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Backlogging – I haven’t been drinking too much pu-erh recently, but decided to break this one out today and had 3 steeps of it this afternoon. I like the unique rice flavor of it, it even seems a bit salty. I am loving Mandala for pu-erhs and black tea…

Doug F

Good to know about Mandala. I guess it’s worth trying other tea companies, but I get spoiled living close to Upton and being able to get tea the next day. Teavivire is another one I want to try.

TeaBrat

I definitely like Upton as well…

ScottTeaMan

Upton is definitely my Favorite tea company overall, but they lack in certain areas-like Japanese teas, and Pu-erh cakes. I’ve settled on Mandala for my Pu-erhs right now, because they have some good black teas I want to try. That is WHEN I order-I have ssooo much tea right now! :)) :-// :))

Doug F

I’ve been getting my Pu-erhs from Yunnan Sourcing, which has hundreds of selections—it can be intimidating, but their descriptions are helpful. It looks like Upton has become a little gun-shy about Japanese teas but they seem to be slowly expanding their pu-erh offerings.

ScottTeaMan

I didn’t order any Japanese green teas from the 2011 crop, but I miss my Sencha & Gyokuro! Very soon, I will be ordering some of the 2012 crop. :))

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Doug F

Good to know about Mandala. I guess it’s worth trying other tea companies, but I get spoiled living close to Upton and being able to get tea the next day. Teavivire is another one I want to try.

TeaBrat

I definitely like Upton as well…

ScottTeaMan

Upton is definitely my Favorite tea company overall, but they lack in certain areas-like Japanese teas, and Pu-erh cakes. I’ve settled on Mandala for my Pu-erhs right now, because they have some good black teas I want to try. That is WHEN I order-I have ssooo much tea right now! :)) :-// :))

Doug F

I’ve been getting my Pu-erhs from Yunnan Sourcing, which has hundreds of selections—it can be intimidating, but their descriptions are helpful. It looks like Upton has become a little gun-shy about Japanese teas but they seem to be slowly expanding their pu-erh offerings.

ScottTeaMan

I didn’t order any Japanese green teas from the 2011 crop, but I miss my Sencha & Gyokuro! Very soon, I will be ordering some of the 2012 crop. :))

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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!

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

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