2189 Tasting Notes
Another early morning for me, and I need this tea to make some attempt at waking up. Coming into work early with the hope of getting things done in the morning is not going to work if I’m half asleep during most of it.
There’s something about the really strong bergamot in this one that kind of jolts my mind awake, as if the bergamot itself was somehow contributing to the caffeine. No matter how many teas I’ve tried over the years, Earl Grey is still the best wake-up tea for me. Unfortunately, even the best wake-up tea take some time to kick in.
I am really bummed because my first package from the Verdant reserve tea of the month club accidentally shipped to my old address that I just moved from, and is now very far away. I realized it when I saw on the tracking info that there was a notice left for delivery, but I hadn’t received a notice. Then I noticed that the current location was my old town. :(
In an effort to improve my mood, I am having a cup of this, which I got in my happy bag this year. I’m interested to try more of lupicia’s black teas because I have only ever had their black base of their Earl Grey, which I rather like a lot. This one smells very very peachy. I also smell a nice malty, almost bready black tea in it, which really smells good. The result is almost something like peach cobbler. Or maybe toast with peach butter. We got some peach butter in South Carolina the last time we were there and it was fantastic. This tea is reminding me of having that on some toast. The flavor is pretty great too… Ripe, juicy peach, but not too overly sweet so as to be candyish. The black tea base supports it very well and it quite delicious in its own right. The peach flavor is definitely not overwhelming and plays pretty equally with the black tea, not steamrolling over the top of it. I am definitely pleased with this offering and am even more interested to try more of Lupicia’s black teas.
This is the tea that came in my happy bag that I was possibly most happy about. Which is funny because I’m not even all that into pineapple teas, but I wanted to try more of Lupicia’s flavored oolongs. The smell on the dry leaf on this one hit me strongly as soon as I cut open the pouch… pineapple! Sweet, candyish, pineapple-juice-smelling pineapple, with some creamy coconut to underlie it. It smelled quite tasty, and I could even get a hint of the oolong underneath.
Steeped, it smells more like oolong (which is a good thing), but still with a big helping of pinapple and coconut. I think the coconut is really making the oolong smell buttery. It’s a good combo! The flavors are pretty good but overall the cup seems like its missing something. I think that I really want a very buttery oolong in the background but it’s just not stepping up to the plate. Based on the aroma, I expect sweet and creamy and buttery, but those just aren’t delivered as much. I definitely think I will have to try this one iced, as well, because it seems perfect for that kind of preparation. Still, it’s a tasty tea, and I’m glad it was included in the bag.
Maaan I need to get my morning groove back. All of last semester I was really good about getting up early and getting to work and being productive. This morning is pretty much the earliest I’ve gotten in all week and I just cannot wake up for some reason. Hopefully tea will help.
I haven’t tried this one in quite a while. It really is quite good. Notes of lightly toasted chocolate (I always think of the browned chocolate bits on the bottom of a chocolate chip cookie) and some slightly molasses-y grains. Not quite my perfect fujian black, but a pretty darned good one.
I received this in my New Year Happy Bag. This is a tea I would probably never order on my own, as I am not super usually taken with peach tea. Not that I dislike it, but I don’t crave it or anything. I was surprised to see little crystals—sugar?—in the tea, but they are pretty subtle so I suppose I’ll give it a pass. The dry leaf was very pretty and it smelled very peachy and floral.
Brewed, the aroma reminds me of some of the other flavored green teas I’ve had, in a favorable way. I think it’s that fruity and floral combination. The flavor is definitely predominantly peach, with some rosy floral notes and a vanilla that smooths everything over. I can see how people get candy from this, but to me it’s not really quite candy-ish (possibly because I haven’t had a lot of peach candy). The vanilla does prevent much of a sweet fresh peach flavor, but it works well. The green tea kind of innocuously sits in the background, providing some green freshness to cut through the candy.
I am realizing that my taste in flavored greens seems to be narrowing. It’s not that I dislike fruity greens, but they don’t really speak to me right now. I think I would really love this one if it was on an oolong base.
I only ordered two teas from Teavana during their Heavenly Sale, but this was one of them. I remembered hearing good things about this tea, and I was out of black dragon pearls, which I love. At that price, how could I not have bought 2oz? I used 5 pearls for my 12oz mug, as is my usual dose when I drink this type of tea.
It smells good, but I also can’t quite place the notes in the aroma. Some toasted grains, perhaps, and maybe a hint of chocolate, but it doesn’t smell powerfully chocolatey. The flavor is good. Definitely notes of cocoa powder, with some slight honey-molasses notes without the sweetness. In comparison to Teavivre’s Black Dragon Pearls, it’s the natural sweetness (and hyper chocolatey-ness) that I’m missing. I won’t have any problems drinking these pearls, but I won’t really crave them like I crave the Teavivre pearls. I have yet to find an example that I like better than that one!
This one did not come in my happy bag, unfortunately. I was hoping for more like this, oh well. This sample came from AlphaKitty! Thanks so much!
This was delicious! The melon was so juicy and awesome, like the ripest, sweetest cantaloupe or perhaps some of the other more exotic similar melons I’ve tried. It fit in great with the slightly buttery, green and fresh oolong. And it if anything it got tastier as it cooled down… This would make a fantastic iced tea. The quality of the flavoring on this reminded me of some of Naivetea’s oolongs, although the flavoring is a bit heavier on this one. I really hope the pineapple oolong, which did come in my happy bag, is as good as this one!
A sachet of this came with my Lupicia grab bag, although technically it came with the “newsletter” that was included, and I did get a 50g bag of it as well. I figure I would try the sachet first that way if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t open the bag and I could trade it unopened. I’m not the biggest fan of rooibos, see.
Unfortunately, to me this smells like berry but also like menthol. It smells like a cough drop, hardcore. Taste-wise, it’s a bit better, but still… Wait, no, it tastes like sucking on a cough drop. Bleh. I think it’s the honey flavor that’s coming across weird to me. Sometimes I take a sip and it’s not so bad, others it’s quite rough. Well, it does appear that others enjoy this one, so maybe I will be able to trade it away.
This time, brewed under better circumstances. Still, this one is very very light on flavors. I want these flavors, but I want them to be stronger! I can try to steep it longer, although I know that Kusmi teas tend to do better with a cooler steep temp so I don’t want to steep it hotter necessarily. I suppose I could also try more leaf, but as someone very sensative to bitterness in teas I am concerned that the base will react badly. Well, it’s still decently tasty, even if not the best. Guess I should stick to Amandine Rose for my rose and almond fix, and blend in something else if I want a kick of citrus as well. I do have a ton of this, though, so I will be experimenting for optimal conditions for sure!