321 Tasting Notes

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drank Green Mango Peach by Tea Forte
321 tasting notes

I thought this was just a fruit-scented green tea but my guess was completely wrong. It’s a honeybush and green tea blend!! Plus there’s peppermint and ginger root!! What can I say… it’s just very, very weird, especially when I expected none of these (who would have thought about that!?). Being a mint lover, I found the mint acceptable… but certainly I wanted stronger mango and peach flavours. I tasted something slightly bitter and tart in my cup and wasn’t sure what it was. Could it be due to the strange combination of honeybush, green tea and ginger? God knows why Tea Forte threw in so many random (at least in my opinion) ingredients into this tea… I didn’t even want to finish my cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Honey & Pear by Lupicia
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This is enjoyable even though it is less fragrant and less intense flavour-wise than I thought. You know, Lupicia’s blends are always so powerfully fruity/flowery! The houjicha is delicious by itself and the roasted flavour is further enhanced by mildly sweet honey (I really don’t think there’s anything like pear in it). It makes me happy! :)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Kirara Rice Tea by Lupicia
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A nice genmaicha with everything that it should have: intense aroma of toasted rice, beautiful jade colour (the liquor), mild straw-y flavour. One of its ingredients is reportedly high-quality rice by the brand “Kirara”… though I can’t really tell its difference from other cheaper genmaicha. Anyway, this is quite enjoyable. :)

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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Wow, this is much stronger than I’ve expected! Next time I will definitely use less tea leaves…

If I drink it as a black tea, it is pretty nice. There’s a vague note of vanilla although it is even better if it is creamier (again, the tea is too strong!) But when they call it an Earl Grey, I am not too happy about it because I am not getting much bergamot… :(

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Daruma by Lupicia
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The tea description here seems so weird and wrong! The Japanese description on the official website is a lot more appetizing: it’s an Indian black tea with pink pepper and the sweetness of mango.

Don’t be put off by the problematic English description… this is a nice, sweet tea! The fragrant fruity flavours completely steal the show – nothing tastes really like mango, but instead it’s like apricot + sakurambo. The addition of pink pepper leads me to expect spiciness, but there’s only a hint of pepper which adds an interesting twist to the tea. I love this blend!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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This was a tasty rooibos. The name Caramel & Rum led me to expect something as good as Lupicia’s Rum Raisin! It didn’t disappoint. When I removed the lid from my cup after brewing, the creamy and rummy aroma made me feel like Christmas (am I the only one who associates this aroma with Christmas?)! The rooibos base was decent, it was nutty and there’s no weird vegetal flavour. I am usually a fan of caramel but this time it was definitely overshadowed by the bright taste of rum. Yum! :9

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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32
drank Ginger Lemongrass by Tea Forte
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The name is misleading… it should be renamed Licorice Ginger. I don’t find the tea as spicy as others have commented, though the taste of ginger is indeed pretty strong. The dominant note turns out to be sweet and herbal licorice – which I loathe. I really hate it when the sickly sweetness lingers in my mouth and throat. The whole cup is more like a herbal soup than tea to me… I don’t think the overwhelming flavours of licorice and ginger go well together, and can anyone tell me where lemongrass has gone???? Tea Forte, in my opinion, should really adjust the blend formula in order to achieve a better balance among all the flavours!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Sencha by Tea Forte
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This is not bad but it isn’t like sencha at all!!! It tastes neither grassy nor roasted… instead, it’s sweet like honey and I think it has a hint of coconut??? I believe the foreign flavour has something to do with Tea Forte’s tea packaging – it’s pretty, but it really makes the tea bags prone to contamination (especially in a sample box, where there are teas of various flavours)! :(

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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My first maté… but since this is quite heavily flavoured, I don’t think I can really tell what maté itself tastes like :P. I believe most chocolate lovers will like the rich chocolate flavour and nuttiness in this tea. For me, I LOVE chocolate but I am not such a big fan of nuts… in fact, I am often bothered by the intense nuttiness or coconuttiness in blends by DAVIDsTEA.

I was shocked to know that this tea contains raspberry, cos I could taste nothing like that in my tea! :( Perhaps the small sample in 24 Days of Tea didn’t contain enough raspberry… there’s still some tea leaves left in the small tea tin and I hope I will be able to taste raspberry next time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
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Today may not be the best day for tea-tasting because I haven’t recovered from my bad cold yet. My nose is less sensitive than usual, and I wonder if this has anything to do with the subtle fragrance of this tea. Nevertheless it is unmistakably the scent of rum raisin – REAL RUM RAISIN! Yummy. Not too sweet but good enough as a dessert tea. It will be like liquid rum raisin ice cream with some milk I think. Seriously, will Lupicia consider creating such blend by adding vanilla or milk powder? ;)

Preparation
Boiling 2 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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