779 Tasting Notes

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
779 tasting notes

Afternoon study break tea.

This is one of the bagged teas I scored from their Lucky bag. Initially I was worried about getting so many fruity green teas because generally I find I like my green teas plain, and the smell of the dry leaf didn’t do much to help my apprehension – it smells a lot like fruit juice, orange or pineapple mostly.

But once steeped that super fruity aroma turns into a green sencha-esque smell – the fabulous smell of steamed greens that I know and love. I was surprised at how much the scent changed in only two minutes.

Tastewise I get sencha with slight notes of pineapple. It’s really the only fruit that I pick up on and you know what? It really, really works. I’m pairing this with some strawberries and the two are PERFECT together. The flavoring doesn’t taste artificial at all, which is a huge plus. And it is perfect without additives, another bonus!

I could also see this as being really refreshing iced, so I will be sure to save some for just that purpose. Definitely one of the best I’ve had from the Lucky bag so far!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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My favorite standby for any morning, but especially a cold one that started earlier than I would have liked.

It always gets (and keeps!) me going….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I’m leaving mine at work for those mornings when I need extra help. :)

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85
drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
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1 tbsp. leaf prepared latte style on the stove, using milk and brown sugar.

I haven’t had this in forever, but was in the mood for a nontraditional type of chai tonight, and remembered purchasing this a while ago. It’s mildly spicy with notes of coconut that tie in nicely.

Not bad – but not one I consider to be a staple.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ali Shan by thepuriTea
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After my palate was…startled this morning with the pu er I decided to go with a lighter tea this afternoon to calm it back down a bit, and since I had just enough of this for a full cup, I put the leaves in a tea ball, heated the water to 180, and steeped at the below parameters.

Last time I had this I used 6 grams of leaf for 2 cups of tea, and got no real defining flavor from it. This time, I used 6 grams of leaf (my last of the sample) just for the one cup, to see if I could get any notes besides “greenish oolong”.

So far, nothing is sticking out besides a slightly salty, floral aroma. I will say the texture of the tea is very nice and creamy, though not as creamy as the milk oolong from thepuriTea. Also, the creaminess isn’t in the taste, just the mouthfeel. Yep, just getting floral with a vague grassy sweetness on the swallow.

I’m thinking overall that I just prefer darker oolong (mmm… dan cong) but I will give this a second steep and see if anything changes.

edit: Second steep was for about 6 minutes with slightly cooler water. The floral notes are really evident here – specifically jasmine, I think. Since I’m not the biggest fan of floral, I can’t say I’m particularly a fan. The mouthfeel is thinner, too. Meh. Today has not been my day for tea! :(

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Steeped 5 g. of this in 9 oz. water (the bag recommended about 2-3 grams per 5 oz. cup) at the below parameters.

The smell of the dry leaf had notes of coffee and cinnamon that were pleasant, and then notes of…something sour or metallic that was really off putting and overtook the good smells. (I’m wondering if it was the pu er since I’ve had problems with pu er’s scent before.)

Once steeped that sour smell goes away, but the resulting liquor was really thin in texture, despite that big amount of leaf I used. I had to add milk and sugar, and that brought out notes of cinnamon, sugar cookies, and the coffee. But still, there’s something lurking underneath that prevents all this from coming together for me. Maybe it is the pu er.

I will probably give this another shot, maybe with more leaf as it was so anemic on my tongue. But if it turns out like this again, I will not hesitate to give it away/get rid of it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Cinnamon, cookie and Pu-erh do not add up together very pretty in my brain… But some things work out surprisingly well… Sadly it seems like this isn’t one of those things…

TeaBrat

I think it would be better without the coffee flavor personally…

JoonSusanna

@Ninavampi – no, it definitely didn’t work out well. I actually should probably lower the rating, because I couldn’t finish the cup. I don’t know that I can bring myself to try it again…

@Amy oh – I agree- I think that the coffee flavor really makes a very unbalanced blend. It’s too strong to let anything else share the spotlight, except for that weird, weird smell. Bleh.

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84
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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Compared to the Earl Grey from Lupicia, I think that this one is less well balanced when by itself.

I like to use 2 tsp. of this with 1 tsp. of the French Vanilla Assam (from 52teas) in 500 ml. water to soften the bergamot (which I’m really sensitive to). Prepped this way it doesn’t need milk or sugar – and there’s only a tiny bit of astringency that creeps into the end of the sip as it cools.

I really think I want to try infusing this into some chocolate truffles. I bet it would be amazing!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
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This was another of the teas I got in my lucky bag – there will probably be quite a few Lupicia tasting notes from me over the next few days!

I received this in bagged form and was really excited about it because it was one of the teas I most wanted to try. The scent of the leaf once I tore open the package reminded me very much of how grenadine tastes, if that makes any sense. It was syrupy sweet smelling cherry, with some hints at tartness. I had to kind of hold the bag away from me otherwise the scent was overwhelming and hurt my head. The same thing happens when I get a strong scent of bergamot. I guess I’m just really sensitive to smells?

Anyway (thankfully!), like with the Earl Grey last night, the taste of the tea was not as strong as it’s fragrance. I’m drinking this with no additives, and am getting a sort of authentic, but mostly candied cherry taste quickly followed by black tea, before a sweet cherry note swoops in again in the aftertaste. The cherry flavoring also seems to have a vaguely spiced undertone – cinnamony/peppery or something. Interesting, for sure.

I am not as in love with this as I wanted to be, but I am glad I got to try it. Plus the tea bags are quite handy, so I will likely be taking them whenever portability is a must. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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I’ve been in the mood for an Earl Grey all day – so it was very fortunate that my Happy Bag from Lupicia decided to come in, because this was inside!

Steeped 2 teabags in 500ml. water in the Breville at below parameters.

The smell of the dry leaf was STRONG bergamot. Like, I held it too close to my nose when I sniffed and was bowled over. It smelled great, though, I just hoped it would not be as strong once steeped because that really would have been too much for me.

Thankfully, the smell mellows out in the steeped tea. This is a fantastic Earl Grey! I’m surprised at the fact this is a Keemun base, because I don’t really get any smokiness – just the strong bergamot and black tea in a great balance with each other. I’m drinking this without additives but I think it wouldn’t be bad with milk and sugar, either – in fact when I make it next I’ll try it that way and compare.

This is the first Lupicia tea I’ve ever tried, and it bodes well for the other teas I recieved in my Happy bag – January is going to be a fun month of new tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
SimplyJenW

I so wish the $50 ones were available by the time I got around to ordering……. They must have gone fast!

JoonSusanna

The only reason I got one is because I stayed awake until 3 AM (since I’m on the East Coast) and refreshed the site a few times. If only I could be so determined in all other areas of my life!

I’ve never tried Lupicia before either, and I wanted to just get a nice sampling (& free shipping… & that monthly magazine) which is the only reason I went with the larger one.

I’m thinking we got a lot of the same teas – but if we didn’t and if I end up posting about something that piques your interest, let me know and I can share. :)

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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It’s the first day back to school for the semester! (BOO!)
But, it’s also the last semester of school before I graduate! (YAY!)
Which means that soon I get to job search in this economy….EEK

So with that in mind, I went with one of my favorite standbys – I kept it in my thermos so that it was warm for most of the day, calming me whenever I started to think about stressing out, and giving me the motivation to listen to my lectures and organize my game plan for the coming months.

Thank goodness for tea and running. These two things keep me sane.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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3 heaping tsp. of tea, 500 ml. water in the Breville at below parameters.

There is more smoke than I remember in both the smell and the taste of the steeped tea this time. The smoke is right at the beginning of the sip, and then the vegetal note takes over toward the end. It’s reminding me of smoked meats. I think that this would have been good with a savory meal.

I have enough tea to have a few more cups, so I’m curious to see whether this steep (with the smoky notes) or the previous one (which was much more green/spinachy), was the odd one out.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A few of my favorite teas (in no particular order):

*Dessert flavored blacks
*Breakfast blends
*Virtually any black tea (but lapsang/keemun!)
*Dancong oolong
*Sencha
*Dragonwell

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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