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10 Tasting Notes

95

This is a lovely change from weeks of drinking shin-cha green tea. Clear and flavorful. A bit light, but I also missed the in-package instructions to steep at boiling instead of 195. Multiple resteeps, consistent flavor every time. I love how the tea expands into WHOLE leaves! Overall, very good presentation, lovely flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93

Yum! I liked this tea the instant I opened the sample pack. Lovely smell. Fruity, maybe? Brews clean, tastes good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Hmm, interesting. I think I’ve had a tea like this before, a long time ago. It’s nice. Reminds me of happy memories. Amusingly enough, they’re mellow memories. Light cinnamon aftertaste. Neat.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77

It’s a nice white tea. I’m learning that I don’t like light flowery teas. So this really isn’t my style. But I don’t have any technical complaints about it – good flavor, complex, etc. Better than the average random tea. Brewed twice.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dan

I’m thinking of ordering from Upton and was wondering what you thought about their service? I just received their quarterly catalog and they sure have lots of tea to choose from.

Richard Soderberg

I got my tea in 3 business days with the cheap shipping method, and they responded to my question about “grams vs. teaspoons” within a couple hours. So far, excellent. I also ordered 20 sample packs :)

Dan

Thanks for the info, my shipping may be faster as I could drive there in 3 hours.

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100

So amazing. Must find more. Like drinking a cup of summer water. Raised my expectations for green tea.

For those who are especially motivated, I was told to brew this by putting one tablespoon in an ounce of cold water for 2 minutes, and then add a cup of hot water and immediately decant. That certainly worked out okay, though I also enjoyed it brewed for a most excellent flavor.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Now that’s a preparation for sencha I haven’t heard before:)

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34

The best I can say is that it was nondescript. I’ve tried steeping for twice as long and using twice as much tea and I still can’t seem to get a good flavor out of it. Oh well.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93

I enjoyed every cup of Thomas Sampson, even though it gives me the caffeine jitters afterwards. For the last cup I used honey and a splash of coconut milk to soften the blow of running out. They’re not kidding about stopping at 4 minutes. I left it a few seconds extra and it was definitely a few seconds over. Still, a lovely tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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Richard Soderberg, of ‘floating atoll’.

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Solana Beach, California

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