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Another apple tea that is absolutely delicious!
It seems like Lupicia is kind of a hit or miss for me (although the misses are never truly bad and the hits are usually SUPER hits) but this one I am definitely enjoying. I am not sure if this is better than Nina’s Marie Antoinette or not… I wish I had more of MA in order to compare but the little sample I had I drank ages ago.
So, yeah, I guess Tsugaru is not just any apple but a special Japanese apple, probably slightly tarter than an ol’ granny smith (or maybe not, the google search came up with the information that it is “a cross between a Gold Delicious and Orange Pippin”). But I really don’t know. All I can say is that the tea is damn refreshing, tasty and smells super appley. I mean, really, it is an apple-crazy tea. It might not be an instant re-stock when I am out of it, but I will definitely want to have it on hand from time to time.
Got this from hapatite awhile ago (many thanks, again!) but just got around to drinking it. I would say the vanilla and coconut flavors are very subtle, unless I simply didn’t use enough of the tea or didn’t steep it long enough. All in all, very nice, almost sophisticated, but if you’re in the mood for strong vanilla and tropical flavors, you won’t get a big hit of those flavors from this tea.
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Flavors: Apricot, White Chocolate
I’ve been drooling over tasting notes of this tea for months now. Thank you Tealizzy for sending me a sample! :D
The oolong itself is your typical tightly rolled green oolong, but there was also this crazy neon green spiky piece of sugar candy in with the leaf! Looked like this http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/54/Kompeito_konpeito.JPG
The flavor is strikingly similar to these little individually wrapped muskmelon candies the local Vietnamese restaurant gives out at the end of the meal in lieu of a mint. I really like those candies and the flavor pairs very well with green oolong. Also this is fantastic iced! I drank it kind of fast because I just came in from hours of yard work. I finally planted my fall crop of lettuce, beets, green onion and fancy radishes :)
I enjoyed every sip! Would consider ordering this some day, especially for iced tea. Thanks again Tealizzy!
I’ve had fresh lychee recently so I felt rather spoiled until I ran out. I was craving and this was an impulse purchase. This lychee oolong is a rather mild lychee flavor, much milder even than generic grocery store lychee tea. As an oolong the base was smooth, light, and more on the green side than roasted. Actually probably not at all roasted. I will repeat that the lychee flavor is mild and maybe kind of muddled because of it. For me it tends to be a odd mix of lychee/logan/other fruitiness.
It’s nice, but I think I much prefer the one from Butiki.
I’ve been browsing through jetpens and amazon for some new fountain pens. Some of my daily carry pens were stolen recently and the lack makes me sad all over. I’m thinking of trying the pilot metro in F, or perhaps a good sturdy Lamy Safari. There’s apparently also a new line by Kaweco called Skyline. Anyone have recommendations under $40?
Well, J is across the country, and I don’t return until mid-week, so I’m enjoying my Lupicia teas with his mom. We began with Melon Oolong and have now moved onto Pineapple.
The pineapple tastes just as it smells, well, slightly more subtle. There is a buttery hint that’s borderline butterscotch. Quite fascinating. The pineapple isn’t artificial at all, which is lovely.
It’s taken me quite some time to get over my first disastrous pineapple oolong experience, and I’m happy to say this one went over much better.
At long last, I get to try this. White peaches are one of my favourite fruits, and this tea smells so much like them. Great scent of peach in both leaves and brew. The flavour is sweet, and a bit juicy, certainly tastes like white peaches.
Worth my trip out of town for some yesterday.
I got to try this one at the store. (The tea name is French, and I like it.)
Scent- nutty, cocoa. Flavour- creamy, chocolate, a nice nuttiness. Kinda reminds of Nutella, but a chestnut version. It also reminds me of this really good chestnut/chocolate torte I made in a baking class. Very good, and much better on the hot side.
Flavors: Chestnut, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Nutty
The weather has cooled a bit at home now, and J flew back today, so it’s time for trying some of these new teas I’ve picked up in my travels.
First, I love that this steeps at boiling. Low maintenance for the win! The mango scent was very strong from the package, but mellowed out once steeped, thank goodness. The green oolong base is apparent, but not offensive. Green oolong is not my favourite, but I’m enjoying this cup of tea, and I could see myself perhaps replacing this oolong.
I’ve liked the strawberry teas of theirs I’ve tried, and I’ve liked the chocolate teas. So I was glad to try them both together. This tea smells awesome… like these strawberry chocolate candies I get from the Japanese market. There is a nice, creamy chocolatey flavour, which pairs really well with the sweet berry.
Wish I could try their other flavoured puer, but this one is really good.
Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry
This is my favourite of the teas I tried at the Lupicia store today. There is a nice floral and berry scent. That is also what I get in the flavour, with some notes of creamy vanilla. While I really liked this tea, I feel it would be more suited for the Spring months.
Flavors: Berry, Creamy, Rose, Vanilla
I was able to visit a store again! :) The clerk was very nice. She made me a sample of this tea. This is French for ‘Fruit Tea’, which is a really good name. This is certainly a fruity too. Scent- I get mostly lychee, and some strawberry. Flavour- It is sweet, with strong notes of lychee, the strawberry and peach flavours are more subtle.
Flavors: Fruity, Lychee, Peach, Strawberry, Sweet
I, for one, welcome our new Melon Overlords.
The dry uh, leaves smell like a nice, ripe honeydew melon. And brewed, it reminds me of these Japanese gummy candies I really like. There is a sweet, fruity flavour. Lupicia, you’ve convinced me I enjoy melon flavour teas. Which is a accomplishment since I was skeptical. It is also my new fave green rooibos. Thanks to Ost for this.
Flavors: Honey Dew, Honeydew, Melon, Sweet
Cold steeped in the fridge for several days before I remembered to try this. Ooops! I Didn’t use much water with the idea that I’d add ice later, but I have been enjoying it concentrated. When I first sip, it’s a mouthful of fruit. Peaches at first, apples later and some other flavors I can’t name. After the sip when all else fades, I get a green flavor… like wheatgrass tingling the sides of my tongue. The whole thing is very crisp tasting. Adding a little sugar rounds out the fruit taste a bit and also tones down the wheatgrass nip. I like this, it’s refreshing, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it when there are so many other amazing Lupicia teas to explore and love.
May have over steeped my first cup a bit. It’s sweet with a bitter kick. But not too bitter to drink. It’s quite sweet. Not really sure that it needs the sugar. Maybe I’ll take out the sugar and try it again later in the day. I love a good sweet white wine but I don’t know that I can really taste…hmm well maybe… I had a taste of wine grapes there for a moment.
While I was walking around the Lupicia store I noticed the tin for this tea and thought to myself, “boy I hope this tea is good cause I love the label on the tin.” I know you shouldn’t buy tea solely based on smell, or tins, but I figured because it had a wonderful smell too that it would be alright. Boy, am I glad I bought this tea! So good! The scent, dry and wet, is lovely. And the flavor is so mellow and pure!
On a side note, I must give my thanks to the ladies who were working that day. My lil one was crying as I walked into the store so I went back out to calm her down. When I came back in, stroller and all, they were so helpful. It really touched me because too many stores look at you like your crazy for walking around with a stroller.
Had a wonderful time on my first Lupicia store visit. Received a tea sachet of this while my purchase. It smells so good. Every time I smell it it takes me to Hawai’i. Does anyone else get a scent of coffee? It’s weird but I also get a slight smell of coffee. I like the smell of coffee but I don’t like the taste… Anyway, I’ve let mine over steep a bit. Should really just time my tea from now on cause I have a terrible sense of time and I get distracted by my cute baby easily. So the muscat is covered up a bit more by the black tea but it is still a good cup. I’m looking forward to trying this cold too!