So first off, Lupicia now has their holiday teas available on the US website! And they even have the less common Christmas Wreath and Joyeux Noël teas that I was hoping to restock! \o/
I picked up some White Christmas (my favorite) and Carol (haven’t tried it in a while and want to refresh my memory). And my beloved Kumquat was even still in stock! The decorative tins for Kumquat and Yuzu are so lovely this year that I ended up getting both, even though I don’t usually buy Lupicia’s tins because they’re not very practical. But the pretty labels were enough to change my mind this time, ha ha… I didn’t find the holiday ones inspiring enough to order though.
Anyway! Celebrating with a Christmas mug full of this (quite old) Yuzu. It recently made its way into my “five oldest teas” focus box, with a purchase date of August 2018. Because of its age, the bright citrusy notes are a bit more subdued than they were originally, but still make a lovely accent to the good-quality sencha base. Yuzu always has a bit of a piney quality to it IMO, and though I sometimes find it a bit odd in confections, it goes perfectly well with tea. The base here has a nice mix of grassiness and umami, without being too in-your-face, and the grapefruit-esque yuzu adds a nice little pop of zestiness that lightens it all up just a smidge.
Feeling happy, and excited for the holiday season. :)
Flavors: Citrus, Freshly Cut Grass, Grapefruit, Grass, Pine, Smooth, Thick, Umami, Vegetal, Yuzu