3013 Tasting Notes
The raspberry notes I got when I had this as an eggnog latte are MIA now. Very weird but still good. The base is taking over but that’s okay because it is malty and chocolatey with a slight hint of astringency. Not bad but it definitely needs something to bring out the full spectrum of flavors.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!!
I hope everyone is having an amazing day with their loved ones.
As for the tea, I tried it in store and surprisingly liked it despite the blerg and so I grabbed 20g. However, I didn’t like it that much so I’m not sure why I grabbed as much I did. Luckily I have someone I can pass it on to so I am having one cup to celebrate the holiday and say goodbye.
First off, this is a dark murky brown. It’s a little like muddy water which leaves a little bit of oiliness that I am not loving. I blame the chocolate. Still, it doesn’t fully detract from the cup as a whole. This tea smells great and looks really pretty with little chocolate curls and whole rosebuds, definitely a romantic looking blend. Unfortunately, the rosebuds and earl combined make this an especially floral tasting blend. It almost borders on perfumey but is held just in check by the chocolate and roasted carob.
I iced part of the sample and put another bit in to steep overnight. As I sip on this, this is the one time I think hibby really works in the tea as it adds a tartness that is reminiscent of the citric acid you find in limes. The sour is balanced by the apple sweetness and ultimately the whole leads to a key lime flavor more true to the fruit than the pie. I don’t know if it is necessarily for me but it’s good and I can see why someone who enjoys like would enjoy this.
Thank you MissB for the share. I didn’t quite get the liquid nutella that others did, though I really wish I had because that sounds amazing. Instead I got a nice tea that was sometimes nutty, sometimes chocolately, and sometimes malty black base. It was pretty good though not something I am running out to stock as I have my MF Mousse au Chocolat for when I have chocolatey cravings. Still, it was fun to try!
This tea almost perfectly captures a fresh, crisp green apple in both smell and taste. It is amazing! I only wish I was more into green tea because this would be a restock for sure. However, as it is, the base does peek through at times adding a bit of vegetalness that detracts from the overall cup. Still, this is one I would consider purchasing if I were placing a Lupicia order and it is one I definitely would recommend to anyone who enjoys flavored greens and apple teas.
I think I’m going nuts because in my mind the smell of this tea was a mouth watering cherry/orange liqueur type smell. However, there is no cherry in this blend so I have no clue where that came from. What I do know? This is certainly a floral black and oftentimes I find floral teas tend to have a dryness to them that’s just not for me. Still, I could continue to smell this all day so I am happy for the chance to have tried it. Once again, thank you MissB for the share!!
I love the spices in this and the creaminess of the eggnog but why does it have to be so green?!? Something about these green blends just causes them to deteriorate so quickly causing the flavors to take the backseat and the vegetal base to stand out. At least the grassiness was stronger in smell than taste but still it really takes away from the drink as a whole for me.
Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing but I think I messed this up terribly. All I am getting is a creamy honeybush in both smell and taste. I know this tea is so much more than that so I am sure it is personal error. Such sadness because I had high hopes for this one. Still, thank you for sharing your beloved tea!!
As per Roswell Strange’s suggestion, I cold brewed the last of this and it tastes much better than the hot cup. I am not immediately running out to restock this, especially when I already have an amazing lemon tea for cold brewing (DTT’s Lemon Chiffon), but at least I am enjoying this last cup. The lemon is sweet and creamy, it’s almost like the part of a lemon meringue pie where the sweet lemon custard just has a touch of the marshmallowy deliciousness from the meringue. Yum! I will be bumping up my rating soon enough