1914 Tasting Notes

89
drank Hoku by Lupicia
1914 tasting notes

This is the other Hawaiian blend that I got in sachets from Lupicia recently. I love Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs, including their pineapple (+coconut) oolong. Pineapple + guava oolong? Yes please!

Again, under suboptimal brewing conditions, but I can tell this is awesome. That nice, buttery-floral green oolong base with tasty pineapple and guava. Very tropical, very refreshing. I also recently had a different guava flavored tea from Lupicia and was very fond of it, so it seems like I like their guava flavoring too. This is really great, so glad I bought it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
1914 tasting notes

Backlog from earlier today. The best part about reaching my tea goals is finally being able to try all the teas I bought in the last month, haha. I had such a strict tea consumption schedule that was inviolate.

When I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. Lupicia’s Earl Grey is my favorite earl, so take that and add passion fruit and rose? Yes please. By the time I got around to ordering it, it was already only available in sachets. I guess if I love it I will have to go to Hawaii to get more, or hope they do a limited online sale of it like this time.

Yes, this is lovely. Even under suboptimal steeping conditions this is really good. Strong bergamot, just like their earl, but so well balanced, and the passion fruit just adds a nice sweetness to it, plus the tastiness that is passion fruit. The rose is present but not very strong, just adding some light florals. Really nice, and I’m very happy I picked this one up.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Rosehips

I really like this one too! But hardly anyone seems to have tried it. Glad you like it.

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81
drank Berry Almond Amaretto by Teavana
1914 tasting notes

Sipdown, 99!

Over the time that I drank through my two ounces of this (which wasn’t too long because this is quite a heavy tea) I grew more and more fond of it. Do I wish it didn’t have so much hibiscus in it? Yes, but it wasn’t overpoweringly tart. It had berries and a lot of almond flavor (like they dumped a ton of almond extract on it), and I love almond. However, I doubt I will be restocking because there are others I like better.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

wow 99 you are a superstar!

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Sipdown, 100!! Made my Black Friday goal! Cold steep of this one.

I think a cold brew is actually my favorite way to drink dancong. It is SO tasty! Fruity, refreshing, all around delicious. Next summer I might have to get some cheap dancong to keep around for cold brews… It would be so nice on a hot day.

Sil

Woot woot go You!

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82

Sipdown, 101. After having this one regularly for the past two weeks I have definitely come to the conclusion that it is not for me. Although it is clearly a lovely tea, it’s just not the kind of black tea that I tend to enjoy; too fruity, too much of whatever that note is that I don’t like. I am definitely glad that I got to try it, though. Also apparently my like/dislike line for Taiwanese black teas is hard to judge, meaning future orders for Taiwanese black teas will be tricky. Ah well, that’s what samples and small amounts are for!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

or….you just keep pilfering my cupboard until you find 5-9 you like haha

Dinosara

Haha too true

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75

I am logging this as a sipdown (102) because even though there is a little left, that is going into a blend of iced teas, so this will be the last unadultered session that I have with this tea.

I had a ton of this tea. An entire 100g pouch (which is a ton for me!), and I didn’t even like it that much. I’ve also had it for probably 4 or 5 years. But I did find that I enjoyed it well enough cold brewed, so that’s what I’ve been doing for the last couple of months… regular cold brews, nearly every other day, and now it’s gone. It was kind of one of those teas I never thought would be gone, haha.

Tea Sipper

That’s commitment! (and also a super sipdown)

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87

Sipdown, 103. When I made the last of this tea this morning, I was afraid it would be a little over strong, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It was super delicious this morning! Smooth, sweet, no hint of bitterness or astringency. I wasn’t as impressed with the other black teas from this company, but this tea I would actually reorder. Yum!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

seems to be the common theme heh

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88

Sipdown, 104. Another tea I am sad to see go. I don’t know whether I would want to restock just PTA, or also this one. I like this one a lot, but is it exactly what I want when I want a caramelly tea? I think I have others that are more favorite, and I think that I prefer the unflavored PTA of the two of them. That’s not to say this one won’t “accidentally” make it into my cart someday! :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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86

This was an unexpected sipdown (105). There were two servings of this left, but I had a somewhat catastrophic first session (long story) that ended up wasting the leaves, but I still wanted this tea so I had a gongfu session with the rest. This tea is so easy to overbrew and get bitter, but when you hit the sweet spot it is amazing. So buttery, nutty, lightly spiced almost? I think it reminds me almost of those cinnamon candy almonds. Amazing. The reserve version of this is probably slightly wasted on me as I am not a connoisseur of dragonwells but it is still very enjoyable.

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Sipdown, 106. Cold brew… yes, I did it again (cold brewing a reserve tea, that is).

I knew I should have only given this an overnight-length steep (~8hrs) instead of the 24hr steeps that I give black teas. But it didn’t look very dark, so I left it. It was a tad bitter at first, but I diluted it with some more cold water and now it is pretty delicious. First off, it smells like apples. Really! It came out very fruity and honeyed. A bit of roasting added some depth. Very nice, and I would do it again!

Preparation
Iced

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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