4834 Tasting Notes
This is part of the “Low Caffeine” Holiday Tea collection from Lupicia.
Having tried both the Carol and now the Decaf Carol, I find them to be very similar but there are some differences that stand out to me. First of all, the black tea base here is a bit thinner than that of the caffeinated version. However, the flavorings are more intense with the decaf… the strawberry and vanilla really POP and the coconut is much more distinct here!
Both are very good!
This is a lot better than I thought it would be. I was worried with hibiscus as the first ingredient listed that I was in for a very strong, hibiscus-y tisane, but, the hibiscus is not so bad here. It provides a bit of body to the cup, and a hint of tartness… but it isn’t a defining ingredient here. The real stars are the citrus-y notes and the cinnamon!
Lovely! This is deliciously light and citrus-y.
The Oolong has a nut and butter note to it, the green tea is light and fresh tasting, as is the green rooibos. Together these three ingredients create a very full flavor that is quite satisfying. The lemony tones and the bergamot are bright but do not overwhelm the cup.
Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this tea!
Backlog: I finished off the last of what I had in my stash. A very good Dragonwell. Here is a link to the full review I wrote of this tea:
I am getting the pumpkin essence that was described by TeaEqualsBliss (thank you, by the way, for sending me some of this!) … not only in the unbrewed tea, but also in the brewed liquor and just a hint of it in the taste. Not a bad thing – just a bit of a surprise. It’s not a strong essence, just a whisper of pumpkin.
I love the balance of spices in this blend. Right up front, I’m tasting the Star Anise which is a favorite spice of mine, and I’m glad to see it in this blend. I am not getting a lot of chili pepper taste, there is a vague, low note of chili and black peppers in the background but this is not a strong SPICY tea, rather, it is a pleasant level of spice.
Having one more cup of this tea before I send it off to TeaEqualsBliss.
This is one of the best teas that I’ve tried with Goji Berry. I am generally hesistant with Goji Berry because I’m afraid it’s going to be too tart, but, this isn’t. It’s delicious, sweet with just a hint of agreeable tartness.
The green tea base is smooth and refreshing. There is a light buttery taste to it that does not go overboard and impart that buttery feel on the tongue. The berry flavor is delicious and in nice balance with the green tea.
This is one that I hesitated trying until now… because, well, it’s Pu-Erh, and that’s my typical response to Pu-Erh. Hesitation. Apprehension. FEAR! Mostly because I am still “acquiring” my taste for it.
This one is actually quite good (for a Pu-Erh). The earthy aroma and flavor are not as strong as in many of the Pu-Erh teas that I’ve tried, and it has a very pleasant body and sweetness to it.
I’m off to write a review for this one.
Delicious. Rich, smooth, malty with a lovely dark caramel-like undertone. I like this with just a drizzle of agave nectar to bring out those caramel undertones even more. I am contemplating adding some chocolate cream to this… not required for enjoyment of course, but, everything is better with a little chocolate!