March 15, 2008

February Upton Tea order

I finished the Second Grade Tie-Guan-Yin sample from Upton Tea Imports without taking a photograph. It was delicious oolong. Buttery, yeasty, like healthy warm grass and soil. I am now drinking the First Grade Tie-Guan-Yin sample which is not as flavorful as the Second Grade, but after a five minute steep it has the warm grass and soil nose.

I am also drinking the Young Hyson Ceylon Green pictured above. I mis-ordered. I thought I was ordering the Young Hyson China Green which I had in a Boston Tea Sampler. The China Green was very good - I did not keep tasting notes. The Ceylon Green is more twiggy than the China Green. The other teas in the order are Pu-erh Tuo Cha (15g), Kenya Whole Leaf green (also 15g and yes, Kenya grows green tea), and Roasted Yerba Mate (12g).

First Grade Tie-Guan-Yin oolong: dry; after steeping

at 2 minute and 5 minute steep (Upton Tea recommends 4-5 minute steep)


  1. I have never tried Upton's oolong tea. I usually only drink oolong tea. My favorite oolong is milk oolong. This tea has a rich sweet, milky taste that is natural to the leaves and not an additive. I love drinking it instead have dessert.

  2. Stan, thanks for the comment and the introduction to milk oolong. I am unfamiliar with this oolong, but will include it in a future tea order.


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