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This lacks the smoke I usually associate with Keemun teas. Just a strong leafy flavor. Not too different from the Darjeeling teas I was drinking earlier today. A good enough tea but not what I am looking for when I drink a Keemun.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sample from Kaylee. Thank you!

Some time ago I mixed hibiscus flowers with ground vanilla beans and brewed it for my husband, who really likes both flavors. He actually didn’t like it much, but I really enjoyed it. The combination of the earthy sweetness of the vanilla with the tartness of the Hibiscus made for a very interesting combination. This tastes much the same, except I think the vanilla flavor is boosted a bit by the artificial flavors, but it’s pretty similar. I like it. It’s something I would happily include in my rotation of hibiscus teas.

Flavors: Earth, Hibiscus, Tart, Vanilla

Kaylee

I’m so glad you liked it after all!

rosebudmelissa

Me too! I think part of it is that I do quite like Hibiscus teas, unlike a lot of people on Steepster. I also liked that instead of pairing the Hibiscus with a fruit flavor, this went in a very different direction. It’s unique. Thanks again for the chance to try it!

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60

Delicate, not too vegetal, mostly sweet. The tiniest hint of toasted.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

There’s a little hint of a smoky/bitterness I’m picking up. But it’s also a bit like miso/umami. Just a hint. Overall sweet, not overly vegetal.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Really nice and smooth. Not higher rated because the more complex flavors faded fast(ish) after 2-3 steeps, and what was left was a bit more vegetable than I’d want. Though sweet and, really, quite tasty.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

Not my favorite oolong. It’s the kind of oolong that tastes mainly like roasted barley. It’s much more complex than that, and if you like that flavor in your oolong, then I think this is a fine tea at a great price. It holds up the nutty, toasty, woodsy flavors through many steeps. I will likely keep some of this around, but may not be on my daily list. There’s a bitterness and a sweetness at the same time.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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41

Another Upton sample. I felt like I needed a wake up, so maybe a strong breakfast tea will do the job? The descriptions virtually requires milk and sugar, so I’m a little worried about the potency, but here goes nothing!
Wow, that is astringent on the back of the tongue! Not quite drying like a green tea, but much too strong for my liking! The overall flavor is much fuller than something like a standard lipton tea bag, and I get the raisins and caramel, but the caramel is burnt. Sugar most definitely helps it out!
This is a bold breakfast tea, but I was not equipped to handle it- it feels a little acidic in my stomach, to be honest. I’ll finish my cup, but probably will give the rest of this sample away.

Flavors: Caramel, Dark Bittersweet, Raisins, Roasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Up early today, and already on my second tea. Melon flavor with wildflower honey. Transcendent? Maybe not. But the first sip momentarily transported me to … I don’t know where. Someplace other than this -10F Great Lakes winter. Marveling that this is essentially the same leaf as the Assam I had earlier. Marveling that I live in an era where I can have 50+ teas in my house from the other side of the world. Marveling at the craftsmanship and care taken to bring me a simple, hot cup of tea. I guess I know why it costs $0.25/gram mail order retail. Same cost as silver.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

Brewed Western-style.

The dry leaf is composed of crunchy-looking, twisty dark green leaves, each around half an inch long. The light green liquor has a medium-body, with a thin texture and a flavor profile of grass and roasted rice, maybe also slightly citrus-like.

Nothing jumps out, but this makes a good casual or every day green tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

My new favorite complement to Thai food is ginger tea. This tangy root certainly fits the bill. I picked this up during *MissB*’s stash sale a while back. It stands up to spicy food without overwhelming or contradicting it. A touch of honey mellows it out nicely. It also resteeps very well. The second steep is still flavorful but smoother and sweeter than the first.

I also enjoyed this blended with dried lemongrass, orange peel, and mint. Ginger + citrus = yay, and the mint accentuates the crisp, fresh aftertaste of the ginger. The lemongrass came from my friend’s backyard, which I think is just super cool. I have no green thumb whatsoever. I tried to grow cat grass a few years ago and it molded, which I didn’t even realize was a thing that can happen. Add my lack of natural talent to the fact that I live in an apartment with no outdoor space, and suddenly other people’s gardening ability just seems miraculous. Also tasty and rewarding. Yay for friends who are happy to share!

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Anlina

I don’t think I’ve ever had an experience growing cat grass in a pot where it didn’t end up going mouldy if I watered it enough to keep it alive. I’ve never had a mould issue with any other potted plants either.

Kaylee

It’s not just me?! That is so reassuring! Thanks Anlina.

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50

Very strong smokey flavor and aroma, my first experience with brewing lapsang on its own, I think this would work well in a blend, but not alone. Like drinking a camp fire.

Flavors: Ash, Campfire, Wet Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

Love it. Fruit, citrus, and hibiscus herbal tea. They’ve added some flavoring, but I can’t taste anything artificial, which I love.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

From the dry leaves, I got a whiff of raspberries along with the mossy and mineral, it smells really delicious. The brewed tea smells a tiny bit toasty, a bit vegetal, and a bit spicy with the mineral-y in the first steep. Forgot to time the second steep (oops). Still good. After the third steep, the leaves smelled entirely of spinach, but the brew was less vegetal in flavor. Mostly sweet and spice.

I don’t know what chestnuts taste/smell like, so I cannot comment on that. But there was a more nuttiness that came out for me after the first steep.

I’ve put this tea head-to-head with the similarly priced oolongs from the company, and this one is my favorite for the price.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is #3 out of the 5 earl grey samples I got from Upton teas. I’m trying it as my first cup of tea on a Saturday morning. It’s alright, but still not exactly what I’m looking for. The sip itself is good, but there’s a bit of an aftertaste that’s heavy and bitter. I made a pot, and I’ll drink all of it, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t the one for me. I still like the Blue Flower EG better.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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60

This one was okay, but definitely not as nice as the Upton Earl Grey Blue Flower. I only tend to drink Earl Grey first thing in the morning, and I tried this one at night, so that might be why I wasn’t particularly enamoured with it. The flavour was a bit too citrusy and not chocolatey. This is the kind of tea I’d probably have once in a while for something a little different, but it’s not something I’d want to drink on a regular basis.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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70

Up early on a Saturday to work. Needed a wholesome cup of black. I would call this rich but not bold. There’s some subtle (to me) hints of citrus and sweet flavor. No bitterness for me, which is how I prefer it. Whiffs of toast and lemon. It doesn’t slap you in the face. It’s not too complex. Something for me to put in a travel mug for commuting to work.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

This one reminds me a lot of the Silk Road Earl Grey that I used to get. It’s flowery, but not cloying, and it’s a nice first cup of the day. I’m not 100% sure I like the aftertaste, but this is only my first cup, so we’ll see how it stands up against the other Earl Greys available from Upton Tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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