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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
300 tasting notes

I’ve taken to making whole pots of tea for myself now that I have a good teapot – it saves time now that I’m mostly in work mode. Rome is beautiful right now, but tourist season is here with a vengeance and I’m glad I already got most of my on-site work out of the way.

Anyway, a pot of this lasted me through an hour and a half of yoga and an hour and a half of work, and it’s still warm enough to drink. Plus it’s as perfect as ever – I never want to be without this tea. Never ever.

In other news, I’m still adjusting to being back (unpacking gradually) and this week is a logistic quagmire of epic proportions – I’m sorry for being so behind on messages and comments, but I’m getting there.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
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I’m going to try this tea soon, I hope, and am so excited!

Anna

Go for it! I wish I could have sent you a fresher sample; all in all Lupicia’s teas age very well, and I store them meticulously and obsessively in terms of temps and such, but still, when it was fresh it seriously took over the room in the best of ways.

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Mmm I can’t wait.

Christina

This sounds lovely, and an excellent way to break in your new teapot. How large is it?

__Morgana__

That’s ok. I’m behind and I didn’t even go anywhere!

Anna

I actually broke it in with Montagne de Jade, and it was awesome. It’s 1.2 l, and from Maxwell & Williams – this colour, but a completely different shape: http://www.maxwellandwilliams.com/mw/maxwell-williams-coffee-tea-teapots-infusionst-oslo-teapot-teal-500ml-gift-it13005.asp

caile

Gorgeous colour!

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keychange

I’m going to try this tea soon, I hope, and am so excited!

Anna

Go for it! I wish I could have sent you a fresher sample; all in all Lupicia’s teas age very well, and I store them meticulously and obsessively in terms of temps and such, but still, when it was fresh it seriously took over the room in the best of ways.

keychange

Mmm I can’t wait.

Christina

This sounds lovely, and an excellent way to break in your new teapot. How large is it?

__Morgana__

That’s ok. I’m behind and I didn’t even go anywhere!

Anna

I actually broke it in with Montagne de Jade, and it was awesome. It’s 1.2 l, and from Maxwell & Williams – this colour, but a completely different shape: http://www.maxwellandwilliams.com/mw/maxwell-williams-coffee-tea-teapots-infusionst-oslo-teapot-teal-500ml-gift-it13005.asp

caile

Gorgeous colour!

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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.

Location

Rome, Italy

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