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I was just reading the description of this tea and another Lupicia chestnut tea and they are the same. Is Lupicia renaming this for holiday sale?
This tastes very similar to their chocolate chestnut tea, but with a little less base. The first part of the sip is really light, then it starts tasting heavier. At the end is has a deep roasted flavor that joins the chestnut flavor that hangs out the entire sip. I added a little cream at the end and it really brought out a nutty flavor.
This tea is nice, but I really prefer their green based chestnut tea.
OMG I love this tea! After I bought it I lost it at my parent’s house and it just resurfaced. It is pretty EG on the sip, but that fades into a really nice passion fruit flavor at the end. It is such an interesting twist to EGs and I’m really bummed that Lupicia is discontinuing it. I only have 5 or so tea bags left. :(
I’d always thought that orzo was a type of pasta – and it turns out I’m not wrong but apparently the pasta got its name for it’s resemblance to barley grains which is what this tea is made out of. It looks very much like coffee grounds and it was a pain in the ass to clean out of my strainer so I’d say it almost needs something like a coffee filter for brewing.
Dry the smell is a rich, malted scent with hints of chocolate and strawberry. After adding the water it became more coffee-like. I literally can’t drinking coffee or it will make me violently ill so I have no idea how close the flavour is to actual coffee – which supposedly orzo is a common substitute for. I will say that it tastes like it smells – flavourful and toasty with a faint hint of bitterness. The strawberry is sort of a vague sweet undertone but it provides a nice contrast.
Many thanks to Ash for providing a sample of this tea via the GCTTB.
I enjoyed this one! Lately, I’ve been steeping rooibos and honeybush teas for shorter times (about three minutes or so), and it seems to help make them less medicinal. There’s still some wood-y taste here from the rooibos, but it’s pretty mild. I can smell a sugary note of maple in the aroma, and the apple comes through when I sip. It seems like Lupicia does well with their rooibos/honeybush blends, compared to some others I’ve tried… I still enjoy their flavored green and black teas more, but I’d say the rooibos and honeybush ones are worth trying, for caffeine-free options. (They probably won’t convert anyone who doesn’t like rooibos, though! I still have to be in the right mood to drink them.)
I pulled another tea from the T&C TTB to try out tonight. As I have to wake up early tomorrow, I did not want to risk any caffeine, so I went for one of the watermelon barley sachets. First off, I have to say that I love barley tea. I drink it practically every day from a big pitcher of it in my fridge (yes, I am Korean American). I have never tried any flavored barley teas before, but I usually love how Lupicia flavors their teas, so I was so excited to see this tea in the TTB.
As I was steeping the tea, I got a whiff of a heavy smoky scent from the tea. My regular barley tea does have a bit of smokiness, but not nearly this much. That worried me because it smelled like a tobacco kind of smoky rather than a BBQ/charcoal kind of smoky. It also smelled like candy watermelon. When I tasted the tea, I think it was less smoky than it smelled like it was going to be, but still enough that it was a bit off-putting to me. The candy watermelon flavor only really quietly sneaked in as an aftertaste after the roasted/smoky barley flavor. I wanted to love this tea, but I just couldn’t get over that strong smoky smell. I guess I can’t love all Lupicia’s teas.. On to the next!
I never reviewed this either! EGADS!
This is my last backlog for tonight. I’m hungry, borderline hangry.
Sorry for the flood in your newsfeed. Or whatever Steepster calls it.
I have never had a roasted chestnut in my life, but being a huge lover of Christmas I’ve always been intrigued by the concept, and “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” always sounded like perfect heaven to me. So warm and cozy.
That said, there is something odd about this. I debated between this one and the chocolate one, and went with this. So i could taste the chestnuts on their own.
It’s enjoyable… but I wouldn’t rebuy. I can’t help but wonder if the idea of roasted chestnuts would probably be better than the reality for me – it’s still something I’d like to try someday though!
Perhaps I’d appreciate the tea more if i were able to compare it to the real thing.
I somehow never reviewed this!
It is DELICIOUS.
Definitely a realistic melon taste. And green rooibos is a-ok by me, unlike disgusting loathesome regular rooibos that tastes like wood!
I only got one tin of this. But I have the melon oolong which I realize is a different tea base, but is equally melony and realistically flavoured, so I like them equally.
Hmmm, tasting a little bitter. Did I over steep?! Cream and sugar to the rescue! It’s much better now. Seems like a nice breakfast type tea. I think I can pick out a tiny bit of bergamot in the end of the sip. There are other breakfast type teas that I like better than this one, so I’m not likely to pick this one up, but am glad to have tried it.
Also sampled this one at a friend’s house! This tea is another one of Lupicia’s exclusive Hawaiian blends. It’s very sweet, and smells mostly of coconut, with some vanilla. (There’s also pineapple, though I don’t notice it as much, possibly because it blends in with the coconut?) The tea tastes sweet as well; there seem to be sugar crystals mixed in with the dry leaf, which highlight the tropical flavors in the blend. The black base is on the lighter side, with minimal bitterness, which is always good. For some reason, I don’t like this one quite as much as Lupicia’s other Hawaiian blends, though… Something about the flavor combo tastes a little soapy and artificial. It might actually be the coconut; I enjoy coconut in some blends, but it can taste a little flat to me. This is still a good tea, though, and really evokes some classic Hawaiian flavors! It’s just not my favorite Lupicia blend that I’ve tried.
A very interesting tea. Was pleasantly surprised to see real coffee beans in the tea bag! This has the taste and aroma of coffee + caramel and I think it’s not too far from caramel macchiato you find in Starbucks! It’s a tea that can tempt tea lovers to try coffee and coffee lovers to try tea :P
Another one from Stephanie! This is actually one I’ve been wanting to try for a while, mostly because I’ve enjoyed Lupicia’s other fruit oolongs. I’m happy to see that this blend has a green rolled oolong base, as I find their pouchong base oolongs to be a bit floral. There are also lovely purple and pink flower petals mixed in for visual effect. Dry scent is a touch floral, but it mostly smells like lovely tart and sweet plums.
The steeped tea smells fruity and sweet but there’s also a strong floral presence. Hm, this one is more along the lines of their Pineapple Oolong. The flavoring is very subtle, I can only taste a hint of plum. The base tea is quite nice, it’s mild and vegetal with only a little bit of floral accent (happily for me). Overall, it’s tasty, but it’s almost a straight oolong to me.
Flavors: Floral, Plums, Thick, Vegetal
This sample came from miss Stephanie, it was part of her free shipping order. I am always excited for the opportunity to try another Lupicia tea! Like some other Lupicia black teas I’ve had, this one looks to be a mix of little CTC-style pellets and more traditional-looking small leaves. There are also some rather large pieces of what I assume to be roasted chestnut. Dry, this tea smells quite delicious – it’s a nice mix of sweet cocoa and roasted, nutty chestnut.
The steeped tea smells remarkably similar to the dry version, yum! The taste is definitely heavier on the chestnut. It has a deep roasted, slightly bitter flavor as well as a creamy nuttiness that contrasts nicely. The cocoa is definitely unsweetened (the same as their Thé au Chocolat). Overall, I quite like this as a fall/winter tea, though I’m sure it would be even better with a touch of sugar added.
Flavors: Bitter, Chestnut, Cocoa, Creamy, Malt, Roasted nuts
Continuing my ongoing Lupicia education with this sample from the lovely Stephanie. Now, I’m not really a puerh lover, but I did enjoy their other two flavored puerhs so I wanted to give this one a try as well, especially since it’s cookie-based. This actually looks like a blend of two different teas, some loose and unrolled smallish leaves that I assume are the puerh, and some little tiny rolled up balls that resemble a larger version of CTC. There are also some pieces of cinnamon bark included. Dry scent is quite strong on the cinnamon (luckily Stephanie was thoughtful enough to double-bag this sample, so it didn’t affect the other teas), but I can also smell pastry and the earthy puerh base.
Once steeped, the tea keeps its strong cinnamon aroma and also the light pastry notes. There’s also a teeny bit of fishiness from the puerh, but not enough to bother me. Hm, this one is actually pretty strong on the earthy puerh taste, but it does go well with the other flavors. The cinnamon is milder than I thought it would be, and there’s just a bit of cookie-ness going on. Honestly, I would consider this to be more of a lightly cinnamon-flavored puerh. Not bad, but not what I expected either. :P
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cinnamon, Cookie, Earth
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Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Rum, Smooth
Tea of the month! I love that Lupicia sends out samples in their tea magazine! I had this this morning. It tasted like many of their other chocolate combo teas without the combo flavor. I have had their chocolate with strawberry, banana and chestnut, all of which really add something to the chocolate base. I don’t think the chocolate is interesting enough to stand on it’s own as a tea. It is great mixed with other stuff. I have a lavender EG that I have been wanting to try with chocolate, so maybe I’ll resteep this in the morning with the EG. We’ll see if this tea has a place in my cupboard as an additive to other teas.
I haven’t been a big rooibos fan lately. Still, when I read that Lupicia had a limited time tea with chestnut and pumpkin, I had to give it a go. I have had their sweet potato black tea before and it has a similar taste to this. I can pick out a little chestnut, but I’m not really getting the pumpkin. The first few sips were really flavorful, but the sips after that left me searching out the intensity I had gotten before. At the end of each sip my mouth gets dry. Thank you rooibos.
This is a really interesting flavor combination, although I’m not crazy about this tea. I’d love to make a soup with these flavors. I’d also love to try this tea in a black base!
Tried this tea while staying at a friend’s house! I haven’t had much success with red rooibos lately, so this was a nice surprise. The dry leaf has a very sweet smell, with lots of thick honey notes. After I steeped it for three minutes, the aroma changed to mostly berries (strawberry, I think?) and apricot. The taste is somewhere in between— a touch of honey, a touch of apricot, and a splash of berry flavor, all mixed in with rooibos. The rooibos seems pretty light here, and not too medicinal—but I’m not sure whether that’s due to the short steep time or the blend itself. Either way, this was a pleasant tea to start my evening. I’m not sure that I’d purchase it, but it’s better than most rooibos blends I’ve tried.
Kind of meh. I ordered this trusting in all the positive reviews, but I should have trusted my instincts. Usually chocolate flavored things just disappoint me as the taste is generally quite artificial. I’ll stick with the natural cocoa flavors in teas like Laoshan Black. Soooo…now what do I do with this entire pouch of tea I don’t like that much?
I would also like to note that this tea packs quite a caffeine punch. Or maybe that’s just because I decided to skip breakfast? Either way, playing Skyrim while shaking with caffeine jitters is not a good idea.
Sampling this one at a friend’s house! This is one of Lupicia’s exclusive Hawaiian blends, with cocoa powder and macadamia nuts. To me, it tastes a lot like The Au Chocolat—except I might actually like this one better? Which is odd, because I’m not that into nuts. (I don’t mind them, but I don’t usually crave them in a tea blend. Or in chocolate generally!) I think it’s because I find Lupicia’s chocolate flavor to have a certain nutty taste, so it goes really well with the macadamia.
This is a rich tea, with a strong black base and a great dessert-like flavor. If you like chocolate with nuts, you’ll enjoy this one. (Or even if you don’t! I certainly liked it.)
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As a child, my grandmother used to make this remedy for me whenever my throat started to catch in hopes to prevent an oncoming cold. The first sip I took from a cuppa Ginger & Lemon Myrtle took me right back to that same time. However, while it did remind me of that fond childhood memory, it didn’t quite replicate the same soothing feeling I had experienced.
When first opening the closed loose leaf bag, the strong, lemon scent is what immediately hit me. Upon further takes, the hints of rooibos became more and more apparent. The ginger was very faint.
The lemon was the first thing that came to me, followed by the dry, grassy rooibos. The ginger became more and more prominent near the end, leaving its strong impression in the aftertaste.
Flavors: Citrus Zest, Dry Grass, Ginger, Lemon Zest