Tea: Tindharia Estate First Flush Green Oolong (EX-10)

A Darjeeling Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Darjeeling Oolong
Region:Darjeeling, India
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Review of Tindharia Estate First Flush Green Oolong (EX-10)

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The brewed tea is very clear, and brownish green color. The aroma is very weak, but it has a lot of flavor. It is only a bit bitter but seems highly caffeinated. The initial taste is tangy, almost pleasantly sour, and it leaves a tingly sensation on the tongue, and a moderate astringency in the aftertaste.

The aroma is nondescript: slightly vegetal, tones of asparagus. Any subtlety in the aroma is bowled over by the bold flavor. I find the aroma somewhat unpleasant.

This tea is quite unique. It does not even remotely resemble any of the green oolongs I have had from China or Taiwan. It bears a bit more similarity (but not much) to some green whole-leaf Darjeelings I've tried.

Upton recommends brewing at 160 degrees, for 3 minutes, using 1.5 teaspoons of leaves per cup of water. Brewed this way, it's drinkable. Brew it too hot (even moderate temperatures as you would for a typical oolong) and it acquires an unpleasant aroma, like overcooked broccoli. I have found this tea to be good for two infusions. The second infusion, surprisingly, retains the bold flavor, including the same tanginess, tingly sensation, and lingering astringency. Any later attempts yielded a watery cup with little aroma or flavor.

Interesting, and perhaps worth trying, but I'm not impressed. Some people may really like this, but it's not aromatic enough for me, and I don't particularly care for what aroma there is. It's precariously difficult to brew well, and even then, it has some unpleasant qualities. It's also extremely expensive...if I'm going to pay top dollar, I'd rather drink something I enjoy more.

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