734 Tasting Notes
This was a freebie in my last Lupicia order… my last ever, I should say. I went back a couple days ago and everything was sold out. Sigh. RIP.
My first thought when I saw the sachets was “Oh no… rooibos.” Luckily I had some coffee before work, so I got my caffeine fix. Otherwise, this would be quite the disappointment. I need that buzz to continue to adult!
The aroma is very rum-like. So much that I worry my boss might smell it and get suspicious. I am also smelling buttery caramel and maybe coconut? Yum. It makes me think of a sweet after-dinner nightcap. Once it cools, I taste straight up butterscotch. This doesn’t taste alcoholic at all. Just smells like it. No, the flavor is so smooth and caramelly. I’m also getting notes of vanilla, and yes, coconut. And maybe eggnog or something? The rooibos flavor is there, but it compliments the sweets. I really like this and am sad it’s the only time I’ll get to enjoy it.
Damn Lupicia for constantly making me rethink my rooibos prejudices!
Flavors: Alcohol, Butterscotch, Caramel, Rum, Sweet, Vanilla
Finished up the Constant Comment! Goodbye, winter tea. I used my last bag with three tsp of Joy’s Teaspoon’s Spicy Pear. It’s… not very good. The cinnamon is so fake and bitter. It’s tolerable, though. Joy’s Teaspoon just wasn’t that great, I have to say. I see why it went under when we have so many better choices. I’ll make Spicy Pear one more time, and if I don’t like it, I’ll probably pitch it.
Sipdowns in 2019: 19
Decided to blend myself a sweet dessert tea for breakfast. It’s Friday and I deserve a treat. I took 1 part Pinky Up’s Coconut Creme with Flowers and one part Kusmi’s Caramel.
It’s wonderful. A creamy, coconutty, sweet and savory caramel tea. The caramel aroma sits in my nose and reminds me of Werther’s Originals. I hate that I keep coming up with these delicious blends with discontinued teas, though! I can make this maybe two more times and then it’s gone forever.
This is from my February Sips by box. A rose tea for Valentine’s Day. I’m a bit late, but that’s life.
There are lots of rose petals mixed with this white tea. It’s very pretty. I’m also seeing not rose hips, but the naked bud before it becomes a rose hip. I’m not sure what that’s called. A rose butt? Dry, the tea smells rosy and peppery, with faint notes from the bai mu dan if you really feel for them.
Flavor wise, this is of course very mild. I am tasting something like mint that I didn’t expect. Rose is probably the strongest flavor, but I use the word “strong” generously. The peppery smell is in the taste as well. All around, I’m not really liking this. It’s very light and very boring. The bai mu dan notes are green and nice, but not really enough for me to be interested in making this again. Meh. This is a miss.
Flavors: Floral, Mint, Pepper, Rose
Couple things before I review this — the leaves do not look like they do in the picture. There is a downright crazy amount of coconut shavings in this. Like each teaspoon is about half tea, half squiggly pieces of coconut. Wow. The flowers described in the name seem to be cornflower, calendula, and chamomile. I can see coconut and chamomile going together.
Second, this tea isn’t listed on Pinky Up’s website. I only see it on Amazon. Have I found yet another discontinued tea? That would be my luck lately.
Anyway, it smells like coconut paradise. I absolutely love coconut, so I am more than excited. The tea brews up pale and greenish. It smells like dessert in the best way. There is a tiny bit of coconut oil floating on the surface, but nothing like 52 Teas’ coconut flavors. As far as taste goes, it’s everything I had hoped it would be. So creamy, with notes of vanilla. It’s like coconut cream pie filling.
I can’t wait to try this iced. It’s definitely a winner. Possibly the best coconut tea I’ve had to date.
EDIT: Coming back to say that I am kinda getting a weird chlorine note. Not sure if it was my preparation or my cup or what. I might dock a few points for that if I taste it again next time.
EDIT 2: I made this over ice last weekend and there was no chlorine note. It was just pure coconut bliss.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Vanilla
The turmeric trend continues to find its way into my Sips by box.
I love the way this tea smells. Turmeric and cinnamon take the lead in the aroma. I see a very large amount of cinnamon chips and ginger root, but also some unusually big cardamom pods that have been sliced in a + shape. I guess that’s to help release the flavor.
Since I only had 4 teaspoons of this tea, I didn’t add milk. I use a 24-ounce tumbler, and I was afraid that it wouldn’t be strong enough. I was right, I believe. The flavor is just fine without the milk. Turmeric takes the lead, with ginger and cinnamon next. I really like the cinnamon they used. Reminds me of a snickerdoodle. However, I think I just don’t love turmeric. I find it kind of medicinal and off-putting. Like ginger’s ugly cousin. It leaves me wishing this was a regular chai, because if it was, it would be perfect.
EDIT: This turned the inside of my tumbler a gross shade of yellow. I hope it washes out easily…
Sipdowns in 2019: 18
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Medicinal, Pepper
I’m so happy to have this back in my collection. I’ve never reviewed it, but I believe this is my third time buying it. Anyway, the last time I got a notification that it was in stock, it sold out before my lunch break was even up. I emailed Brenden jokingly, saying something like “Did Golden Orchid really sell out in an hour??” Turns out it had sold out in 3 minutes. 3 MINUTES! But Brenden is amazing, y’all. He had the ingredients to make more and made me a custom three ounces. He is the best!
That said, the vanilla in this batch just isn’t what I remember. My memory of this tea is richer and I can’t figure out if my taster is broken, or if maybe I’m doing something wrong. The black tea base is still incredible. Luxurious and toasty. But the vanilla is lacking. Can any of you give me some advice on how you personally prepare it? I went with 3 rounded teaspoons for 24 ounces of water for 3 minutes.
Still giving it a high rating because I have faith. And because I would love this tea without the vanilla anyway.
EDIT: I see somebody saying the vanilla-ness tends to sink to the bottom of the packet. I’ll give mine a good shake tomorrow.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Toast, Vanilla, Wheat, Yams