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Balasun Estate Second Flush Darjeeling TGBOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

35 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 28th, 2022

This presents a very pleasant aroma but very little flavor. It is a mild, bland Darjeeling that should have been offered at a low price.

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Upton China Yunnan FBOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

35 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 24th, 2022

This has a pleasant woodlands aroma, but the flavor is dull and finishes on a bitter note. It is selling for a rock bottom price. You could do worse than this.

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Sencha Special Grade Yamato from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 16th, 2022

This is an unexciting but perfectly drinkable sencha, that is offered at a fair price by Upton. There is a little iron and spinach in the flavor, but not enough to be irritating. It wouldn't hurt to some of this in your cupboard.

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Earl Grey Supreme from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 18th, 2022

This is a mellow EG, with a smooth base tea and subdued bergamot flavor. Usually I prefer my EG with lemon and sugar, but imo this works best with milk and just a little sugar.

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G'day Mate from SerendipiTea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 5th, 2022

This is a pretty straightforward blend of organic (& kosher) yerba mate, peppermint, and lemon myrtle. The tea is named after the famous Australian way of saying hello, but I don't know what connection exists between this tea and that Pacific nation. It is probably just a reference to the yerba mate. The lemony, herb...

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Chai Walla from SerendipiTea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: India

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 13th, 2022

Like a lot of SerendipiTea's products, this is both organic and kosher. The recipe is straightforward: black tea, ginger, cinnamon, anise, cloves, and cinnamon. Prepared the traditional way (which I learned how to do during a visit to India), this makes a well-balanced, flavorful, and pleasantly sweet and spicy chai. ...

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Congo Bongo from SerendipiTea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: India

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 12th, 2022

This is an Indian black tea flavored with organic coconut, organic marigold/calendula, and coconut and mango flavoring - so it is very tropical in character. It was quite nice with milk and sugar, or with just sugar, sort of dessert like. I bet it would be good on ice as well.

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Citralicious from SerendipiTea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 11th, 2022

This is a straightforward blend of two organic herbs - lemon myrtle and mint. Overall the results are quite nice, even if the myrtle bosses around the mint (which I think is spearmint rather than peppermint - how many mints are there to choose from anyway?) I have this with a little sugar, and have not yet tried it o...

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SerendipiTea Cocoa Loco from SerendipiTea

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 7th, 2022

This mostly organic tisane is a mix of rooibos, cocoa, and coconut, along with a little vanilla cream flavoring. The aroma is mostly vanilla cream, with a little fresh grain. The flavor is a very nice blend of cocoa, coconut, and vanilla along with mellow rooibos. I take it with plant milk and sugar. Another very nic...

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SerendipiTea Fresh Phrase from SerendipiTea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 6th, 2022

An almost all-organic green tea-tisane blend, with Chinese green tea, apple, hibiscus, rosehip, strawberry, and strawberry flavoring. It has a very pleasant aroma and is offered at a good price. I like SerendipiTea's collection of flavored teas. In this, the apple and strawberry come through clearly, and the hibiscus...

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Upton Mist Valley Estate Second Flush from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 12th, 2022

This is for the 2020 vintage. For some reason, for me at least, when it comes to teas, higher prices do not necessarily mean a more satisfying tea. Usually it means more subtle nuances of flavor and aroma. This moderately expensive tea is an example of what I mean. It is fairly mild and there are some light, nippy ...

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Upton East Frisian Sunday Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 11th, 2022

This is a medium strength tea with some light, woody tannins. It goes best with milk, but it works with lemon and sugar also. It has vanilla in it, and that helps give it a nice aroma, and has a subtle impact on the flavor. Overall, it is a good, versatile tea that I would buy again.

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Old South Meeting House Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 27th, 2021

This was a special release from Upton, meant to be a replica of one of the teas tossed overboard during the Boston Tea Party. It is a blend of China Congou and Chinese Bohea - the latter is a new one for me. It originates in the Wuyi Mountains and may have been the first black tea sold to the British. Overall this i...

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Upton Cacao Kisses Colombian Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Colombia

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2021

Here is a successful marriage of black tea with cacao. When drunk with milk and sugar, a pleasant chocolate flavor emerges that blends well with the base tea, which (surpise!) one can taste. This is a nice treat from Upton.

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Yunnan FOP Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 14th, 2021

Here is a nice Yunnan. The aroma is fresh and woodsy, like taking an April walk in a park. The flavor is smooth and mild, with a little bit of astringency on the palate. It is well worth the modest price.

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Christmas Tea; Mélange Noël from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 13th, 2021

I am happy with the 2021 version of this. The amount of spices hits the spot, and they blend well with the base tea. It is a little on the mild side, with vanilla, clove, almond, and a touch of citrus. I like it best with honey and milk, but other combinations also get the job done. Very reasonably priced too.

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Baker Street Afternoon Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 1st, 2021

I have ordered this tea many times over the years, and am surprised I did not rate it yet. In the past it has been a well-priced and full-flavored tea experience, and a go-to when I wanted something malty and smoky, with a little milk and no sugar. My most recent purchase of it was less enjoyable. This time a harsh,...

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Paris from Harney and Sons

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 15th, 2021

Harney's Paris blend is an interesting and likeable variation on the Earl Grey formula. In addition to bergamot, this has vanilla, black currant, and caramel flavors added to black and oolong teas. It makes for a sweet and festive tea that goes well with milk and sugar.

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Organice Fukamushi Cha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

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

This is a new one for me - a fukamushi tea. It looks like a bancha, but according to Upton's website fukamushi is its own category. A websearch shows me that it is a moderately to fully steamed green tea, usually a sencha. This has a wonderful earthy, fresh woodlands aroma. The taste is light and leafy, with a fair...

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Harney & Sons Yuzu Sencha from Harney and Sons

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 5th, 2021

This is a light sencha with a little fruit flavor to it. Yuzu is similar to lime, but this did not have a strong citrus taste. I bet it would be good iced. A pleasant tea.

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Palm Court from Harney and Sons

Style: Black and Oolong Blend – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
May. 11th, 2021

This has a hoity-toity description, claiming that it is the "beverage of choice" at the Palm Court in New York City's Plaza Hotel. I actually went there once, several years ago, and had a cup of tea, which I don't remember as being anything special. Despite the pedigree, this is a fairly ordinary cup of tea - it is s...

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Chocolate Mint from Stash Tea

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 11th, 2021

An interesting concoction, in which East meets West. The chocolate is not very strong, but it is noticeable. It was a little odd at first, but it did grow on me.

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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

80 / 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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