs go, this is a palatable one. It’s fairly sweet, with an almost nutty flavour underlying – it’s putting me in mind of pecans! That brings with it a slight tail-end bitterness, like slightly burnt nut skin, but on the whole it’s sweetish, and ever so slightly malty.

I really quite like this one.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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