304 Tasting Notes
I have been away from Steepster for so long! Sigh, have been too busy to taste tea properly lately…
I am happy that when I finally have the time to do so, I am rewarded with a great cup! It’s smooth, brisk, and aromatic. It reminds me of the endless cups of wonderful Ceylon teas that I had when I visited Tea Trails in Sri Lanka last year. It’s unusual for me to like plain black tea so much but it is just THAT good. :)
The black tea base was smooth and nice as usual – that’s what I called the “Lupicia standard”. I did not get much raspberry out of this tea. There was white chocolate definitely and it gave the tea a sweet milky flavour. A tad bit too sweet for my liking but children would love the candy sweetness.
If you love Lupicia’s Sakurambo, you are going to love this too. The fragrance of fresh cherries filled my room when it’s brewed. This tea is more complex than Sakurambo as it’s a black rooibos blend while the latter is a black tea. The somewhat straw-y flavour of rooibos and the presence of safflowers gave this tea made me think about the countryside in summer… and I felt relaxed ;)
Finally, a decent brew after several mediocre teas in a row!
I had real white peach from Japan (thanks, Roger!) before having this tea and it was AMAZING. It was so juicy, succulent and fragrant… unforgettably delicious indeed! Because I was so in love with white peach, I picked this tea from the Kokodeshika Box Set, as it’s scented with white peach too :)
The peach flavour in this tea was lovely; there’s probably no real peach in this tea but the flavouring used by Lupicia produced a result that was close enough to authentic peach. I liked the fact that they used a Darjeeling as the tea base, which was less strong and therefore allowed the peach flavour to stand out. The only complaint I had was that there’s some flowery (I supposed it’s rose?) flavours in the tea that didn’t go too well with peach. It would be near-perfect otherwise!
Frankly speaking, am a bit disappointed with all the Lupicia special teas I have tried these days. Many of them were fruit-flavoured and tasted rather artificial. Melorina is no different and its fruit flavour is probably the most artificial of all. The melon flavour is exactly like that in candies or melon milk, a popular drink among children here in my hometown… it’s very sweet-smelling but the black tea base is quite strong, so it’s quite a mismatch. The second brew I had was better because both the melon flavour and the tea had become less strong.
This smells really tropical and yummy! I can clearly taste mango and papaya. But it’s unfortunate that I detect a distinctive bitter and tart taste in the tea… which I am going to attribute to hibiscus. It’s weird enough to turn a near-perfect cup into a disaster. Shame. The black tea base is a bit too strong as well, so I’d suggest a shorter brewing time (~2 minutes).