195 Tasting Notes


I bought a box of this a long while ago and didn’t remember that I didn’t like it until I bought another box. Brewing this hot is rather uninspiring if you’ve had a good smoky and smooth Lapsang Souchong. I don’t mind trying a bagged tea as they are easier for traveling and go cups.
I also don’t drink a lot of iced tea, its not something I gravitate towards, it seems un-natural to water down my tea. But we’ve had some hot days here and we started boat tours this week so I need something cool to sip on while I blather on about the history, rocks, plants and big horn sheep in our canyon. So I gave this a shot, brewed it hot in my go cup and added ice to the top. Wow that mellowed this tea out. Now its just mildly smoky and can stand up to 8 oz of ice. Not bitter at all. I’ll finish what I have, but won’t be buying again. Iced its not that bad, hot its barely drinkable.

Flavors: Smoke


Yeah, I just refrigerate my teas that I want to drink cold because I hate the idea of watering them down!

Mastress Alita

I not only don’t like the “watering down” aspect, but no matter what I do the ice always seems to make the tea taste like freezer scum. Blech. I usually cold brew (dump tea in mason jar with cold water, leave over night, strain next day) but occassionally will brew hot, dump in a mason jar, and stick in fridge.

Cameron B.

If I’m going to make an iced tea, I brew it stronger and then pour over ice so it’s being “watered down” to the correct potency if that makes sense?

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It was a chilly morning so I thought I’d warm up with a cup of dark chocolate peppermint patty. I’m not a fan of the mini marshmallows, but it adds a festive flair to a decent cup of mostly mint, but some chocolate tea. This tea isn’t anything splashy, just a cup of comfort that steeps three times.

Flavors: Cream, Dark Chocolate, Peppermint, Vanilla


We’re in the middle of a heat wave here, so I am living vicariously through you and your chilly morning. I am looking forward to those mornings again!

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drank Bourbon Black by Tupelo Tea
195 tasting notes

From Shae.
This is better than I expected, and I like it more than Adagio’s Kentucky Bourbon. It certainly tastes like bourbon, not a whole lot of caramel or vanilla notes, but has a bit of a harshness to the finish. But then most bourbons have a bit of a harsh finish. There are some fruity notes to the aftertaste. I am enjoying this tea, but am thinking it would be better with a less harsh base black tea. The second steep is certainly weaker, but the harshness is gone as well. Its bourbon on the rocks with too much ice.

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Whiskey


I’m glad you finally got to try it and that you liked it!

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This cup brews up nice and smooth, I taste mostly the Yunnan in the blend. Maybe there is a hint of metallic caramel aftertaste from the Assam (now called Awesome in my head thanks to a recent tasting note from AJ, lol). The flavors are sweeter and nutty as it cools, this seems like a good candidate for iced tea or an afternoon pick me up. My typical Yunnan/Awesome on the fly mix has more of a bite to it from the Assam so this very smooth tea is a bit bland in comparison.
I enjoyed the cup, but its not something I need in my cupboard.

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Smooth


I think I’ve tried this one in the past. I need to drink up my junk stock on ice this summer so I can have an excuse to re-visit the Upton catalog again!


Ha it’s in my head every time, so I’m glad I’m not alone now! :P


Yeah, Awesome tea will be in my head every time I look at “assam” now. Thanks Aj! haha. Upton has been on my list of places to order from for forever now… maybe someday!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Sample from Shae, thanks! This is quite smooth for a full Assam and small leaf blend. After seeing the other reviews I only brewed this for 2 minutes. Its still quite tasty and strong even at a short steep, not as malty as I’d like for an Assam but the caramel and mineral notes come through. The second steep isn’t weak, but the flavor seems to be smoothed away; its rather uninteresting. Its not bad for an Assam blend but not something I need in my cupboard.

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I got a sample of this Darjeeling BOP Blend in a recent Upton order and this is the closest entry I found so here is my tea note.
This very small leaf expanded a lot in the pot and contributed to the bitterness in the cup. That being said there is a nice nutty flavor at the end of each sip. It is less bitter as it cools, and the last cup from the pot wasn’t bitter at all, it was quite smooth.
Second steep was again bitter and not nutty. Not sure I need a darjeeling that is so finicky to brew.

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I like the idea of this tea, blending 4 teas together to meld their flavors. But it just washes out each of the individual tea flavors and what’s left is a rather uninteresting tea. I tried a bit more leaf this morning and while the first steep was a bit mineral, it was smooth and not bitter. Smooth is usually good but I was left hoping for a bit more taste. The second steep was just too weak. I would add it to an order as an afterthought, but I wouldn’t seek this out again.

Flavors: Metallic, Smooth

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Roasty and nutty with a hint of chocolate. I brewed this one western style and its getting nuttier as it cools. It reminds me of an almond/peanutty version of Big Red Robe. The second, western brew is a bit weaker, but still pleasantly nutty.

Flavors: Almond, Peanut, Roasted

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I got Tea Mail from Shae! Yay!
This tea smells awesome, as if I’ve just been in the kitchen cooking apples and cinnamon, with a good whiff of maple syrup too. As for the taste, I’m wondering if I used enough leaf because I find myself wanting more, more cinnamon or more apple or more both. The maple syrup is quite tasty but its suffering from my mental comparison to Cuppa Geek’s Morning Waffles. I’ll try again with more leaf and less water and I’ll add a sample to my next S&V order to experiment with. Thanks Shae for sharing this yummy tea.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup

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Got a sample of this and I’m glad I did. Dry leaf smells like chocolate malt. The first steep is roasty, nutty, with a tinge of tobacco and a bit of chocolate malt as it cools. A bit astringent when its hotter, but sweeter and smoother as it cools off. Its interesting enough to be a tea I could reach for when I’m bored of my daily drinkers, but not so fancy that I put it in the back of my cupboard for saving. The second steep seems a bit weaker, but is still quite nutty and malty. My dad quite liked this one and I dare say it rivals the Imperial Lapsang he likes so much from Upton.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Nutty, Tobacco

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I started drinking more tea about 10 years ago when I found that even my half -caf coffee was making me jittery and then sleepy after the caffeine wore off. While I started out with mostly Teavana, but soon expanded my tea cupboard to include lapsang souchon, pu-erh, Assam, and other strong black teas. I do enjoy oolongs, green, and other teas, as well as a nice tisane for an evening cuppa.
I’m not fond of jasmine or bergamont teas, though I’ll try anything once.
I am an avid traveler, hiker, soccer player/watcher.
I love trying new tea in new places, if you see something in my cupboard you want to try, hit me up for a swap!


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