2778 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! (37 | 82)
I was excited for this one, as I love tangerines and citrus in tea, especially green tea.
But to be honest, I had a hard time finding much fruitiness at all in this tea? Mostly I taste the grassy sencha base, with a tiny hint of tartness and banana. I definitely can’t tell that it’s strawberry and tangerine, other than the dried fruit in the leaf.
Oh well, an easy sipdown at least! :)
Flavors: Astringent, Banana, Dry Grass, Grass
Sipdown! (35 | 80)
Yay, another advent tin finished! But I still have 14 left… ^^’
I think this was my least favorite of the fruit-flavored teas, which is why I’m sipping it down early. Don’t get be wrong, I love apple and apple-flavored things. But this doesn’t taste like apple, which is very odd. There’s maybe a teeny tiny hint of apple skin if I really search for it, but the other fruit flavors were much more upfront. The base is fine, smooth and woody, but nothing special. So it mostly feels like I’m drinking a rather meh unflavored black tea.
But now it’s done, yay! On to the next mini tin!
Flavors: Apple Skins, Earthy, Hay, Musty, Smooth, Woody
Sipdown! (34 | 79)
Hibiscus-y fruit tisanes (and really, fruit tisanes in general) aren’t really my jam, and this is just the holiday version of that, with cinnamon and clove. It’s not bad though, as tart tisanes go. Lots of hibiscus and tart apple, I’m not sure I get any plum… There’s a nice level of spice, and actually I get a little numbing sensation on my tongue from the cloves, and maybe the ginger too. It’s fine, not something I would ever order though.
Sort of working on getting through the rest of my 2021 advent teas from Fortnum, not doing great at it these past few days though. To be fair, I have a lot of different sipdown goals/initiatives going right now so something is bound to get missed. I’ll definitely try to do better at advent leftovers though, since I’m just shy of halfway done with them and I really want to finish them off before this advent season!
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Hibiscus, Sour, Sweet, Tart
Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge – “A tea from a US company”
One of three teas I impulse bought from Asheville Tea Co. a couple of years ago, and the only one left in my cupboard. For some reason I thought this was a tisane, but it’s actually a white tea. Good thing I’m not sensitive to caffeine, heh.
This tea is right up my alley. I always love evergreen flavors in tea, and this adds mint and wintergreen to the mix as well. The resulting flavor is soft and refreshing, and really transports me to a winter forest. I mostly taste mint, wintergreen, and the white tea up front, and then the fir sidles its way in at the end of the sip for a lingering fresh aftertaste.
I will say I wish everything were a bit stronger, and I’m not sure how much the white tea is adding here. I feel like this could have easily been an herbal tisane, and focused on all those minty fresh ingredients. But it’s still a lovely, evocative tea as-is, and I’ll have to think about whether I want to reorder it this winter. These Asheville Tea Co. teas tend to be pricey, but this is also a very lightweight tea, which means more volume for the same weight…
Flavors: Earthy, Evergreen, Fir, Hay, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet, Wintergreen
Sipdown! (33 | 78)
Not really a fan of this one.
It’s mostly just a slightly coconutty lapsang. And I don’t really tend to buy or drink lapsang much anyway, but if I did I would want something higher quality and more flavorful. This is sort of the bland version of lapsang, and the coconut is making it oily without adding that much flavor.
So sort of just bland all around, I suppose.
Flavors: Coconut, Oily, Smoke
Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge – “A pineapple tea”
So I placed an order from 52teas the other day. I don’t remember what led me to look at the website, I think maybe I wanted to try Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha again, even though I’ve always been a bit underwhelmed by it given the hype. But I’ve had the same reaction to similar marshmallow treat-type blends from other tea companies, so there you are. Anyway! I ended up ordering something like 16 samplers because everything sounded amazing… Sipdown, what’s that? XD
This was one of five teas that I got in a mystery grab bag. I love pineapple, so I thought it sounded super interesting, plus there’s a pineapple prompt in Mastress Alita’s July sipdown challenge! Perfect! The pineapple aroma when I opened the pouch was absolutely intoxicating.
The taste is very interesting. I’m not sure if it’s the base tea or the combination of flavors, but something here is really reminding me of rye bread. Needless to say, it’s a bit odd when combined with the pineapple and chocolate. And neither of my fellow reviewers mentioned anything close to rye, so I feel like I might just be crazy ha ha… Sometimes Fujian black teas have a bit of a caraway vibe, but I don’t see any in the base here.
I do taste both pineapple, which is very juicy and sweet, perhaps a tiny bit leaning toward the Haribo side of things, and a fairly creamy-tasting chocolate. Is it the combination of the two that’s giving me this decidedly grainy note? No idea! Regardless, a very interesting tea. I’m honestly a bit flummoxed at how to rate this one…
Flavors: Bread, Candy, Caraway, Chocolate, Creamy, Pineapple, Rye, Savory, Sweet, Wheat
Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge – “A blueberry tea”
For some reason, I’ve had Simpson & Vail on my mind for the past couple of days. I think I may have watched a tea vlog that mentioned them, and maybe that’s why? I’ve been really wanting some of their National Parks teas that I loved, sadly I don’t have any left. Definitely high priority for a future order, but first I need to drink more tea!
So I pulled this one out for the blueberry prompt, even though it feels odd to drink a green rooibos tisane in the middle of the day (though actually, now that I’m getting around to drinking it, it’s 5 PM so not terribly early). I remember enjoying this blend, but it’s been a while.
Hmm, I do like it, though it is quite subtle (could be the age though). The cinnamon and pastry element is the strongest for me, which is curious because it steeped up a pretty dark coral shade. Looks like it has beetroot in it, so I guess that explains that. The blueberry is there, but I wish there was more of it. It is a pleasant sweet and jammy blueberry, like I would expect to find in a dessert. But there’s blackberry leaf here as well, and overall this tisane is a bit too sweet. There’s nothing to balance that sweetness that’s coming from the cinnamon, beetroot, blackberry leaf, and the blueberry flavor.
So it feels weird to say it, but I almost feel like a touch of hibiscus would improve this one? Those words feel like blasphemy, ha ha… But I really do think it needs just a touch of tartness to add some depth and keep it from being a bit cloying. Still very drinkable, but not a reorder for me. Although I’m getting ahead of myself, I still need to finish the rest of the pouch… :P
Flavors: Blueberry, Cake, Cinnamon, Jam, Pastries, Sugar, Sweet
Sipdown! (32 | 77)
I was organizing my Obubu subscription packets by date, as I’ve created a section on my tea nook counter specifically for sipping down Obubu teas, and found that I only had one 5g packet of this tea left for the 2020 harvest. Hooray, easy sipdown! :3
For some reason I never remember this sencha, not sure why that is. It has a lovely light and sweetly creamy vegetal flavor, and also a soft dry grass note that makes me think of tall grass swaying gently in the breeze under the summer sun. A bit specific isn’t it, lol… Creamy edamame fades into a light nuttiness, like a less buttery cashew perhaps. Also getting a fair bit of sakura, especially in the aroma, though the essence also seems to float up from my mouth to my nasal cavity while I’m drinking the tea. There’s a refreshing astringency at the tail end of the sip. Obubu’s description mentions orange and cinnamon, huh? Clearly I’m missing something. :P
A lovely lighter sencha, perfect for a lazy afternoon tea break. Happily, I still have one more batch of this (more, always more :P), from the 2021 harvest. Oddly, Obubu seems to send this tea out at the end of the year, even though it’s a spring harvest. I wonder why that is…
Flavors: Astringent, Cashew, Dry Grass, Floral, Nuts, Peas, Sakura, Smooth, Soybean, Spinach, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal
Sipdown! (31 | 76)
Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge – “A tea you’ve forgotten about”
I figured for this prompt, I would choose a tea that I’ve had for a while but still haven’t tried yet. This was another tea from the group order early last year.
I think this is supposed to be a banana rooibos, but I’m not really getting much banana. Mostly it just tastes like a pretty medicinal red rooibos… Maybe a hint of candy banana flavor? But only if I really look for it.
Wasn’t planning on this being a sipdown, but I don’t feel obligated to finish the little bit of this that’s left, so it’s getting dumped..
Flavors: Artificial, Banana, Candy, Cherry, Medicinal, Rooibos, Wood
Sipdown! (30 | 75)
Another one that I had a small amount of, presumably from splitting it for a group order.
I’m not sure why I never order this one from Lupicia, as it’s a very tasty grapefruit green tea with a zingy and authentic grapefruit flavor (from essential oil), and I happen to love grapefruit things. The sencha base is quite savory, with a seaweed-like flavor to it, but citrus goes quite well with that.
Maybe it’s just that there are so many teas I really love and reorder from Lupicia, and this gets lost in the background? We’ll see whether it comes to mind the next time I make an order. :P
Flavors: Citrus, Citrus Zest, Dry Grass, Grapefruit, Seaweed, Smooth, Tangy, Umami