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drank Happiness by Lupicia
620 tasting notes

Sipdown 155/397

The first tea made with my new temperature-variable kettle! I don’t know how I made it this long without one. I raised the temperature, not to boiling but higher than typical for the way I brew green teas, and left it steeping much longer this time and got a lot more flavour out of it this way. Still indistinctly ‘fruity’ but far less underwhelming. Upping my rating a little from 59 to reflect this.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dustin

Getting a variable temp kettle was a game changer for me. I’ll never go back!

Mastress Alita

Same, Dustin! I’ve upgraded a few times since then too, and given my old models as gifts, which were always greatly appreciated.

Nattie

Right?! I can’t believe it’s taken me 5 years!

Mastress Alita

Treat yo’self.

frjeanxeau

Vtemp kettle is a great idea!

Nattie

I got it in the sales too, so I’m feeling extra justified, haha.

Mastress Alita

I got a variable temp kettle that was worth $100 for $60 because it had a big discount and was super pleased with myself at the time. But the model I had before that was really great and only $40 and I tend to recommend it to lots of folks. Really is convenient and ups the tea game!

Nattie

Ooh what was the $40 model?

Mastress Alita

I’ve seen a few different brands that are more or less the same pop up on the Amazons; the first one I got was the Epica 6 temperature variable kettle, the one I found just like it that I got for work was by Aicok. After I upgraded to the Bonavita, I descaled them really well and passed them onto friends as housewarming gifts.

Nattie

Thanks! I’m looking at getting a Bonavita eventually,

Kittenna

I upgraded from a cheapo $10 plastic kettle to a stainless variable temp, and it was amazing. I admittedly don’t use the variable temp part too much; what I LOVE is the fact that it tells me the temp of the water digitally, even as it is cooling, so no guesswork for greens. Mine’s a Black and Decker one that I’m quite happy with; it was reasonably expensive ($60? $80?) but my workplace got a stainless variable temp one at Costco that seems to be pretty decent and is more budget-friendly (I believe it’s close to $40?). Mine looks nicer though.

Nattie

Mine is a goose-neck kettle design, which I love, but apart from that I think the digital temperature reading is my favourite part of it, too! Mostly I’m just curious (did you know my tap water comes out at 22 degrees?) but I’ve been planning my drinking order around the temperature readings so I don’t have to boil the kettle a bunch of times (moving from black to green to white for example). Definitely a worthwhile investment already!

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Dustin

Getting a variable temp kettle was a game changer for me. I’ll never go back!

Mastress Alita

Same, Dustin! I’ve upgraded a few times since then too, and given my old models as gifts, which were always greatly appreciated.

Nattie

Right?! I can’t believe it’s taken me 5 years!

Mastress Alita

Treat yo’self.

frjeanxeau

Vtemp kettle is a great idea!

Nattie

I got it in the sales too, so I’m feeling extra justified, haha.

Mastress Alita

I got a variable temp kettle that was worth $100 for $60 because it had a big discount and was super pleased with myself at the time. But the model I had before that was really great and only $40 and I tend to recommend it to lots of folks. Really is convenient and ups the tea game!

Nattie

Ooh what was the $40 model?

Mastress Alita

I’ve seen a few different brands that are more or less the same pop up on the Amazons; the first one I got was the Epica 6 temperature variable kettle, the one I found just like it that I got for work was by Aicok. After I upgraded to the Bonavita, I descaled them really well and passed them onto friends as housewarming gifts.

Nattie

Thanks! I’m looking at getting a Bonavita eventually,

Kittenna

I upgraded from a cheapo $10 plastic kettle to a stainless variable temp, and it was amazing. I admittedly don’t use the variable temp part too much; what I LOVE is the fact that it tells me the temp of the water digitally, even as it is cooling, so no guesswork for greens. Mine’s a Black and Decker one that I’m quite happy with; it was reasonably expensive ($60? $80?) but my workplace got a stainless variable temp one at Costco that seems to be pretty decent and is more budget-friendly (I believe it’s close to $40?). Mine looks nicer though.

Nattie

Mine is a goose-neck kettle design, which I love, but apart from that I think the digital temperature reading is my favourite part of it, too! Mostly I’m just curious (did you know my tap water comes out at 22 degrees?) but I’ve been planning my drinking order around the temperature readings so I don’t have to boil the kettle a bunch of times (moving from black to green to white for example). Definitely a worthwhile investment already!

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara McGee’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years (and have purchased several fandom tea sets including the Sherlock one I lusted over for so long).

Flavoured teas make up the majority of my collection, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I usually reach for a black, oolong or white tea base over a pu’erh or green tea, though I do have my exceptions. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander/cilantro, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 25 year old bartender, English Literature sort-of-graduate and current student working towards finishing my degree. I am hoping to one day complete a masters degree in Mental Health Social Work and get a job working in care. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching, football/soccer (Sunderland AFC supporter and employee of my local football club), music, artsy weird makeup, and learning new things (currently British Sign Language).

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.
Currently unable to swap as I’ve returned after a long hiatus to a cupboard of mostly-stale teas I’m trying to work through before I let myself purchase anything fresh

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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