643 Tasting Notes

This tea smells sweet and cinnamonny. Is that what it’s supposed to smell like?
Ahh well, either way, it smells gooooood!
Thanks a bunch to NayLynn for sending me a sample of this!

Hmm.. I don’t know what’s going on with me right now. For some reason all my teas have come out bitter! This and the last one, the flavour was off. But at least the cup was still drinkable :) I made sure to let the kettle settle for much longer in case my temp was off, but dang. Today isn’t a very black tea day.
I’ll stop it with the blacks because they’re giving me problems, so I’ll move on to other teas :)

Hmm.. I don’t know what’s going on with me right now. For some reason all my teas have come out bitter! This and the last one, the flavour was off. But at least the cup was still drinkable :) I made sure to let the kettle settle for much longer in case my temp was off, but dang. Today isn’t a very black tea day.
I’ll stop it with the blacks because they’re giving me problems, so I’ll move on to other teas :)Luckily I have enough of this tea to make it again so I’ll try sometime in the future!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

A big ol thank you to NayLynn for this tea, and a whole lot of other teas! Dang this package was definitely much larger than I thought.
Decided on this one for today. Mmm Salted Caramel. It sounds so freakin good okay, and now does the tea match the flavour in mind?
The dry leaves definitely smell promising. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS TEA.
Hmm… steeping and it smells like any regular black, unflavoured tea. Hoping that I can taste the caramel/salt when it’s done brewing!
It does have a nice amber colour to it though. DARN YOU BITTER TEA. I BELIEVE MY WATER WAS TOO HOT NO. OKay well, at least I have plenty of this tea so I can fix my mistakes.


See, the thing about tea swaps, you think you’re getting rid of a lot of teas and lessening your tea stash, BUT THEN YOU REMEMBER THAT YOU’RE GETTING PACKAGES FROM YOUR SWAP PARTNER AND YOUR TEA STASH DOESN’T CHANGE.

I’ve packed a whole lot of packages, and I’m getting packages back. Dude. Swaps. They’re great, but SO. MUCH. TEA.
I’m definitely done buying tea, now I’m just attempting to reduce my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

Well, this makes a pretty great cold brew :)
Dude. I freakin love this tea okay.
It tastes a bit like strawberry lemonade? I love it so SO much :)

Cold brewed overnight in 12oz water for about 12 hours. I’ve strained it into my Harry Potter mug and left it in the fridge to save for a late night treat :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Memily

Sherbet!!!!

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drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

I’m starting to buckle down on my caffeine intake. No more blacks after 5pm, no more caffeine period after 7pm. After that it’s herbals and rooibos!

This tea is.. a sipdown? Sorta? It’s a sipdown from the package that MissB sent me a little over a month ago, but my parents sent me some of this tea so I still have it.

This is definitely the best jasmine teas I’ve ever had okay. I’d talk about it in detail, but I’ve definitely done that in my previous notes :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94
drank Cookie by Lupicia
643 tasting notes

Think freshly baked caramel cookies. Now take those cookies and leave them in the oven for just a little while longer. Not burnt, but it has that bite of flavour. And not like just regular cookies with a glop of caramel on top, but like the type of cookie that has caramel oozing in the middle. This tea is so freakin good and I need to keep it in my cupboard for forever


Okay let me tell you a thing.
This tea.
When I left for college (nearly 3 years ago), my mom put together a cute little care package for me and it had a wee sachet of this tea. Three years before, I had chocolate tea from Trader Joe’s and IT WAS PRETTY FREAKIN NASTY so I just stuck to various green teas. I did not touch that sachet of Cookie because I was afraid that it was going to be as gross as that other chocolate tea. And this is why it took me freakin forever to try flavoured teas. Like seriously. For nearly 10 years of my life, all I drank was jasmine tea, and the occasional genmaicha when I ate out at japanese restaurants.
I completely regret my previous thoughts about flavoured teas, especially this one because apparently if you’re going to get tea from Lupicia, it’s going to be this one (from what I’ve heard). This was the first tea that was in the monthly newsletter when my mom first signed up all those years ago, and this was the tea that I took with me to college. Did I try it? Nope because I was a pansycake.


WITH THAT BEING SAID. IT IS TIME. I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR SO LONG??? Everyone says it’s good and I’ve finally let it cool down enough so it wouldn’t burn my mouth.
Dude. It legit tastes like caramel cookies okay. This tea is so freakin good, and I added milk with it which made it soooooo much better.
WHY DID I AVOID THIS TEA FOR SO LONG.

((rearranged this tasting not to have the actual tasting note bit at the top because of the pull quotes and whatnot. I saw a thread on this a while back and figured I’ll have to put the review at the top, then the backstory stuck at the bottom.))

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Molasses

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

YAY!! I am glad you tried this one again and liked it. I knew you would :)

jump62359

Dude. I’ve gone through so many tea sprees in the past week and I’m expecting swaps to arrive soon and I’m just trying to catch up to everything.
So many WONDERFUL teas, so little time!

Memily

That is a great story. I give it an A+.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

So I totally had this tea a couple nights ago, but I put the tasting note into Vanilla Oolong, not Vanilla Orchid.

So umm.. do I delete the previous note? Well, it’s here soo…
http://steepster.com/jump62359/posts/237149

Memily

Hahaha I’d probably just c/p that note into this one and delete the original. Good job, old sport.

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
643 tasting notes

I freakin love oolong because the LEAVES. They’re freakin gorgeous okay and I absolutely LOVE seeing them unravel!
This was a surprise from my parents :) They went to DAVIDs last weekend and took a wee little detour to Lupicia (well, it’s just two floors up so it’s not too bad haha) and they picked this tea up for me!

Oh wow. The smell of this tea dry is so good! I kinda.. started inhaling it deeply and don’t do that. You’ll get dizzy. But just take a small whiff and it smells like mango!! Green mango though. Personally, I prefer the taste of the yellow mango more since it’s more sweet and green mango is bitter but yeah THIS TEA SMELLS LIKE HOME.
I was actually surprised to read on the package that this steeps in boiling water though since I never use boiling for oolongs. Ahh well. I followed the package instructions and some leaves were a bit scorched, but not all.
This tea is like super freakin good though. Like SO GOOD. I love the mango so much. I’m starting to love ALL the Lupicia flavoured teas! This has the nice flavours of green mango, but not the bitterness.
Definitely a great tea :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Shmiracles

Oooo guess who just got the steepster app and is posting this comment from her phone OoooooOooo!!!

oddree

APP!?!?! o_O Also, I think I need to check out Lupicia and Nina’s for sure. Such great reviews!

VariaTEA

Have you had Lupicia’s Melon Oolong yet? I don’t even like oolong but that was amazing!

jump62359

shmiracles, well, I have no idea who you’re talking about, but I’m assuming it’s me?? Right? TOTALLY ;)
odree, yes, there’s a steepster app! It’s in beta testing right now so Jason and the steepster team are slooowly letting people test it out. I’d link you, but I’m on mobile as well! Lupicia is my first love and I was fairly surprised to see that not a lot of people has tried their teas! If you spend $30, you get a free subscription to their monthly newsletter complete with a free sample! US addresses only though. I haven’t had tea from Nina’s yet, but luckily I’m expecting a swap soon and I know there are a couple of Nina’s teas in there!

jump62359

VariaTEA, I haven’t yet! I’m actually just discovering ALL of Lupicia’s teas. I haven’t tried many of their flavoured teas so now I kinda just wanna try them all :)
((And you are said swap partner in the previous comment haha))

VariaTEA

I am taking a Lupicia crash course right now too. I got two swaps so far with a bizillion Lupicia teas which is super exciting. And you are getting Nina’s teas though mostly their caffeine-free ones. Oh, and Japon of course :P. I realized after I sealed your package that I should have included others of their teas.

Sil

oh god. i need this.

jump62359

Rachel, the teas in your package aren’t necessarily caffeine-free, but less caffeine than blacks and stuff ahaha. And I’m definitely drowning in so much Lupicia and David’s right now wow.

Sil, shoot me your address! I’ll send you a wee little sample of this tea if you’d like :)

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I’m so exhausted wow. I slept at 4am because I just could not go to sleep for some reason! And I woke up at around 9 and didn’t eat, went to class, didn’t eat, went to class, left early for a special guest speaker and there they provided my first meal of the day.
Dang. Today was just to worst day ever. No energy at all ugh :/
But I decided to have some of this before I go to bed tonight. So exhausted so hopefully I’ll pass out right when I hit the pillow.

I actually had no idea how to brew this tea! It didn’t look like regular tea leaves. It looked like you’d mix it in water and it’d dissolve like hot coco. I read the tasting notes and saw that it clogged someone’s steeper, so I decided to just use my disposable filters.
It actually turned out really nice! VERY dark in colour and had a roasted, nearly burnt smell to it as it was steeping.
I’m honestly not a coffee drinker at all. The only coffee I enjoy is my Java Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks. Something with chocolate and highly sweetened haha. But this tea is nice! Totally not oversweet like the Java Chip, but a nice robust flavour to it. Definitely a unique tea! I’ve added just a bit of milk (maybe like 1oz) and a sprinkle of sugar to bring the flavours out more.

Flavors: Butter, Cocoa, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
QueenOfTarts

Hi! Was wondering if you’d like to swap some teas with me? I’m following you, but can’t send you a message unless you follow me back. Thanks! :)

oddree

Oh goodness, now I want a caramel Frappuccino so bad… Is that taboo to say on a social network for tea? :)

Sil

this is a wheat tea…so not really tea leaf. There’s a strawberry version too…and an original, but i like this one more than the original.

jump62359

QueenOfTarts I’m following you now! I’ll shoot you a message in a bit :)
oddree, naww it’s al good! Sometimes I finish a cup of tea then have this massive craving for Starbucks, so I kinda just… walk on over to Starbucks to satisfy my craving ahha
Sil, yeah, I’ve never had a wheat tea before so it was so foreign to me! Every time I go to Lupicia, I see these displayed in the back and I’m always curious. I like how they have the smelling tins, but every time I go, I always pick up the same teas. So this time, I decided to mix it up a bit and grab stuff I’ve never tried before :)

Sil

so jealous of your lupicia…

jump62359

I’ve been going to the same store for years but I kept getting the same teas over and over again cuz I was afraid to try something new.
Luckily the nearest Lupicia from where I live now is almost an hour away on the freeway so looks like I can spend money on more crucial things like FOOD hahah

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

Tried this last night hot and it was good!
I went ahead and weighed 4.5g of this and tossed it into my mason jar and let it cold brew in 12oz overnight!
Ahh SO GOOD COLB BREWED OKAY. Nice and sweet cucumber melon-y goodness :) And I don’t even have to sweeten it, which is a plus!

I’ve strained it into my timolino with a scoop of chia seeds and now I’m headed to class :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

Present from my parents :)

AHH I TOTALLY GOT DISTRACTED. THIS HAS BEEN STEEPING FOR FOREVER.
Ahh well. Okay so this tea was a tea that was on my list but for some reason I never got it when I was there two weeks ago? Lukcily my parents decided to go on a DAVIDs trip last week and they picked me up some of this :)
It smells sooooo good from the package okay. Like nice and bright and fruity and happy and smells like it’d make a really nice cold brew!
Didn’t smell it as it was steeping though because I was working on projects and papers and things.
But it’s been steeping for close to 20 minutes now (oops) and so happy it didn’t get bitter :) Herbal teas like never get bitter so that’s always a plus! It tastes nice and tart though. There’s a bite to it, something that I’ve never tasted before but IT’S GOOD. Hmm.. can’t quite put my finger on that flavour though.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Kyra.
21.
Tea lover.
Chef in training.
Hospitality Management major.
DCP Alumni (WDW Fall 2013 and DLR Fall 2014)
(jump62359 is my everything okay)

Teas in my cupboard are in my personal collection.
I’m always looking forward to reducing my stash so swappable teas are listed here:
http://odetopotato.tumblr.com/tea
(last updated: 11 Apr 2014)
Likes/dislikes here:
http://odetopotato.tumblr.com/teaprofile

Tea rating guide:
100-90: Best thing to ever touch my mouth and I want more. Restocking is a must
89-80: Love this tea. Restock if I can
79-70: Decent tea. Neither love nor hate.
69-60: I won’t be upset when it runs out. I’ll drink it but won’t restock.
59-30: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea and I’ll finish the cup.
29-10: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea. It may or may not have gone down the sink…
9-below: Let’s not even hide it. This definitely went down the drain.

I love tea.
I drink it.
I log it.
I have a good time.
Lather, rinse, repeat.

I first discovered my love for tea with Jasmine because that’s all my mother would buy, so for the longest time, I thought that all teas were jasmine! And then in 4th grade, I watched the tea episode of Good Eats and that’s when the education started! I’d like to blame Alton Brown for starting this obsession because now I only like loose leaf tea.
It wasn’t until my second year of college that I actually expanded my tea taste buds. Special shout out to Cara McGee, Queen Tea for her Adagio Fandom blends. Because of Cara, I actually started drinking blacks, herbals and whites and pretty much everything else in between. I still have a special love for my jasmine though :)
I drink tea daily. Usually just straight up, no sugar or milk with the exception of chai. I like chai with just a wee dash of milk and a sprinkle of sugar! This little obsession started young and just… kept going, I guess. I have friends who think I have a problem with tea, but I really don’t. Everything is good in moderation.
I also have a mug buying problem and I’ve got Disney to blame for that. At least all my mugs are being put to good use!

also I apologize in advance for lazy tasting notes and horrible grammar in everything I write. I’m an avid fandom blogger on tumblr we have some weird way of talking to each other and sometimes I forget that this isn’t tumblr oops

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