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I had this one through two steeps—the second was actually a lot more flavorful on the fruity side than on the first steep, and the first was more noticeably green. The fruit flavors don’t taste cloying or artificial.
Makes a great iced tea, also!
And another tea from the puerh plus box.
This one is an assam, and sometimes I do like these, they can have a deep rich sweet malty taste. This one doesnt quite make it, its got a bit of bitterness as well as that lipton flavor ive mentioned before. Im guessing because tea bags are mostly assam tea, but its the only flavor and aroma I can put to it.
Its not too bitter, but it feels like it might be overpowering some of the other subtler flavors of the tea. Because I cant get past the malt, tea and bitterness to find any other flavors other than a little chocolate.
Worth trying once, not sure I would drink it again.
Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Malt, Tea
This tea doesn’t have a a CTC base like the Orange Ginger blend that I tried from this company, but the leaves appear to still be quite small and fine. Having learned my lesson from the Orange Ginger I didn’t bother trying to drink it plain and added milk. I’m glad that I did, it mellowed the tea right out and brought a nice, lightly sweet berry flavour to the fore.
Well, I’ve immedietly stumbled in my “no new teas” policy. This is not the offending brew, instead a book themed tea (Pride & Peppermint) was my downfall this weekend at the bay area book festival.
Well, all the more reason to redouble my efforts in sipping down! And no more new teas for real this time.
The hidden part of my sipdown goal is to drink/try the teas that have not yet been tasted. I have some that have not yet been opened, and that has gotta be remedied!
So, my cup today was this, a pretty tin of Sakura and Berry.
This is quite a tart blend (the sakura?), but not at all unpleasant. It is almost sour, but more like a refreshing sour than an unpleasant sour.
I don’t think it will be a favorite, but I’m happy to try more from this little tin!
Delicate black tea with plenty of flavour. It makes for a great iced tea (like a fancy version of David’s Teas’ Grape Freeze without the horrid stevia) and I enjoy it hot also. It doesn’t need milk. I think the black is perfect for this blend because it is delicate, yet smooth. Despite being scented with muscat grape leaves, this resteeps several times without losing flavour.
If you have ever had muscat jelly or concord grape jam, this has all that flavour without the added sugar. There is a natural sweetness, but I like that it doesn’t taste artificial/excessive. It is a good fruity black for those who like muscat or black current flavours. I feel as though the base has a lot of qualities one would find in a British-style blend. I think the base is a Ceylon or Darjeeling (or grown elsewhere but using similar Camellia sinensis var. sinensis varietals like they typically grow in Darjeeling). For some reason it makes me think of traditional British blends.
Flavors: Fruity, Muscatel, Sweet, Tannin, White Grapes
I am not a fan of Lupicia’s black tea base. This tea reminds me of their Strawberry and Vanilla tea which has an awesome strawberry milkshake flavor. Alas, the black base drags this down and makes it taste more processed and astringent. Cute teabags though. Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/05/03/a-tea-tastes-like-strawberry-milkshakes-lupicia/
Coldbrew using 1 tsp leaf + 500 mL cold water
I kinda dig the grainy roasted orzo base, however this has the bitterness that char or dark roast coffee has. Vanilla soy milk helped the bitterness slightly, however it really needed a sweetener + soy milk for me to find it drinkable. If you like orzo/roasted barley, you will enjoy this. If you hate bitterness, steer clear. As for the spices, I can taste clove, cinnamon, and maybe a few other spices. It is a good spice blend.
So much potential…the loose leaf smells great too. Who would drink something this bitter though? Ick.
Flavors: Bitter, Brown Toast, Cinnamon, Clove, Grain, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Spices
2 tsp leaf (unrolled after 1 steep and expanded many times in size) with 550 mL cold water, 2ish hour steep
This is a nice oolong, abeit light in flavour when coldbrewed (my decaf momo was much stronger), but the whole rolled oolong leaves are beautiful and high grade. The rose petals are a pretty visual accent, however I do not taste them very much in the final brew. I taste mostly stone fruits like white nectarines/peaches. Lightly floral and sweet, but in a fruity way. No rose flavour, I think the floral taste might be the oolong itself, as well as the peach.
Flavors: Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Nectar, Peach, Stonefruits
I had a truly horrible nights sleep. It was so hot, and I never do well in the heat. The coolest it got last night was around 80 degrees.
I am short staffed today, of course, so I really need to focus as much as possible. Not easy, with such a bad night of sleep under my belt. I will have to pump the tea directly into my brain.
First cup was this, which I confess I was so tired as to not really even taste. Alas! Well, next time I will be more awake.
Sipdown! I actually finished this two days ago but I was unable to write it up until now. This was my go-to peach tea at work. It is not finicky about temperature and brew time, which is a key requirement for a good work tea when all I have is the hot water spout from the water cooler and I can easily get called away from my desk or get too caught up in work to time a steep properly. The peach flavor is juicy and sweet without tasting like candy. It’s more like a drop of peach nectar in a medium roast oolong. I probably won’t restock this – the next Lupicia on my list is the melon oolong – but I would recommend it.
Another commenter describes this as sour wood, which is actually fairy accurate. If I didn’t know better, I might think this had puerh in it based on the look and the woody & Earthy flavour (also the tea is quite dark and doesn’t look like a black or green tea). Based on the taste, I’m going to guess this is a roasted stemy green? It tastes very woody and a bit roasted like a houjicha or kukicha.
It is very green, though. Nutty (think oven-roasted soy beans), flavours of dry twigs and vegetation (vegetal), dark toasted barley. A little bit sweet, but no pear/fruity flavour.It doesn’t suit its name at all, which is why I dislike it at first. I was expecting a bright, fruity black or green tea. The Earthy and woody flavours that dominate the flavour profile were unexpected. Now that I know what to expect, I can enjoy it for what it is.
Flavors: Dark Wood, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Soybean, Stems, Sweet, Toasted, Vegetal, Wood
Decent black base, but the fruity peach is the main flavour. You can’t taste the base as much as I usually do with caffeinated blacks (which is fine by me). The peach flavouring doesn’t taste artificial at all, and it slightly sweet. It makes me think of Japanese white peaches-delicate but distinct. Makes a good coldbrew too!
Flavors: Fruity, Peach, Stonefruits, Sweet
This is a kukicha, not a houjija as lebelled (stems, not leaves). Heavily roasted.
You can taste a sweetness and bitterness similar to what you experience when you eat charred toast or burnt sugar. Old burning wood, dry twigs, bark/wood, roasty and toasty, notes of rye and roasted grain.
Flavors: Brown Toast, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Wood, Decayed wood, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Stems, Sweet, Toasted, Toasty, Wood