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last cup of the evening since i haven’t had this in a while. I am really digging the richy almost coffee like essence of this. Not that it tastes like coffee but it has a depth to the body of this one that just makes me love it a lot. Is it sweet? not really.. it’s just… yummy. so there.
Final Count: 176 (which is freakin’ awesome considering i was at 197 saturday morning!)
It’s my 300th tasting note! Noticing this, I took a bit longer than usual to pick out which tea I wanted to try. I ended up going with this sample from Kat_Maria because I love Lupicia. This tea smells so wonderfully juicy and tastes juicy as well. I’ve had a lychee black tea from Persimmon Tree that I loved, but I may have to do a side by side because I’m really loving this one as well. I know this isn’t exactly a flavor descriptor, but I’d say that this tea tastes very bright and happy. I suspect that it will also taste great as an iced tea, so maybe I’ll cold brew some soon :)
I got another sample sachet of this, so I decided to brew it up while I worked around the house this morning.
Its good! Fruity and lush. I might see myself bringing this green into my cupboard sometime in the future. It would be nice to have on hand.
Back to cleaning, and prepping for dinner. I’m going to make a cauliflower quiche with asparagus tonight, taking advantage of the lovely spring temps.
I was so excited to see that Lupicia was selling some of their Hawaii only blends online for a limited time! There were two that I grabbed, but I’m wishing I had got one or two others too.
Dry, this tea smells overwhelmingly like bananas and coconut. So much so that it almost makes me ill, but I’m hoping it translates into a well flavored tea. Once steeped, the steeped leaves have taken on a soapy smell. Kinda gross. The tea has some of that soapy smell but it also has a bubblegum scent too. It tastes a little like both with the addition of banana and coconut. I had to sweeten this a little and I added a splash of milk because it just wasn’t doing it for me plain. Okay, here we go… the soapiness is gone. It is still a little gum like, but I think that is the fruity flavors. I’m liking it a lot better now. I think the aftertaste is the best. I’m left with a really nice creamy conana (that has to be the combo word for coconut and banana, right?) flavor. I think I need to play with this some more, maybe try it iced, but I think it has a lot of potential and packs a flavorful punch. The second steep still has a lot of flavor, but it doesn’t differ much from the first cup.
While I like this tea a little bit more than Lupicia’s Lychee, it is not anything particularly striking my fancy. It has all these nice fruit in there but somehow it is kind of… boring. Like an aunt’s birthday party kind of boring. You know, there’s all these good homemade pastries and cakes but then… damn, does it drag and the clock must have frozen!
Mabe it’s because its decaf? It’s good to have a decaf tea that pretends to be a black blend though, once in a while every tea drinker needs something like that.
I think I’ll move on to some oolongs soon today. It’s time!
The first time I tried this tea a few days ago I wasn’t in immediate love, but I started remembering and desiring the flavors later, so I’m trying it again. It still had a little bit of a bitter edge to it, but I’m on the 3rd steeping of it now and am liking this steeping the best! It has mellowed out a bit, but still has a bit of flavor. I’m not getting a bold chocolate flavor from this tea, but the chestnut is distinct which seems to go well with the creamy base. I think I’d prefer this in a green base, but it is growing on me.
This is the second banana tea I have had from Lupicia recently! I’m a little crazy for banana flavoring, real bananas not so much. It smells wonderful in the bag! I steeped it for two minutes to avoid any bitterness and the flavors were lighter than I was hoping for. I got a light banana flavor, but couldn’t pick out the chocolate. Adding sugar didn’t change it much for me. Second steep was for three minutes and the flavor might be a little more intense. I might try a longer initial steep in the future. I think I get a little bit of the chocolate now, but it mingles with the sweetness of the banana and is hard to pick out right now. I get a slightly floral aftertaste. Overall it’s not bad, but I think it could be better with some steeping adjustments.
first of the Lupicia teas i jointly ordered with Cavocorax This was one of those random, toss in teas because i’m looking for more herbals that cavo jumped on board for sharing with me, even though neither of us knew what we were getting in to. This one is quite pleasant. As always though, i want MOAR ginger! I love that spiciness that comes from good ginger in a tea. Mostly, this is lemon myrtle with a hint of ginger…but it was tasty. I’ll have to see if i can coax a little more ginger out of this in future steepings. Thanks for sharing this one with me cavo!
Another tea from the lovely Anna and another Lupicia tea.
Anna do you read my mind ? or maybe my notes ? :D you sent me Oolongs Melon and Lychee which are 2 fruits I particularly like. Thanks so much for that.
I do prefer this delicate blend with a refined (even if quite strong) lichee to the melon one.
I get very much of the nuttiness and buttery taste of the Oolong with this one. Absolutely mellow and sweet.
Thank you Dustin for the chance to try my very first Lupicia tea EVER!! And, it isn’t just any Lupicia tea but the infamous Cookie tea. YAY! Very exciting.
I quite like it. It is clearly a black tea but somehow the hint of base I am getting highlights the cookie-eqsue taste of the tea. It is smooth, buttery, and sweet just like a cookie should be. Delicious!
Katiek was awesome enough to send me some cookie when Lupicia was again out of stock when i was placing my order. I mistakenly read that she was sending me a tea bag and was super happy at even that! What showed up was a whole bag of ten! teabags! She wouldn’t let me send her anything in return so i have been doing my best to share her generosity with a number of Canadians who can’t get Lupicia easily. :) Today, i figured it was time enough for ME to actually try it. haha
So i tried this bag straight, no additives since that’s typically how i take my tea. I will be saving at least one more bag so that i can try this with a little milk, as recommended by Lupicia.
I am a fan of this one, though it’s the after taste i am really enjoying lol. Something in the taste at the tail end of the sip is making me a happy girl! I’m not sure if i’d reach for this before i’d reach for brioche, especially given how much of a pain it is to get this one into my hands but i would love to have some of the loose leaf version in my cupboard eventually. Thank you so much katiek for being awesome and sending this to me!
Yay, for free samples with orders! Opening the bag releases this intense gummy peach scent! It lightens up a bit once steeped and the vanilla gets a chance to come out as a creamy scent. I’m impressed with how well filled this tea bag sample seems to be! The first couple of sips were okay with a light peachy taste, but then the peaches and cream aftertaste hits and it is really quite nice! The cream slowly creeps forward into the sip, mingling with the peach.I’m now adding a little sugar, which brightens the peach a bit, but I’m surprised to say that I don’t think it needs it needs it to be enjoyable. That peach sure does hold on for a while after each sip. I have never been a fan of peach teas (I’m guessing from experiences with mediocre supermarket brands that always tempt but fail to deliver any flavor), but this one is going to have to go on my shopping list! I’m going to have enough must haves to reach the $60/free shipping offer in no time. * sigh *
A bold flavored tea meets a bold flavored flower. What will the results be?
Not bad, actually. The Darjeeling and the Rose are fighting a little for dominance in my cup, but its not an unpleasant battle. Its actually almost more of a dance.
But I’ve still got a lot of tinkering to do. Fortunatly, I’ve got a fair bit of this, so I can play around.
Super strong strawberry smell when I open this bag! There is something else I’m getting too, which I guess is the rhubarb. I’m trying a slightly lower and shorter temp and steep on this since my usual four minutes for blacks seems overkill for Lupicia blacks.
Once steeped, the strawberry is lighter than the smell, but still very present. I taste something that I can’t describe as anything other than light and green which I’m pegging for rhubarb. The black base seems to hide behind the two flavors. I’m enjoying this without sweetener (rare) and it is pretty good. I do wish there was a baked crust flavor to this with a little bit of cinnamon to complete the usual straw/barb ensemble, but that desire is more appropriate for a 52teas style tea. I added a little sugar at the end and it really did nothing for the cup. So far I’m liking this ok, but I’m betting it would make a fantastically refreshing iced tea. I’ll have to remember that as the weather heats up!
My brain initially took this as a cherry tea based on the name (I’m not really sure what I was thinking either. It’s grenadine not Grenada, but whatever), so when I took the bag out and it smelled strongly of tropical fruits and just the slightest bit floral I was a bit surprised.
This is a very fruity tea, with guava being the dominant flavor. There’s some papaya in the aftertaste, but otherwise it doesn’t seem to have a presence. While I don’t find the guava flavor subtle, and maybe eve a little overwhelming, it’s a nice flavor and natural tasting.
I think this would be a delicious cold cup, but I only had the one bag and it’s gone now. I don’t think I’ll be seeking this one out for my collection, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup that was offered to me.
A sample from Dinosara.
Sadly, this assam isn’t to my taste at all. It’s a little dusty, a little weak, somewhat malty. It doesn’t have much of that unique bright ‘assam’ flavour, although it is still identifiable. It feels like it’s hiding under the blankets. The ones in the cupboard that have been there for months and need a good wash before they’re put on the bed.
I prefer my assams to be bright and malty. Different than this. More than this. Yet still somewhat similar.
Thank you for sharing, Dinosara. It’s not one I’ll be picking up in the future. :)
If you read my reviews regularly you know I am an Oolong lover so I was very excited by this tea Anna generously sent me. However I like Melon very much so for sure Oolong and Melon should pair perfectly together.
It smells absolutely as it tastes : very strong on the melon aroma, and even very candy-ish.
The green Oolong is really much subtle, the honoured guest in this blend is the melon.
The main point for me is the kind of behaviour of this guest : he talks loud , makes lot of noise and takes finally too much place, almost all the place leaving the poor Oolong hiden under the table whereas he’s already dancing on it…
I am wondering if the flavouring is a natural one, I tend to think it may have some artificial Melon notes.
Anyway, this is a juicy, sweet and pleasant blend and would probably make a very nice iced tea as well. Just wondering if, for an iced tea party the melon would directly dive in the swimming pool while the Oolong would try to find out his sunglasses…I have another sample so to be continued…
Thanks so much Anna for sharing
Tried this for the first time this morning and I think it is going to take some tweaking to get it right. I followed the instructions, but I didn’t get any strawberry and my cup was bitter even after adding a bit of extra sugar. I used my usual powdered goat milk, which has a flavor of it’s own, but shouldn’t have been able to drown out the strawberry. The first ingredient is sugar which makes me feel like I might not be getting that much matcha for the price. I don’t know… I’m not excited about this purchase, but I’ll try it a few more times before I give up on it.
I don’t know what happened, but somewhere during the sleepless night (thanks to allergy meds) my sense of smell and taste returned to me! It has been maybe two weeks since I have been able to taste anything, so I have missed out on a lot of tea drinking opportunities and need to play catch up!
First up, a selection from my recent Lupicia order! I am already eyeing more Lupicia teas on their website now that they have Cookie restocked. I’m so weak. I’m surrounded by tea and all I can think about is more.
Anyways, this is the second chestnut tea I have had. The first was a green so it is interesting trying it as a black. Unsweetened this tea has the slightest bitterness to it that makes me think a lower temp would serve it better, but once I sweeten it a little it smooths out. The base is creamy, something I have tasted in other Lupicia teas, Sweet Potato to be exact. I can taste the chocolate and the sweetness of the chestnut. I’m picking up on the described astringency that I don’t recall the green tea having, but I don’t remember chestnuts having an astringent skin either. This tea is good, but not overly impressive at the moment. I’m guessing my newly rediscovered sense of taste might be off a bit since I keep smelling plastic, so we will see if my opinion of this tea changes in the future.
I found another sampling of this tea in my tea stash. It’s a very unique tea in that it seems like every time I try it, it tastes a little different. This time, I tasted notes of vanilla, banana and hints of spice. A smoothie sort of taste, but, imagine a smoothie with a few spices tossed in just for something a little different.