2921 Tasting Notes
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.
Another tea from the book and once again it’s one my mom picked out and one that I wouldn’t chose for myself…ever. As I sip on it now, I can confirm that this really isn’t for me. I get mandarin mostly in the scent of tea while jasmin takes over tastewise. It’s drinkable but not really memorable in any way. I have had better teas with these flavors and I have had worse. This is sort of just there. 295.
I was packaging this up for a couple of people the other night and it smelled Ah-mazing!! So good! Rich and nutty and deliciously of baked treats. I could not wait to have this but I haven’t had much time to drink tea…until now. I made a beeline for this as I figured it would make the perfect eggnog latte. Unfortunately when I opened the bag, all I could smell was the grape flavoring of Jingle Bells.
I brewed it up anyways and hoped for the best and for the most part, I got white Christmas deliciousness. The smell translates perfectly to the taste. It’s like a cookies and milk all rolled in to one tasty cup. The only issue, the sip ends on a grape note that just doesn’t match the rest of the flavor. Of course, that is obviously a consequence of my handling of the tea and not a reflection of the tea itself.
My mom likes to pick a tea out of the book for me and she always seems to grab the ones I wouldn’t reach for myself. I guess that is good though because that way I am not taking what I like and leaving the non-exciting flavors for last.
Anyways, when I opened this, it smelled deliciously like a fresh, juicy tangerine. Unfortunately, I am not a lover of oolongs or citrus teas so despite the smell, my excitement levels were low. However, sipping on this now, it actually isn’t too bad. I am certainly getting tangerine. Bright, refreshing tangerine. I could see this being great iced for those who reach for citrus flavors. As for my preferences, I don’t think I’d stock this because I just wouldn’t reach for it often but I can appreciate that it is a rather nice cup of tea. 277.
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.