2756 Tasting Notes
Thanks again MissB! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this tea, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. A nice apple tea, with just enough sourness to make it a tart apple, and just a hint of spice. I’m quite impressed that it does indeed taste like apple. Not a tea I need stocked, but I would definitely drink this again! I do wish it was looseleaf, though.
Also, resteeps decently, though I’m only doing so the one time.
Brewed at 100C for 3 min. Rating 76.
Reminds me of 52teas’ Weeping Angel, though the base seems to be a bit less finicky. Thick, bold flavour, kind of toffee-like, but I’d love if it was even more present. Probably better with sugar and perhaps a touch of milk. If I had to pick, though, I’d choose the Lipton Caramel tea because it was lighter and sweeter. (Yes, I realize toffee and caramel are different.) thanks for the share, MissB!
Review is for the bagged version I received courtesy of MissB! Will merge into a new listing later if need be. Anyhow, wasn’t overly excited for this one (not compared to the caramel and toffee teas, anyhow!), but went straight to my boyfriend’s place after the tea festival, and all I had with me was the tea from Sil (no infusers), so it’s a perfect time for some bagged tea.
Aroma and flavour were both somewhat peachy (think fuzzy peaches without the tartness), which was better than some peach teas I’ve had, which was nice comsiderkng it was bagged. Black base was pretty unremarkable, but that’s better than overly astringent! Overall, not bad at all, but fruity-flavoured teas are not faves anymore, so I’m fairly indifferent. Thanks for the share, though, MissB! (Brewed 2 min at 100C).
Thanks for the sample of this one, MissB! Short note because I’m on my phone, but the aroma of the dry tea is deliciously caramelly. Steeped, it stays about the same, but it doesn’t translate to the flavour quite as well as I’d like, though that could perhaps be fixed by adding sweetener. I still rather enjoyed it for what it was, particularly since it’s a bagged tea. Would drink again, happily. Brewed at 100C for 2 min.
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.