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This is the third Ceylon I’ve ever tried and two out of three have been great. This is one of the wonderful ones. Like most Ceylon the leaves are twisted wiry tendrils that are a bit dark. This one has chestnut colored leaves interspersed. The smell of the leaves is dark like dried currants and raisins with a touch of aged leather smell. The tea is an explosion of flavor with vanilla, spice and fruit and wisp of smoke. Tastes great sweetened or unsweetened. There is a lovely orange spice to the smell of the brewed leaves. I am not sure whether I like it more or less than the Malikkanda that I have a tin of . . . very close. I’m starting to swing away from Darjeelings toward the lovely Ceylons.

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Doug F

Upton has some nice Ceylons. They are definitely under-appreciated.

June's Flame

I agree! I got quite a few Ceylon samples in my last order and I’ve been really impressed! The price point for the quality is hard to beat too!

Doug F

Exactly. Spend $5 and you get 4 oz. of wonderful tea.

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Doug F

Upton has some nice Ceylons. They are definitely under-appreciated.

June's Flame

I agree! I got quite a few Ceylon samples in my last order and I’ve been really impressed! The price point for the quality is hard to beat too!

Doug F

Exactly. Spend $5 and you get 4 oz. of wonderful tea.

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I started drinking coffee at the age of 12, but I have recently found that the coffee I always enjoyed gives me headaches. Luckily I have no such issues with tea. I have just begun to discover the joys of a good cup of tea and figuring out what I like and don’t. So far I prefer black tea either Fujian, Keemun, Assam or Darjeeling that are fruit forward with a wisp of acidity or smokiness. I occasionally will drink green, jasmine or a bold white, but typically just to change things up. I hate fake fruit flavors, bitter tea or blah tea with no punch.

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