1588 Tasting Notes
I received this as a sample and I am so happy about that! This is a very colorful tea, full of green cardamom, red and black peppercorn, and more. It is very fragrant as well. I love it!
The base is a black tea, but it isn’t very strong or astringent or bitter. It is perfect. This tea didn’t need any additives, which I am glad for. The smell is delicious! So many notes playing in here. There is an herbal aspect to it. I love cardamom! I cook with it all the time. The taste is also delicious. All the spices are blended perfectly. There wasn’t one note that particularly stood out. Toward the end of my cup, it became a little astringent, leaving my mouth feeling a little dry. Next time I try this tea, I will add a little sugar to see if some flavors stand out.
WOW!! Again, I haven’t been able to do life things like grocery shop, so I chose this sample. A green packet! I love this tea bag sampler. I was incredibly hungry today before leaving for work, but I didn’t have time to eat anything. I brewed this up while I was getting ready. The leaves inside the large teabag are like oolong. Curled up. The result was a very dark, almost black tea colored, liquor. It was nutty and roasty smelling.
I took a sip and my mind went nuts. This tea is ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!!
#!# WOO!! Maybe it was because I was hungry, but the flavors in this tea are amazing. These types of oolongs that I’ve tried are usually light in flavor. This one pops out without being too demanding. There was no astringency or hint of bitterness at all. I was surprised since the liquor was so dark. The roasted and toasty flavors combined with the tiny hint of florals and lingering sweetness is really good. I will most definitely be purchasing this later.
So today, I didn’t have any milk. I am exhausted from nightfloat, so I decided to pick a black tea that doesn’t need any additives. From my huge Lupicia sampler, I picked this one based on the description. It didn’t need milk. Woo! I made a huge mugful of this tea.
I was very pleasantly surprised. The tea went down VERY smooth. There was a hint of astringency on my tongue after a few hours (yes hours) when the tea became cold. My mouth felt dry. However, there was no bitterness. The caramel is a hint in the background. It doesn’t taste artificial, but there was a tinge of sweetness as well. Good tea overall. I am not going to buy this tea though.
So I finally cracked into my HUGE Lupicia sampler. I needed to sleep after night float and decided to open a yellow-orange packet. Pommier it was. It smells… very strong. Almost like celery (and I absolutely hate celery). Some liquor-esque smell going on too.
Anyhow, I brewed up this rooibos. It is stinky! I decided to look up the tasting notes before I took a sip. Maple syrup, apple, honeybush, and rooibos? Strange combination. I would have expected it to have a different flavor and scent. I could detect apple in the aftertaste, but that was it. Not my favorite for sure.
I finished this tea up today. It is funny how my taste in teas have changed and evolved. This tea used to be my absolute favorite tea. After a few years, this tea doesn’t seem as great as I used to think it was. Nowadays, I’m loving oolongs! This tea is still a great dessert tea. It is sweet and has a nice blend of vanilla and caramel.