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This is a fair example of an Assam. A smooth metalic, coppery taste without a lot of bitterness or bite. I may have under leafed this for a morning cup, but I’m not sure it would get very much bolder with more leaf . I don’t mind a bit of an aftertaste in an Assam, so this one seems a bit bland to me. I have been blending tea lately, a scoop of this and a scoop of that in a cup. I might try this with a bit of honeybush next.
Flavors: Bitter, Metallic, Tannic
After an uneventful morning consisting largely of prolonged, low-intensity stretching and breathing exercises otherwise known as the reps in one solid set of Sleeping Til Noon, I turn to a cup of Baker Street to psych me up for one last day of clearing up assignments and preparing for tomorrow’s final exams.
Baker Street is a classic favorite. It has a hint of smoke, detectable but so mild that it should offend no Lapsang opponent. It’s smooth and a little sweet, and I sense flavors that my amateur tastes can’t quite separate but can only inexpertly categorize as “tea”. Now, when this happens, it usually means it’s nostalgic of the blends I was reared on as a larval tea enthusiast and which therefore stand out to me as “default tea flavor”. A glance at the ingredient list suggests this is the keemun I’m tasting. This is magnificently refreshing now that it’s cooled down, especially when enjoyed in my upstairs bedroom in a townhouse with decidedly feeble A/C on this fine 80F day.
Flavors: Smoke, Sweet
As I sit and meditate over a cup of Lapsang Souchong Black Dragon for a short sanity break from my studying, I can’t help feeling like a reclusive biochemistry monk poring over the ancient, sacred texts in search not of the lord’s will, but the answers to next week’s immunology final. Welcome to my monastery of misery, please disregard the fact that the soothing chants you hear sound eerily like weeping.
I have always been a big fan of Lapsang Souchongs, and Upton does pretty well by this one. While most Lapsangs have a characteristic smoky flavor, I’ve found that smokiness to have a range of profiles of its own. From the smoke more reminiscent of cured meat, to the sharp zing of more cigarette-like smokes (my personal favorite), this one falls distinctly in the middle with a smoke that reminds me authentically of sitting in front of the fireplace at home. This is a low, mild, campfire sort of smoke, less overpowering than the cigarette varieties, and less likely to offset the flavors of your food like a more meaty Lapsang. I also noticed – after a few minutes of annoying myself with constant lip smacking – that the base of this tea has a very drying effect on the mouth. I might go review some water, now.
Flavors: Ash, Astringent, Fireplace, Smoke
Thanks very much, Meowster! For a Darjeeling, I would never guess this is a Darjeeling by the flavor profile. It tastes much more like a straight-forward black tea. I like the “gold and silver tips” in the description – I agree! The dry blend has very small leaves but the resulting flavor is mostly sweet and fruity quality while still having that brisk black tea characteristic. Like rye bread, but on the lighter side. One teaspoon is enough! It’s a good tea but not a tea that really fits a Darj craving. Wish I had more to say! But this is an enjoyable black tea if I’m not expecting a Darj profile.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 5 minutes after boiling // 3 min steep
WAIT a minute… why the heck was I expecting Darjeeling from anything about this? Now I’m confused. It’s not in the name or description… sigh. This is possibly not a Darjeeling at all then… which explains LOTS.
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Thanks so much for this, Meowster! I don’t love the flavor of this, so this won’t be a very inspired tasting note. The green tea is a little seaweedy at this point, so I’m sure the supplier just added peppermint oil to disguise a subpar gunpowder. And I wonder how peppermint flavoring is cheaper than actual peppermint leaves? I drank the cup but it was a rare occasion when I didn’t re-steep the leaves. It’s interesting (to me) I’m at 25 sipdowns for the year when I’m aiming for 100 sipdowns for the year. Now that we’re at the beginning of April and a quarter of the year is done, that means I’m on track!
I got a sample size of this tea and brewed about half western style. The wet leaf smells like caramel and woodsy tobacco. The first steep brewed up strong, but its more of a subtle tasting tea. Its not an astringent, metallic, or robust black tea flavor. A bit hard to describe, the front of the tea is a toasty, slight tobacco flavor, and the end of the tea is a toasty, hay, caramel finish. I’m thinking this is more like a cross between an oolong and a keemun, with a bit more of a roasty finish. As this first cup cools, I’m getting more light chocolate notes. The second steeping is a watered down version of the first, rather weak tea.
It certainly is interesting, not sure I’d go out of my way to purchase, but I might be tempted to add it to an order.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Hay, Roasted, Tobacco
Pleasant and extremely drinkable. Classic honey scent and flavor dominates, with a lightly leafy middle and a slightly malty finish. This is nothing remarkable, but sometimes you just want to aimlessly drink some nice, sweet light tea. This is the sort of thing to sip on when otherwise engrossed in something else. Resteeps pretty well too.
The ball does need a little encouragement to break up, mind you. I hassle it briefly with a fork once it begins to expand.
Flavors: Green, Honey, Jasmine, Malt
This Assam is ok. Its easy to brew too strong and get a bitter cup. Though when you get the right amount of leaf, its a fair example of a malty, coppery cup of Assam. It does have a bit of a metallic aftertaste that is more pronounced with too much leaf, but becomes less pronounced as a cup cools. On the whole, I’d call this drinkable but I wouldn’t rush to purchase or call it a daily drinker.
Flavors: Malt, Metallic
I got this tea for Christmas in a sample size. Brewed in a teapot for 3 minutes, the dry leaves are small and wiry and smelled like unsweetened cocoa. This tea has a slightly bitter cocoa aftertaste that lingers pleasantly in your mouth. As far as Keemuns go, I am impressed with its chocolatey taste, though it seems to be just one note. Maybe a slight honey or carmel taste. I do really like the tea, but I have drunk other Keemuns that I liked better that cost a bit less. As other reviewers have noted, this is an expensive tea. I can also think of some golden monkey or fujian teas that were just as chocolatey. I’m glad I got to try such a high grade of Keemun, I’m not sure it is worth purchasing.
My dad bought all the Upton Import Lapsang Souchongs he could find and settled on this as his favorite. I thought I’d give it a taste on this Christmas morning. It is smooooooth. I don’t think I’ve drunk a LS this smooth before. Before I knew it, my mug was half empty and I was refilling. The smokyness is subtle but definite, it tastes like enhanced black tea instead of tea that is hiding something.
I am now thinking I need to taste test all the Yunnans or Assams and find my favorite. What would the world do without the scientific method (my dad was a chemist for 40 years) and spread sheets to rate tea. And yet somehow I have survived without a spreadsheet up until now…
Flavors: Smoke, Smooth
This came as a sample. I knew nothing about it when I opened the bag, and was hit with a very nice scent of Bergamot, like a good Earl Grey. Maybe a hint of lemon scent as well? Not sure. Taste is the same, in my opinion like a solid Earl Grey with something resembling a hint of lemon perhaps. Pretty bergamot forward, in a good way, I think I like this more than upton’s extra/double bergamot.
Edit: Upping the score a bit, I haven’t had an Earl Grey type of tea that I enjoyed this much in a long time.
This was a sample given to me by Sil and it has been one I have pulled out to make countless times and just never got to it. Today I decided to just go for it and while it is not bad, per se, I am not really enjoying it either. Sil got no astringency but I am getting astringency and that sort of perfumey dryness/metallic quality that I normally associate with Darjeelings. It is sort of malty but everything else going on really takes away from that. Perhaps it is age that is to blame? Nevertheless, thank you Sil for the chance to try this.