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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
Argh. Accidentally deleted my note for this tea. (Why is there no “are you sure you want to delete this note??” warning?) Anyhow, the gist of what I said was that the base came off as somewhat smoky to me, which paired interestingly with the moderate peach flavour. And it stood up well to being in a travel mug, and being drank cold, therefore is destined for a home at my boyfriend’s place to be travel-mugged until sipdown.
Tasting note number 450! Huzzah! Had this tea while waiting for my soup to be done. It smells nicely like muscat grapes. The scent made me miss the Japanese grocery in San Jose. There is a sweet, grape flavour as well. My little bit of Summer now that it gets colder.
Flavors: Grapes, Muscatel, Sweet
Cookies was sweet enough to send me a sample of this one. I generally find flavored green teas disappointing, so they’re not something I normally go for, but I really love citrus so I figured I’d give this one a try. The leaves themselves are somewhat broken, and they look like sencha. There are also a few pieces of dried citrus peel mixed in. This smells amazing! Very strong and true grapefruit aroma but it’s tempered with a bit of sweetness to take the edge off.
Mm, the steeped tea smells just as good as the dry – a mix of sour, sweet, and bright. Yum, I actually really like this one. The grapefruit flavor is not as strong as I would think based on the aroma. It’s more muted and it blends very nicely with the sencha base, adding a touch of acidity and bright flavor. Very refreshing, this would be amazing with mint added too! :)
Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Seaweed, Smooth, Spinach
This was the free sample sachet that was included with my Lupicia order, which is awesome because I’ve been wanting to try it. The tea inside is a dark chocolate brown and the leaf is fairly broken. Apparently there are cocoa nibs mixed in, but I didn’t inspect it close enough to see any. Dry, it smells just like chocolate syrup. I used one sachet for 8 ounces of water.
Once steeped, it still has a strong chocolatey aroma, but now it’s more like chocolate pudding than syrup. To be honest, this tea is less chocolatey than I expected. The chocolate that’s there is definitely completely unsweetened cocoa powder or baking chocolate. I can actually taste the base tea a lot, and it has nice raisin notes along with malt and some wood taste. A touch of sugar would probably help to bring out the chocolate for me, but I’m trying not to add sugar these days. Overall, it’s good but I wouldn’t really consider it a chocolate tea.
Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Malt, Raisins, Wood
I’m purposely not rating this tea for two reasons: 1) I’ve never had a decaf tea, and 2) I’ve never had the regular muscat tea from Lupicia or any of their grape-flavored teas.
With that being said, I rather liked this and I’m grateful to TeaBrat for sending it. The grape taste was not too cloying or jolly-rancherish. It was more like the flavor you get in Japanese candies. Light and just gently sweet. It definitely makes me want to try more of Lupicia’s grape-flavored teas. Anyone tried any of their other grape-flavored teas?
This is another one I got in my swap with Cameron B.
Hojicha is one of my absolute favorite teas, with Hoji-Kukicha being even further up the list. So the idea of doctoring it with milk makes me nervous, but here goes. Okay, brewed it up extra strong and extra long while I heated up and frothed 3(ish) oz of soy milk.
Huh… it’s kind of nice. I think I would like it quite a bit if I had made it even stronger. Right now it’s a bit diluted by the milk, but the roasty tea goes surprisingly well with the sweet creamy milk. Defintely something I’ll experiment around with one of the many hoji-kukicha packages I have laying around. I actually just bought some hojicha powder so when it arrives I’ll have to try preparing it as a latte.
Flavors: Caramel, Roasted, Roasted nuts
Love this!! I want something with chestnut in it in this cool autumn morning. This is just exactly what I need, the chestnut flavour is subtle and goes really well with the major note – dark chocolate flavour. Although I must admit that the taste is not as amazing as the extremely chocolatey aroma!! This reminds me of high quality French pastries (think Pierre Herme and Joel Robuchon) and makes a great dessert tea.