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Amber Oolong

 
Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

About Amber Oolong

Tightly Curled, Brown, Dry Leaves
Amber Oolong Select
from Upton Tea
Amber oolong is a style of oolong tea popular in Taiwan that is darker than jade oolong but still lighter than many oolongs. Different sources claim that the level of oxidation is about 20-40%. [1,2] These "oxidation percentages" are arbitrary and subjective estimates, not measurable values. Amber oolongs tend to have a robust, earthy flavor, but still have some of the greener character of the lighter oolongs.

Amber oolong is made of the same cultivar of tea plant as Tie Guan Yin oolong. [2]

References

1. James Norwood Pratt, "Jade and Amber Oolong", T Ching (Blog), Feb. 17th, 2009.


2. Upton Tea quarterly, Upton Tea Imports, Vol. 18, No. 3, Summer 2009.

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At first I didn't like this tea. The aroma was delicious honey, but I found the bitter earthiness in the flavor a bit off putting.

However, I tried it again the next day and used a smaller amount of tea...about 5 grams brewed in a 4 ounce gaiwan. I got 7 infusions.
This time the honey came out more in the flav...

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83 / 100
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Taiwan Amber Oolong from What-Cha

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan
Apr. 23rd, 2015

So, the aroma, well...it smells really good! I am getting notes of toasted peanuts, sesame seeds, pie crust...and is that marzipan? After sniffing a bit more, yep, that is definitely marzipan!

OMG, HOW!!! This tea taste exactly like peach cobbler with an oat crust and caramelized sugar, that is just uncanny! I kinda...

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83 / 100
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Buddha's Fingers from SerendipiTea

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa
Jul. 30th, 2014

The aroma of the little curled leaves is toasty and tasty! It is a blend of toasted sesame stems and tobacco with a touch of freshly broken green stems and a finish of coal. The aroma is more savory than sweet, reminding me of autumn fires at the end of a day.

This is a smooth tea in mouthfeel but slightly sharp in...

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57 / 100
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Formosa Oolong from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa
Mar. 19th, 2012

Broken-leaf, fairly dark.

More bite than a typical bai hao oolong; more black-tea like. Fairly strong roast, some woody tones, only a hint of fruitiness. I like this more than most Chinese oolongs in its price range and of a similarly dark roast, but in the end I'd rather pay a little more for whole-leaf oolong.
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63 / 100
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Formosa Oolong from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa
Mar. 19th, 2012

This tea is interesting. It has a kind of sweet, malty flavor. It has a kind of smoky aroma. I like it more than other oolong teas I've had, but I don't tend to like them a whole lot. I added cream and sugar.

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Formosa Amber Oolong Select

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Amber Oolong
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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3 Ratings
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Formosa Oolong

Brand:Imperial Tea Garden
Style:Amber Oolong
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Formosa Amber Oolong

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Amber Oolong
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Taiwan Amber Oolong

Brand:What-Cha
Style:Amber Oolong
Region:Nantou, Taiwan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Buddha's Fingers

Brand:SerendipiTea
Style:Amber Oolong
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

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Formosa Amber Oolong Select

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Amber Oolong
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
20
3 Ratings

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