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So close to decupboarding this! It has been with me for far too long, both in distance and time. I think we’re close to parting ways.
Made 16 ounces of this double strength and iced it. It’s a decent offering from Lupicia, but I prefer this cold as hot grape tea doesn’t really appeal to me.
Again the husband is away on yet another business trip and I reach for this tea… This better not be the beginning of a trend! Actually, I grabbed this in an effort to help decupboard it, especially after the poor results I had last time.
After looking at the previous results, I went heavier on the rooibos (5 level tsp.) and a tad less water (8oz). Brewed for quite a long time, probably a little over 10 minutes. The brewed liquor is a nice dark amber.
Sadly it still tastes like a stronger version of blah… Wondering aloud: Will putting rum in this make it better? It is Happy Hour!
Husband is away on business for a couple nights leaving me alone. I usually don’t sleep well when he’s gone. Hoping Caramel & Rum helps me sleep…
Upon opening the bag, all I smell is booze. No hint of caramel. Used 2.5 tsp for 10 oz of water. Steeped this for the full amount of time and the smell of caramel filled my cup. Unsweetened, I find this pretty blah. No caramel; no rum – all rooibos.
I’m determined to make this taste better. Post sweetener it tastes the same, just a sweeter kind of blah. Some half & half added to the cup and I taste a faint bit of caramel.
I think I’m going to have to use an extra tsp next time for the same amount of water – hopefully the next cup will turn out better.
Green tea is not my favorite generally, but I’m trying really hard to find ways to like it. I was attracted to this tea initially because it is very pretty with the blue cornflowers and rose petals (?). The added “tropical fruit flavors” is what sold me. The dry leaves are very broken in my tin, hence messy to clean out of my brewer.
I’m trying to use this up because its using a precious tin that could be used to house a tea that I like more. I used A LOT of leaf for a bolder taste iced tea, yet there’s still some in the tin. sigh Paradise Green has been in my cupboard for more than a year – ridiculous because of the copious amount of tea I have in any given day.
This isn’t a tea that I like hot, so that already limits how often I drink it. Now that I live in an area that actually gets four distinct seasons, I’m really hoping that I’ll drink this more – in the summer.
Thanks for sharing this, Ian!
This smells like flower candy when it’s brewed. I think I have had some kind of flower flavored hard candies before, but I don’t recall the flower. I want to say violet. This tea reminds me of them, but with the bonus of oolong.
It’s nice and sweet, but I don’t get plum at all. The flowers create a way more prominent flavor. It’s still good despite that. I think I’ll make a cup of it coldbrewed for lunch tomorrow, maybe that will help bring out the plum more!
I had this at tea time Wednesday with my guest, who remarked over and over how much it smelled like super fresh, sweet strawberries. So last night when I made a strawberry cream tea that I had received as a free sample, it was a bit unfair. I remembered all too well what a great job Lupicia had done on this one.
When our little group had finished off the first tea, I made this and told them to prepare for a real treat. Everyone remarked on how much this smelled like real, mouthwatering strawberries. They had liked the first one we tried well enough, but this one wins hands down for fresh, natural flavor and for having a good tea base that doesn’t disappear under the flavoring.
I chose this as the second tea to go with our fudge brownies and strawberries. This was the favorite tea of my guest, although she said that all three teas today were winners. The strawberry is a very true, straight strawberry natural flavor. The black tea base is quite good, reminding me of the French tea bases that are less astringent…many French teas have an astringency or bite that turns me off. This base was not at all astringent, but sweet and smooth while still being able to cut through the strawberry flavor so that you taste the tea as well. Excellent. Lupicia hasn’t disappointed us yet.
I finally made this properly! The aroma is intoxicating and oh so strawberry. The taste of the tea is a much more subdued strawberry with a great black tea base. My guest loved the aroma of this and thought it was a great tea, but I could tell she was a little disappointed that the strawberry flavor didn’t match the intensity of the aroma. Lupicia hasn’t disappointed me yet! Very good tea.
I wanted to give this tea another try this morning since it was so dismal yesterday when I mixed it with chocolate tea. The problem is, I was absolutely SURE I had removed the leaves when the timer went off. I was busy posting announcements to our homeschool support group and decided it was time to try the tea and OH NOES! The leaves were still in! I have no idea how long this steeped, but be assured it was way, way past the recommended 2 1/2 minutes.
I sneaked up on the cup from behind and stealthily took a sip and….not bad. Not bad!
This really smells super strong in the tin so if you expect the tea to have that “candy sweet sour strawberry” taste, you will heartily disappointed. But if you want a really grown up tasting tea, a bit in the French style, with some strawberry aroma and a hint of strawberry taste in a rather sophisticated black tea base, try this.
I liken it to the difference between Rose Congou by Upton and Rose Scented by H&S. This is more the equivalent of Rose Congou, and if it survived that marathon steeping this morning, it must be pretty good stuff!
I would like extra points, gmathis, for carefully reading my post and making sure it didn’t have the phrase “snot ring” in it! LOL!
I am not going to say much about this one as I haven’t tried it by itself.
I opened the bag and sniffed and there was a strong, sweet scent of strawberry, but following was…mold? Yes, a smell like a big bag of moldy oranges. So I chickened out about serving this for tea time and instead mixed it half and half with Harney’s chocolate tea. The result was….weak chocolate flavor in a weak tasting tea that didn’t really have a remnant of strawberry left. I will have to try this again by itself to really know anything at all about it. I hope the weird smell doesn’t come through after steeping.
I served this as the second tea at writers’ group last night. At the rate we drink tea during our meeting, I can not believe I have so few sipdowns! No exaggeration, we regularly finish two LARGE tetsubins and sometimes have a gong fu session or a small Beehouse pot to boot!
Not much to add on this one except to say it is a lovely green with very nice strawberry flavor, very drinkable with or without food, and everyone in the room seemed to enjoy it a lot.
This was the first tea served for tea time today. It was paired with fresh pound cake, made from freshly ground wheat.
My guest is really a black tea drinker, but has liked the oolongs we have tried. I threw in this flavored green today to see if she would like it and she did. I thought it was very good, and it resteeped well. I don’t know if it could go a third steep and still have strawberry flavor. This is a real treat and I am glad to have it. I really want to try it iced as well.
This was a birthday gift from my bestie! The aroma: wowzer! Sweet, candy, strawberry!
I was too chicken to steep a green for 1 1/2 minutes in boiling water, so I took the temp down to about 175F. I am glad, because this is the tiniest tad drying as it is. The steeped tea has the strawberry aroma still, and it very much reminds me of the scent of Marco Polo. The taste is more green tea than strawberry, but I don’t mind because the aroma is great and the green tea tastes very good. There is a bit of nice tartness. I am very glad to try this one! I expect it will be good iced as well.