620 Tasting Notes
Sample sipdown 194/397 courtesy of the lovely Marzipan
My thoughts on this tea are very much in line with other reviewers here. The tea is smooth and a touch malty, and I’m picking up some mineral notes too. The flavouring is very natural and elegant as I’ve come to expect with Lupicia; stewed fruits reminiscent of date, plum and apple with some honeyed notes which help to give the overall impression of preserved autumn fruits. It smells a lot better than it tastes, in my opinion. The scent is heady and draws you in, while the flavour is milder and more generic by comparison. I am enjoying the cup, but not enough to consider purchasing more.
This is the chilli chai to end all chilli chais. I’ve tried many, and this is by far my favourite. The chilli is really hot, and it builds at the back of your throat the more you drink, so if you’re not a fan of spice I would stay clear of this tea! I love spice, and this is the perfect amount for me – it’s a pretty intense heat, but it doesn’t hurt your mouth or drown out the other flavours. In fact, it complements them beautifully. I can actually both smell and taste the chocolate among the spices, too, which is a novelty for me since I typically don’t enjoy chocolate flavoured teas as I don’t think the flavour translates well. This is the exception to that rule. It’s a deep, rich dark chocolate and it tastes authentic rather than artificial – it’s definitely reading as chocolate rather than cocoa butter, which is what I usually get when I drink chocolate teas. Anne has done a fantastic job blending this, and I was excited to see that it has recently been reblended and is still on the 52teas website. I might have done some window shopping and compiled a fantasy basket which this has been added to… let’s hope I get through my self-imposed cupboard cull quickly enough to place an order while this is still in stock!
Thank you VariaTEA for introducing me to this mind-blowing chai. Sipdown 193/397.
Cold brew sipdown! (192/397)
Yep, this is much better as a cold brew. I can actually smell and taste the chocolate, and the cherry isn’t as overwhelmingly strong and artificial. In fact, I think the cherry note is coming more from the honeybush, which always comes off as cherry-like to me, than it is from any artificial flavouring. Upping my rating quite a bit from 53. I still wouldn’t purchase this myself, but I’m enjoying my cold brew cup.
Probably my favourite pumpkin tea. Afternoon treat with a panna cotta type dessert thing. Yummy.
Edit: found another pouch of this (yay!), but I’m not going to add it back into my cupboard because I’ve already counted it as a sipdown.
This Butiki favourite is almost gone. I got distracted while I was pouring the water into my IngenuiTEA and ended up adding way too much, so I had to quickly add more leaf to save from wasting the tea. It’s still a little watery, but disaster avoided. I’m actually finding the almond to be peeking through a little more than usual this way, so it’s even more accurate to the name. This will probably be what I’m drinking for a while now, because I’m going to resteep the crap out of the leaves. It’s hard to say goodbye.
Tea latte again, but tonight I steeped the leaf for 4 minutes instead of 6 and the caramel and honeybush notes aren’t as strong now. It’s mostly almond, with some hazelnut notes and woody and cherry-like honeybush in the background. I prefer it this way, nutty instead of just sickly sweet. Upping my rating just a bit from 70.
People seem to be polarised on this tea – they either love it or hate it. Unfortunately, I don’t love it. It’s very thin and watery even though I used more leaf than usual and gave it a long steep. Warm, sweet water is what this tastes like. I think I’ll either use the rest of this up at once and try to up the flavour with more leaf, or I’ll mix it with something else that actually does taste like something.
Sipdown of the day! 191/397
I saw that this was a Darjeeling so steeped it at a lower temperature than I usually would, but there is still some bitterness coming through and a drying feeling at the back of my throat, unfortunately. Like others have noted, I am picking up on rose notes most prominently, and when combined with the floral Darj it’s just a bit more overpowering than I would have liked. I’m also noticing some violet notes which are adding to the perfumed aroma. The raspberry is present, and in fact my very first sip was dominated by the raspberry note, but since then it has faded and been overpowered by the floral bouquet which is very loud, only allowing the raspberry to peek through as a background note. I don’t seem to be picking up on the almond, or anything that reminds me of a macaron. It’s a very typical ‘French style’ perfumed tea, I would say, with a hint of raspberry. Thank you for the sample, Marzipan, but unfortunately this one was not for me.
Cold brew! 3tsps steeped in 12oz of water in the fridge for almost 24 hours.
This is the best ‘cola’ tea I’ve tried. In fact, it might be the only one which gets across a strong and accurate cola note. Though it smells very cakey, as well as like coke, the cake doesn’t translate through into the sip when cold brewed, except as a very faint background note which I could be imagining. I remember it coming through more when hot, but cold brewed this is all cherry coke goodness (and the ‘coke’ feels less confusing cold). I don’t get any chocolate from it either, but I think I prefer it that way. I wish I could remember which company Della Terra sourced their teas from or who else sold the same blends, because I would love to pick up some more of this for the summer. As an iced tea it does a good job of killing any coke cravings! Thanks for sharing this with me, KittyLovesTea!
ETA: I resteeped my cold brew leaves in hot water, and the cake is much more prominent as is the base tea.
Ah, Cookie. Buttery, brown sugar cookie goodness. This makes a good breakfast tea with milk because of the CTC leaf, and the additional flavours hold up to the milk well. Cinnamon and almond notes are most prominent, alongside something deeper and almost earthy, but sweet at the same time, that I’ve never been able to put my finger on but is instantly recognisable to me as this tea. My cup is already empty, and it smells like shortbread.
I received quite a bit of this tea in swaps with WhatSheSaid and Marzipan (thank you both), and I’m stunned that I’ve never written up a note on it before. I must have been enjoying it too much! Now I only have enough for one small cup left, and this will be making its way back onto my wishlist and – hopefully sooner rather than later – into my first Lupicia order. I’ve made the happy discovery that I can order from the Lupicia France website, if I can only muddle through my rudimentary understanding of French enough to actually place an order.