314 Tasting Notes

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drank Mango & Strawberry by Dilmah
314 tasting notes

This has been in my cupboard for too long… I am not sure if the slightly weird fruity flavour has anything to do with that. It tastes strongly of strawberry, but there is an additional sweet note that I cannot identify. I guess it’s supposed to be mango, but it tastes nothing like that! Anyway, the fruity flavour is artificial so it’s probably not for any serious tea drinker.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Blueberry by Dilmah
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This is an okay tea. The blueberry flavour is decidedly artificial – it’s the kind of fruity flavour you expect when you have fruit pastilles. I don’t hate it though because I grew up with fruit pastilles! :P

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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100

This is AMAZINGLY GOOD! The liquor has a lovely moon-like hue. It is beautifully scented with osmanthus, which happens to be my favourite floral fragrance. It’s almost like you are drinking oolong beside blooming osmanthus. Love it!!

Ysaurella

sounds really lovely !

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72
drank Tokio by Lupicia
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This seems to be one of Lupicia’s signature flavour. I used to like it a lot for the berry flavour… but after tasting lots of different teas over the past few years, it longer tastes as amazing as I remember. It’s not that the quality of the tea has deteriorated… the sweet fruity flavour is just too artificial to me now. Well… it’s ok when you need a casual cup of tea or some sugar to boost your mood I guess.

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75
drank Momo Jasmin by Lupicia
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Today, I feel that autumn is finally here after the hottest summer in my life! I’ve been drinking mostly green tea and oolong tea the whole summer; with the slightly cooler weather today, I decided to have a cup of black and green tea blend… with a little bit of peach (my favourite fruit in summer). :)

This was a nice tea. It had the depth of black tea, the sweetness of green tea, the fragrance of jasmine, and an undercurrent of peach flavour. It made me happy. Though I must say I am a bit disappointed that only peach flavouring rather than real peach was used in making this tea :P

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67

This is a very unique tea. I have never tasted black tea like this before! It has an intense coffee-like, roasty aroma. The liquor also has that characteristic roasty flavour that reminds me of houjicha, but of course it is not as strong. It is malty with a bittersweet finish. It’s certainly not my cup of tea – perhaps it’s an acquired taste – but you’ve go to try it if you wan to expand your palate or call yourself a tea connoisseur :P

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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72
drank Mt Alee Golden Oolong by Lupicia
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I was so careless that I used boiling water to brew this tea! Perhaps it’s not really wrong (boiling water is actually recommended by Lupicia), but I always find the taste of oolong is at its best when it is hot instead of scalding hot. I could barely taste the flavour and sweetness of this tea when it’s freshly brewed. I waited for my tea to cool a bit and that’s when the flavour came out. Very subtle sweetness and a tiny bit of milkiness. Overall a very gentle tea, and I think it’s the kind of tea made for cold brew. It’s ok but nothing too memorable. I have tasted better oolong from Alishan.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dustin

Lupicia recommends boiling water for all their tea which totally baffles me! I almost never follow their suggestions.

Devilish

Yes it really puzzles me! They only recommend water of lower temperature for a few green teas. I tend not to follow their suggestions either :)

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70

This was not bad – a delicate tea with fragrant jasmine which had just the taste of spring!! But I want to point out that the jasmine flavour was mostly gone after the first brew, and by the third brew it was totally gone… which suggests that the the scenting process might not be long enough.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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75

I am more a fan of light and floral Taiwanese oolong, but I’ve got to admit that this is not bad. A warm, roasted flavour that reminds me of houjicha, with an unexpectedly sweet finish characteristic of Taiwanese oolong. Would really love to have some traditional Taiwanese pastries to go with it…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Emerald Earl Grey by Lupicia
314 tasting notes

This is drinkable perfume! The special oolong and white tea base gives this classic favourite a great twist. It is lighter and sweeter than traditional Earl Grey – great for hot summer days!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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A devilish girl who lives up to the post-80s youth stereotype – hedonistic, frivolous and rebellious – except I love traditional afternoon tea rather than a quick caffeine fix at Starbucks.

I make a living off others’ criminal activities. It’s a busy job and I really wish I could retire, so I can become a full-time afternoon tea connoisseur instead. :j

I love any tea that has nice scent, great flavour and lovely packaging. My current top favourite brands are Mariage Freres, Kusmi Tea, Lupicia, T2, and THE O DOR. ;)

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