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drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
531 tasting notes

This is Lupicia’s free sample of the month! Yay!! The dry leaf aroma is yummy! I can detect strawberry and green tea, but no vanilla scent. I can’t bring myself to follow the instructions and use boiling water, so I settled for 190 degrees. I’m also not sure about that “goes well with milk” description. I can’t imagine adding milk to green tea!

One and a half minutes later…it almost smells like baked goods. Yes, that’s it; it smells exactly like those vanilla bean scones from Starbucks, mmmm!! Wow, really really mouthwatering, fresh out of the oven, vanilla bean scones!

The taste is underwhelming, but that’s because the aroma is so magnificent that I want it to taste exactly how it smells. If I ignore how much I love the aroma, then it tastes pretty good. Maybe even great.

The vanilla blends very nicely with the green tea. The two flavors really complement each other. I think I may have to investigate other teas with this combo. As for the strawberry? Hmmm, I’m not sure I can detect it. If it’s there, it blends so well with the other flavors that I can’t isolate it.

Time for a second steep at 190 degrees for 2 minutes and 15 seconds. Yum, still very delicious. Even the third steep for 4 minutes is tasty! I’m raising the rating from 71 to 80.

AAHHHHHH!!!!!!! And this was my 200th tasting note!!!!!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

Congrats on 200 tasting notes!

SimplyJenW

Congrats on 200!

Ninavampi

Wow… 200th!!! Congrats!

CHAroma

Thanks all! A couple years ago, I never would have thought I’d try this many teas! :)

ScottTeaMan

This actually sounds like a good tea.

CHAroma

It is a good tea! This is one of Lupicia’s best sellers. The first time I tried it, I wasn’t floored. But this was a different experience. It’s probably even better in loose leaf.

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LiberTEAS

Congrats on 200 tasting notes!

SimplyJenW

Congrats on 200!

Ninavampi

Wow… 200th!!! Congrats!

CHAroma

Thanks all! A couple years ago, I never would have thought I’d try this many teas! :)

ScottTeaMan

This actually sounds like a good tea.

CHAroma

It is a good tea! This is one of Lupicia’s best sellers. The first time I tried it, I wasn’t floored. But this was a different experience. It’s probably even better in loose leaf.

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Entering the sweet blissful world of tea aromas!

Having discovered this website at the end of July 2011, I’m so excited to share my tea adventures with all of you! I grew up with my grandmother serving Twining’s English Breakfast with cream and sugar.

But on a trip to Seattle in 2010, I stumbled into a Chinese teashop and tried my first oolong tea. I was forever changed! I embarked on a startling new love for green and white teas.

With a world of teas to discover, I was inspired to keep a tea journal to record my thoughts and new favorites. Let’s get brewing!


My ratings are completely subjective and 100% my opinion. All ratings are given in relation to each other (ie. teas are rated in the order of my enjoyment of them). Therefore, my ratings will constantly change as I try more teas.


I love swapping!!! If you see something in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message. If you’d like to trade, anything on my shopping list will do or feel free to send something else entirely. I’m willing to try almost anything (although I’m not really a fan of honeybush, red rooibos, pu’erh, Lapsang Souchong, & banana-flavored teas).

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