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It’s hard to get either chocolate or strawberry flavor down right, and this tea does both in one lovely, creamy, natural-tasting combination. And, accounting for the minor difference of a puerh vs. black tea base, it’s an almost perfect rendition of a long lost favorite, Butiki’s Red Queen Cupcake. I never thought I’d encounter another blend with all the things I loved about it again! That was a tea I enjoyed over the holiday season too, a couple of years back. The cold weather makes these richer, flavored teas more enjoyable. And, although both might have the same base, this one knocks Sunny Fruits way out of the park.
Trying this tea was enough to remind me to return and start logging my teas again. It’s been a busy few months (as usual) but life is pretty good. I’m glad to see many familiar names still active around here, and hope everyone is doing well!
I am apparently unable to resist Lupicia Holiday Tins. I love those cute little things, and theres a fair number of their holiday teas that I really like, so I always pick up a few.
Which means that Lupicia has also sent a sample along, and this was it. Unnervingly I could not find it on Steepster, so I added it.
I’m not the worlds biggest fan of green tea, but I do love Lupicias fruit flavorings, and I’m still in “pour hot water down the gullet” mode, so bottoms up!
This is very mild, both in its green tea base and in its fruit flavor. As with so many things that Lupicia brands as their holiday blends, this reminds me much more firmly of spring and summer flavors.
I’ll hold off on reviewing this, as I’m an imperfect judge of green tea, but it was generally nice to sip.
I received a bag of this tea in the GCTTB. It was a welcome hot drink today as I’ve been out in the cold and rain digging up invasive weeds at a local park. The scent of the tea is surprisingly alcoholic, like some sort of fruit wine or liqueur. I taste a bit of booziness in the flavour as well, though it gradually mellows into a honeydew melon flavour as it cools. The odd thing is that according to the description this tea is supposed to be flavoured with peach and grapefruit, neither of which I really taste – it’s rather strange.
Got this a while ago in my Lupicia newsletter.
Open the bag, smell a nice Mango-ish smell. I love mango juice, but not crazy about actually alot of mango, just a few pieces here and there. Amyways, post brew it still smells like Mango, but it’s fairly muted. Actually the smell and taste reminds me alot of Lychee. I mostly like it. Jury is kind of out whether or not I would actually buy this. I mean at best it would be a good alternative to when I want a fruity Oolong but tired of the Pineapple (Or when I want hoard it!) Though if it comes to crunch time (When I’ve got to reduce my order.) It would probably come off the list. Since I haven’t been able to buy from Lupicia since last February, when I am able to order, it will be mainly to restock though hopefully I’ll be able to a few more try-outs. This tea reminds me a lot of this mango gummy candy that I get from a Japanese grocery store in Novi (One World Market. Sadly can only get there every few months at best.) It’s one of my favorite candies, I usually get the mixed fruit bag (The Strawberry flavor is a bit to sweet and I like the Lychee. ) Oh and another thing, like with the Pineapple Oolong, I didn’t get a tropical flavor that others have gotten…if it had some coconut then maybe (Mmm that sounds like a delicious tea!)
I was expecting a strongly flavored tea, however this is not the case. I can not actually taste the cherry petals at all. I generally don’t drink Darjeeling because of its astringency, however I can tell this is a good Darjeeling tea. I would recommend this for Darjeeling drinkers. (My score reflects the fact that I don’t really like Darjeeling too much)
Very pleasant flavor, yet could be stronger and more intense. With two teaspoons and 10 oz of hot water, the tea favor still appeared weak. And I am not just talking about the mango flavor, but of the tea leaf itself. Tastes watered down. I will try more tea less water next time, yet even the smell is not very intense.
Flavors: Blueberry, Flowers, Mango
Got this in a recent Lupicia newsletter…
I’m so glad (Mostly) that Summer is finally on it’s way out. I mean we’ll probably have a few more really nice days and might get bit of an Indian summer, but overall cool enough to have tea most days…YAY!!!
Sadly this summer I wasn’t really in the mood for tea with a few exceptions, so in addition to the beastly hot temps, that made me really irritable.
This tea was picked at random after dinner, though considering I am trying to avoid much caffeine in the evenings, just as well. I like this tea, like I’ve liked most Rooibos teas…but the jury is out on whether or not I’d actually buy this tea, namely in my next order, (Which sadly probably won’t be till January/February.) I’m thinking I really should do an inventory on my teas before I buy anymore anyways.
I taste the Caramel/Butterscotch in it…though I wish it were more butterscotchy. I also taste a hint of rum, which I’ve never drank, one of these days I will. I was kind of hoping this would taste like Werther’s Originals…that was my favorite candy when I was little. But since I have the really bad habit of chewing hard candies, I avoid them like the plague, but a tea that tastes just like Werther’s? OMG, I would adore that!
Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Rum
Here’s Hoping TTB.
So, I definitely thought this was a tasty oolong, but I didn’t taste pineapple at all. In fact my experience of this tea seems to be wildly different than the flavors other people have noted. I got a nice roasty mineral flavor which none of the seventy other reviewers have noted. I may buy some and see if it has a different flavor when fresh or if it got some flavor contamination. If not, I’ll still have a pleasant oolong to drink.
I got a sample of this one with my Lupicia newsletter a while back and am just now getting around to trying it. And, fan of Indian teas that I am, I’m finding it a really pleasant blend. It’s a very smooth blend—as a Darjeeling lover who can’t get enough of that hit of astringency, I might even say it’s a little too smooth and could benefit from a bit more of a kick. For that reason, I don’t think this’ll necessarily be something I’ll purchase next time I place an order with Lupicia, but I certainly wouldn’t be averse to drinking it again should another sample come my way.
Amongst the other popular Lupicia oolongs, I feel like this one is criminally underrated.
The customer service in Japan is usually second to none, and it was no different in their Lupicia stores. I had Queen’s Muscat Oolong (and a few others) brewed up especially for me and we sat down together for an informal tea ceremony.
What caught me first was the scent of the dry leaf when I was making my rounds sniffing almost every tea available in the shop. I knew I just had to try it.
Sometimes tasting a tea can actually put me off buying it because it doesn’t live up to the scent. Not so with this one. One sip and I was sold.
Not only is it delicious and juicy like a muscat grape, but it also had some creaminess underneath – the kind you get with high quality oolongs.
Argh. So good. Bet it would be addictive as hell as an iced tea.
The smell of the dry leaves of this is super-unimpressive. I don’t know if it’s the sample, or how the tea always is, but it smells like it was left in a grandmother’s attic for years.
Sometimes grandparents’ attics are treasures. Like the time I found a 1950s Ouija board in my grandmother-in-law’s. Or the beaded white bowler cap my mother-in-law got married in. (Yes. Exquisite. Like this, but worse: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/87/d8/f5/87d8f5154c298a5ae0c4de5a2d2ffa81.jpg )
Once steeped, the tea smells like dust. With, if you breathe really deep and concentrate really hard, some maybe vanilla/cream in there? The attic-feeling remains.
And the taste is crazy. It’s like drinking a slightly moldy cardboard box.
But the aftertaste, once the cardboard is down your throat, is so good.
But, guys, one cannot survive on aftertaste alone. I must say adios to this tea.
It is not “bae.” As the kids say. Did you know that bae means “before anyone else”? That seems like a thing you all might not happen to know. I work with people much younger than I am. They inform me of slang.
Just typing the above paragraph makes me feel like… someone who would have an attic that would produce this tea.
Flavors: Cardboard, Dust
Oh my god, this tastes like somebody took wet roses and let mold growth occur on them in a basement in an old person’s house. It smells like cherries, but it tastes like sickly sweet decay.
I keep sipping it, thinking I have to be wrong.
(sip) I can’t possibly dislike it this much.
(sip) Oh no, someone mixed vanilla into poison.
(sip) Am I dying?
Excuse me. I need to throw this horror show out so I stop sipping it.
This is by far my favourite flavoured oolong. It’s beautiful. It smells like absolute heaven, and it tastes like it smells. Now I don’t know exactly what kind of fruit mirabelle is, but it’s almost otherworldly. It’s sweet and fragrant and pairs perfectly with the florals in this tea.
If I could only have 5 teas on my shelf ever. This would be one of them. It’s just so beautiful.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity
Keep in mind I like rooibos teas, this is my favorite. It delivers on all the flavors it promises. Smells amazing dry and steeped. I enjoy it plain, with honey, and occasionally with a little shot of rum on a cold winter night. It stands up to cream for those guests who insist on profaning their tea with it. It is a tea I can share with my guests…if I am feeling generous.
Flavors: Caramel, Rum
This was one of my first true tea loves, way back when I picked it up from a Lupicia shop in San Francisco in the summer of 2008 on my last day (probably ever for the rest of my life, the way things are looking now) as a resident of the beautiful Bay Area. Luscious raspberry syrup with a crisp green base and a hint of that honey whole-wheat pretzel goodness from the green rooibos, plus a whole lot of sentimental value. I was so sad when Lupicia discontinued Haru Poro Poro, and I will never stop hoping for them to bring it back (though now that it’s been gone for, what, five years[?!] my hopes are a bit diminished).