314 Tasting Notes

65
drank Sencha by Tea Forte
314 tasting notes

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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64
drank Momijigari by Lupicia
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A tea that tastes really “Lupicia” – Lupicia always creates lovely scented teas! I enjoy the potent apple flavour and the fragrance of apricot. They don’t taste as artificial as in some cheap teas. Though there’s a slight bitterness in the tea that leads me to lower the rating a bit. Someone says the bitterness is due to the addition of autumn leaves and I think it may be true! But anyway the idea of using momiji to create an autumn tea is very interesting… a good try!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Kamairicha "Gokase" by Lupicia
314 tasting notes

Great green tea from Japan. It’s so delicate that it will probably go very wrong if the brewing time or temperature is not controlled properly. I am happy that the brewing temperature I use for the tea is just right! :) The liquor has a beautiful jade colour, with my favourate vegetal scent of hay that is unique to Japanese green tea! I find the fragrance really calming. Taste-wise it’s mellow, on the sweet side, with an umami finish. Nothing can be better than having a cup of good Japanese tea before starting Japanese revision in the morning… ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
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A surprisingly tasty tea! It stands out from other everyday teas. The colour of the liquor surprises me too – it’s really dark. Fortunately, the tea is milder than its colour suggests. I love, love, love the intense bergamot flavour, even though it is more lemony than I’ve expected. Seriously, I can’t understand those ppl who hate Earl Grey. It’s one of the greatest inventions in tea history!!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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68
drank Morning Tea by Løv Organic
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Finally, a more likeable tea by Løv Organic! Simply because it is plain black tea so it can’t go TOO wrong. It doesn’t specify what kind of black tea it is but the hint of dried plum makes me think of Keemun. The flavour of black tea aside, it has a special kind of exotic smell/taste that I notice in all teas by Løv Organic… logically it has to be the smell/taste of muslin bags (cos I am drinking their bagged teas. I should try their loose tea some day to see if there’s any difference)! It isn’t all that pleasant to have this strange taste in my cup I must say…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Lov is Zen by Løv Organic
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I am trying to like Løv Organic’s teas, but it seems that all of their teas taste quite unconventional… I am not sure if it has anything to do with their organic nature. Though their herbal teas are supposed to be their signature blends, I have not yet tasted one that I really like :( This tea tastes more like a tisane than a rooibos. It’s light-bodied, with an undercurrent of zesty orange, apple and some herbal flavours. No sign of caramel, but it is very sweet indeed. If you like tisane you may find it ok… just not my cup of tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec
LaFleurBleue

When I arrived in their shop, I also really wanted to like them.
However most of them were heavily spiced and did not really appeal to me. I bought the only one without a cloying spice scent and am wondering now whether I should throw the remainder of the pack away, as I do not enjoy drinking it.

cteresa

You guys know Løv Organic is by the same people as Kusmi? Just mentioning it because the Lov tisanes I have had (just a couple) seem very similar to the Kusmi tisanes (And their detox, boost, whatever new teas lines). Not my cup of tea to be honest, though the tins do cause me to try to love those!

LaFleurBleue

Thanks for sharing that Cteresa, I did not know.
It gives me one more reason to doubt my friend’s opinion on Kusmi Detox tea…

Devilish

Yes cteresa I know it’s Kusmi’s sister label! That’s why I try so hard to love it because I am a fan of Kusmi (never tried their tisanes though)… :( and yeah, I am a sucker for packaging…

LaFleurBleue, I totally agree with you – it’s that spiciness that really bothers me. Even their black teas seem to have hints of spice or herbal flavours. Weird…

cteresa

I am not a fan of Kusmi (though I am of their tins. sucker for packaging as well) so been pretty wary of Lov as well – but if you check the newer Kusmi teas (sweet love, detox, boost) it´s also of the same “philosophy”, often with spices like cinnamon or ginger or liquorice, random flowers, and other things.

Devilish

Oh really… I have not tasted their newer teas either – their Russian teas are wonderful enough to turn me into their fan! :P After reading your comment, I am glad that the tins for the newer teas aren’t as lovely so I have never thought of buying them!

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64
drank Jasmine Green by Tea Forte
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I am still learning to brew green tea properly. The first thing I’ve got to learn is to be less lazy – I should use a thermometer to measure the temperature of the water before I become capable of visual estimation. This is not the first time I scalded green tea leaves… there’s some bitterness in the liquor along with the expected grassiness and jasmine flavours (which is rather subtle). :( Can’t say I enjoy it… I am glad that there’s still a bag of these left so I have a second chance!!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Hmm… I like this but I don’t think it’s as impressive as others have commented. White peach is more present in the aroma than flavour. As for the oolong base, it is smooth and decent but I can’t see how superior it is. Maybe it’s because I tasted too much fine oolong in Taiwan in my recent trip…?

Preparation
Boiling 2 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

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