513 Tasting Notes

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83

A quick tasting note. Very green oolong, mildly bitter, not as sweet and nutty as other oolongs that I’ve had. I probably will not order more, but I really am enjoying the sample while it lasts.

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drank Kirara Rice Tea by Lupicia
513 tasting notes

Well this was an unexpected sipdown. I received a sample of this and it turned out to be a pyramid tea bag. It smells and tastes very strongly of toasted rice. It reminds me of the rice that is slightly burnt on the edges of a stone pot like in bibimbap. That part is always my favorite. Anyway, I’m not tasting the green tea base as strongly, but it is a very nice genmaicha. If I didn’t already have so much genmaicha, I would probably order this. Maybe I will when I run out of my current stash.

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91

A nice, smooth, simple black tea to accompany my simple sandwich for lunch. A great hassle-free but delicious combination for an otherwise hectic and stressful day.

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85

I really like the natural sweetness in this tea. It’s a very light, smooth tea that I think also goes well with meals. In particular, I had some salty foods today and this contrasted it nicely. I do get the feeling that this tea is just on the edge of being bitter, yet not bitter, which kind of makes me nervous while drinking it for some odd reason. I guess I’ve just had bad experiences with bitter greens in the past.

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95

Sooo happy right now. My awesome mom bought this for me at the mall and sent it along in a care package, aww. The first time I tried this tea was actually with her at a bakery in California, so I have some fond memories. Anyway, the dry leaves smell so peachy and sweet like candy. In fact, the tea itself reminds me of Asian peach gummies in a liquid form. I don’t like to add sweeteners to my teas, so I love it when they are already sweet like this one. After a week of drinking mostly straight oolongs, the sweetness was overwhelming, but in a good way. I will have to try to cold steep it sometime and drink it almost like a juice. The selfish part of me is kind of disappointed that she didn’t buy the tin, but I’m so super grateful for this lovely gift and I will savor every teaspoon of it!

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94

I might have gotten some extra jasmine blossoms in my teaspoon this morning because today this tea tasted a bit more floral and perfume-y than usual. Not so perfume-y that it was overwhelming and unpleasant to drink, but I just noticed it was a little different than usual. No big deal. There was some slight astringency, but again, no big deal. It was a nice, sweet tea to have throughout the day and resteeped surprisingly well.

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Now that I’ve had quite a few more oolongs, I can say that while this one is on the lighter/greener side, it still maintains a nice roasted, nutty taste as well. I think I prefer the darker, roastier oolongs, so when I want something a little lighter, this one hits the spot without being too green if that makes sense. It’s also very naturally sweet, which I enjoy. This one is going on the repurchasing list!

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Ok, so I didn’t exactly do a side by side comparison with the smoky roast because I’ve been swamped, but I will say that based on memory and multiple tastings now of both teas, I think I prefer this one overall. It has just the right amount of roasted intensity and flavor for a more everyday kind of tea. The smoky one was just a tad over the top to be drinking all the time for me. Now that I’m fully obsessed with houjichas, I now need to compare this one to the one I got from Den’s for my final final decision on which one to heavily stock up on. Or maybe I’ll just do both, haha.

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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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