294 Tasting Notes
Simple as the name suggests, this is a great winter tea that instantly warms you up! It has a clean, potent cinnamon scent that you either love or hate, depending on how much you like cinnamon. I have recently become pretty fond of cinnamon, so I am happy that there is no spice other than cinnamon in this tea (you know, most of the winter teas are quite spicy). The christmassy aroma of cinnamon never fails to cheer me up, by the way! ;)
Finally I have fully settled into my new home, which means that there is time for some tea!! :) This is a houjicha with a strong roasted, coffee-like aroma. I kept the brewing time short because I was worried that the flavour was too overpowering, and I was happy with the result. A very stimulating bittersweet tea to wake you up in the morning.
Bergamot flavoured sencha – sounds tasty, tastes pretty good too! This sencha base is used in most of Lupicia’s flavoured green tea. It is a bit “thick” (not sure if this is the right word) and cloudy. I think a lighter, cleaner tea base works better with bergamot, but this is nice enough.
The exact name of the tea I had was Sir Thomas Lipton Lemon Herbal Infusion (Sir Thomas Lipton is said to be a distinctive range of specialty teas by Lipton), but I don’t think it’s very different from this everyday lemon tea offered by the same company so I am writing the review here.
Like many previous reviewers, I drank this because I was not feeling well. Many people commented that its flavour resembled that of cold remedies. I have never tried cold remedies from the West, but I want to say that it tasted very much like a traditional sore throat remedy – a drink made with preserved citrus fruits – in Chinese culture too. The dry leaves smelt strongly of dried orange/mandarin/lemon peels, which was rather repellent I must say… when brewed the liquor tasted equally strong, to the extent that it could be somewhat bitter. It’s probably quite good for sore throat, but I certainly would not drink it if I wasn’t ill!
This has a really herbal aroma that I don’t enjoy. Taste-wise it’s much better – floral and soothing just like any other regular chamomile infusion. Great for my sore throat!
This has stayed in my cupboard for too long! I am not going to take it to my new home so I am trying my best to finish it. A spicy tisane that is also pretty sweet, thanks to the presence of licorice. Even though I am hardly a fan of licorice, it makes the tea more approachable… otherwise I don’t think I can finish even a single cup with all the cloves, cardamom, aniseed and fennel.. still, it’s a mistake for me to buy this tea given that I don’t really enjoy tea with so much spices…
This may be the highest rating I’ve ever given to a tea that contains hibiscus! There are probably too many other sweet-tasting ingredients so that the tartness of hibiscus is quite subtle. Both cinnamon and apple flavours are really intense in this tea. I love the spiciness and the whole cup tastes really like an apple cider. Pretty yummy I must say!! :)
This second steep is quite different, which prompts me to write another review. I was more careful about the brewing time so there’s no bitterness in this cup. The grapefruit flavour has become milder, whereas the sweetness of plum has come forward – the flavours seem to be more balanced and deserve a higher rating ;)
Oversteeped this a little bit… :( and that probably explains why I taste bitterness in the cup. It’s not very different from other grapefruit-flavour tea from Lupicia, perhaps expect a faint hint of plum (I wonder if I have really tasted it, or is it just because I think it should be there :P). Not as imaginative as its name suggests!!
I’m moving to a new home this November… so I’ve been busy packing stuff and finishing as much tea in my cupboard as possible!
This is one of the few herbal teas from Tea Forte that I like. Though fans of chai will be disappointed because it’s hardly spicy – I can’t taste the cardamom at all. It’s just cinnamon, cinnamon and cinnamon. It’s not strong either as the base is a rooibos. A very drinkable winter tea that can really warm you up!