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Sil sent me a sample of this many months ago to try, and I figured it would be a good springtime tea. I managed to get 2 servings out of the sample she gave me. I’m not sure whether I botched the steeping, but this tea didn’t really excite me. It had a highly metallic note to it that I assume was the rhubarb. Not quite astringent, but tart enough to make me second guess things.
I wonder if some sugar would have tamed this. However, I’m not that motivated to find out.
Thanks for the chance to try this Sil!
Couldn’t resist and cracked this one open at breakfast with my porridge, mmm. Not as sweet as its dry scent but I reckon just a tiny bit of sugar would explode that dry sweetness like whoa. Nevertheless it was beautiful and I’m glad I got it, no thanks to Steepster for making me add it to my shopping list though!
Things I didn’t need to do on my Melbourne holiday: buy more tea.
Things I did do on my Melbourne holiday: buy more tea.
I guess it wasn’t SO bad—I managed to walk out of my first visit to Lupicia with only three tins (this, chaud les marrons and melon oolong). Not a cheap trip but to be fair the prices are comparable to T2, yet I’d rather give my money to Lupicia these days. Also the store staff were absolutely adorable and so sweet! My friends who were with me also walked away with some tea. I’m such a tea enabler.
This blend wasn’t on my wishlist (the other two were) but physically being in store and getting to smell the dry leaves of some of my wishlist teas did end up seeing me cull a few. We also got to try the sample of the day, which was the super grade momo oolong—another from my wishlist, and the sample didn’t leave me gushing, so off it came too.
This one smelled so fruity and lovely dry that I couldn’t resist it—plus the tin was so pretty too. It’s cherry blossom season in Japan, I’m weak! It’s low caffeine (or maybe even decaffeinated) black so I poured a bedtime brew. Just plain it doesn’t do much but add just a small sprinkling of sugar and BLAM, the berry flavour smacks you in the face! In a good way, I think. I don’t regret this purchase!
Another sample from Ost!
This is literally melon crack. one sniff and i was hooked. i seriously just need to order this already. i love honeydew flavored anything. Seriously, when i quit smoking, i used a low-nicotine vape pen. my first flavor? Honeydew. thankfully, i’m off the nicotine and on to something far less dangerous but just as addicting; this tea.
THIS TEA IS NOT FOR ME.
I went to Lupcia in Tokyo and decided to change things up and get a black tea with a Japanese twist… absolutely not for me.
I would love to swap this tea with someone because it might end up being used for a burnt offering in regards to the sadness it caused my taste buds; however, maybe your taste buds have a different way of interpreting taste and could find joy from this.
This one is just really, really good. And it’s a green rooibos base. It’s a definite purchase, as it fills the holes left by past melon teas and caffeine-free fruit rooibos blends.
Thank you so much, Sil, and OMGsrsly for delivering me the largest parcel of tea I’ve ever seen!
I said to myself, “Andrew, you shall not open this until your other oolongs are completely drank.”
Well… I don’t listen to order given from myself to myself very well it seems.
I ended up brewing a small amount of this into a cup because the oolong looks beautiful so I thought that it would open up nicely. The initial smell is somewhat nasty… but I got over that when I brewed it. The taste is nice, somewhat mellow but I’d rather have a mellow melon taste than an overwhelming one. Overall this is a decent tea but drinking it did not move me to order any more. It’s a beautiful tea and I believe it’ll mix well with floral oolongs as well since it has a nice taste but isn’t over powering. I look forward to mixing this and cold brewing it with some blueberry rooibos this summer :)
So, I got this in the monthly TTB club from skysamurai’s box. It smells like a chocolate truffle out of the bag. (It’s a tea bag, which I’m learning is much more convenient when you want to cram a lot of tea into a small box.) I was on the Lupicia page looking at teas, when I realized that I hadn’t tried this yet. I wanted to know if I would prefer the Marron Chocolate or the Au Chocolat, but to figure that out I have to try this tea first.
The tea is dark and smells of cocoa and raisins. I opened a splenda packet before trying the tea, so now I’m waiting for it to cool and trying not to spill the splenda all over the table before I sample the tea unsweetened. In the meantime, I guess I could figure out the teas I do like at Lupicia.
I was actually on the site to see if they had more Napa Blanc, which they did. I’m excited about that. My tea journey has been a bit incongruous, but I’ve gone from unflavored and unsweetened to flavored and liberally sweetened and back. I don’t drink many sweetened teas, but I know that certain flavored teas cannot be fully appreciated without the addition of something like splenda or sugar. I tried the decaf muscat for instance, but wasn’t enamored by it. I like the grape flavor, but when I brewed that I probably left it in the water too long. I think the potential for bitterness is too high with a black tea, but in the Napa Blanc, you don’t have that overpowered flavor from the green tea. Plus, it’s green tea.
I haven’t really had much green tea in a while, as I’ve found out that I prefer black teas on most occasions. I tried the Te De Frutas as well – a black tea. I don’t know if I enjoyed it as much. Perhaps I should consider what sample to get once I order the tea…
Anyway, this tea has a strong cocoa flavor that’s enhanced by a sweetener. I think I might prefer the chestnut flavor in the Marron Chocolate. I like this tea. It might be better if I steep it less – It turned the water dark as soon as I poured the water, so perhaps it doesn’t need to steep for very long. It’s pretty satisfying, though. It might be good with milk too. I ended up buying the Marron Chocolate, however.
This is such a weird tea because there is no specific flavor. Rather, it tastes different to different people based on what they pick up in the leaf. For me, I got the sweetness of the sugar and the spice of the peppercorn but somehow the combination came off tasting like stone fruits to me. It was actually really nice and prepped as a latte helped bring out just a tiny but of creamy vanilla. It will be interesting to see what happens as this is prepped different ways.
It’s not so much an earl grey with chocolate, but dark chocolate with citrusy and floral notes. With milk it makes for an interesting sugar-free hot chocolate substitute. There’s something that almost verges into “biting wood chips and citrus rinds” territory, but otherwise it’s easy drinking.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Floral
I’ve tried this tea with many variations trying to pull out the ‘cookie’, but the most predominant flavour that I got was roasted coffee almost bordered on burnt. It wasn’t until I added cream and sweetener until I finally got a little of that cookie profile. I do drink coffee, so it wasn’t hard to drink.
It was ok, but not something I would necessarily need to keep. I do appreciate getting the chance to sample it, though, as I was curious about it. Thanks for sending this my way, TheLastDodo!
After having Lupicia’s Milk Caramel tea and their Caramel and Rum tea, I find this one is just flat. The caramel is present but dense and not in a good way. I was hoping for a sweet, fluffy caramel but this is not all that sweet and certainly not fluffy. Plus, once again their base is too competitive with their flavoring making for a much heavier tea than one would expect. Its not horrible but this isn’t something I would care to have again. 204.
So, peach isn’t my number one favorite flavor, though I do enjoy the taste occasionally. This tea’s scent is super powerful! The taste is nice and light, giving a white peach and floral flavor that’s nice to drink and not overpowering. Not an everyday tea for me, but still enjoyable.
Flavors: Floral, Peach
This toasted cup of hojicha is fantastic. The smell is stronger than the taste but that is fine because the pear is the undertone in this tea. The main taste is the toasted green tea with a sweetness of honey. The touch of pear makes it all the better. If you know hojicha taste like and you’re prepared for this type of tea when you brew it, it is a wonderful drink to sip on.
I think pear was an excellent choice of fruit to accompany this tea with.
Perfume is a great way to explain this tea.
I wanted to review this tea the first time I drank it but I decided to hold off. The oolong pieces are rather twisty and look nice, but looks are not what makes this tea appealing. Between the green/vegetable oolong taste and the white peace, this tea taste very light and splendid. The rose flavoring is not very strong which is nice because a floral taste that takes over a tea makes it horrendous. I am thankful I got this tea, though it is hard to describe to anyone… it’s like drinking the smell of a light perfume, which doesn’t sound appealing but it really is. I have only been using 1-2g of tea to brew this so I look forward to adding a bit more to see what it would be like if it is stronger.
Well, here’s a tea that I’m unsure how to rate: This is a warm cup of apple juice being drank outside during spring. Overall it is an experience that I am hoping to share with others and hear their remarks. Quality looking, wonderful smell, and a bold taste.
I will update my review after I cold brew this… I probably should of started that way but I’m impatient.
I bought this when I was stocking up on White Christmas, mostly based on the reviews. When I opened the bag, I was immediately surprised by how sweet it smelled. I suppose I expected a nuttier profile based on what I read and the ingredients in the tea itself. My assumption was that the saccharine scent would wear off once it was brewed up. Not so much. This tastes like sugar to me with a warm, grain-like undertone. I tried a second steep with pretty much the same result, and puzzled over what it was this tea reminded me of. After a few more sips, it occurred to me: Lucky Charms, the breakfast cereal I occasionally indulged in as a kid. It’s like a spoonful of the marshmallows with that weird, cardboard-ish oat grain that’s been soaked in 2% milk. It isn’t bad, per se, but after that HIMYM-style glass shattering revelation, I can’t really bring myself to drink it. Fortunately, my sib really seems to enjoy it, so I’ll just pawn it off on her.
Flavors: Grain, Marshmallow, Oats, Sugar
A rooibos that I like?! Impossible! Got this sample in the most recent Lupicia tea magazine. I wouldn’t have thought to try it otherwise. It has a really creamy yet strong and earthy peach flavor. I can taste a little rooibos in the aftertaste. It isn’t the bright peach flavor like their Momoko, but it is still really good. Adding creamer obscures the taste on the sip a little for me, but the aftertaste is just as nice. Adding sugar just makes it sweet and doesn’t really change or amplify the flavors. I might actually consider buying some of this for more evening options!
This teabag came in my Lupicia Happy bag/holiday set that I got right after Christmas. It looks like they don’t have this on the US website anymore. Has anyone been there recently? It seems like they greatly reduced their number of non-flavored green teas to the US market. Maybe nobody was buying them? Well, booo.
They still have this on the Australia Lupicia website. It is described as “well-balanced blend of Matcha and Yabukita sencha from Shizuoka. Boasting a refreshing flavour and bright green water-colour, this tea can be enjoyed alongside any meal or dessert”.
This is quite a nice green tea. I would agree it is refreshing, somewhat mild and sweet for a sencha. It is definitely on the vegetal side with grassy, spinach notes but it also has a sweet pea flavor in the finish that I am quite enjoying. And not much bitterness as well. I wish I could get my hands on some more of this but for a nice, bagged sencha there is always the Organic sencha from Den’s.