Roasted Oolong

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:China
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Roasted Oolong - ZO20

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 9, 2018

Commercial Description

This tea begins as a classic, medium-oxidized Tie-Guan-Yin, processed in the traditional style. It is finished and cured with a slow firing in bamboo baskets over a charcoal fire. The result is a tea with smooth, rich and inviting character.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

2¼ g/cup, 190°F, 3-4 min.

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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Aroma is mellow and smooth, with a pleasant woody quality. Stronger in flavor than Upton's similarly-priced non-roasted Tie Guan Yin's. I found this tea to be subtle; it grew on me, and I enjoyed the last cup I made from the sample significantly more than the first. Oddly, I find that much of the flavor sinks to the bottom of the cup.

I found Upton's brewing recommend worked well, but I also found that this tea is not greatly affected by brewing temperature. Using boiling water destroys a bit of the complexity, but still yields a tasty tea.

I also find that this tea works very well for multiple infusions. Even brewing the first for 3 minutes, I was able to get three infusions, with the second almost as strong and complex as the first, and the third weaker in flavor but still quite aromatic. I settled on brewing two cups for 3 minutes and leaving the third to brew a long time (most of the bitterness is gone by that point). If you like stronger cups you might instead try 4-5 minutes, followed by a second, very long infusion.

I think this tea can compete on an equal footing with many higher-priced teas. It's rare that I find such an inexpensive tea that is so good for multiple infusions.
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