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Member since Mar. 29th, 2018. Reviewed 67 teas.

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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

75 / 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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River Shannon Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 9th, 2019

This is called an Irish breakfast, but for my tastebuds it seemed closer to an English breakfast or even a mainstream prebagged tea. It is pretty versatile and mellow. It goes best with milk but can take lemon or be used for masala also. Good.

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Scottish Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 9th, 2019

A very malty tea that is just right with milk. Very enjoyable and nicely priced.

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Upton Heritage Assam Green from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam Green – Region: Assam, India

35 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 9th, 2019

This has a nice aroma, but a pretty insipid flavor with a little bitter bite to it.

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Utpn Heritage Assam Green from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam Green – Region: Assam, India

30 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 9th, 2019

This has a nice aroma, but a pretty insipid flavor with a little bitter bite to it.

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Upton Naturally Flavored Finest Earl Grey from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Germany

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

It is always exciting for me to see a new Earl Grey appear among Upton's line up. This one strikes a great balance, with a light bergamot presence matched with a mellow base tea. This makes for an EG that tastes lovely and never irritates or seems too aggressive.

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Osmanthus Oolong Se Chung from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

A pleasant cup - the floral notes blend well with the tea. Oolong and flowers makes for an odd but effective combination.

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China Keemun First Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

This is a pretty mellow but still flavorful Chinese black tea. A little nutty and smoky, and offered at a good price.

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Organic Gunpowder from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

Fairly bland Chinese dark green tea. Being organic is not always enough, apparently.

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China Congou Panyang (Panyong) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

Didnt like this at first but it has grown on me. It is best warm-hot not piping hot - that allows the full nuanced flavor to come out. Earthy with a little citrus.

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Livingstonia Estate Tanzania GFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tanzania

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

Now this is an interesting alternative to Asian teas. It has its own nutty character and is very tasty with lemon/lime (not as good with milk).

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