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drank Bravissimo! by Lupicia
300 tasting notes

Really? I am SERIOUSLY the only person to review this, still? This is such a gorgeous tea, and I wish more people would try it. It’s so well-balanced and delicately, sweetly floral, all the while carried by that nice, light base tea Lupicia do so well.

I made myself a whole pot of this for breakfast, and then I stayed in bed for a while, reading and eating strawberries with the window open. I barely ever stay in bed, and I pretty much never eat there, so it was definitely the lushness of this tea that made me all debauched.

Aside from that, today has been completely draining and I’m glad I bounce back so quickly. Now I need to just roll up like a good little hedgehog and tomorrow I’ll be spiny and new again.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

You basically described my life – drinking tea and spending my days in bed :P

TeaBrat

I was just thinking I might head to the Lupicia store in SF :)

Sil

Anna… i mean if you REALLY want someone else to review this…my mailbox is open to having it hahaha

TheTeaFairy

I think reading, drinking tea, and eating strawberries in bed is the epitome of happiness :-)

Kat_Maria

What was it that you were reading, Anna?

Jennkay

I’m adding this to the list of teas to try at Lupicia whenever I go back to California!

cteresa

yay for spring and open windows, and tea and strawberries…

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VariaTEA

You basically described my life – drinking tea and spending my days in bed :P

TeaBrat

I was just thinking I might head to the Lupicia store in SF :)

Sil

Anna… i mean if you REALLY want someone else to review this…my mailbox is open to having it hahaha

TheTeaFairy

I think reading, drinking tea, and eating strawberries in bed is the epitome of happiness :-)

Kat_Maria

What was it that you were reading, Anna?

Jennkay

I’m adding this to the list of teas to try at Lupicia whenever I go back to California!

cteresa

yay for spring and open windows, and tea and strawberries…

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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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