Tea: Oolong Se Chung

A Se Chung Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Se Chung Oolong
# Ratings:5 View All
Product page:Oolong Se Chung

Review of Oolong Se Chung

9 of 105 of 55 of 593 of 100

This is my favorite offering from Upton Tea. The whole, light green leaves are tightly curled and become dark green and unfurl a great deal upon brewing.

The brewed tea is light golden green like many greener oolongs. The complex aroma has some of the cripser herbal qualities of green teas, and some sharper tones, with a hint of skunkiness. It also has darker, more mellow characteristics, and some woody tones, and a hint of a wine-like quality. The flavor is simultaneously bolder and smoother than most green teas. It is moderately bitter and becomes slightly sour if brewed for a long time, and with only the faintest hint of astringency. Overall, I love this tea, although I would classify it as a somewhat peculiar tea that not everyone would like.

This tea takes on a different character depending on how it is brewed. The brewing instructions from Upton, 1 tsp. of leaves per cup of water, and a lower temperature, work well, although I've also used a higher temperature with good results too. The leaves hold up very well to multiple infusions, and I would say it is a waste to not brew this tea in that manner. Brewing initially for a shorter period of time (3 min. or under) yields a mellow tea with hints of sharpness. Brewing longer (5+ min.) yields a darker, richer tea. I've brewed as long as 8 minutes for a very strong cup. I usually like to make two cups out of this tea by brewing the first cup for 3 min. and the second for 5, or brewing the first for 5 and the second for even longer. I've also had luck with three brews: two of 3 min. or less and one of 5+. The third cup is surprisingly complex and flavorful, and the second cup often has aromas and qualities seemingly absent from the first. I tend to brew the first cup(s) at a lower temperature and the last cup at a higher temperature.

This tea is very inexpensive relative to how subtle and interesting it is. The fact that it can be brewed multiple times and in different ways gives it even more value and versatility. I'd recommend this one to people who like trying new teas and want to try something genuinely different. Connoisseurs of Oolongs may really enjoy this one--don't be fooled by the low price, this one is a contender among the best of the greener oolongs.

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