590 Tasting Notes
Starting my morning off with this blend. Still not a huge fan of black breakfast blends but this still has some enjoyable notes. Oddly enough the leather notes didn’t fully emerge until I started eating my waffle. Perhaps its the malt notes I’m just not a fan of. Even so it has some nice woodsy quality. The dry leaf has almost a smoky smell like a Lapsang with slight sour cherry notes.
Citrus and green tea. Some like it, some don’t. I do not. Despite that this one isn’t bad, I just don’t like the bitter notes that some citrus fruit bring to green blends. The muscatel notes do a bit to tone the bitterness down but not enough for my taste. Even the grassy notes are overshadowed by the citrus.
This is another great Fong Mong Tea. You guys this company has produced some amazing teas. From the first sniff after opening the package to the last drop descending your throat everything shouts exceptional tea. The moment I opened the package and smelled the slightly sweet marine and mineral notes I knew it was a lightly oxidized oolong. And then of course you look at the tightly rolled, dark green leaves and you know, yup that is definitely an oolong. When the water is poured over the leaves it gives off a vegetal smell. Which is slightly amusing because if you pick up the cup to smell it 5 seconds later …. you don’t smell it. Quite interesting. It has a smooth mouth feel with mineral, vegetal, and a few hints of grassy notes.
You can always count on Lupicia for great green tea. It’s been awhile since I had a straight sencha and this is a perfect one to revisit pure green with. The liquid has such a nice, sweet grassy flavor. I bet if the leaves were more full instead of broken the taste would be even richer. Speaking of which the leaves are a most lovely green. Something about the way steamed leaves looks is more appealing then other methods I think.
Flavors: Grass, Sweet
It isn’t a good chai unless it’s nice and spicy. At least that’s my opinion. I had to steep this at least five minutes in order to achieve a good spicy flavor. Even then I think it’s a very light chai compared to others I’ve tried. The black base, I’m assuming Ceylon since its from India, has gorgeous wet leaf color and the earthy tones mix extremely well with the spices.