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This is the second time I’ve tried this tea, with very similar tasting notes. Rich smoky nose, with perhaps a touch of cedar. Compared with the Harney Hao Ya B, this tea is less smoky but more refined.
In the mouth, the smoke is less obvious than the tea flavors. It is smooth and not overly powerful. The finish kind of sneaks up on you: doesn’t seem like much at first, but grows, and lasts forever. I want to say there is some chocolate in the taste and finish, but if so it is just barely there.
(5 min re-steep): Weak nose. Good taste and finish, but there is a slight hint of bitterness in the finish.
My favorite camomile so far.
Full-flavored and smooth. You can see the oils diffuse out of the flower as you steep it. A good tea before bed or any relaxing time. Also great to mix with mints or even valerian root for a super relaxing tisane.
My problem with the Upton single estate assams is they are usually sold out by the time I review them. This one is almost sold out, but I liked it so much I thought I would slide in a review. Nice flavor, malt, fruit, maybe spice. One of the best teas I’ve had. I liked it enough to purchase another package before it sells out.
This is a lovely tea. It is light in color but has a full-bodied taste. But not too strong either – this is certainly no Breakfast Blend. There is no bitter tannins at all so milk is not needed. This was included in Upton Tea’s Premium Darjeeling sampler and I would definitely recommend this as a way to compare 1st flush and 2nd flush darjeelings. Of the teas included in the sampler, this was the best…
Very light and mild tea.