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I love ordering from Upton Tea Imports. Everything they have available you can also get in a sample size, which is great for people like me who get sick of drinking certain teas after trying them once or twice.

I got a brand new Finium tea cup with a fine mesh gold filter, which I think is AWESOME!

This tea was a surprise, it is definitely one of the lighter lapsangs I have tried up until now. The smoke is subtle and the tea has a nice sweetness to it and brews up to be a reddish amber color. The flavor is almost floral like! I was not blown away by it but it was certainly very pleasant and delicious. I think I still prefer Hu Kwa which has a more unique aroma and flavor, but this was good!

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Bonnie

Stash has inexpensive lapsang souchong from Tong Mu Village which is the home of lapsang souchong. It is made there in the traditional way in smaller quantities. Harder to get in the U.S. I’ve heard.

TeaBrat

Thanks, I might need to check it out.

Cheryl

My sample of this scares me, ha.

TeaBrat

@Cheryl – have you tried it yet?

Missy

Dylan loves his finium filter. It looks like it will deal with any tea and leave no stuff in your cup.

Cheryl

Amy…not yet. Reviews like yours convinced me to order a sample. Will soon. Maybe.

SimplyJenW

Cheryl, sweetened it is kind of like a toasted marshmallow……

TeaBrat

Don’t be scared!

Cheryl

Eep, marshmallow. How can it taste like marshmallow, when it smells like you’re downwind from a grill cooking barbecued (something)? Alright, I’ll try it. Umm. Tomorrow. Heh.

TeaBrat

It smells smoky but it doesn’t taste like smoke – hard to explain. LIke a toasted marshmallow perhaps. :)

Yogini Undefined

Mmmm toasted marshmallow sounds wonderful :)

ashmanra

Missy: good to know about the Finum. We need to buy something to send to Irish BF of my daughter’s so he can make loose leaf. He loves tea and is branching out from teabags.

Missy

Amazon has them for a decent price. I’m currently thinking about grabbing another. My daughter likes tea as well and the basket that came with her teapot leaves much to be desired.

http://www.amazon.com/Finum-63-421-50-00-Brewing-Basket/dp/B000I68NCS

ScottTeaMan

My intestines can be scared of certain teas, if you know what I mean! Note to self: No more stale, older green teas please.

LS for me is an occasional tea, unless I find A good one with more mild smoke. I do miss the sweetneess of a LS.

TeaBrat

Scott – have you tried this one? It is fairly mild IMO

ScottTeaMan

No, but I’ve had my eyes on it for quite some time.

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Bonnie

Stash has inexpensive lapsang souchong from Tong Mu Village which is the home of lapsang souchong. It is made there in the traditional way in smaller quantities. Harder to get in the U.S. I’ve heard.

TeaBrat

Thanks, I might need to check it out.

Cheryl

My sample of this scares me, ha.

TeaBrat

@Cheryl – have you tried it yet?

Missy

Dylan loves his finium filter. It looks like it will deal with any tea and leave no stuff in your cup.

Cheryl

Amy…not yet. Reviews like yours convinced me to order a sample. Will soon. Maybe.

SimplyJenW

Cheryl, sweetened it is kind of like a toasted marshmallow……

TeaBrat

Don’t be scared!

Cheryl

Eep, marshmallow. How can it taste like marshmallow, when it smells like you’re downwind from a grill cooking barbecued (something)? Alright, I’ll try it. Umm. Tomorrow. Heh.

TeaBrat

It smells smoky but it doesn’t taste like smoke – hard to explain. LIke a toasted marshmallow perhaps. :)

Yogini Undefined

Mmmm toasted marshmallow sounds wonderful :)

ashmanra

Missy: good to know about the Finum. We need to buy something to send to Irish BF of my daughter’s so he can make loose leaf. He loves tea and is branching out from teabags.

Missy

Amazon has them for a decent price. I’m currently thinking about grabbing another. My daughter likes tea as well and the basket that came with her teapot leaves much to be desired.

http://www.amazon.com/Finum-63-421-50-00-Brewing-Basket/dp/B000I68NCS

ScottTeaMan

My intestines can be scared of certain teas, if you know what I mean! Note to self: No more stale, older green teas please.

LS for me is an occasional tea, unless I find A good one with more mild smoke. I do miss the sweetneess of a LS.

TeaBrat

Scott – have you tried this one? It is fairly mild IMO

ScottTeaMan

No, but I’ve had my eyes on it for quite some time.

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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