2920 Tasting Notes
This tea starts off tasting mostly like plain black tea. A nice malty black tea, but still, just the tea. However, just as you think you are going to be disappointed, the flavor of fresh vanilla bean takes over leaving you with a sweet and creamy aftertaste that you can only get from true vanilla flavoring. Yum!
My mother’s morning pick from the book and the tea I sipped on while finally packing up some tea to send out to people. This time of year has really gotten the best of me and it seems I am behind on so many things so it feels good to finally take care of the swaps that people are waiting for. I really do apologize and hope the tea finds its way to you all quickly!
As for the tea, once again I am getting grass and hay. Lupicia claims it should taste like sweet potatoes and if I concentrate hard enough I suppose I can see that but honestly I think that is just power of suggestion as opposed to a true reflection on the tea.
So many steepsterites seem to love this tea but alas, I think it is lost on me seeing as I am just not an oolong fan. I wanted to love it, I really did, but the peach is not as strong as I hoped and the base is just too powerful. I can see why this would be loved by some but its just not for me.
The dry leaf of this smelled so strongly of juicy apple cider that I was expecting a cup of fruity deliciousness. However, as soon as the water hit the tea bags, the scent of barley took over. Tastewise, this is like 98% barley and 2% apple cider which is not necessarily a bad thing but it is also rather disappointing given the scent of the tea bag. We’ll have to see how the cold brew goes…
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Once I was trying a Sencha from the book, I decided it would be a good idea to try another side-by-side to see how they differ. Like I said before, green tea is not really my thing so I doubt I would be able to pick up on the subtle differences from cup to cup, hence I figured drinking them at the same time would highlight each cups unique qualities. Honestly, I am still getting hay but it is more of a sweet/grassy hay than the buttery hay I was getting in Sencha “Tosa”. Again, not bad, just not for me. Though, I think I might prefer this of the two I have tried so far. Then again, if I had a blind taste test, I doubt I would really be able to tell them apart easily. 293.
I am not someone who drinks green tea so I am going to apologize ahead of time for all my reviews as I doubt they would be very informative however, this came in the Book of Tea so I figure I should at least give it a try and see what I think. And what do I think of this particular sencha? I think it tastes like buttery hay. Seriously, that is what I am getting. I suppose one could call that “rustic” so in that sense, it delivers on what Lupicia promises. It is not something I would reach for again but its not so bad so I guess this might be an interesting choice for green tea lovers. 294.