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Oolong Teas: Foshou
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Foshou: Spring 2015 Premium thumbnail
 
Foshou: Spring 2015 Premium
This batch has really allowed the qualities of the foshou varietal to come to the fore. The light pilsner aroma and dry flavor are enhanced by careful charcoal baking, which adds a touch of toastiness and makes for an exceedingly smooth tea experience. This batch and the spring 2015 tieguanyin provide clear examples of what consitutes “dry” and “sweet” in a tea.
 
year:
2015
season:
spring
country:
Taiwan
region :
varietal:
foshou
15g   sample
$8.25
75g   bag
$35.00
150g   bag
$66.50
300g   vacuum-sealed bag
$126.00
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Foshou: Winter 2014 Premium thumbnail
 
Foshou: Winter 2014 Premium
Excellent complexity (in the style of the spring 2015 batch), but richer and less ephemeral overall. Charcoal-baked.
 
year:
2014
season:
winter
country:
Taiwan
region :
varietal:
foshou
15g   sample
$8.25
75g   bag
$35.00
150g   bag
$66.50
300g   vacuum-sealed bag
$126.00
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Foshou: Spring 2014 Premium thumbnail
 
Foshou: Spring 2014 Premium
Charcoal baking has made this batch very even with fine complexity.
 
year:
2014
season:
spring
country:
Taiwan
region :
varietal:
foshou
15g   sample
$7.50
75g   bag
$32.00
150g   bag
$60.80
300g   vacuum-sealed bag
$115.20
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Foshou: Winter 2012 Premium thumbnail
 
Foshou: Winter 2012 Premium
Mellow and expansive, this batch has hardly any of the dry finish typically associated with foshou, leaving the flavors of the varietal to stand on their own. Very much a modern-styled tea (processed with a light touch), this one really stands out in my memory. Even if foshou has not been your choice in the past, this tea could be worth a try.
 
year:
2012
season:
winter
country:
Taiwan
region :
varietal:
foshou
15g   sample
$7.50
75g   bag
$32.00
150g   bag
$60.80
300g   vacuum-sealed bag
$115.20
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Foshou: Spring 2011 Premium thumbnail
 
Foshou: Spring 2011 Premium
A tea with exquisite balance between its initial fruit-sweet flavor and subsequent dry finish. This batch is long on complexity with a rich color in the cup, but does not have a heavy flavor. This tea seems to me particularly suited to fall in North America, somehow mirroring the balance found among seasonal fruits, spices, and root vegetables. Limited availability.
 
year:
2011
season:
spring
country:
Taiwan
region :
varietal:
foshou
15g   sample
$7.50
75g   bag
$32.00
150g   bag
$60.80
300g   bag
$115.20
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