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Frances Bissell's Special Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

A smooth and pleasant Ceylon. Nothing out of the ordinary to my taste but perfectly enjoyable. Good with milk or lemon & sugar.

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Leadenhall Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

A good versatile blend that works well with milk or lemon/lime. Probably would be good on ice too. Fairly smooth with some iron/cedar taste. Good value too.

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Duflating Estate FTGFOP1 Cl/Spl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Jorhat, Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

This is a very nice Assam with a complex and enjoyable taste. Pricey but good.

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Formosa Amber Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 25th, 2019

This is a flavorful oolong. I tasted marzipan, chestnut, and some woody notes. It gets more flavorful as it cools, which leads me to think it would be good on ice. The price is a little high, but this is clearly a notch above the average Chinese restaurant oolong.

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Organic Berry Fruit Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 24th, 2019

Fairly typical example of the style. Organic hibiscus, rosehips, elderberry flowers, apple, and orange peels, plus some natural flavoring. Not outstanding but certainly pleasant. This has a strong strawberry note, which I guess comes from the flavoring.

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Special Grade Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Green from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 23rd, 2019

A good inexpensive Chinese green. Fairly sharp and peppery on the palate. The earthy, leafy aroma is quite nice. You could certainly do worse at this price.

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Lapsang Souchong Imperial from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 22nd, 2019

This is a perfectly good Lapsang Souchong. Smoky and lightly bitter, but not harsh. Slightly aromatic finish.

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Traditional Masala Chai from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 22nd, 2019

This is a finely ground mainstream Indian tea with the spices (cinnamon, cardomom, ginger, and clove) mixed in with it. It is not as good as making chai with fresh spices, but this makes a perfectly acceptable masala chai.

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Earl Grey Chocolate from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 22nd, 2019

I thought this might be a real mess - (a blend of tea, bergamot, chocolate, flower petals and lemon peel?) - but it is a nice mellow tea, best with milk. Excellent when some lapsang souchong is added!

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Namring Estate FTGFOP1 In-Between (DJ-44) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling In-Between – Region: Darjeeling, India

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 22nd, 2019

2 - A fairly light smooth Darjeeling. All right but seems overpriced.

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Mangalam Estate FTGFOP1 Cl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Sivasagar, Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 22nd, 2019

A very nice assam - flavorful nutty (walnuts) and well balanced.

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Season's Pick Halmari Estate BP Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Solid Assam, with a woody flavor and some ironic tannins, but still smooth. Certainly worth the bargain price.

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Assam Leaf Tea - Halmari Estate from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Thanks to Greg and Inge for this Christmas gift. A malty and complex Assam that feels very nice on the palate. This went very well with soy milk, which is not what always happens when I add soy milk. A treat for sure.

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Plum Fruit Blend from SerendipiTea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 20th, 2019

Another in Serendipitea's line-up of flavorful fruit tisanes. This one is more expensive than the other 2 I tried, and I'm not sure why, since it follows the same pattern of ingredients (apple, hibiscus, rose hips, fruit, and natural flavor.) This has some orange peel and licorice root, which could account for the co...

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Really Raspberry from SerendipiTea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 20th, 2019

A fine fruit tisane - organic and kosher, with a strong taste of raspberry that does not taste entirely natural (some natural flavoring is added.)

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Strictly Strawberry from SerendipiTea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 20th, 2019

Very fruity and flavorful. Made from dried apple, hibiscus, rose hips, strawberry and natural strawberry flavoring. Thanks to my brother and his wife - this is the tea that turned me on to Serendipitea's flavorful, reasonably priced tisanes.

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Organic Green Darjeeling Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Green Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

55 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

Fairly sharp, light green tea. Not bad, but not much depth to it.

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Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong First Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

An earthy oolong that is good for multiple infusions.

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China Jasmine Da Zhang Select Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

35 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

An attractive tea with a nice scent but it lacks jasmine flavor. I have had other jasmines from UT that I liked more.

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Himalayan Bliss SFTGFOP1 CL from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

(Retired) An interesting tea that is good with just a little sugar and it can take milk as well. Lemon is doable too but not the best. There is a light prunelike sweetness that comes thru in the moderately robust flavor.

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Green Tea Mango Indica (retired) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

Very nicely scented and flavorful with fruity sweetness and floral notes. A little artificial flavor comes thru as well. A nice summer tea.

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Darjeeling-Ceylon Iced Tea Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

For a budget priced tea, I am very happy with this. Reasonably robust and flavorful, this shines on ice but is good hot too. Blends well with citrus and sugar. This is also an excellent choice for Indian masala chai. A very versatile and well priced tea. I've ordered it several times now.

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Rooibos Pretoria Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

I remember liking this more a couple of years ago but it is still good. Caramel and floral notes good with lemon and honey.

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Naturally Flavored Orange Spice Imperial from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

Plenty sweet and lightly spiced with clove and vanilla. This has a fair amount of orange flavor too. More than a little artificial tasting, and the base tea is bland. Nothing special here, but it is well priced.

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Staatsburgh Blend from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2018

I found this on sale at the Mills Mansion / Staatsburgh State Historic Site in Rhinebeck, NY, which is the only place you can buy it. It appears to have an inexpensive Chinese black tea base, which is flavored with apricot, red cornflowers, hazelnut, nutmeg, and something called "cinnamon spice." This is floral and s...

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