Organic Imperial Bai Hao Oolong - Organic

This tea has been retired/discontinued. Formerly ZO93.

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Oriental Beauty
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:China
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 11, 2018

Commercial Description

An organic 'Eastern Beauty' Oolong (Wu-Long) of limited production. This bold-leaf tea yields a well-balanced cup with a rich, complex flavor. Heady notes of walnut and ripe fruit are complimented with a pleasing, floral finish. Highly recommended.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

2¼ g/cup, 180°F, 3-4 min.

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic47 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
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I found this tea to be weak in aroma and flavor. The aroma is slightly earthy but lighter than typical for a bai hao oolong, with light floral and vegetal tones, a hint of spice, and a suggestion of fruitiness. I think it's a stretch to call the aroma "complex" because it's so weak. The color of the cup is surprisingly light, even using a generous amount of leaf and brewing for 4 minutes. Smooth, with little bitterness or astringency and no sourness. Full-bodied, even if the aroma could be stronger.

Brewing with boiling water destroys a bit of the complexity and adds a mild astringency, but doesn't add any bitterness and doesn't result in a stronger or more full-bodied cup.

I'm just not feeling this one. It's expensive and it's thin and weak! Upton has many far better offerings. I found this tea was not appreciably better than significantly lower-priced Formosa oolongs, and I also strongly prefer any number of other Chinese oolongs in Upton's catalogue, again, including many ones well under half the price of this one.
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