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31 Tasting Notes

78
drank Orzo Strawberry by Lupicia
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78
drank Momo (Peach) by Lupicia
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This was a morning staple for me for a while when I was still living at home. It doesn’t smell or taste like the usual artificial peach variant, but has a deeper, more genuinely fruity flavor. I was really pleasantly surprised because this is a black tea that still manages to retain the taste of black tea while at the same time tasting like peaches. It’s hard to explain. The flavor doesn’t overpower me, though it’s definitely not a weak tea.

It smells like heaven as it brews.

I haven’t tried it iced, but I’m sure it’ll taste great. Next on my list of things to do at home once I fetch the tin from my tea drawer at work.

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87
drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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This tea didn’t strike me as anything special the first time I tried it.

Allow me to exercise my right to completely change my mind. I had it again this morning, a sip or two to get myself ready for a hearty breakfast, and it was delicious. Really pleasant citrus notes blending very well with the flavor of the black tea. The flavoring is just right; I can taste the sweetness of the citrus at the very end of my swallow. Very bright and mellow tea, though not by any means light.

I had set my heart on getting a large tin of the Prince Vladimir blend from Kusmi since I was so impressed with that and the St. Petersburg blend, but on this second try the Troika may be just as deserving of a second buy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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38
drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
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I didn’t like this tea when I first tried it. Then my friend, who is a pretty avid tea drinker, tried it and loved it so much she’s going to buy a whole tin of it on her next order. So I tried it again.

Didn’t love it the second time, either. The lemongrass is all I taste, and truthfully lemongrass will forever be associated with savory foods to me, so having it in tea just reminds me of poultry. Not a great association. I’m not very impressed with the base tea either. This is, for me, a mediocre tea that offers nothing special.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Had this this morning with some soy creamer and just a hint of sugar. It really does smell like a cookie. Probably the best tea for dessert that I own. Great with milk, but the flavor is mild enough that it tastes great plain, too!

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75
drank Muscat by Lupicia
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75
drank Muscat by Lupicia
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This tea is very sweet and fragrant—something I really like about teas in general. It really does smell like grape juice, and tastes very fruity and refreshing. I made a big potful, as the plan was to save it for iced tea. It was good hot, but a little strong; I like my hot teas to be more subtle. Diluted with ice it’s just right.

Doesn’t really need to be sweetened—I think sugar would make this TOO sweet.

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81
drank Sweet Love by Kusmi Tea
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This was the first Kusmi tea I tried from my order. I was really impressed. I’d never really had a tea with licorice root before, so I wasn’t expecting that sweet aftertaste, and was pleasantly surprised when I swallowed and the sweetness lingered in my mouth. With vanilla soymilk, or even just milk to bring out the sweetness of this tea, there’s no need to add sugar. It’s dessert all on its own. I think the name, Sweet Love, fits it extremely well.

The tea itself is really beautiful was well. Colorful bits and pieces all mixed together. It’s a very festive-looking tea. The tin is beautiful. I love the little drawing on the side.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Orzo Strawberry by Lupicia
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This tea is the perfect night-time drink. Sometimes when it’s cold at night I have mad cravings for tea, but can’t drink any because I don’t buy decaf and haven’t really acquired the taste for most herbal/rooibos teas. Enter: barley tea! It’s nutty and rich, with a bittersweet aftertaste that’s actually rather pleasing. I can’t explain.

It brews dark, so one tea spoon actually produces a brew that looks a lot like coffee. I have this hot, with some milk/soy creamer, and one or two cubes of sugar. The strawberry flavor is stronger when it’s dry, and melts into the barley flavor when it’s brewed, which is quite nice. Best dessert/midnight snack tea ever.

I’ve also brewed it very lightly sweetened in cold water. It makes a great iced tea, very refreshing. Really sad that it’s supposed to be a limited edition. I hope the Lupicia in town doesn’t run out!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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