Tea: ZO79: Zhang Ping Shui Hsian Oolong

A Shui Hsien Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Shui Hsien Oolong
Region:Zhangping, Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Compressed
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Product page:ZO79: Zhang Ping Shui Hsian Oolong

Review of ZO79: Zhang Ping Shui Hsian Oolong

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7 of 101 of 52 of 53 of 1043 of 100
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This one is actually currently available.
I ordered 2 15g samples about a month ago. The fact I still have some left is a clue as to what I think about it :)

I admit to buying this because it's a unique brick oolong. I also figured that given the high price it should be good.
I've since learned that price is not always a good indication of quality.

So the neat little paper wrapped bricks don't have much aroma when dry and broken up. When water is added though it smells really quite nice...floral and honey.

The brewed liquor is a deep amber color, so I expected this tea to have a decent body and flavor.
But no matter how I brewed this it tasted like hot water...almost no flavor present at all. At least none detected by me.
Maybe I should have tried brewing a full 15g brick in my smallest gaiwan. That would be a ridiculous amount of leaf for one tea session however and very cost prohibitive.

Another thing I did not like was the large amount of thick twigs and stems. I certainly expected much better from this tea.
Highly disappointing, flavorless and way overpriced.

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