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Sipdown, 141. I sent the package of this that I got in my happy bag away in a swap a while ago, but I still had the sample bag kicking around. I figured I should at least try it, although I was not optimistic because it had the dreaded darjeeling in it.
When I brewed it up, it smelled pretty good, honestly. I may have to explore assams a bit (beyond Butiki’s PTA) because I think they do have potential for me. I used to think that assams were the part of the blend I didn’t like, but now I think that it was likely certain (but not all) keemuns. Maybe certain assams as well, I guess. Anyway, when this was hot it was pretty decent, though not particularly interesting, but as it cooled it got very bitter for some reason. Not sad I sent the rest of it away, though I liked it better than I thought I would.
If you love Lupicia’s Sakurambo, you are going to love this too. The fragrance of fresh cherries filled my room when it’s brewed. This tea is more complex than Sakurambo as it’s a black rooibos blend while the latter is a black tea. The somewhat straw-y flavour of rooibos and the presence of safflowers gave this tea made me think about the countryside in summer… and I felt relaxed ;)
Apparently it was Iced Tea Day two days ago (June 10). I didn’t have any iced tea that day, but I blame it on the weather wildly fluctuating between regular hot, California summer day and weird muggy, gloomy colder days. Anyway, I have decided to kick my cold brewing back into gear regardless of what the weather outside is telling me to do. So of course I had to break out this lovely tea. I was actually shocked to see how low I am running on this tea. Fortunately, now that I am back in California, it isn’t quite as difficult to obtain more of it :)
I just wanted to note that it tastes a bit milder than I remember. That may be because this tea is starting to get old, so the flavor is probably getting weaker from that. Also, I think I underleafed a little bit when I threw it in the fridge last night because my usual handy dandy tablespoon was dirty, so I used a regular spoon to measure. Anyway, so glad to have this back in my life. I predict I will be posting a sad sipdown note of this sometime soon :(
Even though it’s still pretty cold (California cold) out, I suddenly had a craving for a fruity cold brew. So of course I turned to my favorite cold brew tea, Momo Oolong. I accidentally forgot about it and left it steeping for about 20 hours, but it didn’t turn out bitter. Instead, it was nice and juicy peach as usual with the smooth oolong base helping it along. I just love the way that Lupicia flavors their teas. There are so many other teas from there that I really want to try, but I’m trying to cut down my cupboard, not build it up! Eek.
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.
Cold brewed this one yet again. I’m having a nice refreshing snack of peach iced tea, handmade tortilla chips, and homemade guacamole. Seems like an odd combination, but I’m really liking it. So much so that I think I’m probably eating too much as a “snack” and will have to eat less for dinner. Anyway, I think this is my favorite iced tea (I can’t even remember what it tastes like hot anymore), so I’m going through it pretty quickly.
Cold brewed this one for the first time in the fridge overnight. I mentioned in previous tasting notes how the peach flavor is more of a gummy candy peach flavor. That candy flavor really works well in the iced form of this tea. I think I may even prefer it iced over hot. Anyway, it’s a nice refreshing iced tea! (I’m clearly a little insane for drinking iced tea while there is a snow storm raging outside, oh well).
Sooo happy right now. My awesome mom bought this for me at the mall and sent it along in a care package, aww. The first time I tried this tea was actually with her at a bakery in California, so I have some fond memories. Anyway, the dry leaves smell so peachy and sweet like candy. In fact, the tea itself reminds me of Asian peach gummies in a liquid form. I don’t like to add sweeteners to my teas, so I love it when they are already sweet like this one. After a week of drinking mostly straight oolongs, the sweetness was overwhelming, but in a good way. I will have to try to cold steep it sometime and drink it almost like a juice. The selfish part of me is kind of disappointed that she didn’t buy the tin, but I’m so super grateful for this lovely gift and I will savor every teaspoon of it!
Mmmm peachy goodness. I just had this at a bakery that carried Lupicia teas, which was very convenient because I had been wanting to try this tea without having to buy a bunch of it. Now that I’ve tried it, though, I want to buy a bunch of it!
The smell and taste are a punch of peach flavor right away. As the cup cooled, the texture became a little more greasy, but that may be because I was eating at the same time, so I’m not gonna hold it against the tea until I try more of it.
Been drinking this the past couple of days. I’m staying with my sister and I might be getting sick (oh noes!) so I’m drinking lots of tea to try and keep it at bay. It’s a very pleasant fruity tea. Like most Lupicia teas, the flavoring is pretty subtle, but I really like the combination of tropical fruits with cranberry — which is a little unexpected, but the result is quite nice. I just have to remind myself not to eat all the cranberries before steeping the tea…
I didn’t think this tea was old enough to have lost that much of it’s flavor, but I suppose it wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) surprise me to learn that Lupicia’s fruit flavored teas, which are masterfully and tastily blended, have a bit shorter shelf life than their more inferior contemporaries. That kind of fruit flavor is rare and hard to come by. (By the way, I’ve only had the tea for seven months, which I would consider not that old.)
Anyway, I’ve decided to start testing the waters, so to speak, regarding my caffeine intake. I’m still nursing, but with my little one a bit older now, I wonder if her system has developed enough to be able to handle introducing small amounts of caffeine back into my diet (say, one caffeinated drink per day, and not that much). It seems to be working so far, as she’s shown no trouble with this tea (this is actually a back logged note). I will keep trying! There may be hope!
Since I really enjoyed their Earl Grey, I decided to try this one, even though I’d been burned by other chocolate teas. And I’m really glad I did.
This is a truly decadent tea. Sometimes I felt like I was eating one of those chocolate covered fruit jellies, it was that good. The bergamot and cocoa are evenly balanced, and the one time I put sugar in it was amazing. It’s plenty good without, though. I almost felt guilty drinking this in the morning! Another Earl Grey win from Lupicia.
I’ve been drinking this tea for the past few days (ever since I got back from the con, where I drank nothing but tea bags and coffee…). It’s one of the teas I picked out as a gift from my grandma for my birthday, and I must say, I am quite pleased with my choice. Obviously, I will love pretty much anything with a good vanilla flavor, and this tea is no exception. I like the strawberry element of it too — on the first steeping, it tastes like your usual strawberry flavor, but on the second, it starts to taste more like real strawberries, with an authentic sort of sourness to it.
Into the swap box this one goes. It’s not a bad tea but the matcha really doesn’t add anything to the taste as far as I can figure out and it’s a pretty “average” genmaicha. there are a number of others i would drink before this one. Again, though, that’s more of a personal preference than this tea being a “bad” tea. If you enjoy genmaicha’s this one would probably be a tea you’d enjoy. I, on the other hand like them on occasion only, and therefore want to stick to the truly exceptional ones that i have had :)
So it turns out i like green mate better than roasted mate, but still not so much. I tried this today while trying to get ready for the day. While it isn’t nearly as yucky to me as roasted mate, it still has an odor i don’t like and it a pretty “meh” cup of tea. Into the swap box it goes in case others want to try it.