2247 Tasting Notes
For some reason, I have a full tin of this one. I think I might’ve picked it up during one of B&B’s Boxing Day sales, just out of sheer cheapness? I don’t tend to gravitate toward rooibos-based powders, but I did write a rather positive note for this when I tried it in the matcha advent a few years back. So here we are!
Prepared this with mostly oat milk, but I didn’t quite have enough so I topped it off with whole milk. Unfortunately, I feel like the whole milk is too much, because I’m finding this almost cloyingly creamy. Not sure if it’s the fatty milk, the maca, the flavoring, or a combination of all three. It’s not undrinkable, but it’s richer than I’d prefer. The mint flavor is nice, it reminds me of mint chip ice cream.
But I don’t really want to drink a big tumbler of melted ice cream? Ha ha… Next time I’ll have to try it with just oat milk or even partially water! Once I buy more oat milk… T.T
Leaving the rating as-is for now!
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Custard, Mint, Peppermint, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood
“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – R
I was inspired by AJRimmer to try this one, since I got some in the group order and still hadn’t tried it yet, even though it was one of the teas I was most excited for. So here we are!
I do get pear, but it hovers somewhere near the realm of green apple candy. It does has a nice crisp and tart flavor to it, though. For some reason I’m getting a roasty flavor though, and it’s almost reminding me of coffee. Strange for green rooibos! There’s something slightly boozy to it as well.
Anyway, it’s tasty enough! Reminds me a bit of an alcoholic apple cider?
Flavors: Alcohol, Apple, Candy, Coffee, Pear, Roasted, Sweet, Tart
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I recently ordered 3 Leaf’s new hojicha sampler pack, which comes with plain, banana, chocolate, and their newest honey lemon hojicha powders. I think it’s very limited, so if you’re interested, be sure to grab one!
Anyway, this is a sipdown of the little sample packet of this tea. I also have a full-sized pouch of this one, so it’s not goodbye yet, thankfully!
I really love this one in oat milk. It has the same lovely authentic-tasting banana flavor as their matcha, which goes so perfectly with the mellow toasty hojicha powder. It’s sort of banana bread-esque I suppose, though with the oat milk it reminds me more of a banana smoothie. I generally use a teaspoon for each 8 ounces of liquid, and in this case the liquid was cold extra creamy oat milk from Planet Oat. I added some dark brown sugar syrup as my sweetener, and yum! Just like a ripe banana smoothie with a touch of extra caramel notes from the syrup.
Love it so much, this will definitely be a reorder. I need to try it iced as well, as iced hojicha is always super delicious. I assume I can cold brew it like matcha…? We’ll soon find out!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Banana, Creamy, Nuts, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Toast
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I like this one. Of course, I adore hojicha, so I’m not that surprised. It sort of tastes like if you made cinnamon toast with cinnamon raisin bread. The hojicha adds a nice “burnt crispy edges” sort of note to it. And I do taste the raisiny notes as well, along with plenty of cinnamon.
My only slight complaint would be, it’s almost a bit too sweet? Not overwhelmingly so, but as someone who doesn’t sweeten her tea, I think I would like it more with slightly less sugar. It also has a somewhat thin mouthfeel, but I find that fairly normal for hojicha.
I think I’ll probably still reorder it at some point, just because it’s just a unique flavor profile and it really captures the flavor of cinnamon raisin bread.
Flavors: Burnt, Cinnamon, Raisins, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Toast
“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – Q
It’s funny, I didn’t have any “Q” teas a few days ago. But on my latest trip to the local Japanese market, these adorable little teas caught my eye. The packages are three-dimensional and have cute little kittens in teacups on then, and I think the name means “Cute Tail Tea”? It wasn’t until I checked my spreadsheet earlier today that I realized they start with “Q”! It was meant to be, ha ha…
Anyway! This one is quite pleasant. It reminds me a little bit of those yummy caramel apple lollipops that are half green apple lollipop and half caramel. The flavor isn’t overly intense, which I like. The apple is perhaps a bit sweeter than green apple-flavored candies, closer to other Japanese apple candies I’ve had. The base has a metallic and slightly astringent, but somewhat hay-like and biscuity taste to it.
Overall, I’m very happy with it, especially for something I just bought for the cuteness factor. I can’t say whether I would repurchase it if I were able to, but it definitely seems better than other caramel apple teas I’ve tried.
Cutie kitty cats
Held this tasty autumn treat
What a cozy tea!
Flavors: Apple, Candy, Caramel, Cookie, Hay, Malt, Metallic, Sweet, Tannic
“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – P
Oops, forgot to do my alphabet tea yesterday!
I figured I would continue with my pattern of trying all of my untasted Lupicia Hawaii teas. This one is a passion fruit and ginger black tea, and I like passion fruit enough that I ordered a whole 50g packet for myself during the group order.
I admit, the dry and steeped scents both worried me as the ginger was coming on strong. Luckily, the taste is much more balanced. I do get a strong sense of ginger, but it doesn’t feel too spicy or overwhelming. I will say, the fruit here doesn’t really taste like passion fruit to me? It’s closer to mango IMO, and also a bit generically tropical, like the other Hawaii black teas have been for me. I do like the ginger with it! The base is a bit too tannic though, which is probably a bit augmented by the ginger.
Anyway, it’s tasty enough! But not passion fruit for me, unfortunately…
Oops, forgot to add a haiku!
Not passion fruit but
It’s a mango paradise
Spicy ginger nips
Flavors: Astringent, Candy, Fruity, Ginger, Mango, Sweet, Tannic, Tropical
Trying this one as a milk tea this evening.
It’s definitely better, the honey flavor comes through more strongly for me. It’s sort of like a honey-fig-lavender combination. But there is still a weird medicinal quality to it that reminds me of throat lozenges…
What an odd tea this is!
Flavors: Fig, Honey, Jam, Lavender, Medicinal, Sweet
I’ve been wishing I could try this one, and they brought it back, yay! Plus it was in my subscription box for April!
Honestly though, I’m very underwhelmed. I mostly get the dry, grassy Chinese sencha base. There’s very little jasmine and even less pear…
Hmm… Well, we’ll see if my opinion changes as I sip my way through the 20g pouch.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Grass
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Another iced milk tea sipdown!
I figured as I enjoyed Lanikai much better this way, I would give Hua Ki the same send-off. I still have a couple of Lupicia’s Hawaii blends to try, hopefully the others are a bit less generic tropical punch-like.
Anyway, this is scrumptious! Definitely mostly mango, and it’s reminding me of a mango lassi, yum! I do feel like I get a little bit of pineapple or passion fruit or something more tart, and there’s another flavor I can’t quite put my finger on… Papaya maybe? I confess, I’m not really familiar enough with papaya to say definitively, but it does have that sort of musky melon-like quality. I’m also finding more pineapple-like sharpness in the aftertaste, yum.
Bye-bye, tea! So pleased to be able to try these Hawaii-exclusive teas, but I really do prefer Alphonso Mango to these “tropical” black blends so far.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Sweet, Tropical
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I just ordered another package of this (along with a couple of sakura teas), so I figured I’d finish off the bit I have left from the group order.
I do really like this one. The raspberry is both sweet and somewhat fresh-tasting, and the chocolate is dark and cocoa-like, so it doesn’t taste artificial to me (thank goodness). The base tea is strong and malty.
I bet this would make a lovely milk tea, I’ll have to try it that way one of these days…
Flavors: Candy, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Raspberry, Smooth, Sweet, Tart