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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
300 tasting notes

I started my day with a pot of this and more strawberries. And banan(n)a. Today was a two-fruit day. Also, Facebook tells me, the day The Breakfast Club met for detention 30 years ago! I don’t know if I’m more excited about that, the multi-fruit situation, or this tea.

This one was actually tastier than I remembered and I enjoyed it very much. It came off more complex and well-balanced – fruity, sweet, and with that lovely base tea I love so much. I’m going to nudge it up five more points.

In other news, just work, work and more work. (And some missage. I miss you.)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
caile

I like two-fruit days! :)

Christina

Quick question for you about Lupicia: Is their tea loose-leaf, or bagged? I have a friend who lives in CA express doubt about their tea because he saw it came in bags – this surprised because the high ratings they receive from you and others made me think they sold loose-leaf.

__Morgana__

Christina, they sell both loose leaf and bagged.

Anna

Yeah, they have lots of options. The bagged stuff isn’t bad, but the loose leaf is definitely where the party is.

Anna

And I have to express how insanely happy I am that more and more people on my dash are trying and getting into Lupicia. You’re awesome.

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caile

I like two-fruit days! :)

Christina

Quick question for you about Lupicia: Is their tea loose-leaf, or bagged? I have a friend who lives in CA express doubt about their tea because he saw it came in bags – this surprised because the high ratings they receive from you and others made me think they sold loose-leaf.

__Morgana__

Christina, they sell both loose leaf and bagged.

Anna

Yeah, they have lots of options. The bagged stuff isn’t bad, but the loose leaf is definitely where the party is.

Anna

And I have to express how insanely happy I am that more and more people on my dash are trying and getting into Lupicia. You’re awesome.

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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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