Season’s Pick Vietnam CTC Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Upton Tea Imports

Tea Description:

A medium-bodied CTC selection which can accommodate milk if desired. This tea produces a flavorful cup with a deep amber liquor. Enjoy hot or iced. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This Season’s Pick Vietnam CTC Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports is a very flavorful tea – there’s a lot going on in each sip!  My first sip of this tea, I was really surprised at just how flavorful it was, but, for all it’s flavor it doesn’t really have a heavy body or texture to it, it’s actually quite smooth to sip.

There are notes of sweetness to this:  a fruity sweetness that is reminiscent of a berry medley, with notes of citrus in the background.  It’s not overly tangy, though, it’s more like the sweetness of these fruits without the tart or tangy notes.  There is a low earthy note and I also notice a sort of “smoldering” wood note, vaguely smoky, certainly not overtly smoky … more like wisps of smoke that peek out from underneath this wood-like undertone that sit just beneath the earthy notes.

I like the robust quality of this tea – that it is a good, “rugged” type of tea without the heaviness of a typical robust or bold tasting tea.  It’s like a gentle shake to alertness, rather than a strong, vigorous kick in the butt.  Very little astringency (I’m talking, next to NO astringency here!) and no bitterness.

A really pleasant cup of tea.  Not my favorite tea that I’ve tried from Upton, but, it’s a pretty decent black tea.


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

One thought on “Season’s Pick Vietnam CTC Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports

  1. Alex Zorach says:

    I have had really good luck with Upton’s “Seasons Pick” teas…they tend to be surprisingly good for their low cost.

    It’s impressive to find a CTC tea with low astringency. Even my favorite CTC tea, the Kenyan tea sold by Ajiri tea, has moderate astringency…but I sooo love that one. I’d be curious to see how this one stacks up, I’ll probably order it if they still have it next time I order from Upton.

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