Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong First Grade

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:China
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong First Grade - ZO80

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 19, 2019

Commercial Description

An Oolong (Wu-Long) with a full, spicy flavor, hinting of chestnuts. Rich golden liquor with a heady aroma and a delightful aftertaste.

RateTea Notes

This tea had been temporarily discontinued, but was recently reinstated.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

2¼ g/cup, 190ºF, 4-5 min.

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Reviewer pic50 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
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An earthy oolong that is good for multiple infusions.
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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The aroma is full of chestnuts and orchids, once brewed it retains its original aroma but brings in more roasted quality.

The flavor is mild and more green than I usually prefer my Tie Guan Yin, but it is still delicious.


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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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The tightly curled brown leaves unfurl only partially when brewing...producing a tea that's completely clear and golden in color.

Complex aroma, strongly suggesting apricot, and also having some skunky tones, and a hint of olive. Smooth, mellow flavor, contrasting with the aroma, which suggests a sharper tea. No astringency and almost no bitterness. A hint of sourness, which sinks to the bottom of the cup. Thin-bodied, like ZO78.

I followed Upton's recommendations for brewing, but I found it's important to brew for the full 5 minutes (or possibly longer), and to use a generous quantity of leaf, in order to keep the thinness of this tea in check.

I tried brewing at a higher temperature in the hope of obtaining a more full-bodied cup, but this yielded poor results: it destroyed the complexity of the aroma, and yet the tea was still very thin-bodied.

I wasn't able to get multiple infusions out of this tea. After the first 5 minute infusion, there's almost nothing left in the second cup.

This is a good tea, and I would imagine that people who like more delicate teas might love this one. I found it too thin for me. It's also pricey.

I strongly prefer Upton's Se Chung oolong (ZO10); it is much cheaper, and has some elements of the aroma in common with this tea, but is much richer, and does better with multiple infusions.
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