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So evidently this is the tea that was thrown into the Boston Harbor, it makes me wince a little just thinking about it!

As far as I know, this is my first Bohea but I decided I wanted to make a pot of it this morning to enjoy. I steeped it for 5 minutes and it is a medium bodied tea in color, a dark reddish brown (and this is why I love glass teaware).

The aroma of this is very intriguing. I’m getting a lot of pine which is actually nice and not overwhelming. This has a gentle, rich mouthfeel with no astringency whatsoever. I am definitely picking up lots of cocoa in the aroma. Since this tea is also from Wu Yi province I am picking up some of the flavors that are present in a Wu Yi oolong, only less pronounced. I also wonder if this is ever (or was) used as the base for a Lapsang Souchong. It has a slightly malty, slighty sweet aftertaste. I would definitely not add milk or sugar to this, for it would ruin the delicate flavor. After checking the price again I just wish Upton sold 50g bags instead of just the samples or the 100g size. I have enjoyed this!

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Autumn Hearth

This is on my very long Upton wish list that I have been neglecting in favor of getting new Verdant Teas, though we just ordered some more British blends for the husband from Upton. I shall up the priority.

TeaBrat

I do recommend trying this. I went through my Verdant phase about a year ago and they have some good selections as well.

JacquelineM

This sounds lovely! Bookmarked!

SimplyJenW

Did you see Upton has another Bohea…A Pre-Chingming? I think it is over $80 for 50 grams. I may break down for this one, but the other one is a little too rich for my wallet.

Autumn Hearth

Yow! Sample size? I feel like even that would require sharing the experience to make it worth it. Local tea meet up where we all bring an expensive sample we wouldn’t ordinarily try on our own?

ScottTeaMan

It’s not cheap, but I think their previous lot was more $$$. I’ll at least sample this one next time I order-been eyeing it for a long time.

Doug F

That new pre-chingming bohea is $10 per sample but I might have to try it.

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Autumn Hearth

This is on my very long Upton wish list that I have been neglecting in favor of getting new Verdant Teas, though we just ordered some more British blends for the husband from Upton. I shall up the priority.

TeaBrat

I do recommend trying this. I went through my Verdant phase about a year ago and they have some good selections as well.

JacquelineM

This sounds lovely! Bookmarked!

SimplyJenW

Did you see Upton has another Bohea…A Pre-Chingming? I think it is over $80 for 50 grams. I may break down for this one, but the other one is a little too rich for my wallet.

Autumn Hearth

Yow! Sample size? I feel like even that would require sharing the experience to make it worth it. Local tea meet up where we all bring an expensive sample we wouldn’t ordinarily try on our own?

ScottTeaMan

It’s not cheap, but I think their previous lot was more $$$. I’ll at least sample this one next time I order-been eyeing it for a long time.

Doug F

That new pre-chingming bohea is $10 per sample but I might have to try it.

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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!

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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

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89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

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