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Good morning Steepster. I hope everyone has had a nice Christmas!
I think I need to try severely limiting my time here, getting sick of the constant negativity of the site not working and the old timers complaining about it. Not that people don’t have the right to complain but it seems totally futile. It’s probably a good idea anyway because I don’t need reasons to discover any new teas I might want to buy. :)
So this is a sample I got from Lupicia in the latest newsletter. I am a bit sniffly with allergies this morning and thought a green might be nice. This is reminiscent of Den’s super green, it’s a genmaicha with matcha mixed in. This is a nice mesh tea bag, the flavor is brothy/nutty with a seaweed flavor and sweetness from the matcha. It’s definitely tasty, I might save the teabag and go in from a re-steep soon.
This smelled like wine and chocolate. After steeping it smelled like hot cocoa and coffee beans. 2 1/2 minutes was either far too long or I used far too much leaf. This was really bitter. I tried adding sugar to see if it would level out the bitterness somewhat but no luck. It just turned odd. Thanks for the sample, NayLynn!
Aw man, I think I made this wrong. It smelled really awesome and spicy, but was way bitter. The packaging on this one was a little different and I couldn’t find a time recommendation. I should’ve steeped it less. Tried adding eggnog which helped but needed sweetness to make it any good. Oh well, ok. A very Merry Christmas to all! A lovely, cold day today :)
This smells like everything I want in a Christmas tea – apples, fruit, sweet, spice, cloves, cinnamon, ginger… The tea base is very strong though and without adding cream and sugar, the apple didn’t really come out. It doesn’t quite fulfill the promise of the scent, but I will allow room for it being operator error in steeping. :)
Thanks, NayLynn, for including this in the Christmas card swap!
Merry Christmas, Steepster!
I’m currently visiting my family for the holidays, and had packed in too much of a hurry to bring my own tea. But not to fear, this is a tea-loving household! I was happy to find that we have The Book of Tea 100 from Lupicia this year. It’s a comprehensive collection of their tea samples, beautifully packaged in rainbow-like rows. I tried this one with my parents after lunch. It’s a black tea with a sweet, predominantly vanilla and fruit fragrance. The brewed tea is fairly mild and is perfect for the afternoon. It has a touch of strawberries-and-cream and rose flavors, and the rose in particular is not too strong—I think even those who don’t like floral teas will find this one acceptable. After the hectic pace of the last few months, it’s wonderful to be able to enjoy a slow cup of tea and conversation with loved ones. I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season!
Holy moly! Merry White Christmas to ME! This tea is so good it’s ridiculous – like Cookie on steroids. Smells like Cookie when you sniff the dry leaves, but it’s different when you brew it up. Yes, there is that sweet creamy flavor that is reminiscent of baked goods, but with the addition of a slight fruitiness, which must be the apricot that others are referring to. So yummy! Add milk and it’s pure heaven!
Flavors: Cookie, Creamy, Fruity, Sweet
Cooking TTB #9
I probably came in to this one with too high of expectations after having tried their Jingle Bells blend and falling in love with the sparly grape flavor it had. I wanted more a more complex flavor out of this than I felt like I got. It was nearly there when I had it cold, but I wasn’t as happy with it hot as I had hoped to be. I’d pick Jingle Bells over this, but this is growing on me as the cup goes on. This is another one I’ve been hoping to try since finding Lupicia!
Posting out of order again, ‘cause I left tasting notes/jots at home and I can’t remember what I drank on Monday after my Elephant Chai…
Thank you Cameron B. for the sample of this one! Up until you asked if I wanted to try any of the Lupicia teas you got, I didn’t even realize this one ‘was a thing’ but when I saw it, I knew I wanted it! And when I opened the package from you, this is definitely the first thing I smelled despite the aluminum foil around it. Mmm! So robust, and juicy and sticky sweet smelling. A very, very powerful grape candy smell to say the least.
I admit, original plan was to have this one on New Years because I didn’t expect it to make it to me by Christmas – and the champagne in it was enough of a New Years tie in to me. But low and behold it DID arrive before Christmas and Jingle Bells are really more of a Christmas thing anyway…
So I steeped this up this morning, and I knew from the smell that I was going to love it. And I was correct! This is so lush, and flavourful with a really, really robust juicy red grape flavour. It borders a little on candy like or maybe a grape freezie (they seem to have their own flavour that’s just slightly different than most grape candy), but mostly it reminds me of a good wine. And then the champagne is also really, really present and I don’t know how but I swear I taste the bubbles. It’s just so sweet and crisp and clear. And then finally theres a faint floral note on the end that rounds out the whole cup and gives a bit more depth.There is a very, very faint astringency to the mug – but I only noticed it after the tea started to cool so maybe it’s from sitting on the counter here a little while. Either way, it’s really not bothering me.
This MAY just be my favourite Lupicia Tea yet or close to. It’s hard to top Golden Honeydew. I’m very, very impressed though. The flavours in this are exactly what was described, and beautifully executed. Happy to have one more cup left (for New Years, I suppose).
My mother’s morning pick from the book and the tea I sipped on while finally packing up some tea to send out to people. This time of year has really gotten the best of me and it seems I am behind on so many things so it feels good to finally take care of the swaps that people are waiting for. I really do apologize and hope the tea finds its way to you all quickly!
As for the tea, once again I am getting grass and hay. Lupicia claims it should taste like sweet potatoes and if I concentrate hard enough I suppose I can see that but honestly I think that is just power of suggestion as opposed to a true reflection on the tea.
So many steepsterites seem to love this tea but alas, I think it is lost on me seeing as I am just not an oolong fan. I wanted to love it, I really did, but the peach is not as strong as I hoped and the base is just too powerful. I can see why this would be loved by some but its just not for me.
The dry leaf of this smelled so strongly of juicy apple cider that I was expecting a cup of fruity deliciousness. However, as soon as the water hit the tea bags, the scent of barley took over. Tastewise, this is like 98% barley and 2% apple cider which is not necessarily a bad thing but it is also rather disappointing given the scent of the tea bag. We’ll have to see how the cold brew goes…
Free sample that I got from Lupicia the last time I was at the store. This is a mesh pyramid teabag.
So, it’s a genmaicha… I generally like genmaichas but I can’t say I adore them or crave them very often. This is sweeter than some other varieties I have tried. I am definitely enjoying the savory, nutty flavor of the toasted rice. The green tea is a bit seaweedy and vegetal but overall, fairly mild. This is good stuff! I do have almost a whole package of genmaicha from Maeda-en I need to finish off or pitch it in the New Year… so I won’t be buying any more soon!
Once I was trying a Sencha from the book, I decided it would be a good idea to try another side-by-side to see how they differ. Like I said before, green tea is not really my thing so I doubt I would be able to pick up on the subtle differences from cup to cup, hence I figured drinking them at the same time would highlight each cups unique qualities. Honestly, I am still getting hay but it is more of a sweet/grassy hay than the buttery hay I was getting in Sencha “Tosa”. Again, not bad, just not for me. Though, I think I might prefer this of the two I have tried so far. Then again, if I had a blind taste test, I doubt I would really be able to tell them apart easily. 293.
Blind reaching for a teabag gets me this. When I opened the packet I smelt smoke but I thought it was just the vog since last night was super smoky too – I was not expecting this taste. I had to look this one up in the booklet since it’s not in the database that I could find. It’s a cool tea, smoky but not too much and smooth. Not a horrible disappointment but I don’t like smokey teas so much so nope, not gonna get this.
I am not someone who drinks green tea so I am going to apologize ahead of time for all my reviews as I doubt they would be very informative however, this came in the Book of Tea so I figure I should at least give it a try and see what I think. And what do I think of this particular sencha? I think it tastes like buttery hay. Seriously, that is what I am getting. I suppose one could call that “rustic” so in that sense, it delivers on what Lupicia promises. It is not something I would reach for again but its not so bad so I guess this might be an interesting choice for green tea lovers. 294.
Another tea from the book and once again it’s one my mom picked out and one that I wouldn’t chose for myself…ever. As I sip on it now, I can confirm that this really isn’t for me. I get mandarin mostly in the scent of tea while jasmin takes over tastewise. It’s drinkable but not really memorable in any way. I have had better teas with these flavors and I have had worse. This is sort of just there. 295.
I was packaging this up for a couple of people the other night and it smelled Ah-mazing!! So good! Rich and nutty and deliciously of baked treats. I could not wait to have this but I haven’t had much time to drink tea…until now. I made a beeline for this as I figured it would make the perfect eggnog latte. Unfortunately when I opened the bag, all I could smell was the grape flavoring of Jingle Bells.
I brewed it up anyways and hoped for the best and for the most part, I got white Christmas deliciousness. The smell translates perfectly to the taste. It’s like a cookies and milk all rolled in to one tasty cup. The only issue, the sip ends on a grape note that just doesn’t match the rest of the flavor. Of course, that is obviously a consequence of my handling of the tea and not a reflection of the tea itself.