Baker Street Afternoon Blend

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Russian Caravan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Baker Street Afternoon Blend

This tea's info last updated: Nov. 3, 2017

Commercial Description

A bit of Lapsang Souchong is blended with Keemun and Darjeeling, yielding a mildly smoky tea. Perfect for an afternoon uplift.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212º (boiling)
Steep Time: 3-4 min.

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Reviewer pic53 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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The dry leaf of this just smells like Lapsang Souchong. It also has an ununusual, hetereogeneous shape. One tea, presumably the souchong, has very long, wiry leaves, whereas the others are much shorter. This makes me wonder if the leaves would separate if stored in a large container and shaken around enough.

Brews a very dark cup. Flavor is very balanced, but not the aroma. Before sipping, the aroma is still dominated by pine smoke, but when sipping, the smokiness is a little more subdued. There's still more of the strong lapsang souchong aroma than I'd ideally like. I can detect a hint of the Keemun in there, but am struggling to detect the Darjeeling. Overall the aroma was too flat and simple for me.

Contrast with Brooklyn Tea Blends' Caravan Triad, which has a much more subtle smokiness and a hugely multifaceted aromatic profile.

This tea resteeped well, and I found the second cup, which I steeped for a long time, was a bit more interesting. It had notes of clove in the aroma. It doesn't feel particularly strongly caffeinated.

This was interesting to try, but it failed to impress me hugely and I would probably not get it again. I think this blend would be most enjoyable to people who really like lapsang souchong but want a tea with the smokiness dialed back ever-so-slightly.
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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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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 an oak wood aftertaste. The mouthfeel is bright and smooth, a very nice afternoon tea. I wish it was a bit smokier, but I am a sucker for smoky teas, the smoke taste is very mild, so if you want a tea that only has a touch of smoke then this is your brew. I decided to add some cream and sugar, it is not bad, certainly more English tasting, but it takes away the some of the more subtle notes of fruit.


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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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One of my favorite blends from Upton. The light smokiness in aroma and flavor adds character yet does not overpower the whole leaf base. There is a light sweetness (possibly from the Darjeeling), a light woodiness, and just a touch of malt -- making for an interesting and satisfying brew.

I understand that it makes a good iced tea as well, but my pot is usually empty before it cools... that good! Second steep works well, but much subdued in flavor.
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