716 Tasting Notes
I haven’t tried any of Lupicia’s oolongs yet and quickly chose this one out of four that smelled great at the store the other day. I cold brewed it overnight in my new David’s pitcher (which is another review of it’s own… so far I love it) with a little bit of sugar to round out the fruit. The result is fairly delicious. It isn’t as strong as some other Lupicia fruit teas, but it is pretty tasty. There is the unmistakable taste of oolong in there along side the mango flavor. They coexist pretty well together. I don’t get much on the sip and it is the imediate aftertaste that holds most of the flavors. I like, but unless it blows my mind between now and the bottom of the bag, I won’t be likely to buy it again.
I love white chocolate. I even love it after a chocolate snob friend of mine scolded me for calling it chocolate when it has no cocoa and is really only a candy confection. Even so, I think white chocolate is the way to go with matcha.
The chocolate is sweet and creamy with pairs nicely with the matcha. The matcha is strong and present, but not bitter like it can get at times. The end of the bite is getting into overly sweet territory, but falls just short of too much. I’d love to see what deliciousness could be made with some of the flavored matchas that are out there. I’m glad to have tried this, but I don’t know that I will need another bar after this one. It is so rich that it will take some time to eat through!
My favorite chocolate (perhaps in the world) is the Firecracker bar from a company who’s name escapes me at the moment. It has chili, sea salt and popping candy. It is amazing! Now all spicy chili chocolate is compared to that in my mind, which is a little unfair to all the others.
I can taste dark chocolate first, then some cinnamon and then a really weak chili. I do like a lot of spice, but this almost has none. My mouth is just barely hot and only if I really think about it. The chocolate it’s self doesn’t strike me as anything impressive on it’s own either. There is a little more spice on the end when all the chocolate has melted away and I crunch into the remaining bits of chili. The pepper shells are a little rough on the top of my mouth as I turn the chocolate over to suck at the melty bits leaving my mouth a little raw. I don’t taste any tea in the chocolate, just the added flavors of the tea which is disappointing. It’s kind of a mediocre generic chili chocolate bar, similar to what I could find at a pharmacy or grocery store for maybe half the price.
It was an interesting venture, but I think David’s should stick to tea.
I was super excited to find another tea that was called Kashmiri Chai. So excited that I overlooked the fact that this is black and my long lost love that I’m trying to replace, Zhi Tea’s Kashmiri Chai, was green. Got to tone down the blinding tea enthusiasm.
This tea is nice. It isn’t impressing me excessively tho. Smells nice and cinnamon like. When I sip, I taste the cardamon, clove and cinnamon, but it in’t really spicy and I do like spice. Zhi’s version had a ton of cardamon, but it is hard to pick out in this one. The black base seems okay, kinda lingers in the back. I added cream and sugar, but I might try boiling it on the stove in proper chai fashion.
This was a free sample from Lupicia’s monthly magazine. I love free samples! In that case of Lupicia, the result is often me making a purchase. And of course I want to get free shipping instead of paying for shipping when I could be spending it on tea!
I don’t know strait teas well, but without looking I’m wanting to guess it is an assam? Like most of Lupicia’s teas, it is very smooth and well balanced. It is slightly malty, but not unbearably so.
3m steep, just below boiling
Lupicia suggested adding cream and sugar to this tea, but I’m at my parent’s house where there is no cream or milk… but there is canned whipped cream so….
It is a little odd with whipped cream mixed in. Almost a little chemically. It is nice if I look past that. I’m enjoying this tea, but I don’t think it is going to spawn a purchase.
As always, I’m a huge sucker for anything tiramisu, especially tea. I saw this tea on their website, but didn’t want to commit to a larger than tester size since so many DTs fall short for me. I made a trip while out of state to a DT retail store and picked up a sample of both the Coffee Pu erh and the Birthday Cake. I have had the Birthday Cake before and remember being so so on it, but I haven’t had the Coffee before. I’ll have to try it on it’s own, but it is pretty damn good with the Birthday Cake (even tho I have an aversion to sprinkles in my tea). It has a really good coffee base with a cream and chocolate taste mixed in. The pu erh is undetectable on it’s own and I’m guessing it blends into the hearty base of coffee and chocolate. It is pretty dead on taste wise and I bet it would be amazing if I dipped some lady fingers in it to complete the tiramisu experience. I have to hand it to DT on this one, they really nailed it and I will definitely be back for a larger portion before I go home.
I’m not a big fan of David’s teas, but I do love their accessories! When I went in today to get a travel mug, I sniffed a few teas and went home with some samples. It seemed only fitting to christen my new Davids mug with one of their offerings. I didn’t read the ingredients and thought that the chunks in the tea were dried fruit. Glad I tasted it before adding sugar since the chunks were really sugar. It is adequately sweetened for me, but I prefer to sweeten my own tea or have the option to go without.
The first sip I took out of my mug burnt my lip, bummer, but a good testament to the mug’s ability. It smells chocolatey and I get a really nice chocolate coconut taste, but there is an odd flavor to it that I dislike. It is almost like that stevia bite that I hate so much. I don’t know what to make of it. I really want to love it, but I’m just not there. There are a few more cups worth in the sample I bought, so we will see if I make friends with this tea over time.
(I did 4m at boiling) …note to self. :)
Not sure where I picked up this tea bag, but it sure comes in handy when traveling. Unfortunately it is far from delicious. It is like it is all high notes with the bergamot and no base to round it out. A little flat too. Well I’ll be skipping this one for an EG addition to my cupboard!
I have most of my teas packed up and stored in the garage in prep for my summer travels which start this evening. All the things I love the most and wouldn’t want renters (if I get any) to get into are tucked away. Only a few small samples like this one remain in my cupboard.
For my first several sips I got a nice smooth almost slightly malty black base with a light but distinct tamarind taste. A few more sips in and my taste buds seem to be ignoring it. Or maybe my senses are just overwhelmed with the lingering smell of caramelized onions. If I wait a few minutes between sips I can taste it again. Tamarind is a really unusual flavor for a tea and it is done very well, but I’m not in love. Super glad to have tried it. Thanks for the sample Marcel Du Champ!
This tea had been one of the four teas from Teavana that I loved and got me started on loose leaf. It is now one of two that they still have from those four, which considering their tendency to retire teas, is pretty impressive that it has stuck around for so many years. I used to love it, but have neglected it as I have explored other teas. I think there was one time that I had it several months back and was underwhelmed. This time, I cold brewed it in an effort to go through it faster. When I first tried it out of the mason jar it was sharp. Like a York peppermint patty kind of sharp, which I find unpleasant. I added a little cream and AH! I think I’m falling in love all over again! Now it is more like a melted mint ice cream. Cool and refreshing. I always think of It’sit mint ice cream sandwiches. The real San Francisco treat. Rice a roni, pfeh! No one eats that boxed processed starch crap in SF. It’s all marketing lies!!! I’m ranting here… I realize that.
Anyways, I’m really enjoying this cup with it’s cool mint and delicious chocolate. Very happy to be reunited again.