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Lumbini Estat OP (Upton Tea Imports)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย Can't get much better than this. Straight-up its tingly sweet cinnamon maple or you can hit it with cream/sugar for malty and cocoa goodness. Either way the perfect everyday tea. Vendor: Upton Tea Imports Tea:ย Lumbini Estate OP1 Type: Black Origin: Sri Lankaย  Tasting: Grandpa Styleย ย 5 grams / 212ยฐ/ 16 oz / 4… Continue reading Lumbini Estat OP (Upton Tea Imports)

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Black Gold Bi Luo Chun (Yunnan Sourcing)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results: A mouthwatering addictive flood of honey, malt, maple & molasses burst from these amazingly beautiful black-gold twisted spirals. Red tea lovers will fall head over heels for this tea treasure from Yunnan. ย Excellent both hot or iced, you'll always want to keep some around. Vendor: Yunnan Sourcingย (use this link for $5… Continue reading Black Gold Bi Luo Chun (Yunnan Sourcing)

Black Tea, Tea Tastings

Idulgashinna Estate Op Organic (Upton Tea Imports)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย A lightly oxidized black tea that stands best on its own. Vague citrus notes made for an okay cup. Due to the low oxidation best-enjoyed grandpa style with a nice long steep, but in the end, lacked the depth of flavor expected of a black tea. Vendor: Upton Tea Imports Tea: Idulgashinna… Continue reading Idulgashinna Estate Op Organic (Upton Tea Imports)

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Zi Cha Purple Black Tea Series

Well, I'm back again with my latest series I just wrapped up this morning. I really enjoyed drinking this Zi Cha from Yunnan Sourcing. I've had a few "purple teas" that were downright awful, but this was not the case. The unique flavors of the anthocyaninย were perfectly balanced for a pleasing and unique cup. Here's… Continue reading Zi Cha Purple Black Tea Series

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“Zi Cha” Purple Black Tea(Yunnan Sourcing)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย A unique tea with all the flavors of a Yunnan red tea and something special added to the mix. Notes of dark chocolate had me drinking the hell out of it. If you've not tried a "purple" tea yet, this is the one to get! Vendor: Yunnan Sourcingย (use this link for $5.00… Continue reading “Zi Cha” Purple Black Tea(Yunnan Sourcing)

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Tea Art 2fer – Cacao Kisses & Hairy Crab Series

Wow - this year is really flying by and I'm finding myself busier than ever. Gladly I've had a bit more time to work on my art the last few days while breaking in two new teapots. This is a two for one post starting with Cacao Kisses - I didn't have much time for… Continue reading Tea Art 2fer – Cacao Kisses & Hairy Crab Series

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Cacao Kisses Naturally Flavored Colombian Black Tea (Upton Tea Imports)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย A delectable treat! The balance between the chocolate notes of the cacao along with maple, brown sugar, & molasses of the tea made it something special I'm going to want to keep around. Worthy of everyone's tea collection. Vendor: Upton Tea Imports Tea: Cacao Kisses Naturally Flavored Columbian Black Tea Type:ย BLACK (FLAVORED)… Continue reading Cacao Kisses Naturally Flavored Colombian Black Tea (Upton Tea Imports)

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Season’s Pick Halmari Estate BP Series

If you read my last review you know it wasn't impressed with the free sample of Season's Pick Halmari Estate BP that Upton Tea Imports sent me last week. I do love free samples and Upton Tea Imports has been a valued vendor of mine for years. While they may have missed the mark with… Continue reading Season’s Pick Halmari Estate BP Series

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Season’s Pick Halmari Estate BP Assam (Upton Tea Imports)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย A strange artificial note had me wondering if this sample had been contaminated by some other flavored tea. If looking for a good Assam, you can pass this one up. Vendor: Upton Tea Imports Tea:ย Season's Pick Halmari Estate BP Assam Type: BLACK Origin: Halmari Estate, Assam, India Tasting:ย 2 rounded tsp / 12oz… Continue reading Season’s Pick Halmari Estate BP Assam (Upton Tea Imports)

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FF 2018 Darjeeling Blend Series

Another short series again. I'm working towards posting more reviews each month and ready to start another one so I had to wrap this up. I also did some experimenting with some new techniques which took up more time than I had planned. I really like what I ended up with and hope you do… Continue reading FF 2018 Darjeeling Blend Series