75 Tasting Notes
Another objectively good tea that’s ruined by scent association for me. It’s okay, and it has a semi-sweet round taste, but it smells like suntan lotion, and the full taste—it’s not creamy, exactly; more like kind of lingering—doesn’t really help. I think it’s probably fine, it’s just that it smells like lotion to me and I’d just rather not.
I’ve just come to the conclusion that you have to get houjicha just right or else it tastes like trees. Or, apparently, unless you flavor it, as is the case here! I like this! It does taste a little bit like wood, and I’m not really tasting the milk, but I really like the smokey-caramel taste and I’m definitely going to try out more flavored houjichas in the future.
Flavors: Caramel, Smoke, Wood
Figured I’d give a tea called “demon’s roast” a whirl on Friday the 13th! c:
The tasting notes are telling me about the “deep sweetness” that’s in here somewhere, but I’m not getting it. It’s full-bodied for a houjicha, and it’s got a really great roasted taste, but I don’t think it’s particularly exciting and I don’t smell anything particularly exciting about it, either. There’s a grassy aftertaste I don’t think I’ve ever gotten from a houjicha before, which is interesting, but other than that, it doesn’t really grab me.
Flavors: Grass, Roasted
I like this a lot more than I thought I was going to! It’s just a straight up black tea, and I don’t normally care for those very much, but this is pretty tasty! It’s astringent and fairly strong, and it’s…earthy? I think? i don’t know how to describe this. I’m seeing people say it’s “malty”—is this what that is? It’s pretty nice.
I didn’t have it with milk because I don’t really like stuff in my tea, so I might be missing out on something by doing it the wrong way, but it’s a pretty good breakfast tea and it is going on the list!
You know, it’s not that Daruma is a bad tea, because it’s not—it has a great fruity, peppery scent and an interesting earthy aftertaste that balances out the sweetness of its fruit notes. I just think the problem is that at some point in my life, I must have had a medicine that tastes just slightly like it. It’s good! It’s strong and sweet and a little spicy; it’s fine, as teas go! But something about it says “medicine” because my scent memory doesn’t want me to have nice things. Oh well.
Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Pepper
It’s a cold rainy day and I’m working from home, so Book of Tea samples it is!
Wow, I really like this. The combination of the smokiness of the lapsang and the earthiness of the puerh make it almost savory? It has a very earthy-mineral aftertaste. I’m not sure how I feel about this; it’s not the best black tea I’ve ever had, but it’s such a good cold day tea and I’m not sure I’ve ever enjoyed something quite this earthy before—the closest thing I’ve had to this was Yerba Matte Late, and that kind of tasted like coffee and dirt. This is much better. Glad I tried it.
Flavors: Earth, Mineral, Smoke
Medium-bodied, not very astringent, and fruity! There’s a lot of raisin in here, and normally I’m not a huge fan of raisins, but I think it works here. I don’t have a lot more to say about it—it’s good, it’s black tea, there you go—but it’s pretty tasty.
Flavors: Fruity, Raisins, Smooth
So, I may or may not have received Lupicia’s Book of Tea 100 as a Christmas gift, and as a result, I may or may not have 100 different individual teas to review before the new year. Whoops :) Anyway, here goes the first sample!
I’d just like to get out of the way before I even get to a tasting review that this tea smells like the blushing sighs of angel babies. Just so everyone knows that.
The rum flavoring really pops out first, and then it’s just pleasantly sweet rummy rooibos until the caramel notes show up in the aftertaste. It’s a very sweet tea overall, and I like it a lot. There’s almost a butterscotch note to it, I think; the aftertaste is kind of creamy in a delightful way.
I didn’t think I was a huge fan of rooibos, but after this, it might just be that I either didn’t have a lot of good rooibos or was making it wrong. I really, really like this. I’m kind of eternally on the hunt for a good tea to drink before bed, and I might end up getting a tin. I think I’m going to wait and see how many of the other samples I feel that way about, though, so I don’t end up getting 100 separate tins. :D
Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Rum, Sweet