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I was a bit apprehensive about this tea, when I saw it had grapefruit in it. Grapefruit is way to astringent for my tastes, so I avoid it. (Though I do like Squirt soda, which is flavored with grapefruit juice, so go figure.) so it took a long while to work up the courage to try this tea out.
Luckily, despite how strongly it smells, taste wise it is alot lighter. I put a touch to much sugar in the tea, but that’s quite common for me anyways.
I liked it well enough but I don’t think I’ll be buying more. I am trying a resteep, which I rarely do because usually if I want another cup it’s almost invariably a different tea, but I decided what the hell.
This review is for the decaf version of Damask Rose.
1.5 tsp leaf, 600 mL hot water (96 deg. C), 5 minutes
Rebrew with same parameters
The base is tasty, fairly flavourful while not being bitter at all. pleasant floral rose favour.There isn’t much here other than rose and black tea, but it is still very tasty.
Flavors: Floral, Perfume, Rose, Tannin
I’m sorry Arby but this is disgusting. It smells and tastes like mud or dirt or something just not good. I know you hoped you’d find someone to enjoy this but it is certainly not me. Thank you for sharing though because it gave me the chance to try something new and it helped me be certain that I should never by this tea.
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.
I cannot get a real feel for this. I drink it and then have a bit of tea amnesia. What did I think of it? Did I enjoy it? Did I have a good time drinking it? I didn’t hate it, but my impression seems to be going down with each glass. Not in the “its failing me” way, just in the “I am not finding this memorable” way. A tea that recedes.
Well, the good news is that it won’t be heavily mourned when it gets sipped down!
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
In my mind, and despite all actual experience, I always expect the last day of August to be the last day of Summer.
Obviously, with a whole week of 100 + degree days ahead of me, this is not true, no matter how much I wish it was. Ah well. More chances to drink the fruity teas, I guess.
This has a very pleasant tartness to it. I might indulge and try a future cup with a spoonful of sugar, which I suspect would be a lovely addition.