drank Momoko by Lupicia
226 tasting notes

I didn’t think this tea was old enough to have lost that much of it’s flavor, but I suppose it wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) surprise me to learn that Lupicia’s fruit flavored teas, which are masterfully and tastily blended, have a bit shorter shelf life than their more inferior contemporaries. That kind of fruit flavor is rare and hard to come by. (By the way, I’ve only had the tea for seven months, which I would consider not that old.)

Anyway, I’ve decided to start testing the waters, so to speak, regarding my caffeine intake. I’m still nursing, but with my little one a bit older now, I wonder if her system has developed enough to be able to handle introducing small amounts of caffeine back into my diet (say, one caffeinated drink per day, and not that much). It seems to be working so far, as she’s shown no trouble with this tea (this is actually a back logged note). I will keep trying! There may be hope!

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite, but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3


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