This is a sample I picked up from Upton with my latest order. I like Ceylons and I had high hopes for this one, especially after seeing the leaves which were dark and slender.

This was steeped in an infuser mug this morning for around 3 minutes. My tea liquor got to be a dark reddish-brown and at first sip it reminds me a bit of some of the Chinese teas I’ve been drinking, it has a definite malty & sweet potato sort of quality up front, but the finish is quite bright and brisk. It reminds me a lot of their East Frisian tea. Anyway I needed soymilk in this, I am finding it to be quite strong. I prefer their Kenilworth Ceylon, which has more gentle dark chocolate notes. I might try steeping this for a little less time, although they do recommend 4-5 minutes. At least it will help wake me up!!

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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