Favorite Black Tea

Fully oxidized tea leaves for a robust cup.

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Re: Favorite Black Tea

by ethan » Jan 16th 16 11:53 am

Upton's strength is supposed to be Darjeelings. So many are listed that it may be too many to chose from. If the year & season are not mentioned, I would inquire what they are before buying. the cost is somewhat of a guide--the cheapest may easily be the worst.
Personally for Darjeeling style, I have been drinking tea from Nepal.

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Re: Favorite Black Tea

by kuánglóng » Jan 16th 16 12:21 pm

ethan wrote:Upton's strength is supposed to be Darjeelings. So many are listed that it may be too many to chose from. If the year & season are not mentioned, I would inquire what they are before buying. the cost is somewhat of a guide--the cheapest may easily be the worst.
Personally for Darjeeling style, I have been drinking tea from Nepal.
Seconded. No date (year or plucking date) and invoice number - no deal. More often than not vendors try to sell their old stuff that way, and from what I've seen and tasted, not too many folks know how to store (and pack) them correctly or don't take it seriously enough.
If you're new to Darjeelings and/or Nepali teas you might want to get your hands on some samples first but make sure you get the real stuff - single estate teas rather than blends, even though a blend isn't a bad tea per se.

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by bonescwa » Jan 17th 16 4:27 am

I started drinking Darjeelings from Upton and it was hit or miss. Some of it was really great and the price was good, can't remember which estate though. I want to say Thurbo.

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Re: Favorite Black Tea

by janet11 » May 30th 17 7:09 am

Do you know Lapsang Souchong?It's famous for its smoky aroma and flavor.

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Re: Favorite Black Tea

by Alucard » Jun 9th 17 4:27 am

janet11 wrote: Do you know Lapsang Souchong?It's famous for its smoky aroma and flavor.
The unsmoked version is nice too

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Re: Favorite Black Tea

by Hezo541 » Aug 22nd 17 9:00 am

Qimen black tea and Lapsang souchong are my favorite black tea. 8) Maybe you could have a try. But if you like strong tea, Assam is a good choice. :wink:

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Re: Favorite Black Tea

by MarcusReed » Aug 28th 17 7:21 pm

The first black tea I was into was Earl Grey which I would drink with added lemon and sugar :roll: :shock: :shock:

After learning other much better teas and moving onto loose leaf my first real bulk purchase of a black tea was JinJunMei, so I have to say it is one of my top favorites.
Golden Monkey from Verdant Tea was one of the first blacks I couldn't stop coming back to when I would visit their old retail location in Minneapolis, and another old favorite would be Ruby 18.

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Re: Favorite Black Tea

by MarcusReed » Aug 28th 17 7:22 pm

Alucard wrote:
janet11 wrote: Do you know Lapsang Souchong?It's famous for its smoky aroma and flavor.
The unsmoked version is nice too
I love the complexity of the unsmoked version, not fully sure of the truth but I was told by my supplier that China has limitations on the amount of Lapsang Souchong that can be smoked.