TI69: Jolotigo Estate Orthodox Java BT

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Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves
Tannin, Wet wood
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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 g 15 oz / 443 ml

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Produced in the mountainous tea growing region of West Java, this fine-leaf tea has a BT (i.e., “broken tea”) orthodox designation. The caramel-colored cup has a fresh fragrance and a refreshing pungency. This is a versatile tea, which can be enjoyed hot or iced.

Steeping Suggestions: -
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212°
Steep Time: 3-4 min.

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34 tasting notes

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.

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

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7 tasting notes

Meh. Nice enough flavor but not very strong. Doesn’t hold up well to milk.

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27 tasting notes

“If I were a coffee drinker easing into the world of tea, I’d like this,” I thought as I sniffed the aromas of my freshly brewed cup of Upton TI69: Jolotigo Estate Orthodox Java BT. Richly tannic and woody smells were evident in the leaves after brewing (it’s wise to use an easily-cleaned strainer with this tea, since the leaf pieces are rather small), so I was surprised when I tasted the cup without milk and found the tea tasted so mild. I added milk to tone down the tannins and that subdued most of the flavor; even though my cup was a good strong color, my milky tea tasted more like tea-ish milk. It was nice of Upton to send this to me as a free sample with my recent order, but this is not my cup of tea.

Flavors: Tannin, Wet wood

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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673 tasting notes

A really mellow and smooth black tea :) tastes like a roasted black tea

Doug Glidden

I know this was a long time ago, but do you happen to recall what steeping parameters you may have used for this tea?


Not really. But I think I used 5-10g and steeped it for 10-30s

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