30 Tasting Notes

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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66

Upton included a free sample of this with an order that was given to me as a Christmas gift. As others who have reviewed it have noted, the strong scent and dark color of this tea left me surprised at its mild flavor. For me, that was a good thing—I’m not a big fan of strong black teas. Nonetheless, although it was enjoyable enough, there was nothing about this tea that would compel me to want to buy it. In the past, I have been able to significantly improve my ratings of some black teas by adjusting steeping time and/or temperature. In this particular case, I feel like I hit a decent balance in the first steeping, and there’s probably not much I can do to extract more flavor without making the result overly astringent.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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96

A longer steeping time really brought out the luscious flavor of this tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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98

In keeping with Upton’s tendency to undershoot with their steeping time recommendations, an extra 15 seconds of steeping really brought out the incredible flavor of this tea, earning it the highest score I have ever given any tea here on Steepster!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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98

I was thrilled to receive a 250g packet of this tea for Christmas. I originally tasted this tea when I was in college as part of a winter sampler, and I immediately fell in love with it. A friend of mine (who introduced me to tea) was so impressed with this tea that he made it a special exception to his policy of not drinking blended teas.

This cup was slightly underinfused, if anything, but still absolutely wonderful. Next time, I’ll increase the steeping time to 4:15.

Flavors: Cranberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 tsp 36 OZ / 1064 ML

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94

The luscious scent of this tea never ceases to amaze me. My current batch seems a bit weak in flavor in comparison with the previous one, but it’s still highly recommended!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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94

This delicious tea really hit the spot on a damp fall morning!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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I’m a software engineer who loves classical music and good tea.

Ratings

I calculate my overall rating of a tea from weighted scores of the dry leaf, wet leaf, and (most importantly) liquor. My overall scoring ranges are as follows:

70–100: These teas are “recommended”. When replenishing my supplies, I am likely to consider purchasing larger quantities of these teas.
50–69: These teas are neither “recommended” nor “not recommended”. When replenishing my supplies, I may consider purchasing sample quantities of these teas, if I feel there is potential for improvement by adjusting the steeping parameters.
0–49: These teas are “not recommended”. When replenishing my supplies, I am very unlikely to consider these teas.

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