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Baker Street Afternoon Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 21st, 2014

Sniffing the dry leaves transport me to a Victorian gentleman's library, blending pipe smoke, polished wood, and a comfy leather chair. It is super evocative! There are also faint flora and muscatel notes, the aroma of the blend is quite delicious.

he taste is rich, smoky and muscatel with a tiny hint of cherry with...

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Maracuja Flavored Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 19th, 2013

The aroma is very sweet and fruity, specifically exotic fruits. The citrus tones make me think of dragonfruit. Once brewed the leaves become malty and the sweetness becomes more of a passion fruit aroma. There is also a hint of peach.

The taste is not as sweet as I was expecting from the aroma and I found it a bit ...

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Young Hyson from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Young Hyson – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 15th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is mild with notes of artichoke, citrus, and grapes. The brewed tea is more like vegetation than vegetal and the liquid is very mild with delicate vegetation notes.

The taste is nothing spectacular, it is not a bad tea but it does not make me jump for joy. Mixing mild vegetal, bitter greens, a...

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China Oolong Buddha's Palm from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Fo Shou Oolong – Region: China

43 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 4th, 2013

The aroma is potent, a little too potent for my liking. Like old orchids mixed with malt and a touch of smoke. Once steeped the aroma is like tobacco and pine mixed with smoke.

The taste is like a humidor, bitter and piney with too much tobacco taste. On a second steep the taste is better with more sweetness and le...

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Japanese Ku-Ki Ho-Ji Cha (Roasted Ku-Ki Cha) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 23rd, 2013

The aroma of this tea is very strong, almost too strong! I made the mistake of sticking my face into the package and got overwhelmed! Once I sniffed the tea at a farther distance the aroma is still mostly strongly roasted hojicha, no other nuanced notes float through. Once it is brewed however it takes on notes of swee...

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South African Green Rooibos (Red Bush) Superior from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 8th, 2013

The aroma of the little leaves is very clean and reminiscent of standing in a hay field. I also notice hints of strawberry which was nice. Once brewed the aroma becomes much sweeter and takes on floral notes.

The taste is good! Not as sweet as the oxidized version but still sweet, no floral tastes but the fruit make...

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

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 14th, 2013

The aroma is full of chestnuts and orchids, once brewed it retains its original aroma but brings in more roasted quality.

The flavor is mild and more green than I usually prefer my Tie Guan Yin, but it is still delicious.

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Nepal Tea Flowers from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Tea Flowers – Region: Nepal

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 3rd, 2013

The aroma of the dried flowers is very evocative of straw flowers or chrysanthemum, slightly woody. The aroma of the liquid still has the woodsy quality but also brings in slight mineral and mossy.

The flavor of the tea flowers is incredibly sweet, not at all floral and reminds me of a mixture of Scuppernongs and A...

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Premium China Keemun from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 30th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is slightly fruity and very rich, the color is a beautiful dark amber with a tint of red. The flavor is delightful, slightly earthy and bright with absolutely no bitterness. I would describe this tea as both rich and mellow.

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Rose Congou from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Rose Black Tea – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 12th, 2013

The first thing you notice with this tea is the overpowering perfume of roses, it is like walking into a rose garden during full summer and everything is in bloom. It is not at all unpleasant or artificial smelling.

The taste is sublime, it is like drinking a rose garden with a really lovely black tea. Subtly sweet...

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Almond (Black Tea) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 12th, 2013

I love almond teas and I am always looking for new ones to try, this one did not disappoint. At first the aroma of the leaves had me a bit worried, it was almost overpowering and I thought the tea would be bitter from almond extract (a common problem with almond teas) but upon brewing I discovered that the tea was not ...

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