Upton's China Black Gunpowder


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Upton's China Black Gunpowder

Postby omegapd » Aug 7th, '08, 05:50

I had wanted to try this since I found Upton's website awhile back and finally decided to order it along with some other samples. It was bought on a whim just to try something new...

The tea is rolled well into little gunpowder pellets,

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and a 5 minute brew makes a very nice, mild cup with Yunnan style tendencies. I don't get "pepper" like many people do with Yunnans, but more along the lines of nutmeg and this certainly has that profile. Even with a full 5 minutes, there's not a hint of bitterness and the pellets unrolled and expanded nicely. It's not the best quality tea I've ever tried, but is inexpensive and flavorful and will probably become a good "everyday" tea for me. I plan on re-ordering it and can recommend it as a simple (but unique) black tea.
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Postby Salsero » Aug 7th, '08, 09:12

Thanks for sharing your impressions and the photo of this unusual tea.
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Postby rodstnmn » Aug 7th, '08, 11:53

Thanks for posting.

I have never ordered from Upton before and I want to try their Tea Flower tea. This gives me some thing else to add to the order.
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Postby Victoria » Aug 7th, '08, 12:11

Sounds interesting. "Mild" and "Yunnan" I like that part. :wink:

How is this compared to that other China Black you sent me?
I really liked that one too.
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Postby omegapd » Aug 7th, '08, 12:17

Victoria wrote:Sounds interesting. "Mild" and "Yunnan" I like that part. :wink:

How is this compared to that other China Black you sent me?
I really liked that one too.


Soon as I order again, I'll "shoot" some out to you. :lol: Tell me that wasn't a bad pun.

I think it's much better quality than the China Black I sent you. That stuff has a great flavor, but it's all fannings grade so a pain to keep the pot/cup clean unless you use those T-sacs or something equivalent.

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Postby omegapd » Aug 7th, '08, 12:20

Salsero wrote:Thanks for sharing your impressions and the photo of this unusual tea.


Since I'm trying my hand at photography, it's amazing how much the flash can pick up. That cup looks clean to the naked eye. :wink:
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Postby Victoria » Aug 7th, '08, 12:22

omegapd wrote:
Victoria wrote:Sounds interesting. "Mild" and "Yunnan" I like that part. :wink:

How is this compared to that other China Black you sent me?
I really liked that one too.


Soon as I order again, I'll "shoot" some out to you. :lol: Tell me that wasn't a bad pun.

I think it's much better quality than the China Black I sent you. That stuff has a great flavor, but it's all fannings grade so a pain to keep the pot/cup clean unless you use those T-sacs or something equivalent.

EW


Yeah I used "something equivalent"
Your offer is on target. :)
But, please don't ask me to lie.
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