REVIEW: Chateau Rouge Teas – Formosa Pouchong Oolong

Chateau Rouge Teas - Formosa Pouchong Oolong

– Tea: Formosa Pouchong Green Oolong from Taipei county, Northern Taiwan.
– Sample provided by: Chateau Rouge Teas.
– Retail price: 50 gram pouch for £11.95 / 100 gram pouch for £19.95.
– Link to Formosa Pouchong Oolong on Chateau Rouge website.

My comments:
I have never met a green oolong from Taiwan that I did not like, and this Formosa Pouchong from Chateau Rouge did not disappoint.

When I opened the pouch, the appearance of the dry leaf made a strong first impression. It is very leafy, with long, dark green leaves, and intrigues you to get it in your teapot as quickly as possible. I infused the tea three times and found that its flavour, aroma and cup colour remained consistent with each infusion. For my taste, the second infusion was the best because the flavour was slightly stronger.

After trying this tea for the first time, I knew it was good – it has the aroma and taste that make Taiwanese oolongs special – but I was not sure if it was for me because of how light the tea is. But after making the tea two more times, I really embraced this lightness (by nature, Foroma Pouchongs are going to be light, so either you embrace it or you don’t). This tea has a refreshing, delicate and sweet flavour that I highly recommend you try.

My review: 4.25/5

IMG_6077 First infusion, steeped 3 minutes

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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