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Lupicia teas always smell amazing, both in sachet (or loose) or brewed up in the cup. This smells just like sweet green grapes.
It looses a bit of the grape-ness when tasted, but its a light and sweet tea, and I really like it. There is a faint taste of wine to it (which I suppose is technically grape), but not in a boozy way. Its very pleasant, and I’m glad to have had it!
This tea was purchased at the Lupicia store yesterday. I think Lupicia needs to work on their marketing a bit because this is how they describe it:
“Full-bodied, yet smooth taste with light astringency. A standard Assam tea.”
Hmm, Standard Assam tea doesn’t exactly get you enthusiastic about the product, does it? I happen to like assam teas and I drink them all the time in the morning, so I thought I would pick this up. I usually drink these with milk and that’s what I’ve done here. It is a good assam, though pretty average. It has a nice smoothness, malty flavor as well as some fruitiness too.
I’ve been wondering if I should switch to organic tea, and now this report is out by Greenpeace India that tea contains traces of pesticides including DDT. Definitely food for though but I can’t afford to buy everything organic. :(
This sample came from mj, thanks dear! I’ve had a few more swaps since hers so her teas are starting to get buried under a pile of other flavored teas. :P This one is small, dark sencha leaves with a couple of white flower buds and a single piece of white spiky rock candy. Dry scent is sweet grape with a light floral edge. I steeped a level teaspoon for 2 minutes at 175 degrees.
Once brewed, the tea smells like white grape juice and rock candy! Yum, I’m really loving this one. It’s a nice combination of sweet white grape with subtle jasmine and mild vegetal sencha. Now, I’m not the biggest proponent of jasmine, but it’s used with a deft hand here and doesn’t overpower the other flavors. The grape is authentic and delicous and doesn’t taste candylike at all, and the sencha is quite mild and sweet. There’s some here that tastes a bit spice-like to me, a warming spice like clove or cinnamon? But it’s just the tiniest hint. Overall, yum!
Flavors: Jasmine, Spices, Sweet, Vegetal, White Grapes, White Wine
Sipdown! Though, I never added this to my Steepster cupboard, so it’s a real life cupboard sipdown only. I had a sample teabag of this tea that I’ve been meaning to get around to but keep forgetting about. I recently reorganized all of my teas, so I’m steadily making progress from my new sipdown box. Anyway, I really love Momo Oolong from Lupicia, so I thought I’d see how this one fares in comparison. I think that the oolong version has more of a candy peach taste while this one has more of a floral, perfume-y peach flavor. That being said, I’m not really a huge fan of perfume-y teas, so that did put me off a little. It wasn’t overwhelming, but it was just enough that I prefer the oolong version. I’m a little saddened by this because I’ve been in a black tea phase lately, and this would have been nice to add to the mix. No worries, though, because I now live near a Lupicia and I will get around to exploring more of their teas!
Well since I loved the Melon Oolong so much, I had to try the pineapple version next. This sample came from boychik. Visually, the leaves are very similar. They’re tightly rolled into somewhat small pellets, and the other is a medium brownish green. Dry scent is… very light. It mostly smells like a milk oolong to me, sweet and creamy with the tiniest hint of pineapple. I used the same brewing parameters as I did for the melon version – 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
Brewed aroma is a bit stronger in the pineapple, but it’s still quite mild. I can still smell the sweet and creamy milk oolong-esque notes. Honestly, I’m somewhat disappointed by this tea after trying the Melon Oolong and having such high expectations. The pineapple flavor is too subtle, I feel it needs to be stronger and juicier. This mostly tastes like a mild sweet and creamy oolong with just a little bit of pineapple. Good, but nowhere near the melon version in flavor.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Floral, Pineapple, Sweet, Vegetal
Another flavored tea from NayLynn! I felt like a nice refreshing fruity tea so I chose this one to try. Melon is one of my favorite fruit flavors and I like all kinds. This is a rolled oolong, and the pellets are fairly small and a medium green/brown in color. There are a few little pieces of spiky mint green transparent candy in there too, so I made sure to get one in the infuser! Dry scent is mouthwateringly juicy and sweet honeydew. The recommended steep was 1.5-2 minutes, but I thought that seemed short for an oolong so I did a 3-minute steep.
Brewed aroma is quite similar to the dry – still sweet and juicy honeydew, maybe with a hint of cantaloupe now. OMG, this tea! The honeydew flavor is absolutely perfect and spot-on in every way. It tastes so juicy and full, and the texture is super creamy from the oolong. I taste just a touch of vegetal flavor in the background, but mostly it’s just like eating a sweet, ripe honeydew in the summer. There’s something that tastes very slightly minty and tingly in the aftertaste. Yum!
Flavors: Floral, Honeydew, Melon, Mint, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal
Where I work, we do a fruit bar in the mornings: fresh watermelon, kiwi, strawberries, grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, canned mandarin oranges and canned peaches. Everyday, everything but the cantaloupe, honeydew, and canned fruit is gone by 9am. All the left over fruits are mixed together into a fruit salad, and added to the lunch bar. And everyday when I leave at 3:30, the canned fruits have been picked out, and all that’s left are the two melons. They just don’t get any love.
Melons, both real, and flavorings, seem to be tricky things. The actual fruit so often aren’t the proper ripeness, and as such taste bland, while the flavorings taste artificial and far from a good melon. After trying and loving Golden Honey Dew, I had high hopes for this.
The dry leaf is just as intoxicating as GHD. The aroma once steeped up is floral and fruity and sweet. Flavor is sweet melons and floral green oolong. Fruity, juicy, it’s like sitting on the porch in late spring, eating half a melon with a spoon, smelling the spring blooms in the breeze, and listening to the birds chirping.
Second steep is almost as good as the first. Thank you Ost for sending me a sample of this in my surprise birthday package last week!
Thanks to Cameron B for including this in the swap!
Obligatory tea #2.
The dry and wet leaf do smell of kiwi, but it’s weak and easily artificial. And the kiwi flavoring isn’t any stronger in the liquor because of the fact that the base tea is a black tea, which tastes too malty, bordering bitterness. (Green rooibos or green tea would be a more appropriate base.) Overall, not enjoyable.
Got a sample of this tea from Christina!
Think I oversteeped it a wee bit because I was talking to my mum. Didn’t seem bitter though, so that’s good!
This one isn’t too strong, it’s pretty light.
Definitely tastes like roasted chestnuts…well…more like roasted sweet chestnuts. Because it has a certain sweetness to it. Not my favorite tea, and wouldn’t buy it ever, but glad I sampled it! Thanks so much for the sample. Christina! :D
The lovely NayLynn sent me a swap package full of awesome-sounding flavored teas, most of which were on my wishlist. Woohoo! This one is the first to try just because it sounds tasty and the whole package smelling like banana made me want some. I’ve had good experiences with Lupicia’s teas so far, and I’m always on the lookout for them in swaps. The leaves of this tea are small and somewhat broken, and there are a few yellow flower petals mixed in with them. Dry scent is sugary banana taffy mixed with a bit of creamy milk chocolate. I brewed a heaping teaspoon of leaf for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
The brewed aroma is still sweet banana taffy, but now it’s joined by malt. There is still a tad of milk chocolate scent present as well. I tried it plain first and there is a decent amount of banana flavor. Then I added some soy milk and agave and it’s amazing… So much creamy banana, similar to banana pudding. There’s a little bit of chocolate I suppose, but it’s very easy to overlook. Overall, decent plain, super yummy with milk! :D
Flavors: banana, Chocolate, Creamy, Custard, Malt, Sweet
Today, I feel that autumn is finally here after the hottest summer in my life! I’ve been drinking mostly green tea and oolong tea the whole summer; with the slightly cooler weather today, I decided to have a cup of black and green tea blend… with a little bit of peach (my favourite fruit in summer). :)
This was a nice tea. It had the depth of black tea, the sweetness of green tea, the fragrance of jasmine, and an undercurrent of peach flavour. It made me happy. Though I must say I am a bit disappointed that only peach flavouring rather than real peach was used in making this tea :P
This is a very unique tea. I have never tasted black tea like this before! It has an intense coffee-like, roasty aroma. The liquor also has that characteristic roasty flavour that reminds me of houjicha, but of course it is not as strong. It is malty with a bittersweet finish. It’s certainly not my cup of tea – perhaps it’s an acquired taste – but you’ve go to try it if you wan to expand your palate or call yourself a tea connoisseur :P