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It feels like a Sipdown Saturday of Sadness as I say goodbye to so many tasty teas. This is yet another that is hard to see go. It has a great banana flavor that is true to the ripe fruit, and that flavor is complimented by the smooth black base and notes of chocolate drizzle floating around in the cup. Rich and full and definitely something I will be seeing again. Thank you Dustin for sharing!!
Sipdown of the day…
I decided I wanted to try this as a cold brew last night and I’m having it today with my lunch. Pineapple seems like a difficult flavor to “get right” in tea but I do enjoy this whenever I have it. Probably will be a restock someday, but I might wait until I have finished off some of the other oolongs I have first or tried a few new ones.
From the queue
Here’s another one from the EU TTB round 2. I used half of this sample this afternoon for a cup of tea (he had something else) and a couple of biscuits on the sofa.
I have to say that while it was a fine tea, it didn’t really leave much in the way of an impression on me. I tried to guess what was in it without looking it up and only got as far as ‘orange, I think.’ Having now checked it’s actually peach and grapefruit. I suppose that now, afterwards, I can see the peach in it, but it was not something that sprang to mind while drinking. I knew there was something citrus, though.
Apart from the fruit, it mostly just tasted like a green tea. For some reason it made me think of gunpowder in spite of the fact that I haven’t had any gunpowder for a couple of years and can’t rightly recall what that tastes like. But it’s supposed to also have green rooibos in it, which I also don’t rightly know what tastes like, but I couldn’t pick anything out in the flavour where I thought that must be the rooibos.
A pleasant enough blend, but not really something mind-blowing.
Thank you Kat_Maria for letting me try this!I drank Nina’s Japon last night and this morning and this is the perfect cup for comparison purposes. I expected them to be similar, and they are, but they’re not quite comparable. This one is less complicated – just caramel, slightly creamy caramel, with dense grassy green tea. It’s quite good, but I’d probably go back to Nina’s if I had to pick just one.
Much better steeped at a lower temp! I did 205 this time. I’m getting a bit of the chocolate in a familiar Lupicia base with the light taste and astringency of chestnut. I’m feeling like chestnut is better suited with green teas because of the lighter flavor and feel of the base, but chocolate is better on a black base. But chocolate and nuts are so good together! I guess that leaves me conflicted, but that won’t stop me from drinking the rest of this cup and enjoying the rest of this bag!
I’ve never had a sweet potato pie or casserole, so I really couldn’t tell you how this ranks up with the real thing.
But it is a good cup of tea, so there’s that.
It has a sweet starchy quality, and tastes like caramelized sweet potato and honey. There’s a mild amount of creaminess in the cup, as well. And even with the all the flavors coming through, the tea does as well. I don’t always like Lupicia’s black base, but I think it went really well with this one. The astringency in the cup just slightly reminds me of a starchy dryness.
I remember trying Adagio’s Sweet Potato pie waaaay back when it first came out, and I unfortunately can’t remember much about it. I don’t recall it being this sweet,but iI’m not necessarily comfortable making comparisons.
Thanks for the sample Dustin!
Sad, sad sipdown. Although the blow is softened given I will get at least one more cup soon enough thanks to the lovely jump62359 (sorry if I screwed up the numbers).
Thank you Dustin for sharing with me. This tea is perfect. Delicious honey dew flavor that is true to the fruit, AND its caffeine free?!? Doesn’t get much better than this.
Usually I avoid oolong teas but Kat_Maria was kind enough to send this over so I decided to give it a try. Luckily, just like Melon Oolong, the base is not as strong as oolongs tend to be and thus I am finding the cup quite enjoyable. The mango flavor is fresh and sweet and the whole tea is light and fruity. Very nice. I don’t think I will be stocking up on this one because there are other mango teas I enjoy more but this is a tasty option to have. Thank you for sharing, Kat_Maria!
Thanks, Sil, for this sample!
I tried this last night before going to bed. While the dry leaf smelled similar to other chocolate teas that I have found to be too “boozy” for me, the brewed cup did not remind me of a liqueur at all. There was a bitter note, but it reminded me of the bitterness of dark chocolate, and was inoffensive after the first sip. I’d burned my tongue on a latte the day before, and I was having this alongside some soy ice cream, so I’ll wait until I try this one again to rate it. I really liked what I could taste of it, though!
Morning writing session, aided by tea.
I really like the balance here. Darjeeling can be strong, as can rose, but this blend doesnt let one flavor overpower the other one. It would be all too easy to have one of these flavors be too much, but this is a happy mix.
I like it, but its a strong cup. Be warned.
I have a problem with black tea and vanilla combined. I have the problem with this tea and also with Café Moto’s Vanilla black tea blend. When I drink them I get this taste…well.. (hold onto your hats, folks) that isn’t really a taste… it’s more like a smell….the smell of the inside of a car repair place…kind of petrol-ish. I’m sure it’s a product of my wonky palate, but all the same, that’s what my mouth gets. I read someone’s else’s review that said they got a “smoky” note from this tea….hmmmm… perhaps the smoky and the vanilla combine to make petrol….but all the same, I won’t be buying this again. For me it’s like teatime down at the local oil change place….and I only need that every 3000 miles.
Flavors: Malt, Vanilla
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Flavors: Malt, Vanilla
I don’t think I’ve ever noticed how much weird stuff is in this sachet. Not only the green oolong balls and some flower petals, but chunks of dried pineapple, a ton of little silver dragees, pink peppercorns, and some bizarre spiky light blue candy thing (?).
I accidentally steeped this a little longer than I normally would but it seems to have suffered no ill effects. Lupicia’s flavored oolongs seem to be remarkably robust to differences in steep time and temp. This certainly makes them good traveling teas! I know I can take this oolong sachet with me and not have to worry about fussing with water temps or things like that.
I tend to like Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs and this one is no exception. It’s like their pineapple oolong, but instead of pineapple and coconut it’s pineapple and guava. So it makes a fruitier and more refreshing cup rather than the creaminess that the coconut brings. Also I love guava so it’s extra awesome. I would love to have enough of this to try cold steeping it as well because I bet it would be outstanding. Maybe I’ll be able to pick some more up eventually!
Hey hey, I remembered to bring in my Hawaiian Lupicia sachets today for work. I bought these in sachets because by the time I got around to purchasing them all the loose leaf was sold out, but that just means I have them for travel, which is kind of nice. I’ve even drank this one in stupidly cool water at a crappy hotel breakfast and it was pretty tasty even then.
This was quite delicious today, and I would gladly pick up more of it if I get a chance. C’mon Lupicia, put them back on your site! :D This is a nice change from a usual Earl Grey, as the passion fruit adds a softer side and a sweetness that is very pleasant. Definite yum!
YESTERDAY WAS MY 2 year Steepsterversary!
i chose this tea because, cookies!
it’s a really interesting flavor, actually not what i expected. but yum. and i will maybe buy some. but even if i don’t get this tea, i will definitely be placing a Lupicia order soon. the infinitely kind and generous jump62359 sent me some MORE Lupicia and Davids samples last week. and then we proceeded to have a heres-a-pic-of-my-swap-samples-stash competition via text. and this is a competition that we both win!
i am still Avengers obsessed. The Cap2 movie killed me. and with my new short haircut i can easily cosplay a drag-Hawkguy or Maria Hill for a future con.
i have resorted to buying trade comics on a regular basis for the first time in my life (Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Secret Avengers) and i love them so much. i take pics of panels with my phone and text them to friends who are forgiving and humor me out of love. and yes the theme song for The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes pops in my head everyday and i hate-sing it as i annoy myself. :)
i have started compiling a list of the Avengers story lines i’d like to read, but if by some strange chance any of you have read some and have a recommendation please share!
This tea looks pretty and smells pretty, but tastes too artificial for me. The fake peach flavor is a little overwhelming. I cannot really taste the green tea base unless I steep it longer, and when I do that then the green tea only comes through at the end and it’s too astringent and bitter. Yuck. Not a favorite for me, so I will save this one for dear husband who loves fruity teas.
My friends pick for the second pot of tea this morning. She’d never had a champagne tea before, and was eager to try it. And thought I’m already scrapping the bottom of this tin (need more soon!) I cannot deny a friends request to try a tea.
This is just so elegant. We sat and talked and drank tea and it just colored the whole world pink and champagne colored. Perfect.