1768 Tasting Notes
I am apparently unable to resist Lupicia Holiday Tins. I love those cute little things, and theres a fair number of their holiday teas that I really like, so I always pick up a few.
Which means that Lupicia has also sent a sample along, and this was it. Unnervingly I could not find it on Steepster, so I added it.
I’m not the worlds biggest fan of green tea, but I do love Lupicias fruit flavorings, and I’m still in “pour hot water down the gullet” mode, so bottoms up!
This is very mild, both in its green tea base and in its fruit flavor. As with so many things that Lupicia brands as their holiday blends, this reminds me much more firmly of spring and summer flavors.
I’ll hold off on reviewing this, as I’m an imperfect judge of green tea, but it was generally nice to sip.
Ok, not a good sign. I had a cup of this with my breakfast, and now, as I sit down to write this note, I am struggling to remember what it was I had.
Not exactly a memorable blend, then.
I love mint blacks. In fact, I get really excited come Christmas time, as the mint blacks are in season. My tea-loving sister gave me this one, a local blend, and I was happy to give it a shot.
Except it was nearly forgettable. I mean, I did forget it, when I sat down to write this note!
So, I’ve got a bit left, and I’ll have that in the future, to try and get a better idea what its actually all about.
Conversation with the Significant Other today, from whom I have probably caught this scratchy throat.
Me- “I’ve been drinking tea all day.”
Him- “Why am I not surprised?”
Me- "But this time its for the throat! It does help. It feels better as I’m drinking.
Him- “Now that I think of it, I should have been doing that when I had this.”
Oh the power of hot liquid. Tea to the rescue!
This is another one of those teas that was sitting in my cupboard, and that I was somewhat afraid of. I can’t really explain it, this one just wasn’t ringing any bells, or making me excited or curious.
But, I am trying all the teas in the cupboard, so here we go!
Upon drinking this first cup I will say that its nothing to be afraid of, but its also nothing special. Like, at all.
The trouble is I’ve got a decent amount of this. Well, I’ll sip it down, being generally unimpressed. I mean, its great on a sore throat, as its warm without being memorable. Just what you want when you’re under the weather.
The sore throat continues today- actually its more like breathing dust. Its not debilitating, but it is annoying. Another day full of lots of hot tea.
Due to this somewhat dulled sense of taste, I went bold today, and good heavens but this is bold. This tea, I imagine, could polarize people, and I wouldn’t blame anyone who doesn’t like this. The lavender here is STRONG, like, mighty mighty lavender. If you think you’re getting an earl grey experience out of this, think again. Its practically lapsang souchong in smokiness, and the lavender refuses to settle into the background.
It was great for my throat today, but its not an every day experience.
When was the last time I had this? Too long ago, I’m afraid.
And I’m afraid its not aged particularly well. I mean, it doesn’t taste bad, or anything like that, but its certainly not a minty fresh cup of joy.
Still, battling this sore throat, that’s what I went for last night. And the inclusion of some lavender honey helped everything.
This goes high on the list of things to sip down.
I brought some of this with me today, as I figured the slightly spicier “chai” quality to the tea would be a nice thing on my slightly sore throat. (Gosh darn it, I’m going to do everything in my power to stave off sickness.)
I wasn’t overwhelmed by my first cup of this, but this one I like better. I think the chai really was coming out in a more favorable way.
I’ve got one more cup, and now I’ll be pleased to have it.
I am not going to log this every time I drink it today, because I’ve already had it twice. This is the third cup.
I brought the tin of it with me as its a perfect work tea. Its neutral enough, its bagged, and I have plenty of it. As I’m combatting the sore throat of failure, I must guzzle tea, and its probably a bad idea to guzzle black tea all day. Rooibos it is, then!
I keep saying it, but its true. This tea is more nostalgia than it is love. I like its flavors well enough, but it lives more favorably in memory than in practice. I think, when I’m done with this tin, that I will not get another.