Tea Review

Pre-Chingming Pi Lo Chun

Upton ZG49. 2.5 grams steeped for 3 minutes at 180℉. Impression: delicate curly silvery-green strands, see photo. Dry tea smells stale. Brewed tea is very pale yellow-green, see photo. Scent is sweet, hints of cinnamon, almost like fresh pastry. Taste: Slightly floral and savory, faintly sweet, not much body. Not astringent.

Taste is too delicate for me, and does not fulfill the promise made by the tea’s lovely scent. Years ago, Upton had a pre-Chingming pi lo chun that I really liked. It reminded me of bacon and eggs. Their selections since then have been disappointing.

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