318 Tasting Notes

61
drank Chamomile & Vanilla by Pukka
318 tasting notes

A very, very mild chamomile. There’s an unmistakable hint of vanilla, which does not seem to go too well with chamomile – I can taste chamomile and vanilla separately instead of finding the flavours in harmony. As the tea cools a strange, somewhat fishy smell, appears… I don’t think I would like to finish the cup. Not impressed.

Flavors: Flowers, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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93
drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
318 tasting notes

Love this for the very fresh floral flavour. It’s the kind of jasmine tea served in good Chinese restaurants. Ideal for cleaning your palate before dim sum tasting!

Speaking of dim sum makes it crave for it right now…

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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77
drank Muscat by Lupicia
318 tasting notes

This tasted a lot better than I had thought! When I opened the tea sachet, the scent of muscat candy was so overpowering that I almost had a headache. The muscat aroma remained artificial when brewed… fortunately, the liquor had a much more natural taste. The mild sweetness of muscat paired nicely with the smooth black tea base. A pretty nice tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Grape by Lupicia
318 tasting notes

Not sure if it’s my nasal congestion or insufficient brewing time, this tea tastes significantly milder than other scented teas by Lupicia. But it is not bad because sometimes Lupicia teas are scented too heavily to the extent of being overly artificial, so I find this tea just right. The slight sweetness enhances the smooth, flavourful black tea base. Not something I will crave for, but I won’t mind having another cup. :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Cinnamon by Lupicia
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Simple as the name suggests, this is a great winter tea that instantly warms you up! It has a clean, potent cinnamon scent that you either love or hate, depending on how much you like cinnamon. I have recently become pretty fond of cinnamon, so I am happy that there is no spice other than cinnamon in this tea (you know, most of the winter teas are quite spicy). The christmassy aroma of cinnamon never fails to cheer me up, by the way! ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Houjicha "Shigaraki" by Lupicia
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Finally I have fully settled into my new home, which means that there is time for some tea!! :) This is a houjicha with a strong roasted, coffee-like aroma. I kept the brewing time short because I was worried that the flavour was too overpowering, and I was happy with the result. A very stimulating bittersweet tea to wake you up in the morning.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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82
drank Beppin-san by Lupicia
318 tasting notes

Bergamot flavoured sencha – sounds tasty, tastes pretty good too! This sencha base is used in most of Lupicia’s flavoured green tea. It is a bit “thick” (not sure if this is the right word) and cloudy. I think a lighter, cleaner tea base works better with bergamot, but this is nice enough.

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

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27
drank Lemon by Lipton
318 tasting notes

The exact name of the tea I had was Sir Thomas Lipton Lemon Herbal Infusion (Sir Thomas Lipton is said to be a distinctive range of specialty teas by Lipton), but I don’t think it’s very different from this everyday lemon tea offered by the same company so I am writing the review here.

Like many previous reviewers, I drank this because I was not feeling well. Many people commented that its flavour resembled that of cold remedies. I have never tried cold remedies from the West, but I want to say that it tasted very much like a traditional sore throat remedy – a drink made with preserved citrus fruits – in Chinese culture too. The dry leaves smelt strongly of dried orange/mandarin/lemon peels, which was rather repellent I must say… when brewed the liquor tasted equally strong, to the extent that it could be somewhat bitter. It’s probably quite good for sore throat, but I certainly would not drink it if I wasn’t ill!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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60
drank Chamomile by Lipton
318 tasting notes

This has a really herbal aroma that I don’t enjoy. Taste-wise it’s much better – floral and soothing just like any other regular chamomile infusion. Great for my sore throat!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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54
drank Lov is Good by Løv Organic
318 tasting notes

This has stayed in my cupboard for too long! I am not going to take it to my new home so I am trying my best to finish it. A spicy tisane that is also pretty sweet, thanks to the presence of licorice. Even though I am hardly a fan of licorice, it makes the tea more approachable… otherwise I don’t think I can finish even a single cup with all the cloves, cardamom, aniseed and fennel.. still, it’s a mistake for me to buy this tea given that I don’t really enjoy tea with so much spices…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 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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