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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
300 tasting notes

Lupicia, seriously; how do you even do this? Who flavours these teas? Are they wizards?

In the bag, this has that very Lupicia-esque filthy ripe-fruit oolong smell to it that I love so much in, among other teas, Ripe Mango Oolong. It’s an earthy, muddy scent with a hint of fruit rot, intermingling with a very potent cantaloupe/honeydew melon note. It’s somewhat overwhelming, but in no way artificial or overly sweet.

Steeped, it’s a perfect melon. Flavour wise, it’s a perfect melon. I don’t even know how to review this tea saying anything I haven’t already stressed so many times about how beautifully natural and lush Lupicia’s fruit flavourings are, or how excellent their tea bases is.

I’m dying to try this one cold, too.

I don’t have much experience with melon teas – to be honest, I’m not even quite sure how I feel about melon-flavoured tea as a general concept at all – and now I have three to try out, so see this as a tentative grade.

[From my Lupicia spree at Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, October 2013.]

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
Courtney

I like that you have when/where you got teas. Quite informative!

Anna

Courtney, thank you! I’m glad you don’t find it annoying – it does sound like a tea travelogue at times. Since I tend to buy teas in fairly big batches, it helps me keep track of my various generations of tea exploration.

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Courtney

I like that you have when/where you got teas. Quite informative!

Anna

Courtney, thank you! I’m glad you don’t find it annoying – it does sound like a tea travelogue at times. Since I tend to buy teas in fairly big batches, it helps me keep track of my various generations of tea exploration.

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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.

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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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