1235 Tasting Notes

drank Momoko by Lupicia
1235 tasting notes

This tea came in my happy bag – this bag is full of happy!

FYI, this is the bagged version.

DRY: DROOOOL! Creamy sweet peachyness! Like smelling those japanese peach gummies, yum yum! I spent awhile smelling this tea. The packaging is very pretty – I felt kinda bad opening the box.

STEEPED: Creamy and butter green tea scent, pale yellow green.

TASTE: Very creamy, wow! Actually kinda tastes like good fresh matcha, like my Kaimatcha, but on the creamy end. Upfront, creamyness that coats the lips and tongue, with crisp, buttery, sweet green. I don’t notice the peach flavor right away – however there is a light juicy peach aftertaste. No bitterness. As the tea cools, more peachy, but still kinda light on peach, heavy on creamy. The tea reminds me of those Campino yogurt creamy hard candies, but not as sweet and fruity.

COMMENTS: ooh this is tasty! I wish I had this loose leaf! 10 tea bags won’t last me long anyways! This would be perfect if there was more peach taste, but I love the flavor of the creamy green.
I’d recommend giving this tea a shot if you like creamy teas or matcha lattes.

Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

I’m not usually big on peach teas, but Lupicia does them just right!

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I found out I have bronchitis. Ewww. I woke up not feeling any better despite my amazing husband driving out in the middle of the night to buy me cough syrup so I’d stop coughing. I’m happy to suffer, really, unless he was tired of being kept up all night again from my coughing. Of course, the syrup helps a little, but I still feel awful and chest clogged.

With that said, more teas! Especially ones like this that I can doctor with honey and lemon. Green Pomegranate? Very good iced with lemon slices and honey. Like wow, the pomegranate comes out nicely. It’s not tart. Very fresh. The green tea is nice here too – this is way better than hot as hot it’s pretty light and the fruit is low key.

Annnd this is the last of my sample. My eyeing Persimmon Tree for another order in the future, but gah at the shipping costs! They aren’t even far from me and $7 is a little steep for a small order.


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reviewed ingenuiTEA by Adagio Teas
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Someone got this for me as a wedding present. I didn’t use it until my DavidsTea Steeper needed some serious cleaning and is MIA.

I’m gonna compare the ingenuiTEA to the Steeper

narrower design – not for wide mugs compared to the Steeper, so you’ll have to reach under and press the drain trigger and hope to not get splashed with hot tea.
The narrow design makes it impossible to reach into the pot, if you are they type like me that likes to fish out fruit bits to sample.

Holds less than the Steeper. This puppy does 16oz as per website. It doesn’t actually make 16oz of tea, more like max output of 14 or 15ish of steeped tea. Empty, poured to the brim it’s 16oz, but if there is say 2 or 3t of tea in it, it takes up volume plus you don’t really want to fill it to the brim and risk a mess. Bit of a shock for me, as I was trying to make 16oz and ran out of room – I’m so used to an 18oz Steeper, and having some breathing room.

I do like the handle on the ingenuiTEA more, it’s easier to grab and more comfortable. The inside mechanics are the same as I can tell.

Overall – I like my Steeper more for the bigger size and wider design. I’ll end up using the ingenuiTEA for backup, travel or office use.


so glad you posted this – I have had the ingenuiTEA in the back of my cupboard for awhile and was perusing the David’s Tea pot and was wondering the worthwhile qualities of each. Thanks for the comparison!

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I had to get this tea, it sounds so crazy to me that I needed to try it. potato bits?

DRY: lots of fun potato cubes in this tea – I want to eat! Smells like appley. Bit annoying to measure the tea, the leaves are resisting my teaspoon. No, you must be steeped into tasty tea!

STEEPED: Warm, light spice, apple smell. THOSE WHITE CUBES ARE MINE! OOMMNOMNOMNOMM potato! The apple bits are nice and sweet. Very pale yellow colour. This tea had no chance for being a resteep since I ate all the fun bits.

TASTE: Mmmm, applesauce tea? I’ve had this tea’s base, Huangshan Mao Feng, and it’s very good, juicy buttery corn and refreshing – works very well with the apple and potato.
The slightly spiced apple flavor is all natural. The potato is interesting, it kinda adds a flavor of texture – does that make sense? It doesn’t physically add chunkyness, but adds an interesting depth of savory light potato flavor. Overall, the flavoring is light, but juicy.

COMMENTS: POTATO CHUNKS SO CUTE! I wanna draw little faces ^ _ ^ on them, lol! This tea is really fun, unique and interesting to me. Though, you gotta be into light flavoring.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

good to know this one is light on the flavouring…or a lighter tea..however you want to look at it. I only have 3 friends and the plum one coming so I can still try and decide on this one :)

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Had a rough morning – am I ever going to be not sick? Looks like another day sitting out of jiu jitsu. I could probably go, but I don’t think anyone would partner with me, as I’ll cough and slime all over them. Ah well. Enjoy tea and study korean!

DRY: smelled like spices to me, reminding me of christmas

STEEPED: nice ambery colour tea. I might of messed up this steeping. I went to add the dry leaf to my Steeper and last nights Lupicia orzo incident left my Steeper in need of super scrub down cleaning. So I had to dig out my ingenuiTEA.. then I didn’t know how high to pour the water too, so I had to use a measuring cup, so the water temp is probably too low. Bleh!

TASTE: Surprisingly not spicey like the smell! Nilgiri frost oolong is tha bomb – its kinda almost a black and full of body, but lighter and crisp – I’m happy this was used instead of a black. First off, I taste the citrus used here, almost a bit of smokey rum and slightly creamy. Actually a good level of sweetness and I don’t think this needs sugar at all.
Really nice aftertaste of the warm spices (very slight) and I get a bit of plum in there. I find this tea very easy to drink and the more I drink, the better it gets as the plum comes out more.

resteep: more of that juicy, smokey oolong. Not much in citrus or spice taste but some silkyness. Still good! I’d buy this resteep too, lol!

COMMENTS: This came out a little light for me and I wanted more custard taste, but the whole tea grew on me fast. This tea just screams out “steep a pot worth and share with the family”. The base is really nice, the spices are great and the plum sweetness as the tea cools is very nice! However, it might of been my steeping failure, see how it comes out next time.

165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

want want want want…so glad this is in the mail and i didn’t want to order it later with my butiki order! I hope you feel better soon!

Oolong Owl

You’ll totally love this one! Uggg, can I bathe in this nilgiri frost oolong?

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I snagged this tea while at Lupicia. Was nice as they had samples and it was easy to sniff each tea before buying.

DRY: Smells very roasted and sweet. The tea is in small chunks with lumps of dried strawberries. I actually was intending to get the Strawberry Orzo, but this one smelled better as it had caramel and strawberry scent!

The packaging is a “limited package” which turned out to be a bag around their typical package. Kinda wasteful and I rather not of had the extra bag around it, as I’m just gonna lose or toss it. The package also did not have english steeping instructions, so I had to look those up.

STEEPED: WHOA, this looks like coffee! Pitch black with a hint of brown. Smells dark roasted and rich.
FYI, this was a PITA to get out of my Steeper – the fine chunks of this tea clogged up the filter, pouring the tea very slowly. Next time, I’d go for a tea bag or steep in a tea pot with filter. Probably want a good filter though.
Upon closer inspection, small bits got through the Steeper filter, but one can only see it at the dregs.

TASTE: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! UUGGGG! YUCKYUCK! Bitter, strong roasted, malty barley flavor. Not actual coffee flavor, but this tea is on the same level of strong, roasted bitter flavor. Bit of sweetness at the end like honey and caramel. Aftertaste of coffee and strawberry.

With rock sugar: same bitter taste, but sweeter. Pour out!!! Maybe I went too heavy on the tea?

Doctored heavy with milk and honey: becomes a weird grey brown colour instead of a typical light brown coffee colour. Okay – this is good. Or am I saying that because this is drinkable? Hmmmm. It’s creamy, with a berry taste. Bit of roasted caramel and chocolate essence. Actually pretty good caramel flavor. Okay – this is good!

COMMENTS: WARNING! IF YOU HATE COFFEE RUN FROM THIS TEA or be willing to have something only as lattes or doctored with milk and sweetener!
Straight up, this is awful stuff, says this tea drinker. Seriously. I’ve utterly disliked only a few teas (Adagio’s “Toasted Sesame” of bitter death and DavidsTea’s “All the Raj” of vinegar) and this would be up there. I’d say like a 35 or 45 rating.
With milk and honey, actually pretty good. I’d have it again and finish the bag. I’d put that at a 80 or 85. I’m just gonna put the tea rating in the middle.

I’d love to show this tea to my coffee drinking friends. Actually, this might the tea they are looking for. No caffeine, tastes good (I’d drink this over coffee), interesting and delicious blend of flavors. This has got to be the closet coffee tea experience I’ve had.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

haha this makes me want to dig out mine to try it. still haven’t gotten around to doing so.

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
1235 tasting notes

more grapefruit tea! Mmmmm! I got this tea in my Happy bag.

DRY: Grapefruit, almost like those gummy grapefruit slices. I love those!
STEEPED: Bright yellow colour, faint tart citrus scent. The yellow colour is here kinda scary, never seen tea this yellow and bright.

TASTE: Good balance of the green flavor, with a good natural grapefruit flavoring. This grapefruit flavor is right out ruby red grapefruit, slightly sweet. The aftertaste is a zingy tart and kinda bitter grapefruit flavor.

Comparison: Butiki’s Grapefruit Dragon
GD (heh, GD, G Dragon.. oh no! More kpop references! LOL LOL LOL http://youtu.be/t3ULhmadHkg) is white grapefruit. I found GD to be more natural grapefruity and a better zing to it.
Lupicia’s grapefruit green is a red grapefruit flavor, more sweet and a gentler zing. GG’s green base isn’t as good, I think.
Own both? probably not unless you love grapefruit. Overall, I’d get the Butiki one, but if you love ruby red grapefruit, I’d go for Lupicia.

I need to try this grapefruit tea iced! I bet with some honey it be very good! Honey and grapefruit work great together. Back to studying.

Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

ooh thanks for the comparision. No idea if this is in the bag kittenna and i are splitting but seeing other people get it, i was curious as to how it compared to stacy’s grapefruit.

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drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
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I’ve been drinking icky grapefruit juice for a few days. The juice tastes bitter and weird, like I’m drinking a glass of ground up white rind and dry citrus flesh. I really wanted to just have this tea, but I wanted to save it for when I can enjoy it more rather than chug it to stop me from coughing.

And yum! So good and natural tasting – just like a fresh grapefruit. Wish I drank this instead! At least I figure my cold hasn’t messed my taste buds, everything tastes how it should taste, yay! Back to memorizing korean hangul.

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I forgot I had a whole bunch of open Persimmon Tree samples I never finished! They were all in a small tin that got jammed in the back. This tea I had 2 of! I should really finish all these samples.

My MIL thought the vanilla here was kinda weird. For this run, I made it iced with 2 sliced cuties oranges on the bottom with a little honey. Pretty good, it’s like nice sweet orange juice with vanilla curbing all tart. I dunno, I find the vanilla adds interest.


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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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Hello again, my little nommmy evil lemon skin wearing kitten friend. We meet again!

I’m still sick, maybe worse. Might of been from lack of sleep as roommates were watching “Best of WWE RAW” or something and were cheering and screaming. Umm what?

Actually, the steep time here made this batch really marshmallowy, little citrus and not bitter. Pretty good!

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 573 Teas – August 2015.


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