2098 Tasting Notes
I got this tea as a sample in my last Lupicia newsletter and I remembered to save it until today. Happy new year!
When I see the name of this tea I think it’s going to be champagne and roses, but it’s not. I guess I need to try Butiki’s champagne and rose cream. The sachet smelled like strawberry candy, but it mellowed a bit once steeped. The strawberry flavor is nice but I don’t get champagne from this at all. There is maybe a hint of dryness that reminds me of champagne. Overall decent but I’m not in love.
Ah, back to relaxing after a busy three days of running around. I did have some tea during that time, although I don’t know what it was. I was staying with a friend for Christmas Bird Count, and she made me some kind of strong black tea at our 4am wakeup. She’s married to an Englishman, so she makes tea that is designed for additions. Even though the plain tea was bitter, some milk made for a perfectly pleasant cup and certainly provided a jolt of energy.
Now today is Christmas part II… we spent actual Christmas at the BF’s parents, and now we’re having Christmas with my parents. A nice way to extend the holidays. :)
I got a sachet of this for free in my order from DF, so I saved it for when I was away from home. I thought I would indulge in it today!
Still loving the cookie-ish, marzipan flavor with lots of poppy floral goodness. However, even though I am almost out of this one in my main stash I don’t think I will restock it just now… perhaps in the future.
Dammann advent calendar, day 24. I expected this one to be the last one of the set. I love that the sachet packaging is red with fancy lettering. Also I am so sad that it’s over! I want more!
Thas maraschino in it, which probably means I won’t love it to pieces, but I’m hoping all the other flavors (caramel, orange, pineapple[!]) balance it out. Steeped, it smells pretty much caramelly and fruity. I’m not sure I can pick out individual fruits, but cherry and orange certainly make sense. I liked this one. Not love, because the blend of fruits wasn’t perfect for me, but I certainly enjoyed it a lot. I am a sucker for their caramel! But this was a nice tea to finish it off and celebrate!
The temps have dipped yet again, and so the temps in my bf’s house have dropped. I don’t know how people live in such a cold house.
So! Hot tea is necessary. Love this one. Earl Grey, passion fruit, a nice base. I’m sure I’ll go through this one quickly because it is convenient for travel (sachets) and unfortunately I won’t be able to easily pick up more. Well, I’ll enjoy it while I have it.
Dammann advent calendar, day 23. Christmas in Paris!
When I smelled the dry leaf of this one I correctly picked out the flavors: fruity (I thought perhaps cherry), almond, and a hint of spiciness (turns out to be ginger). We’ll see if this cherry goes over ok for me.
This one isn’t too over the top cherry, so I’m good with it. I mean it’s cherry, but it’s not cherry. Perhaps it’s a bit more natural and less candy-like (I do like fresh cherries). Anyway, the cherry and almond are the main flavors, with some mild spices. Overall not a bad cup, but I wouldn’t go for it again.
Backlog of Dammann advent calendar, day 15. Finally getting around to trying this one! This is actually a tea I was interested in as an evening herbal, so I am glad to get a sample of it.
Steeped, it smells lemony and the slight apple-hay of chamomile. I like the flavor of this one pretty well, but it doesn’t stick out to me as particularly special. I would wish for more rose, but I never get enough rose in herbals. It is a nice evening blend but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get more.