2586 Tasting Notes

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
2586 tasting notes

and the Lupicia obsession is continuing…

I’ve always liked hojicha for its natural roasted type flavor. I think this is the first time I have tried a flavored hoji.

I used boiling water and steeped this for two minutes. The natural roastyness of the hoji is definitely there and I am getting sweet caramel notes too. The element they call “milk” is a bit more like “cream” in my opinion. I am drinking mine more as a latte with a generous portion of soymilk added. Once again I made a total mess with the milk frother but that’s ok. :)

This is a nice option for afternoon/evening because it’s lower in caffeine than a regular green tea. I think the flavoring in this is fairly subtle which is ok with me. It seems well done for a dessert tea but I would not say I am raving over it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dexter

Lupicia has a caramel flavored hojicha? Be still my beating heart…..

TeaBrat

lol – if you want to swap let me know, I’ll send you some :)

Dexter

What I would like to do is crawl into your tea cupboard and not come up for air for about a month :)) I am not worthy….

Kat_Maria

I gotta try it with almond milk next time :)

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drank Cinnamon by Lupicia
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Oof, last night was painful, just didn’t sleep a whole lot so I’m going to try and take it easy on the caffeine today, I had some coffee this morning but this is my first tea of the day so far.

I love cinnamon but my stomach can’t handle the “hot” cinnamon teas like the one that Harney has. This is nice and basic, just black tea and cinnamon which is just sweet and spicy. It’s difficult to tell what the base tea is here because it’s obscured by the cinnamon. I thought this was really nice, especially with a little soymilk and sugar. This would be the perfect tea for dunking a cookie in! I like this, it’s comforting and tasty.

I feel like I am turning into a Lupicia girl but it’s hard to resist when their store in San Francisco ;-)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

I’ve always wondered about the Harney being too cinnamon-y for me (somehow have not tried it yet), and your note is making me think I’d be into Lupicia’s more than Harney’s…. plus, you said ‘perfect tea for dunking a cookie in’, and that pretty much sold me right there. :)

TeaBrat

The Harney tea tastes great, it just gave me a terrible stomachache. Lots of people seem to like it though!

DeliriumsFrogs

Now I feel like I’ve got to give it a go… I’ll have to throw it on my next order (maybe a sample first, instead of a whole 4oz tin…).

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75
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Well I am back from the doctor and have nothing much in the way of news to report aside from the fact that I “probably” have tendonitis as a result of my fracture and I need to keep going to PT and deal with the pain. I was hoping to get a cortisone injection but that won’t be happening for at least a month.

Evidently I forgot I had this one before and it’s a pretty good rooibos. A little bit of coconut, a little bit of apple, some ginger and cardamom. I would prefer this if it was a little more heavy handed on the spices so it was more like a chai, but I don’t think I will have any problems finishing off the little pouch I got. Nice for a low caffeine afternoon option.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Well, drat on the shoulder.

MzPriss

I’m sorry about the tendonitis :(

TeaBrat

Awe thanks – I am ok :)

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85
drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
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This morning I am trying out this sample from Yezi tea in my gaiwan. I haven’t gong-fu’d anything in ages but not being able to use my right hand at all made that pretty cumbersome. Thankfully I have some more mobility now.

Steep #1 – After steeping this for 30 seconds I got some light floral aromas and flavors that remind me of lily of the valley. My tea liquor seems very light, I think the oolong needs another steep or two to fully open up.

Steep #2 – I used a little less water in the gaiwan and steeped for 45 seconds. I am still getting a lot of intense floral but now an underlying sweetness and light buttery quality is peeking through the tea as well.

Steep #3 – Perhaps it is me but I don’t think this has changed much from Steep #2. This is still a very flowery tea. It is lovely but the floral is so intense that I am not sure I would drink this on a regular basis. I feel like I’ve had better Li Shans though it has been a while. I have enjoyed trying this but I prefer slightly more buttery and vegetal green oolongs overall.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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74
drank Malama by Lupicia
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I bough his tea by accident in the Lupicia store but then decided to keep it anyway when I got home. I was wanting the banana rooibos they had and I don’t need another chocolate/nutty tea especially as I have several ounces of “Florence” languishing in my cupboard that I seem to be incapable of finishing off.

So anyway, onto the tea. Package states this is a blend of black tea, roast cacao, macadamia nut, cocoa powder and “flavors”. As far as chocolate teas are concerned at least this one actually has a chocolate-y flavor which is more than I can say for some other teas I have tried. I don’t get a strong macadamia component here, there is something slightly nutty lurking in the background but I’d say it’s more chocolate than macadamia. There is something slightly sweet about this that I don’t really care for. Maybe that’s where the flavorings come into play, but it seems a bit artificial to me.

This is okay but I am not terribly fond of it…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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mmm. I love this as a morning tea, it’s super malty and contains just the right amount of heft. It’s making a good accompaniment to the carrot raisin muffin I’m having for breakfast. I see I’m almost out of this which is a good reason to start looking for a new assam. I just wish Steven Smith has more reasonable shipping charges – I think you have to spend $75 before their free shipping kicks in and I don’t think I like enough of their offerings to spend that kind of ca$h right now.

In other news I have a visit to the doctor today and I am interested to see what he has to say about this shoulder pain of mine, especially given that I am supposed to be going back to work soon. Let’s hope it isn’t anything too serious/complicated.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
looseTman

Hopefully, your Dr. will have good news!

TeaBrat

thanks!

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77
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea of the afternoon here…
Just woke up from a nap and decided it would be ok to have a small pot of tea on this rainy day. ;) I hope the caffeine in this won’t be enough to keep me awake later tonight. This came from the David’s co-pilot pack which I’ve been enjoying sipping my way through

I noticed David’s says you can steep their black teas for 5 – 7 minutes and I was wondering who has steeped a black tea for 7 minutes? I never have, not on purpose anyway.

I was honestly expecting this to be rather pukey, but surprised that it’s a good flavorful tea that is nicely balanced. I do get a definite chocolate-y note from this, followed by a touch of peppermint and then the spicy peppercorn element. There is artificial flavor in here but that may just be from the red sprinkles. This is good plain or with a blob of soymilk for a creamy effect. This might be a good one to have around for when those after lunch dessert cravings strike.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84
drank Budou Green by Lupicia
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Ugh… I was so grateful the PT went easy on me today due to the amount of muscle pain I am feeling in my arm. I got a light regime and a bit of a massage which was nice.

It is COLD outside and when I got home I just wanted something warm and satisfying. When it comes to flavored green teas, Lupicia has quite a few nice ones, there is no doubt about that. Sometimes the extra flavoring will inspire me to drink more green tea than I would otherwise and this is such a nice and juicy grape flavor. I did not think I would like this but it’s tasty!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown of this morning… with all of the new teas I’ve acquired over the last week it’s good to be finishing something off.

Today I noticed if you steep this for 4 minutes, it really helps to bring out the strawberry notes, but then it also has an intense tartness which I’m not sure I like.

I won’t really miss this but would consider getting more if I place another order with Della Terra. See previous notes for more details.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Tea of the morning here; this is an old favorite of mine and practically everyone else on Steepster. :)

Although I wouldn’t really classify the Laoshan Black as a “breakfast” tea per se, I am finding the cocoa and roasted barley of the tea to be extremely comforting today. As a general rule I don’t take NSAID’s due to a prior stomach issue but I started in on a low dose of ibuprofren yesterday to see if I can get rid of this tendonitis and get back to more physical therapy!

Cavocorax

Mmmmm… I nearly brought some of this to work today and now I wish I had.

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