321 Tasting Notes
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).
There are often times when I wish there’s more in a tea, but this time I wish there’s less. Jasmine tea and green tea is a wonderful combination; the floral scent of the former together with the grassiness of the latter makes me think about springtime. However, the muscat flavour added to this tea seems totally out of place and has upset the delicate balance of flavours. Sorry! The blend sounds interesting but it doesn’t work for me!
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 :)