1232 Tasting Notes

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drank Yume by Lupicia
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Happy Mothers day, to all who celebrate it! My mother and I are doing our tradition, of going to a local festival and shopping. Hooray for a girls day!
This is one of my favorite spring teas. Really light and pleasant. I’m almost through this packet, which is sad, but hey, that’s gotta happen sometime.

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77
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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Backlogged from yesterday. I should have picked a stronger tea for the morning, as it turns out. Eight Candles has its charms, but strong brew is not one of them.
I like Eight Candles, but only sometimes, I must admit. Sometimes it brews up funny, and sometimes it tastes of (shudder) coffee, which is a big no for me.
Yesterday it brewed up sweet, but not very strong. Its a fiddly one!

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73
drank Celebration Tea by Harney & Sons
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When I killed off the Ginger Peach, I knew it was time to move on to other teas! Time to get these bagged teas sipped down!
I’m gonna have a while to go with this one, as Harney is generous with its bagged teas. I’ve got a lot of sachets to drink!
It tastes a little bit like a fruit pie thing, but not quite as sweet as I would wish. Ah well.

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I was staring at my teas, unsure of what to have this morning, until I remembered I had a lot of samples, sent by kind Steepster people, to try! So, something new!
This smells so rich and magnificent in dry form. Rich, almost custard-y, with a good hint of caramel. I can certainly smell all the elements advertised in the name.
It brews up less potent than it smells, but it still keeps the flavors, just a gentler form. Its a very smooth cup of tea, and a very nice drink.
Thank you, Ost for sending me this. I really enjoyed it!

Ost

Yah! :D

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Now that I’m on a serious tea drinking kick, determined to sipdown many teas, I’ve waded back into the world of my bagged teas.
This is not spectacular, but a completely drinkable floral tea. A floral Earl, I think. I’m not crazy about it, but it will do for an easy cup, when I want it.

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96
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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So Boston Blend, which is one of my favorites, was my pot of tea this morning. However, I come not to wax rhapsodic over this brew, but instead tell of my weekend! It involves tea!
Sunday I went to a Japanese Tea School, to take part in a demonstration of the traditional tea ceremony for Boys Day.
It was fascinating. There is a ton of ritual and symbolism, and the actual preparation of the tea was done with great slowness and care and each guest is given the bowl of matcha one at a time, to drink. Then we pass the bowls around to study them, and the students told us about the instruments they used in the ceremony, where they were from, or any linage they had. A tea scoop with lineage! Thats fantastic.
I’m a novice in all things matcha, and to be honest I liked the ceremony more than the actual tea, but it was a wonderful experience! I’d love to go again.
And maybe I’ll be a little more mindful with my own morning beverage, from here on out.

ashmanra

That sounds awesome!

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78

Backlogged from Thursday. I’m done with this tin o tea!
Its bittersweet. I quite like this, and this particular tin was a gift from my sweetheart, but I am excited to be sipping down teas.
Onwards! Sipdown!

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89
drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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I swear, every time I think I can finally get back to writing tasting notes, new and busy things start to happen. Grrr.
But! We shall try again today!
Cup of the morning. We’re entering the season when I drink tea when I can, as most of the day its too hot to even consider a hot beverage. Do what you can!
Cranberry tea is something I really like. I like the tartness, it feels quite fresh. Fresh is goot, when you are sweating by 7:30 a.m.

Sakura Sushi

There’s always iced tea when it gets too hot out!

Fjellrev

I’m a fan of cranberry teas too. I can imagine this would make a great cold brew.

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83
drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
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Another backlogged sipdown. I’ve enjoyed this, though I’m convinced its just a renaming of another Lupicia tea.
Still, this is a sophisticated rose black, with a sweetness added to it. Very good.
Sipdown! Closer and closer to goal.

Fjellrev

You mentioned that this was like a champagne one of theirs, right? I ordered this one the other day so hope I won’t be disappointed.

Rosehips

Yes it is! Like Champagne Rose. I’m convinced that they’re twins. I’ll look forward to your review!

Tobu

Good catch on the Champagne Rose thing! I’m a longtime Lupicia drinker and fluent Japanese speaker, and have been keeping track of the banned-silver-dragée saga for a couple of years now. Basically, they really are twins…or rather, Rose Royal is Champagne Rose’s more globally-acceptable daughter. I just wrote up a quick tasting note to explain for non-Japanese-speaking Lupicia fans, since the company hasn’t explained the change very well in English.

Rosehips

Ooh, thank you for the info! I was wondering about that. Its very good to know.

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One of my sipdowns from late last week. Hurrah! Hip hip hurrah! I’m so glad.
I love this tea, and I’ll certainly be buying more of it in the fall, but its somehow a relief to have an autumn tea gone, when the temps are pushing summer.
Bye for now, Pumpkin Pie.
Sipdown!

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I love tea! I confess that I was a hot chocolate lover for most of my life, but recently a switch has gone off in my brain, and suggested that I might just love tea. And I do!
I’m a bit of a novice, but an enthusiastic one, and am happily sipping new varieties all the time.
I love vanilla, fruity, and caramel flavors, and cant wait to try more.

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