drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
333 tasting notes

Made iced tea with this one after a brisk walk on the bluffs by the seaside. It’s been a very hot weekend in Southern California, so cold tea was just what I needed! I can’t believe I’ve never iced or cold brewed this blend before, it seems perfect for the treatment (and now I only had a little bit left)…anyway, this tea brews up to a very crisp, refreshing cup, fairly balanced between the muscat and jasmine flavors, and with just a touch of green-tea astringency. It’s not as sugary or vegetal as when brewed hot, and comes out to a lovely light green color. I sometimes distrust that color as it reminds me of restaurant “tropical iced green tea” that appeals more to the sense of sight than taste, but in this case it does taste as nice as it looks.

Currently I have way too much (unidentified and unlogged) tea from my trip and from family to buy more…but seeing everyone’s reviews here makes the thought awfully tempting!

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Science writer and a cat that learned to type.

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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