531 Tasting Notes

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drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
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First things first: the aroma. It smells like a flowery perfume I might wear. But the taste? Wow!

This tea is fantastic! It needs just a tiny bit of sweetener (hey, I have a very bitter intolerant, sugar loving tongue), but it’s delicious!

It reminds me of something I had in childhood, but I just can’t put my finger on it. Maybe that’s the mandarin notes coming through?

I could drink this every day. I’ve fallen in love. Time to try a lot more jasmine teas!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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51
drank Strawberry by Lupicia
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It definitely smells like strawberries, but the taste isn’t very strong. It’s good, but I don’t think I would buy it in bulk.

It says it goes well with milk, and I tried it both ways. I like it better straight because the strawberry flavor wasn’t very strong. Strange for a tea named Strawberry. This was kind of disappointing.

It’s not a bad tea by any means! But I had very high expectations.

Oddly enough, the empty cup smells exactly like strawberry fruit roll-ups! Too bad it doesn’t taste like that. But for those of you who haven’t had it, go to Outback and order a wildberry lemonade (non-alcoholic). Now THAT tastes exactly like a liquid fruit roll-up!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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49
drank Happiness by Lupicia
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So far, it smells a lot more appetizing than the only other rooibos tea I’ve tried (Piccolo). It actually has a much sweeter taste than I expected too. I like it!

Although I’ve noticed that flavored green teas all kind of taste the same after awhile. Maybe that’s just me, but this isn’t the best green tea I’ve ever had or anything.

But it gets points for having a cute name and for not being overwhelming or gross for a blend of so many ingredients. (Teavana could learn a thing or two from Lupicia here).

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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I realize this is Lupicia’s number one best selling tea of all time, but I’m just not that impressed.

Those Japanese peaches must be well-loved though because they’re used in at least three teas in my sampler kit, including black, green, and now oolong.

But anyway, the Momo Oolong Super Grade definitely has a strong, sweet scent of peaches. But the scent is much stronger than the flavor. It was misleading. I expected to be hit by a wave of peach flavor from the aroma it gave off while steeping. But I was surprised to learn that wasn’t the case.

However, the peach flavor is strong enough that it kind of masks the flavor of the oolong, which is almost bitter.

I realize that I’m being quite critical of this tea. It’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just not a favorite of mine. I like the Golden Osmanthus oolong tea better than this one.

Perhaps I’m just missing the bandwagon with this tea, but I suppose I’ve never been a huge peach lover either.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Golden Osmanthus by Lupicia
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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
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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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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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