75
drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
300 tasting notes

Lupicia, how are you even…

Lupicia, how can you even…

Lupicia, how is this even…

I can’t even.

Just like the melon oolong from the same company (Reviewed here: http://steepster.com/clareborn/posts/199405) this is a perfect melon, both in the bag and steeped. It’s light, and smooth, and in every possible way beyond reproach.

It lacks the dirty ripeness of the oolong, which I really enjoyed, so I nudged that up five points, because this is a solid 80 and the oolong is even better. I’m sure this will be absolutely perfect iced, so I look forward to trying that very much.

In terms of melon teas, now that I’ve tried a few, I still feel it’s something I don’t have to have in my cupboard. If I just rated according to some, ‘Is this a good melon tea?’ standard, this would be a 90-95, but my ratings reflect what I feel I’ll want to restock my cupboard with until the end of time. I guess we’ll see what happens when it’s warmer; maybe I’ll get insane melon tea cravings. The weather right now isn’t what I’d call melony, after all.

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

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
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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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Rome, Italy

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