302 Tasting Notes

94
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
302 tasting notes

A pretty nice Christmas tea! Though I couldn’t get much white chocolate flavour until the second steep. Since white chocolate contains cocoa butter instead of cocoa solid, this tea tastes somewhat creamy and vanilla-y rather than chocolate-y! The apricot flavour was soft. Since I used a larger mug to brew this tea, it was fortunately not as strong as other reviewers even though I carelessly oversteeped it (over 5 minutes!) when I brewed it the second time!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Hazelnut Truffle by Tea Forte
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At home, I always enjoy my teas straight. This is because in this way I can know how the teas REALLY taste like, and of course, I admit that I am just too lazy to buy sugar or milk. :P I am usually quite happy with my plain teas, but from time to time I do encounter teas – mainly full-bodied black teas and chocolate teas – that makes me blame myself for not having any milk at home! This festive tea is clearly one of those guilt-provoking teas. It has the most enticing aroma of cacao and hazelnut. The liquor is flavourful; I really enjoy the nutty flavour (coconut + hazelnut) and dark chocolate note. If it could be just a little sweeter and creamier… it would be 100% like chocolate truffle, albeit in liquid form! Maybe I should really stock up with milk and sugar…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Sweet Ginger Plum by Tea Forte
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As a herbal tea this was not bad, though I always like “real teas” more than tisanes. The alarming ruby red colour of the liquor would probably activate the hibiscus alert in everybody’s head, but trust me, this tea was not tart at all. In fact, it was quite sweet, thanks to the blackberry leaves and other sweet flavourings! The dominant flavour in the cup was berry/plum, and there was a sweet warming note (reminded me of bakery) which could be attributed to cinnamon. Ginger was barely detectable other than a hint of spiciness on my tongue. A very Christmassy tea and that’s why I was drinking it on Boxing Day morning. ;)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Tabby

I know exactly what you mean when you say you prefer “real teas”. Tisanes always make me wish they had more to them.

Devilish

You’re just so right Tabby ;)

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Thanks my friend Ka Kui for this b-day gift! A very beautiful and sweet flowery tea. It has all the flowers I like (in terms of flavour): jasmine, rose, osmanthus. The flavour of rose is the most salient, followed by that of jasmine; osmanthus is least detectable but I am quite sure it is responsible for the honey-like sweetness in this tea. This is a great tea to start the morning – especially for people who live in a concrete jungle like I do – because it makes you feel being in a garden under soft sunlight. ;)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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63
drank Ceylon Supreme by Dilmah
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At first I was really glad that I started the morning with this tea because it’s aromatic and had the sweetness of fruits. But as I continued to drink, my mouth got increasingly dry, and I realized that it was a very astringent tea. There’s no bitterness though. It’s a tea of good quality, it’s just that I didn’t enjoy astringent tea much.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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72
drank Chamomile Lemongrass by Silkenty
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I finally unwrapped the beautiful Silkenty Pyramid Gift Box that I bought for myself in Sri Lanka! I decided to start with this chamomile tea as I usually save the best thing for last (and herbal tea is hardly a favourite). ;) To my surprise, this turned out to be a really lovely chamomile tea, perhaps even the best I’ve ever had! It’s flowery rather than tasting grassy or bitter. I really enjoyed the fresh taste of lemongrass, which was in perfect harmony with chamomile and made this tea more memorable than generic chamomile tea. A soothing and refreshing tisane to be enjoyed after dinner :)

I am glad that there’s still another bag of this tisane in the Silkenty gift box, haha…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Afternoon Tea by Lupicia
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I probably have used more tea leaves than I should! This has brewed up to be a full-bodied, slightly bittersweet and astringent cup. The kind of tea that will carry milk really well. Love the intense aroma :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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63

Not my favourite… though I like the bergamot fragrance, I am a bit bothered and puzzled by the faint vegetal taste in the Assam tea base. :0

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger & Honey by Dilmah
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I have become a fan of Dilmah since I tried their Exceptional series some years ago. But it seems that their line of cheaper bagged tea is not even half as amazing as the Exceptional series… this tea had a really lovely honey aroma when brewed, so I had high hope before tasting it. To my disappointment, there’s NO trace of honey in the tea and the tea was NOT sweet at all. It was quite spicy (and slightly bitter despite the short steeping time)- perhaps even too spicy given the total absence of honey. The spiciness did resemble that of ginger, but still it seemed unnatural to me because I couldn’t smell that spiciness. I couldn’t really enjoy this tea given the dissonances… I just think they should use higher-quality flavouring for the tea… :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Refreshing Mint by Ronnefeldt
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This was an okay mint tea. At first I couldn’t taste the lemongrass at all, but it became more noticeable as the tea cooled. It’s grassier and sweeter than pure peppermint… and I decided that I liked the latter better :P

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 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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