I am breaking out of my usual black tea variety. I think this is my first straight up Nilgiri. While it is not as honeyed or cocoa-noted as what I normally drink, this really is a good tea. It is nearly a perfect balance between the tea I usually drink and coffee. No real bitterness or astringency, just good, basic black tea. This one also comes in at a bargain. It is $5.20 for 200 grams or about 75 cents an ounce.

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LadyLondonderry

Here’s to broadening our tea horizons! :)

gmathis

Here’s to pretty economical tea buys!

SimplyJenW

Yep, we take the bargains where we can get them so we can splurge once in a while! :D

Uniquity

Man, I need to place an order with Upton sometime, when I know a bit more about my black tea preferences! I LOVE the prices!

SimplyJenW

Upton is definitely one of my top few favorite places to order tea!

The Purrfect Cup

A friend of mine has been trying to convert me to Upton for a while now. One of these days I’ll have to try something from them. That is a really good price for tea.

SimplyJenW

I love that they have something for every pricepoint. And they offer samples, so you can decide if the extra money is worth it for the more expensive tea. Sometimes it is….but sometimes it isn’t.

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LadyLondonderry

Here’s to broadening our tea horizons! :)

gmathis

Here’s to pretty economical tea buys!

SimplyJenW

Yep, we take the bargains where we can get them so we can splurge once in a while! :D

Uniquity

Man, I need to place an order with Upton sometime, when I know a bit more about my black tea preferences! I LOVE the prices!

SimplyJenW

Upton is definitely one of my top few favorite places to order tea!

The Purrfect Cup

A friend of mine has been trying to convert me to Upton for a while now. One of these days I’ll have to try something from them. That is a really good price for tea.

SimplyJenW

I love that they have something for every pricepoint. And they offer samples, so you can decide if the extra money is worth it for the more expensive tea. Sometimes it is….but sometimes it isn’t.

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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