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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 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.
A sweet fruity blend from Michelle. There are large dried cranberries mixed in with the black tea, I counted two in my one teaspoon alone, and as soon as the water hit the leaves the sweetest aroma came floating up to greet me. It’s as sweet as candy. I expected some tartness from the cranberries but found none. This was really a lovely cup.
Flavors: Candy, Sweet
Thank you, Michelle, for sharing this one with me! This steeped up dark and strong – I knew it would be a good choice for breakfast. And it is a good tea, but I wouldn’t say it’s a new favorite. There wasn’t any sort of wow factor with that first sip, but I have enjoyed sipping on it throughout the day today.
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
A free sample received with a recent order, enough for a full pot. I was a bit leery of the small leaves when brewing for 4 minutes, but its not bitter. A nutty taste with a slight astringent bite to it. The second steeping is rather weak, not sure I’ll have more than one cup from this second brew pot. Life is too short to drink weak tea.
Not a bad tea, not very interesting either, nothing I need in my cupboard.
The first few tries to brew this ended up a bit weak, so I have used plenty of leaf to brew a pot today. There is a bit of astringent bitterness on the first sip, more so when it hasn’t cooled. I typical like piping hot tea, but this one it seems better to let it cool significantly. Dark chocolate and caramel notes linger when sipping a cooler cup. This is a decent example of Yunnan, but it seems a bit finicky to brew, so I won’t be restocking in my cupboard.
Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Honey
An Ode to Tea challenge – K
Had this a few days ago! Another old tea – no note yet. Thanks very much Meowster! I don’t think I’ve ever had this type of tea before, from Korakundah Estate? At least not knowingly. This is a BOP leaf (broken orange pekoe) so not the best quality of tea leaf. But I’m not picky! I agree entirely with Mastress Alita’s recent note (and only note for this tea from anyone so far.) It’s funny we are both just NOW trying this tea from Meowster, but honestly, without the push of M A’s note, I probably wouldn’t have tried this yet. It fits for ‘K’ though! The flavor most reminds me of a Ceylon type of flavor if it was just slightly more complex. The leaves are very tiny and choppy. Not too dark, not too weak. Malty, bready. But I’m finding it hard to think of descriptors for these flavors! But that’s a Ceylon type for me anyway. It’s a solid daily drinker. I thought I let it steep too long on the second cup, but the flavor was fine.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 21 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep
This tea is just ok, the almond and vanilla work well together and there isn’t an artificial taste. I might try it next with a bit of sweetener to see if that brings out flavors. It’s quite smooth, can’t really distinguish the black base underneath the almond and vanilla. The second steep is much weaker than the first, not really worth drinking.
Flavors: Almond, Vanilla
A nice smooth example of Yunnan without bitterness. I got a sample size in a recent order and brewed it a bit strong this morning. The second steeping is a bit weaker, but still has a nice dark chocolate aftertaste. Not a bad cup, but not my favorite Yunnan either. Don’t think I need this in my cupboard, but would be interested in blending it with a bit of Assam.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Nutty
L is for… Lapsang Souchong Imperial.
Another gift from Michelle. I asked Michelle if she could send a bit of this one since I’ve had it on my wishlist to try, no doubt due to a fantastic note I read here on Steepster some time ago. I really enjoy smoked Lapsang Souchong, ever since I tried my very first one. I think it was a bagged Twinings. It tasted like bacon and I loved it.
This one smells very smoky right out of the bag – definitely campfire smoke. After steeping, I get more dirt/earth scent coming from the steeper. The flavor is lighter than I expected, but I followed the online instructions and used less leaf than I would have normally. Next time, I’ll try steeping with more. There is plenty left for me to play around with. Thanks, Michelle!
Flavors: Campfire, Dirt, Earth, Smoke
Pulled this to replace a recent sipdown and serve as my Ode to Tea K entry! This tea was provided to me way back in 2018 from Meowster during a cupboard clearout, thank you!
Brewed 2.8g in 350ml 195F water with a 3 minute steep. Didn’t have any time to drink before work so I had to throw the tea in a thermos and jet off, and it is hard to smell much that far down the container (I didn’t even have time to brew a full thermos…) The only thing I can say for certain is “bready” until I’m able to make this tea at home, in a cup, with the proper time to drink it…
An hour later of my thermos sitting on my desk with the cap off and this is finally cool enough to drink (these Contigos don’t mess around). I’m getting a bit of malt, a wheat/rye baked bread, spices, a hint of smoke, and an indistant citrus note that leaves the tiniest tang at the end of the sip. Some sips are slightly grapey, others aren’t.
I have no idea how old this tea could possibly be by now (it could’ve already been quite old by the time Meowster de-stashed it, and I’ve added another three years onto that…) but this is perfectly servicable as a first-of-the-morning-hot-caffeine-infusion, despite the age.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Citrus, Malt, Muscatel, Rye, Smoke, Spices, Wheat
I love coconut. This tea, while perfectly adequate, is insufficiently coconutty for my preferences. (Alas. My quest for the perfect – available! – coconut tea continues.) There is definitely some coconut in there; I could taste it. But it wasn’t sufficiently full-mouth-feel for me.
Like most Upton Teas, I had no problems with this one, and like most Upton Teas, it was sufficiently indistinguishable from other teas that I probably won’t buy it again. Nothing wrong with it, just not right for me. The quest continues.
This is an interesting blend of congou and bohea that tastes most of tobacco. I’m not sure I’ve ever had the two teas separately, but Upton has some congou available that I might try a sample. This blend is definitely smooth, and can be brewed as suggested for a lighter cup, or add another spoonful for a more hearty brew. No bitterness here, but notes of toasty hay and burnt tobacco. Not sure I need more of this in my cupboard but it’s a nice mellow cup to savor.
Flavors: Toasty, Tobacco
This is my go-to Decaf Assam, and it keeps going out of stock which is thoroughly infuriating. It’s nicely malty, and I keep around for when I want my basic standard cup of tea that won’t distract me from what I’m doing, and won’t leave a cloying taste in my mouth. Takes milk nicely.
I am working on sipping this down and only have a few more cups to go, so I guess now is a good time for a tasting note!
This smells very roasty, a bit like a hojicha, and brews up nice and dark. There aren’t a whole lot of different notes to this tea, no complexity that comes out with additional steeping. I’m not sure I could distinguish this as an oolong, its certainly more hay and straw and lingering smoky notes than any floral or even big red robe tastes. It is rolled rather tightly and unfurls while steeping. Its easy to brew this one strong, but its too toasty to become bitter. I have enjoyed sipping down this bag, but won’t be purchasing any more.
Flavors: Astringent, Hay, Toasty