11 Tasting Notes
Had this twice in the Lupicia store but wasn’t convinced, but decided to bring it home anyway. It’s so much better with milk added. I taste almond, caramel, and a very smooth buttery-milky flavor. It’s basically a liquid cookie. Had it with Hokkaido milk pudding tonight, and it brought forward the malty tones and boosted the creaminess. Did not add sugar since it’s sweet enough with the pudding.
Used to drink cups of these in my early teens. I make tea flavoured milk with this. Half a cup of boiling water to one tea bag, enough sugar to cause a sugar coma, top up the rest with milk. It’s also ok with lots of condensed milk. It’s tea. Very plain, very ordinary, very comforting tea. It has it’s place. The taste brings me back to my days as a student.
“I believe everything has its place, Muggles have their place, Mudbloods have their place and so do your clothes!” ~AVPM
When I was much younger (think single digit age), this tea was a treat. Now that I am buying my own, this is my basic tea. It’s strong enough to go with copious amounts of milk, or as a cold strong lemon tea. It still tastes good even when over-steeped by my fiancé who always leaves the bag in the cup. It’s basically my pantry staple. I buy the tea bags.
My next favourite afternoon tea after Gyphon’s own Pearl of the Orient. I love the strong lavender aroma underscored by the scent of the tea itself. Taste-wise, it’s a good balance of lavender & lingering earl grey. I don’t really detect the bergamot. It’s a good tea to enjoy over a book.
I brew it as per instructions for the median of the time indicated.
I taste mainly chamomile in this blend, with lavender being a distant, but next strongest taste. The other flavours bring up the rear. My only gripe is that it’s slightly too astringent to me, but that fades quickly.
My go-to when I need a good night’s rest. I follow instructions for brewing and take out the tea bag about a min before the max time indicated.
When I was younger, I went to Wuyishan on a school trip, but I was too young to fall in love with this tea & brought home something lighter (Yin guan ying). Now that I am older, with a fiancé who loves anything smokey (he’s a firefighter), he insisted on purchasing this.
To me, it tastes like a really delicious cup of chinese tea with a throaty, smoky taste. I love the strong scent that enhances the flavour, and it has just enough astringency to round it off. I brewed the leaves 6x before it became too light. Unlike regular chinese tea, the flavour doesn’t change much. I have a stuffed up nose today though, so may have been unable to detect the subtle nuances.
Traditionally the first steep is poured away as it is meant to wash the leaves. Perhaps those who find unappealing but have more to finish up could try drinking this from second steep onwards. I believe my grandmother also brews it for only 2 mins. Am going to bring over some of this tea to my grandma for Chinese New Year.