New Tasting Notes
This is my second tasting of this tea; I will admit that the first tasting was not as good as I was hoping for. But thankfully I do believe in giving teas a second chance, and I am glad I did. Although the directions say to steep for approximately 4-7 minutes, I found that for my first time trying this tea it was fairly weak, so I decided to up the steep time to closer to 10 minutes. The colour is a pale yellowish-orange, and although transparent there is a bit of sediment floating around (most likely small pieces of fruit).
The aroma very creamy – reminds me of French vanilla ice cream and orange creamsicles… maybe in this case peachsicles? Either way this tea smells amazing!
The initial taste isn’t much; however, I am able to taste the creaminess in the back of my mouth. After the second sip I am able to make out more of the vanilla notes, but not as much peach.
There is a very soft and creamy mouthfeel, leaving my mouth watering and wanting another sip. The creaminess intensifies as the tea cools.
The aftertaste is when I notice most of the flavour of the peach come out. It is very juicy, fruity, and slight mouthwatering tang.
This tea isn’t very strong, so for those of you who like your tea on the stronger side I would recommend steeping the tea for a few minutes longer then the recommended 4-7minutes. I found that this also helped develop the peach aftertaste. Overall this tea is a lovely fruity tea, perfect for the approaching spring/summer weather. I can see myself drinking this iced and sitting outside during the early evening as the sun goes sown (when the weather gets a bit warmer of course).
Flavors: Cream, Peach, Vanilla
A small backlog.
So I promised I’d give the last of this a fair sendoff. It’s the last bag. The last bag FOREVER, because it doesn’t seem like Lupicia make this anymore. Unfortunately, because this has really grown on me. Or rather, I’ve been the one doing the growing, and I can now appreciate the complexity of this tea. +10 points.
The base is a subtly roasted houjicha, and this is what made this a little hard for me to fully embrace earlier, as I hadn’t quite decided how I felt about roasted teas. I’m completely swayed now, though – and roastiness intermingling with one of Lupicia’s perfect fruit flavours? It’s so, so good, and beautifully balanced. It gives me apricot tonguefeel if I close my eyes.
If this had been available, it would have been an instant restock, but as it is, I’ll just add fruit-flavoured houjicha to the list of teas I absolutely need in my cupboard.
Either way, it’s a fair sendoff – I’m at the airport lounge and the bartender sings his usual showtunes. ‘Is it really the very last of the tea?’ he asks, shaking his head sadly. He seems to understand the gravity of the situation. I will leave the tiny bag corpse with him.
[Purchased at Lupicia in Honolulu, December 2012.]
[Polished off at Fiumicino, March 2014.]
I get this sample thanks to the lovely Dexter3657
This is my first Tea Vivre and first Golden Monkey I think.
After 2 minutes steeping I already get a very dark It is very malty without being strong.
I detect very nice notes of sweet patatoes, the most proeminent to me, and, behind cocoa notes, powder cocoa.
Sadly I don’t get the honey notes promised and this is one of my favourite notes in plain black teas along with mature fruit notes.
This is a pleasant cup of tea, really but probably not my first choice for a black tea cup in the morning.
They were out of the sample I ordered, so I had to pick another. Piccolo recommended this one, so I gave the OK.
I’m either learning that I just don’t prefer rooibos, or I just am not getting anything from these blends, so take this note with a grain of salt.
I double leafed this one, but I must still be brewing it wrong. Usually I have to underleaf a chai since they’re soo spicy, but I’m not quite getting what I want out of this. Maybe if I boil it for a very long time? The steeping directions say 5mins at 212F, which isn’t what I did, because I’ve never had to steep a tea for that long at that high a temp before. I haven’t quite mastered the learning curve for this one yet, but I might run out of this sample before I do. The sample size is 8-10 servings for 8oz cups, I usually do a 12 oz cup, so this might only last me 3 tastings if I keep doing double leaf. =(
Somehow I brewed this so that it actually does taste like a slightly tangy, gingery, pumpkin cheesecake. What I did differently tonight than most nights? Zero clue. Maybe it’s that I used my (new) Timolino? That’s the only variation from my norm… oh, and I used slightly heaping teaspoonfulls of tea.
Love turmeric in your tea? Then I’m your kinda gal. Or, maybe one you want to swap with, as I’ve just discovered I have four teas with the main ingredient as turmeric. Yay!
This one I picked up while ‘on vacation’ (read: took a break from my family while my daughter’s Dad visited for a week) during my first ever visit to Whole Foods in Canada. Kinda wish there was one closer…
This smells like orange licorice, if there was such a thing. Is there? Like, bright, shiny orange? If so, I’d eat it… and it would remind me of this tea.
Flavors: Licorice, Orange Zest
Steep #2: My 6-year-old got to this before I did, and he asked, “What kind of tea is this, Mommy?” and then had a slurp. “Yummm!!” He said, wide-eyed, and downed about half the cup.
Yep, so we agree. This really is delicious – and wowed a green-food-hating boy. I’m impressed.
1.5 tsp in 12 oz. re-steeped.
I’ve got a massive headache and I usually drink peppermint tea to soothe headaches buuut I left the last of it for my roommate! So I’ve got me some spearmint which I will have now because MINT.
This is actually the first time I’ve had this tea on its own and wow it tastes weird okay. Not like the spearmint that I know…
This is the second tea from the white tea sampler I got on the cheap. This one seems to be a different beast entirely from the White Pear, for one I’m pretty sure that this blend is actually more fruit than tea – there’s giant pieces of dried strawberry and apple. To be fair the white tea leaves that are in there are lovely whole leaves and buds, but they make up less than half of the dry tea in the tin.
The flavour of the tea is sweet and fruity without being cloying – it’s strawberry but there’s also other fruit flavours mixed in. Someone else compared it to strawberry Jell-o and I’d say that’s a pretty accurate comparison. It would probably be great iced, though I don’t have enough tea to make a full jug. I might just try sticking a mug of it in the fridge.
After annoying weather delays my adagio haul arrived today!! I got several new teas and a new tea pot! This is one of the first teas that I tried out of the batch. I really enjoyed the first taste to the very last. It’s a mellow tea and while the blueberry could be more prominent, it’s not completely unnoticeable. The tea is quite crisp like I have found most white teas tend to be. This will become a fast favorite I can already tell!
Toronto niiiiights, like Toronto daaaaays, more often then not, are colder than balls, in a lot of good waaaays.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
This was . . . good. Interesting. I’m glad I tried it but I don’t think I’d restock. The overwhelming flavour of it tastes nearly exactly like Lucky Charms.