2848 Tasting Notes
Sipdown. I’m mad because my spreadsheet seems to have somehow reverted to an older version. Like, two months ago. And now everything is wrong and I’ll have to redo it all. SO FRUSTRATING.
Anyways. Drank this at my boyfriend’s mom’s place and it was pretty good. Had one re-steep. Apparently I didn’t like it much before?? Odd. Well, I liked it this time, not that I am too sad it’s gone. I’m just really mad about my spreadsheet right now.
Ok…. the dry leaf of this tea, and the brewed scent, are really strongly hay-ish, and weird. Almost pungent? Quite off-putting. I’m actually really surprised that nobody else has mentioned it… so I am wondering if it’s just something with this baggie (though that seems odd). Does seem a bit like an aroma I’ve smelled before with white tea, although I can’t place exactly where.
In regards to the flavouring though, I can definitely taste the irish cream beneath the strange presumably white tea flavour, and it’s actually really good. Not particularly a cookie or anything, but a tasty tea – I just wish that weirdness was less noticeable (but I’ll probably still drink it). No rating because of that (I’d go for mid-60s with the weird flavour).
This is a surprising-not-surprising winner for me. Surprising because it’s a honey bush base, and I didn’t expect coffee flavour to translate terribly well, but not surprising, because I would expect to enjoy a creamy coffee flavour and well, this is Stacy we’re talking about, not some junky company.
It’s actually quite tasty. Bang-on coffee ice cream. I went through a phase of always getting coffee ice cream when I had the chance (cones in the summer, etc.), and this is exactly how it tastes. Not as sweet (though I almost feel like sugar would ruin it), but otherwise practically identical.
Holy grape. I can see why this managed to contaminate VariaTEA’s other Lupicia teas, because it is POTENT. However, it’s also pretty good (though won’t make it into my top teas… just not that big of a fan of grape). Anyhow, I found it to be quite a juice tea – the black base was pretty tame, so the grape was all that I really perceived. And it was a pretty nice, true version of grape, not that bubblegum clone that sometimes is passed off as grape. Overall, happy enough with this, but I’m glad I only have 25g :)
This tea. Yessssssssss. Quite sad I only have the tiny half ounce of this one and it’s all gone, because it is a very delicious white tea. Perfect light cinnamon/vanilla spice, yummy squash flavour, and since I’m doing this from memory, I can’t remember the other flavour association I made….. oh! Nuts – it tasted quite nutty to me. Perhaps that was the base?? But I like nuttiness in tea, and it really worked. This would have been a 1-2 oz. purchase for me.
Seems I may have oversteeped this a touch tonight, because there was definitely some astringency, though it was quite drinkable. However, it was a fairly unremarkable tea, IMO. Not really roasty, a bit of floral perhaps, but nothing too special, to my palate anyhow. I’ll drop the infusion time to 2 minutes next time (although we’ll see tomorrow what the resteeps bring).
Got a tin of sachets of this tea from my sister this Christmas (a regift, but a very well-received one, considering I haven’t tried this tea AND it sounds delicious!) The aroma from the tin is not overly caramelly/vanilla, but it’s quite pleasant. I’m working from memory here (in bed right now) so I might have to adjust that later, but that is my predominant opinion of it. Brewed, though – it’s pretty tasty. In fact, it reminded me quite a bit of Butiki’s Butterscotch Pudding, which I had brewed up a second/third infusion of at the same time. I did notice some astringency though – I’ll have to watch time/temp a bit more closely next time. Maybe only give it a minute and decrease the temp slightly. The resteep was quite good though. Overall, quite pleased! I really would like to try more of Zhena’s teas (though I would prefer them looseleaf instead of bagged).