Results: A lightly oxidized black tea that stands best on its own. Vague citrus notes made for an okay cup. Due to the low oxidation best-enjoyed grandpa style with a nice long steep, but in the end, lacked the depth of flavor expected of a black tea.
Vendor: Upton Tea Imports
Origin: Uva Province, Sri Lanka
Tasting: Grandpa – 3 grams / 212°/ 6oz / 5-minutes
Gong-Go Gear: Tiesta Tea Brewmaster
Average number of infusions: 1 (grandpa style)
Certain words always attract my attention when I’m shopping for new teas, bold being one I’m always on the lookout for. I like big complex flavors, and Upton markets this one as such. In the end what sold me was the name, talk about a tongue twister.
Wanting to experience the full flavor of this tea and only having ten grams I opted to start out gong-fu for my first round. I was really glad that I saved enough for a grandpa session though as there just wasn’t the complexity I’m looking for in a back tea. When I finished my first session and got a good look at the leaves I could tell that this was not a fully oxidized tea. As you can see from the photos above, it looks more like an oolong but lacked any depth of flavor.
On my second go, I went full on grandpa with 3-grams of leaf and a nice long steep of 5-minutes. While this brought out some nice citrus notes, the complexity and depth I expect in a black tea was just not there. While it didn’t taste bad in any way, it just didn’t have any punch either. I hate to say it but I honestly was reminded of an old teabag.
Barely perceptible notes of sweet hay & citrus
Large uniform whole leaf
Bright golden amber w/a vague citrus aroma
Lacking the complexity one would expect from a black tea
Smooth and refreshing
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1-5 :
Tasted vaguely of tea, but lacked any complexity
Brought out some citrus notes,
but even after a 5-minute steep still lacked any depth of flavor