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Trailesque

(62 reviews)
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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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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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Upton 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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Difflugia

(122 reviews)
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Darjeeling Tea from Tradition

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 12th, 2019

The oversized bags contain nearly 3g of medium-sized (for loose leaf tea) broken leaf pieces. It's definitely not a typical Darjeeling, though. Most Darjeelings are less oxidized than other black teas and tend to have more vegetal or floral aroma notes. This one's different. There's no green apparent on the leaves and ...

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Trailesque

(62 reviews)
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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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Difflugia

(122 reviews)
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 7th, 2019

Based on the previous reviews, I bought a pound box of this tea. Most of what I could say was already said by Alex in their spot-on review. I find that I get the best cup of tea by allowing it to steep for ten minutes or so.

Even with such a long steep, the bitterness is understated for an Assam. Though the tea gets...

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Joe C.

(2 reviews)
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Firepot Breakfast Tea from Firepot Nomadic Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 27th, 2019

This is one of the best breakfast teas I have ever tasted. This tea is a blend of a high grown Ceylon black tea and Assam black tea. It has several golden tips in the tea. It has a fine aroma, and a very fruity taste with a little malt from the Assam. I first had this tea at an upscale restaurant in Nashville where it ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(202 reviews)
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Assam Shankar: Finest Second Flush from Fortnum & Mason

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

58 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 24th, 2019

My wife's acquaintance's mom, who had passed away recently, bought this tea in London but never opened it. Since we like tea, we ended up with it from her estate sale. It's odd how, since I've started reviewing here, teas seem to fall out of the sky and into my hands through a variety of fortuitous circumstances, in ...

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Difflugia

(122 reviews)
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Premium Full Leaf Tea from Alghazaleen Tea (Do Ghazal)

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 20th, 2019

I picked this up in a Middle Eastern grocery near Detroit, MI. I bought a 250g pouch of tea that turned out to be double-bagged with an outer mylar pouch and a thin plastic bag inside. The tea is quite broken and in relatively small pieces, but quite aromatic even when dry. It smells of caramel and pastry, like slightl...

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

48 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 19th, 2019

When I do drink regular Lipton tea, it's usually from a catering tray where it may have sat for a day or a month. On a whim, I got a small, sealed package (fifteen teas bags for a dollar) so I could try it fresh.

When dry, it smells oaky and leafy, but muted. After steeping, it develops a bit more character and ther...

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Trailesque

(62 reviews)
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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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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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Upton Tea Frances Bissell's Special Blend from Upton Tea Imports

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

A smooth and pleasant Ceylon. Nothing out of the ordinary to my taste but perfectly enjoyable. Good with milk or lemon & sugar.

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Leadenhall Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

A good versatile blend that works well with milk or lemon/lime. Probably would be good on ice too. Fairly smooth with some iron/cedar taste. Good value too.

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Duflating Estate FTGFOP1 Cl/Spl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Jorhat, Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

This is a very nice Assam with a complex and enjoyable taste. Pricey but good.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(202 reviews)
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Awake English Breakfast Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

68 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 10th, 2019

After bringing this breakfast tea home from a conference, I tried it at dinnertime while eating a tub of cottage cheese. The tea brewed up very dark, quickly, such that a spoon disappeared from view below about the top two inches of liquid. This wasn't too surprising, considering how finely chopped the dry-bag leaves...

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Difflugia

(122 reviews)
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Organic Black Tea from Prince of Peace

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

61 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 1st, 2019

I found this box of tea at a natural health store on my lunch hour. Most places that carry Prince of Peace tea don't carry black tea, so I grabbed them. The 100 tea bags are individually wrapped in paper, so I transferred them to an airtight container after removing the plastic seal from the box.

The unbleached pape...

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Plowboy

(20 reviews)
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Royal Cup from Royal Cup

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 30th, 2019

Like Okie, I found this tea at La Quinta in Sacramento. It was the only tea offering. I wasn't impressed, not much flavor or aroma. Certainly nothing I'd call malty about this. Maybe it was just old?

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Alex Zorach

(1396 reviews)
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Assam Malty Broken Herrentee from Teekörbchen Gelnhausen

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 29th, 2019

A remarkably smooth tea able to be brewed super strongly. This tea reminded me of Kenyan teas: it was strong and smooth, and not terribly aromatic, but with some of the qualities I like best in a tea.

This was the lowest grade of the three teas I tried from this company, and it was still surprisingly good. The leaf ...

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Bio Assam GFBOP Rembeng from Teekörbchen Gelnhausen

Style: Assam – Region: Nagaon, Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 28th, 2019

A brisk Assam with a slight harshness, but also more interesting than most.

Thank you to my friend Janina for bringing this back to me from Germany! This was one of three Assams I sampled from Teekörbchen Gelnhausen, and it was good, and aptly described. It's also the first tea I've sampled from Nagaon, a district ...

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