drank Kuuipo by Lupicia
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Cold Brew Sipdown (520)!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘true’ blind taste test – basically a taste test for a flavoured tea where I didn’t look up what it was supposed to be flavoured like prior to trying it. So, I figured since I knew nothing about this tea I’d do that and test my ability to figure out what it’s supposed to taste like.

I do know it’s a black tea, but that would be apparent based on the taste even if I hadn’t seen the dry leaf to be able to visually identify that. Flavour wise it’s very tropical and intense with a nice sweetness to it. The finish reads as just a touch artificial to me; but not aggressively or unpleasantly so. It’s actually reminding me a lot of Hoku, which is the other Lupicia tea I recieved from Kittenna. That one was pineapple/guava, so because they taste so similar it makes me feel like this one also has one of those two flavour notes. I’d wager pineapple over guava though; this doesn’t have the flavour that I normally associate with guava blends.

It’s not just pineapple though – what I’m getting is like floral, rosey undertones and then like a passionfruit sort of quality in the body, minus the tang/acidity that sometimes comes along with passionfruit blends. So I guess I’d say overall that my ‘guess’ is that this is pineapple/passionfruit? Regardless of whether I’m right or not it’s quite smooth and tasty though, and it would make a lovely tea to have around in the summer for iced or cold brewed tea.

Alright, moment of truth; time to look up what was actually in the tea!

Pineapple, Mango, Guava.

Huh, guess I was a little off with my guess – but to be fair I didn’t think the guava was strong in Hoku at all either. The mango I totally missed though; but in hind sight as I’m sipping on the last little bit of my brew I guess I can see how this would be mango instead of passionfruit. I don’t know – this is always just a fun little experiment, and it’s always neat seeing how accurate I can get with my guesses.

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a twenty five year old proudly queer tea addict, blogger, and all around tea geek. I grew up in the Prairies, but a few years ago I relocated to Quebec to pursue a career with DAVIDsTEA in the tea industry! I’m still working on getting my French language skills down…

My first introduction to tea, in any form outside of instant and bottled iced tea, was about seven years ago when I happened to stumble upon DAVIDsTEA while looking for a birthday present for a friend! I tried their Birthday Cake rooibos blend, and I’ve been hooked on tea ever since! In those seven years; I was introduced to the online tea community, expanded my interest in flavoured teas to include a deep love and appreciation for straight teas and traditional brewing methods, got a tea themed tattoo, started reviewing teas, amassed a sizable tea and teaware collection, became a TAC certified Tea Sommelier, & even came full circle by beginning a career in the tea industry with DAVIDsTEA!

I consider myself a Jack of all Teas, and strive to have a knowledge and appreciation of all tea types, formats, and styles of drinking. I don’t like to feel boxed in to just being a “flavoured tea” or “straight tea” drinker – my expectations may vary depending on the type of tea or how it’s been processed/prepared but if it’s good tea, it’s good tea no matter how it’s been made!

You name it, I probably drink it- and I’ll absolutely try anything at least once.

My default method of preperation is hot, Western style, and straight – but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea or use a different method of preparation I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gongfu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, hazelnut or walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strongly spiced profiles (and most Chai in general), mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, stevia, saltiness or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Banana Man: Pheobo
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Stringray: Irwin
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Man: Leopold
Brass Mouse: Stilton

Please contact me at the instagram account listed below if you would like me to review your teas.

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