310 Tasting Notes
Today, I feel that autumn is finally here after the hottest summer in my life! I’ve been drinking mostly green tea and oolong tea the whole summer; with the slightly cooler weather today, I decided to have a cup of black and green tea blend… with a little bit of peach (my favourite fruit in summer). :)
This was a nice tea. It had the depth of black tea, the sweetness of green tea, the fragrance of jasmine, and an undercurrent of peach flavour. It made me happy. Though I must say I am a bit disappointed that only peach flavouring rather than real peach was used in making this tea :P
This is a very unique tea. I have never tasted black tea like this before! It has an intense coffee-like, roasty aroma. The liquor also has that characteristic roasty flavour that reminds me of houjicha, but of course it is not as strong. It is malty with a bittersweet finish. It’s certainly not my cup of tea – perhaps it’s an acquired taste – but you’ve go to try it if you wan to expand your palate or call yourself a tea connoisseur :P
I was so careless that I used boiling water to brew this tea! Perhaps it’s not really wrong (boiling water is actually recommended by Lupicia), but I always find the taste of oolong is at its best when it is hot instead of scalding hot. I could barely taste the flavour and sweetness of this tea when it’s freshly brewed. I waited for my tea to cool a bit and that’s when the flavour came out. Very subtle sweetness and a tiny bit of milkiness. Overall a very gentle tea, and I think it’s the kind of tea made for cold brew. It’s ok but nothing too memorable. I have tasted better oolong from Alishan.
This was not bad – a delicate tea with fragrant jasmine which had just the taste of spring!! But I want to point out that the jasmine flavour was mostly gone after the first brew, and by the third brew it was totally gone… which suggests that the the scenting process might not be long enough.
I am more a fan of light and floral Taiwanese oolong, but I’ve got to admit that this is not bad. A warm, roasted flavour that reminds me of houjicha, with an unexpectedly sweet finish characteristic of Taiwanese oolong. Would really love to have some traditional Taiwanese pastries to go with it…
This tea surprised me!
I was expecting a decent cup of bergamot-flavoured tea, so imagine the shock when I opened the sachet and was greeted by a strong peachy note instead. I adjusted my expectation according, looking forward to a cup of peachy tea as I brewed the tea bag. But there came another wave of shock when I drank the brewed tea – it’s SMOKY!! Very fruity too, but definitely it’s neither bergamot nor peach. I looked up Lupicia’s website and learnt that it’s LONGAN! I have longan every summer but this was the first time I consumed it in black tea. No wonder the taste was so unfamiliar!
I have to disagree with some previous comments that the fruit tasted citrusy. Longan is not at all a citrus fruit! It’s very sweet and similar to lychee. It also shares some similarities with muscat/grapes given its juiciness and succulence. Anyway, this is a unique, almost exotic, tea that is not for everyone. But if you appreciate something different and special, you are going to enjoy it :)