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I was hugely disappointed with this tea. I love mangos, and this tea smells amazingly like the ones I used to get at my grandma’s house. But something about it tastes off to me. There’s an odd chemical tinge that reminds me I had this same experience with their Takibi, but the chemical edge is harsher here, and harder to ignore.
The tea still smells good when brewed up, if a bit subdued, but the flavoring can’t compete at all with that chemical taste. I did try letting this tea sit to let the flavors settle, but it was still unpleasant.
And I just realized this was my 100 tasting note! Hard to believe I’ve tried that many teas. How did that happen?
Yes, so I remain too lazy to change the name of this tea. I have the packet… somewhere… but not here, so… maybe next time I’m logging it?
Anyways, decided I’d try to use some up via travel mug, which as it turns out, wasn’t a bad idea. I believe I royally screwed up the brewing parameters as I was distracted while making it Friday, so I think it may have had… longer than intended, and only at 170C (I was going for 180C, but, distractions.) The initial flavour was pretty hay-y and a bit dry, so it kind of sat around while I happily sipped my other two teas – but since I only had three mugs with me yesterday while watching my boyfriend’s cousin play some pretty intense volleyball (they won gold!), I of course turned to this one, and the flavour had changed very nicely as it sat and cooled – more of a sweetish, muscatel profile with a lovely umami finish. Kind of like oolong aftertaste… just that really good tea-ness. Sometimes, I have discovered, letting a tea sit in a travel mug for 24 hours is not a bad thing (fruit infusions are a VERY BIG EXCEPTION. Also light greens like dragonwell.)
So yes, happy times with my mug of this yesterday. Debating whether to resteep today… I really need to fill all my travel mugs for games day, and cleverly only brought 7 infusers, all of which were in use this morning (oops. And I have 6 mugs with me to fill.)
Uhhh, so I guess this stupid-expensive tea that a bunch of people got in Lupicia’s 2012 Happy Bags hasn’t previously been logged?? Anyone?? I’ll have to fill in the proper name later, when I grab the bag… I just know it had “Thurbo” in it… and was “Far Too Good For Ordinary People” aka FTGFOP (which I see I missed an F from, ah well).
Anyhow, finally got some new teas into my rotation… I’d been forcing myself to drink only what was already sitting in the kitchen, but I was getting bored quickly. I think I’m going to be the type of person who, once I get down to about 200 teas, stays there… I need variety, and lots of it. I’m sure there are close to 100 teas in the kitchen right now, but most aren’t favourites, and so boredom sets in more quickly.
Soooo the tea. I’m still not sure what I think about darjeelings, but at least this one reminds me more of the darjeeling moonlight from Butiki than of a couple others I’ve had, which were darker, astringent, and unpleasant. I also have yet to figure out the difference between first and second flush, but don’t really have time to devote to that at the moment! Anyhow, this tastes kind of white tea-vegetal-ish, with maybe a bit of a muscatel flavour, but to be honest, it’s reminding me of Verdant’s Silver Buds Yabao more than anything, which I’m finding strange. There’s just a clean freshness to it that brings yabao to mind, I can’t really explain it. Luckily, I like it and think it’s reasonably tasty, because it sure did cut down on the teas we got in our Happy Bag. Ah well – will still probably take me a while to finish it!
(Apologies for rambling; I can’t be bothered to edit anything I type because I’ve been doing too much thesis editing lately and my capacity for such things has run out. Sigh.)
Sipdown! So I grabbed this tea thinking it was a flavoured black…. clearly not. Brewed it up anyways though… I’ve had four other caffeinated teas, so my headache should go away soon – one rooibos won’t hurt! Anyways, this tea was from… uh…. it’s not listed on my spreadsheet?! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Well, I think it was from CHAroma, but I am very sad, because that means that this sip down doesn’t knock down my tea count. Boo :( I guess I sit steadily at 814 (which is actually more like 820, since I haven’t added my new teas yet. Argh.)
Anyways. I can definitely taste the chestnut in this tea – similar flavour to Lupicia’s Chaud les Marrons, which is unsurprising. There’s also a sweetness that I would attribute to the sweet potato/pumpkin, and the characteristic flavour of rooibos, which works fairly well here. I think I’d prefer to have CM, but this is better than I would have expected! Thanks CHAroma!
Sample that came with my first ever Lupicia tea newsletter (yay!), and I was happy to try.
Is it weird that the first thing I think of is pineapple upsidedown cake? When, as far as I know, there isn’t any pineapple in it? That’s what I get, something fruity and hot, and the mango really does come through (mango upside down cake?)
I’m not a huge fan of tropical flavors, I must admit, but this is nice. Still, I think this sample will satisfy me.
Honeydew lovers, this is for you. I tried this both hot and cold-brewed, and I preferred cold. That way, the rooibos (although the mild green variety) isn’t as prominent, and it’s basically a fruity sensation. It’s already a bit sweet, but adding just that touch of extra sugar enhances the already-strong melon taste. Very refreshing for this hot weather we’re having!
This just isn’t for me. It smells wonderful – huge peach aroma. Looks like Lupicia’s standard green bancha with cute little sugar crystals and rose petals. I’m not sure if it was the rose petals or the peach flavoring, but something about this tea didn’t sit right with me. It could have been the floral note – apparently I am picky about which florals I like. Or it could have been the peach flavoring, which was sweet and felt a little artificial in my mouth. It reminded me of Japanese peach candies, but I like those better.
I tried this both hot and iced and didn’t like it either way.
Got a little free packet of this with my purchase of a Handy Cooler. I cold-brewed it overnight, and it turned into a light, slightly sweet (from the little sugar crystals), green tea with a muscat grape aftertaste. I can see how this flavor might be weird to taste hot. I’m not running to buy a whole bag of this, but it was a nice few cups.
Just got home from watching The Muppets Most Wanted. Many of the reviews of it are like the reviews for this tea. Are either the movie or the tea going to change your life forever? Of course not but I left feeling good. I laughed out loud more than a few times. As we left I overheard kids telling their moms they loved the movie. What better review do you need? This tea is pleasant and fruity. It makes me smile. Nough said.
Very cold this morning and a light dusting of snow.
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it, and to those who don’t Merry Christmas anyway. This is worth a listen – Little drummer boy by Pentatonix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ_MGWio-vc
Today I cut the sachet open and freed the leaf. It swells to busting in the sachet. Not nearly so in the Finum. The leaf is pretty with all the petals in it. The tea is very green. The taste is a bit muted at first because I had it with an English muffin with a little blackberry jam. Once my palate was rinsed the fruity tropical flavors come out. I like this one a lot. Very nice.
I kind of forgot I had this one. It’s been so long I forgot that I wanted to rip the sachet open and free the leaf. It swells to the limit when steeped. Smells really good in the cup. I used 175F water and steep I’ll call 2 minutes even though after tasting I left the sachet in for another 3 minutes. Tastes as fruity and delicious as it smells. I am still baffled why others don’t seem to like this very much.
I know there isn’t strawberry in this, but that is what it smells like this morning. I even used near boiling water because I was in too big a hurry for caffeine to wait. The result – No bitterness! I do need to cut one of these sachets open before they are gone and release the bancha. It fills the bag to overfull. I like this a lot.
My first from Lupicia. Wow, most everyone seems a bit hostile towards this one. Not understanding why. It smells wonderful when you open the bag to remove a sachet. Mango, pineapple, assorted citrus. I did not use boiling water as directed nor a 5oz cup. With 10oz of steaming water this turned out a bit weak. I think it tastes nice. It is cooling and the aftertaste is a bit like watermelon. The problem is I have had low cost bagged teas that tasted nearly as flavorful and were much stronger in a mug. I will try again with a smaller cup later. I like it but expected more.
This blend is smoother than the other flavored green from Lupicia I’ve tasted! Love it! Very fruity, lovely scent of peaches and grapefruit, probably a 60-40 proportion. A good balance of fruity goodness and green tea. At 2mins, I can taste the grassy notes of green tea and no bitterness. Definitely will drink this again!
This is a good oolong overall.
This is smooth, not bitter – a soft oolong flavor, with a slight peach flavor.
I went through 10 teabags, this last bag was preceeded with ice cream about 1 hour before, and cake 30 minutes before so the peach isn’t really there right now, but I do remember on previous samplings that the peach flavor was a nice balance.
I tend to only drink oolong with greasy food, especially Chinese food. I also drink it if I am feeling a food coma setting in. I think this is an excellent oolong blend if you like drinking oolong by itself. I think I prefer a bit stronger, unflavored type for drinking with food though.