713 Tasting Notes
This has been one of the most challenging teas to try to get an awesome cup out of! Today after going over my past notes I decided to go for 195 for 2 minutes. There is no bitterness and it is quite nice, but it still doesn’t have some of that malty depth that the bitter cups had. Is it possible to get malt without the bitter? I love this tea, but I’m starting to wonder if it will ever be as wonderful as it smells and as I hope to taste.
On a brighter note, I found a super low price for it! Market Hall Foods sells it for $13.50 for a 3oz refill which is MUCH less than the $30 I shelled out for a tin!
It’s been a while since I have made a tasting note on a tea. That is because it has been a while since I have had my sense of taste and smell. SO glad it is back because looking at my tea and knowing I couldn’t enjoy it was torture!
This tea has that strange yet enjoyable base that some of the Lupicia teas have. I get the astringency from the chestnut, which mellows out with a little sugar. I can pick up on some cocoa notes too. I enjoy it even when my cup has cooled because I’m taking my sweet time sipping it. Ah tea! How I missed you!
I was looking for a particular tea today, one I think I left at someone else’s house, when I caught a whiff of this and needed a cup. It’s strange that I likely have a couple hundred teas to choose from, but I’m focused on one that I noticed was missing and not there when I wanted it. I’m glad this tea was there to distract me.
The caramel smell is much stronger than the flavor, but the flavor is quite nice. The roastiness goes well with the caramel making a well rounded tea. No sugar in my cup today. I still get a lot of flavor on the aftertaste. I think I have about a serving left of this tea and I may cold brew it since I don’t think I have tried it that way yet. I can’t believe I got this tea two years ago according to my first tasting note! Time… she is a flying!
Today I’m having this with cream and sugar. I’m still getting the solid breakfast background with the chocolate coming through part way through each sip. It’s really nice and I have apparently drank a decent amount of it in the past two months judging by how much of the tin I have gone through. It does remind me of New York since that is where I bought and first tried it. It’s neat having that association with this tea!
This stuff is really good cold steeped! I get that super refreshing genmaicha toasted rice flavor and a hint of strawberry. I could stand a little more strawberry flavor. I added a little sweetener which works out pretty well.
This tea makes me want to try making Neapolitan marshmallow treats! I know I have seen a recipe for it before…
This is a totally different tea when cold brewed! It seems pretty well balanced. There is something dark and heavy tasting in the sips which fade out to a citrusy flavor in the aftertaste. I’m reminded of lime flavored candies from when I was a kid. This tea doesn’t remind me of a volcano, but I can see an association with the ocean if I really try. Even tho this tea is much better steeped cold than it is hot, I can see why Lupicia decided to cut this one from their Hawaiian line.
Oh man I need some caffeine! While reading some reviews of this tea, my brain couldn’t register what bergamot was. I was thinking it was some sort of spice! I totally have the correct information in my brain, I was just not able to locate it and came to a different conclusion.
Anyways, brain malfunction aside… This tea came to me from Amanda ‘SoggyEnderman’ Wilson, whom I have not yet properly thanked for the teas she added for me in the PTS TTB. So a big thank you to you lady!
My sense of taste is a bit weakened by a recent cold, so this tea tastes really delicate to me at the moment. I can pick up a tiny bit of rose at the beginning of the sip. I’m getting a little bergamot in there too. It seems like a really smooth cup, I’m just not able to taste much else. I’ll have to try it again another time!
This is really strange! I love the unexpected combination of sweet and savory. It reminds me of an ice cream flavor from a local made ice cream company, Lick, which was peach and rosemary. The two went really well together, surprisingly so and I think the same goes for this tea too. The scent of thyme is dominant, but lets the peach come through a bit in the sip. I think it is even better with a bit of sugar to round out the peach flavor. I added a little soy milk to see what would happen and I think it kind of kills the flavors. The thyme is muted and the peach is only present in the aftertaste. Should have stuck with just sugar.
This is a really creative and unusual blend! I like it!
Funny that some of the other reviews say too much jasmine, because I’m finding it to be too little jasmine. There is only a hint of jasmine and I like really strong jasmine flavor. The rest of the tea seems really well balanced, but it just doesn’t pack enough punch for me.