2802 Tasting Notes

drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
2802 tasting notes

Wow, what a lazy afternoon, finally took a nap and now I’m ready to go out and do something at 4 pm- lmao

When I was at the Lupicia store last week, the salesgirl told me to try this as an iced tea, so I made up a big pitcher of it yesterday. I don’t have a lot of luck cold brewing black teas, so I made this as a hot tea and then refrigerated it.

I’m so happy I tried it this way. The fruit and lychee flavors are really nice cold. I’m drinking it plain with a few ice cubes, and I feel it could use a touch of sweetener but it’s also not bad without it. It’s so nice that this is a decaf so I can drink it anytime. I think I’ll be drinking a lot more of it as an iced tea!

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drank Russian Country by Harney & Sons
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The weather here is dismal. I was hoping for a nice sunny day, but it’s cold and foggy! According to the forecast, the sun will come out later today, I hope so because all I feel like doing right now is hibernating.

Anyway this is a hefty tea, one I haven’t had in a while but seems perfect for this weather. Harney says this is a blend of four teas along with “a touch” of lapsang, but it still seems smoky enough for me. It definitely has a brisk and tangy flavor, and reminds me a lot of barbeque sauce today. I am making marinated tempeh for dinner tonight and I think I’ll throw some of this tea in the marinade. yum!

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I was at my cousin’s last night for dinner and drank some red wine which is something I hardly ever do. Sure enough, I woke up this morning with a headache and didn’t sleep so well last night. I don’t know what it is about red wine that bothers me, maybe the histamines? So I guess today will be a pretty mellow day unless I manage to go back to sleep!

I’m having a pot of this ceylon this morning along with a bowl of steel cut oats. This is one of the best ceylons I’ve ever had, it puts the others to shame that are still languishing in my cupboard. Such wonderful richness with cherry flavor and evergreen sort of notes. It’s very distinctive and I’m sure I will want more once this package is gone!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I have zero experience with Ceylon teas but I’ll definitely add this one to my wishlist. Sounds delicious! :D


You should try it some day! I am almost out or I would send you some… :)

Cameron B.

Hah, that’s okay, I’m not taking in any tea right now anyway. Must get to 100! :P

I’ll be sure to ask you for other recommendations from Single Origin when I do end up ordering from them. :)


Good luck with 100! I should try to get below 200… :)


I don’t know if it is Single Origin or the estate, but both of their offerings from the Amba estate are the best Ceylons I’ve ever had.


I’ve had some really nice ones lately too. My current favourite is from Lumbini estate. It’s all cherries and chocolate.


Nice, and what is a good source for the Lumbini, yyz?

Single Origin Teas

I wish we could take credit for this tea! Amba is an amazing tea estate, Beverly (the estate manager) goes to such extreme lengths to ensure a high quality product. She even sends me her own tasting notes for each batch of tea so I can do a comparison (along with weather info on the estate as well as news).

Amba is the reason that I created Single Origin Teas because there were no providers in the United States (now there are about 3-4). Amba creates micro batches of tea and really allows for the maximum amount of transparency about what goes on in the estate.

To a few of my wholesale clients I even sell Amba Coffee!

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
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Hmm, evidently I should check my own Steepster ratings before I go tea shopping, because I must have forgotten I didn’t like this one very much hot. However, today I am drinking it as a cold brew and I do like it this way. I’m not sure what bothered me so much about it before, maybe it is the peach and vanilla blend. It just has a bit of a weird artificial after taste.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank English Caramel by Lupicia
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The other day I took the bus down to a networking event and it was really close to the Westfield mall. Since I was early I decided to go in and visit the Lupicia store (because I need more tea?!? lol)

I picked up Strawberry and Rhubarb, which is an old favorite of mine. I also decided to get this tea, which I’ve never tried before but smelled really nice in the sample tin. I was a bit dismayed when I logged into Steepster and read the crappy reviews.

I must be the lone dissenter because I actually like this stuff. I took it with soymilk and a hint of coconut sugar. It isn’t a very sweet caramel, it’s a bit on the bitter side but it also says that on the package. To me it has a sort of molasses/caramel flavor that is brought out very nicely by the black tea. I’m glad I like it! It’s funny how individual people’s tastes are. I think this is yummy, but there are only a few teas from Lupicia I’ve had that I thought were really gross.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Passionflower by Alvita
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Here’s an herbal tea I had in my tea cabinet and decided to break out today. I’d heard good things about the benefits of passionflower, which led me to buy this one. I’ve been experiencing tension in spades, so why not check this one out?

I used one teabag for a large mug. The tea liquor color is a murky yellow. It’s hard to describe the flavor of this. The tea company says smoky, which I’m not really getting. To me it seems vegetal/grassy with a slight bitterness in the finish. I don’t mind the flavor, but I may try it next time with sweetener to see what difference it makes. I don’t love the flavor of it, but that’s ok. Hopefully it helps me relax :)

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I’m sorry that you’ve been stressed, and I hope the tea helped, if only a little bit!


I think it did!

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drank Summer Escape by Silk Road
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Tea of the mid-morning. This is a sipdown for me, even though it was only a mini-tin I got at Silk Road last year when I went to Victoria for vacation. For some reason it’s taken me that long to finish it. This is a decent black tea that has a mango/lychee flavor with a hint of jasmine. I wouldn’t say it’s been a huge favorite of mine, but I have enjoyed drinking it.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
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Yum… this has been my morning tea for the last two days in a row. It’s very hefty and delicious! I’m enjoying it today with a bit of soymilk and sugar. The combination of assam and yunnan is very tasty. I think this is being phased out and it looks like you can get some on the Devotea US site for 1/2 off. $4.99 for 4 oz, what a deal!

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

Delicious !

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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Ah, the grapefruit green really just rocks as a cold brew! This is probably one of my favorite teas to cold brew at the moment and the grapefruit flavor is so refreshing… I feel like I need the antioxidant power of green tea because my allergies have been going haywire today and sometimes green tea helps with that…

I bumped up the rating on this a few points today because it’s seriously delicious!

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Genmaicha by Obubu Tea
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Mmm. This sample is my after lunch tea (giant arugula salad).

I like genmaicha but I can’t say it’s one of those things I really adore. This blend could change my mind about that! It’s mixed with one of Obubu’s sweet, light senchas. The combination of that and the nutty, somewhat salty toasted brown rice is really delightful. It leaves a wonderful aftertaste in your mouth that seems to linger. This is one of the nicest genmais I’ve ever had… if I order more teas from Obubu someday I will definitely need to add this, or maybe I will need to become a customer of Yunomi.us ;)

Now it’s back to finishing off my paper before tomorrow’s class (fingers crossed!)

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Mmmm arugula salad


I love arugula and discovered it keeps for a long time in the fridge!


Pizza with arugula, leeks and cheese!

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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