drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
333 tasting notes

Got this in this month’s Lupicia newsletter. It’s a pretty standard jasmine green tea. The jasmine aroma is nicely fragrant, though the tea itself is average and slightly bitter. Pretty similar to the tea you get at most Chinese restaurants in the U.S.

I’ve been working on finishing the teas I have, in preparation for moving next month. The mornings have been cooler and grayer of late, which is starting to make all the roasty black and oolong teas seem much more appealing.

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I grew up in a tea-loving family, and tea has always been a part of daily life. I’m still astounded by the amount of tea and teaware back home every time I visit! While I’m most familiar with straight Chinese teas, I’m growing to explore and appreciate other types of tea, including blended and flavored ones. A good blend can reflect the thought and creativity that was put into making it, instead of being too sweet or busy in a way that gives the “genre” a bad rap.

-most black teas (even lapsang)
-most oolongs, especially Fujian teas, baozhong and dancong
-straight white teas

Variable (some are great, some not so):
-most green teas
-tie guan yin
-flavored white teas

90-100: definite repurchase if possible, recommended
80-90: enjoyed, possible repurchase
70-80: fair to good
60-70: fair with some shortcomings
50-60: there’s still a chance I’d take this if it were free
under 50: absolutely not


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