312 Tasting Notes
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 :)
It’s been ages since my last update! This tea struck me with its fruity acidity. Compared to other flavoured or herbal teas it’s not really acidic, but by the standard of a plain black tea it definitely is. It’s a bit odd to me but it’s not all that unpleasant. The tea itself was not very strong and so the acidity easily stood out.
A very, very mild chamomile. There’s an unmistakable hint of vanilla, which does not seem to go too well with chamomile – I can taste chamomile and vanilla separately instead of finding the flavours in harmony. As the tea cools a strange, somewhat fishy smell, appears… I don’t think I would like to finish the cup. Not impressed.
Flavors: Flowers, Vanilla
This tasted a lot better than I had thought! When I opened the tea sachet, the scent of muscat candy was so overpowering that I almost had a headache. The muscat aroma remained artificial when brewed… fortunately, the liquor had a much more natural taste. The mild sweetness of muscat paired nicely with the smooth black tea base. A pretty nice tea :)
Not sure if it’s my nasal congestion or insufficient brewing time, this tea tastes significantly milder than other scented teas by Lupicia. But it is not bad because sometimes Lupicia teas are scented too heavily to the extent of being overly artificial, so I find this tea just right. The slight sweetness enhances the smooth, flavourful black tea base. Not something I will crave for, but I won’t mind having another cup. :)
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.