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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
470 tasting notes

I debated between this tea and the Sakurambo Vert for quite a while. I know the Vert is probably a better tea objectively, but I already have some cherry greens but no cherry blacks so I thought I’d take a swing at this one. Also, it looks so pretty with those cute little red balls! I’m not exactly sure what they are, but they look nice.

The weird thing about this blend is the little needles in the blend. They look like pine needles, but they can’t be, right? Well, I ate one (as I often do when there’s a mystery ingredient!), and… yup, pine needles. Or something that tastes exactly like a pine needle. I was a little worried at this point, but let it sit in the fridge for about 5 hours—I did a fast cold brew with this one, mostly because the smell was SO strong I wasn’t sure how it would fare after an overnight steep.

Well, as I feared, this tastes like pine needles. It has that tanginess I associate with them, and it’s kind of odd. It’s not overwhelmingly pine-y, but it’s still an undercurrent that ran throughout the whole cup. The cherry was there too, on the tarter side than most blends. It reminds me of the cherry tree down the street from me: my neighbor has a whole bunch of fruit trees, and as kids we’d get overly excited and start eating them before they were ripe. The cherries would be quite tart, with only a hint of sweetness. This is kind of like that, but while it brings back pleasant memories it’s not at all what I was expecting. I think I need to try this one hot, as cold it’s just a little strange.

CupofTree

I love how this tea reminds you of a cherry tree :) Curious to see what you think of it hot too.
I actually just looked it up and it says it has rosemary and doesn’t mention pine needles. Maybe it’s just rosemary?

Alphakitty

I actually thought it might be rosemary but it didn’t taste at all like it. Then again, I tried one of the red berries and it also tasted like pine… it’s probably some aspect of the flavoring that seeped in? It probably is rosemary, thought that seems as weird as pine needles to put in a cherry tea!

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CupofTree

I love how this tea reminds you of a cherry tree :) Curious to see what you think of it hot too.
I actually just looked it up and it says it has rosemary and doesn’t mention pine needles. Maybe it’s just rosemary?

Alphakitty

I actually thought it might be rosemary but it didn’t taste at all like it. Then again, I tried one of the red berries and it also tasted like pine… it’s probably some aspect of the flavoring that seeped in? It probably is rosemary, thought that seems as weird as pine needles to put in a cherry tea!

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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