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I love the smell of this tea, and I had thought a replacement for Carol (which is seasonal) was found. Fraisier does nicely as a replacement but then this one came along and confused me. So which should I restock?
The aroma is very fruity and the first sip has lots of strawberry and vanilla…or is that cream? I noticed as I kept sipping through breakfast that the black tea base comes through a little more in this tea to me, and becomes more noticeable as it cools. That’s not a bad thing, I thought it was a plus since it was breakfast.
Then I served some last weekend to Ashman thinking he would love it, but he said he preferred Carol and Fraisier. He felt a little let down by the amount of fruit flavor in comparison to the aroma, and said perhaps if the aroma hadn’t gotten his hopes so high he would have enjoyed it more. The amount of black tea he was tasting was off-putting for him.
So this one will be my own breakfast tea for solitary breakfasts, and we will stick to his favorites for weekends. I must say, I really do enjoy this one! I like the base just fine, the fruitiness satisfies me, and it stands up to my breakfast.
Which means I need to order both Frasier AND Yume. Oh, well!
Another one that I picked up on a whim in my last order.
Hmm… Yeah I’m not loving this. The lemon and honey together are giving me strong throat lozenge vibes… I don’t remember which brand it is that makes that flavor, but this tastes exactly like it.
It’s not for me. If there was just a bit more lemon I think I would like it. But I don’t want to feel like I’m drinking a cough drop, ha ha… XD
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Honey, Lemon, Medicinal, Sweet
I thought I would take a little break from sipdown progress and steep up a few of these poor neglected teas that I’ve yet to try! This is one that I picked up in my last order in the spring, because I enjoy Lupicia’s grape teas and I had never tried it.
When I opened the package, the scent was all grape Hi-Chew! And I happen to love Japanese grape candy, plus I was expecting it, so I was excited for it. It’s extremely similar to Jingle Bells, maybe almost exactly the same. They’re both grape-candy-flavored black teas. I think the base is slightly different, but I’d have to try them side-by-side to compare.
Anyway, it’s what I expected, so I’m happy with it! It’s obviously not a natural-tasting grape, but that’s part of the fun.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Earth, Floral, Grapes, Sweet, Wood
First time trying this even though I’ve had it for almost a year. Whoops.
I saw the base look quite fine, so I knocked 30 seconds off of the steep. Tasting it, I think it might be the same base as Jingle Bells?
Anyway, I’m a bit underwhelmed. This has a fairly strong syrupy blueberry aroma that reminds me of their Cassis & Blueberry, but the flavor is actually very light. The base makes itself known with woody and earthy notes, but the blueberry itself is a bit too subtle to stand up to it. It’s a deep jammy blueberry, but there’s not enough of it.
It’s not bad per se, but not my favorite from Lupicia. Too bad the US website no longer carries Cassis & Blueberry…
Flavors: Blueberry, Earth, Jam, Musty, Sweet, Wood
I was sure I’d reviewed this before, but my Steepster.txt file can’t find it, so I guess I haven’t?
This bag is quite old now, so I started working on sipping it down as cold brew, and have the last batch in the fridge. I’m sure I’ve had this tea warm before, but I’ve found it quite enjoyable cold brewed. I really like the peach flavoring Lupicia uses, which is nicely fruity and sweet but doesn’t come off like Peachy-Os. The floral qualities of the oolong are a nice accompaniment, as well. It’s been very refreshing during this hot-day cold-night transition, and has a sort of effervescent quality to the taste.
Lupicia does fruity oolong so well. I dig!
Flavors: Alcohol, Floral, Fruity, Peach, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet
This seems utterly impossible. I just finished my pouch of Fraisier and there are no tasting notes from me? I swear I remember making comparisons to Carol! So here we go…
You know this was popular because I have teas that have been hanging around for six years and I got this for Mother’s Day and it is gone, mostly because Ashman likes it a lot and we have it for breakfast on weekends with our bagels.
Carol is limited edition and sells out fast. It is black tea with strawberry, vanilla, and coconut. Fraisier is black tea with strawberry and vanilla, and they also sell a plain strawberry black tea.
Carol is our favorite and goes FAST. I realize that it might not be wise to stock up too much of it with the way coconut can go rancid, so I guess I won’t try to buy a year supply when it comes back before Christmas.
Strawberry black is good, but there is a very weird aroma in the dry leaves that comes through a little when steeped, but everyone has liked it well enough.
Fraisier is excellent. It resteeps pretty well so I can use 3 teaspoons in my stump pot, steep, make another steep, and pour into the big pot. I don’t know what that weird aroma is in Strawberry Black, or if the vanilla here covers it up, or if this is just a different strawberry flavoring.
Speaking of big pot, anyone have a favorite they recommend? I don’t want to take anything too delicate outside to the stone patio and have been looking at the big Curve pot. I have a large tetsubin we use now, but it is pretty heavy, which I guess isn’t a big deal but each time we use it, I think how we really should look for maybe a ceramic pot, which will be heavy enough in that size. I am thinking around 36 to 40 ounces.
Also, joyful squealing here as the cherry vanilla bagels are back at Panera! Brekkie on the patio this morning on our first day with lows in the 50’s! Never mind that we still have 90’s in the forecast. I need to find everything that makes me happy and note it because I dislike the short, dark days and have to battle seasonal depression. Like the cooler weather, hate the shorter days.
I fell asleep, leaving a hot cup to cool on my nightstand overnight. The cold cup this morning had the impression of a sugary sweetness like that of dried fruit, which is in this blend, or maybe even an overripe melon, you know? All I could taste was mango – the same mango as Hi-Chew candies – and maybe a little bit of melon influence. The mineral quality of the green rooibos kept the flavor from being cloying. I echo the sentiment of a lot of Steepsters in that I think green rooibos is a great blending component.
I also made a hot cup for Kiki last night. Because I passed out, I was unable to get her real-time opinion. She said this morning that she really liked it because it was so fruity. “Very nice!”
Thank you Cameron B for this sample :) Will you be back this winter?
Flavors: Candy, Dried Fruit, Mango, Melon, Mineral, Sweet
Happy National Pinot Noir Day! Today the prompt is to drink a Darjeeling or a tea with muscatel/grape flavor notes!
So, I found this old Lupicia bag in my stash, and it seemed good for the prompt. I steeped the tea warm to dissolve the sugar crystals, but then iced the tea in my fridge. It has that same grape candy flavor that is in several other Lupicia teas… nothing about it really makes me think of “white wine” like the description claims. There is no effervescent quality and the flavor is strongly sweet/artificial grape. The base tea is old now, and while perhaps at once time was a fresh and grassy green, it’s now more of a subdued dry hay. But, the flavoring is potent enough it hides the fact the green tea base is now long out of its prime.
I found it a bit average as a plain iced tea… that grape flavor is in other Lupicia teas, and I didn’t taste any of the jasmine flowers or anything wine-like. It doesn’t taste bad or anything, it just isn’t stand out to me among Lupicia’s offerings.
I will say that adding carbonation to this tea bumps the rating much more highly for me than I would have given it otherwise. Egads, it is such a major improvement! Grape soda without the gobs of sweetener. YUM!
Flavors: Candy, Grapes, Hay
My initial impression upon opening the bag was that this tea smells like mango Hi-Chews. It’s one of THOSE teas that you can’t help but to just keep sniffing. Once brewed the flavor is a cross between mango candy and mango fruit. The pouchong is the perfect base tea providing butteriness and creaminess. You also get just the right amount of floral-ness that mimics an actual fresh ripe mango. I had pretty high expectations when I bought this tea and it did not disappoint. Highly recommend it! My only regret is that I wish I had opened it sooner.
Flavors: Butter, Candy, Creamy, Floral, Mango
Opened up my last bag of Lupicia flavored mugicha, cold brewed. This is the plum one, and I think of the flavors I’ve tried (apple, lychee, and apricot) this might be my favorite? I think that is because I personally find fruity flavors mixed with the strong, roasted coffee taste of mugicha kind of weird, and I’m not really tasting a strong plum flavor in this one. I do taste a mild, non-distinct stone fruit note, but mostly I’m just getting a sort of juicy sweetness that closes the sip and actually tastes pretty nice with those strong roasty notes.
Flavors: Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Fruity, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Stonefruit, Sweet
This was a sample I got through last year’s Lupicia group buy. It came in one of those silky pyramid shaped tea bags. I don’t like the idea of plastics in hot water so I cut open the teabag and dumped half of the 4g of leaves in a brew basket. The leaves had a wonderful floral-woodsy aroma.
Steeped it for 2 minutes in an 8oz teacup using water on the cooler side, 187 F, for the 1st infusion. The brewed tea had a gentle woodsy, roasted aroma. Pleasantly smooth flavor reminiscent of butternut squash with a light maltiness. Upped the temperature to 195 F for the next infusion and doubled the brewing time. The tea had a very nice fruitiness this time and an almost grape-like flavor.
Lupia describes this tea as green, fresh, and spring breeze like. To me that sounds like a green tea or light oolong, something I’d never mistake it for. Darjeelings are often described as floral but I’ve honestly never tasted any such qualities in any darjeeling tea I’ve had. To me, it tasted like a lighter, slightly fruity black tea with woody tones. More autumnal than spring to me.
Flavors: Butternut Squash, Grapes, Wood
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Flavors: Bark, Brown Sugar, Roasted Barley, Toasted Rice
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Flavors: Broth, Thick, Umami, Vegetal
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Flavors: Marine, Salt, Seaweed, Spinach, Umami, Vegetal
A sample sachet was included in the most recent Lupicia order and since I am trying to clear the cupboard, this was an easy target. I didn’t know it was going to make me immediately want to place another Lupicia order. Oof.
Breakfast on a way too hot June morning. English muffin and this tea.
First steep smells heavenly, with powerful mango aroma but even as powerful as it is, I smell the oolong. How can I smell the oolong so well with this mango dialed up to volume ten? I make a second steep immediately in my Kamjove and combine the two. This is so so fruity and delicious and yes, the mango is wild and forward but the oolong is so distinctly there. I must have a third steep, even though I don’t expect it to go well, even though I never do three with Lupicia flavored tea.
And…the mango is much lighter but the oolong base still is strong enough to enjoy. Its a good third steep and well worth it. I was drinking it hot and now I absolutely must taste it cold. It is already a hot sticky summer and it has just begun, so bring on the ice cold tea in glasses beaded with condensation.
Well, great, here we go again.
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Tuesday 6/1 — Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia. This was a sample from Cameron B. Thank you! I cold brewed this in a glass jar for a few days in the fridge. I loved it – was so refreshing with the fruity taste and green rooibos (which I like okay-maybe-kinda-better then red?). I wouldn’t say I’ll be adding this to my collection but was such a nice cold cuppa and first impression of Lupicia.
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This one reminded me of Hi-Chew melon candy from the Asian grocery store. It has that artificial melon smell and flavor mingled with honeydew. As it cools, the artificial candy flavor fades somewhat but an overripe melon taste appears in the finish which I found cloying.
Lupicia usually does flavored tea well but this one wasn’t quite up to par. I still have an ounce of this tea left plus another ounce of Melon White tea so I need to find a way to make this flavor work. Going to give cold brewing a try and maybe blend it with other flavors to smooth out the somewhat intense melon-y taste.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Honeydew, Melon
This green rooibos is really tasty but not quite satisfying? It’s something light-bodied and juicy that I’d want to drink as an iced tea on a scorching hot day. The flavoring is like a mix of juicy yellow pear and Ace perry cider. It also kind of reminds me of both green apple and kiwi Hi-Chew candies. The green rooibos provides some kind of darker undertone that I can’t describe.
Kiki likes it and thinks it definitely tastes like juicy pear. She says it has a tartness to it. “It almost tastes like apple cider but with pears.”
Flavors: Alcohol, Apple, Apple Candy, Fruity, Green Apple, Pear, Tart
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This one ended up being just okay, like most of the other Hawaii blends have been for me. It somehow always comes out a bit watery even when I use plenty of leaf? Maybe it’s just the minerality of the oolong make me feel like I can taste the water underneath. I also don’t know what guava tastes like so maybe that has an impact.
Otherwise, it’s a bit generically tropical. I’m not sure how much I can pick out pineapple, which is the flavor I was most excited about…
Flavors: Fruity, Mineral, Sweet, Tropical
Received this as a sample with a Lupicia order, which I was excited about, as I was considering purchasing it. While it’s a fine tea, it’s not particularly special. Not getting any of the mango or orange that the Lupicia website describes, but I am getting a lot of peach. Glad I got to try it, but also glad I didn’t purchase it.
Mmm, the bag and the brewed tea smell fruity.
I taste fruit punch! And apricot. It’s a little sweet and rather fun. I can see why they call it Happiness!
I had to look up what kind of tea it was, cause this is another Lupicia sample bag, and all it said was 8508 Happiness, lol.
This would probably be lovely iced as well.
Flavors: Apricot, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Sweet