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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
525 tasting notes

Excitement! My gaiwan from Teavivre has arrived! I want to use it right now but several things are stopping me. It’s too late for caffeine, and my right wrist has been injured for the past month and is still healing. Sad.

This tea I’m drinking now arrived in my order from Lupicia. I felt like an easy tea this evening because my muscles are sore from exercising and the less I move the better. Haha. Yay tea bags!

I’m really enjoying this a lot more than expected. The smell of the dry tea made me nervous. It seemed so rummy! But after brewing all I can taste is caramel it actually reminds me of caramel Baileys Irish cream. Tasty! I wouldn’t mind keeping a bunch of this around!


Sounds so good! Gosh, you lot are just terrible. (I say this with love.) I don’t want to gulp all my tea down, because the point is to savour it, enjoy it, revel in it. But you all keep adding to my shopping list! I’m never going to get to all the tea I want to taste! Gaaaah! =)


The nice ladies at Lupicia actually made Rayn a special sample pyramid tea bag of this the last time we went there. About a week later I noticed he hadn’t drank it yet, so I made him a cup of tea with it, then got to work cooking dinner. He drank it so quickly that I actually thought I’d forgotten to bring him the tea and he’d left an empty cup on his desk.



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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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So when I last reviewed this, I didn’t really like it all too much. Honestly, I still don’t see where the hazelnut is at. It’s only mildly chocolatey too. Non-flavored teas seem to taste more like chocolate than this one. In the end, it’s just a black tea that tastes a bit dessert-y.
Today, however, I finally finished off the last of my tin. I had bought it for my husband (then boyfriend) on our first Christmas. Back then, everyone I knew received tea as a gift at some point for some reason. Had I known my fella then the way I know him now, I’d have known that tea would be a waste of a gift. This guy feels neutral about tea at best. So our tin of Florence is actually almost as old as our relationship. Ah memories.

Anyway, he asked for some hot tea to help with his studies and it seemed like a good time to put this tea to rest before it started tasting too old (it’s already almost 6). I liked it okay, but it just doesn’t taste like chocolate and hazelnut. It never did. Husband made a sad face when I told him that was the last of his 1st Christmas gift from me. I said I could get more if he wanted, but he replied that we have more than enough tea as it is. haha.

Good bye Florence. Thanks for the memories. :)


Great tasting note! Thanks for sharing your story. :D

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drank Li Shan by Harney & Sons
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Oh my, I thought I had logged this one! Well I was feeling kinda like I was in a tea funk. Everything I’ve been making lately hasn’t been tasting as good. My Rose Congou was a bit bitter and not rosy enough. My matcha latte was also bitter and I had to make myself finish it. Maybe it was the new soy milk I was trying out… So I thought I should get back to basics and go back to an old love. Green oolong, I’m sorry I abandoned you.

Lovely scent and beautiful pale yellow-green liquor. Floral first steep. Smooth brothy texture. Second steep, cooked bok choi. Creamed dark green veggies. Soothing. Just like summer. I do still love tea!

Now, for something as expensive as this tea, (about $11.80/oz), you’d hope this tea would blow your mind with fantasticness. And while I wouldn’t say my mind is blown, I would say that this is very tasty. Not tasty enough to pay full price though because I can find equally tasty Taiwan green oolongs for less.

I’m getting something like fresh apple skin now. This is why I love green oolongs. Some flavors you know to expect. Others just creep out and surprise you.

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
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Odd! I know this is supposed to be peach but it tastes kinda almondy to me. Like in an almond flavor kind of way. I get the texture and mouthfeel of matcha here from the added matcha powder. I can taste the flowers and the smoothness of the vanilla. Yes, there is peach here, but an odd almond like peach. Of course, peaches and almonds are in the same family so I can see why they might taste similar. Actually, the peach maybe tastes more like apricot? Hmmm… I need another cup to make sure. Yeah, the peach is not as strong as I would have liked. Still pretty tasty though. I think the Super Grade Momo Oolong is infinitely better, but this is a nice affordable green tea version. :) I also like that this green tea doesn’t taste like the typical Chinese sencha so many green blends are made of.

Also, I stayed later at the office than was wise today and left in a rush. As a result, I left behind one critical piece of equipment that would allow me to work at home should that be necessary tomorrow. I suck. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to work. And hopefully the heat and electricity will still be on.


Aaaand I just notice that I had actually had this tea before. Apparently it tasted better last time if my previous note is any indication. I’m doing a second steep with the leaves in the fridge so hopefully that one will be tasty.


Hopefully the snowstorm will be flurries and we can all go to work tomorrow. :) Sorry this tea wasn’t as good this time around. Maybe it’s just too old? It is amazing when it’s fresh!


I must have brewed it differently. I think last time I brewed it as a green tea with lower temp because… well, it’s a green! But this time, I followed the directions on the bag and used boiling. WIll stick my with intuition in the future. And this tea is definitely fresh as it only arrived from Lupicia last week. Or at least I hope they are not sending me old tea. :p As for the snow, there’s definitely a few inches on the ground but it’s not worse than any other winter snow storm. I’ll be back in my cube and working like usual by morning. :)


Oh, I didn’t realize you had just bought it. I thought it was only available in the springtime. Sticking with a lower temp will probably be better. :)

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First day back in work building. There is electricity but no heat. Brrrr! Drinking lots of hot tea to keep warm!

This particular tea tastes very different from my memory but it is quite old for green tea so that may be why. The taste is still good though. Reminds me a bit of dragon well actually.

I’m on my third steep. Still going strong!

Hope the heat is back tomorrow!

Only one other coworker is here today. The others are working from the NJ office. We spent some time talking about how cold it is and then I shared some silky green tea from Bird Pick. He agreed that it seems more like an oolong. :)


Hope everything goes back to normal soon!


Heat is back! But there’s another storm coming. Not as big though so here’s hoping for the best! Hope you enjoyed NY despite the hurricane. Next time drop me a line. :)


Be safe!

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So I’ve got this dog named Mr. Snuggles. On cold days, he lives up to his name. He will literally sit there and cry to get into your lap if you’re sitting down. Often, I just end up carrying him as I go around the house. I know, I’m spoiling him big time. But he’s so freakin’ cute! He’s on my lap even as I type this. :)

Anyway, when I went into the tea stash to get this tea, I got all distracted by the other teas in there. Ever go in thinking you know exactly what you want, only to see all your other teas and be all, “ah! I want to drink all of these!” I had an indecisive moment, but I stuck with my original decision.

This tea looks really strange. They are uniform little strips of dark green crumbly material. Smells like tea even if it doesn’t look too much like it. My nose started feeling all cool and minty after giving a few good sniffs so I’m thinking the mint is probably powdered. :D The brew is dark muddy green. It’s reminds me a bit matcha, but not as refined. The mint is subtle. It’s a pleasant green tea, but I might add some mint to this the next time I brew it.

I examined the leaves some more after brewing. They seemed to have been powdered and then compressed. into little strips. So odd! I think this might make a good cold brew.

Thank you for this unique experience TeaEqualsBliss!


I have a 55 pound dog that is the same way. She even managed to sneak into bed, under the covers without making us up.


Mr. S will scratch at the covers until you lift them up and let him in. He’ll do this a couple times during the night because he’ll get up for drinks or get out if he feels to warm. Spoiled pup.. The other dog just shoves his face under the covers and makes his way into some warm part of your body to steal your body heat. :) In the summer, they like the soft pillows so I often wake up with my face full of dog because he’s decided that the pillow is for him and not my head.

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I’m not sure I remember who I got a sample of this from. DJBooth? Whoever you are, thanks for sharing!

Anyways, I was not in the mood for caffeine so I thought I’d go ahead and make this one. I was also hoping that this might be a tea that would take milk and sugar well because I was in the mood for something chai-like without actually being chai. Tasting this plain, I would say it would simply be over powered by any additions. The orange here tastes a bit stale, but I don’t know how old this is. The spice is weak and the black tea was not memorable. I was hoping for something that might be reminiscent of Christmas, but this isn’t really all that Christmas-y.

I think we will finish this tea easily since husband likes the fruity flavored teas. I think I might be able to drink this down with some honey. Normally, I only like honey in tea when I’m sick, but this tea could use some flavor modification.

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Me: sips tea Hm.. interesting. Pups, you like this?
Snuggles: sniffs thoroughly and gives a curious lick when offered a drop. Goes back to sleep
Cali: Sniffs twice and turns away. Gives a polite lick
Husband: Sniffs and makes a horrified face. Tries to give mug back
Me: Come on! The pups are braver than you! Man up!
Husband: Sips …didn’t I hear you flush a minute ago?

And that’s how my family reacted to this tea. :)

EDIT: For those who are interested, I made a marinade with soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, maple syrup, grated garlic, dad’s homemade hot chili sauce, and a strong brew of this tea.
Marinated some cubes of pressed tofu and shrimp for 5 hours or so. They were so very tasty. Smokey, sweet, spicy, savory, and totally awesome. I served this over some rice with sauteed cabbage. Drank a cup of this tea with my meal. Perfection.

As husband was going in for his second helping I said to him, “You know that tea you thought was disgusting earlier?”
“Uh huh?”
“I made this food with that tea.”
He mimed throwing up, and then ate the rest of his dinner. What a silly goose. :D

On another note, I went to make a pot of green tea with the same strainer I had used to make this tea. I noticed it smelled strongly of smoke, so I soak it for a few minutes in boiling water. Out of curiosity, I sipped on the liquid the basket was steeping in and it definitely tasted like smoke. Yeah… this stuff sticks!


At least you won’t have to share the rest of it.


I’m going to concoct a marinade with this!


Don’t forget to tell about how it turns out.


Bonnie, I updated my note with my cooking experiment just for you!


That sounds so scrumptious!

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I’ve officially had a terrible day. I decided it was time to break into some comforting tea that does not require thinking. I just need something tasty and uplifting.

This tea is doing very well. It’s definitely puer, but mildly so. The strawberry is of the creamy frosting-like variety. The chocolate is sweet and delicious. Comforting indeed. It reminds me of those Japanese candies that are kind of cone shaped chocolates, half pink (strawberry) and half milk chocolate.

This might actually make a good latte, though I wouldn’t consider making puer into a latte under normal circumstances, today’s apparently a day for rule breaking.

I’ll report back on the latte.

EDIT: Almond milk added. Tastes okay, but better plain. Tasty stuff.


Sorry about your day. =(


Nothing like a yummy tea to perk you up. :)


I have no excuse to complain really. Others are probably worse off than I am. Nice to have a sympathic ear though. Thanks guys!


Pfft! As sympathetic as we may be about others’ stuff, it’s just that: others’. It doesn’t lessen the crappiness of our own stuff. You’ll always find a sympathetic ear here. =)


Thanks Nik! :)

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So I’m looking at my notes from the last time I wrote about this tea. Apparently I wasn’t all that impressed with it. Well, things have changed because now I find it deliciously comforting. It’s toasty grains and somehow savory. It’s like the crunchy browned rice at the bottom of the pot. These days, my family uses rice cookers, so no more crunchy browned rice for me, but man, that stuff was tasty. This tea tastes like that. I’m going to miss this tea. That was the last of my bag. :(

I’m working from home this week (Thanks Sandy!) so I’m able to drink down my tea faster. I’m missing my tea at work though.

Throat feeling crappy. :(


Feel better soon!


Drink some Echinacea tea! I swear by that stuff when I’m getting sick.


Thanks guys! I’ll have to look into the tea next time I’m at the store.


Oh no! Sorry to hear you’re feeling poorly. I finally forced myself to go to the doctor yesterday. :(


LiberTEAS, I’ve been worried about you! You’ve been ill for some time now, I’m glad that you finally went to the doctor. Mercuryhime, feel better soon! I got that familiar tickle and soreness in my throat two days ago and attacked it with tea and Airborne. I feel fine now. I hope you’re able to keep the cooties at bay, too!


Hey LiberTEAS, it’s funny how as kids our parents have to force us to go to the doctor and now we have to force ourselves. Being a grown up can be a bummer. :) I hope you get better soon! Nik, I’m pouring tea and hot soup all over that sore throat! Hope it works!


Feel better soon! I second Claire: echinacea tea works wonders.

About the Tencha-Kuki Houjicha: It sounds similar to genmaicha. I’ll have to try it!


It’s really tasty, but not as rice flavored as genmaicha. More toasty grain than anything.

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

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