Since the early 70s, I have always loved to drink breakfast style teas with milk, no sugar. When I first came to Upton Tea in 1995 and started to discover the depth and variety of fine loose leaf tea, I found myself drawn to the teas I could drink plain - the refined Darjeelings, the spicy Oolongs, the clean greens and the delicate whites. I still enjoy a malty, rich Assam with milk for breakfast but then move on to lighter bodied teas for the rest of the day. I do love the taste of tea but it is the aroma that I find uplifting and inspiring!
The pale straw-colored tea liquor is delicate yet quite flavorful with pronounced notes of sweet, ripe melon and the faint whisper of floral hints. This is a simply exquisite white tea which shows us tea in its most natural and least processed state, so incredibly different from the dark tones of a more familiar Ceylon black tea.
A fresh pineapple aroma follows through into the flavor along with notes of muscatel and other tropical fruit. The flavor is silky smooth with the characteristic second flush rich body and a sweetness that lingers in the finish. Yum! This tea would stand up well to milk but I recommend drinking it straight to enjoy the fruity ambrosia.
A very unique black tea from Taiwan called "Sun Moon Lake tea". The enormous twisted leaves have a wiry appearance, reminiscent of a Keemun Mao Feng. The tea is silky smooth without a trace of astringency. The taste is full and somewhat malty, reminiscent of a very smooth Assam tea. Notes of nutmeg and cinnamon are present with a whisper of mint in the finish.
This is my first choice for a wonderful afternoon refresher! I brew it for 3 minutes with 180 degree water. I love its clean, vegetal aroma and smooth, subtly sweet flavor. Just a hint of pungency in the aftertaste completes a perfect tea experience.
I love watching the pearls unfurl as they steep. They remind me of little sea creatures reaching their legs out of their shells. This is a great tea to enjoy in a teacup or bowl with an interesting pattern or texture on the inside because the liquor is so pale. The aroma is delicately floral and not overly "perfumey". The taste is sweet jasmine, smooth and subtle.
This is the perfect tea for a chilly afternoon. The aroma reminds me of a Hersey bar, which appeals to the chocolate lover in me. The flavor is rich and smooth with subtle spicy notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. It blends well with milk but I prefer to drink it plain. A decadent treat!
This tea has a gorgeous silvery green leaf covered with fine downy white hairs. The liquor is a muted yellow and feels sweet and silky on the tongue. The taste is mildly vegetal with light fruity, toasty notes. There is a also a suggestion of cocoa in the aftertaste. The aroma is warm and comforting.
This tea has a lot of golden tips and steeps to a rich terra cotta color with a dark, sweet aroma. The spicy, earth flavor reminds me of the rich smell of a newly fallen leaf. If you enjoy red wine, dark chocolate or even a thick, dark beer, you will like the taste of this Yunnan black tea.
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