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9 Tasting Notes

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I’ll be honest – I bought the ceylon tea sampler from Upton teas and this was one of the teas in it. Out of the 4 or 5 samplers I got, there was 1 that had a distinctive taste. This one tastes exactly like the other 3 or 4 other teas in there, so I really don’t know what to say without sounding like I’m regurgitating what I wrote 3 times already, which was…

- Its subtle and mellow
- Steep longer because their teas tend to be kind of weak?
- Nice aroma, would go well with some desserts to balance out the sweetness
- Not too acidic and smooth, good for people who want neutral tea

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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100

Rating this on behalf of my bf:

“Got sleepy, would drink again, A+++++++”

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70

Upton tea recommends that you steep this for 3 minutes, but I thought it was a little too light and upped it to 4 minutes to bring out the aroma.

Its smooth and aromatic, but not too strong. would go well with some milk and sugar. I honestly don’t know what else to say about this because it doesn’t really stand out and is quite neutral. It reminds me of the tea you get when you have dim sum, neutral enough to balance out whatever else you’re eating. And that makes me want to eat dim sum…

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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60

I steeped this for a good 3 minutes, but it may have not been enough. The taste is very subtle and cries for milk or sugar. Its definitely a neutral tea if you don’t have strong tea preferences, and would go well with desserts to balance out the sweetness.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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74

This is the first time that I’ve consciously drank an assam tea so I don’t have much to compare this to. Its a very smooth tea, so its perfect for people who don’t have a strong preference for flavored tea. Someone else said that this tea is bold, but I’d say its actually quite subtle with a slightly malty aftertaste. I picked this up because it was one of the ‘best sellers’ on Upton Tea’s website, and I could only rationalize that people like this because its so neutral. It would be interesting to mix this tea with something really bold, to see if it would smooth out the flavor.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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76

Surprisingly aromatic and smooth. At first smell, I thought the tea would be too bitter and intense because the leaves smell pretty strong…but I was wrong. Beware of over-steeping this tea or it will start to taste bitter. I steeped it for 2-3 minutes and it had the perfect balance of aroma and taste, and brewed a beautiful caramel color.

If you’ve ever had hk styled milk tea, the smell of this is reminiscent of hk styled milk tea, so I would definitely throw this into experimental stage by adding milk and sugar!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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I’d recommend steeping this for at least 3 minutes to really bring out the flavor. I love the smell of this tea! Its reminiscent of lemon meringue pie without the taste being too sweet, but still retaining some of the tanginess. This tea would complement desserts quite well, or you can drink it casually if you’re looking for something light with a sweet, tarty aroma. I love drinking this in the mornings!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m beginning to suspect that DAVIDsTEA requires more steeping than usual. I steeped mine for ~2.15minutes and the taste was barely there. I’d try for 3 next time.

You can taste a slight spicy kick to it, and you can smell the sweetness of the mango flavor. The good thing is that its not too sweet, which makes this tea a drinkable option in the mornings. All in all, a solid ‘meh’ tea that I don’t really care for.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m not a tea connoisseur by any means, but I gather this tea is more suited for sweetening in an ice tea, or enhanced with some honey to balance the taste with the aroma. The smell is sweet in itself, infused with scents of pineapples and mango. Its not exactly what I’d go for to start my day, but it has potential.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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I’m not much of a tea connoisseur, but I’m here to document my findings and mixtures of teas as I embark on a quest to recreate the perfect HK styled ‘cha chang teng’ milk tea

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Berkeley,ca

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