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I was surprised and excited to see that Upton had included a free sample in my order! I wanted something to go with my bagel and hoped this would be a good choice.

The dry leaf smells like a nice breakfast tea, not overly fragrant, but pleasant. I saw that there is Darjeeling in this blend and decided to cut my steep time down to 3 1/2 minutes snce Darjeeling and I sometimes don’t see eye to eye. It is listed last, so I thought perhaps there wasn’t a lot in here and I think I was right. I think this is mostly Keemun and Ceylon.

I am drinking it plain because that is my preference whenever I can possibly get away with it.

The tea has a bright flavor on the citrus-y side, no doubt from the Ceylon. The Keemun is not as apparent to me but maybe it got lost in the first sips due to the toasted onion and garlic of the bagel.
The Darjeeling adds a fruity and wine-y aftertaste.

It is very drinkable and pleasant, but not one I just have to have, but good and I am so glad I got to try it. I think if it were steeped longer with a little more leaf, it would be an excellent breakfast tea for those who like to add milk and sugar.

Thank you, Upton Tea, for the sample!

Brooklynsheep

Were you having an “everything bagel”?

ashmanra

Indeed, but it was a Thomas’ Bagel Thin plain which I had toasted with butter and a touch of Penzey’s garlic salt and toasted granulated onion. With cream cheese, of course!

Brooklynsheep

Wow. Making your own Everything Bagel. That’s dedication!

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Brooklynsheep

Were you having an “everything bagel”?

ashmanra

Indeed, but it was a Thomas’ Bagel Thin plain which I had toasted with butter and a touch of Penzey’s garlic salt and toasted granulated onion. With cream cheese, of course!

Brooklynsheep

Wow. Making your own Everything Bagel. That’s dedication!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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