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Pommier was an interesting tea. I feel very similar about it as I did Lupicia’s muscat. Ponies is a very red tea, courtesy of the vibrant rooibos base and apple additives. It brews a reddish brown and smells a lot like apples. I won’t go so far as to say it was a bad tea, but rather it didn’t suit my personal tastes. I struggle with rooibos teas and this was no game-changer for me.
This tea was awesome. The leaves were intensely aromatic (like most Lupicia blends) and it brewed a nice deep brown. The black base was moderate, allowing the cinnamon to shine through. However, the cinnamon was not too spicy but rather added a nice after taste to the tea. It would be great in the fall, I tried it iced and rather enjoyed it, though I think it would have been better hot. Another favorite Lupicia tea!
First tea of the day. So amazing. I really need to get some more. (1 tsp in 12 oz, over ice to make 1 L. Steeped twice. So delish.)
So yeah. Today was interesting. Slept 4 hours last night because I was warm and uncomfortable. Went to work. None of my stuff came in because Friday was a US holiday, so you can imagine how much actual work got done. I tried. I organized and prepped and etc. But there’s nothing to report.
And then a friend called and asked if I would mind fostering some toads. Yeah. So after a huge mess of tanks breaking and having to go buy crickets (because I cannot with the meal worms UGH) and dropping all the rocks and everything… I am now the proud foster parent of 4 fire-bellied toads. Yep.
That took forever. But now I’m home, sipping on this iced, thinking of a shower before bed, just to cool down and get comfy.
Bonus is my cat really likes Toad TV.
Flavors: Floral, Green, Melon
I’ve been having a love-hate relationship with this tea…first impressions were great, as my previous note on it indicates, but the fragrance of the dry blend is just too damn strong. I’ve been discouraged from reaching for it several times because as soon as I get a whiff of it, the sugariness is overly cloying. My tea containers don’t completely keep the scent from emanating out into the cupboard either. But then when I actually brew a cup, it’s perfectly mild. It is a mystery.
So sadly I’ll have to move the rating down a notch…I know I’m in the minority here, haha.
In terms of other tea news, Steepster samples arriving this week! And as for my Verdant order…“this tracking number does not exist”. Well, one has to have hope.
After a horrendous experience with the Chai Orzo, I’m glad this one offered some redemption.
When brewed, it looks very similar to instant granule coffee and tastes like it too. But then I add some milk and it becomes sweet and creamy like coffee-flavoured Milo. Excellent product.
This is the gamble you take when you purchase a tea with no reviews on it yet. But if this first note deters others from wasting their money on this, then I’m glad some good came out of it.
Now, I’m not one to shy away from the strange and bitter, but this was so wrong. Dried basil? Yeah, that’s all I can taste in this ‘chai’ orzo. Maybe basil in chai has been done well somewhere, but I think it belongs with savoury food. That aside, this was just so bitter that no amount of milk and sugar could save it. Not even vanilla soy, which can be a last resort to perk up moderately bleh teas, could help this unpalatable blend.
My house consists of people with very varied tastes and not one of them could finish a cup. Wouldn’t give this to an enemy.
Heavy on the rum. A pirate wouldn’t mind this.
My goodness, this is a rooibos I actually like , and I’ve tried enough rooibos to know it’s not my thing. This surprised me though. And it’s highly likely that it will become the only rooibos I’ll ever buy ever again.
Incredible. Full-bodied yet refreshing. Hard to believe it’s decaf.
I like Lupicia but seriously did not expect it to be THIS good.
In all the peach teas I’ve tried, I’m all like ‘ya, it’s just gonna be a tea with peach juice.’
Who knew that a decaf Momo would be so buttery, nutty and creamy too? And yes, deliciously peachy.
I don’t think I could be without this one.
It’s been ages since my last update! This tea struck me with its fruity acidity. Compared to other flavoured or herbal teas it’s not really acidic, but by the standard of a plain black tea it definitely is. It’s a bit odd to me but it’s not all that unpleasant. The tea itself was not very strong and so the acidity easily stood out.
The tea contains salted cherry leaves, not cherries themselves, so the cherry flavor is more subtle than one would normally expect from “cherry” items. The aroma lingering in the empty glass is sweeter and has more cherry notes than the tea itself, so it adds an interesting contrast altering between drinking each cup and wafting the aroma.
cold brewed this to see which i prefer and it’s for sure hot…or maybe hot then cooled. I didn’t mind cold brewing this but on the whole it started to have more of that OOLONG taste that i don’t like, while when this is hot, it’s just delicious melon :)
Now off to play some terra mystica tonight for fun…before i have to work all weekend. BLECH
I am pretty sure this was meant to be cold brewed, but I rarely ever cold brew tea. I’m more of a hot tea kind of person. :P This tea is pretty peachy, but doesn’t taste burnt which is a relief. I think that Adagio tea scarred me with the burnt peach. xD Maybe I got a bad batch? Who knows.
Anywho, this is alright tea. At least hot. I’m sure it’s a lot sweeter and better when it’s cold! Maybe I’ll have to just give in and try it iced one of these days.
Thanks for the sample, mj! I’m really excited to have tried Lupica finally! :D
I cold brewed this one and added a bit of sweetener, and the flavour I got was epic: like maynard’s wine gums candies with a hint of jasmine. It sounds like an odd combination, but I absolutely loved it and found it quite refreshing. The slight astringency also added to it, giving me the same mouth sensation as dry white wine.
The last of this is off to JustJames because for the life of me I could not make this work for me and since it was on his wishlist, I am hoping he will have better luck. Still, I am grateful to jump62359 for the opportunity to try it out.
So, I am trying it for the last time and this time I cold brewed it for 4 hours. There is more flavor this way but unfortunately all that flavor is coming from the rose. Now, I am learning I don’t hate floral teas as much as some but this is just too much rose for my liking. Oh well, c’est la vie.
Backlog from yesterday afternoon:
I am not a huge soccer person, but I sipped on this while watching the match between the US and Belgium. Oh man, that was tough. I figured Belgium would win, but by the time the US scored their first goal in overtime, I was rooting for them and hoping they would tie things up to force a series of penalty kicks. Tim Howard, man. Tim f*cking Howard.
I think I understeeped this a bit, as it was a bit weak in the flavour department. I thought I kept watch on the clock to give it 3 minutes, but I think it might have only been 2. It smelled lovely though – very similar to MF’s Marco Polo. The smell was very much of strawberry, but I think the taste was more floral. I can’t tell if I was getting the lychee or the rose. Anyways, next time I’ll let it steep for a bit longer, and perhaps also put some sweetener in.