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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.
So I bought both this and La Vanille from Lupicia. What, exactly, is the difference, anyway? I am determined to find out!
I think I may have steeped this too aggressively this morning. I turned on music, and began to dance, instead of paying proper attention to my kettle. Whoops.
But even so, its not coming up bitter.
Its a smooth cup, and I get a toasty note in it, but very little vanilla, it must be said.
Hmm. Pleasant, and I do get a familer note, but what that note is is anyones guess right now.
Another sample from Dinosara!
I don’t know that I’d exactly call it chestnut, but it is definitely nutty and delicious!
Really! It’s SO good. Reminiscent of chestnuts roasting outside on a cold day, really.
I’m having it with a little sugar and almond milk because I don’t want to be getting ready for work right now. So tired. So sore. And first up I have a 2 hour meeting of sitting in uncomfortable chairs, which… no. Maybe I’ll sit on the floor.
Anyways. This tea. Delicious. But if you’re completely and totally anti-smoke, don’t try it. It is roasting chestnuts, and all that entails.
It’s going on my wishlist too. :)
(1.5 tsp/12 oz)
This is a SOLID earl grey. I wasn’t too sure of it as I was steeping it this morning, because the bergamot does initially smell quite strong.
But then it sat in my thermos for a couple hours, and… MAGIC. It is really good! This is definitely an EG worth picking up in the future (ie: once I have fewer teas) for those days when only an EG will do.
Thank so much for sharing this with me!
(1.5 tsp per 14 oz)
A surprise from a surprise package from Anna! There is something quite special about being eager to get home to have a cup of good tea and find new teas on your mailbox (double! Teas from a swap with Courtney arrived at the same time, but those are teas I meant for breakfast, will test tomorrow). My planned cup of Thé sur le Nil will have to wait a few days.
I don´t know Lupicia very well, this is probably my second or third Lupicia tea (too tired to check for sure). I love lychee tea, and never had anything other than standard black tea with lychee. This oolong is a different take and it is lovely, the almost earthy-ness or nuttiness (nope, do not know what I am talking about, this sort of oolong-y thing, you know) and the juicy fruit on top. It´s a pretty delicate pairing and the taste is blessedly natural seeming. In all a lovely cup of tea.
(I was probably brutal at brewing this, but it did not seem to matter at all)
Thank you, Jennkay, for sending me a sample of this!
I had it last night to crown my Day with Lupicia. I don’t have to tell you that I had huge expectations of this one and that, if I decided it was so good I couldn’t live without it, I would include it in my upcoming Lupicia order.
The wiry and big grass-green leaves (with bits of rose petals) steep into a golden brew. The aroma, at first, wasn’t very pleasing, I must say, it smelled like an extremely generic peach tea with a twist of some bitterness.
Tasting went a little better – it is definitely a light, good quality oolong with a very subtle peach flavoring (talk about Golden Moon level of subtlety – which is nice). There was no bitterness at all, not even on the second steep. It seemed to me like its flavor is becoming more and more sophisticated and pronounced as it cooled down. And that is pretty disappointing to me, since I don’t like iced tea and I never ever cold-brew my teas.
Also, I think I am not just too excited about peach flavor in tea. I do not hate it, I will always be pretty open to any peach teas that come my way, perhaps I will even consider obtaining some from time to time, but, ultimately, it’s not a thing that I am obsessed about.
So I guess I can live without this tea. I think I will be getting something else from Lupicia this time. Next time, I might be tempted to try it again, and actually get it then.
Perhaps I did something wrong when brewing (although I did it for 2 min. at 185 F like the other Lupicia greens) but this is not too spectacular. It tastes like an average jasmine tea, and it is dangerously close to the unpleasant kind of bitter that makes my throat dry up.
I cannot find any redeeming or unique qualities in it. It is just okay.
Holy tea gods! I didn’t expect to get so much grapefruit out of this. Not just the “some sort of citrus, might as well be grapefruit” note but a full grapefruit – citrusy sweetness that ends with a typically grapefruity bitter note.
I think the bitter note is mostly the doing of the actual green tea base and it works so well…
I love the aroma and flavor of grapefruit. Having said that, I didn’t expect this tea to taste so good. It seems that Lupicia might be slightly better at their flavored greens rather than blacks. I mean, so far I’ve only had black Sakurambo and black Lychee, so it is probably not fair to say compare it like that… but the green ones I’ve had are definitely winning. Although I did also have a one serving-worth sample of Cookie and I absolutely loved it…
Okay, apparently Lupicia’s greens can be steeped in boiling water. I am kind of reluctant to try it! So I steeped a bag of this at 185 F for 2 minutes.
When I poured water over the bag, the liquid instantly turned dark gold and I was like “Hey, tea! You’re not supposed to do this”. I was afraid it would be bitter and dark as hell by the time it finished brewing. Well, it stayed the same color and it definitely did not come out bitter.
This is so good! Let me tell you, the strawberry I get out of this is so much better than any of these mutant strawberries they sell at grocery stores when out of season. At first there’s no vanilla… but then it hits you and it’s beautiful! It might seem like a stupid word choice but IT IS BEAUTIFUL. The aroma is gorgeous, too.
The best thing about it is that it tastes so natural. Almost more natural than just having a strawberry with some vanilla cream on it. I am not sure what base they used for this… Somehow I think it is sencha but I know senchas can be pretty damn vegetal (perhaps there’s different kinds?? I’m still such a tea n00b!). The base is just a binder here for the AMAZING flavoring, but I don’t think I mind that – cause it’s a pretty damn good binder. Even though I cannot detect its notes too well.
Perhaps with a second infusion I would get the green tea more but since I am doing this Lupicia flight today, I don’t want to waste too much of my today’s tea cups allotment for re-steeps.
Okay, I already reviewed this tea before but I have no idea how to get to the tasting note without browsing through all my logs and I am way too lazy for that, SO I have no idea what I wrote about it :P
Anyway, today I am having a Lupicia day, trying most of the teas that I got in this year’s Happy Bag, because I am planning to make a big order with them later this week… if I really like the teas that I am trying today.
Sakurambo is pretty unusual and definitely has the flavor of some sort of exotic cherry. The base is quite strong but not overpowering. I actually think it could be a tad tastier as the green version. I am still enjoying it a lot, although I am kind of tentative as to whether I would restock it.
Way past christmas wow.
Dude. This tea just keeps getting lost because I keep it in a little container actually in my bookshelf, not on top of the shelf with the rest of my teas! Ahh well. I rated this tea a 60 way long ago because I never really liked chocolate teas. But now I’ve tried plenty of chocolate and dessert teas soooo I’m sure I’m going to like this tea :)
Definitely running low on my Lupicia stash! I’m like… dude the only thing that’s keeping me alive these final weeks of school is the fact that I have a massive tea shopping spree planned near the end of this month. I cannot wait to go back to San Francisco! I haven’t been there since JULY and that was my last massive shopping spree. You know, now that I think of it, the last time I was in the city was to stock up on teas to bring with me to celebrate going to Orlando for the DCP. And soon, I’ll be going back to the city for the EXACT same reason!
Now that I’ve done enough rambling and I’ve let my tea steep for long enough, this tea is a pretty decent cup! Still chocolatey and sweet and hints of apricot. Definitely a tea that I’ll have to be craving for.
I still have two sachets of this left and I don’t want it to get too old sooo I’ll plan on drinking the last of it before I head out for my shopping spree!
I did find myself adding a bit of milk to it since it was on the sweet side.
A small backlog.
So I promised I’d give the last of this a fair sendoff. It’s the last bag. The last bag FOREVER, because it doesn’t seem like Lupicia make this anymore. Unfortunately, because this has really grown on me. Or rather, I’ve been the one doing the growing, and I can now appreciate the complexity of this tea. +10 points.
The base is a subtly roasted houjicha, and this is what made this a little hard for me to fully embrace earlier, as I hadn’t quite decided how I felt about roasted teas. I’m completely swayed now, though – and roastiness intermingling with one of Lupicia’s perfect fruit flavours? It’s so, so good, and beautifully balanced. It gives me apricot tonguefeel if I close my eyes.
If this had been available, it would have been an instant restock, but as it is, I’ll just add fruit-flavoured houjicha to the list of teas I absolutely need in my cupboard.
Either way, it’s a fair sendoff – I’m at the airport lounge and the bartender sings his usual showtunes. ‘Is it really the very last of the tea?’ he asks, shaking his head sadly. He seems to understand the gravity of the situation. I will leave the tiny bag corpse with him.
[Purchased at Lupicia in Honolulu, December 2012.]
[Polished off at Fiumicino, March 2014.]
From Dinosara! Thank you for sharing!
Interestingly, although there are wee chunks of pineapple in this tea, it’s just coconut. It smells like coconut, it steeps like coconut, it tastes like coconut. But more of a fruity creamy coconut like you made a smoothie with coconut milk and frozen pineapple and some grass-fed-cow butter or something for an extra rich grassy-buttery taste. Which just seems weird, now that I re-read that.
So yes. The oolong is really buttery and green. The pineapple is a mere hint of fruitiness. It’s coconut, but not the amazing floral baked coconut that SOKO has, or even the less floral baked coconut of Zen Tea.
I like this one, but I wouldn’t get it as I have a favourite coconut oolong. As well, DavidsTea’s pineapple oolong is much more pineappley (and easier for me to get). So while this is a nice tea and I’d like to try other oolongs by Lupicia, this one won’t make it on my wishlist.