- posted 13 years ago
Many years back my favorite tea was Twinings "Formosa Oolong". It had that ripe peach/apricot flavor and a wonderful aroma. Then something changed, the flavor was gone or at least changed to something very different. This was probably about the same time my Chinese History professor gave me my "white whale" oolong sending me on a now thirty-year quest.
Right now I am drinking a cup of Bai Hao Oolong from Imperial Tea. That is the old "Formosa Oolong" flavor at an astronomical price difference. Wha' happened? At least I know that my taste buds and flavor-memory of WW ("white whale") Oolong are pretty much ok. I had begun accumulated a bunch of Oolongs about that time also mostly TGY's. I remember one tin canister of a cheap TGY "Tea Set Brand" that was quite good. Now I have a hard time distinguishing between the new TGY's and other Oolongs:they are beginning to all blur into each other. Now this may be my tendency to choose lightly oxidized Oolongs, but "Twelve Trees" is nearly indistinguishable from "Crooked Horse" or other green little fists that come from various dealers. Again wha' happened?
Time to call me Ahab?