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Having this tea again and again steeped it overnight in the fridge. I may have overleafed it (really hard to tell how much is enough when steeping in a pitcher and not my normal mug) and I’m having it unsweetened. I was eating a really sweet muffin with it for my first cup and the tea was perfect, but without the sweet it looses a little of that perfection. The aftertaste is a perfume like oolong flavor, which is nice. Still not in love with it, but it is really good.
i have not had nearly as much tea as i wanted today, which doesn’t bode well for my sipdown goal for this month…even if i am making good progess. This was one of my afternoon choices and a good one at that since the nutty tastes was just what i wanted when we cooled off inside with air conditioning. :) Glad i restocked this in a small quantity as it’s a nice one from Lupicia!
Another tea I split with keychange with our order months ago. This is great iced, tasted like strong sweet iced tea with some fruit without being sweet. Just what I was looking for with our A/C still on the fritz. It was ok hot but I tend to prefer fruit teas iced.
When I got this, I hoped it would be a bit lighter than the caramel and honey one given the fruity flavor. However this is just as rich which means you really have to be in the mood for it to enjoy the cup. Typically I am just not looking for something so dense when I am drinking caffeine free so this won’t be a restock. Still, it was fun to try. 157.
Sample sipdown (109)! I steeped this one in a clear glass this time in order to actually see the tea (last time was in a dark mug). It is a clear, light yellow concoction, which for some reason was surprising to me. I guess I just didn’t know what to expect of it. Anyway, I think I like this best when it is piping hot and the honeydew flavor really lives up to the intoxicating smell. As it cooled down, I could taste my weird chlorine water peeking through, but the smell was still wonderfully delicious. I think that I would like this one better using better water. And perhaps as a cold brew as well. I’m definitely thinking of restocking because I think this may be my favorite caffeine free blend!
Backlog. I had Lupicia on my mind after reading through that discussion thread about peoples’ fav Lupicia teas, so I decided to cold brew this one. I actually had to dig through some of my boxes to get to it, and it was totally worth it. The candy peach flavor really helped mask my new chlorine-y water. Also, I left it in the fridge over 24 hours by accident, but I think that the longer steep helped bring out the oolong a little more to remind me that this is indeed a tea, and not just peach water.
Nope. Don’t like rooibos. Except for the Caramel & Rum by Lupicia.
On to the Rooibos Mediterranee, it is basically just bergamot-flavoured. The rooibos is nicely sweet and slightly nutty but the texture has that weird slight thickness to it that comes with every rooibos I’ve tried from various companies.
Maybe I’ll try this iced, see if it might do away with my dislike
Eh, this is okay. It has a subtle creamy rum taste, but it also has a bit of that woodsy rooibos taste. The rooibos was over powering when I tried it straight, but it becomes much more pleasant when I add a little cream and sugar. At first the taste of the cream took over, but as I kept sipping the caramel rum taste crept out. It isn’t bad, it is just really underwhelming for what I have come to expect from Lupicia.
Queued post, written May 25th 2014. This was supposed to have been posted yesterday but I kept getting the kettle page when trying to pull up the tea. Seems like I’ve chosen a good time to take a little step back from Steepster, kettle pages having been rampant lately. Reading Steepster is something I would like to do regularly, but started to feel rather like a chore that I must do combined with a general feeling of detachment. So I’ve stopped. I’m still posting and still writing and still drinking. I’m just not going to be reading much for a while.
Another one from the EU TTB 2. The problem with these French names is I have to look them up to see what they are. To a French speaking person it may be blindingly obvious from the name, but not to me. Therefore I must have looked this up when I had the box and decided it was interesting. Afterwards, however, it often takes me a fairly long time to get around to them because by then I’ve forgotten what they are. (In general, I don’t actually much like those blend names where it doesn’t say anything about what’s in it regardless of language. I don’t even like it in Danish. I’m sure it’s all fanciful and poetic and what not, but I still don’t know what’s in it.)
raspberry hibiscus mint fiasco, however, I figured any was as good as another, so I just pulled something out of the box. This is what I ‘won’.
Unlike the other, this smells lovely. It’s all sweet and caramel-y, perhaps even a bit nutty. After steeping it smells quite nutty and a bit honeyed as well. When I look at the blend, there’s something in it that looks like rooibos, only not red. People always say that green rooibos tastes vastly different, so that might be it.
I’m going to look up what this is.
It is indeed a green rooibos! With mango and citrus. …what? Knowing that it’s there, I can find both. A touch of lemon in the flavour and a smidge of mango in the aftertaste. But before I knew it I wasn’t even anywhere close to identifying either of those two things. It’s quite subtle to begin with. As the cup cools, though, both become more clear.
This is oodles better than the raspberry mint concoction.
I opened this up, and if I didn’t know better, I would swear it was a beautifully ripe melon, and not a tea. It smells ridiculously fresh, like, bonkers fresh. And its studded with little light green candy things, which I guess are melon candy of some kind?
With growing excitement, I brewed up a pot of this, and oooh nelly. In the pot it smells a bit more like melon candy, and it sips like light, amazing melon juice. I’d never even imagined melon juice, and now I feel like it should be a thing.
This is wonderful, and on a hot day like today, and is going to be a go to for the rest of the summer, I can just tell.
Flavors: Green Melons, Melon
Reminds me of sweet strawberries and cream found in strawberry shortcake. This is one of my favorite Lupicia teas and I would like to get it again next summer. I don’t see it as one I would drink in the cooler months because I like it iced.
Thank you keychange for splitting this with me on our order we did months ago. I don’t think I would have tried it if you did not suggest it.
This tea is absolute perfection! I just love it so so much!
I got a sample of this in a swap last week which I had to try before I went to the Lupicia store. It was amazing. Tastes just like a cookie.
I can’t even describe how delicious this tea is.
It’s just the perfect dessert tea! :D
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Cookie
So I cold brewed the last of the sample from Dexter and I have to admit that I did like the cold brew more so than the hot cup I had earlier in the week; I found that the pineapple flavour and strong green oolong base were both really present still but the weird, highly buttery (like popcorn butter) notes weren’t as noticeable, so I felt that on the whole I could enjoy this one more so as a cold brew.
That said, this isn’t a tea I would want to order for myself and I’m perfectly fine not having it again; I’m thankful for the chance to try it though because I would have been so very curious otherwise!
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I did enjoy this one, but I really didn’t find much fancy or special about it other than the name – it was basically a pretty typical Genmaicha, although I thought it leaned just slightly more to than green side than the roasty toasty rice one.
Nonetheless, happy to have tried it – one more Lupicia blend sampled, and one more Genmaicha under my growing belt ;)
Thanks to Dexter for the sample!
This was a hot cup (but I’ve since finished it off as a cold brew, note to be posted later tonight) and I thought it was pretty good. The oolong was really present and very green/floral but that worked well with the ripe, juicy taste of the pineapple. There was a distracting element that took me a while to place but I finally nailed it: butter.
Yup, that’s right. There was a very, very strong butter flavour (like the kind you put on your popcorn) that kept creeping up into my sips, and that detracted from the overall taste for me. While I enjoyed this, I have to say I do think I like Butiki’s Flowery Pineapple Oolong better; the pineapple is juicier and there’s no weird butter thing going on.
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Floral, Pineapple, Vegetal
Sipdown of the morning…
I’m having this in my fruit smoothie along with a banana, frozen peaches, soymilk and chia seeds. I never thought it tasted much like strawberries, even when I was drinking it plain. I think it’s fair to say I won’t be restocking this, although there’s certainly nothing offensive about it.
I’m so behind.
Tried this the other night, then promptly realized I wasn’t in the mood for it. I’d had 3-4 sips.
Those other reviewers weren’t exaggerating when they discussed how coffee-like this is! To the point of being black and sludgey, insane. I decided to add cream to my cup.
The taste is roasty and thick and slightly bitter (as is coffee), with the sweetness of caramel and honey.
I decided to put the rest in the fridge overnight, and in the morning I swear it was almost like drinking iced coffee.
I’d really like to try the other flavours! (Just not the chai. They actually sent me that by mistake and I gave it to my friend…I wasn’t interested based on the reviews. He likes herby/spicy teas and I do not)
Neat tea to have stocked! Like decaf coffee! (If you don’t like coffee, you likely wouldn’t enjoy this tea)
Yesterday before dropping my friend off at the airport I went to Lupicia. The first legit tea store I’ve been to other than Teavana! I was so ridiculously excited! For some reason I thought it was going to be a lot bigger, and have nicer workers, but it was pretty small and the girl working there wasn’t friendly at all. Not very helpful either when I asked her about some teas. xD But that’s okay, I still enjoyed being there. I like that you don’t have to ask to smell certain teas. It’s nice to just do it yourself. Though people say they don’t have all the teas out to smell. But that’s okay, they definitely had a lot.
Wow, I’m rambling….sorry about that. I’m just excited. But one more thing-this Lupicia is one exit away from my dr so that means I can go after/before dr appointments in the future! Woo! I’m so excited! Now I will have something to make up for all my horrible appointments! :O
Anyway, onto the tea. I have always liked melon flavored things. Can’t remember if I’ve had much of an actual melon, but I have always liked it in other things. This tea smelled so fresh and juicy. I couldn’t resist buying it at the store.
While it steeped I could pick out the oolong base. It’s not a roasty oolong, but more floral. An excellent combo with the melon.
As for flavor I could taste a perfect combo of the floral oolong base, the juicy melon, and delicious cantaloup.
Which is a bit odd since I have never really liked eating cantaloups. But I suppose that the melon and oolong are enough to outweigh the cantaloup.
This has definitely made it’s mark in being one of the best fruity teas I’ve ever tried!
Love it! If you ever get something from Lupicia definitely get this one!
Flavors: Cantaloupe, Floral, Melon, Sweet
hmm, when I first reviewed this tea 8 months ago I didn’t like it as a cold brew, but today I do! What gives? I don’t know if I’m such a big fan of melon flavored things in general but today this seems very buttery/sweet, refreshing and with a cantaloupe flavor. I made this in the Lupicia handy cooler and am drinking it straight from that, also trying to wake up from a nap so I can meet my friend for dinner… anyway I am finding this very refreshing today and might make up some more to have for tomorrow :)