242 Tasting Notes

50
drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
242 tasting notes

My first impression: Not impressed. Now, I will say that I haven’t yet tried it with milk and I have seen that be recommended. Perhaps it will be better that way. Otherwise, it was an okay-ish strong black base with a slight sweetness with it but nothing overly rum. Which is too bad because the dry leaf smells really delicious.

Here is hoping for it to be better with milk and maybe some honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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50
drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
242 tasting notes

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45
drank AquaRosa by Kusmi Tea
242 tasting notes

My brother in law brought this tea for me from France. He doesn’t know much about tea and asked someone there to recommend some good teas for a family member. Unfortunately neither he nor the person selecting the tea knew of my disdain for hibiscus in teas.

From the dry scent, I could tell it would be a tart, fruity tea. I prepared in advanced by mixing in some honey before I drank it. It helped a bit but that devil dog we call hibiscus still is prominent. I cannot fault a dog for being a dog. But I don’t think this tea is on any of my favorite lists.

Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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79

The smell upon the water first meeting the tea elicits the smell of roast and char but not in a smokey way, as unlikely as that may seem.

First steep in the gaiwan, 15 seconds, produces a surprisingly sweet, almost tart, fruit with only a faint hint of roast. Second steep, 20 seconds, is more of the same with maybe a little more roast flavor. It feels simultaneously juicy and drying in the mouth.

The subsequent steeps were taking down while caring for a 4 month old but what I will say is that it stays fairly consistent in terms of quality with slightly varying levels of that fruity and char flavor until it fades near the 7th steep.

Flavors: Char, Drying, Fruity, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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75

A very nice mild puerh. Delicious nutty and earthy notes linger in the early steeps. A very nice daily drinker that I’m glad I let mellow out for a couple of years.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Lion

Nice to see you’re still around! My last couple years have been spent burning off old tea stock that accrued at home, but I’m hoping to try and review some more new things this year.

mtchyg

Hey, you too! I’m also currently in burning off stock mode. It has to be done.

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90

This tea is something else. I’m not sure how you managed to make a green toasted rice tea taste like a sweet marshmallow dessert but… here it is. This is really fantastic. I sipped on this one all day and it is good warm or cold.

Flavors: Earth, Green, Marshmallow, Sweet, Toasted Rice

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

Brenden, you magnificent son of a bitch. You really did it with this one.

I remember specifically having tea with Brenden and listening to him talk about the field of jasmine he rode past on his bike and how it triggered this whole adventure of his into blending. I connected with that because I also adore the scent of jasmine and jasmine scented teas.

So, I know that this has to be a special blend for him. And it really, really is a special blend. It takes two of my favorite things in tea, a glorious golden snail tea and the scent of a high quality jasmine, and blends them beautifully. Seriously, between the visuals of the golden snail and the smell of the jasmine… this is one of the more perfect teas I have had.

Brenden, please. PLEASE. Keep this in your rotation.

Flavors: Honey, Jasmine, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
derk

This review really has me looking forward to trying the most recent Alice for the first time!

mtchyg

Derk, I just got a new spring order of this in. Excited to try it and see how it compares to last year.

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82

Really tasty white tea. If you have had a good moonlight white tea before, you know what you are going to be getting with this tea. A little earthy, a little sweetness. Solid overall.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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74

An interesting mix of vanilla and mint. I did try to add a little bit of honey, per the suggestion of other reviewers but didn’t find it to add much to the flavor. I definitely felt a bit of calm relaxation despite the claims of high caffeine content so that was nice.

Flavors: Earth, Herbaceous, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Michigander, Husband, father of two, lover of tea, books, nature, gardening, and passion. Stay at home dad currently. Previously a preschool teacher.

I have now completed some tea swaps and I am so totally up for swapping! What a cool way to connect with fellow tea lovers and try some new teas. My tea cupboard on here is woefully out of date though.

Black tea has been my go to tea for some time. Oolongs are good too but mainly roasty oolongs. I’m finding that there are some green and white teas (mostly Moonlight Whites) that impress me lately which they never used to do. I am getting into and developing a taste for Pu-erh. I have tried raw and my Ulcerative Colitis just can’t handle the roughness of it. So I stick to ripe Puerh. I am recently drinking more herbal tea or Rooibos especially STRONG ginger blends. I’m not too picky.

Rating system:
90-100: Some of the best I’ve ever had. I’d be a fool not to keep it stocked as often as possible
80-89: A damn good tea. Not to be missed
70-79: A good tea but lacks the wow factor. More than likely a simple tea that could be an every day option
60-69: Eh. This is okay. Not swill by any means but fairly underwhelming.
50-59: Not really doing it for me. I’ll finish it but please don’t bring me any more.
Below 50: Life is too short to waste on things such as this

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