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299 Tasting Notes

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drank Momo Darjeeling by Lupicia
299 tasting notes

Finally, a decent brew after several mediocre teas in a row!

I had real white peach from Japan (thanks, Roger!) before having this tea and it was AMAZING. It was so juicy, succulent and fragrant… unforgettably delicious indeed! Because I was so in love with white peach, I picked this tea from the Kokodeshika Box Set, as it’s scented with white peach too :)

The peach flavour in this tea was lovely; there’s probably no real peach in this tea but the flavouring used by Lupicia produced a result that was close enough to authentic peach. I liked the fact that they used a Darjeeling as the tea base, which was less strong and therefore allowed the peach flavour to stand out. The only complaint I had was that there’s some flowery (I supposed it’s rose?) flavours in the tea that didn’t go too well with peach. It would be near-perfect otherwise!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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67
drank Melorina by Lupicia
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Frankly speaking, am a bit disappointed with all the Lupicia special teas I have tried these days. Many of them were fruit-flavoured and tasted rather artificial. Melorina is no different and its fruit flavour is probably the most artificial of all. The melon flavour is exactly like that in candies or melon milk, a popular drink among children here in my hometown… it’s very sweet-smelling but the black tea base is quite strong, so it’s quite a mismatch. The second brew I had was better because both the melon flavour and the tea had become less strong.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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69
drank Kir Royal by Lupicia
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A black tea flavoured with cassis, it’s ok but not very different from other cassis tea by Lupicia. Certainly not as exciting as tea description has promised!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Kuuipo by Lupicia
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This smells really tropical and yummy! I can clearly taste mango and papaya. But it’s unfortunate that I detect a distinctive bitter and tart taste in the tea… which I am going to attribute to hibiscus. It’s weird enough to turn a near-perfect cup into a disaster. Shame. The black tea base is a bit too strong as well, so I’d suggest a shorter brewing time (~2 minutes).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Olivier by Lupicia
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drank Yokohama Bay by Lupicia
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Hardly a favourite. There were various citrusy notes (orange, grapefruit…) in the tea but overall rather artificial. I didn’t even want a second brew, which was rare for Lupicia teas! :(

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Bouquet Royal Jasmin by Lupicia
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There are often times when I wish there’s more in a tea, but this time I wish there’s less. Jasmine tea and green tea is a wonderful combination; the floral scent of the former together with the grassiness of the latter makes me think about springtime. However, the muscat flavour added to this tea seems totally out of place and has upset the delicate balance of flavours. Sorry! The blend sounds interesting but it doesn’t work for me!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Budou Oolong by Lupicia
299 tasting notes

This is very much like Yamabudo, another oolong tea scented with grapes by Lupicia. The grapes used in Budou Oolong are apparently different (Pione grapes, they said), although I really can’t tell if it tastes different from other types of grapes. Anyway, people who enjoy Yamabudo will like this tea because it has all the former’s great qualities. While the grape flavour smells somewhat artificial, its taste, surprisingly enough, is subtle and natural. The bright floral fragrance of oolong tea base blends wonderfully with the grape flavour. A very gentle tea that makes a great start of the holiday :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Yawoo by Lupicia
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This is disappointing… the yogurt flavour is strangely artificial and sweet, it smells and tastes like Yakult yogurt drink or Chelsea yogurt scotch candy… not that I don’t like this flavour but it’s kinda weird when it appears in a tea. It doesn’t go along well with the black tea base, which actually is quite smooth and nice itself. Too bad.

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drank Setouchi Limone by Lupicia
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Another tea from Kokodeshika Box Set. It’s very lemony – the lemon flavour comes from lemon oil rather than artificial flavouring – you either hate it or like it. It’s strange that I detect some sweet, peachy flavour in the tea… not sure if this is intended, but anyway it goes well with lemon, making this tea an enjoyable, fruity cup.

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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. ;)

Btw, check out my tea-themed board on Pinterest, if you like tea and pretty things!
http://pinterest.com/devilish_tea/death-by-afternoon-tea/

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