1250 Tasting Notes
Wasteful sipdown. This was the third oldest tea in my virtual cupboard. I had a 25g pre-packaged amount that I got on clearance back in the day casually hanging out in my mom’s cupboard. I originally loved this tea. Thought it outshone Mulberry Magic. However, the more I drank it, the stranger it got. It went from pistachio pudding to beet tops and a creamy note that made me ever so slightly nauseated. So I left it for two years.
Now, sipping on this, I’m revisiting those same nauseating sensations. It’s just not sitting well with me. It tastes fresher than I expected but still inevitably got a tad stale.
I did that terrible thing that I seldom do and dumped the remaining dry leaf into the garbage can. 20g untouched. C’est la vie.
Enjoying the last cup of this, finally, so that’s another sipdown. Wouldn’t buy more since the base can easily go bitter, but if you get it right, it’s sweet, creamy, and slightly nutty.
Under 70 teas now! Yes! It makes me feel better about going semi-crazy on BF sales today. I haven’t made any online tea orders since the spring so I’d like to think my actions are justified. And hey, yes BF makes people spend more money, but in a way, I’d like to think it’s helping me save money since I made orders to places that I put off ordering since the spring anyway. So there.
Sipdown! This is a damn good coconut oolong but who knows if I’ll ever get it again since Zen got rid of most of the teas I liked from them. It’s an amazing price today being Black Friday and all but still can’t do it! The majority of this 100g tin got the cold brew treatment. Buttery smooth coconut that’s good all year round, even when it’s below freezing temperature.
Ok, well, maybe it isn’t a good idea to drink it this way when the hands and feetz are freezing cold.
I cold steeped the last bit of this mixed with some of Lupicia’s Sakura & Berry and it was really good. As cold as I have been feeling today, I couldn’t stop drinking the strawberry black tea + coconut oolong combination.
With all the crazy sipdowns lately, I thought it would be appropriate to start something new.
I don’t feel like writing much on this tea because I feel like I’ve had this over and over again from them. Both Carol and Rose Royal have the same strawberry candy flavouring in it, and although the latter at least had an interesting additional grape note, they all seem repetitive.
So I’m left with a classic Lupicia slightly astringent black base with melted strawberry hard candy in my mug. It’s nothing to write home about, unfortunately. Maybe it’ll fare better as a cold brew.
Sipdown! I went from hoarding this because of its ultra eggnoggy awesomeness, to months later, perplexed by its aged ketchup chip-like aroma. Months ago, despite smelling like ketchup chips, it luckily didn’t taste like that. However, I noticed these last couple cups did taste a little like that when I added actual eggnog to it so perhaps that allowed me to really notice the difference in flavouring of the aged tea.
It’s so scrumptious fresh but not sure if I’d get more unless I knew I’d drink it a ton and not let it age.
Being alone in the middle of nowhere on my birthday is a little sad, but at the same time, it has given me the opportunity to finally enjoy this. Being home alone all day + oolong = a chance for multiple steeping.
And boy, did this not disappoint. First steep had the heaviest salted caramel flavouring, unsurprisingly, and the base wasn’t too loud or vegetal. Just right. The steeped tea smells like caramel sauce? I think? Or the centre of a Skor or Almond Roca? Whatever! All I know is it smells like caramel heaven.
Second steep was still very heavy on the caramel. It floated atop the base. It’s like what I’d imagine making caramel in a pot, then diluting it with water would taste like. Or rather, like a diluted version of Bananas Foster…err, without the banana.
Lastly, the third steep was light in flavour on all accounts, whether it be the caramel or the base, but blindfolded, you’d still know that you were drinking this tea.
So glad I waited until now to try it. I needed some excitement today.