23 Tasting Notes
Not sure what I can add to this, since it’s been so heavily reviewed, but here goes! I couldn’t wait to try this, so I ended up steeping some almost right after I opened the package.
Dry leaf scent was sweet, like sugar, and I picked up on cream right away. The tea liquor has those two scents plus butter. First few sips were just the brew, nothing added. Mostly creamy and buttery taste with a very subtle cinnamon note. Next I added milk, which amped up the cream flavor and transformed it into more of a baked good taste. It wasn’t until I added a tiny amount of coconut sugar that the tea fully lived up to it’s namesake. And, yes, it does have flavor reminiscent of a fresh baked pastry. I didn’t get much almond flavor, though I could see the almonds in the blend, I mean, they are right there, but the taste didn’t come through for me. And the strangest thing was that there was no black tea flavor. A tea that doesn’t taste like tea? Interesting.
For Marzipan: how does this compare with Lupicia’s Cookie? Well, they are completely different. Brioche has mostly cream and butter with a hint of cinnamon, and is much more subtle. Cookie is much more aromatic, and has a stronger flavor of sweetness and milkiness .
So, bottom line is I really like this tea, it’s subtle but well-balanced and certainly a great dessert black. I’ll definitely be friends with Brioche, but my heart belongs to Cookie.
UPDATE: brewed some with breakfast this morning, and steeped it longer than the amount recommended. And there it was: almond! The tea is so mild I think it can handle a steep as long as 6 minutes, so I’ll be doing an extended steep time from now on. More flavor that way and I didn’t get any acid or bitterness, either.
Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Cream, Pastries, Sugar
I don’t usually like to review teas when I’ve got a cold coming on, but I don’t believe my taste buds or sense of smell has been compromised (yet), so here we go. I love Ceylon teas, Nuwara Eliya(h) in particular, and for me, Lupicia’s the one to beat. Hands down favorite Ceylon. Trouble is, it’s really tough to get, unless you’re lucky enough to be able to visit a Lupicia retail store (none by me – they all seem to be on the West Coast or in Japan). I’ve never been able to get it from their website in all the years I’ve ordered from them. This current stash is from Kyoto, where I picked up 100g – the only thing that stopped me from getting more is the fear that it would get too old before I drank all of it (insert facepalm of regret here).
So, this tea. It’s a delicate, bright, clean taste that has a slight, almost lemony finish to it. It’s the kind of taste that I used to think of whenever I thought of what tea should taste like, long before I knew that there are so many types and flavors of tea out there. It’s been so long since I had it last that I drank the first cup plain, and then added milk to the second. I love milk in my teas, not ALL of them, just many of the unflavored and flavored blacks. This tea works so well either way, and so far, it remains my favorite Ceylon.
Sipdown 2 of 2 today! This was a 1 ounce purchase since I wasn’t sure about it. The dry leaf smells amazing – fruity, slight spicy, floral. Brewed up and iced, the floral notes really come out. It tastes…healthy. Like something you’d have in an upscale cafe that serves lots of healthy salads, sandwiches, and vegetarian dishes. Weird I know, but that’s just what comes to mind. I might buy it again, but it seems more like a warmer weather tea to me.
Flavors: Floral, Ginger, Pear
Sipdown 1 of 2 today! Despite being alarmingly old (2 years, 3 years maybe?), it held up well to the very end. Maltiness is reduced, but still there. A bit vegetal from the Ceylon (or age). Balance was starting to be off a bit. This was a versatile tea, good for when I wanted a solid unflavored black, great as a base for my homemade chai. I’ll probably get more eventually, but I’ve got so many other teas, plus so many more I’d like to try, it may be awhile.
Such a winner, this one. Exactly what comes to mind when you want a warming, seasonal tea for the fall. Perfectly yummy, I don’t see myself ever getting tired of it (well, maybe I will once spring comes around again, but that’s far off now). Love this tea!
Flavors: Caramel, Carrot, Cinnamon, Clove, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Nutmeg, Pumpkin
It seemed so promising. A fresh, autumnal, Apple cider flavor? Sign me up! Smelled delicious while brewing, and the first hit upon tasting was true to the name: apple cider goodness! But then came this odd chemical sweetness that ended with an almost bitter note. I can’t get past it. Glad I only bought one ounce.
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Bitter, Sweet, Vanilla
This is my go-to for iced tea in the colder weather months. Wonderful iced, also lovely hot. Not overly fruity, not heavy-handed on the ginger. Nicely balanced as is, but I like to blend it with a little bit of vanilla tea to really round out the flavors. This one I always tend to keep in my pantry as it’s one of my favorites.
Flavors: Ginger, Peach
I like this tea almost as much as the Pumpkin Chai from David’s. That’s really quite a compliment since I don’t really ever like rooibos tea. Pumpkin flavor comes through nicely, it’s got a lovely spice without overdoing it and there’s a subtle, slightly tangy creaminess that I’m guessing is the “cheesecake” part. Little pieces of white chocolate add to the dessert-like quality of this flavor.
Flavors: Cream, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pumpkin
Perfectly balanced black. Such a high quality tea, like Bellocq is known for. It’s not just for breakfast, but for anytime you want a solid, grownup, serious black that’ll get you wide-eyed and energetic. And it’s delicious with a bit of milk in it.
This is an extremely special tea. It’s a limited edition, plus it’s only available in Kyoto. That being said, it’s quite nice, but not mind-blowing. Very subtle plum flavor, even more subtle yuzu citrus notes. Adorable packaging of a maiko in cherry blossom season. If I hadn’t picked it up at a Lupicia store in Kyoto on a trip to Japan this past spring, it most likely would not have made a strong impression at all.
Flavors: Citrus, Plums