First Grade Shou Mei (ZW20)

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From Upton Tea

This tea is very difficult to distinguish from Upton's Organic Shou Mei Classic (ZW23). The dry leaves of this tea are bolder and more heterogeneous in colour and shape, with more browner leaves and more irregular shapes. The aroma is weaker but otherwise similar.

The aroma is light, clean, and fresh, with a hint of richness. Very similar to ZW23. There's more of a tanginess to the flavor in this tea, and I can't decide if I like that or not.

Bottom line? Compared to ZW23, this tea is slightly more expensive, slightly more difficult to brew properly, has a weaker and less interesting aroma, and is not organic. In my opinion there's no reason to buy this one, when ZW23 wins on all counts.

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