5

I was really slogging my way through this sample. This tea is mostly boring until suddenly it tastes a bit like kelp. Is that vegetal? Sea vegetal?

I’ve tried it a few times now and it only gets worse. Musty and pickley and undelicious. I tossed out the rest so I wouldn’t do this to myself again.

If anyone can tell me what tea in this blend imparts the undercurrent of seaweed nastiness so I can avoid it in the future, I’d really appreciate it.

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Alphakitty

Hmm, usually it’s Japanese greens that are seaweedy. I’ve never had a black with that kind of note!

Anyanka

Thank you. It is a mystery blend where they only list the country so I’m a bit baffled. I prefer my seaweed in miso soup!

ifjuly

Aaaaah tea twin validation! I just tried this for the first time and it was horrible. It’s the first thing I’ve had from Upton where yeah, I struggled to finish the first cup. I don’t know why it brings me such joy to know I’m not alone and some weirdo, ha.

ifjuly

And YES, pickle-y!! That’s what it is! I couldn’t figure out how to describe the weird gross tanginess.

Anyanka

Finally! I thought I was the only one! This tea was ghastly.

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Alphakitty

Hmm, usually it’s Japanese greens that are seaweedy. I’ve never had a black with that kind of note!

Anyanka

Thank you. It is a mystery blend where they only list the country so I’m a bit baffled. I prefer my seaweed in miso soup!

ifjuly

Aaaaah tea twin validation! I just tried this for the first time and it was horrible. It’s the first thing I’ve had from Upton where yeah, I struggled to finish the first cup. I don’t know why it brings me such joy to know I’m not alone and some weirdo, ha.

ifjuly

And YES, pickle-y!! That’s what it is! I couldn’t figure out how to describe the weird gross tanginess.

Anyanka

Finally! I thought I was the only one! This tea was ghastly.

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Here are the things I drink: Tea, water, coffee, beer, whiskey, wine.

I’ve been drinking tea since I was a little girl, but only recently began learning about tea and drinking loose leaf.

I prefer unflavored tea to flavored, tea leaves to tisanes, but I’m not inflexible and will try nearly anything.

I’m still learning, so thank you in advance for your patience and your help.

Also, I had to come up with a way to quantify my ratings because I was being really inconsistent:

100-90: Delicious, must keep in stock.

89-80: Excellent, a definite reorder.

79-70: Good, an occasional reorder.

69-50: Pleasant, but it was a one night stand.

49-30: Not good, but drinkable.

29-20: Bad, but I finished the cup.

19-10: Terrible. Couldn’t finish a cup.

10 and below: Undrinkable, requires mouthwash and counseling.

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