407 Tasting Notes

drank Hatsukoi by Lupicia
407 tasting notes

I picked up this tea at my recent splurge visit to the Honolulu Lupicia store! I was SO excited to be there and check out their Hawaii exclusive blends. Turns out they are discontinuing and reworking some of them, which is disappointing. So no more of the banana chocolate rooibos, chocolate macadamia nut or passion fruit earl grey. The six they are keeping are all fruity teas and I really liked that they had more of a variety with the old mix. I was told that what they had in the store was the last of the older blends and they had limited amounts of those.

Anyways, on to this tea… it comes in a green or a black base and I picked the green since it seemed more fitting with the scent. I’m drinking it hot today, but I can see how this would make an amazing iced tea. I think I overleafed, but the tea seems pretty forgiving and is nice anyways. It has a very bright and crisp citrus taste on the sip. As the lemon from the sip fades, the lemongrass flavor comes in. I’m having it without any sugar, which is odd for me, but it is quite nice and sharp this way. I think I can taste some of the green base, but it is hidden a bit behind the lemon. Overall it’s a really enjoyable tea and I’m looking forward to having it iced!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Chocolate macadamia nut tea sounds delicious! :O

TeaBrat

Cameron, I actually have that tea if you ever want to try it :)

Cameron B.

Sure, remind me the next time we swap! <3

Dustin

I have one of the choco-mac teas that I bought when they had them on sale online and I had to buy another in the store since they said it was being discontinued! It is my hoarding nature. :/

Dinosara

Noooo not the passion fruit EG! I had been drinking my sachets assuming I could get more of it eventually. :( Oh well.

Dustin

I only just tried the Loki Lani and really liked it. All they had left was the sachets. It’s like falling in love with someone who has terminal cancer. It’s only a matter of time before they leave you. Too dramatic? ;)

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drank Earl Grey by Disney Wonderland Tea
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Alright Disney, you stole my daughter’s heart and soul with Frozen, making her damn near unbearable singing on repeat the one or two lines she can remember from the song. She told me she was going to freeze my heart and make me dead all while “pretend you are a princess” mania has taken a firm grasp in my house. So screw you, but you can hold your own with tea.

This little tea bag came to me in a traveling tea box, has been beating up in my bagged tea drawer, then dragged 1/4 way over the globe before I finally tried it. The bag didn’t hold up so well and luckily I had a fine mesh steeper to pick up the slack. And to my surprise it actually wasn’t disgusting, but the fact that I have been camping recently could be influencing my perception. The tea is pretty fragrant and tastes very bright. Even through some sweetened creamer, the flavor still holds up and has a little kick or bite at the end. The aftertaste is really nice and bergamoty. I’m impressed for what it is! I wonder who makes this tea for Disney. They couldn’t possibly have a tea garden and processing plant hidden away on the magic kingdom, where the little dolls from the small world ride go to work a night shift picking tea in the moonlight after the park closes… could they?

yyz

That reminds me of when my cousins daughter she would him or sing parts of Arielle’s theme from little mermaid almost constantly, but especially when she was unsure of where she stood at the moment. If she had gotten in trouble she would often come down the stairs singing it as a form of apology and question to test the grounds as to wether everything was alright.

She still sings a lot to this day and seems to be heading into the preforming arts as a career.

Dustin

That is super cute! It is neat to see how traits from little ones evolve with them as they grow! I often look at my kid’s behavior and wonder what traits will develop and which are just a phase. I’m really hoping the princess obsession fades fast!

Flyawaybirdie

Disney teas are pretty good! You should try the mad tea party blend. It’s loose leaf and I think you might like it.

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reviewed Carry Travel Mug by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought the green version of this travel mug a few weeks ago. It already looks like crap. The nice matte rubbery finish had scuffed off down to the metal in one point and all along the bottom, the matte finish is peeling off revealing a high gloss. I haven’t been super rough with it, but I haven’t been babying it either. It’s a travel mug so it should be able to handle some travel, right? I got the larger of the two sizes since the brewing basket was bigger, but I don’t always want that much tea or I want to steep a smaller amount to add ice to and in those cases the basket doesn’t fully submerge. I end up steeping with the mug upside down, which makes the pressure build up more, which is an issue when I go to open it and it sucks tea into the secret storage compartment. I try to open it slowly, but it’s really hard to do and I end up with hot water spraying out and making a mess and then I have to take the silicone lid off the secret compartment and wash that out. This is an issue every time I use it, but more so when I have to turn the mug up side down for steeping. My last complaint before I get to the parts I like about it is that the basket has plastic on it as does the lid. I got this because I was looking for a travel mug with a larger basket and something with ideally no plastic, but settled for something with less as a next step.

What I do like is the size of the basket, the color (before it started to peel), the handle on top which helps make it easier to carry as well as twist the lid off and the mesh between my mouth and the contents of the mug. I found the mesh especially nice when drinking iced teas. It stops the ice from running into my mouth and splashing me in the face. I can also use the lid with the basket attached to steep tea in regular mugs while traveling.

So lots of cons, a few pros. I have mixed feelings on this purchase.

Brooklynsheep

Thorough and useful review! Hope you can check in a few months from now to say how the mug is holding up (or not).

Dustin

Thanks! I’ll try to do a follow up. I’m traveling with it right now and haven’t used it much, mostly because I’m quite spoiled with my variable temp kettle at home and boiling water in a pan while on the go just isn’t the same.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
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Got this as a sample somewhere along the way. I’m having it hot, un sweetened and steeped at 4 minutes at boiling. I’m finding I like green rooibos much more than red. I’m getting a cirtusy aftertaste. Tangerine? It smells a bit like those effervescent vitamin tabs. I’m really not getting any mango here tho. I might wait for this cup to cool and try it again later.

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drank Sencha Makurazaki by Lupicia
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1st review on my iPhone! Get ready for a bunch of errors!

I got this as a sample on a recent trip to a Lupicia store! I never realized there were so many types of sencha. This one is really nice. I steeped it for a minute in under boiling
water. It is smooth with a bit of that grassy greenness. The sip is buttery while the after taste has a bit of the green wheatgrass type tang. I’m not big into sencha, but I’d like to cross paths with this tea again.

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhi Tea
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I have been nursing a cup of this all morning. It’s about done and I’ll be resteeping soon. There is a nice creamy coconut base to this with some spices on top. I have had it for a while and the coconut hasn’t gone bad yet, which is nice. It is a little more like coconut with spice rather than a chai, but either way it is hitting the spot right now.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
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I’m really not sure how to feel about this tea at the moment. It reminds me a lot of Lupicia’s muscat tea, but with a little more tang. Dry it smelled faintly like bubblegum, but once brewed I’m getting muscat and jasmine. I may have over leafed this because it tastes really strong. It is also reminding me a bit of Stassen’s jasmine tea with the super potent jasmine pucker. I really enjoy that tea cold, so I’ll have to try this one cold some day as well. The aftertaste of this tea is really strong and lingers for a while with a bit of that tang hanging on as well which is kinda nice. Verdict is still out on this one.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

ugh, I hated this… lol

Lariel

There was too much jasmine.

Dustin

Usually I love too much jasmine, but it is a little odd with the muscat.

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I really love this tea. It has been pretty reliably delicious, but all my tea has been tasting a bit off and less yummy lately, this one included. I had a cup of three friends the other day that just seemed weak and it’s not even old! What is wrong with me?! Or is it that I’m traveling and don’t have my variable temp kettle? What ever it may be, this tea was much less delightfull than in the past and it makes me sad. I hope my senses come back to me and I love my tea again.

Skysamurai

Could it be what you are drinking it in?

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
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Hmmm, smells super fruity and grape like. Reminds me a bit of Lupicia’s Muscat tea, but more floral. I can pick out the bite of the jasmine, which I’m sure would be mellowed out if I added sugar. The green base seems pretty pleasant. So far I’m just ho hum about this. It’s nice enough, but not amazing. I’ll have to try it iced next!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Sakura Vert by Lupicia
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I’m not sure what I was expecting with this tea. Salted cherry leaves?! What would those taste like? Turns out it is very savory and almost broth like. I’m not sure if the cherry leaves add any flavor or if they are only a vehicle to transport the salt. As it cools, it gets bitter and I have already had to reheat this cup twice. I’m going to have to say I really don’t care for this tea, which is surprising considering how much of a Lupicia fan girl I have turned into. Oh well, can’t love em all!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas.

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