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Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB
Mmm, this is lovely! Lupicia really seems to nail their fruity flavors. This one is sweet, luscious mango with just a hint of zippy citrus to keep it from being too cloying. I enjoyed it hot, but I’m guessing it would also be amazing iced. Excited to be adding this to my tea collection for the summer!
Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Mango
I love Chai Latte’s but never seem to enjoy my home made Chai brews until today.
I decided to try my sample of Lupicia’s Chai Bag Cardamom & Pepper. I was a little nervous since I wasn’t positive that my elementary Japanese got the translation of the instructions right (something about a large mug , microwaving for 3 minutes, and a second set of instructions I can’t read at all). So I decided to bypass the instructions all together and just brewed the bag in boiling water for 3 minutes.. It came out just fine.I love Cardamom, and it is definitely detectible in this brew. It gets better with a splash of milk and sugar. I don’t drink enough Chai teas to go into further detail, so I’ll leave it at that. Well done Lupicia!
Disclaimer: Rooibos isn’t my favorite, but I don’t dislike it.
Piccolo is one of my remaining samples from the Book of Tea set from Lupicia. The smell of the dry leaves is very pretty with a strong scent of apricot, honey and berry. The brew had a full velvety mouth feel and the flavors masked the medicinal qualities of the rooibos enough for me to enjoy it. The instructions indicate that milk can be added, but I didn’t feel the need to add.
Very authentic and juicy melon flavour with roasted tones. Fresh-tasting- like biting into a just-harvested piece of fruit. Sweetness is balanced amazingly-well with the other flavours. I would love to see this flavouring paired with tea- that would probably be the only way to make this blend better!
Thanks to Sil for sharing with me!
Flavors: Melon, Roasted, Sweet
I rarely comment on the scent of the dry leaves, but this smells amazing! I know that its caramel, but to me it smells almost like a rich butter cookie. I kept smelling the bag while I was waiting for the water to heat up.
The aroma mellows out upon brewing, but the flavor is full but light. The creaminess that comes from the milk caramel blends nicely with the roasted flavor of houjicha.
I think I’ll need to buy this when the weather gets colder. This would be nice on a cold morning.
I love this tea! I love rose anything: Rose macarons, Rose water ice cream, rose lemonade, you name it.
This is basically warm rose water with a some black tea in it. The “leaves” consist of mostly dried rose petals and the rose to black tea ratio is larger than what is pictured on steepster.
If you only want a hint of rose this tea is not for you.
Sipdown! I’ve been drinking this one at the office, but I brought the last teabag home so I could do a proper review. This one is similar to Lupicia’s Carol, albeit grassier and less hearty. The brew has a nice thick mouthfeel. The strawberry flavor is candy-like while the vanilla is merely hinted at towards the end of the sip. The package instructions say to use boiling water but I used 180f water because boiling a green tea (especially matcha!) just seems wrong. I did use boiling water for the second steep. Even with a 5 minute steep, though, it came out much weaker than the first steep. Still nice, but weak. The addition of rice milk provides some nice creaminess but I’m not sure that second-steeping this blend is really worth it.
I opened this just now, and it does smell pretty nice. I thought it smelled like peach and tutti fruiti gum at first, but now it’s reminding me more of fig and these forest berry pastilles that I used to buy from the Fresh Market, so perhaps close to a sweet red wine. It’s quite interesting to look at with the oddly shaped sugar rocks, the flower petals, and the red peppercorn.
Brewed, it smells like apricots. The flavor itself is mild and sweet, with a fruit flavor that’s hard to place. I might need to brew more of the tea leaves to get a stronger fruit taste. It is nice. I was worried about this tea, given it’s mixed reviews, but I think it’s good.
I’m glad I bought the Christmas teas when they were on sale, because these teas are delicious and good for any time of the year.
From the traveling tea box. Not one I would have purchased for myself before trying it… as I generally don’t like papaya. Love mango though!
Dry, it smells super fruity. Like a tropical punch, but a bubblegummy one. That aspect comes through in the brewed tea as well, only not quite as strongly.
I haven’t got much else to say really. Fruity mango noms. Pairs surprisingly well with Puer! since I’ve never tried the base, I don’t really feel qualified to comment. Then again I’m still on the first steep so there may be an update fortcoming ;)
Tea companies always seem to send me jasmine teas as samples, and I’ve been stalling on trying this for over a month because I’m not a fan of them. Not that I’m ungrateful, I most definitely am, especially since you never know, I may find one that I like. However, I find this to be like most jasmine greens out there. Jasmine tea smells like mothballs to me, and carries a similar, or at least I’d imagine, flavour, as well. The mandarin here was absent, but perhaps because I’m hypersensitive to jasmine. Not for me, and the score between jasmine tea and me remains the same.
This was a sample I got from Lupicia in France, it´s not labelled this, it is instead labelled PECHE BLANCHE OOLONG SUPERIEUR, ref 8231, which I think in english is this precise tea.
The Lupicia sample was an hermetically sealed teabag. I was absolutely dubious about the brewing instructions (boiling water, 90 to 120 seconds) but I checked and decided to follow those just the same, and they are right about the instructions, it did work.
The teabag smelled incredibly true to a real fresh white peach (peche de vigne). It translates well to the liquor which is very smooth. A nice cup of tea, but not something I feel the need to have again. White peaches are not even my own favorite peach, and while I admire the delicateness and purity of the flavour here, I do prefer other peach teas I have had which had more pizzaz like Adele H or Peché Mignon.
I had this tea today at work. Just brewed Western style. The smell of the dry leaves smelled so much like chocolate!
I wasn’t even sure of the temperature I was using but I know it wasn’t boiling.
This tea didn’t taste quite as chocolatey as it smelled at first. The chocolate notes were still there along with a roast flavor. As it cooled down the chocolate notes became stronger .
So this tea makes me think of chocolate genmaicha! There this roasted flavor coupled with chocolate. That’s all I could think of was chocolate genmaicha even though there wasn’t any rice in it. I really enjoyed this tea but the one downside to it was the major caffeine kick. After I had it , I was done for the day with caffeine. This seemed to pack as much caffeine as coffee.
It was really good though!!
Flavors: Chocolate, Roasted
I will come right out and say that I DON’T like rooibos. Something about it is medicinal and off-putting. But this…THIS is magical. It’s sweet and melony and wonderful. The first time I put it over ice was a life-changing experience. Now there’s always a pitcher of iced Golden Honeydew in my fridge.
Flavors: Honeydew, Melon, Round , Smooth, Sweet
Oh its nice to be home.
I am just back from a hugely busy trip, to NYC and Indiana, which was a lot of fun, but I’m so happy to be home among the teas.
The trip had very limited tea drinking, I’m afraid. I brought a few bagged teas, and had to make them with a coffee maker, which no matter how hard I scrub always leaves a faintly coffee like aftertaste. Bleh.
I’m also ashamed to report that I bought no new teas on this trip, no matter how much I wanted too. It was too busy to get to the tea shops, and when I did run into teas they were the usual things, like Republic of Tea, and so not worth using up valuable suitcase space.
Its about a hundred degrees back at home, but at least its not humid here! And more importantly, proper tea is here!
Alright! I’m always nervous when I’m the first one to review a tea, and even more so when I appear to be the only person in the world with it. I mean, did I imagine this tea? How have I got a mystical, invisible tea?
Well, I like a citrusy black tea for the summertime, and this one is pretty nice. Its quite reminiscent of an Earl Grey, but with…. lemon? instead of bergamot.
More thoughtful reviews of this will follow!
I brewed this tea and ended up not paying attention to it at all. Friend ended up calling with great news, and I ended up mindlessly sipping while chatting a=(
So this review is mainly for my own notes when I get indecisive at the Lupicia boutique
I am partial to any tea that sounds very feminine. The tea was light and did call into mind a rose wine and some berry fruitiness. I remember it being a little tart (something I usually avoid in my teas) but not so much that it was off putting.