117 Tasting Notes
Oh man. This started off so well. I picked up a sample last time I made an order, because usually I love unusual variations on Earl Grey.
The dry leaves smell like bergamot, of course, but also like… firewood, and black pepper. All good things, in my book. Once it’s brewed, I think the bergamot gets lost a little behind the woodsiness of it. But the goji and the bergamot blend together really well — it’s hard to tell where one scent ends and the other starts. And somehow every time I pick it up, I smell something different. I’m still getting a pretty strong black pepper note. Maybe that’s from the frankincense resin?
And it tastes… a little disappointing, actually. The first sip was all earl grey with black pepper. I was looking forward to how the flavors would unfold… but it’s just very peppery, with a sour note from the goji berry (and I guess from the tangyness of the autumn tieguanyin) that I’m not sure I like. It’s even more disappointing because I really like the autumn tieguanyin, but it’s getting lost in all the other flavors.
All in all, I can see how it might appeal to someone… but it’s not for me. Maybe in the future I should stick to fruity or floral earl greys. I hope I like the laoshan one more…
I cold steeped this one and… wow. It tastes clean and crisp and has the most delightful fruity aftertaste — definitely some lime, but I’m also tempted to say kiwi although I haven’t eaten one in months so I could be wrong. I think this might be one of my favorite teas now. I’d better hoard some before it disappears forever.
Tried this one western style today, and it was everything I wanted. I enjoyed it a lot more than the davidstea yunnan black. It still has that earthy note that I found so disconcerting about that one, but it’s a lot less potato-ey, and it’s there almost as an afterthought, hidden behind the chocolate and the spice. With a bit of chocolate, it acquired a creamy note that I liked a lot — I’ll have to try this one with cream and a bit of sugar. I also think it would go quite well with honey, and I’d really like to try it in a chai…
Basically, I’m glad I have a whole ounce of this one, because I’m so not done experimenting. =]
Enjoying my fifth cup now. Next time I will have to keep better track of my steeping times, because the third one was oversteeped and the fourth one was a little insubstantial, and the fifth… well, I’m eating a (delicious) lemon bar, so I’m losing a lot of the nuances. (But the wet leaves smelled like ginger and graham cracker crust, and it was excellent.)
I am so grateful for this tea right now. My day so far has included a broken down train, losing a wheel off my suitcase, lugging said suitcase across three forms of public transportation and half a mile on foot, walking to the store because dammit I need to eat something only for them to not have anything that I was looking for (I did grab the last, slightly squished bottle of rooster sauce off the shelf), and finding that the moving/storage company has misplaced literally half my belongings. huge sigh
But, both of my Verdant packages were waiting for me at the front desk when I arrived, so I’m about to enjoy my second cup of this tea. I’m too tired for proper tasting notes, but damn is it good.
Been drinking this the past couple of days. I’m staying with my sister and I might be getting sick (oh noes!) so I’m drinking lots of tea to try and keep it at bay. It’s a very pleasant fruity tea. Like most Lupicia teas, the flavoring is pretty subtle, but I really like the combination of tropical fruits with cranberry — which is a little unexpected, but the result is quite nice. I just have to remind myself not to eat all the cranberries before steeping the tea…
I’ve been drinking this tea for the past few days (ever since I got back from the con, where I drank nothing but tea bags and coffee…). It’s one of the teas I picked out as a gift from my grandma for my birthday, and I must say, I am quite pleased with my choice. Obviously, I will love pretty much anything with a good vanilla flavor, and this tea is no exception. I like the strawberry element of it too — on the first steeping, it tastes like your usual strawberry flavor, but on the second, it starts to taste more like real strawberries, with an authentic sort of sourness to it.
This is an odd one for me, because it’s really, really good… but I don’t like melons. They’re one of the few foods that I’d rather not eat, I find their sweetness to be rather cloying. However, I do occasionally enjoy the (artificially?) flavored melon candies from the local Asian supermarket, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
The dry leaves smell very melon-y, and have pretty little green sugar crystals among them. Brewed, I found that the quite green taste and scent of the oolong balanced the melon over-sweetness quite well, and I enjoyed this tea a surprising amount…