517 Tasting Notes

85
drank Golden Osmanthus by Lupicia
517 tasting notes

Oolong tea I like! The smells reminds me of Blue People (but that could be because this is only the second oolong tea I’ve ever tried in my life).

It doesn’t have the same crisp, refreshing aftertaste of Blue People that I love so much. But it is a very pleasant tea. And since it’s significantly cheaper than Blue People, it will probably become the number one oolong tea I drink!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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47
drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
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I tried all my Lupicia senchas on the same day, so I’m going to compare them to each other.

“Matsuri” is not as spicy as “Nara,” but better than “Chiran.” It is very mellow, as the package describes. I can’t comment on the full-bodied part. My taste buds are only just now becoming accustomed to green teas.

I think flavored green tea is more my preference than pure, authentic sencha.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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50
drank Sencha "Nara" by Lupicia
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I tried all my Lupicia senchas on the same day, so I’m going to compare them to each other.

So far, this tea smells nearly identical to Sencha “Chiran” with just a hint of spice the “Chiran” lacked. It tastes better than “Chiran” to me too. I’m not sure what that spice is, but it complements the tea nicely. I don’t think anything has been added to the tea actually. I think that “spice” is just part of the leaves.

I’m not a sencha connoisseur, so it’s hard for to describe it any other way than “spice.” It’s a definite improvement over the “Chiran,” but I still probably wouldn’t drink it often.

(For my thoughts on the third sencha, see Sencha “Matsuri”).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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44
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
517 tasting notes

I probably wouldn’t connect the aroma to sweet potatoes if they hadn’t said so.
To me, it just smells like authentic green tea.

I’m actually on the verge of dislike. (I generally dislike senchas though. I’ve only recently started enjoying them). I can drink this one cup, but I wouldn’t drink it all the time.

But if you’re an avid sencha lover, you’d probably love this tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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70
drank Kirara Rice Tea by Lupicia
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For those who don’t know, genmaicha is green tea with roasted brown rice in it. It certainly smells like roasted rice!

My thoughts: genmaicha is like a more roasted version of houjicha. It’s not like houjicha at all really. And it’s definitely not like sencha at all! But the closest thing I’ve ever had to genmaicha is houjicha, so that’s what I’m comparing it to.

My overall impression is it’s good. But it’s not something I’d drink every day.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Kaga Bocha by Lupicia
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This tea is very unique and very delicious!

If you like houjicha, you simply HAVE to try this tea! It’s perfect without milk or sugar. Houjicha is my favorite type of green tea, and this is a definite favorite. Don’t give up on green tea without trying this one.

I had this tea on the same day I tried my first genmaicha, so I’m going to compare them in the rest of this review. The genmaicha I had was Kirara Rice Tea.

“Kaga” Bocha has a much sweeter aroma than Kirara Genmaicha. Roasted leaves are very different from roasted rice. The genmaicha reminds me of eating roasted peanuts from a street vendor. Houjicha tastes more like tea.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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97
drank Afternoon Tea by Lupicia
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This is hard for me to describe, but it’s a winner!

It reminds me of Twining’s English Breakfast or Lupicia’s Ceylon Uva, but it has a different taste. I definitely like it! It’s more light-bodied than the aforementioned, which makes it a nice alternative to English Breakfast (which can be heavy and almost “in your face” to me).

This is a very pleasant, easy going tea. It’s a winner for tea parties and for when I’m an old lady. This is one to remember.

I don’t even have to add milk or sugar! And that’s the best complement I could possibly give a black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Ceylon Uva by Lupicia
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I can’t believe more people haven’t tried this tea!

It smells exactly like Twining’s English Breakfast. Sure enough, it pretty much tastes exactly like Twining’s English Breakfast too.

Maybe it’s a little weaker and less bitter than Twining’s, but that could be attributed to steep time and the ratio of leaves to water. It’s definitely more enjoyable with a little milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Sakurambo Vert by Lupicia
517 tasting notes

This is a really good green tea. I disagree with some of the other users though.

To me, it can be kind of bitter. I’ve tried steeping it for less time and using cooler than boiling water. I even added sweetener, but it’s still bitter. Granted, my taste buds usually like overly sweet things and can’t take bitterness at all.

Brewing it as an iced tea works but makes the bitterness even more pronounced. I prefer it hot. And this is a very heavily cherry flavored tea! There’s nothing subtle about it! Lupicia does make a lot of very subtly flavored teas, but this isn’t one of them.

If you want a more subtle cherry tea, try Sakura Vert. You have to like sencha to be able to appreciate its unique flavor, but it’s delicious! I tend to water down my Sakurambo Vert to cover the bitterness, but then I also lose the cherry-ness.

Still, it’s a good tea and understandably on Lupicia’s best seller list (well, the black tea version is but same thing).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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2
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
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I don’t think I like rooibos tea, at least not the red kind.

It reminds me of cough medicine I took as a child. But that could be the apricot. Hmm, no way to tell until I try another rooibos variety.

The tea has a slightly cool, refreshing aftertaste. It’s definitely weird. But I just can’t get over that medicine taste. I hate to do this, but this one’s going down the drain. :(

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Don’t give up hope- red and green bush are two COMPLETELY different animals… er… tisanes. Adagio has really good ones I completely suggest.

CHAroma

What would you suggest in the green variety?

Cofftea

Definitely Adagio as I stated before. 52teas’ blends are great too- hopefully he’ll come out w/ another green bush soon.

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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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