75
drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

I don’t technically have time for this tasting note. Shhhh. I had to tell you, though, that this is not what I expected.

One of my most beloved iced whites is A.C. Perchs’ White Temple, which has some melon notes. As for Lupicia, I’d only cold steeped their greens before, but they generally come out absolutely perfect. So I figured this would be an instant favourite.

But no! The weirdness! This acquired a surprising tongue-tip tartness that mostly overpowers the melon experience for me. There’s also none of the sweet, lovely, lingering aftertaste the iced greens usually leave me with, and it has an unforeseen dryness to it, for lack of a better word.

I’m actually going to detract 5 points from my rating, as it’s so important to me that greens and whites work as well iced as brewed hot.

This feels like heresy, but, then again, my newly received Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter reward DVD case was in Italian, so I guess this is going to be one of those days when everything is off by a few degrees.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Angrboda

I agree, the temple blend was much nicer in a cold brew.

Anna

It’s always really weird when we agree.

WHAT IS THIS WITCH MAGIC WHY.

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Angrboda

It’s only really weird when it’s about a black tea, though. We do a little better with these other ones, I think.
Did you ever try their dream blend, btw? I rated temple quite a lot higher, but whenever I think of them now, it’s always the dream blend I consider trying again. Isn’t that odd?

Anna

That is odd, but I sometimes get the same kind of craving for a tea I’m not entirely sure about. I guess my subconscious wants to revisit the weirdness and sort it out.

And no, haven’t tried their dream blend – if you try it again, send me some! I’m curious now.

Angrboda

I suspect it’s mostly because I recall it having banana flavouring in it, and I’ve been really liking my banananas lately.

Angrboda

(Oh dear. I made a Gytha Ogg-ism there and it wasn’t even on purpose…)

Anna

LOL. Also, that should have been banannas because they’re all mine.

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Angrboda

I agree, the temple blend was much nicer in a cold brew.

Anna

It’s always really weird when we agree.

WHAT IS THIS WITCH MAGIC WHY.

<3 <3 <3!

Angrboda

It’s only really weird when it’s about a black tea, though. We do a little better with these other ones, I think.
Did you ever try their dream blend, btw? I rated temple quite a lot higher, but whenever I think of them now, it’s always the dream blend I consider trying again. Isn’t that odd?

Anna

That is odd, but I sometimes get the same kind of craving for a tea I’m not entirely sure about. I guess my subconscious wants to revisit the weirdness and sort it out.

And no, haven’t tried their dream blend – if you try it again, send me some! I’m curious now.

Angrboda

I suspect it’s mostly because I recall it having banana flavouring in it, and I’ve been really liking my banananas lately.

Angrboda

(Oh dear. I made a Gytha Ogg-ism there and it wasn’t even on purpose…)

Anna

LOL. Also, that should have been banannas because they’re all mine.

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I’m going to try all the teas.

Then I will choose a lucky few perfect specimens, and we will live happily together in my tea cupboard.

Forever.

* *

2015

This will be a year of in-betweenness and logistics. Where to put the teas. How to arrange the teas. Which teas to replenish – which ones to say goodbye to.

Still doing Project Green.
Still doing Project Jasmine.
Still doing Project Peach.

Dr. Tea is the name, I’m ahead of my game
still, steeping my leafs, still f*ck with the temps
still not loving Assam (uh-huh)
still rock my Bosch kettle with its high-pitched shriek
still got love for the greens, repping Lupicia
still the cup steams, still doing my thang
since I left, ain’t too much changed, still

(With apologies to Mr. Young.)

2014

This year, all bets are off. I am going to drink both peppermint and chamomile and possibly suffer a little. But it’s okay – it’s for science.

I’m doing Project Jasmine, Project Peach and Project Unflavoured Green.

In terms of flavoured teas, Lupicia and Mariage Frères have become my massive favourites, and I have learned that Dammann Frères/Fauchon/Hédiard and Butiki aren’t really for me.

The O Dor, Adagio and Comptoir des thés et des épices are all on this year’s I’d like to get to know you better list.

2013

Getting back into tea drinking last fall, I was all about rooibos. This past spring has been all green tea, all the time, with some white additions over the summer. Currently attempting a slow, autumnal graduation to black teas. Oolongs are always appropriate.

The constant for me, flavour wise, is the strong presence of fruity and floral notes. Vanilla is lush, as long as it’s not artificial. Peach, berries, mango. Cornflower, rose, lavender.

No peppermint.

No chamomile.

No cinnamon.

Ever.

* *

My ratings don’t reflect the ‘What does this tea do for me?’ standard, but rather my own ‘What would I do for this tea?’ scale.

100-90
My absolute favourites. Teas I would travel for – or, in any case, pay exuberant postage for, because they simply have to be in my cupboard. Generally multi-faceted teas with complex scents and flavours. Teas with personality. Tricky teas.

89-80
Teas I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again if and when I came across them. Tea purchases I would surreptitiously weave into a travel itinerary (Oh! A Lupicia store! Here?! My word!).

79-70
Teas I enjoyed, but don’t necessarily need to make any kind of effort to buy again.

69-0
Varying degrees of disinterest and contempt.

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Rome, Italy

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