642 Tasting Notes
Mmm. Thanks to greenteafairy for sending me a sample of this one. This is a tea-sad sipdown. I enjoyed this one brewed hot with a touch of brown crystal sugar. I’m not getting much hazelnut flavor, but the juicy raspberry and creamy butterscotch flavors are lovely. Nom nom nom.
Flavors: Butterscotch, Raspberry
Butiki sipdown! I wasn’t a huge fan of this one, actually. The pear tasted very artificial. Hot brewed, it was just unpleasant. But, this made for a decent cold brew. The artificial-ness was toned down and the candy sweetness was more palatable. Basically it tasted like liquid pear and jasmine hard candies, which is gross in a hot tea but decent in an iced tea on a hot day.
How have I not written a tasting note for this one yet? It tastes like marzipan and maple syrup. I can identify the note that’s supposed to be waffle, but combined with the almond flavor it just comes out as marzipan. Which is one of my favorite kinds of candy, so this is a total win for me. I can’t distinguish the base tea. Rather than assert its own flavor, it kind of chills out in the background to support the marzipan and maple. The sip ends with a slightly dry afterfeel and lingering maple syrup note. I can’t fathom adding sugar to this – it’s already just the right level of sweet for me.
Stacy, I miss your tea-blending genius!
Flavors: Maple Syrup, Marzipan
I have the best office mate. I made a comment about being bored with my office teas, so he surprised me by bringing in three new boxes of tea. Adorably, they’re all flavored Lipton teas and he thought they were “fancy”. I opened this one first.
Honestly, this is not nearly as bad as I expected. It tastes like blueberries and green. Nothing actually fancy, but perfectly drinkable. The flavoring falls comfortably between totally natural-tasting and sickeningly artificial. It would probably make a decent iced tea. So thanks, office mate!
Thanks again to Angel at Teavivre for the sample! I finished this one off as a tea soda – hot steeped the whole sample pack in a gaiwan, poured it into a glass, and topped it with seltzer. It came out simultaneously light and flavorful, which is just what I needed on a hot day. The leaf holds up well to a resteep too. I ended up getting four refreshing glasses out of it. Sipdown!
I could have sworn I’d reviewed this tea before. I recall not being too fond of it when I first bought it. It seems to have benefited from age, though. The sweet-tart raspberry and nutty cashew flavors are just right. Evenly balanced and natural tasting. This makes me think of raspberry thumbprint cookies in the best way. Nom nom nom.
Nope. Nope nope nope. I got a sample of this in a Lupicia mailer. I decided to try it out without looking at the ingredients so my impressions would be unbiased. Right off the bat, as soon as I opened the wrapper this smelled unpleasantly medicinal. Like cherry cough syrup. It tasted like artificial cherry until I checked the ingredients. Now it tastes like apricot (which isn’t one of the ingredients either), but still medicinal and just… off. Thankfully, this one’s a sipdown!
Thanks again to Dustin for sending me this lovely blend. It’s bready, malty, loveliness. Not a lot of chocolate flavor per se. I thought it was just because Butiki blends are starting to lose flavor, but looking at my last tasting note it appears this wasn’t especially white chocolate-y to begin with. I love the depth of this one, though. And of course it holds up to multiple steeps and a splash of rice milk quite well. Sipdown!
Another sipdown – ESP’s Genmaicha with Strawberry. It’s not in the database and I don’t feel like adding it right now. Liquid Proust included this as part of the Japan group buy while he was studying there (thanks!). It smelled so strongly of strawberry that I had to separate it from the rest of the teas as soon as I opened the box. I may have waited too long to drink this, though, because the strawberry scent has faded somewhat and does not seem to carry over to the flavor. This tastes like a slightly sweet, very faintly strawberry genmaicha. It is a bit too sensitive for my liking; I suggest steeping it at low temp for no more than a minute. Otherwise it comes out tasting more like burnt rice than roasted rice. It holds up decently to a second steep, though it does lose whatever faint strawberriness there was in the first one. This was nice enough but not something that I’m heartbroken to be out of.
Thank you to Nepali Tea Traders for the sample! I suspect this is the same tea used for the base of their Masala Spiced blend. It’’s delicious. Apparently Nepalese blacks lack the astringency of most other black teas and don’t hurt my stomach. This one is mellow and bready with a faint apricot note. In later steeps, a strong honey note comes to the fore. I’m truly displeased that this is a sipdown. Once I get my cupboard under control, this goes on the keep-in-stock list. Though it seems like I’ve been saying that for years about various teas and my cupboard is still a mess…
Flavors: Apricot, Honey