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2021 sipdown no. 20
I officially started my new spring term courses today!
This tea is really good. There’s a delightful creaminess and notes of strawberry in the background. The strawberry is not cloying or artificial at all. The green tea flavour is there, but falls to the background as well.
Thanks for sending this one Cameron!
Yum, this was a fun, tropical fruit tea. There are these little green rock candy stars sprinkled throughout that add a wonderful sweetness to the tea. Lush, juicy aromas of mango and passion fruit. The tea is malty with a beautiful red color and bright tropical notes of pina colada and mango. Re-steeping produces a cup that’s less fruity but honeyed with soft floral notes of jasmine flowers.
Flavors: Coconut, Jasmine, Mango, Passion Fruits, Pineapple, Tropical
Samurai TTB #35
This was a lovely green oolong…smooth, creamy, and buttery with notes of asparagus and lilac. It also re-steeped really well. I’m sad there was only enough in the box for one cup, because I’d gladly drink this again!
Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Creamy, Floral, Smooth
Lupicia company loose leaf tisane ‘Orzo 9301’
(Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant)
Steepster Link: http://steepster.com/teas/lupicia/22109-orzo
27 minutes, I forgot it
kati loose tea system 12oz
Dry Leaf Smell: barley, carob, roast
Steeped Tea Smell: barley, roast, coffee
Liquor: Color dark opaque black
Flavor: Bitter, roast, sweet finish. Definitely reminds me of coffee.
Post-Steep Additives: cream and sugar, reduces the bitterness
You absolutely could have told me this was cream and sugar in a cheap coffee and I would have believed you.
Thanks Cameron for sending me this to try! I’ve been saving it for New Years.
The dry sachet of this smells strongly of grape Hi-Chews deliciousness!
Steeped the tea definitely has a grape Hi-Chew like flavor as well as some floral perfume like notes. I get the champagne as well it has an almost bubbly like quality to it though leaning more towards champagne than soda. I probably steeped it a tad long and would steep it a bit shorter next time.I bet this would be delicious iced as well. This is my first grape tea I’ve tried from Lupicia and I definitely would repurchase this and want to try their other grape teas as well.
Flavors: Candy, Champagne, Floral, Grapes, Perfume, Sweet
Summer tea in winter, lol. I’m the type who likes ice cream in winter, hot tea in summer… no regard for seasons. At least I’m drinking this hot.
It smells like barley when brewed but in kind of an odd way, not very appetizing to me. Kind of a pile-of-wet-leaves smell.
Drinking it though, it tastes like the woods and camping and Japan and toasty goodness.
Edit: Getting just a slight coffee flavor now that it’s cooling down a bit! Interesting. Not bad.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Coffee, Roasted Barley, Toasty, Wood
This one reminded me of a purple grape bubblegum I used to chew as a kid. I was expecting a more natural grape flavor but the artificial grape smell and taste was pretty strong here. I brewed this one grandpa style using water off the boil and topping off with cooler water later. The grape bubble gum flavoring was up front and center. Sweet with a floral hint from the Baozhong base. As it cools, the flavoring softens a bit turning into a kyoho grape sweetness that contrasts nicely against the light vegetal backdrop. A hint of perfume mingled with grape juice as the tea further settles.
Once my cup was 1/3 full, I topped off with the barely hot water left in the kettle (too lazy to re-heat the water). This lightened the tea considerably and I finally tasted a bit of the promised muscat grape flavor.
Cold brew was enjoyable and tasted similar to the hot brewed tea, but more one-dimensional.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Grapes
I absolutely love all things grapefruit and of course green tea, but had doubts about how the two would go together. That and too many bad citrus flavored teas in the past gave me some trepidation. However, Lupicia has once again done a marvelous job with this blend and I enjoyed it more than any other citrus tea I’ve had before.
The tea has a delicious citrusy smell out of the bag. A powerful yet very pure and natural grapefruit aroma accented by orange and Meyer lemon. I chose to cold brew it at first as the idea of hot grapefruit wasn’t terribly appealing. It starts off herbaceous with lemon verbena and basil notes before settling into a mellow grapefruit flavor followed by a bright burst of meyer lemon peel in the aftertaste. The grapefruit flavor isn’t puckery or juicy like the flesh of the fruit but more like grapefruit rind. This one is like a way better version of the Tazo Mint Green tea I used to drink back in the dark ages.
I’ve brewed this a couple of times now and noticed towards the end of my cup, the flavoring starts tasting like lavender which I’m not crazy about. I finally hot steeped it recently and was quite pleased with the taste. Light but pleasant grapefruit flavor and there’s less of the lavender I was getting with the cold brew.
Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Herbaceous, Lavender, Lemon
The dry leaf of this one smells so good! I read some reviews before deciding on how I wanted to steep this one. Next time I’ll try steeping it with less leaf as it was a bit too in your face for such a floral tea.
This is a nice and creamy pouchong with a lovely white peach flavor. It is quite floral as well with notes of orchid, rose, and even some sweeter veggie notes like sweet peas perhaps. I definitely need to try this again with a little less tea leaf because there is a lot going on and the floral notes kind of overwhelmed this cup.(Which was probably a result of overleafing it)
OffTopic*: I received a lovely Christmas gift from my Mom this year of a custom created Tea Stash Chest with removable dividers made from Bamboo. I told her she should sell these customized on her website. Not the best picture but I wanted to really get a nice picture of the design plaque.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Garden Peas, Orchid, Peach, Rose, Vegetal
Tonight starts a week long staycation that I’ve really, really been looking forward to. So, I made myself a plateful of sweets and wanted to brew up something decadent to relax with.
This smells very much like Bird and Blend’s Butter Brew, which has more of a caramel scent than a caramel flavor. I decided to add some caramel sauce to amp up the flavor, and I think it was a wise choice. This is absolutely delicious. Vanilla and brown sugar.
Day 23 of Sara’s Old Tea, Festivus!
The brewed tea smells nicely of lavender.
This one is lavender-forward, which I don’t mind. But I really can’t taste anything but lavender here. Great for sipping while falling asleep in a floral garden.
Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR, December 23
One to go :(
Another Lupicia and it smells so delightful! The tea seems bit worse quality than I am used to but lets see! Looking forward to today, indeed festive, tea!
I read a few tasting notes and those were saying that the short steeping time is a key to a nice cuppa. It is pretty much obvious, as tea itself is quite small pieces, but well, yep… I did indeed only minute and half, maybe 45 seconds of the second minute.
It is delightful tea indeed, very almond-y; but that’s all. Maybe I have been expecting a rather buttery taste with almonds, but it pairs the cookie I had well. The tea itself is nicely present with hints of astringency. Indeed, shorter steeping time was better.
Overall, it was a nice tea, though a bit too simple. Almonds + brisk, astringent tea doesn’t make me feel cookie much; especially when the aroma of the blend is bit more complex with caramel, hints of coffee, flavour. Maybe it needs to pop up with a little sugar and/or milk, as many were drinking it with those? So far, biggest dismal from Lupicia.
Flavors: Almond, Astringent
Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR, December 22
Another Lupicia. I am indeed spoiled. Oh wow. Puerh. And smells like candy-like strawberries.
We decided to meet up with my best friend, though it was with all the safety measures needed. We give each other gifts and… as we both don’t like wrapping gifts, we both use gift bags. And that means, I know what I know what I got. It was two bottles of beers and chocolate (see below).
And well, it’s past 7 pm already and I needed to try today Advent tea, of course! So, took two teaspoons (quite heaped they seem to me!) and steeped them western for 1.5-2 minutes. Short? Yep, seems so. But it is chocolate dark now, with lots of candy-creamy-strawberry aroma that fills all the room. Seems great to me, honestly! In the aroma, I think I notice both… chocolate and candy strawberries.
Taste is bit more choco forward, which I don’t mind at all, but again, strawberries are present with creamy aftertaste. If you are afraid being strong as it is puerh, worry not. Little shorter steeping could be better. But tasty nonetheless.
Chocolate pairing: Thorntons Mint Crunch. Yummy chocolate with just right menthol. Izzy, I hope it’s some good brand :D as it is from the UK.
Flavors: Candy, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Strawberry
Day 20 of Sara’s Old Tea!
I’ve finally caught up with the extra teas from the 18th. :) This is a flavored oolong that tastes like plum. I get a hint of the rose petals at the end of the sip. This is a really nice tea. Imagine walking through a garden, with rose bushes all around, picking and eating plums from a plum tree, and that’s about right.
Flavors: Plums, Rose
Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR, December 20
Another Lupicia? I am spoiled brat. Thank you Shae! Yume… "is “dream” in Japanese" says Lupicia website.
I am out of ideas of photos. Yep, this one is still “bit new”. “Luckily”, it’s soon over.
An interesting tea I said to myself when I opened the pouch. It’s strongly rose-y, but flavours here on Steepster are saying it should be straweberrry and creamy too. Rose + strawberries? Kinda weird combination, but yep, it could work.
I used two teaspoons of base, mostly. And one rosebud. Not much petals were in, but the bud will make it rose-y, I am sure.
Ohh, while hot, it’s certainly rose. Perfume like, but tasty. But as it cools down, the berries become apparent and rose fades a bit. I wouldn’t call it creamy though. How interesting tea… maybe I would like to see more from base; but it’s not soap-y and/or artificial and that always counts.
Flavors: Perfume, Rose, Strawberry