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drank English Caramel by Lupicia
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I got this in a pyramid bag as a sample with my Lupicia order and I brought it to work, on the theory that I might actually get to have some decent tea this way before I figure out how best to support a loose leaf habit at work.

This is the first time I’ve tasted anything by Lupicia, and I’m going to try to keep an open mind in case this is disappointing, given the lack of control over water quality and temperature at work.

The bag smells terrific. Very caramelly, not bitter despite its description. The tea smells toasty, but caramel is the main scent.

My steeping here is going to be full of unknowns because I don’t have a thermometer to measure water temperature with me, but here goes.

I steeped for approximately 4 minutes (I think), maybe more like 3. The aroma is mostly of caramel, and it isn’t bitter smelling at all.

My sense is that the water I used wasn’t good quality and hot enough to bring out the true flavor of this tea. It’s ok. I can taste caramel, and it’s not bitter. It’s not sweet either as best I can tell, but mostly the flavor isn’t very strong at all. I can taste the tea in the aftertaste, and it’s smooth and sweet. I just wish there was more of it. A lot more.

I wish I had more of this so I could give it another shot under more controlled conditions. Then again, these days I’m mostly drinking tea bags at work, so these conditions are more representative for how a bagged tea would taste to me than controlled ones at home would be.

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec
Kristin

That is almost exactly how I felt about Golden Moon Caramel Oolong – smelled great in the bag… not so caramelly in the mug, and then not enough tea to try again under other circumstances. You need at least 2 cups worth in a sample to give it a fair shake.

Doulton

Do you ever get the feeling that some of the pyramid bags (and other bags) just do not have enough dry leaf in them? Sometimes when I am using a bag of whatever quality I feel that I can use only 2 or 4 ounces of water maximum.

__Morgana__

That may have been part of the problem, though I wasn’t using a very large mug and I didn’t fill it the entire way. I did notice that these bags seemed to have less in them than the Tazo full leaf sachets that are made out of a similar material.

Auggy

Lupicia teabags typically weigh around 3g (yeah, I weight them (curiosity requires me to)… I know, I’m a nerd.) Anyway, they tend to be better than a lot of other companies weight-wise but I still think they suggest something like a 6oz cup.

AmazonV

i tend to 6 oz per bag unless i know they’re better (tazo full leaf 12 oz easy)

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Kristin

That is almost exactly how I felt about Golden Moon Caramel Oolong – smelled great in the bag… not so caramelly in the mug, and then not enough tea to try again under other circumstances. You need at least 2 cups worth in a sample to give it a fair shake.

Doulton

Do you ever get the feeling that some of the pyramid bags (and other bags) just do not have enough dry leaf in them? Sometimes when I am using a bag of whatever quality I feel that I can use only 2 or 4 ounces of water maximum.

__Morgana__

That may have been part of the problem, though I wasn’t using a very large mug and I didn’t fill it the entire way. I did notice that these bags seemed to have less in them than the Tazo full leaf sachets that are made out of a similar material.

Auggy

Lupicia teabags typically weigh around 3g (yeah, I weight them (curiosity requires me to)… I know, I’m a nerd.) Anyway, they tend to be better than a lot of other companies weight-wise but I still think they suggest something like a 6oz cup.

AmazonV

i tend to 6 oz per bag unless i know they’re better (tazo full leaf 12 oz easy)

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

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