China Oolong Se Chung (ZO10)

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Floral, Musty, Peach, Sweet
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 12 g 75 oz / 2232 ml

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From Upton Tea Imports

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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651 tasting notes

a great tea!

when i smell the leaves dry, they have a musty peachy smell.

when i smell the leaves wet, they have a sweet peachy smell.

when i smell the brewed tea, it has a sweet peachy smell too.

when i taste the brewed tea, i taste sweetness, floral and peaches.

i rate this tea a 100 because its just awesome.

Flavors: Floral, Musty, Peach, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 15 g 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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27 tasting notes

Not my favorite oolong. It’s the kind of oolong that tastes mainly like roasted barley. It’s much more complex than that, and if you like that flavor in your oolong, then I think this is a fine tea at a great price. It holds up the nutty, toasty, woodsy flavors through many steeps. I will likely keep some of this around, but may not be on my daily list. There’s a bitterness and a sweetness at the same time.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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6 tasting notes

Solidly mediocre, better than expected for the price point.

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649 tasting notes

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.

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20 tasting notes

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!

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 9 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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49 tasting notes

Tastes less vegetal than the Tie-guan-yin I tried.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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1 tasting notes

the 2012 version by Upton Tea. a rather nice aroma, but weak taste with dominant astringency & sour bitterness of stale green tea. disappointing. kind of like a not very lucky pick from chinatown.

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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5 tasting notes

I much prefer Tie Guan Ying Special Grade (Z088S). They are both floral, but the Z088S feels and taste richer towards the end. But I think they are close.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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215 tasting notes

3rd steep continues some wood & moss, 4th too faded to be satisfying. This tea’s simpler flavor profile (compared to some I’ve had) may be related to the fact that the wet, unfurled leaf lacks reddish edges or spots, being an even dark, glossy green. Good tea but not thrilling.

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