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We had first Christmas today as my son, his wife, their twins, my daughter and her husband came. This was one of my gifts from daughter Superanna. She gave me Laponic White a few years ago, and I believe Laponic Black but I don’t see any notes from me on it. Hmm.
This one smelled great from the get go. Chamomile and citrus hit me first. And the blend is so pretty! The chamomile sets of rose petals and deep pink peppercorns, and lemongrass adds visual texture.
Best of all, it tastes good! Laponic White and I had an odd relationship. I drank most of it, but it was just so….odd. I couldn’t figure that tea out at all! This one is much easier. Very nice and very easy drinking.
Main flavor is chamomile, then lemongrass and a bit of sweetness, with the occasional zip from the pink peppercorns warming things up but really just zippy and not HOT HOT. It is a very sweet and gentle blend but with color, to the eye and the taste.
Superanna and I finished off a really big pot as our celebrations were drawing to a close. I look forward to more of this one, though I do wonder how much of it I can have with the licorice root in it considering that my blood pressure has gone unruly again of late.
Superanna dislikes both licorice root and lemongrass, but seemed to really enjoy this blend.
I cold brewed this one.
I’m missing the mango here as the main note is citrus specifically lemon. It’s also quite floral likely from the rose and perhaps even the mango? I don’t like this particular lemon flavor. I prefer this one hot but didn’t care for it brewed either way. I like lemon and lemon teas just this particular lemon flavor is one that never works for me.
This one I questioned my decision on cold-brewing it. I wasn’t sure it’d work out too well but figured it’d be worth a try. I actually thought that the peach and the cream flavors were a lot more noticeable in the cold brew. A cup of this one hot was always lacking in peach or fruit.
Flavors: Cream, Peach, Vanilla
Resteeped the leaves of this tea from a cup I made for my grandmother. I didn’t want to waste it and it looked like it would resteep well. It definitely did resteep well but I’m not getting peach but that may be because it’s the second steep?
There’s a lot of really nice melon flavor though and it’s very similar to Lupicia’s melon tea flavor.
French… Sunday! Not my choice for the Father’s Day prompt (I’ll get to that later) but my last French tea sampler from Dustin (thank you!) I know it was slow-going drinking them only once a week (took six months!) but at least they didn’t just sit in my collection for years like many a swap sample/tea gift has done. So I’m pretty happy about that!
Used about 2.75g of leaf in 350ml of 205F water. Steeped for 3(ish?) minutes. I am really tired this morning and such a zombie ambling around the kitchen I didn’t pay as close attention to usual while weighing and steeping. Both the dry leaf and brewed cup have a strong peach aroma that is reminding me of the aroma of Bird & Blend’s “Peach Cobbler” tea.
This tastes like B&B’s “Peach Cobbler” to me, too, but looking back over that note, I did have a few astrigency issues on some of the cups, and this is proving to be very smooth. But it has that same deeply bready and slight honeyed sweetness from the base, with a very juicy/fresh peach flavor rather than that candied flavor I taste in a lot of teas. Simple but very satisfying!
Flavors: Bread, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Peach, Spices, Vanilla