Summer Tea Blend (TE55)

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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  • “I tried this as a cold brew because of the smell. It smells like it would be a divine cold brew! Instead what i got was a fantastic smelling amazing citrusy that tastes a little like your average...” Read full tasting note
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    Silaena 5241 tasting notes
  • “I am in need of a light, citrus-y blend today. I'm making short ribs which, while delicious, have the downside of taking all day to make. Sure, most of it is just time in the oven, but chopping the...” Read full tasting note
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    Alphakitty 470 tasting notes
  • “Perfect iced too, the flavors when iced are not as in your face as when warm, the "all grapefruit" turned to a nice citrus flavor and the piney juniper was a little more noticeable, very nice...” Read full tasting note
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    toadman208 473 tasting notes
  • “This is quite pungent! Inside/Family Joke with my sister and I...years ago we sold Candles and one of the scent choices we could buy/sell was HEATHER and when we smelled the sample we both made a...” Read full tasting note
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    teaequalsbliss 6770 tasting notes

From Upton Tea Imports

China tea with grapefruit and orange flavoring, delicately laced with juniper needles and berries. Refreshing either hot or cold. The perfect way to bring the aroma of summer to any season.
Ingredients:
black tea, heather flowers, nettles, juniper berries, bilberries, natural & artificial flavor
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12 Tasting Notes

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5241 tasting notes

I tried this as a cold brew because of the smell. It smells like it would be a divine cold brew! Instead what i got was a fantastic smelling amazing citrusy that tastes a little like your average every day tea….cold. ah well it’s not bad, but man it smells amazing in comparison to the actual brew.

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Iced 8 min or more

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I am in need of a light, citrus-y blend today. I’m making short ribs which, while delicious, have the downside of taking all day to make. Sure, most of it is just time in the oven, but chopping the veggies, prepping the seasonings, searing the meat, and caramelizing the onions takes a good 2 hours of work. Plus having the oven on for 5 hours isn’t that pleasant. So, a light tea it is! I was looking for one in my sample bin since I REALLY need to cut down on the overflow, and this caught my eye: not because of the citrus, really (though that’s why I ended up picking it) but because of the name on the label. Upton lets you put a name on your tea under “Packaged for.” I suppose it’s so you can gift them to people, but I decided to be delightfully immature so all my tea from them is for Batman.

I’ve been looking for the perfect grapefruit tea: I adore grapefruit juice but the flavor doesn’t seem to transfer completely in blends. I’ve tried quite a few and so far the vanilla grapefruit from H&S is my favorite, but it’s still not quite tart enough for me. The dry leaves of this smell SO grapefruity, so my hopes were pretty high. Sadly, I think the base is way too assertive here: it’s very powerful and even a little smokey which I find odd. The grapefruit is there, but only really in the aftertaste, and the juniper is muted as well. However, it’s more pure grapefruit than any other tea I’ve tried so I am not giving up hope! I have enough left in the sample to try some other brewing methods to see if it will bring out the flavor better: I’m thinking the water was too hot, even though they recommend boiling.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

1) How awesome is the Batman thing! I wish I thought of stuff like that! Now I want to order tea from Upton just so I can put something cool on the label.
2) You are aware, aren’t you, that everyone who has your address from doing a swap with you is plugging it into their GPS right now to see if they can get there before all that food is gone!

Lynne-tea

Delicious sounding short ribs! Does this mean Batman is your tea drinking alias?

Invader Zim

Nananana nananana Batman! How awesome is that?!

Bonnie

Yum! Short ribs! (if you ever want to do it in a crock pot slow after searing…I have a recipe that keeps the kitchen cool in the Summer! and tastes wonderful…but it uses dark beer and buckwheat honey…and of course those carmalized onions…). OUCH!

Alphakitty

Haha, I’m glad you all approve of tea for Batman. That’s what I use when I get food anywhere that requires a name: it’s just so much fun watching a confused Jamba juice employee holding up a drink and asking for Batman.

@Bonnie: I was actually going to do the ribs in my slow cooker, but I wanted the veggies a little crunchy and firmer so braising was the way to go. I wish I’d though of dark beer/honey though, that sounds AMAZING! Totally going to try that next time.

Kittenna

Oh, the poor Jamba Juice employee!!

Dylan Oxford

We actually got a sample of this, and a sample of their St. Isaac’s blend with our Upton order. Both are quite good, and very similar… but the St. Isaac’s was definitely a notch or two more grapefruity. If you’re a grapefruit fan, that one is worth a buck or two towards a sample to try.

Alphakitty

I actually have a sample of St. Isaac’s already! I thought it might be less citrusy than the summer blend so I tried this one first, but St. Isaac’s is definitely next on the list. Good to know it’s more grapefruity, since this one was almost what I wanted.

Angrboda

Batman, LOL! I’ll have to tell the boyfriend about that, it should be right up his alley humour-wise. :D Lately he’s taken to naming his Diablo III characters after Danish words for fish.

Alphakitty

Now I’m tempted to have my next Upton order packaged for Diablo, Lord of Destruction!

Angrboda

DO EEEEEEEET!!! :D

Missy

Lol this is too funny!

Dylan Oxford

Pshhh, silly, Diablo is the Lord of Terror :P

ashmanra

I think I might have mine packed for Darth Vader, though the girls say I should go for a slightly more obscure character.

Alphakitty

I think we should have a competition to see who can come up with the most ridiculous name to put on an Upton order. XD

Dylan Oxford

Inigo Montoya?

SimpliciTEA

OMG, Princess Bride, right, Dylan? That is such a great movie (and he is a great character).

You all totally crack me up. I am going to consider doing something like this sometime. How about, Morphius? Or (trying to be more obscure) a character from a book like, Mr. Wickham, or Duke Leto Atreides, or Sméagol?

CHAroma

Check out Lupicia’s Grapefruit Green if you want a citrusy punch in the mouth. As for picking a character name, I think it’s funnier if it’s a well-known character instead of someone obscure. If it’s obscure, you might be the only one who gets the reference. Batman takes the cake. ;)

SimpliciTEA

I hear you, CHAroma. When it comes down to it, who’s ‘well-known’ and who’s ‘obscure’ are actually judgements. The characters I mention are all actually ‘significant’ characters from ‘very popular’ novels (my judgement). And,for example, hearing (or reading) the name “Inigo Montoya” gives me much more meaning than hearing (or reading) the name ‘Batman’; still, I respect the fact that others may find it otherwise. Although ‘obscure’ things are ‘less likely’ to be identified by others, the more obscure they are, the more meaningful the connection is, for me, anyway. But, to each his own, eh? : – )

CHAroma

For the most part, I agree with you. But even people who have seen the LOTR movies don’t remember that Gollum was born Smeagol. So, they’d probably be even less likely to recognize the name when printed on a tea package.

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Perfect iced too, the flavors when iced are not as in your face as when warm, the “all grapefruit” turned to a nice citrus flavor and the piney juniper was a little more noticeable, very nice refreshing iced tea, I woke up to a glass this morning. Really great blend I like it alot.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I forgot to mention the smell of this one was also awesome, when dry i can smell the juniper much more than I can taste it, if my kitchen smelled like this id be very happy, they need to make grapefruit scented pine-sol weird but that’s what this tea smells like dry lol how could something that reminds you of pine-sol taste good??? It does lol

Bonnie

I get it! Super fresh! I want to go buy a grapefruit now and chop it up and smash some juniper berries from the bushes outside …..then….simmer the whole thing to scent my house now!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I want some juniper berries!!!!

Bonnie

Don’t you have juniper bushes!?

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I wish I had some juniper bushes lol

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This is quite pungent! Inside/Family Joke with my sister and I…years ago we sold Candles and one of the scent choices we could buy/sell was HEATHER and when we smelled the sample we both made a grimace-face and looked at each other and said…eeeweee! Heather Smells! Soooo…every once and a while when we smell something FUNKY we randomly say HEATHER SMELLS!

Fast Forward to this tea! As soon as I opened this packaged I made THAT face and had no idea what I was smelling. When I saw it was HEATHER – I laughed out loud and actually said HEATHER SMELLS in the middle of the office! THANK GOODNESS NO ONE BY THE NAME OF HEATHER WORKS HERE! teehee!

Yeah…so…this tea has…black tea, heather flowers, nettles, juniper berries, bilberries, natural & artificial flavor

The black tea is of medium strength but there is so much more going on here that is seems to be almost cancelled out by the other flavors! HEATHER really SMELLS! I can taste the various flowers and berries. The combo of the two provides a funky, tarty, bitter berry and bitter/stale floral taste. I can’t say that I love it. At times just when the berries seem nice the flower-power takes over and between the two bitter flavors colliding I’m just not sure about this one. It’s ok but I wish it wasn’t as bitter. And it’s not that the actual TEA is bitter – not that kind of bitter – but the flowers and fruit. Honestly, I think the reason I continue to drink this is the grapefruit notes…those are nice!

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Hello Steepster! Today things seem to be moving smoothly enough I can try a posting. Since summer is right around the corner Dylan procured some samples of iced tea blends.

This one is pretty good but heavier on the citrus notes than I typically take. Citrus here seems to be plenty of orange with subdued grapefruit and an almost pungent note in the background. I did feel there was a fruity sweet flavor that rounded all the citrus out nicely. The base is smooth and brisk without any bitterness or astringency. Not a bad iced tea really if you like the citrus. I think citrus piledriver would suit me better. I love that creamy addition to the citrus.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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1212 tasting notes

All I know is, don’t steep it for 4 minutes. Bleh! Smells so good in the bag, very strong on the grapefruit. I think it was a combination of that being far too long a steep along with the flavorings that just resulted in something purely gross.

Cold steeping it the next time around.

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The additional steep time, sadly, didn’t do anything except bring out the flavor of what was either bergamot or something very similar – something very distinctly perfumey, in other words – and I’m not crazy about bergamot, so. Disappointing. I’ll probably finish the sample, but I won’t be repurchasing. Or maybe I’ll just hang onto the leaves to sniff at whenever I need a pick-me-up.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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The Juniper and grapefruit in this blend make it an amazingly refreshing iced tea. It has become my iced tea blend and I drink it all summer.

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