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This is a fairly tasty keemun teabag. Getting some malt and a little bit of astringency as well as some sweet notes. Got this in last year’s happy bag and just getting around to it. Brewed one teabag or about 2 tsp in approx 10oz boiling water for 3 min.
Received this with last year’s happy bag and am just now getting around to it. Getting a mild note of malt and slight bitterness. It is relatively good. Don’t know if it’s lost flavor since I received it. It’s tasty.
I brewed one teabag with approx 10oz boiling water for 3 min.
Got a teabag of this with last year’s happy bag and am just now getting around to it. I woke up at two in the morning and couldn’t sleep. Around 3:30 I figured I might as well have some tea. Not entirely sure if this is black or well oxidized oolong. It tastes mildly of the mango. It is good. Brewed one teabag in approximately 10oz boiling water for 3 min.
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #21
This one is quite nice! A lovely granny apple flavor (or a type like it) on a light buttery sencha. It tastes like a dessert made with butter and apples. Not sure which dessert. Only a tiny piece of apple fell into the infuser too. A very refreshing cup. It would be amazing iced, I’m sure.
Bought from the shinjuku branch of lupicia. The dry leaves are choppy but have a wonderfully sweet chocolate smell with notes of berries. I started with shorter steeps as the leaves were quite broken up. Nice acidity with a sweet fruity note up front, the chocolate is still there with a bit more florality in the mix, the first brew was a bit astringent so I backed off a bit on the temperature and slowly ramped it up again. This is also quite roasty smelling for a black tea, it seriously reminds me of hojicha on the nose of the wet leaves. You can definitely taste this is gyokuro, wonderful base of umami with a lively acidity up to seven brews or so. Probably won’t buy this tea again, but I will definitely drink the rest of the bag I bought.
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #13
Another one I wanted to try! I love the idea of pu-erh, coffee & cinnamon, I’m not sure what these yellow things are. And I’m also not sure how these ingredients make a cookie. It’s tasty though! I wouldn’t mind if the pu-erh was richer, but it isn’t one with odd pu-erh flavors at least. There is plenty of coffee flavor with only hints of cinnamon. Just as flavorful through all three steeps.
Getting to the end of the teas I wanted to try from this box – I picked this one out because it was intriguing to me. Normally I’m all for “strange teas” and teas that taste like other things but this one tastes and smells like straight up cantaloupe and honeydew and it makes me uncomfortable :P
My first whiff of the tea, I couldn’t smell anything but cantaloupe and honeydew but the tea itself does have a bit of a vegetal flavor to it. I’m not as familiar with oolongs but this does have a more earthy flavor to it beneath the initial melon flavor. It was definitely interesting to try!
Flavors: Cantaloupe, Earth, Melon, Sweet, Vegetal
Had this twice in the Lupicia store but wasn’t convinced, but decided to bring it home anyway. It’s so much better with milk added. I taste almond, caramel, and a very smooth buttery-milky flavor. It’s basically a liquid cookie. Had it with Hokkaido milk pudding tonight, and it brought forward the malty tones and boosted the creaminess. Did not add sugar since it’s sweet enough with the pudding.
Another from the Holidays TTB, I initially put this back in the box without trying some and I’m really really glad I took it back out. It’s not a typical fruity tea for me but it’s really good!
Supposedly, there’s hibiscus in this blend and I honestly can’t taste it, there’s a bit more mango and tropical fruit flavors. The black base is on point, definitely not tannic, it actually tastes a bit sweet (or maybe that’s just the fruit) – overall I really enjoy this.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Pineapple, Sweet
When I was younger, I went to Wuyishan on a school trip, but I was too young to fall in love with this tea & brought home something lighter (Yin guan ying). Now that I am older, with a fiancé who loves anything smokey (he’s a firefighter), he insisted on purchasing this.
To me, it tastes like a really delicious cup of chinese tea with a throaty, smoky taste. I love the strong scent that enhances the flavour, and it has just enough astringency to round it off. I brewed the leaves 6x before it became too light. Unlike regular chinese tea, the flavour doesn’t change much. I have a stuffed up nose today though, so may have been unable to detect the subtle nuances.
Traditionally the first steep is poured away as it is meant to wash the leaves. Perhaps those who find unappealing but have more to finish up could try drinking this from second steep onwards. I believe my grandmother also brews it for only 2 mins. Am going to bring over some of this tea to my grandma for Chinese New Year.
Another tea I got in my Happy Bag from Lupicia, it is an ok gemaicha blend. I love genmaicha so I was excited to try this. It is not horrible but not great either. Just a kind of basic genmaicha for me. The black soybeans didn’t really change the flavor as much as I thought they would. Still has the basic roasty type flavor to it but it just missed the mark for me. Oh well.
I adore this tea. When I opened my happy bag in the mail and saw they including a 2 oz pack of this I was so excited. I had only received a sample tea bag of it before and was dying to get more of it. It’s such a yummy buttery tea. Very smooth and always a delight to drink. When I run out of it I definitely plan on keeping some in my cupboard from now on.
I drank this last night, but then decided to wait till today to write it…wanted to drink a few wine coolers and binge watch Murder, She Wrote on Netflix.
I don’t usually read reviews of a tea before I drink it, but I was apprehensive about this one. In the past alot of cherry flavored tea tends to taste like cough medicine shudders (To this day I can’t abide the liquid form!) But luckily the reviews that I read did not display that particular taste.
1st smell out of the bag: sweet, almost cloyingly sweet.
1st smell as it was steeping: Not quite as sweet…almost had a complex smell.
1st taste: Very sweet and sour cherry like. Like if you ate a handful of the sweet and sour. There is however an odd aftertaste that I am not crazy about.
Aside from my dislike of anything that tastes like medicine, I am not a huge cherry fan. When it comes to fruit I prefer Strawberry, Peach or Grape (Which the majority of teas I’ve had with those flavors I tend to be disappointed.) But I love to be surprised by tea.
I am not opposed to grabbing more of this.
Can’t remember what # this is right now.
1st smell is nice…a touch fake strawberryish but not bad. 1st taste: Meh. Not terribly inspiring I’m afraid. Another for the summer iced teas pile.
Or maybe I will try this again as a latte as another person has tried.
This doesn’t remind me of Christmas per se, but it was quite enjoyable.
The hazelnut, white chocolate and butter notes are prominent. Stone fruit though, ehhhh I think I could sense that in the aftertaste a bit, and maybe far in the distant background… but then I’ve noticed my apricot sensors aren’t very strong in general. I mean, unless it is the main focus of a tea, I tend to not taste it at all.
Also, I had this cuppa without any additions and found it quite sweet. Like one of those cookies with a heavy layer of chocolate/nutty spread on top. I do wish I had more! and that is saying something considering my recent preference for straight teas
4th tea from Lupicia Happy Bag.
I woke up at Noon with this tea in mind, so nothing was going stop me from having it!
As someone else mentioned, this is a good breakfast tea…though not a tea on the go…more like lazy weekend mornings that you can just sit and enjoy/read the newspaper/book/magazine/etc.
I am not in love with this tea, however I am not at all opposed to ordering this.
Uh Oh….I have a feeling I will be making a Lupicia order before March ends…And I had already decided to make another Davids Tea buy for my birthday, and I just ordered quite a few samples from A Quarter of Tea aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnndddd I want to order the 25 Essential Teas set from Kusmi and more samples from Fusion.
Guess I’m more then making up for not buying much if any tea in the last 2 years or so.
Anyways…back to this tea, so even though not in love with this tea, I think I like it enough that I will want to buy more…though maybe I should wait till I finish the bag…lol.
It’s sweet, but not obnoxiously sweet, a nice nutty flavor (Though truthfully kind of burnt out on nutty flavors in tea.
3rd from the Lupicia Happy Bag.
For some reason upon the 1st taste of this tea, it reminded me of Genmaicha, and so now I can’t get that out of my head. Not that that makes it a bad cup…it’s just that I mostlikely wouldn’t get this again.
I am a bit sad because I’ve yet to have a tea from Lupicia that yells at me to grab more of right away. Oh well, the way it goes I’m afraid.
2nd tea from the Lupicia Happy Bag.
My most favorite juice in the world is Welsh’s White Grape-Peach (The one without the peach is terrific too.)
Sadly I’ve yet to find a grape flavored tea that I really like. This tea is ok, might be much better as an iced tea though. There is an odd after taste but it goes away to quickly for me to be able to define it.
My 1st review from my Lupicia Happy Bag! grins
I had trouble finding a pair of scissors to open this bag, so used a knife…Gah. That was a pain in the ass.
Even though I was distracted by removing the last little part of the bag, I still smelled the highly intense peachy smell. I wanted to have this today because I wanted to forget for the moment that there is a bunch of snow on the ground…Sad Face
I like the taste, but it reminds me alot of Peachy Keen a white tea that I used to get at a local tea store. Considering that, not sure I’m keen on ordering this tea.
I might save the rest of this for the summer for iced tea.
From the Holiday TTB
Another Hawaiian special from Lupicia. You can SMELL the fruit and the ginger and the dry leaf, but unfortunately that didn’t translate to the steeped liquor. I was hoping it would be a fruity spicy tea, but the taste is much more like a typical breakfast blend. At least there’s little to no astringency, and only a little dryness. It wouldn’t be a bad daily drinker for those into breakfast blends, if you’re into that kind of thing (I’m not, it’s not a thing I crave)… that is if you can get a hold of it.