I was reminded that I had this sample by LadyLondonderry and her review a few days ago. (Actually, I put it in my cart at the Upton website and read the description…and then I realized I had purchased a sample previously.) I have to say, it was the ‘biscuity’ reference that drew me in.

I am not an avid drinker of straight Ceylon. I am sure I have had it in flavored teas and blends, though. This one is very good. Definitely ‘biscuity’, malty, and very smooth. I like it, but I miss my China blacks with the cocoa notes when drinking an unflavored or unblended tea. It might be a great addition to my stash, though. I think I need one more test….. And I had the famous cheese toast as a side (notice the tea was the ‘main’ course). :D

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LadyLondonderry

Glad my review reminded you of this forgotten goodie! Try it with a little milk, if you haven’t already; this tea has enough body to stand up to it, and I think milk amplifies its creamy, biscuity goodness.

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LadyLondonderry

Glad my review reminded you of this forgotten goodie! Try it with a little milk, if you haven’t already; this tea has enough body to stand up to it, and I think milk amplifies its creamy, biscuity goodness.

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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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