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78

I had a small sampler of this acquired back in 2018 from Meowster’s cupboard de-stash (Thanks, Meowster!) and I imagine the age of the tea is older than that. I decided to coldbrew the entire 6g sampler overnight.

I don’t think I’ve ever coldbrewed a silver needle tea, but this is delicious! It has a strong citrus flavor, like lemon in mineral water, as well as a florality that reads a bit like the peppery-floral taste of crysanthemum and a sweeter pollen-floral taste. Very refreshing!

Flavors: Chrysanthemum, Citrus, Floral, Honeysuckle, Lemon, Pepper, Pollen, Spring Water, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 6 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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95

My son broke the bottom part of my gong fu set. I’ve torn a paper cup in half in order to steep this tea. Not ideal but it works. And this tea is just the kick in the pants I need in order to “It is what it is” and get on with this day. A bold and hearty breakfast blend this one is. As it should be. It’s always weird when I encounter a weak breakfast blend. A bit astringent but not overly so. Though if I let it sit longer it definitely could be. A clear orange-amber in liquor color. Slight varnish but more woodsy. Wet decaying wood and wet forest floor. Also slightly volcanic. This is Travel Tea: Kalahari Resort addition.

gmathis

Not bad for a paper cup!

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60

For the sipdown prompt, “an Indian tea.” I received this from Meowster’s cupboard de-stash back in 2018 (thanks, Meowster!), and suspect the tea is a lot older than that, so well past it’s prime.

We are finally getting some respite from the constant heat with a rare rainy day, so I’m taking this small window of opportunity to actually enjoy a hot cup of tea rather than the cold brew I’ve been sucking on for months now. No doubt I’ll be cold brewing the remainder of this when the temperatures jump back up to mid-90s after the weekend…

The aroma off the too-hot-to-drink cup smells grainy, like a hay/wheat/oats aroma, with a subtle florality in the background. I’m a bit unimpressed by the taste, and I’m not sure if that’s just me not vibing with this tea, or if the age is bringing out less than favorable qualities… It has a strong dry hay flavor, with a more subtle oatiness, and a bit of a citrus quality, though it leans very dry and herbaceous (the best I can use to describe it is “stale lemongrass.”) There is a sort of bitter aftertaste that has a sharp pollen taste to it… makes me think I’m chewing on dandelion heads.

Perhaps cold brewing will mellow out some of the sharper edges a bit. If not, I’m sure a little lemon juice and honey will make it easy enough to clear out the bag.

Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Citrus, Dandelion, Floral, Grain, Hay, Herbaceous, Lemongrass, Oats, Pollen, Wheat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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72

This was a sample from an order. The first steep wasn’t bad, a fair example of a golden Yunnan with some chocolatey notes, but the second steep is rather weak so I don’t think I’d seek this out for purchase.

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80

One of my daily-drivers. I probably drink it once a week. If you’ve never tried the smokey campfire goodness that is Lapsang, you really owe yourself to try a few cups. An acquired taste definitely worth the effort.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashmanra

I haven’t tried this one, but I enjoyed Upton’s Black Dragon Lapsang and Baker Street Afternoon Tea.

NibbleGuru

@ashmanra Upton was my go-to for awhile. Certainly they had a broader selection of oolongs and good black teas than I’d experienced before joining the looseleaf world. Sadly, they have a habit of discontinuing all my favorites. The upside is this gives me a reason to try new vendors, and I’m excited for my upcoming sessions!

ashmanra

If you feel like exploring new Lapsang, Crocodile from both Dammann Freres and TheODor are fantastic! (If you like them strong.)

NibbleGuru

Interesting! I just did a big trip to Jolie, so may be a hot minute till I order from a Parisian teashop, but this place looks promising! =^_^=

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75

While fruit flavored teas often make for make for a beautiful British-style cup, my problem has always been staying power. The first cup is amazing, but as we reach cup 5, 10, 20, I simply lose interest. This tea broke records, 200g and many months later I’m only just now noticing the last of my tin sitting unused over time.

The lemon flavor in this pops like nothing I’ve seen before. The name is the perfect description: It really is like a lemon candy. It’s absolutely worth a try if you’ve any interest in fruit flavored teas or a british style cup!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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74

This has that red jello flavor that I’ve found in some fruity teas before, especially from Teavivre. It works pretty well here. The flavor isn’t too tart at all. Sweetener helps the flavors shine. I can definitely see this flavor as being cranberry. It’s not complex or amazing, but it’s good enough cold. I’ve been making big pitchers of this and filling my tumbler when I leave the house.

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85

Nice earthy, not quite as rich as kenum snail, but pretty good.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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74

This one is a bit finicky to brew just right, I somehow remember more chocolate notes in the previous pot. Today’s brew was slightly chocolate and astringent to finish. The second steep is just ok. I would purchase this again, but its not in my list of top keemuns.

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65

This blend is pretty simple. The flavor is mostly ginger, but the lemongrass breaks up that flavor slightly to make it not as sharp and earthy. I prefer this one warm, as it gets a little weird cold. The resteep tastes strange, so I skip it. I ended up with a 4 oz bag of this, and I’m getting pretty tired of it. It’s just too savory for me to want to drink all the time. I don’t know if I love the inclusion of licorice and mint in here.

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74

My dad seems to like this tea, but its not what I would normally choose. A cross between lapsang and keemun – a hint of smoke and a hint of sweet. The aftertaste reminds me of a congou. This one from Upton is a bit finicky to brew, easy to get too much leaf and some bitterness. I wouldn’t purchase, but I don’t mind drinking it .

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86

Sample from a TTB. You know, I really like how Upton does EGs. The black tea is nice and hearty. The bergamot is clear and delicious. It goes perfectly with milk. I have no complaints!

tea-sipper

I got to try me some Upton Earls at some point!

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88

I grabbed this sample from a TTB, and I have to say it’s a pretty great EG! Nice strong bergamot flavor, as the name suggests, on top of a smooth black tea. I’m drinking this cold with milk and sugar, and it’s everything I could want from an EG. The resteep is strong and flavorful too.

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75

I’ve been working on this tea and Myrtle’s Tea House since last month and am really ready to move on, so I decided to go with some iced and latte preparations (which use more leaf) to speed up the process. So I used the remainder of my packet of this for a latte with Vanilla Almond Milk. Using it as the February sipdown prompt “Drink a tea that starts with a Periodic Table abbreviation” (O for Oxygen!)

I found in the latte it was still quite malty and bready, but I didn’t really taste any floral or muscatel notes. Rather, a sort of lemon citrusy flavor came forward, which was quite pleasant with the very sweet milk.

Not a bad send-off.

Flavors: Bread, Citrus, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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75

Pulled this old tea I was gifted from Meowster during a cupboard de-stash. Thank you!

Brewed 3.5g in 500ml 190F water for 3 minutes. I managed to get in a few wiffs before it was emptied into the work thermos for the day, and found it surprisingly flowery in aroma for such an old tea. The thermos is now drinkable, and the flavor definitely tastes a little stale/muted from age, but notes of malt, baked bread, raisins, honey, and flowers are still present. It’s also very smooth, with just a bit of a drying quality after the sip — at least with this preparation, I’m not getting the sort of astrigency I come to expect from broken leaf tea.

Flavors: Bread, Drying, Floral, Honey, Malt, Raisins, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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74

A Very nice roobios. Rounded, mellow, very finely chopped. Don’t try and steep this in your old tea filter with 1/16" holes – it’ll go right thru. Steeps a medium reddish-brown.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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68

Medium Dark, a Little Tannin, general-purpose Assam. Nothing too special.
Fairly fine cut, a mix of dark and golden tea leaves.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

If I had to choose just one black tea to drink forever, this would be it. I actually steep it in a 24oz bottle and drink from that all day. It never gets bitter. Just a lovely tea.

Flavors: Butternut Squash

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 6 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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77

I think I chose this one for a christmas gift tea due to the good reviews on the Upton site. My dad seems to like this one but it took a few times to get a good brew time and leaf ratio (less leaf and less time is best). This certainly does brew up strong and quick. It has a nice metallic and amber twang to it without bitterness. Of course I compare this Awesome tea to my favorite S&V CTC tea in my head and this comes up up short in the complexity department. I’d like to do a head to head taste test but I need to restock the Assam Beesakopie to compare. I would add this to an Upton order if I was low on Assam.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Metallic

gmathis

Drinking tea with your dad! Love it. Mine was a coffee guy and never trusted a restaurant that didn’t serve it or have a coat rack.

Michelle

He used to be an Earl Grey guy but now prefers Lapsang, Assam or Jin Jun Mei.

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75

A complex and tasty tea with different layers of fruityness, briskness, and metallic taste depending on steep time and tea temperature. I got mostly coppery notes on a first sip, with fruity and complex notes arriving as the cup cools. An interesting tea to experiment with or blend (Yunnan comes to mind). I might add it to an order, but its not something to seek out.

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72

This is my second session with these same leaves. Steeped once in my favorite mug, which sadly didn’t reveal nearly as much flavor as I was hoping and so me thinks it’s time to give the mug a good scrub. This second round is being done gong fu style. The flavors are much more pronounced. The first sip revealed honeyed flavors and earthy wet wood notes. As the session progresses each becomes increasingly tainted with astringency and damp forest. Decomposing wood.

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52

Started drinking this while eating my bacon-wrapped potato wedge and I realized I couldn’t really taste the tea. So I steeped it longer. This is a good tea for this type of breakfast. The bacon escalates some of the woody notes and tones down the tobacco. The banana doesn’t help. Its sweet flavor almost makes me want to stop drinking the tea. But maybe… Nope. It’s not the banana. I oversteeped it a bit. But what is this flavor? It is tannic. It is tanned leather. It is not something I enjoy in my mouth. Burnt… something.

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65

This was included as a sample in my christmas gift order for my dad so I thought we might open it and drink a day early. Its very malty up front, smells amazing, but the aftertaste that lingers post-sip is astringent and bitter. This would stand up to milk and sugar, but since I drink my tea plain, I won’t be seeking this one out again.

Flavors: Bitter, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Yeasty

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