Summer Vacation! My iced tea today, prepared cold brewed, strained, and then conveniently hauled around all day in my water bottle. This is my second flavored mugicha from Lupicia; I wasn’t really very taken with the apricot one, because all I could think when I had it was that it didn’t really compliment the natural iced coffee flavor of the mugicha. I actually like the lychee flavor a lot more, and I was actually expecting it to taste more or less quite similar to the apricot, since lychee has a very peach-like flavor. To me, this one tastes a lot more like standard mugicha — the base doesn’t really have a strong, fruity taste to it like the apricot one did to me — but a slight fruity taste sort of surfaces right toward the end of the sip, after the roasted coffee taste is sort of settling, and “pops” on the tongue as a sort of aftertaste, so I’m actually finding this one pretty pleasant. That aftertaste is coming off as a strong tangy taste with notes of peach and pear.
I really like my plain Mugicha from Hida, and now of the two flavored Lupicia mugicha I’ve tried, it’s been an even split; I really am digging the lychee, but didn’t care for the apricot at all. I still have Lupicia’s plum and apple mugicha in my cupboard yet to try!
Flavors: Biting, Coffee, Peach, Pear, Roasted, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tangy