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A little while ago Anna sent me a sample of Lupicia´s Jardin Sauvage – a Jekyll and Hyde tea for me. I loathed it when brewed hot and absolutely loved it when I cold steeped it overnight. It did wake me to the possibilities of cold brewed flavoured green rooibos, which is such an awesome concept for me in the summertime.
I was reminded of that Lupicia tea when I chanced upon this green rooibos with peach. Blender is another of those kind of generic german (austrian in this case, i believe) blenders – not expensive teas, lots of flavoured teas, a certain love for adding sunflower petals, dried carrot or pineapple or grapefruit rind to unlikely teas. It is not nearly as This one just has the sunflower petals and it´s pretty much what you would expect – not as awesome, or subtle or full ot interesting secondary flavours as the Lupicia. But it is nice, and it is much much cheaper than the Lupicia, a definite plus particularly for a iced tea. Flavour is mostly artificial, but not too cloying and it´s kind of one of those correct does-what-it-says-on-the-label teas. No surprises or hidden depths, but it does make that very nice, and very lazy, ice tea – put some tea in a bottle, pour water and put in dridge, strain whenever you want it. I suspect the 100 grams I got will not make it to autumn.
Coziness in a cup for a chilly night.
I made this up last night but I also had McDonalds for dinner and the Maccas made me feel gross, so this didn’t get drunk.
But then I did the trashy thing of microwaving the cold cup tonight and now it’s perfect.
0.6°C. Just waiting for that electric blanket to warm up so I can keep watching Orange is the New Black but from the comfort of my warm bed.
I got sent this as a gift from my beautiful wonderful Loops in Austria, after she came to visit me, because she is selfless and so thoughtful. So it’s already very special to me, before I’ve even tried it.
Tonight I finally did try it though! It’s the start of the proper descent into winter lately, and tonight I rode home in quite biting drizzle and wanted something warm and delicious. This was calling.
I’ve been having a good huff of it once a month and it smells like a delicious pile of glühwein spices. Well, tonight I can confirm that it also tastes like glühwein, without the wine. Yum. So cosy and wintry and I wonder if you could actually make glühwein with it!? Maybe I’ll find out in a few weeks, hmm…
I haven’t really enjoyed darjeelings for the last couple of years. I have always participated in First Flush -tastings whenever possible, I felt that DJs are supposed to be tasted every spring. It was my duty, but not a particular pleasure.
I haven’t tasted anything from Teesta Valley specifically, so I am comparing this to my general memories of Darjeeling FF2010.
Dry leaves were especially green, I recall last year’s leaves were darker. This is also reflected in taste, this tea was really light. Taste sort of flows through me, it is hard to get hold of anything but a sweet, somewhat floral aftertaste. I find this taste seducing, teasing, but pleasant. Maybe this year I enjoy Darjeelings!
Aftertaste hit pretty quickly, and it is sort of honeylike, floral berrythingy.
There aren’t any elements I commonly associate with black teas, and that I like. It may be my light brewing, I used few leaves in a low temperature. I tried later with more leaves and hotter water, and I think the tea lost its balance with higher temperature.
Overall a really nice tea to have.
I have to say, I’m not really tasting the blackcurrant.
There’s a small hint of it in there, somewhere. At least the aroma is full and very blackcurrant-y. I’m definitely tasting the tea over whatever flavoring is supposed to be here. Perhaps I steeped it for too long – 2-4 was the recommended. I did 3. Perhaps I steeped too little.
It’s still a pretty nice tea! A while after taking a sip, you start to taste the blackcurrant. I just wish it was present in the sip itself.
It smells just like apple pie! It’s uncanny, yet delicious at the same time.
The taste, however, is a lot more subdued. It’s a bit of an abrupt change. You can definitely taste the tea (this is a blend of two green teas and two black teas, but I mostly taste the black) more than the flavorings (flavored with apple bits, cinnamon and “aromas”). I’m not quite sure what to think of this, but it’s really good if you don’t like overpowering sweetness. I can imagine this going very well with something sweet (like – dare I say it? – apple pie).
This is an excellent tea for the price (I paid only 3€ for 100 grams), although I do believe that it’s only really available during the winter. Shame.
Thanks to Meghann for letting me try this one!
I have been studying Japanese all day. I have to take two tests tomorrow, because I was away at a conference on Friday, and missed one. Actually, it’s one test and a midterm. So cramming away I am. My head hurts, and I am tired of vocab, so this tea, despite having 山本 (yamamoto) in the name, sounded refreshing.
Indeed, this would be brilliant iced. It’s citrusy, in a pale and pleasant way, and definitely tastes of sencha. I think even my ‘flavored tea is a waste of tea’ husband wouldn’t mind a little citrus with his sencha.
This one interested me in the store because it included lemon peel among the ingredients – something I haven’t often seen compared to the much more ubiquitous orange peel. It also features a wide variety of tasty spices which I hope come out in the flavor. It certainly smells spicy and citrusy at the same time, like lemon peels coated in ginger-cinnamon dust. There are lots of spice pieces to be seen mixed in with the rooibos too, so I’m hoping this will be a strongly flavored chai. For the first time though I’ll make it tea-style rather than chai style and see how that comes out.
The two main flavors are lemon and ginger, which I think go well together. The other spices are there more as a texture than a taste – they add body and warmth to the two main elements. With milk and sugar, it’s a very tasty chai but still a bit mild – I will definitely have to try it chai-style at some point.