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It’s not yet afternoon, but I decided to try this. I love my man, Jackee Muntz, and know that I have a limited number of dates with him. Will the famous lodgings of Baker Street bring me any joy?

And the answer is a resounding yes. This is a good smoky tea. I can see it joining the permanent cast of characters in my life. And it does conjure up a feel of the Holmsian sitting room. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have been down in the country for a while tracking down the hound of the Baskervilles and the sitting room retains that masculine flavor of smoke; the Persian slipper containing the pipe-tobacco still hangs, but nobody has lit up for several days so the air is redolent but not noxious.

Upton Teas has an excellent blend here and it makes me eager to pursue my love of smoky teas.

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec
__Morgana__

I think Upton is a stand up company. They deliver extremely fast and their service is excellent. And they have an encyclopedic selection of tea. I will have to try this one.

Doulton

Upton is wonderful. Their prices are really good and the selection is phenomenal.

Melissa

Upton is what introduced me to tea leaf. A friend directed me there (and I believe this was my first from them). I absolutely love this tea. I just got a new batch from them and have been enjoying it this morning. It says afternoon but for me it’s a morning tea.

Dan

I love Upton also, I have about 12 of their samples now.

sygyzy

Upton is the best tea company ever. It’s what you graduate to after you grow up from Adagio.

sophistre

I am…a shameless…

No.

A rabidly shameless Sherlock Holmes fangirl (print, not movie…pshaw). That alone would be enough to make me want to try this. The fact that it’s slightly smoky seals the deal. Stab some mail into the mantle and save a cup for me!

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__Morgana__

I think Upton is a stand up company. They deliver extremely fast and their service is excellent. And they have an encyclopedic selection of tea. I will have to try this one.

Doulton

Upton is wonderful. Their prices are really good and the selection is phenomenal.

Melissa

Upton is what introduced me to tea leaf. A friend directed me there (and I believe this was my first from them). I absolutely love this tea. I just got a new batch from them and have been enjoying it this morning. It says afternoon but for me it’s a morning tea.

Dan

I love Upton also, I have about 12 of their samples now.

sygyzy

Upton is the best tea company ever. It’s what you graduate to after you grow up from Adagio.

sophistre

I am…a shameless…

No.

A rabidly shameless Sherlock Holmes fangirl (print, not movie…pshaw). That alone would be enough to make me want to try this. The fact that it’s slightly smoky seals the deal. Stab some mail into the mantle and save a cup for me!

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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“She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.”

Elderly dowager. Quintessential cat lady.

Tea which must be in stock always:

Black Dragon LS by Upton Teas: My choice every morning.

Florence & Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons

a good Gen Maicha

Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

Mariage Frères: Confucious, Vivaldi, Eros, Aida, Marco Polo

American Tea Room: Brioche

Leland Teas: Bogart

Life in Teacup:
An Xi Tie Guan Yin Grade II modern green style & also Charcoal Style

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