Kotobuki

Tea type
Fruit Oolong Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Floral, Plums, Smooth, Cherry Blossom, Coconut, Vegetal, Perfume, Thick, Peach
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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    Tamm 540 tasting notes
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From Lupicia

A Taiwanese Oolong tea, lightly flavoured by French Mirabelle plums and garlanded with rose, marigold, and mallow petals. Sweet and fruity taste. Kotobuki is Japanese for celebrations.

(French Lupicia: Mirabelle.)

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43 Tasting Notes

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189 tasting notes

Loose
Appearance: large “kernel” oolong, two toned green, deep purpleish pink petals
Aroma when Dry: sticky sweet desert floral, almost gooey
After water is first poured: floral icing
At end of steep: subtle sweet fruity notes, powdery
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: transparent light green
Staple? No
Time of day preferred: unsure, first tasting
Taste:
At first: jammy, sweet berry, slightly sticky
As it cools? plum syrupy notes start showing
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No.
Lingers? Yes, very sweet, cloying jammyness, violet notes show

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

OH MY! It sounds soooo good to me. Then again sometimes I do really go for those overly sweet cloying teas :)

Novi

That does sound delicious, Azzrian! But to each their own, I guess.

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119 tasting notes

This is the tea I drank this morning… Sorry I’m a little late!

Let me start off by saying I’m always hesitant to drink flavored oolongs-they’re so complex and can change so much and so many of them are beautiful on their own, so I’m always a little careful when drinking flavored ones.

That said, this is done very well. This was another sample my friend Bella gave me (bless her soul), and I can see why she loves it! The plum isn’t really too tart or present. It provides a bright sweetness that sort of stirs in the background behind the tea and the other ingredients. The flowers add such a nice light and floral taste, and I LOVE it!

My one complaint (it’s my fault)-I made it in my Noble mug and drank it for a while with the cap off. However, once I got in the car to go to school, I put the cap on and it was left on for little while-this did not do too many wonders for the tea. After a little while with the cap on, the tea started to develop that plastic-y taste that happens with low quality jasmines. That, however, was my fault, and I won’t make the mistake again!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

We did miss you Ian!

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90
10 tasting notes

The oolong is buttery and smooth, with no astringency at all. There’s a hint of rose and the plum taste is likewise smooth without any sour or “bright” flavor that things like hibiscus and citrus impart. I give this to my friends who have had bad experiences and are afraid of tea being ‘bitter.’

The fragrance of the tea is very strong and perfume-y. I have tried it plain, with milk+sugar, and made into ice cream (I steeped it in the hot milk/cream.) The dairy suits the buttery finish of the oolong, and I find that with sugar and dairy, the plum and rose tastes are complimented and come out much stronger, while tea’s floral notes and oolong flavor fade into the background.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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77
74 tasting notes

Nice Oolong base, high quality and smooth as the Lupicia Teas tend to be. It’s very nice and interesting but I had to read the write-up about this tea to realize it was a Plum flavouring. It’s nice, certainly, but it’s not a very strong flavour – just a slight tinge to add to a good Oolong base. A very straightforward tea – a tad underwhelming maybe, but still solid.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
65 tasting notes

I must say this oolong doesn’t do a whole lot for me, which is a shame since I’ve adored their other flavored oolongs in the past. The plum flavor is definitely subtle to the point of being barely identifiable in the mix; mostly this just tastes like a nice quality oolong, something to drink with food when you’re not really primed to notice what you’re drinking. I’m not too mad since I got this for 30% off (I didn’t even know Lupicia did random sales like that…reason enough to make the trek to the Century City location), but if you’re there looking for a good fruity oolong I’d say go with Lupicia’s pineapple or melon oolong.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90
140 tasting notes

Finally getting around to trying the last few samples that The Cookie Lady sent me a while back. I believe this is the first tea I’ve tried from Lupicia and I am seriously impressed! This is quite possibly the most flavorful oolong tea I’ve ever tried…lots of rich fruity plum flavor balanced by just a touch of floral. And then there’s that wonderful silky oolong texture…So glad I got to try this one!

Flavors: Floral, Plums, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Skysamurai

You should try jingle bells and napa blanc!

Cameron B.

Melon Oolong! And Ripe Mango Oolong! :D

Inkling

Oh dear…don’t tempt me! I’ve purchased WAY too much tea recently and I need to sip down some of what I have before I buy more. (Of course, if one of you is wanting to swap samples of some of those, that’s a different story! :D )

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From the Cooking TTB

I’ve been so impressed with all of the Lupicia teas I’ve tried so far, and this one is no exception. The oolong flavour and the plum and floral mingle perfectly. The fragrance is a little cloyingly floral, but in a way that I’m finding quite pleasant. Like being in an orchard in full bloom rather than floral perfume. I know there’s rose in here but the floral comes out almost more like lilac or cherry blossom. The plum note is lovely.

On the finish some grassy vegetal and coconut notes from the oolong base linger.

The second cup is pretty good with a nice, long steep, but not as nice as the first.

Flavors: Cherry Blossom, Coconut, Floral, Plums, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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837 tasting notes

Another one from Stephanie! This is actually one I’ve been wanting to try for a while, mostly because I’ve enjoyed Lupicia’s other fruit oolongs. I’m happy to see that this blend has a green rolled oolong base, as I find their pouchong base oolongs to be a bit floral. There are also lovely purple and pink flower petals mixed in for visual effect. Dry scent is a touch floral, but it mostly smells like lovely tart and sweet plums.

The steeped tea smells fruity and sweet but there’s also a strong floral presence. Hm, this one is more along the lines of their Pineapple Oolong. The flavoring is very subtle, I can only taste a hint of plum. The base tea is quite nice, it’s mild and vegetal with only a little bit of floral accent (happily for me). Overall, it’s tasty, but it’s almost a straight oolong to me.

Flavors: Floral, Plums, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
156 tasting notes

This is one of the two teas I decided to buy at Lupicia today, with the other being Neptune (tasting note to come). I asked the employee for a hot sample of this because it smelled phenomenal to me and I had remembered reading good things in others’ notes. After tasting it, I was so glad that I remembered. I am very fond, at least as of late, of oolongs and find myself gravitating towards them anyway. But, this one is setting the bar for fruit-flavored oolongs right now. I took one sip and was like…“Yeeeeeeesssssss. This is happening.” I feel this will be good cold, too. I definitely tasted plum alongside a very light peach flavor. So good. This is one I think I will need to keep around.

Flavors: Peach, Plums

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95
330 tasting notes

While I was walking around the Lupicia store I noticed the tin for this tea and thought to myself, “boy I hope this tea is good cause I love the label on the tin.” I know you shouldn’t buy tea solely based on smell, or tins, but I figured because it had a wonderful smell too that it would be alright. Boy, am I glad I bought this tea! So good! The scent, dry and wet, is lovely. And the flavor is so mellow and pure!

On a side note, I must give my thanks to the ladies who were working that day. My lil one was crying as I walked into the store so I went back out to calm her down. When I came back in, stroller and all, they were so helpful. It really touched me because too many stores look at you like your crazy for walking around with a stroller.

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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