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The bag smells so much like bergamot that it is almost pine like! This was a free sample with my last order. I’m starting to have mixed feelings about these free samples. Last time I had to have more of their Momoko and placed another order. Wow, this is overpoweringly strong! What did I do?! It does have a very fresh tang, like fresh rose petals. Adding sugar and soy milk is making it much more palatable. It is a very bright and floral tasting tea! I’m not a huge EG fan, but I’m really enjoying this one!
This smells sooo good! I made this at the same time I made Cookie and Banane Chocolate and all I could smell was deliciously ripe cherries. Sipping on it now, this has an amazing cherry flavor. Of course, I have come to realize that I really shouldn’t expect anything less from Lupicia. Thank you Dustin for the opportunity to try this tea!
Thank you Dustin for sharing this with me. This has a great banana flavor. In fact, it is actually satisfying my craving for 52 Teas Banana Pudding Black Tea. However, it is even better because it has what tastes like a rich chocolate drizzle, just enough that it is noticeable without overpowering the banana flavor. So good!
I handed in a final assignment that I have been working on all day, and as a result, I decided to have a celebratory cookie. Definitely a good plan. It is buttery and crisp and has just the right amount of caramel. Plus, the base gives it a little bit of a well done quality that really makes everything reminiscent of a perfectly baked cookie with a slightly crunchy edge and a soft, chewy middle. Yum!! Thank you to both Kat_Maria and Dustin for supplying me with this tea!! You guys are both awesome :)
Tea of the afternoon here. I just got back from physical therapy and got a miniature lecture on scar tissue and ligaments which is evidently the crux of my problem but doesn’t help me so much when they’re yanking my arm around… lol
This tea IS tasty for a decaf, I think I will be upping the rating by a couple of points. I like the peppery cherry flavor of this one. It also has a bit of pine associated with it. I like this one a bit better with soymilk added than I do plain. It’s a-ok in my book.
Thanks, Anna, for starting this craze. Thanks also, ifjuly, for supplying me with more. And thanks, nay lynn, for shipping me even moooore!
if you can’t tell, I love this tea.
This time i had it with a bit of sugar and no milk. It was still heavily melon flavoured, although I have to say i think I prefer it with just the slightest dash of milk. There’s something a bit…earthy? lingering in the back-sip and I find a touch of cream smoothes that right out. That being said, I feel as though this will be a tea I drink all summer. I’ve only ever had two melon flavoured teas, but so far this is the most flavourful.
Aw yeah. I really need to invest in getting me a tin of this!
Thanks so much for the sample TeaBrat!!
I love how the base pairs with the pineapple. It’s SO subtle. One of those teas I could just gulp down like I haven’t had water for days. Seriously. I am in love.
Now, the last time I had this, I wasn’t so sure. I’m not sure what’s changed. The tea, or my tastes? Either way… I am happy :D
Thank you Kat_Maria for this sample! I drank one bag last night and couldn’t stop myself from drinking the other today. It was that good.
It’s a smooth black cherry tea with a little bit of creaminess and lots of bright cherry notes. It’s a really cheerful tea for such a dismal snowy spring day. It almost makes me think of vanilla as well. I’m going to resteep this when I’m done to make sure I enjoy it to the MAX.
dinosara was kind enough to send me a sample of this one in our swap. It was a tea that i’d looked at picking up in my lupicia order, but for whatever reason didn’t’ (maybe it was sold out) this is a reasonable assam. It’s malty with a little bit of a kick. It’s not as bold as i sometimes like me tea, but had i ordered this, would have had no issue with finishing it off :)
The strawberry scent is very pleasant, very mild – it’s similar to the strawberry champagne version. Ended up choosing the black over green because I thought adding milk to it would be a nice touch. Something about this makes me think it’d be nice to make iced & spike it with shochu or something.
First time using my milk frother!
Definitely had a cheapo IKEA milk frother that I got years ago for like $2 but… it died a couple weeks ago.
Parents bought me the DAVIDsTEA milk frother and mailed it to me aaaand IT’S SO PRETTY OKAY.
But this is a nice matcha! But that’s like it. I can’t really taste the caramel bit of it? Maybe it’s the milk. I like using Vanilla Almond Milk with my matchas and maybe this milk is too sweet? I don’t remember trying this with good ol’ cow milk so I’ll probably do that next time :) I’m down to the bottom of my package so the next time is definitely going to be a sipdown!
This is my green tea of the morning. Normally I don’t go in so much for tart things, but it’s a pretty zesty flavor if you really like grapefruit. this one can be a little strong for me and sometimes I wish it could be toned down a bit, I guess i could always try underleafing it a bit.
I’m hoping the theanine in this green tea help me with my anxieties, I’m having a hard time to get my dr.‘s office to communicate with my office about my current diability. I’m still not sure if they will let me come back part time. It’s been an amazingly annoying process for me as I only have a set amount of time to get the paperwork filled out and the doctor’s office does not legally have to do anything I ask them to do in a timely fashion. I may have a lot of free time on my hands in the upcoming months… oh well!
A straight up deliciously malty assam. There’s a bit more astringency than I usually like here, which is why I prefer their Good Morning blend, but I am not one to complain about a tea that takes milk and sugar with aplomb! A simple tea for a hopefully simple Monday! (Warning: steeps quickly for an assam, as there is ctc here….2 minutes max!)
SO GOOD. I only had 1 tea bag, and I know we can’t get this online, so I steeped it about 5 times this weekend. It’s heavenly. So is the weather. Everything else, meh. But I’m running again, and after my boring test tomorrow I don’t have to study insurance for awhile, and I’m all caught up on Hannibal. So not everything.
The biggest problem with Lupicia is how they recommend boiling water for all their teas. Any true tea drinker knows this completely incorrect! After taking that into consideration, it’s a well-rounded melon tea. It’s pretty floral ontop of a melon aroma. The white tea flavor, when I have made it, is pretty strong but not overtly strong either. I find it a good alternative to the honeydew melon rooibos-based tea if I’m not feeling like rooibos at the time.
Flavors: Flowers, Melon
I am new to the Pu’er/Puerh teas after a coworker recommended I try them, so I can’t comment on the Pu’er flavoring. I can, however, recommend it on everything else. The chocolate aroma is so rich, with quite a bright strawberry popping out. It’s become one of my favorites to buy in a sachet to have in my work pack so I can make some any time.
I feel like I totally ruined this tea because I followed directions and poured boiling water on top of these leaves. But the package said boiling sooo boiling it is.
I’ll probably make it anther time later this week with the usual time and temp for how I like my white teas.
But this has a wonderful melon scent right out of the package! Smells similar to their Golden Honey Dew, but definitely not as strong.
Steeping and it definitely smells burnt. Can tea do that? Give off a burnt aroma? And there are definitely scorch marks on the leaves.
IN MY DEFENSE, I WAS FOLLOWING THE PACKAGE INSTRUCTIONS.
next time I’ll definitely make it the way I know white tea leaves like to be handled :)
Well, it’s nice. It doesn’t smell all that good, and the bright melon scent from the dry leaves definitely were replaced with something heavier. I think it’s because of the temperature of my water.
But even though I went against instinct and treated these leaves HORRIBLY (and followed instructions), this tea turned out nice! I would highly recommend using cooler water, and probably a longer steeping time, in an effort to keep the lightness and bright sent of the dry leaves.
I need some black tea pump before I begin making my carrot cake for my tea hating husband and I’s 2nd wedding anniversary meal! Hooooot!
MMmmm, free teabag from Lupicia’s monthly tea magazine from awhile ago. This one is a black tea flavored with guava and papaya. It’s sweet and really fruity. I can be iffy on papaya, and sipping in theres a soapy papaya taste which I’m not into. After that, a really tasty guava flavor with a light black tea base standard of Lupicia black tea blends.
Wish I made this iced, I can imagine this tea would be really awesome iced. Ah well, peeps who like papaya would enjoy this tea more than me.
This tastes JUST like honeydew. The green rooibos hardly comes through, especially when steeped cold. Really exceptional for a rooibos blend. Usually I’m not so crazy about melon-flavored teas—I like melon well enough, but there are lots of fruit flavors I’m more drawn to—but, given that I don’t often find caffeine-free options to get enthused about, I think there’d definitely be a place for this in my stash. It’s too bad this one isn’t available online, and, as others have mentioned, I’m puzzled as to what’s so extra specially Californian about honeydew—do they even grow in CA?
Anyway, I tried it hot and cold-steeped, and I preferred it cold—although it wasn’t bad hot, warm melon is just a hard thing for me to wrap my head around. Thanks very much for letting me try this one, Dustin!
P.S. Does anyone know if this is available in all of the California stores, vs. just the Bay Area ones?
Thanks to ifjuly, I have an entire package of this to indulge in! Seriously, you were far more generous with me than I deserve!
I love grape flavoured things. Pop, candies, grape juice—I love it all. And so when David’s tea was coming out with a grape-flavoured green, I was over the moon. Picked up my spring sampler kit, and had a rather traumatic experience thereafter. The base was bitter, ugly, and nearly killed me with hatred for my mouth. But it smelled amazing in the bag.
This also smelled amazing in the bag. But there was absolutely some trepidation as I brewed it up. I actually followed the steeping instructions and steeped this for two minutes. As usual, I chickened out at the last minute and foisted the cup upon Mr. keychange to have the first sip. I mainly didn’t want it to taste bitter.
“I don’t know what you’ll think of it,” he said, “but it’s definitely not at all bitter.”
This gave me cause for hope, and I took my first sip. There is definitely a light grape flavour, although it certainly isn’t of the candied or grape juice variety. It isn’t tart, either (thanks to the sugar I added, although I think in future cups I’ll add a touch less, even), and there’s a slight…not earthiness, necessarily, but it’s as if I’m right there in the garden, and along with the smell of grapes, can also smell the earth and greenery and stem, but all in a wonderful way.
I liked this tea, and am excited to experiment with it further. And thanks to ifjuly, I’ve got tons to play with!
This tea smells like chocolate strawberry. It’s so good I don’t ever want to drink it; I could stand there and huff the bag all day. I couldn’t do that though. That’s just silly.
So I steeped it for 2 minutes. It smells so strongly of chocolate strawberry that the first few sips were disappointing! It tasted like muted strawberry chocolate with earthy puerh… But a few sips after that I paid more attention to the flavour and I feel like this is a flavourful blend I will want to resteep later this afternoon. And probably re-stock when I do my eventual order… The puerh is noticable but not overwhelmingly earthy/dirty etc and it goes well with the sweetness of the chocolate strawberry.
This was part of the shared order with Sil and Kittenna and I have to say that whoever picked this one did a good job! Thanks! I didn’t really pick much out myself but I’m happy with the Lupicia teas that we decided to share.