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Heather J.

(52 reviews)
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Fuding White Tea Cake from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 4th, 2021

This tea is amazing! It has a mild chocolatey/cocoa butter flavor which is really nice. The tea is so smooth and buttery and not astringent or bitter at all!

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Trailesque

(96 reviews)
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Formosa Oolong Spring Dragon from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

40 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 26th, 2021

Are my taste buds missing something here? This is an expensive oolong, and Alex Z. gave it a good review. But it really did not do much for me, sorry to say. There is a little floral aroma, and it tasted light and fairly simple. Nothing to get excited over. Maybe I did not get a good bag of it for some reason or o...

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Singbulli Estate Second Flush (2020 EX-38) Organic Darjeeling SFTGFOP1 (TD148) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 24th, 2021

Part of Upton's Great Tea Race Collection, this Darjeeling crosses the finish line with a fine aroma and impressive flavor. There are notes of caramel, fresh leaves, and mild tannins. It is very expensive however - it costs 3 times the price of an ordinary Darjeeling, but does not offer 3 times the quality imo. Nice...

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Griffin's Wharf Afternoon Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Miscellaneous Tea-only Blend – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 9th, 2021

Here is a blend of China Congou and Lapsang Souchong that works out quite well. The LS is the dominant flavor, with the other tea smoothing and mellowing the taste a bit. It goes well with plant milk. I thought the price was a little high for this type of tea, but I would reach for it again if I was in the mood for a...

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Finest Russian Caravan from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 4th, 2021

This blend of Indian, Chinese, and Taiwanese teas has a very good aroma imo - toasty and woody, with a little caramel and butterscotch. The flavor is reasonably robust but not heavy, with a dash of metallic tannins. I had it with milk, and tried it with lemon and sugar too. That also worked out well, and which is un...

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Heather J.

(52 reviews)
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White Tea Cake from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Tea – Region: China

91 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 25th, 2021

The first thing I notice about this tea is the very comforting aroma it has. It smells and tastes sort of like freshly baked bread. It is a very smooth and easy to drink tea while still being very flavorful and interesting. It's thick bodied and it is not astringent at all which I really like.

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TarHeelTea

(3 reviews)
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Holy Basil Purple Leaf from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil – Region: India

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 24th, 2021

Clove aroma and taste with additional whiffs of I don't know what.. maybe nutmeg and black pepper.

Overall very pleasant. I got a sample of this and will definitely get more. A good choice late in the day for a caffeine free cup

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JGS1122

(84 reviews)
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Mangalam Estate 2020 Assam FOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Sivasagar, Assam, India

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 10th, 2021

Nice Assam aroma. Dark honey colored liquor. Excellent Assam taste, clean with a slightly sweet after taste.

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Old South Meeting House Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2021

The aroma has a hint of sweetness. The liquor has a pleasing medium brown color. The flavor is mild with no strong after taste. This would a be a gentle start to your day.

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New Falcon Lanka from Upton Tea Imports

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 8th, 2021

The aroma is mild with a bit of spiciness. The liquor is a very dark brown. Strong flavor, with a smoky after taste that stays on the tongue. A good 'strong' tea.

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Trailesque

(96 reviews)

Sencha Yabukita Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 22nd, 2020

This sencha does not taste or smell like anything else that I can think of. It is complex and nutty, with some broth, toasted rice, and lychee in the flavor and aroma. It is mostly lacking the sharp, capsicum/grass flavor common to inexpensive green teas. It is not a bargain, but I think it is a worthwhile purchase ...

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JGS1122

(84 reviews)
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Golden Kenya GFBOP/TGFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 18th, 2020

I was surprised by this tea. Once again, I think some teas grown outside of 'traditional' can have an usual taste. I have had tea from Kenya before and it was a bit of a disappointment. This tea turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Nice aroma, for has a very slight hint of fruit. The liquor is a beautiful deep ho...

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Trailesque

(96 reviews)

Upton Organic Tamaryokucha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Oct. 16th, 2020

Every once in a while, this low income dude likes to have a taste of what the rich imbibe. In this case, rich Japanese, probably. At the princely price of around $14 per ounce, this just might be the most expensive tea I have ever tried. And my predictable reaction is that it is not worth that kind of money, but it ...

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Upton Korean Green Tea Jung-Jak Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 13th, 2020

A green tea from Korea that has some lightly smoky, earthy bite to it. It is robust but does not cross the line into nastiness, and sells for a reasonable price. I would gladly pick this up again.

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Upton Vietnamese White Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Tea – Region: Vietnam

50 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Oct. 1st, 2020

This expensive white tea from Vietnam offers little that is new imo. It is very mild, with a pleasant white peach taste. The aroma is its most impressive feature, and it made me think of fruit salad, flowers, and woods. The second infusion was more flavorful than the first. A white tea enthusiast might find somethi...

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Bond Street English Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 28th, 2020

Here is a middle of the road English breakfast offering from Upton. It is pretty smooth, with some malty notes and tannins. It is not too heavy, nor too light. The aroma is woody and a little cardboard-like. This is meant to be served with milk, and that works nicely. I tried it with lemon also, but that brings ou...

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JGS1122

(84 reviews)

St. James Estate Pekoe Ceylon from Upton Tea Imports

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 27th, 2020

For me this is a quintessential Ceylon. Wonderful mild earthy aroma. Liquor is a place amber. Clean taste, with a hint of fruit. Glad I have tried this. Will reorder in the future.

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Seajuli Estate from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 21st, 2020

Pleasant and mild aroma, this tea has a nice appearance. Dark leaves with some golden tips. The liquor is dark brown with a hint of honey color. Tasty and smooth on the tongue. A nice hint of malt.

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Trailesque

(96 reviews)

Somerset Estate BOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

50 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2020

An unspectacular but good enough Ceylon tea. The aroma has a hint of freshly baked muffins to it. A 3 minute steep (which is what the directions called for) results in a bland but perfectly drinkable beverage.

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Earl Grey Blue Flower from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Blue Flower Earl Grey – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2020

I was blown away by this when I first tried it, but a little less so now. Btw it has a slight name and number change: it is now Blue Flower Earl Grey, NT16. The use of flowers and flavoring adds a unique and refreshing twist to the Earl Grey model. The base tea is fairly light, and I think they have reduced the inte...

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Chun Mee (Moon Palace) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Chun Mee – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 24th, 2020

This has a pleasant, grassy aroma that comes thru clearly. The dominant flavor is herbal bitterness, but it does not become overbearing when brewed according to the directions. The price could not be better for an organic product. This is a good choice for an everyday green tea.

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Java Blend (Java BOP) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Indonesia

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 22nd, 2020

This is certainly a robust-tasting tea. It has some iron-like tannins and malty, smoky notes. The second infusion was a bit of a letdown - it had already lost a fair amount of its flavor by then. This was not super thrilling, but it was well worth the rock-bottom price.

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Kandy OP from Upton Tea Imports

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 21st, 2020

You simply can't go wrong with this tea. The average tea drinker who buys bags of Lipton or Tetley would probably agree, because this is like a premium version of those products. This is smooth and pleasant, but not lacking in flavor. It contains dashes of caramel, fruit, steely tannins and a fresh, leafy aroma. It...

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JGS1122

(84 reviews)
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Original Blend Russian Caravan from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 28th, 2020

The aroma is very mild. Liquor has an amber appearance. Flavor is mild. I'm a bit underwhelmed by this tea. I was expecting it to be stronger on all front. I will not bother with this particular blend again.

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Trailesque

(96 reviews)
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Thé Mélange Russe (Russian Blend) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 5th, 2020

I wasn't even aware that this is a variation on an Earl Grey when I sampled it; I thought it was more of a standard Russian blend. So it is not a well-named tea; since when is Bergamot an ingredient in Russian style teas? But it is a pleasant cup with a very nice fragrance. A middle of the road black tea blend with ...

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