444 Tasting Notes

drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
444 tasting notes

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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drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
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I didn’t even realize this was a decaf until I read the description here! It smells very muscat like, which after reading the ingredients I’m guessing is the lychee. I think I can pick up on the strawberry and peaches when I think about it. Adding sugar makes this much juicier. The black base is pretty mellow. I like it alright, but I’m interested to see what it can do iced.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
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I haven’t tried any of Lupicia’s oolongs yet and quickly chose this one out of four that smelled great at the store the other day. I cold brewed it overnight in my new David’s pitcher (which is another review of it’s own… so far I love it) with a little bit of sugar to round out the fruit. The result is fairly delicious. It isn’t as strong as some other Lupicia fruit teas, but it is pretty tasty. There is the unmistakable taste of oolong in there along side the mango flavor. They coexist pretty well together. I don’t get much on the sip and it is the imediate aftertaste that holds most of the flavors. I like, but unless it blows my mind between now and the bottom of the bag, I won’t be likely to buy it again.

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I love white chocolate. I even love it after a chocolate snob friend of mine scolded me for calling it chocolate when it has no cocoa and is really only a candy confection. Even so, I think white chocolate is the way to go with matcha.

The chocolate is sweet and creamy with pairs nicely with the matcha. The matcha is strong and present, but not bitter like it can get at times. The end of the bite is getting into overly sweet territory, but falls just short of too much. I’d love to see what deliciousness could be made with some of the flavored matchas that are out there. I’m glad to have tried this, but I don’t know that I will need another bar after this one. It is so rich that it will take some time to eat through!

yyz

I like white chocolate as well.

keychange

Love white chocolate also!

Roswell Strange

Another White Chocolate fan here! :)

Cheri

I am an equal opportunity chocolate lover.

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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. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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