28 Tasting Notes
So, like. I subscribe to Birchbox. If you already know, it is a subscription site where for ten dollars a month you get five samples of beauty items. When I joined, I said I was low maintenance and interested in food samples, so for this month, I got two tea satchels: White Vanilla Grapefruit and Paris, and well, I already know and very much in love with Paris!
I would’ve never thought to combine vanilla and grapefruit. It’s a very interesting melding of flavors. I first tasted the vanilla, truth be told, but as I further sipped, I tasted more and more of the grapefruit flavor. It’s a nice simple flavored tea. I think I would buy it when I allow myself to make tea orders again.
I am not rating this tea just yet, because I want to try it again before I settle on the score. I have never made a tea as delicate as Sencha “Matsuri” — low water temperature and steep time, yikes — so I again just want to have a couple more goes at it. Like, I don’t know. I feel like I left the loose leaf in too long. It tasted a bit bitter.
Forgot to log this earlier, oops.
Monday nights are when I gather around with friends to watch Future MTV Classic Series™ Teen Wolf. This week, however, I had watch alone due to conflicting schedules. Terribly sad, but not gonna lie, it was super relaxing being about to just sit in, make some tea and watch a television program you hate as much as you love alone — and Sakurambo makes a great drink for that. It remains brilliantly fruity and smooth. I never have had to sweeten it, which I take that as a symbol of its quality. Basically, to say the same about every Lupicia I’ve tried: — it’s totally worth trying. You’ll be hooked.
I haven’t had this in the past month, so I decided to do another steeping. I really love this tea, you lot. The aroma is still ultra refreshing. It remains a smooth experience. One day I am honestly going to figure out of Lupicia does it. They are extraordinary.
Drinking a morning tea in the afternoon is surely the best way to start the day. This is one of the last teas from my Lupicia Happy Bag that I haven’t tried yet, and the reason for that is, I have never been a breakfast tea type person. Don’t get me wrong, — I love a mean Earl Grey like the rest of them, but ultimately, I prefer sweet and fruity black teas over bold ones. I often find them too bitter.
This one, however, is the exception. It is still a bold tea, but even with brewing it a minute longer than Lupicia’s recommendation, I had a very smooth experience. Anyway, I added two ounces of milk, so there’s that, haha.
I don’t think I’ll repurchase it nevertheless.
I liked this tea as well. I have never had much chai in my life, so when Abby gave me this, I leaped at the chance to try it. Coco Chai had a very nice tropical flavor that blended nicely with the ginger, cinnamon and cloves. I located the honey and lemon sticks that I purchased from Fresh & Easy, a grocery chain, awhile ago. So I sweetened this as well.
When I placed my most recent Lupicia order, I had purchased a “medium” mesh infuser, believing it would fit my current teapot. It turns out I was wrong. It was too big, but it was the perfect fit for my oversized latte mug I purchased from Target sometime last year? Super happy, because I hated using it for tea. I never had an infuser large enough to steep a large quantity of tea.
Anyway, there’s a point to this. I should probably get to it. I made this today partly in celebration of Beck releasing the lead single to his upcoming album(, and I am “forever nuts” ‘bout Beck; haha, I am hilarious). It — the tea, that is — was given to me by Steepster user Abby Noelle. It was a little baby tin (hadn’t realized David’s Tea’s tea samplers were so absolutely adorable) and was enough for at least two small cups or one HUGE cup of tea. I obviously chose the latter. I mean, I wrote an introduction paragraph that foresaw that outcome.
I really liked it. I don’t sweeten my tea very often, so I had this one straight. I love almonds, so I appreciated the taste super well. I didn’t see how it was spicy, though. It tasted more sweet to me, but maybe that’s due to the fact I couldn’t really taste the cinnamon. I will have to do a second steeping to see if that draws it out more. But — yeah, this is a super messy log, I know. I just liked this tea, and after looking at their website, it’s super cheap. I would definitely pick up ounces of this.
Cookie. Oh, Cookie. Galleta. Petit gâteau.
She’s back in my arms once again. Yes, I did place an order soon after trying the sample included in my Happy Bag order, because well — I had to have her in my collection. She’s so sweet, so perfect, so delicious. Her smell is so divine, her taste is magnificent. I cannot believe I went so long without knowing her, and now that I do, I cannot be separated from her again.
I brewed Cookie the same way I did the last time: roughly a three minute steep, added some room temperature milk for added deliciousness. I made it in my Wonder Woman mug, because I always like to feel inspired when I’m enjoying greatness. I cannot wait until Lupicia does a restock for the loose leaf. I’ll keep the tea bags in my purchase and the fifty grams in my kitchen (bedroom; I don’t like ppl [family] stealing my tea).