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drank Bravissimo! by Lupicia
258 tasting notes

This is so beautifully floral – if I weren’t already a fan of floral teas, this would make me a believer, I’m sure of it. And it’s so pretty! I’d wear this tea as jewelry; I really would.

I know I’m drinking a lot of tea today, but there was a massive thunderstorm (even by Italian standards) this morning, and I watched it from my open window until it abated. It was so captivating that I was completely oblivious to how cold and rainsplattered I got, so I’ve been trying to warm up ever since.

JustJames

a bath with tea on the edge of the tub might do it…. then socks afterwards!

keychange

I didn’t know you were another floral lover. Have you trie Butiki’s rvc?

Anna

Haha, oh, I just commented on that tasting note of yours! No, I haven’t. I have to; I will. I’m going to pick up my first Butiki order when I go to the US (Italian customs are so hopeless) the week after next, and I’m very excited to try Stacy’s teas.

Anna

Oh, and I took the bath (with tea – Bravissimo! from Lupicia) and I’m wearing the mom-knit socks and the big, lush, wool cardigan, but it’s more of an inside cold, you know. I just sat there too long. I think I’ll wake up warm and toasty tomorrow, though.

gmathis

I don’t think I’m making this up….seems like somebody among us once posted that she found a tiny little bottle/vial on a chain and did exactly that—tucked in some leaves of a decorative tea.

Anna

I should go look for that on ETSY, then. Added bonus: you always have a small stash of your fave tea with you!

keychange

Can I send you some rvc while you’re in the us? You must must have some!

Anna

I will totally jump on that offer – I sent you a PM!

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JustJames

a bath with tea on the edge of the tub might do it…. then socks afterwards!

keychange

I didn’t know you were another floral lover. Have you trie Butiki’s rvc?

Anna

Haha, oh, I just commented on that tasting note of yours! No, I haven’t. I have to; I will. I’m going to pick up my first Butiki order when I go to the US (Italian customs are so hopeless) the week after next, and I’m very excited to try Stacy’s teas.

Anna

Oh, and I took the bath (with tea – Bravissimo! from Lupicia) and I’m wearing the mom-knit socks and the big, lush, wool cardigan, but it’s more of an inside cold, you know. I just sat there too long. I think I’ll wake up warm and toasty tomorrow, though.

gmathis

I don’t think I’m making this up….seems like somebody among us once posted that she found a tiny little bottle/vial on a chain and did exactly that—tucked in some leaves of a decorative tea.

Anna

I should go look for that on ETSY, then. Added bonus: you always have a small stash of your fave tea with you!

keychange

Can I send you some rvc while you’re in the us? You must must have some!

Anna

I will totally jump on that offer – I sent you a PM!

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I’m going to try all the teas.

Then I will choose a lucky few perfect specimens, and we will live happily together in my tea cupboard.

Forever.

  • * *

2014

This year, all bets are off. I am going to drink both peppermint and chamomile and possibly suffer a little. But it’s okay – it’s for science.

I’m doing Project Jasmine, Project Peach and Project Unflavoured Green.

In terms of flavoured teas, Lupicia and Mariage Frères have become my massive favourites, and I have learned that Dammann Frères/Fauchon/Hédiard and Butiki aren’t really for me.

The O Dor, Adagio and Comptoir des thés et des épices are all on this year’s I’d like to get to know you better list.

2013

Getting back into tea drinking last fall, I was all about rooibos. This past spring has been all green tea, all the time, with some white additions over the summer. Currently attempting a slow, autumnal graduation to black teas. Oolongs are always appropriate.

The constant for me, flavour wise, is the strong presence of fruity and floral notes. Vanilla is lush, as long as it’s not artificial. Peach, berries, mango. Cornflower, rose, lavender.

No peppermint.

No chamomile.

No cinnamon.

Ever.

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My ratings don’t reflect the ‘What does this tea do for me?’ standard, but rather my own ‘What would I do for this tea?’ scale.

100-90
My absolute favourites. Teas I would travel for – or, in any case, pay exuberant postage for, because they simply have to be in my cupboard. Generally multi-faceted teas with complex scents and flavours. Teas with personality. Tricky teas.

89-80
Teas I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again if and when I came across them. Tea purchases I would surreptitiously weave into a travel itinerary (Oh! A Lupicia store! Here?! My word!).

79-70
Teas I enjoyed, but don’t necessarily need to make any kind of effort to buy again.

69-0
Varying degrees of disinterest and contempt.

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Rome, Italy

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