Hualien is located at the east part of Taiwan, facing the immense Pacific Ocean in the east and leaning against the grand Central Mountain Range in the west, Hualien is the most beautiful region in Taiwan. 400 years ago while Portuguese sailors saw this land from Pacific Ocean, they were fascinated by the immense scenery of Hualien, and they called this emerald island 「Formosa」.
Hualien is famous for "Tienhe Tea" (天鶴茶), which is the tea grown in Rueisuei (瑞穗) area. Recently the tea growers in Wuhe (舞鶴, also in Rueisuei area) developed a new style Black Tea following the procedures of growing Baihao Oolong (Oriental Beauty) and Guifei Oolong. Formosa Wuhe Honey Black Tea is also naturally grown without pesticide, and favored by "green leaf cicadas", a kind of tea bug.
Just like the other versions of this tiny tea bug's art, Formosa Wuhe Honey Black Tea is full bodied and yields rich yet delicate honeyed note liquor. Its smoothness and silkiness make it a unique black tea, not only attracts tea connoisseurs, also a frequent winner in worldwide tea contests. It just became one of the "Top 10 Formosa Tea" in 2007.
Formosa Wuhe Honey Black Tea is in long twisted shape, the volume is larger than other black tea. Thus we need about 1.5 tsp of loose tea for 120cc(4oz) 90℃-95℃ (190F-203F) water. Steam about 2 min for the first brew to unroll the leaves, and add 20 seconds for the following infusions. Provides at least 5 infusions, up to 9 infusions. The tea leaves need to be fully expanded in the container, remember not to put too much loose tea to avoid over packed.
Once you get familiar with the tea, you may explore your tea by adjusting brewing time and loose tea amount.
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