486 Tasting Notes

drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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Backlog. I realized that this is getting to be one of my older teas, so I gotta get on sipping it down! I brought it to school in my tumbler. Oversteeped, of course, because of all the school. It kind of gave a thicker mouthfeel to it than usual without being bitter. Nice! And as always, that punch of tropical flavor. I also stuck some new leaves in the fridge for a cold brew in the interest of sipping down (it’s still a while away), so we will see how that turns out!

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drank Da Hong Pao by Tea At Sea
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Blindly picked a tea just for fun. This was the lucky winner! Has a nice roasted taste like last time. I’m also tasting a bit of a seaweed broth-y type taste. Anyway, a solid tea to accompany me while I work on dreaded biostatistics.


Dun dun. Biostats are not so fun. Even less fun, calculus. Shudder.

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drank Lychee by Lupicia
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Brought this one to school in my travel tumbler today. I kind of neglected it while running to class and steeped it longer than I would’ve liked. It kind of turned out to be a happy accident, though, because it brought out some more rich black tea flavors without getting bitter. The lychee flavor was more subtle than the last time I had this tea. I also detected a bit of cinnamon at the end of the sip, but that may have been contamination from the last tea I had in my tumbler. Second steep, I pulled the leaves out before the liquid got too dark. This really let the lychee flavor come out more prominently against the black base. It may also be because it was a resteep? Anyway, it was interesting to experiment with and a really nice tea for a four hour block of lectures.

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drank Hojicha by Adagio Teas
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Lately, I’ve been having some tea blahs where I don’t really feel like drinking much tea. So as usual, I decided to reset with a hojicha. This one was the first one within reach. Not necessarily my favorite hojicha, but still a very nice cuppa. I hope to get over this phase soon because I still have a bunch of swap samples to try out!

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drank Mango Black Tea by Trader Joe's
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I’ve had this box since the fall when I bought it impulsively and then neglected it for months. I finally brought it out to cold brew in my brand new pitcher! I put 3 bags in and left it in the fridge for four hours. The resulting tea has a very candy-like mango taste. It also tastes slightly medicinal to me, which is odd and not very pleasant. I may experiment with mixing this one with plain black tea to see if I can maintain the mango without getting the medicinal taste, but I will not repurchase when I’m done with the box. I’ve just found so many higher quality teas since I bought this box!

Edit: I now see that hibiscus is listed as one of the ingredients. Maybe I’m just interpreting that tartness and medicinal?

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I really enjoy drinking Japanese greens while eating dinner. Particularly when I’m eating spicy foods. This gyokuro is a nice balance of grassy and savory with a thick mouthfeel. I probably mentioned that in previous notes, so I’ll be brief this time. Just wanted to say that I’m bumping up the rating on this one!

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drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
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I’ve been meaning to try this tea for a while, so thank you to Kat_Maria for sending me some satchets to try it out! I have to say that for all of Lupicia’s wonderfulness, I was a bit disappointed with this one. The strawberry tasted a bit medicinal kind of like the cherry cough syrup I ate as a kid. When I look past this medicinal flavor, it’s actually quite a nice tea. The creaminess goes well with the underlying strawberry. I am tempted to cold brew it (like I do everything nowadays), but I have a feeling that would just highlight the medicinal taste.


I HATE that syrup… and LOVE this tea. The weirdness of taste buds. Good reminder, though, I have yet to cold steep this!

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drank Genmaicha by Argo Tea
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I realized that I never tried this tea that’s been sitting in my shelf for a bit now. So I continued my cold brewing obsession with this genmaicha. First off, there were quite a few popped rice bits in the tea. I think that translated into the ultimate taste. I was tasting a lot more of the toasted rice flavor than the green tea base. I actually really like this one as a cold brew, but I will reserve my rating for when I can try it out hot to more directly compare to other genmaichas I’ve had.


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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
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I found a decent bubble tea place fairly close to me in Boston! Or maybe I’ve just been here so long that my standards have just lowered. Anyway, I got a roasted oolong milk tea that was pretty good. I also picked up a pitcher and some paper tea filters for more cold brewing. All in all, a pretty good afternoon!

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
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Sipdown! (127). First off, let me tell you the amazing story of how this tea came (back) to me. It was in the Tea & Cards TTB that I had participated in. I set it aside as one of the teas I wanted to try, but I only tend to drink 2 (maaaybe 3) teas in a day, so I didn’t get to try all the teas that I wanted to while the TTB was in my possession. So I sent the box off to Pyroxy, who then wrote a tasting note about this very tea that made me regret not trying it or pulling some from the box. I commented about this regret on her tasting note and then she messaged me that she was sending me the last of the tea! So thanks so much Pyroxy for taking the time to do that!

On to the tea itself, haha. As soon as I opened up the tea, I was hit with a perfume-y scent that I couldn’t place on my own, but I assume that it’s tangerine blossom because of the name. This tea actually reminds me a lot of jasmine teas because of the perfume-y, almost soapy, quality (in a good way). It’s definitely more citrus-y than jasmine teas, though, which I guess distinguishes it as a tangerine blossom for me. I can also taste that malty black tea base at the very end of the sip that is also pretty distinguishing. Overall, I’m really enjoying this pot of tea, but it may be a tad too perfume-y for regular consumption for me.


I tend to have it on occasions when I’d normally have jasmine green or white but want something with just a touch more body. Goes great with Thai food.


Ooh, I can see it going well with Thai. Too bad I saw this comment after I already made dinner cause now I’m craving pad see ew!

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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