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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
194 tasting notes

So, I have been EXTREMELY impressed with all of Lupicia’s fruit-flavored blends I’ve tasted so far. This one is no exception! The loose leaf smells like a fresh pineapple, none of that dried or candied stuff. Fresh pineapple being one of my favorite snacks in all the world, you can imagine how happy that made me. It’s so much better than eating candy. :3

Anyway, this tea is immensely satisfying as a dessert tea. I’m actually missing the oolong flavor just a little, so I’m going to re-steep this to see if maybe the oolong comes out a little more (it being a Taiwanese oolong really intrigues me, even though it’s not a very dark one). This tea gets two thumbs way up!

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
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I forgot to add what happened when we re-steeped it! The oolong flavor did come out more—in fact, we had to switch the leaves to a bigger infuser for the third steep, because they had simply outgrown the one I’d originally put them in! They expanded SO MUCH. And I was also impressed by the fact that even in that third infusion, I could STILL taste some of the pineapple flavor! I’ve never seen a fruit flavored tea do that before—at least, not one that seems to have no fruit pieces in it. This might have to become a staple…

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I forgot to add what happened when we re-steeped it! The oolong flavor did come out more—in fact, we had to switch the leaves to a bigger infuser for the third steep, because they had simply outgrown the one I’d originally put them in! They expanded SO MUCH. And I was also impressed by the fact that even in that third infusion, I could STILL taste some of the pineapple flavor! I’ve never seen a fruit flavored tea do that before—at least, not one that seems to have no fruit pieces in it. This might have to become a staple…

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite, but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3

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