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Since I wrote my first, fairly cautious tasting note on Upton’s LS Black Dragon, I have returned to it again and again. It has become my everyday first thing in the morning tea. I have at least two cups and I slurp and slobber and am very unladylike. I have not found a Lapsang Souchoung I dislike, but I like this more than others. It’s got a touch of natural sweetness and it’s also not quite as tarry as some LS teas.

I like the balance of smoke and sweet. I like this tea black, but I also like it with milk and sugar when I’m in the mood (often).

This tea became what I had hoped that Jackee Muntz might be—but Jackee is in limited supply. I am no longer “dating” Black Dragon tea. We are married. We’ve said the vows. We’ve plighted our troth. We are in this together for better or worse, till death do us part. I may take some afternoon lovers; I may have many French liaisons and I may have other trysts, but I’ll always wake up with you!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
mpierce87

Yay for true tea love!

~lauren.

Did you not hear the soft strains of violin and viola as the post began and then an upwards movement joined by other strings, soft woodwind instruments and then brass & percussion instruments and then the crescendo of all those orchestral instruments ending in triumph as this post ended???? WOW. Okay, time for a drink. I may just have to add this to the shopping list!

Rabs

This might be one of my favorite review/comment combo that I’ve yet to read! Brilliant!

Stephanie

Another must-get from Upton Teas!

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mpierce87

Yay for true tea love!

~lauren.

Did you not hear the soft strains of violin and viola as the post began and then an upwards movement joined by other strings, soft woodwind instruments and then brass & percussion instruments and then the crescendo of all those orchestral instruments ending in triumph as this post ended???? WOW. Okay, time for a drink. I may just have to add this to the shopping list!

Rabs

This might be one of my favorite review/comment combo that I’ve yet to read! Brilliant!

Stephanie

Another must-get from Upton Teas!

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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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In the midst of the middle of the heart of nowhere in particular.

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