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Formosa Red #20


Formosa Red #20

  • 漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 迎香

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes honey, tropical fruit, bright

    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 迎香

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes honey, tropical fruit, bright

    Black tea crafting in Taiwan was initiated by the Japanese in 1903. In 1926, the first Assam cultivar was introduced and planted around the hills of Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County. This lake’s climate, environment, and terroir was deemed the most similar to the Assam tea gardens of India. Today, Sun Moon Lake produces the bulk of Taiwan’s black tea.

    Our Formosa Red #20, Mi Xiang is crafted from Taiwan's increasingly popular #20 cultivar (a hybrid of qing xin and varietal #2022), developed in 2004 by the Taiwanese Tea Research and Extension Station. The #20 cultivar is known for its bright, fruity-floral aroma. This particular harvest is also a mi xiang or "honey fragrance" tea; before harvest, the leaves were attacked by leafhoppers, triggering the plant to release natural terpenes that to us taste like honey.

    This tea is organically grown and produced in Yuchih, a village on the northern edge of Sun Moon Lake. The leaves were harvested mid-May, then wilted naturally, rolled, bruised and left to oxidize on covered bamboo trays until the next day when they were roasted, baked and dried.

    We absolutely love the result - a black tea with natural honeyed sweetness, underpinned by complex notes of tropical fruit and citrus. Like our other Taiwanese black teas, the bright, crisp character of #20 brings to mind a classic breakfast tea without ever needing milk or sugar.

  • tea
    1g per 1oz at 180°F for 2m

    This is our favorite way to brew most black teas, since the moderate water temperature and brew time increase sweetness and texture while limiting astringency. If you prefer a more intense brew, try increasing your water temperature. To further highlight sweetness (particularly with our mi xiang crops), reduce water temperature while increasing brew time.

    Learn the fundamentals of tea brewing and master your technique here.