2169 Tasting Notes
For me this seems to have been the dud of my recent Lupicia purchases although some other people seemed to like it more than I did.
It’s got a sweet potato pie aroma, for sure but I found the flavor to be a bit too strong as well as artificial and it left a bit of a funny aftertaste. It does have kind of a whisky flavor as Auggy mentioned. It also gets pretty sweet. Adding soymilk definitely seemed to help me to finish it off.
I don’t know if I can finish this bag myself so let me know if anyone would like to try it…
Steeped for 4 minutes in boiling water. Might try for less time next go around.
This came about as a recent swap with Amanda. Even though she gave it less than stellar reviews I wanted to try it anyway, plus I am always looking for some more caffeine free things.
I don’t love roobois much so I was thinking I might hate this but I did have a strawberry rhubarb tea once from Lupicia that I really liked.
Steeped for 5 minutes with boiling water in my $4 Daiso teapot.
Yeah the smell of this is pretty funky. It’s like a yogurt that went bad. I don’t think it quite smells like butt but maybe… feet? The flavor isn’t quite as bad though thankfully. I don’t quite know if I taste any rhubarb in here. I think it needs something. It was definitely better with some soymilk. And maybe it needs a pinch of sugar. Well I will find some way to make it more drinkable but I won’t be buying any…. :)
I’m coming near to the end of my sheng samples from Bana Tea Company. I would have tried them all before now but sheng is something you need to sit down and pay attention to.
I steeped this in boiling water for one minute after a quick rinse of the leaves. I am getting something like a slight apple cider sourness along with a bit of malt. Can a tea be “tangy”? Well this one seems to be, sort of.
For the second steep I decided to go for 30 seconds only. This seems to have been a good decision since the tea is mellowing out a bit. I am still getting apples with a bit of burnt toast and now some sweetness. It seems very fresh and aromatic.
Third steep, I used water that was less hot. More sweetness and mushroomy-ness, it’s very mild and pleasant. This seems like one that would only improve with age although it is quite ready to drink now.
If you want to go on a sheng adventure you certainly can’t go wrong with this sampler pack from Bana, I’d highly recommend it. Not a bad one in the bunch so far…
Wow, I knew I was in for a treat when I smelled the dry leaf in the bag and it is already smelling kind of pineapple-ish. I steeped this at 3.5 minutes at around 195 F. I wish I knew where my thermometer was. My water was not quite boiling so I assume it was around 195.
I wonder, is this technically a darjeeling if it’s from Sikkim? The second flush Sikkim from Rare Tea Republic was beyond amazing in my opinion, and this one is excellent also. It’s very light bodied with a slight floral nose. The tea itself is very fruity, pineapplish and actually on the sweeter side with a bit of sandalwood/earth. I’m so used to these darjeeling type tea being very astringent with lots of tannins but this is exceptionally smooth and mellow. It’s easy to drink plain on it’s own. I’m with LiberTeas, I thought it was superb. Mmmm, I think I’m going to go make another cup right now!
I will definitely be going back to Rare Tea Republic as a customer.
This sample was provided courtesy of Teavivre for review.
I decided to use two of the sample packets in my Gaiwan because I wasn’t sure one would have given me enough leaf.
My first steep was with around 180 F water for one minute. It is buttery, very rich and fresh. I got a tiny bit of sharpness towards the end so I think I may have steeped it too long that time.
The second steep was for around 30 seconds. The leaves have expanded so much that they have almost filled my entire gaiwan so I’m not sure using all that leaf was such a great idea. hee hee… but now I am picking up a bit on that lychee flavor and it’s still very nice and buttery.
Third steep: a little less butter and a little more fruit. It’s really a nice relaxing cup of yum-ness. I do happen to like Dong Ding oolongs quite a lot.
Fourth and Fifth Steep: still going strong in terms of flavor and richness.
Overall I give this good points on flavor but I’ve been drinking sooo many Taiwanese green oolongs lately that I’m not sure it really stands head and shoulders above the crowd. It is very enjoyable though! I would have liked to seen this roasted a bit.
Another sample from Upton which I am just trying today. This tea has not done very well in the ratings so far but I try not to let other people’s opinions influence me too much.
I first gave it a short steep in the gaiwan for 30 seconds at the recommend temp (175 F). It is light with a refreshing clover and almost cucumber like refreshment.
The second and third steeps are much the same as the first. I let them go on or 2 or so minutes. I am still getting cucumbers and light sweetness. It is very pleasant, but I can also see how you might be hoping it would give out more flavor. It is kind of expensive so I can’t see myself buying more in the future but I have definitely enjoyed trying it.