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A bit weird on the palette, light bitter aftertaste that lingers in the throat for awhile. I have been fond of bitter green teas and this one takes the spot. First time having this, my first impression was yuck, what is this tea even made out of. As I continued to drink it having needed to finish the can I grew to enjoy it. Strong blends of teas are my favourite kind. Personally I wouldn’t recommend this tea to anyone cause the bitterness like medicine may shun them away.
Flavors: Bark, Bitter, Cardboard, Grass
This is my absolute favorite tea in the world. So of course, you can only purchase it in-person at Tokyo Disney. It is a perfect light fruity blend that still has a strong nutty rooibus flavor. Just wish I could get more of it!
It is very similar to Lupicia’s Jardin Sauvage (http://steepster.com/teas/lupicia/5489-jardin-sauvage) but has pineapple instead of mango.
Flavors: Fruity, Rooibos
Finally got to do a Lupicia order! My 1st tea order in a year! Still being out of a job, I havn’t been able to buy tea much…(Plus my Mom thinks I have a ridiculous amount as it is, even with giving my cousin a couple of boxes chock full of tea. Though thinking I should probably do another culling soon.) But anyways, due to lack of room and not much money this will probably be my only order this year…Cries
I wasn’t planning on getting a happy bag, but I saw that Lupicia was listing what teas were in the bag (Kind of sad that I couldn’t get the $50 bag but oh well.) and that it included Cookie, and a few that I wanted to try, I decided to go ahead and get it, and add a few more to the list. This was a Happy Bag one.
It’s quiet and unassuming, I am sort of enjoying drinking this tea but I can’t say that I am particularly inspired by it. In fact another steepster mentioned that it was just above ‘Meh’ and I think that sums it up perfectly. Debating whether or not to give it up to my cousin, but I think I will. Hopefully she will enjoy it more then me.
This is a really nice basic Assam. There are no surprises here—it’s malty and sweet and strong, and that’s about it—but sometimes that’s just what’s needed. Like today, when I’m gearing up for my first day at a new job and it’s 15F outside. Not sure of the tea situation at the new office, so I’m bringing myself a huge thermos of this in hopes that it helps me stay awake—so not an early riser. This came in my 2016 Happy Bag, and while there are plenty of other comparable Assams out there it’s certainly something I might consider restocking in a future Lupicia order.
Nasty grape medicine flavor plus grassy sencha? No thanks. I’ve never had a grape tea I didn’t find truly disgusting (including some from Lupicia), so I didn’t have high hopes for this one when I found out it would be included in Lupicia’s 2016 Happy Bags. Still, I figured I might as well give it a try. But nope, it’s just as gross as I thought. Free to a good home!
I have tried this, Lupicia number 8508 from Lupicia France, under the name Belle Journée.
And it´s such an interesting idea, a green tea with rooibos. It was a sample, so worth risking, I was quite unsure if I was going to like it, but indeed it works and it´s oddly refreshing.
I am usually not a fan of grapefruit flavours, and it´s noticeable here, though the peach is more prevalent. I will probably not buy it because of the grapefruit, I might tire of it, but it´s certainly interesting on its own.
Brewed the way Lupicia insists, boiling water 2 minutes, it works (have given up doubting them on how to brew their teas).
This is a standard for me, one I will usually have on hand. Ridiculously over the top, luscious, fruity with lots of chocolate flavor. Like drinking chocolate-covered strawberries. Seriously. If you love puerh, you may be disappointed, as there is only a subtle earthiness coming through from the tea, almost obliterated by the chocolate and strawberry flavors. Works for me, though! One of my favorite dessert teas, wonderful with milk.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Strawberry
I bought this tea mostly for the fact that it was on sale and Lupicia has these really dumb $60 minimums to get free shipping.. and I was THIS close. Also, I was really intrigued. Can a tea really taste like a mimosa? The only caveat was that it’s set to expire soon – two months from today.
Little side story – I’m not a big alcohol drinker for various reasons. So one time at a brunch as the lady is pouring me a mimosa, I ask, “Can you go easy on the champagne and heavy on the orange juice?”. She looks me dead in the eye and says “In my 10 years of bartending I’ve NEVER had anyone ask me that before.” And thus, my friends would often joke about the “Rachel Mimosa” which was almost all orange juice with a splash of champagne.
So how about this tea? I can definitely smell the citrus fruits in this. While I could brew it hot, I decided to take two tea bags (in my handy Lupicia glass cooler), pour on some hot water, and let it cold brew for a while. After 8 hours it wasn’t bad, but I felt like it could have gone a little longer – so I left in for a full 24 hours. The result is actually not that bad. There’s some black tea and citrus notes, but nothing is overpowering and the tea is honestly really refreshing.
Does it taste like a mimosa? Heck no. It kinda tastes like a mild black tea with some modest orange flavoring. But I definitely wouldn’t drink this and think it’s anything like a mimosa. It’s still very pleasant though. And since I can’t even have orange juice as much anymore because it gives me heartburn this is honestly much better anyway.
Will I buy more? Eh probably not. Honestly if it’s on sale it’s probably being discontinued anyway. The tea isn’t bad. I’ve had better from Lupicia but it works well as a cold brew.
My Hannukah countdown sipdown might be more effective if I were actually, you know, counting. I may not have immediately grasped the heart of the whole advent concept…
According to Steepster, this is my 6th sipdown of the month. It’s now Dec. 10. So I just need to get 4 more sipdowns in to catch up. Eep.
Admittedly, I always brewed this at work in less than ideal conditions so I can’t speak to its potential. My experience of it was decidedly adequate. It’s good but fairly generic. Roasty aroma, roasty flavor, amber brew. Three solid steeps – four if you overleaf a bit.
This was a sample that came with the monthly Lupicia flyer. Opening it, I was greeted by a little cloud of tea dust and a mix of bright, fruity aromas. I was expecting this to be a holiday tea with all the bells and whistles, but the fact that it could be a green tea slipped my mind. But sure enough, it had a distinctive sencha-esque scent too.
Brewing this turned up one of the weirdest colors I’d ever seen. Have you ever seen a green tea trying to be red at the same time? Reddish green without being brown? That was what this was. The flavor of this was decent. The green tea base is savory, a little umami, a little seaweed-ish, which are all things I’m happy to find in a nice smooth sencha. The contrast with the fruity flavors is interesting, not what I’m used to, but it doesn’t clash either. The fruit notes are fresh and recognizably Lupicia. In particular, this has got to have some of the same stuff as Napa Blanc in it. Sweet and light, not cloying, but a little candy-like. I would recommend this more as a spring or summer, rather than winter holiday tea.
It’s hard to get either chocolate or strawberry flavor down right, and this tea does both in one lovely, creamy, natural-tasting combination. And, accounting for the minor difference of a puerh vs. black tea base, it’s an almost perfect rendition of a long lost favorite, Butiki’s Red Queen Cupcake. I never thought I’d encounter another blend with all the things I loved about it again! That was a tea I enjoyed over the holiday season too, a couple of years back. The cold weather makes these richer, flavored teas more enjoyable. And, although both might have the same base, this one knocks Sunny Fruits way out of the park.
Trying this tea was enough to remind me to return and start logging my teas again. It’s been a busy few months (as usual) but life is pretty good. I’m glad to see many familiar names still active around here, and hope everyone is doing well!
I am apparently unable to resist Lupicia Holiday Tins. I love those cute little things, and theres a fair number of their holiday teas that I really like, so I always pick up a few.
Which means that Lupicia has also sent a sample along, and this was it. Unnervingly I could not find it on Steepster, so I added it.
I’m not the worlds biggest fan of green tea, but I do love Lupicias fruit flavorings, and I’m still in “pour hot water down the gullet” mode, so bottoms up!
This is very mild, both in its green tea base and in its fruit flavor. As with so many things that Lupicia brands as their holiday blends, this reminds me much more firmly of spring and summer flavors.
I’ll hold off on reviewing this, as I’m an imperfect judge of green tea, but it was generally nice to sip.
I received a bag of this tea in the GCTTB. It was a welcome hot drink today as I’ve been out in the cold and rain digging up invasive weeds at a local park. The scent of the tea is surprisingly alcoholic, like some sort of fruit wine or liqueur. I taste a bit of booziness in the flavour as well, though it gradually mellows into a honeydew melon flavour as it cools. The odd thing is that according to the description this tea is supposed to be flavoured with peach and grapefruit, neither of which I really taste – it’s rather strange.