East Frisian Sunday Tea (TB54)

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Assam and vanilla sounds like a winning combination, right? Rich, malty Assam with creamy, cake-like vanilla. In my head that's what this should be, at least! I think my hopes were a little too...” Read full tasting note
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    Alphakitty 470 tasting notes
  • “I'll admit, my interest in this tea was mostly because my Pakke's family is from the section of Friesland that lies in The Netherlands. After tasting it I'm very glad that I decided to purchase...” Read full tasting note
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    chai-jenn 104 tasting notes
  • “I drank this on Sunday, because I am a dork. I was hoping for more from this tea than it delivered. Trusting in Upton, I bought a 100ish gram tin and now I wish I'd been a bit more...” Read full tasting note
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    anyanka 58 tasting notes
  • “I bought this for the mention of "bourbon vanilla". How can you go wrong?! :) While this tea did have a delightful vanilla aroma in the bag, I felt the flavor of vanilla wasn't as present as...” Read full tasting note
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    tawnykira 60 tasting notes

From Upton Tea Imports

A blend of whole-leaf Assam and genuine Bourbon vanilla. The combination makes a delightful afternoon blend.

Ingredients:
black tea, vanilla bits
Origin: Germany

Steeping Suggestions: -
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212º (boiling)
Steep Time: 4 min.

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14 Tasting Notes

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470 tasting notes

Assam and vanilla sounds like a winning combination, right? Rich, malty Assam with creamy, cake-like vanilla. In my head that’s what this should be, at least! I think my hopes were a little too high though, this is tasty but not as full as flavor as I thought.

The Assam base is certainly strong but it’s not as rich and malty as I’d like. It overpowers the vanilla too, which is very mellow and not that strong. It’s not a bad tea by any means, just not as perfect as I imagined. It’s a great afternoon blend though when you’re feeling the midday blues and need a little pick me up.

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104 tasting notes

I’ll admit, my interest in this tea was mostly because my Pakke’s family is from the section of Friesland that lies in The Netherlands. After tasting it I’m very glad that I decided to purchase it.

I’ve had this twice since my package from Upton tea came in yesterday. It is a very enjoyable tea with or without milk though I wish I had some cream so I could try it with it’s traditional presentation. The first infusion requires precisely 4 minutes, anything over and it starts getting quite bitter. If you go for a second infusion you can be much more lenient with the time, I forgot about it while dealing with my kids but even at 10 minutes there was no bitterness.

Preparation
Boiling

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I drank this on Sunday, because I am a dork.

I was hoping for more from this tea than it delivered. Trusting in Upton, I bought a 100ish gram tin and now I wish I’d been a bit more conservative. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either. It is rather unexceptional.

The tea isn’t deep and malty and the vanilla isn’t particularly present. I have a decaf vanilla from Adagio that is fine, but thought this one would be a big upgrade. While the tea is an improvement because the dullness of decaf isn’t happening, it isn’t anything to gush over. And the vanilla, while not cloyingly artificial, also isn’t very aromatic. I don’t know that someone given this would know it is vanilla tea.

I’ll finish without too much trouble because it isn’t a bad cup but I had hoped either the base or the flavoring or both had been exceptional.

I said “isn’t” 8 times in this review. Hmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I bought this for the mention of “bourbon vanilla”. How can you go wrong?! :)

While this tea did have a delightful vanilla aroma in the bag, I felt the flavor of vanilla wasn’t as present as I’d have liked. My 15g sample bag didn’t seem to have the large pieces of vanilla that they show in the photos of the tea, but rather very thin little slivers of vanilla.I think that with the boldness of an Assam base they could have been more liberal with the vanilla. It was good & vanilla-y but nothing that blew me away.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Second cup of this sample. I added more leaf this time (3 tsp to 15 oz of water.) I don’t know how long it steeped, but I’m guessing around 4 minutes. The vanilla seems more subtle than I remember it, and not at all artificial. It’s mostly black tea, but the vanilla is there in the background smoothing it out. This is lovely!

I must have forgotten to shake up the bag for my last cup… this is like a different tea. I’m increasing my rating!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Erin

It’s funny how tea’s need to be shaken up a bit because they can settle in the can/bag when being shipped hey? totally agree!

stitchywitch

Yup… lesson learned!

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34 tasting notes

I don’t normally add milk to my tea, but I added a splash to this along with sugar and it made all the difference. Still not something I’d buy on a regular basis, but maybe once in a while. Bumped up my rating a little because of this.

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A nicely robust tea paired with creamy sweet vanilla. The vanilla is of a good quality, and I was delighted to see bits of the pod amongst the tea leaves. Extra cake like with milk and sugar :) A gorgeous treat on a chilly, rainy afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Been doing Upton Imports sampler thunderdomes, two teas at a time, sometimes with comparison qualities obvious (same flush or estate darjeelings, say), sometimes less so, like here where I compared Upton TB54, Sunday Tea with Vanilla East Frisian Blend, with Upton TB75, Baker Street Blend (keemun, darjeeling, and lapsang).

Love the way both of these smell dry; this one’s kind of forest-y. The vanilla comes out more while brewing. These are both dark, robust cups. Sweet, a little cake-like without becoming something only for dessert—it has a bittersweet, almost coffee-like robustness and the slightest tinge of smoke, or actually maybe that’s roastiness. I can definitely smell the vanilla in the cup initally (and my nose is stuffed up from allergies!), then it recedes a bit. You can smell it more than you can taste it. Something about this reminds me of extremely dark, bitter chocolate.

About halfway through the cup I added milk and sugar which didn’t seem to be an improvement but didn’t ruin it either.

I don’t think I’d make this a regular rotation thing but I also wouldn’t snub my nose at a refill at some point when/if i get sick of other more obvious go-to choices.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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So this is the first black blend that I’ve tried from Upton. I like Vanilla and enjoy Assam, so though this would be just right. I like it, but in the end it was just okay for me. The leaves are dark and medium sized with small bits of vanilla. The smell is a lovely mix of chocolate and vanilla with the hint of Assam spiciness. I think this might be a good afternoon tea on a cool day. When I drink the beverage with milk and sugar, I really don’t like it; it makes the vanilla too sweet and loses some of the tea flavor. Drank it bare on a second steep. The vanilla though nice and mild seems a bitter superficial and the tea a bit astringent. Its nice, but didn’t quite live up to the expectations of a deep bourbon-like vanilla and good Assam.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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The first time I tried this tea, I couldn’t smell or taste the Bourbon vanilla at all. (Though I could smell some vanilla in the dry leaf!) So I steeped today’s cup for three minutes, instead of the recommended four, and added a little sugar. That seemed to help; I could smell vanilla this time, and taste a bit of its creamy sweetness mid-sip. That said, the vanilla here gets pretty overpowered by the tea base. This is a classic Assam black tea, the strong, dark kind with a lot of natural dryness. I think it would probably work best with milk and sugar, because of the astringency… I’ll have to try it that way in the future.

Overall, this is a high-quality tea, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy the rest of my sample. But if I’m in the mood for a vanilla tea, I’ll probably reach for one with a smoother black base and more vanilla flavor. (Of course, I’m horribly spoiled from teas like Golden Orchid!)

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