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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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Powerhouse from SerendipiTea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 19th, 2020

This is an organic fruit and spice tisane that is made with apricot, apple, raspberry, orange peel, spearmint, hibiscus, turmeric, black pepper, and rosehips, plus some (organic) apple, raspberry, and orange flavoring. So quite a blend! It is not a typical tart and fruity hibiscus plus fruit flavor mix. The apricot ...

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Golden Milk Mix from SerendipiTea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 17th, 2020

This is an interesting blend of spices that is designed to be infused with milk. I make mine with non-dairy milk, and that may have affected the flavor some. The result is a very hot and spicy tea. Black pepper and chili pepper are the 2 main ingredients, bolstered by some ginger, coconut, cinnamon, and turmeric. I...

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Koh Samet Sun from SerendipiTea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 14th, 2020

This is a simple but charming tisane, made entirely of organic ginger, lemongrass, and orange peel. It is naturally very sweet, and even a teaspoon of honey or sugar makes it taste very sugary. The lemongrass dominates, with the orange and ginger playing supporting roles. I have to take a couple of points off for th...

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Season's Pick Vietnam Eastern Beauty Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Oriental Beauty – Region: Vietnam

40 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 29th, 2020

This gets some good reviews on Upton's website and sells for an above average price, but it didn't do much for me. The aroma is pleasant enough, but the flavor is bland and weak. I can't recommend this one.

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Upton South Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 6th, 2020

This is a new entry in Upton's growing list of breakfast blends; it was created as on of their 30th anniversary specials. It is not as robust or malty as some breakfast blends, but not extra mild either - it falls somewhere in the middle. This has a little nip to it. The price is a little high.

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Oolong Standard Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 2nd, 2020

A flavorful and complex oolong that is better than your average Chinese restaurant tea. This has a very nice garden/forest like aroma. The flavor is complex and leans toward the brighter, cleaner end of the oolong spectrum. The price is a little higher than I would expect for an everyday oolong, but it makes sense g...

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New England Holiday Chai with Vanilla from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 1st, 2020

A special holiday season release from Upton. Now here is a new concept - a "New England Chai." This has a mellow black tea base and is spruced up with vanilla and other spices - I could make out some cardomom and what I thought was allspice but appears to be clove. It is pleasantly spicy and has a nice aroma, but Up...

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C.T.C. Irish Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

A blend of Assam teas that turns out to be smooth and flavorful, and offered at an excellent price by Upton. It has been one of their top sellers, for a long time, and it is not hard to see why. This does not have the rough edges or iron notes that some breakfast teas have. It is earthy, nutty, and not a challenge t...

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Organic Ho-ji Cha Kamakura from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Hojicha – Region: Kanagawa, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

This is a very nice hojicha. It is pleasantly roasty, but there is some complexity (dashes of soy sauce and caramel) and the underlying bancha comes thru well. The aroma is woody and fresh.

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Ban Cha Green Tea from Hime

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 24th, 2019

This came recommended by RT leader Alex as a good budget bancha. And the price was very reasonable, about as little as anyone could expect to pay for a decent tea. It has a pleasant, earthy aroma, but the flavor is a little insipid. I wasn't expecting perfection tho - this is a reliable everyday green tea.

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Premium China Keemun from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 23rd, 2019

This is a well rounded tea - it is mellow and smooth, but has a good amount of earthy flavor too. The aroma is quite pleasant and it is offered at a good price.

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Upton Naturally Flavored Peach Sky Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports

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

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 19th, 2019

Here is another of Upton's new naturally flavored series. This does have a pleasant, believable peach taste, and it is enjoyable both hot and cold. The price is pretty high though - I think it is the most expensive flavored tea I have seen from Upton, and I wonder why. Maybe because it contains some flower petals as...

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Upton Naturally Flavored Lemon Drop Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 17th, 2019

I got some of this because the Upton website said it was a favorite in their office, and I figure that they know what is good. This is clearly a cut above your average lemon-flavored black tea (like Bigelow's Lemon Lift, e.g.) The lemon flavor is fresh and tangy, and seems very much like the real thing. The base tea...

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Upton Naturally Flavored Summer Blend from Upton Tea Imports

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 16th, 2019

A pleasant, fruity aroma is the outstanding feature of this tea. This contains some juniper along with orange and lemon zest flavors, which gives it a dash of piny zing. It is pretty mild overall, and tastes better lukewarm than hot or iced, interestingly enough.

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China Silver Needle from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

35 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

This is a nice tea to look at, but the flavor is weak and bland. A little nutty taste. No plans to get more of this.

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Panyang Congou Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: Fujian, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

I had one called China Panyang Congou from Upton, which is also currently unavailable. I'm guessing this is the same thing. It is very enjoyable and tastes different from most of the teas I can think of. There is a pronounced barley/pumpernickel flavor. I've been brewing beer lately and this reminded me of the taste...

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Mist Forest Naturally Flavored Colombian Green Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: ?????

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

Colombian green tea with pear guava and soursop, and apparently some added flavor. Very floral, sweet, and fruity - almost candy-like. This would be nice in the summertime, but I probably won't get it again because of the price.

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Upton Gunpowder Green Peppermint from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

Very good. The gunpowder tea is a touch smoky and that helps it mix well with the mint.

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Upton Natural Bergamot Earl Grey from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

More floral and perfumey than a typical EG. It is not Upton's best but it is a worthwhile tea.

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Upton Strathdon Estate CTC BP1 from Upton Tea Imports

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A good Ceylon tea that is similar to mainstream teas like Tetley, only better. A bit more body and smoke to it. I hope this is offered again at some point.

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Richmond Park Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A good all-purpose, pretty mellow black tea. This blend of Keemun, Ceylon, and Darjeeling is a notch above supermarket teas.

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East Frisian BOP from Upton Tea Imports

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A smooth and enjoyable tea. Not as hearty as claimed, but it is not wimpy either. Good with milk or with lemon and sugar. Worth the bargain price.

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TB05: Mincing Lane Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

I usually enjoy Upton's British style tea blends and this is no exception. The mix of malty Assam with a lightly smoky Yunnan makes a super all-around tea. It is good with milk, or in a masala chai, and lemon and sugar, while eccentric, also works.

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Rukeri Estate Rwanda BOP Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Rwanda

10 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 9th, 2019

Well, I hate to be in such disagreement with Alex Zorach, who knows so much more about tea than me, but my reaction to this went something like this: "blekh." You need to be careful with this. Use a lot and steep it for a while and it will be harsh and bitter. But a modest amount and short steeping time makes a somewh...

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