2087 Tasting Notes
Why do so many fuzzy peach teas fail to actually taste like fuzzy peaches? This one, for example, had such a strong smell that just did not translate to the taste. Instead it was slightly peachy black tea with that hint of weirdness that seems to turn up in decaffeinated cups. Disappointing indeed but at least that is one more tea off my “to try” list and another quick and easy sipdown. Final count for the night: 279.
Finished the last of this as an eggnog latte and what a way to see it off. Everything came together perfectly. The cream, present in even a plain cup, was on a whole other level and notes of sweet coffee deliciousness shined too. Everything about this worked. Everything. It was awesome!! This tea will be missed. Thank you Sil for the opportunity to enjoy it :) 280.
This is the first straight tea I have tried from Lupicia and so far I am not impressed. It’s not bad but it’s really nothing special either. It is a touch astringent which is okay but other than that, there isn’t a really distinctive flavor to this. It is maybe a little bit like stonefruit and a touch citrus but really it just tastes like any other run of the mill straight black tea you would find bagged at the grocery store. Drinkable but not something I would want again. 281.
I made this as an eggnog latte while simultaneously cooking/ eating my dinner since I worked the closing shift and didn’t get home until 9:15ish. In order to help me out, my mom offered to froth the milk/eggnog mixture for me however she got a bit froth happy which made for a bit of a latte explosion: http://instagram.com/p/wxacGiPJWX/. Consequently, the first few sips were all foam. However, when I did get to the tea itself, it made for a refreshingly cup of creamy vanilla mint goodness. Candy cane in a cup for sure with just a hint if chocolatey warmth. It is really delicious. This was an excellent way to say goodbye to this sample I have had for almost a year. 282.
So after adding the book and Christina’s swap, my final count (not including this one) is now: 283. Definitely not the direction I wanted to go but still very exciting.
Anyways, as for the tea, all the reviews are so incredibly horrible that I was petrified when brewing up this tea. I asked my mom to just grab me a random teabag and this is what she brought me and basically my thoughts were “let’s get this over with”. I let it cool completely and braced myself for the first sip of tarty awfulness. However, this was weirdly much sweeter than I anticipated. It’s mostly just juice that is almost a little bit rose and a little bit… vegetable? Someone described this as “tomato” juice and perhaps it is the power of suggestion but I get it. So weird and not something I would want again but also not as bad as I anticipated so I guess that’s a win.
In addition to my giant Lupicia box, I received my swap package from Christina and it is packed full of tasty teas. This was one of those teas and it is one I have wanted to try for a while. I mean, when its referred to as “Wee Snaily Yums”, how could my interest not be piqued.
With my first sip, I can certainly see why so many rave about this tea. It is smooth and silky, like honey and caramel but also a touch earthy, like the taste one would find in a sweet potato. It is good. Really good. And has a perfect touch of malt. Yum! So, thank you Christina for passing some along and also thank you to Ost for being the original supplier :P. This is one I will be seeking out again soon.
Though I may not have been having the best few days, my morning was certainly brightened by the arrival of my shared Lupicia order with a group of steepsterites. It was a giant box filled with awesomeness and the most exciting part? My new book of tea! Look at it!!! It’s beautiful: http://instagram.com/p/wuiF7ZvJdG/?modal=true. 100 different Lupicia teas to try :)
I reached in and grabbed a tea at random and this just happened to be the first one I picked up. I had never seen this one before but it sounded amazing and smelled of sweet juicy pear. As I brewed it up, I realized why I never saw this before – it was a flavoured green which I tend not to look at as I am not a lover of green teas. This one is actually quite nice though. Personally I think hojicha is a weird choice for a tea that has such light and fruity flavors and it comes through a bit fractured in the cup. Some sips have strong, roasted grass notes while others are ripe pear drizzled in honey. Its like two different teas were dumped into one cup and made to coexist, which they are achieving, though not particularly well. Perhaps a less aggressive base would have helped the flavors shine a bit more instead of fighting for my attention.
With that said, I find that as the tea cools, the hojicha becomes more muted which makes it slightly more enjoyable. Perhaps tats why this is recommended as an iced tea? Anyways, it is one I would drink again but as long as its on a hojicha base, it is not something I would want in any sort of quantity.