2876 Tasting Notes
I took a teabag (~1 tsp) of tea before I sent off the TTB. I dislike the bergamot in this – not citrusy enough, more like metallic/musty and minerally. It reminds me of the smell of car grease. I also found the base a bit “meh”, not offering any malt or cocoa notes to bring out the vanilla. I also feel like I missed out on a wonderful notes typical of Darjeeling. I would have never guessed this was a Darjeeling.
Flavors: Metallic, Mineral, Musty
I thought I would like this tea more. Herbal AND bubblegum flavoured? What isn’t to like!. Unfortunately I have fallen victim to treachery of hibiscus (again). Just when you thought your herbal was safe, BAM! There it is to slap you in the face and ruin your cup. Very soup, nothing like candy or bubblegum. There is a mixed berry and artificial bubblegum flavour going on, but I’ve never had tart bubblegum before. It just doesn’t work. It reminds me more of DT’s “Sweet tart” than any bubblegum blend I’ve had before. I can almost make out raspberry and cherry but then it is just sour again.
Flavors: Cherry, Fruity, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Sour, Tart
1.5 tsp dry leaf in ~600mL cold water + ice. I just left the teabag in while I drank a large glass of it so it coldbrewed while I drank.
This is a nice floral tea that is mostly herbal. I didn’t find the hibiscus overpowering at all (quite surprising!), the rose is strong. It reminds me of a rose flavoured Turkish Delight. A bit perfumy but also natural. The tulsi is nice in the base, it gives a lightly herbal flavour and something almost minty. I wouldn’t have expected any mint in this because it is so faint. Overall, well rounded and makes for a good iced blend.
Flavors: Floral, Hibiscus, Pleasantly Sour, Rose, Tulsi
I decently come into half a box of this
Still as delicious as ever. Surprisingly, the coconut is still creamy and smooth. There is a nice muttiness and butteriness that could be either the coconut or the macadamia. The rooibos is a pleasant base (if you like rooibos). I added a touch of soy creamer and it really brought out the dessert notes (butter/cream).
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Cream, Mineral, Nuts, Rooibos, Smooth, Vanilla
I took a few cups worth of this out of the box before I mailed it off.
I’m not too impressed with this blend, but I’m glad I could try it before I order from S&V (which will be a long time from now…why do I end up with more teas that I started with every time I do a sipdown challenge?) I like rooibos, but I find most fruity rooibos blends are overpowered by the rooibos and there isn’t much in the way of realistic fruit flavour to come through. This blend has some little cubes of dried fruit (maybe mango, it is lightly yellow, almost clear) but the fresh fruit flavour just isn’t there. I couldn’t make out the papaya, but I did get some fruity (generic) and some mango notes. I had to concentrate to distinguish it as mango.
Oddly enough, the hot cup had more distinct fruit flavours while the coldbrew was mostly rooibos. This is the opposite of what usually happens for me with rooibos blends.
Overall, not a bad cup but nothing that stands out from the many other fruity rooibos blends in my cabinet. The fruit flavours aren’t strong enough (or perhaps the red rooibos wasn’t a great choice for the base – I could see this working out with a green rooibos)
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Mineral, Rooibos, Wood
This is a typical red rooibos base with the usual rooibosy notes (minerals, wood, rooibos. honey) and something I would describe as cinnamon apple. It is a basic blend, but it makes a fine caffeine free latte for my lazy evening. I always like a good rooibos in the evenings. The cinnamon has started to fade a little bit, however it has aged pretty well since it was opened a few years ago.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Mineral, Rooibos, Wood
I didn’t realize this has stevia in it. :( Who would you ruin a perfectly good blend with stevia? I guess that explains why I had an upset stomach a few days ago.
The hibiscus wasn’t too strong. It actually got smoothed over by the other ingredients (green rooibos). Fairly flavourful with some berry notes. Nothing specific (I wish it was specifically raspberry, but I found it was more like generic berry). The rose hips were not needed but I guess this blend was aimed at people who like sour blends. Maybe the stevia actually made this blend better. I think this would make a fine iced tea for someone who enjoys this type of blend. It was nice to try some of the offerings from Cup of Te.
Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Sour
I brewed this one luke warm and left it brewing for a few hours before I drank it over ice. I think the long brewing time in cooler water really brought out the best in this tea.
This is one of the better oolongs I have had.. It has a very complex floral aroma (it smells like like peony flowers), some vegetal and orchid notes, and a very smooth jade oolong flavour. I’m going to be ordering this next time I order from Lupicia because I am very impressed at how distinctly it smells like peony flowers. I also like the thickness and smoothness of the base without being bitter.
Flavors: Floral, Smooth, Thick
I almost didn’t try this one because I thought it was a straight green. I’m glad I did because it was a tasty apple flavour. I don’t like apple candy but I enjoyed this.
The base is very astringent (drying, makes my tongue tingle, a bit bitter). This is ok when you steep tea properly, but I forgot about my cup and let it steep for 15 minutes (it was fairly cool water, though). Lupicia always has excellent flavouring. If only they had a smoother base for some of their greens I would be tempted to buy some of this next time I’m in the USA,
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Vegetal