325 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 :)