1258 Tasting Notes

drank King of Fruits by Lupicia
1258 tasting notes

DURIAN! you know, that big spikey fruit thing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian
I’ve often ordered durian smoothies at Pho houses (or avocado or jackfruit smoothies – all delicious) and have had fresh durian bubble tea. I haven’t purchased a durian on its own, but no one in my household has ever supported me in this idea (probably for good reason).

When I heard about this tea, I was all over it – fruity tea? check. WEIRD EXOTIC FRUIT? OH HELLS YES!

DRY: sweet durian smell.. without the strong funk making fresh durian banned in airports.

STEEPED: Smells deliciously fruity durian and sweet. No funk.

TASTE: Strong fruity durian flavor up front, naturally slightly sweet, custardy savory like base (bit duriany but also from the green tea), mellow green tea that adds depth. After taste is MOAR durian, sharp and very slight dryness. Full flavor!

RESTEEP: Tea lost its sweetness, with green tea being the front of the party – on the more veg savory flavor, with a durian aftertaste. Kind of uninteresting.

COMMENTS: Man, Lupicia does fruity very well. The flavor is spot on and one can enjoy durian without it’s crazy smell. I’m thinking cold steeped or ice would turn out very well using King of Fruits.

I’d say the downfall in this tea is the price, being one of the more expensive teas there (that I saw), and coming only in 50g is a hefty price to try a more interesting fruity tea. It might do better as a sample size for the curious types to try. I’m unsure if I have any friends who would even try this tea – but whatever, more for me!

The steep times are boil / 45sec – I’d like to mess with this a bit, maybe to reduce the dry aftertaste.

Finally, I’m thinking we need more durian blended tea. I guess the more adventurous tea peeps would try it, but combining durian with creamyness I think would be amazing.

Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

i think i’d be afraid of durian anything lol. My roomates from singapore once bought one so that i could experience one. While the fruit wasn’t so bad, the smell was just so wrong lol


I remember walking into TnT with a friend and mentioning that the fish section was really stinky, given that we weren’t even near that area and yet there was an awful scent hanging around. Then he told me that it wasn’t the fish, it was DURIAN!

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I wondering why all of the Lupicia teas I got, they all state boiling water to steep. To make it easy to steep?

I tried this tea at 190, and the oolong base is much nicer here – light, silky and not grassy, with a light peach and rose background. Though, I think I could steep this longer than the 3 minutes I did – I got really impatient for breakfast and tea.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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OOOOH YHEHAAAH Strawberry rhubarb pie tea! Lets rock this!

DRY: juicy strawberry with that funky honeybush smell? I think it’s the honeybush, the same smell is in my peanut butter cup cheesecake tea. Nice lumps of freeze fried strawberries!

STEEPED: Fruity and kinda buttery smell. Light brown tea.

TASTE: Very nice natural strawberry flavor with crust taste. The aftertaste is slightly tart rhubarb and butteryness. The crust and buttery flavor is close to the Peanut Buttercup cheesecake tea, could also be like graham crust taste too.
This tea is not that tart, its just in the aftertaste and it’s pleasant, like rhubarb pie, ya?

Sweetened with a bit of rock sugar, the strawberry is sweet like pie, yay, and the buttery crust is present. Not as tart, very slight, could pass for just strawberry pie here.

COMMENTS: I’d love to try this iced – overall, I prefer this tea unsweetened. I was scared this would of been a tart fest, but turned out very well! Happy to have another solid caffeine free tea in my cupboard.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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If you haven’t tried this as a latte yet, do ittttt! I made this cup with soymilk and a little rock sugar.

VERY chocolately! I actually like this more than hot chocolate as there is more going on – black tea base that is kinda smokey, rich dark chocolate flavor – like I melted one of those 70% rich dark chocolate bars in my tea.

MMMM!! I like this tea more as a latte! YUM! Feels like I’m spoiling myself this morning, ehhh almost christmas anyways.

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Mmm, I added sugar and a cinnamon stick to a pot of this apple pie tea, very good! So nice to have tea, I only had 1 pot yesterday since the power was out most of the day.

I got a serving left of this tea – I really need to make that latte with caramel with the last of it!

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1258 tasting notes

Okay, this as a latte is pretty good.

I sweetened this with honey, with vanilla soy milk and double strength Forever Nuts. It’s like drinking nutty pie crust with lots of vanilla creamyness from the milk. The baby pink latte was also visually appealing.

Undecided if I’ll buy more of this tea. I wasn’t too keen on it regular hot tea type but it’s a good latte and I didn’t try it iced yet. Hmmm. Maybe.

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I got a fat lip in jiu jitsu last night that really PO’d me. Last time, my ankle got cranked too fast – all this sitting out with ice packs doesn’t give me more mat time.

This tea was given to me by my mother in law, who hopefully doesn’t see my lip. What, $30 for this tea?

DRY LEAF: very nice looking whole leaves.

STEEPED: Strong sweet green tea raisin smell, gold colour.

TASTE: Full bodied, a little sweet, like artichoke and bean. Not grassy, but theres a little dryness coming out.

Not bad but not amazing either. I enjoyed the full bodied veg flavor. Now to go back to icing my face.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I need a good tea to start my week off – and get ready for a couple days of busting my butt at brazilian jiu jitsu before the school is closed for the holidays. Figure it was time to try this peachy tea from my recent Lupicia order!

DRY LEAF: smells like peach gummies that fell on the grass.
STEEPED: Wow, very fragrant tea! Rosey floral and slightly sweet smell.

TASTE: After I took a sip, I had to stop everything. Slightly naturally sweet white peach upfront, with a delicious floral base and light juicy oolong.

MMMM! Very good! I’m a sucker for good floral and fruity! This is just delicious! I was hoping this would taste more like peachy gummies, but maybe I’d need to sugar this tea – but Momo Super grade is good as is!

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Okay, I decided to make my own green tea toner http://missionbeautician.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-all-natural-green-tea-acne-toner.html
using some loose leaf gunpowder green I had laying around. I had the brilliant idea to use 3t and maybe 6oz of water to make it super concentrated. Being curious in all, I decided to sample that steep.. EWWWW BLECKBLECKBLECK! It was bitter horrible smokey cut off my tongue now taste!

I already had the kettle at the right temperature, so I decided to follow up with this tea to counter that horrible experiment. The worst part was waiting 4 minutes for it to steep! First sip was magically buttery corn sweet veg flavor, total yum! This green is fab! Yum yum!

Reminds me I am overdue for a Butiki order, once I’m done buying stuff for christmas I’ll start buying stuff for myself!

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, being a Canadian in all, I’M FREEZING in Southern California! Maybe its we dont’ have the heater on.. I didn’t think we need it! Of course, back home it’s like – 3c and snowed.

Having this for breakfast – not bad black tea. Still wanted more sweet or floral for it to be more to my liking, but still a solid black tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 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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