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Formosa Bonita 74


Oolong Tea from Taiwan

A smooth and complex oolong that has notes of ripened stone fruit and a floral bouquet that leaves a long and lasting sweetness in the mouth.

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A smooth and complex oolong that has notes of ripened stone fruit and a floral bouquet that leaves a long and lasting sweetness in the mouth.

We feel this tea is best-enjoyed gong fu cha style as it’s complexity and nuances are best enjoyed through multiple infusions.

Formosa Bonita is a style of oolong produced from a single cultivar. They are identified through the number reference e.g., #74. FB74 is produced from the Chin Sing cultivar that is the dominant cultivar used for high-mountain teas. It has a slow growth rate that helps to develop the complexity in the tea. Each Formosa Bonita will have a unique character and flavour. Formosa Bonita has previously been marketed and known as Brandy oolong or Red oolong.

From time-to-time, we discover exceptional teas that are produced in small quantities. We are personally very fond of FB74 in it's more classical long twisted shape. We were thrilled to find this little gem. This is made available to you in very limited-release so secure yours today.  

Origin: Lian Shan, Nantou, Taiwan

Flavour profile: Sweet | Stone Fruit | Floral

Processing highlights: Our Formosa Bonita 74 has been oxidised to around 90% producing dark fragrant leaves and finished with a light baking.  

Harvest: 2015 Summer

Cultivar: Chin Sing or Qing Xin

Tea Master: Mr Kao


Nantou is located in the geographic centre of Taiwan and is the only county that is land-locked. The region is best known for its production of Dong Ding.

You know we like discovering and exploring the relationship between terroir, cultivar and production methods and this oolong makes a wonderful discovery.

Elevation: over 2,000m

Our delicious Formosa Bonita 74 is grown at high altitude with notes of ripened stone fruit and a floral bouquet. The tea is smooth and rounded and has a lovely creamy mouthfeel.

The high level of oxidation creates an oolong that has the comfort and strength of a black tea. This tea can be drunk and enjoyed at any time of the day.

This tea pairs well with meats, buttery pastries and chocolate. Try this tea with braised pork on rice or a vegetarian quiche. This tea pairs particularly well with Alpine hard cheeses such as Beaufort.

Leaf appearance: Canvas wrapped rolled into semi-ball shape

Aroma: A floral bouquet with notes sweet potato and ripened stone fruit. 

Liquor colour: Brilliant Copper

Brewing & Storage

Store in an airtight container away from light, heat and moisture. 

Brewing Method Amount Temperature Time Infusions
Western 3g / 180mL 100˚C First brew: 3 mins, Second brew: 1 ½ mins, Third long steep for chilled tea 3
Gong Fu Cha 4-6g / 150mL 100˚C First brew: 35s Subsequent: 50-80s 5+
Cold brew 9g / 500mL Refrigerate Overnight (approximately 8hrs) 1