Tea: Oolong Fine Grade

An Oolong Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Picture of Oolong Fine Grade
Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Oolong Tea
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
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Product page:Oolong Fine Grade

Review of Oolong Fine Grade

AromaFlavorValueTotal
6 of 102 of 53 of 557 of 100
GoodMediocreReasonable

This tea is one step up (in price and presumably quality) from TT11. It lives up to my expectations. Surprisingly, however, the leaves are more finely broken in this tea. Visually, I'd expect this to be the lower grade tea, but actually brewing the two teas demonstrates otherwise.

I find this tea to have significantly more complexity in its aroma than TT11. It's also less bitter, but unfortunately, considerably more astringent. I'd describe the aroma as earthy with a hint of spice. There's a faint suggestion of rose-like floral tones characteristic of some black teas, but they emerge briefly and then quickly vanish, leaving a plain, almost bland finish.

I found Upton's brewing instructions to work well. When brewing a single cup, it would be hard for me to say whether or not I prefer this or TT11, I'd be inclined to say I actually prefer TT11 because I like its bitterness and could do without the astringency of this tea.

I had better luck with brewing multiple infusions from this tea than either TT11 or the fannings grade. The second cup of this tea fairly flavorful and full-bodied, but less complex in aroma--the floral tones in particular were totally absent.

Bottom line? I'm still not impressed with any of these teas...when ordering a darker oolong from Upton, I'd go with one of the Chinese offerings. When ordering a darker Taiwanese oolong, I'd look for another source.

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