Special Edition Bohea Select

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From Upton Tea Imports

Production of this handcrafted tea requires a rare level of skill. The carefully plucked leaves are bold and have an interesting crepe-like appearance. The cup is very complex, with layers of floral and cocoa notes. The liquor is surprisingly smooth and quite flavorful. Due to the scarcity and price of this tea, we offer only sample sizes of 10 grams and a mini sample of 2 grams

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This is the most expensive tea I’ve ever bought and came in such a tiny amount (only enough for one cup) that I’ve been reluctant to try it in the course of my normal days. Today is the day I break open this excessively expensive packet of tea and see what the fuss is about.

The dry leaves are very similar to my favorite Upton tea, Bohea Select, which is not surprising since this is Bohea Select’s bigger and more elaborately hyped sister tea. The smell is similar to keemuns I’ve tasted with that slightly book-dry, slightly caramel smell. Upton says that there is a floral note there as well and I can barely smell it. As the tea develops in the cup it takes on greater sweetness. It brews into a paler color than my Bohea, but that just may be because I normally use a lot more tea than I received in this sample.

The taste is complex with the same keemun-like book dry and caramel notes as well as as a sweetness. There is no bitterness or astringency. It is a very enjoyable tea with a great deal of complexity that would be fun to explore. But is it worth $988 a pound to me? Probably not.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

Sounds like me and the uber-special Pu Ti Cha a while ago. I’ve still got the other half of that lying around and can’t make myself use it.


wow…that’s not a cheap one! at least it scored a 99 in your book!


@Angrboda think it is exactly the same situation.

@LENA Yes, because of the price it will never score a 100 sadly. But it is a very tasty and complex tea. Wouldn’t be wonderful to have all the money you needed to buy any tea you wanted over and over?


When I win the lottery, I’ll buy you a couple of pounds.

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I was disappointed in this tea. It was touted by Upton as some fancy high end tea w a price of $20 bucks for 10 g. I was hoping this would have cocoa notes as Upton mentioned instead it is a Lapsang Souchong lite w/mild smoky overtones. Glad that I just bought the 5 dollar sample.


So glad to know this. I have been trying lots of boheas and mild lapsangs lately, and I probably would have started witht he 10g pack if I hadn’t read this. Maybe try the Wuyi Shan Lapsang from Harney. I can send you a sample if you want to pm me. It is lovely, though it is also a more expensive tea. I think it was about $20 for 4 oz?

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