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Tea of the morning here. I got this as a sample with one of my Lupicia newsletters.
I tend to like fruity teas and Lupicia seems to have a lot of them. This blend is fairly enjoyable, the black tea has a very smooth and mild flavor and I found the guava to be quite natural and subtle. I thought this might be good with almond milk, but I was wrong. Now it just tastes like almond flavored kool-aid, but part of the problem is I just don’t like almond milk in tea or coffee. :P
This would be good as an iced tea, I think. Not a “must have” item but I would certainly not turn a cup down if it was offered to me.
Received this one in a swap. It’s been so long I’m not sure who sent it to me… So.. I’m sorry.. But thank you :] And can I say SIPDOWNNN!! Woot another sample gone..
The aroma of this one is sweet. Both caramel and rum aromas are present. The flavor is nice. Both flavors are present and enjoyable. They blend nicely with the rooibos base. I like this one but I don’t think I’d ever order it.
Frankly speaking, am a bit disappointed with all the Lupicia special teas I have tried these days. Many of them were fruit-flavoured and tasted rather artificial. Melorina is no different and its fruit flavour is probably the most artificial of all. The melon flavour is exactly like that in candies or melon milk, a popular drink among children here in my hometown… it’s very sweet-smelling but the black tea base is quite strong, so it’s quite a mismatch. The second brew I had was better because both the melon flavour and the tea had become less strong.
Sipdown, 145. I had two sample sachets of this one, one that came in the monthly newsletter and one that came with my handy cooler. For some reason I thought this would be a green tea (not paying attention), but no, it was a black. I cold steeped them both in my new handy cooler; two sachets and 500ml of water worked out well.
I think I was never initially interested in this because of the papaya. I am of the opinion that fresh very ripe papaya smells like feet (I’ve had to deal with them lots in East Africa and Madagascar) so I typically avoid papaya anything. But I do like guava, and fortunately this doesn’t taste like feet. It’s actually quite delicious, and I would consider buying more of it for iced tea. The guava is very tasty and the other flavors just make it nicely tropical. Glad I got a sample of this one to try out!
This came in the Lupicia grab bag. I like chamomile okay but I’ve never had elderflower before. The tea seemed to be very vegetal like corn husks or something, I also found it slightly bitter. Wouldn’t drink this for the taste of it, really but it did seem to be nice and relaxing. Also I was interested about the health benefits of elderflower after I did some research on it, evidently it’s good for allergies.
Thank you Momo for sending a pouch of this from your last sale! I needed some more genmaicha (I think?) The package says to boil this one but that would be ridiculous, since it is green. So I waited a while for the water to cool and steeped for a minute. It passes the roasty toasty tasty test! Plenty of popped rice and matcha makes the cup a fresh green color. The cup was gone in no time. I should have boiled more water right after I poured the first cup. The second cup was just as good! Really, all the matcha genmaichas I’ve had seem to be pretty similar… I wonder if the suppliers are the same. Luckily, I mostly just have samples of a few anyway.
Am I really the first one to review this? No pressure!
I drank several pots of this before getting a strong enough opinion to write about. Its kind of that sort of tea. A little unmemomorable. Its got rose flavor, but the astringincy of the tea sort of overpowers it, leaving me with a less mellow tea then I would like. Its got some natural sweetness, but more smoke to it then sweet.
Not a bad tea, you understand, just not wildly impressive.
And its got a very pretty tin.
I brewed this hot, then let it sit in the fridge until cold. This is my favorite tea by lupicia, though this is my first time trying this. I absolutely loved it. It was quite refreshing, having it cold really brought out the floral taste from the marigold petals and had a mellow vanilla undertone. The strawberry aspect is not very strong when cold, but that didn’t detract from it at all.
This is an odd one for me, because it’s really, really good… but I don’t like melons. They’re one of the few foods that I’d rather not eat, I find their sweetness to be rather cloying. However, I do occasionally enjoy the (artificially?) flavored melon candies from the local Asian supermarket, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
The dry leaves smell very melon-y, and have pretty little green sugar crystals among them. Brewed, I found that the quite green taste and scent of the oolong balanced the melon over-sweetness quite well, and I enjoyed this tea a surprising amount…
I like rooibos teas more than I used to but not too thrilled with this in particular. It’s too sweet, and otherwise I can’t really taste any berry anything in here. Agree with the reviews that claim it tastes like cough syrup. I wondered if this would be better as a latte… it is indeed more palatable with soymilk added so I guess I will be drinking the rest of it this way. Not a favorite for sure.
Tea #3 of the day from the Lupicia grab bag, I’d better stop with caffeine for a while before my head explodes.
I’ve never had this particular green before. Reading over the rest of the reviews I can’t understand some of the really bad ratings because it seems ok to me. My one complaint is the bancha base seems like it got a little on the bitter side (and I did not use boiling water). Might need to try this as a cold brew to see what happens, or I might try giving this a little less steeping time. I am getting pineapple and mango but the flavors are kind of light. Compared to some of Lupicia’s artifical tasting gummy bear teas I don’t really see this as a problem…
I liked this okay but probably wouldn’t buy anymore. Will let everyone know how the cold steep experiment goes. :)
Another tea that came from the Lupicia grab bag…
I’m afraid I’m not such a big fan of this. The muscat is way too sweet and artificial and the jasmine is yucky. It does smell exactly like Juicy fruit gum. Maybe this would be better as an iced tea but I don’t really like it hot.
I still have 9 bags left if anyone wants to swap for it. If you read the reviews a lot of people seemed to like it. :)
You know you’re a tea addict when…
I couldn’t resist the $60 grab bag from Lupicia when it came around again. I’ve always wanted one, even though I’m awash in tea at home and at the office.
Anyway this was the one I picked to try first, and review is for the pyramid sachets.
This is a very mild and pleasant tea, some peach teas seem overly artificial to me but this is pretty nice, especially for a bagged tea. Of course I did have a cup of coffee earlier today so perhaps this isn’t the best time to be trying something new. I am sipping on it plain and it doesn’t really need anything. I can’t really place the base tea but I’m wondering if it’s a nilgiri since it seems very mild, or perhaps a ceylon.
It’s more natural tasting than some Lupicia teas I’ve tried which remind me of gummy bears. I will definitely be trying this iced as well…
Backlog. I realized that this is getting to be one of my older teas, so I gotta get on sipping it down! I brought it to school in my tumbler. Oversteeped, of course, because of all the school. It kind of gave a thicker mouthfeel to it than usual without being bitter. Nice! And as always, that punch of tropical flavor. I also stuck some new leaves in the fridge for a cold brew in the interest of sipping down (it’s still a while away), so we will see how that turns out!
I find myself reaching for this for my travel tumbler quite often for a few reasons. It’s not too picky with steeping, so I feel confident that I can get a good cup of tea without paying too careful attention. The tropical, bright taste also helps me perk up at least a little during boring lectures.
This tea perfectly suited my mood for the day. Today there was a sudden heat wave, ick, but my classrooms were very heavily air conditioned and chilly. This tea is fruity and floral like summer, but the warmth of it kept me thawed during lectures. I realize that I keep logging the same teas over and over, but I think I’ll save the newer ones for the weekend when I’m feeling more adventurous.
So I received a coupon in the mail for $10 off at Sur La Table, hooray! Since I already have most of my baking needs covered, I decided to go for the cutest tea infuser: The Deep TEA Diver. I’m so enamored with it that my mom makes fun of me, haha.
Anyway, newly equipped with my deep tea diver, I turned to Paradise Green. I usually am nervous about green teas because I’ve had quite a few bitter experiences (literally) with green teas. I love this one, though because the fruity, tropical notes complement the green tea well while covering up the bitterness without any sweeteners. Yum!
Next time I may try this iced. Either way, I’m surprisingly happy about this one :)