2353 Tasting Notes
I’m still not quite fully moved in to my new place, so I’m drinking whichever teas I can find… ok, that’s most of them. Haha. At least now I have a shelf to house my teas! Tea stash photo coming soon :P Anyways, I happened across the Lupicia box, which is the reason for these two teas. This one’s in a plastic baggie, so best to drink up if possible.
Anyhow, the aroma is actually rather peachy – I was surprised! I wasn’t expecting too much, to be honest. It also smells a bit floral, which is not surprising given the rose petals. Flavourwise it’s unmistakably a rooibos, though not too bad as they come. If I use a bit of imagination, I can imagine this to be a cup of hot peaches.
However, I think this will be destined for the swap pile. Someone who likes rooibos blends and/or floral blends would probably appreciate it more than me!
Yum, this is decent not in a travel mug as well, although I think it will be shoved into that box to be finished off, as there are others teas I’d prefer to drink hot. I think the tea pretty much fits the description – it’s a slightly fruity, caramelly black. Easy and enjoyable to drink straight, and at a 3 minute infusion, pretty much free from astringency. Definitely don’t regret having received this one in the 2012 Happy Bag!
ETA: Second infusion pretty tasty! Something about this tea really works for me. Bumping the rating a bit.
Ok…. either my sample is too old, or my mouth tastes too much like cardamom, but I cold-brewed a bunch of this last night and I can’t taste anything :( I really liked this one the last time I had it cold, so this sucks. I guess I’ll let my tastebuds sit a while and then see how it goes… (Note: sample has been in a plastic baggie for pretty much an entire year…)
Cold-brewed last night. Honestly? All I’m really tasting here is cardamom, and since I seem to adore cardamom, this is working quite well. I’m not sure that I ever honestly tasted much of anything else, but enjoyed the cardamom so much that I rated this quite highly! Either way, I’m tempted to simply steep some cardamom pods in the fridge and see how it turns out…
Tried a bit of this one last night. Honestly, I drank it pretty quickly so can’t really write the best review, but it was certainly both chocolatey and minty, and I did enjoy it. I can’t believe how many little chocolate chips are in there! Anyhow, I have enough left of my share for at least another few cups, I’m thinking, so will have to properly review it later when I’m less distracted (e.g. not playing guitar/watching Dr. Who).
So I guess when you deprive yourself of tea long enough, it tastes utterly amazing when you get back to it! First cup of milk oolong in a long while, and it was absolutely heavenly. This packet resides at the boyfriend’s house for the time being, which was a great thing to have remembered last night :D
Cold-brewed some of this up today as well; it was just fine to have in place of plain, ice-cold water, and I think that’s how I’ll finish this one, but it’s definitely not a favourite. I just don’t get the berry flavour I’m looking for here, and the white tea comes off a bit play-doughy or chemically.
Put some of this in the fridge to cold-brew earlier this evening (~4tsp in 2 cups water) and I’m rather enjoying it, although I preferred it ice cold as opposed to the closer-to-room-temp it is right now (my room is quite warm!)
I brewed up some of my Black Currant Bai Mu Dan the same way, and definitely prefer this one, although it could easily be in part due to freshness. I don’t get a ton of flavour with either, but there’s more white tea flavour in this blend, and therefore it’s a more enjoyable iced tea. I probably should avoid buying more white tea blends though… don’t appear to be a huge fan of them.
Tried a cup of this at the reception. Blech. I suppose it mostly tasted kind of apple cidery, but I was unimpressed and barely drank any (and then my cup disappeared, aka I went and sat somewhere else). It probably isn’t a terrible tea, really, but it wasn’t what I wanted right then! I’ll refrain from rating, as a result.
Thanks to Stacy at Butiki for a generous sample of this one, that came with my last order :)
This is possibly the best banana tea I think I’ve had. Ok, maybe second best, after Banana Oolong from DavidsTea. The banana flavour in here is so real and perfect (no banana runts here!) and I’m just getting a bit of nuttiness, which is hard to separate from the base, which is great and not astringent at all with the recommended brewing parameters. It reminds me in a way of Apres Ski (DavidsTea), except lacking in astringency in the base, and with more banana flavour and less dry, astringent walnut flavour. (Ok, so it’s not so much the same, but more along the lines of what I expected Apres Ski to taste like). Anyhow, again, this is another tea I probably wouldn’t order a bunch of for myself, but it’s a must-try for any banana lovers out there! (Unless you hate walnut. Or black tea. Although both are done marvellously here, so I’d recommend trying it anyhow.)
I feel like my tasting notes are a bit off tonight.. apologies, it’s the sleepiness and lack of focus :)