302 Tasting Notes
This is very much like Yamabudo, another oolong tea scented with grapes by Lupicia. The grapes used in Budou Oolong are apparently different (Pione grapes, they said), although I really can’t tell if it tastes different from other types of grapes. Anyway, people who enjoy Yamabudo will like this tea because it has all the former’s great qualities. While the grape flavour smells somewhat artificial, its taste, surprisingly enough, is subtle and natural. The bright floral fragrance of oolong tea base blends wonderfully with the grape flavour. A very gentle tea that makes a great start of the holiday :)
This is disappointing… the yogurt flavour is strangely artificial and sweet, it smells and tastes like Yakult yogurt drink or Chelsea yogurt scotch candy… not that I don’t like this flavour but it’s kinda weird when it appears in a tea. It doesn’t go along well with the black tea base, which actually is quite smooth and nice itself. Too bad.
Another tea from Kokodeshika Box Set. It’s very lemony – the lemon flavour comes from lemon oil rather than artificial flavouring – you either hate it or like it. It’s strange that I detect some sweet, peachy flavour in the tea… not sure if this is intended, but anyway it goes well with lemon, making this tea an enjoyable, fruity cup.
Haven’t got the time to properly taste tea lately!! :( Have abandoned Steepster for quite a while…
Anyway, have just got the box of “Kokodeshika”, which is an assortment of special Lupicia bagged teas that are available only in certain regions or countries, from my cousin in Japan. I started with this tea (literally “hot spring green tea”). It’s a slightly grassy green tea with the comforting, mild scent of orange. I won’t say it’s special but it did help you relax… I should really drink this when I am in the bathtub :P
Thanks Ysaurella for sending me this lovely green tea!
The dry leaves are so wonderfully fragrant… sweet-smelling like potpourri. Some people may be put off by the strong perfume, but that’s exactly what I like about MF’s flavoured teas. :) When brewed the beautiful fragrance is fully translated into fruity and flowery flavours in the liquor. I can’t tell the kind of fruits or flowers they use though… MF wants to keep the formula “mysterious”, apparently. The green tea base is great too. It is very delicate, not too grassy, and it has a sweet finish. It can get a bit bitter when it cools so I would really recommend drinking it hot.
I’ve just realized that this is my first green MF tea… and I am loving it :)
Have been so busy lately that I haven’t properly enjoyed tea for a while! I am now having a long weekend, and I decide that it will be perfect to start it with a tea sample that I received in a recent tea swap with the very generous Steepsterite Ysaurella. :)
One thing I really love about French teas is that they always have pretty, poetic names! This tea (“A day in the countryside”) is no exception. I was expecting a really floral tea (cos there should be lots of flowers in the countryside right?), but it’s nothing like that. Rather, the dry leaves have a tangy smell of cinnamon and dried fruits.
When brewed, this is a warming tea with dominant flavours of cinnamon and orange. Both flavours are very natural, which is good news as I am normally put off by artificial “Fanta”-like orange. But seriously I can’t detect any chestnut in the tea… a real pity. The black tea base is fairly astringent so I am happy that I have kept the brewing time short.
Overall, I am glad to have the chance to taste this tea, which is not available in Hong Kong. Thanks again, Ysaurella! Sharing tea with people around the world is such a beautiful thing. :)