2073 Tasting Notes

drank Sencha "Uji" by Lupicia
2073 tasting notes

Once I was trying a Sencha from the book, I decided it would be a good idea to try another side-by-side to see how they differ. Like I said before, green tea is not really my thing so I doubt I would be able to pick up on the subtle differences from cup to cup, hence I figured drinking them at the same time would highlight each cups unique qualities. Honestly, I am still getting hay but it is more of a sweet/grassy hay than the buttery hay I was getting in Sencha “Tosa”. Again, not bad, just not for me. Though, I think I might prefer this of the two I have tried so far. Then again, if I had a blind taste test, I doubt I would really be able to tell them apart easily. 293.

TeaBrat

I like the Sencha chiran!

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drank Sencha "Tosa" by Lupicia
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I am not someone who drinks green tea so I am going to apologize ahead of time for all my reviews as I doubt they would be very informative however, this came in the Book of Tea so I figure I should at least give it a try and see what I think. And what do I think of this particular sencha? I think it tastes like buttery hay. Seriously, that is what I am getting. I suppose one could call that “rustic” so in that sense, it delivers on what Lupicia promises. It is not something I would reach for again but its not so bad so I guess this might be an interesting choice for green tea lovers. 294.

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drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
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Another tea from the book and once again it’s one my mom picked out and one that I wouldn’t chose for myself…ever. As I sip on it now, I can confirm that this really isn’t for me. I get mandarin mostly in the scent of tea while jasmin takes over tastewise. It’s drinkable but not really memorable in any way. I have had better teas with these flavors and I have had worse. This is sort of just there. 295.

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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I was packaging this up for a couple of people the other night and it smelled Ah-mazing!! So good! Rich and nutty and deliciously of baked treats. I could not wait to have this but I haven’t had much time to drink tea…until now. I made a beeline for this as I figured it would make the perfect eggnog latte. Unfortunately when I opened the bag, all I could smell was the grape flavoring of Jingle Bells.

I brewed it up anyways and hoped for the best and for the most part, I got white Christmas deliciousness. The smell translates perfectly to the taste. It’s like a cookies and milk all rolled in to one tasty cup. The only issue, the sip ends on a grape note that just doesn’t match the rest of the flavor. Of course, that is obviously a consequence of my handling of the tea and not a reflection of the tea itself.

Cameron B.

Yeah, that Jingle Bells is super strong. :P

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My mom likes to pick a tea out of the book for me and she always seems to grab the ones I wouldn’t reach for myself. I guess that is good though because that way I am not taking what I like and leaving the non-exciting flavors for last.

Anyways, when I opened this, it smelled deliciously like a fresh, juicy tangerine. Unfortunately, I am not a lover of oolongs or citrus teas so despite the smell, my excitement levels were low. However, sipping on this now, it actually isn’t too bad. I am certainly getting tangerine. Bright, refreshing tangerine. I could see this being great iced for those who reach for citrus flavors. As for my preferences, I don’t think I’d stock this because I just wouldn’t reach for it often but I can appreciate that it is a rather nice cup of tea. 277.

Anlina

This sounds pretty awesome to me. I’m really enjoying reading your notes on less popular Lupicia teas.

VariaTEA

Thank you. I am trying to do them justice since they don’t have many reviews.

VariaTEA

Plus, the book was mostly teas I never tried before so it’s exciting to get to try so many new things.

Kittenna

This sounds interesting! Happy to just have that single cup’s worth though. That’s all I want of most teas.

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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This really is one of the best vanilla teas I have tried and as my morning eggnog latte, it blended perfectly with the eggnoggy spices to make a delicious holiday treat! Now the rest is being passed on to someone who will hopefully enjoy it as much as I do. 278.

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drank Decaf Momo by Lupicia
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Why do so many fuzzy peach teas fail to actually taste like fuzzy peaches? This one, for example, had such a strong smell that just did not translate to the taste. Instead it was slightly peachy black tea with that hint of weirdness that seems to turn up in decaffeinated cups. Disappointing indeed but at least that is one more tea off my “to try” list and another quick and easy sipdown. Final count for the night: 279.

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drank Irish Cream by Red Leaf Tea
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Finished the last of this as an eggnog latte and what a way to see it off. Everything came together perfectly. The cream, present in even a plain cup, was on a whole other level and notes of sweet coffee deliciousness shined too. Everything about this worked. Everything. It was awesome!! This tea will be missed. Thank you Sil for the opportunity to enjoy it :) 280.

Sil

haha wow you guys are still working on the matcha? it’s like throwback thrs…

Sil

(well matcha and tea..you undermean what i stood)

VariaTEA

Hahaha Sil. And I actually do have a fair but of matcha left. I should probably drink that soon…

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drank Afternoon Tea by Lupicia
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This is the first straight tea I have tried from Lupicia and so far I am not impressed. It’s not bad but it’s really nothing special either. It is a touch astringent which is okay but other than that, there isn’t a really distinctive flavor to this. It is maybe a little bit like stonefruit and a touch citrus but really it just tastes like any other run of the mill straight black tea you would find bagged at the grocery store. Drinkable but not something I would want again. 281.

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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