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I walked away from the brewing and came back to nice tea anyhow, which is a huge plus. With turbinado sugar, it tastes of dusty cocoa with a tea-tannin kick (my fault), and “chocolatey” on the nose during swallowing.
I’m rebrewing this bag currently to see what the tea tastes like after the first flush of cocoa washes out.
From the Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB
This is an interesting tea for me. I haven’t had anything like this before. The closest I’ve had is genmaicha which I really enjoy. I sense a little astringency in the aftertaste but no bitterness. This is enjoyable and I think I’m going to take this packet out of the TTB! I think this is my cup o’ tea. :D
Thanks again for the awesome sale, MissB! This is one I’ve been dying to try! Anything melon! But this HAS to be the highest rated green rooibos! The color of the cup still looks like red rooibos though. The flavor couldn’t be better — it’s like drinking a cup of melon juice. Amazing. It might have a completely syrupy texture if not for the slight woodiness texture from the rooibos. I’m used to seeing melon flavored teas have a white base. I think I like a nice melon white tea slightly better as a base… maybe because I like white tea better or it pairs better with melon, but this one is pretty darn good especially as a no caffeine late night option when I’m craving melon! And MissB sent over quite a few teaspoons. :D
My mom gave me this sample since she dislikes fruit flavored teas.
I really enjoyed this tea. The smell upon opening the bag was a very powerful strawberry, but I was happy that it toned down a lot after steeping. The flavor of strawberry was easily detectable but didn’t over power the base.
Definitely one of the prettier teas that I’ve seen, and the aroma in the tin is absolutely delicious. It’s a decent tea when brewed hot, a yummy, fruity confection, but nothing earth-shattering. I can coax about 3 good infusions out of it, which is always nice.
The game changes, though, when it’s cold-brewed. It becomes bright, bold, sweet, tropical. I don’t get vegetal hints while drinking; it’s almost pure fruitiness. I’m running low on it now, because I’ve always got a jar cold-brewing in my fridge.
Flavors: Fruity, Green, Tropical, Vegetal
Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB
Mmm, this is lovely! Lupicia really seems to nail their fruity flavors. This one is sweet, luscious mango with just a hint of zippy citrus to keep it from being too cloying. I enjoyed it hot, but I’m guessing it would also be amazing iced. Excited to be adding this to my tea collection for the summer!
Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Mango
I love Chai Latte’s but never seem to enjoy my home made Chai brews until today.
I decided to try my sample of Lupicia’s Chai Bag Cardamom & Pepper. I was a little nervous since I wasn’t positive that my elementary Japanese got the translation of the instructions right (something about a large mug , microwaving for 3 minutes, and a second set of instructions I can’t read at all). So I decided to bypass the instructions all together and just brewed the bag in boiling water for 3 minutes.. It came out just fine.I love Cardamom, and it is definitely detectible in this brew. It gets better with a splash of milk and sugar. I don’t drink enough Chai teas to go into further detail, so I’ll leave it at that. Well done Lupicia!
Disclaimer: Rooibos isn’t my favorite, but I don’t dislike it.
Piccolo is one of my remaining samples from the Book of Tea set from Lupicia. The smell of the dry leaves is very pretty with a strong scent of apricot, honey and berry. The brew had a full velvety mouth feel and the flavors masked the medicinal qualities of the rooibos enough for me to enjoy it. The instructions indicate that milk can be added, but I didn’t feel the need to add.
Very authentic and juicy melon flavour with roasted tones. Fresh-tasting- like biting into a just-harvested piece of fruit. Sweetness is balanced amazingly-well with the other flavours. I would love to see this flavouring paired with tea- that would probably be the only way to make this blend better!
Thanks to Sil for sharing with me!
Flavors: Melon, Roasted, Sweet
I rarely comment on the scent of the dry leaves, but this smells amazing! I know that its caramel, but to me it smells almost like a rich butter cookie. I kept smelling the bag while I was waiting for the water to heat up.
The aroma mellows out upon brewing, but the flavor is full but light. The creaminess that comes from the milk caramel blends nicely with the roasted flavor of houjicha.
I think I’ll need to buy this when the weather gets colder. This would be nice on a cold morning.
I love this tea! I love rose anything: Rose macarons, Rose water ice cream, rose lemonade, you name it.
This is basically warm rose water with a some black tea in it. The “leaves” consist of mostly dried rose petals and the rose to black tea ratio is larger than what is pictured on steepster.
If you only want a hint of rose this tea is not for you.
Sipdown! I’ve been drinking this one at the office, but I brought the last teabag home so I could do a proper review. This one is similar to Lupicia’s Carol, albeit grassier and less hearty. The brew has a nice thick mouthfeel. The strawberry flavor is candy-like while the vanilla is merely hinted at towards the end of the sip. The package instructions say to use boiling water but I used 180f water because boiling a green tea (especially matcha!) just seems wrong. I did use boiling water for the second steep. Even with a 5 minute steep, though, it came out much weaker than the first steep. Still nice, but weak. The addition of rice milk provides some nice creaminess but I’m not sure that second-steeping this blend is really worth it.
I opened this just now, and it does smell pretty nice. I thought it smelled like peach and tutti fruiti gum at first, but now it’s reminding me more of fig and these forest berry pastilles that I used to buy from the Fresh Market, so perhaps close to a sweet red wine. It’s quite interesting to look at with the oddly shaped sugar rocks, the flower petals, and the red peppercorn.
Brewed, it smells like apricots. The flavor itself is mild and sweet, with a fruit flavor that’s hard to place. I might need to brew more of the tea leaves to get a stronger fruit taste. It is nice. I was worried about this tea, given it’s mixed reviews, but I think it’s good.
I’m glad I bought the Christmas teas when they were on sale, because these teas are delicious and good for any time of the year.
From the traveling tea box. Not one I would have purchased for myself before trying it… as I generally don’t like papaya. Love mango though!
Dry, it smells super fruity. Like a tropical punch, but a bubblegummy one. That aspect comes through in the brewed tea as well, only not quite as strongly.
I haven’t got much else to say really. Fruity mango noms. Pairs surprisingly well with Puer! since I’ve never tried the base, I don’t really feel qualified to comment. Then again I’m still on the first steep so there may be an update fortcoming ;)
Tea companies always seem to send me jasmine teas as samples, and I’ve been stalling on trying this for over a month because I’m not a fan of them. Not that I’m ungrateful, I most definitely am, especially since you never know, I may find one that I like. However, I find this to be like most jasmine greens out there. Jasmine tea smells like mothballs to me, and carries a similar, or at least I’d imagine, flavour, as well. The mandarin here was absent, but perhaps because I’m hypersensitive to jasmine. Not for me, and the score between jasmine tea and me remains the same.