2169 Tasting Notes
Tea #3 of the day from the Lupicia grab bag, I’d better stop with caffeine for a while before my head explodes.
I’ve never had this particular green before. Reading over the rest of the reviews I can’t understand some of the really bad ratings because it seems ok to me. My one complaint is the bancha base seems like it got a little on the bitter side (and I did not use boiling water). Might need to try this as a cold brew to see what happens, or I might try giving this a little less steeping time. I am getting pineapple and mango but the flavors are kind of light. Compared to some of Lupicia’s artifical tasting gummy bear teas I don’t really see this as a problem…
I liked this okay but probably wouldn’t buy anymore. Will let everyone know how the cold steep experiment goes. :)
Another tea that came from the Lupicia grab bag…
I’m afraid I’m not such a big fan of this. The muscat is way too sweet and artificial and the jasmine is yucky. It does smell exactly like Juicy fruit gum. Maybe this would be better as an iced tea but I don’t really like it hot.
I still have 9 bags left if anyone wants to swap for it. If you read the reviews a lot of people seemed to like it. :)
You know you’re a tea addict when…
I couldn’t resist the $60 grab bag from Lupicia when it came around again. I’ve always wanted one, even though I’m awash in tea at home and at the office.
Anyway this was the one I picked to try first, and review is for the pyramid sachets.
This is a very mild and pleasant tea, some peach teas seem overly artificial to me but this is pretty nice, especially for a bagged tea. Of course I did have a cup of coffee earlier today so perhaps this isn’t the best time to be trying something new. I am sipping on it plain and it doesn’t really need anything. I can’t really place the base tea but I’m wondering if it’s a nilgiri since it seems very mild, or perhaps a ceylon.
It’s more natural tasting than some Lupicia teas I’ve tried which remind me of gummy bears. I will definitely be trying this iced as well…
Tea of the evening here. Since I’m still feeling under the weather I didn’t want to drink anything that would make me feel worse and interfere with my sleep. This is really one of the best decaf teas around, I wish I had the Vanilla Comoro too. I will try to remember to get some the next time I place an order with H&S.
Tea of the afternoon here. I’ve been feeling crappy since yesterday morning and I didn’t go to work today. I had some burdock tea earlier today but rosemary is also supposed to be good for colds and I figure the antioxidants in the white tea can’t hurt. This is an interesting blend of sweet/spicy. I always use rosemary when roasting potatoes so it’s difficult to get that association out of my mind. This is good however.
I believe this is the last of the mini tins I got from Silk Road in Victoria. Boo Hoo – well it has been fun trying them anyway!
Now this tea is very interesting, I am getting lots of lychee and only a faint mango element. Also there is something a bit bitter about this tea, I wonder if it could be the jasmine. Or perhaps I need to try steeping it at a slightly lower temp next time. I’m not the biggest fan of jasmine anyway but this is an elegant summer choice. I bet this would be really good iced as well though I’m drinking it hot. Tropical fruit and flowers – someone should totally bottle this and make it into a shower gel. :)
By the way the Silk Road in Victoria has the most beautiful store and there is also a SPA there which I did not go to. I’d recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the area.
It’s hard to feel too summery here when it’s been so foggy out!
Tea of the afternoon here, I got a mini tin of this when I was in Victoria earlier in July. It’s funny when I went to go search on the tea name in the database I couldn’t find it at first. hmm. I’m glad I didn’t add it!
This is a nice afternoon tea, perhaps a bit perfumey. It is quite strong in the vanilla and I’m getting a bit of peach and citrus, I just wish this element was a it stronger. Also Silk Road seems to like lavender in a lot of their blends, which I don’t mind but it can be a bit soapy. This was okay but not something I’d go out of my way to find again. I seem to remember they had samples of this in their store as an iced tea, I’d like to try it that way sometime.
Backlogging – it’s been a while since I’ve had this tea but yesterday I was just in the mood for it somehow. I was really into lapsang blends for a while but I got out of the habit of drinking them. This is nice in that it’s not a straight lapsang but you definitely get a lot of smoke. Smoky teas are nice for the foggy summer weather we’ve been having so much of lately in SF.
If they really drink lapsang in Scotland maybe it’s to keep the cold weather away, or maybe it’s because of the similarities to whiskey…
Backlogging – I made an iced tea with this yesterday and I quite enjoyed it as my after dinner drink. :) The lemon ginger combo here makes it good with food and i was glad to find it’s just as good cold as it is hot. I might need to keep this in my fridge more in the future…
Tea of the morning here, the last time I drank this I didn’t like it after steeping at 4 minutes but it is definitely better after steeping for 3 minutes so I am going to raise the rating a bit. I think this tea is good with soymilk but I didn’t need to add sugar. The Ceylon smooths out the Assam quite a lot but I still get a bit of maltiness. A good, basic black tea.