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Yunnan GFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 2nd, 2014

My tea tastes are rather narrow. I rarely stray from Assam or Yunnan loose leaf. Trying this reminds me why I enjoy these types the best. Lovely "peppery" smell, beautiful liquor, and most important, excellent taste. Upton, in my opinion, never fails to deliver an excellent tea at a great price.

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Daisajan Estate GTGFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 7th, 2014

Dark honey color. Light on the tongue. Slight smoky after taste. I like it.

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China Pu-Erh Leaf from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 5th, 2013

This is my first try of Pu-Erh. It's very strong. The aroma is similar to damp soil. The liquor is very dark. I think this tea is strong enough for milk or cream and sugar. I will be careful in my next selection of a Pu-Erh. If you enjoy a really bold cup of tea, this might be what you are looking for.

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Monkey Picked Oolong Tea from Teavana

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 3rd, 2013

I'll start with that this tea was a gift. I usually drink an Assam or Yunnan. I don't have much experience with Oolongs. Pale amber/yellow color. The green part of the mix certainly moderates the flavor. Subtle and smooth. This should be a great choice for an Oolong fan.

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Black Snail Guangxi Province from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Guangxi, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 12th, 2013

Beautiful honey colored liquor. Mild flavor, little after taste. this is easy to drink all day. I always drink my tea straight. I think this tea flavor is too subtle for milk or sugar.

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Borsapori Estate TGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Golaghat, Assam, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 7th, 2013

For my tastes, this is an excellent tea. Easy to sip and needs nothing added. Great taste, pleasing color and aroma.

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Awake English Breakfast Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 24th, 2013

This is my usual choice on work days mornings. I go to Starbucks, quick and easy. It has good flavor and will help open your eyes on an early morning.
Full leaf, so it has decent taste. Convenient.

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Mountain Kenya Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 13th, 2013

Small leaf, similar to coffee in appearance. Mellow aroma, not overly pungent. Mild taste. Easy to sip all day.

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Black Snail from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 31st, 2013

The aroma is "earthy". The leaves are rolled into small balls, thus the snail name. Liquor has rich color. Excellent clean clear flavor. I'm impressed with this tea. Certainly it has made it to my top 3. I will purchase this tea again and again.

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Royal Golden Yunnan (T-16) from Chado Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 9th, 2013

Classic yunnan smell, rich, earthy. Liquor is a pleasant honey color. Smooth with a subtle smoky after taste.

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Kandy OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 7th, 2013

Solid with a slight after taste. Attractive dark color. Overall mild flavor.

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Vietnam Shan Tuyet Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 4th, 2013

Earthy aroma. Smooth taste, nice amber color. Mild after taste. A fine all day sipping tea.
catalog number: TV35D

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Balijan Hi Estate GOF from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 16th, 2012

Wonderful flavor and aroma. A subtle Assam, perfect all day long.

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Satishpur Chunky Assam from Harney and Sons

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 9th, 2012

I would rate this in the 'top 3' of all the teas I have tried. Very smooth and tasty. Fantastic aroma. Easy to sip all day long. Excellent!

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Orthodox TGFOP Darjeeling from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 29th, 2011

My first Darjeeling. The flavor is subtle, with a hint of smokiness. Very enjoyable.

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Tippy Orthodox GBOP Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 9th, 2011

Nice deep reddish brown liquor. I'd say a wonderful every day Assam. The price is right. The loose tea has a great aroma and inviting appearance. For the price you can't go wrong. It would be fantastic for anyone making their special blends.

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Burnside Estate Special OP from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2011

Very smooth and subtle. Excellent flavor. If you enjoy a "delicate" cup of tea, you will love this.

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Tippy Yunnan from Harney and Sons

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 17th, 2011

Excellent Yunnan. Smooth clean flavor. Crisp with no after taste.

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Indonesian Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: West Java, Indonesia

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 31st, 2011

Smooth, reminds me of a "mild" Assam.

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T-3 Milima Estate FOP from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kericho, Kenya

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 18th, 2011

Mild pungent aroma. Smooth flavor.
Certainly an "all day" tea choice.
Excellent price.
When I first spotted this tea, I was leery.
My other encounters with African grown teas have been disappointing. This one is the best so far.

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Koilamari Estate TGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 17th, 2010

What can I say? I'm am an Assam lover. This is an excellent choice, solid flavor. Very enjoyable.

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Keemun Mao Feng Imperial from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 4th, 2010

Good flavor. Crisp, flavor does not linger on the tongue.

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Black Ikumi from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 26th, 2010

Very enjoyable subtle flavor.

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East Frisian TGFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: East Frisian Tea (Ostfriesentee) – Region: Blend

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 22nd, 2010

If you love a strong blend, this will do the job.

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TM82: Himalayan TGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Himalayas

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 24th, 2010

Very enjoyable. Strong and aromatic.

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