Solidly mediocre, better than expected for the price point.
“Finished up my last of this tea, and it went out with a bit of a whimper rather than the hoped for bang. Ah well, a day with oolong is better than one without.” Read full tasting note
“This is the last tea in the Upton sampler, and the only one that is a China Oolong rather than a Formosa Oolong. I've really enjoyed all of these and I'm looking forward to comparing Oolongs from...” Read full tasting note
“In a multiple steep/oolong mood today :) I am finding I really like greens and oolongs for work, because I don't have to think about sugar or milk (I have not yet evolved beyond sugar and milk in...” Read full tasting note
“Got a sample of this in my last Upton order. Glad I did, as I do like it and was happy to get to try it. This tea smells nutty, roasty, and earthy/woodsy once brewed. It's interesting. I was...” Read full tasting note
A top grade of this lesser known style of China Oolong. Slightly green, with a woody aroma and flavor. A style served in Hong Kong Chinese restaurants.
Steeping Suggestions: -
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 190º
Steep Time: 3-5 mins.
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I have the worst track record steeping this tea. For some reason I always forget about it and leave it stewing for like 15 minutes before it comes to me that I made Se Chung and left it somewhere. So today I made a big effort to steep it correctly, but to my surprise it didn’t really make much difference. It is slightly mellower, but that’s about it. The mystifying licorice flavor is still there.
Oolong literally translates to ‘black dragon’. Who knew!
Oolong teas, typically from China, are semi-oxidized teas meaning that after the tea leaves are picked, they are rolled and allowed to wither in the sun and thus oxidize in the aire libre. Oxidization produces the floral notes that characterize many oolongs. Se Chung Oolongs are oxidized for a shorter time than most other oolongs, thus lending itself more to a green tea style than a black tea.
The tea pours a golden yellow, constant throughout with grains of sediment collecting at the bottom of the cup. The tea shields its aroma through a floral coat like Poison Ivy, impenetrable yet irresistible to the casual tea purveyor. If you were to place the unfurled leaves onto a table and then roll your face in the leaves as if you were engaging with intimate areas of the temptatious super villain, you could better interact with the malty, almost caramel smells layered within the leaves themselves. Not that I would know, though.
Raising the mug to your speech-hole, you let the tainted water penetrate the cavity that is your mouth. The perverse liquid teases your taste receptors but, as the droplets trickles down the back of your throat, your buds on the tongue are left feeling unsatisfied. It has yet to be known whether this tea can finish or not. This is a sexual tea. Music pairing suggestion: the Yeezus album by Sir Kanye West.
Se Chung translates to ‘colorful variety’. How fun!