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I had this in my 30 pyramid bag sampler from Lupicia. This one was in Japanese, and when I looked in the booklet that it came in, it was called Happiness. It smells fruity, and there are nice green tea leaves. Possibly sencha? This brewed up a nice yellow liquid. The scent was fruity… like peaches. I love peaches! When I tasted it, the first thought was “OMG Buttery goodness!” This was so delicious! I love the lack of astringency and how smooth it went down my throat. Wow! I don’t always have flavored green teas in my cupboard, so the once in a while surprise is nice. I do get tired of drinking flavored teas quickly if I have a large amount of it.
This one is just fabulous. It made me feel happy, and it reminds me of the first time I tried a fruit flavored green tea, which I remember buying from Whole Foods… It was pineapple sencha by serendipitea. That was happiness! This one is great. MAN! I am on a tea binge this weekend! :)
oh booo after reading everyones reviews I feel let down. I mist have done something wrong with this one. but here goes my pre-written review.
I’m not sure I’m going to like this one. I can’t quite describe what the dry notes smell like. they’re different. Perhaps a little nutty, but mostly off putting.
As it’s steeping it smells like when something was on your stove element and is now burning.
Wow! I am just having a rough morning with tea so far. this is my third and so far I haven’t been able to finish a mug. I don’t think this is going to be a cup that I can get through.
I guess it tastes like chestnuts, perhaps they aren’t a nut I’m familiar with or not one that I enjoy. at the very end of the sip I do get a nutty flavour but there is too much before that flavour for me to enjoy this.
C’est ne pas parfait! I have never liked tea with rosehip or hibiscus. It’s in The Book of Tea for Ladies, so I gave it a try anyway. The dry leaves smelled so acidic that I decided to keep the steep time short. Perhaps because of the insufficient steep time, the resulting liquor was weak-bodied. It was like a diluted tomato soup… with a faint floral undercurrent. It tasted just as weird as it sounds…
Lady 0f Spaydes sent this to me as she was my secret santa! :) She is awesome!
Nothing sounds better than having dessert for breakfast! I kept going through my banana leaf sample box, which I had received from Golden Moon Tea a long time ago, and I decided upon this tea. There were bits of cookie in the black tea! Since I can only have one small cup of caffeinated beverage per day, this was it! My husband had the first steep so the strength was a little reduced for me. Mine was still delicious! The aroma was like freshly baked cookies! Perhaps there were some nuts in there! Yum! I love the sweetness to it. I definitely added some milk and brown sugar to it. This made it more delightful. Very good tea!
Looking at the rating, it seems I’ve tried this one before! But this is a great time. I may purchase this in the future! :)
I got a bag of this to try from a coworker, and the information is all in Japanese so I was anxious to come on here and look it up! The smell is pretty intense… pure jasmine with a hint of fruit, but the taste is the opposite. All lychee, all the time. Despite that I think it’s quite pleasant. I’m not sure I would buy a whole tin of this but it’s a nice change from what I usually drink and I can’t stop sniffing it!
Although this tea is NOT creamy and contains NO vanilla, when freshly brewed it reminds me of a cake fresh from the oven – hot and sweet-smelling! After it has cooled a bit, the various fruity notes gradually stand out. Mango is the dominant flavour (you know, mango as in Body Shop’s mango body wash… this doesn’t mean I don’t like it, though), and the fragrance of orange peels is unmistakable. There’s a bit of lemon too I think. I can’t say much about the green rooibos base because it is very light and the bright fruity flavours have totally stolen the show. If you love fruit juice you are going to love it, but look elsewhere if you are a fan of rooibos!
I took the last few teabags of these out of the HH teabox. I tried this a while back and it seems to be my favorite Lupicia tea I’ve tried (up against Strawberry Vanilla). I only had a bit of it before, so I was happy to see it again! The flavor is just as a remember it – a candy sweet strawberry with champagne flavor on a nice black tea. It seems to be a bit mouth drying this time around. I didn’t notice the sugar crystals last time though!
Thank you again to TeaEqualsBliss for sharing a couple cups of this one. This is the second Lupicia tea I’ve tried. I loved the ‘strawberry & vanilla’ tea.. which alone could have convinced me I should try many more teas from Lupicia. This one is surprising! It looks like a plain black tea, but once it’s steeped, it has a ton of flavor! The black tea isn’t too strong, so you can taste more of the flavor. Rather than a champagne rose (though I’m no expert on champagne), it tastes a lot more like the strawberry tea I had before from Lupicia. The flavor is very sweet strawberry, but there is a bit of that dry flavor you get from champagne, especially as it cools. I wonder if it is mostly the same flavoring for both teas. But it’s really good! I’ll be ordering from Lupicia once my tea stash gets a bit smaller.. especially if they have a good sale. But I’m already impressed with the idea that they have magazines every month that come with free samples if you order from them.
This was my 2nd ever loose leaf tea! Pretty tasty and WOW IT SMELLS SO FRICKIN GOOD. I haven’t had it in a while but I remember it being a lighter black tea, not too bitter, and the strawberry flavor was very sweet and prominent. Did I mention the smell was to die for.
This was my very first loose leaf tea, back in the day! I RUINED A LOT OF MY FIRST BATCHES OF IT and made it super bitter because HAHA I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I WAS DOING but once I got the hang of it it was great! I ran out of it now but I would really love to give this tea another shot in the future because the smell is absolutely PHENOMENAL!
Piccolo is marketed as a children’s tea by Lupicia because it’s caffeine-free. I do think children will like it because it is bursting with berry flavours! The rooibos base is very sweet with a hint of nuts, and most importantly it has no weird straw-y flavour. This overall tastes more like fruit juice (with artificial flavouring, which the kids love :P) than tea.
OMG, my cup is seriously oversteeped!! The recommended brewing time should be 3-5 minutes…
Luckily this is a rooibos, so oversteeping is relatively a lesser problem… I don’t know what peach melba dessert tastes like, but this tea has the bright flavours of its ingredients – (canned) peaches and vanilla ice cream! It tastes really creamy and has the right amount of sweetness. It’s a yummy tea that will delight everyone with a sweet tooth.
A cup of full-bodied strong tea!! Exactly what I need right now even though I am not a big fan of anything robust like this. It’s not bitter, and it’s less astringent that expected. A bit of milk and sugar would have been fantastic, though I won’t complain because it’s a pleasant drink by itself.
Hey, everyone, it’s been a while!
So it turns out that when you study abroad in Japan, you have a hard time coming home without mountains of tea. :D This is one of the 3 I picked up. It’s kind of generic-tasting, but there’s this fruity-honey aftertaste that I really love—I only got it about 2 months ago and I’m nearly out already!
Can’t believe I had not reviewed this one before! I also didn’t even have it in my cupboard! When did I get so lax on that? I have had this tea for a long time.
I love this tea.
It has the sweet / sour cherry flavor with the minty coolness behind it that is subtle yet present enough to give that cooling sensation in the mouth.
A great morning wake up tea!
The cherry flavor lingers nicely and leaves a delicate sweetness on the lips.
Its a romantic tea. What I mean by that is I could see this being a tea to serve at a valentine’s day tea party, or in a beautiful garden setting, a “ladies tea” if you will. Not to be sexist lol.
Its has a floral element to it as well.
I know this tea gets a lot of mixed reviews but I just adore it.
Its excellent as it cools too!
This is a stash keeper!
The combination of jasmine and bergamot simply sounds delicious. But I’d say it has less jasmine flavour than I hoped. The floral note is subtle at best, and bergamot is present but not terribly potent. Instead, this tea is dominated by the overpowering aroma and flavour of muscat gummies instead. Muscat is nice but… this tea just doesn’t live up to its name!!!
This was very good, and I didn’t actually realize it was a Darjeeling until after reading these reviews! I got it free in a Lupicia mail order and it was a very interesting taste.
I actually usually shy away from Darjeeling, I don’t know why, it usually tastes too light and acidic or something to me, and I often go much heavier and maltier (i.e. Assam or Yunnan Gold) when picking a Black tea. But this was really quite good, I had it without milk and it was quite a powerful taste. At first the colour and texture made me think it was actually a Pu-Erh!! It is a bit woodsy. Maybe there is some mix in here. In any case it’s a great blend of some sort, and I enjoyed it a lot more than a straight Darjeeling.
I sure am drinking a lot of tea tonight. This is my second cold steep of the day and I already have another one in the fridge, plus I had matcha this afternoon. I’ve already planned out my evening tea as well, sigh. Hopefully it’s not too much caffeine—usually tea caffeine doesn’t have too much of an effect on me, but 5 cups in one day is more than my usual so we’ll just have to wait and see.
I love melon teas, and I already have two I adore (Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream and GMT’s Persian Melon) but they are both white teas and hey, one more can’t hurt! Actually, counting watermelon I probably have way more than 2, but for some reason I don’t count watermelon in the “melon” flavor family. Cantaloupe, honeydew, and stuff closer to that is what I think of when my brain goes to melon. I guess the flavor of watermelon is just really different? It’s also got a really different consistency.
The description doesn’t say what type of melon flavor is used. It smells somewhere between cantaloupe and honeydew, so I’d assume it’s sprite melon. When Japanese snacks are listed as melon flavored that is usually what it is. It’s also got very pale flesh, and the chunks of dried melon in here are white. So, sprite melon oolong! The smell itself is juicy, fresh and enticing but almost candy-ish in its sweetness. I find that true with a lot of Lupicia’s blends, but they rarely have that artificial, sugary-sweet aspect once brewed.
This is no exception, since the taste is pure, delicious, fresh melon! At first I thought the oolong was kind of lost, but as my tea “warmed up” (my fridge is VERY cold!) the oolong popped into the picture. Soft, floral, and very delicious. The melon compliments it perfectly, and it seriously tastes like fresh-squeezed melon juice mixed with green oolong. Perfection! Well, honestly this doesn’t beat out Cantaloupe & Cream, but in its own way it is almost as good!