2661 Tasting Notes
Have been super sick over the last few days and didn’t want tea except one day, where I brewed up 3 faves (this being one of them). Drank the resteeps at work today, which was tasty, even though my sense of smell/taste is clearly still compromised. Anyways, this was yummy, and I had a really interesting experience with the last 1/3 of yesterday’s mug of it (that I drank this morning) – there was a very strong, and very tasty honey flavour along with the roasty chocolatey goodness. No idea if that was from leaving it overnight, or an artifact of messed up senses, but it was incredibly delicious.
Don’t recall what I wrote last time, but the grapefruit flavour really is fairly accurate in this one. Quite identifiably grapefruit, not miscellaneous citrus or anything else. I still maintain that Butiki’s is better, but to be fair, there’s also a much better base tea with her version, and I think that really complements the grapefruit flavour, whereas this tea has a basic sencha, and I don’t think seaweedy notes work so well. Regardless, I had a couple yummy travel mugs of this (one resteep).
Ah – read my old note – I originally tried a sample from someone else, whereas this time, it was from my half of a 50g packet from a Jan 2013 Happy Bag. So, much more flavour, in spite of the terrible storage (I hate Lupicia’s non-resealable packaging. At least make it have a metal twist-tie closure or something!! Not airtight but better than lying open!)
Sipdown! Thanks to Roswell Strange for the last of her precious sample of this tea! Also, super pleased that Octavia’s samples are in small resealable pouches.
Anyhow, I found this tea kind of interesting. The initial aroma smelled quite appealing, and reminded me of a 52teas blend I enjoy – Apricot Cheesecake Shou Mei. I think that’s the one… So clearly my brain wasn’t wanting to process a difference between apricot and mango, which was a little odd. Either way, once brewed up, it tastes rather similar too, so I think the base tea must be the same and contributing something in each case, and the flavourings, both being fruity, aren’t different enough for me to distinguish. Regardless, it’s tasty, and in the aftertaste, I get a sort of tanginess that makes me think of sorbet. To be honest, though, it’s probably not mango-y enough for me, but I haven’t really ever had a mango tea that was.
A huge thank you to VariaTEA for giving me a sample of this tea! I’ve been super curious, but haven’t had the chance to really get my hands on any of this previously.
The dry tea smells very chocolatey, and cacao nibs are clearly visible – I don’t always like the inclusion of cacao nibs for whatever reason, and the smell of the blend came off to me as a bit fakey, so I was prepared not to overly care for it. Sadly, I was a bit wrong. It’s way better steeped. Like liquid dark, fruity chocolate. Maybe a touch artificial, but it’s so rich and creamy. And dark. I do quite like it. Not enough to pay the extravagant prices that it costs, though, but it will remain in my head as a great chocolate tea to recommend. The only thing that would maybe make it better would be some cacao shell and perhaps a bit of base tea roastiness. (But then I’m probably turning it into LBCG… which is my all-time chocolate favourite).
(Oh, also I steeped this for 4 minutes by accident. It was fine. So the black base here is clearly pretty forgiving.)
I was gifted with 6 oz. (6 oz.!) of this recently, and was really hoping it would be at least decent (high hopes given Teavana’s reputation). Thankfully, it’s not too bad. There are a ridiculous number of ingredients (including many I dislike) mashed into this blend (not good for cup-to-cup consistency, sadly), but they come together to produce a somewhat fakeish, juice-like, strawberry fruit-ish tea. But forget about the oolong – it’s only in here so they can charge a lot more for the blend, because I’d estimate that maaaayyybe 10-20% of this blend is actual tea.
I actually resteeped this, and found that the second infusion was perhaps even better than the first, where everything just blended into a fruitiness. I’ve certainly had much more unpleasant blends, and I think this would actually be pretty good iced/cold in the summer. I wouldn’t buy it myself, though, because I much prefer tea that contains a noticeable amount of actual tea.