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2nd tea from the Lupicia Happy Bag.
My most favorite juice in the world is Welsh’s White Grape-Peach (The one without the peach is terrific too.)
Sadly I’ve yet to find a grape flavored tea that I really like. This tea is ok, might be much better as an iced tea though. There is an odd after taste but it goes away to quickly for me to be able to define it.
My 1st review from my Lupicia Happy Bag! grins
I had trouble finding a pair of scissors to open this bag, so used a knife…Gah. That was a pain in the ass.
Even though I was distracted by removing the last little part of the bag, I still smelled the highly intense peachy smell. I wanted to have this today because I wanted to forget for the moment that there is a bunch of snow on the ground…Sad Face
I like the taste, but it reminds me alot of Peachy Keen a white tea that I used to get at a local tea store. Considering that, not sure I’m keen on ordering this tea.
I might save the rest of this for the summer for iced tea.
From the Holiday TTB
Another Hawaiian special from Lupicia. You can SMELL the fruit and the ginger and the dry leaf, but unfortunately that didn’t translate to the steeped liquor. I was hoping it would be a fruity spicy tea, but the taste is much more like a typical breakfast blend. At least there’s little to no astringency, and only a little dryness. It wouldn’t be a bad daily drinker for those into breakfast blends, if you’re into that kind of thing (I’m not, it’s not a thing I crave)… that is if you can get a hold of it.
From the Holiday TTB
I didn’t think I’d get a chance to try the Hawaiian exclusives from Lupicia so this was the first one I decided to try. It’s a fruity black tea, but the fruit flavors are a little muddled, even more so as it cools down. It’s quite dark too, in a coffee kind of way. I guess it reminds me of a fruity coffee? With a slight hit of malt towards the end of the sip. It’s an interesting tea, but not something that tickles my senses overly much. I’m glad I got to try it though.
From the Herbal TTB. Off to a good start.
I was intrigued by the list of ingredients: “elderflower, German chamomile, peppermint, rose hip and heath flower.” The blend makes a sweet, flowery cup. The liquor is light, mild, and smooth. Chamomile tends to be overpowering for me, but it’s not at all strong. The amount of each ingredient is just right. The aftertaste is rose hips and peppermint, an interesting combo. Refreshing and relaxing.
I haven’t logged in for a while, but I received my order of Lupicia in the mail, so I thought I would write about that. I ordered a bag of this, Carol, and Rose Royal just to be redundant, but I also ordered the New Year’s Happy Bag ($30), because I like Lupicia teas and this seemed like a nice opportunity to try more. I hadn’t realized that it would be so nice.
First to my tasting note. I had a cup of the Oolong last night, because it was what I was looking forward to the most. I planned to steep it for three minutes, but ended up getting distracted and oversteeped it. I also ended up drinking a majority of it cold, but luckily this tea tastes pretty good at any temperature.
I added a bit too much stevia, but it brought out the peach flavor, and luckily this tea isn’t too bitter oversteeped. I think I like it better when it’s cold.
Now I can talk about the box. The Happy Bag actually was a box, which makes sense. It came with 9 different teas in the 1.7 oz bags, and the variety was nice. I don’t know if the selection is random, but I received another bag of Momo Oolong Super Grade, which was nice. The other teas in the box were Cookie (a flavored black tea), Sakurambo (flavored black tea), Strawberry and Vanilla (flavored green tea), Muscat (flavored black tea), Tikuanyin (Oolong), Afternoon Tea (blended black tea), Matcha Black Soybean Rice Tea (genmaicha), and Darjeeling The Second Flush (blended black tea). Of these, the only one I think I have tried is the Muscat and the Momo.I look forward to trying all of the teas, and if anything, I will have plenty of tea to put together a box with samples. I do need to buy tins for these.
I don’t know if Lupicia still has any bags (boxes) left since I purchased this the day they became available, but if there are any left, it’s a good deal. If I bought the teas in this box individually, I would have paid over twice the amount for it.
If you ordered a Happy Bag, what did you get in your box?
Dang, this might be the winner of the Hawaii Lupicia collection! This blend is black tea with bergamot, rose, and passionfruit.
The smell of the dry leaf is amazing and taste wise is really good. It’s like a floral tangy passionfruit twist to earl grey. The bergamot is on the lighter side, most of the flavor is rose and the finish is sweet passionfruit. If you can get your paws on this one, do it if you love florals and earl greys.
There was a single teabag of this tea in the Holiday TTB and I decided to keep it to try out at work, where I have a hot water pot, but find it challenging to brew loose leaf tea at my desk. I sampled it today and found it to be a huge step up from the grocer store bagged tea I usually end up drinking at work! This one had nice big, unbroken leaves visible through the sachet and smelled like some kind of baked fruit dessert. The flavor was good too: a nice smooth black tea base layered with flavors of honey and fruit. (Not really sure what kind of fruit…plums maybe? And apples? It’s definitely coming across as a baked fruit flavor to me, not fresh.) Not my favorite offering from Lupicia, but still quite yummy!
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Smooth
I’ve been in the mood for straight blacks recently, maybe because I’ve been sick with a stubborn upper respiratory infection that makes flavored teas less palatable to my compromised taste buds. I got this tea to have as a breakfast tea since I tend to love my black teas with milk. It’s really nice – a solid, strong black that pairs well with milk, as the name indicates. Really nice with a sweet kind of breakfast. No subtlety here, but none expected. I would like to emphasize the brewing time – this one’s easy to overbrew so be careful with the timing of it. Usually with flavored blacks I’m so lazy that I leave the tea leaves in the infuser for the entire time I’m drinking the pot of tea, but I don’t recommend doing that with this one. Respect the brewing time and you’ll end up with a very good pot of smooth, strong black tea – not tannic, almost a little sweet, with a lovely aroma.
Up until now, cold brewing Golden Honey Dew has been off limits because I only have 50g and I’ve been hoarding it like mad. Between the terrible dollar exchange and the fact that I haven’t found any other Lupicia tea worthy of reordering, I don’t now when I’ll ever get more of this liquid gold.
But I did treat myself to a jug of cold brew after holding into this for 3/4 of a year, as it’s starting to lose a little bit of its beautiful aroma and flavour.
This does not disappoint. It’s like drinking a Melona bar. Genius blend!
Transferring this to a tin and realizing that I can’t fit it all in means a) time for a cup and b) really about time that I actually write about this since I’ve had it a few times now but have been majorly hoarding it.
Oh poor me, having to steep the excess leaf that couldn’t fit into a tin!
Words can’t describe how glorious this is. Thank you, Lupicia, for using green rooibos. It is perfect with the creamy honeydew.
I haven’t cold brewed this because I want to stretch this out as much as possible, but it’s glorious hot. It tastes like Melona bars. This is so juicy!
Ordering more in the future is a must, but between the terrible Canadian dollar exchange and the fact that I haven’t really found any other Lupicia tea worthwhile reordering (although I’ve yet to try the Melon Oolong that has been sitting here unopened), it is extremely hard to justify making an order.
I had this for my morning brew, and it is reaaaally good. This tea got me very excited for spring harvest. I haven’t had any green tea since April or ay’ish, so this was a nice change. I grabbed my kyusu and warmed it up. I poured a heavy amount of these leaves into it. These small needles are a brilliant emerald green and fairly glossy. I warmed them up and they gave off an enticing aroma of creamy vegetables. I really missed the scent of Japanese greens. I brewed these up and poured myself a cup. The liquor was a beautiful shade of green. The color was so vibrant and astonishing. I tried to take a photo of it, but it was too dark this morning to capture it. I sat for some time just admiring the shade of green. The taste was fantastic. This tea has an extremely thick body with a salivating juiciness. I always think of “life water” or some sort of elixir when I drink gyokuru. This tea just has that “life giving” characteristics. I picked up a decent umami profile and some astringency in the aftertaste. This wasn’t a completely light and sweet green; instead, it was a little rough, and it carried some heavier tones. This tea gave me an amazing head high, and it really got me buzzing for work. I love that green tea energy! I really liked this brew, like a lot. I wish I had some more. This tea sparked the fire I had for green tea, so I’m counting the days until spring. I will surely stock up.
Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Nectar, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Umami, Vegetal
I’m terribly hungover from New Years festivities so naturally turned to a tea sample that I knew would taste the closest to a fruity wine. I’m a glutton for punishment. I was lying down while drinking this (may or may not affect the taste/my general authority). The predominant flavors are grape and strawberry. Super smooth and flavorful. Would recommend for those looking to purge their bodies of the sins from nights past.
I received the decaf version of this tea in my Happy Bag last year and wasn’t a fan…the base tea had an odd aftertaste that really ruined the experience for me. I definitely prefer this one! The strawberry vanilla flavoring is sweet and natural and the base tea is nice and smooth. I still like Lupicia’s Strawberry Vanilla Green Tea better, but this one is good too!
Flavors: Smooth, Strawberry, Vanilla
Although Lupicia makes numerous amazing fruity-flavored blends, I’m not a huge fan of their black teas. Unfortunately, this one was no exception. The aroma was an enticing tropical fruit sweetness, but the flavor came across a bit artificial with a slight sourness that reminded me of gummy candies.
Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Sour, Tropical
Lupicia is so good at these fruit-flavored teas and they really nailed it with this blend! The scent and flavor are dead-on sweet, ripe honeydew melon with nothing cloying or artificial about it. The silky-smooth oolong makes a perfect base. This was a refreshing taste of summer on this snowy winter day and I’m willing to bet it would brew up a to-die-for iced tea as well!
Flavors: Fruity, Honeydew, Melon, Smooth, Sweet