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Oh dear, what have I just sipped? I had this last night and it was not at all to my tastes. It brewed up amazingly dark, and left a good deal of “grit” in my tea cup. It did have a chocolate-y scent but the taste was all malty barley with a horrid bitterness towards the end of the sip. There was a light flavour of baker’s chocolate, but that bitterness ruined any joy I might have gotten from this tea. Not a fan what so ever. So, I’m glad this was a..
Flavors: Bitter, Cacao, Malt, Roasted Barley
Peach seems to be one of the most ubiquitous flavorings used in tea these days yet most of the time it tastes artificial and cloying. This tea from Lupicia though is the first I’ve had that tastes like a fresh white peach. It’s a subtle peach flavor and I’m cool with that – I prefer lightly fruity tea. It may not be for you though if you’re looking for a powerful fruity taste. The peach flavor lasts through multiple steeps and although the oolong base isn’t detectable, it mingles with the rose to add a hint of floral in the background.
I had this with a pomegranate and pistachio Turkish delight and it was the perfect accompaniment. Thanks to Equusfell for another great sample.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Peach
I’ve had this tea since late last year, but apparently never reviewed it.
I usually drink it 1 tsp/6-8 oz for 2-3 minutes with a touch of sugar to bring out the peach. Honestly, I never really tasted the base tea, just a light white peach flavoring. It’s well done, but light, and the base maybe contributes only a generic sweetness (as flavored pouchong often do). I decided to gong fu this, just to see if I could get anything more out of this pouchong.
First steep was 30 seconds, and tasted much like the western style brew.
The second steep was 1 minute, and bumped the peach flavoring down and I caught a slight bitterness, but the sweetness increased.
The third steep of 1:30: Almost soapy, with a peachy aftertaste. Like if you drank the smell of peach hand soap.
Overall, it’s just okay. The way I feel about this tea seems to be the way I feel about all flavored tea lately. Just meh. As far as flavored teas, I prefer either floral scented teas, or very lightly flavored teas where the base tea predominates. This one is pretty much just flavor, and once I stripped it down past that it was pretty boring.
le sigh I have officially become a tea snob…. :c
Flavors: Peach, Sweet
Our favorite. It’s filled with rose petals and its a nice black tea. It has a nice rose scent that’s organic, if that makes any sense. I can’t not do without this in my tea cupboard. We have stocked up. Enjoy it with little sugar and some honey or with non
Flavors: Rose, Rosehips
This is a rooibois tea, I really enjoy it as has that South African taste with rose hip. I enjoy it with sugar and honey. My boyfriend does not like it but I am on my second pack. I like its both its smell and taste
Flavors: Hibiscus, Rooibos, Rose, Rosehips
[Backlog] – I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of puerh. It’s one of those teas that my tastebuds can’t seem to enjoy. Most of the puerh teas I’ve tried seemed too dusty, earthy and the very worst, fishy! I’ve personally found that there are so many teas out there that I enjoy more so I haven’t gone out of my way to find puerh. I have high hopes for this blend, though, as it’s supposed to have notes of chocolate and strawberry. Lupicia does fruit flavoring quite well, in my experience, so I bet this will be a tasty cup.
Ooh, this is lovely! The beginning of the sip offers a strong chocolate flavor and a bright strawberry. It reminds me a little bit of a melted chocolate bar with strawberry jam. How delicious! The puerh is actually so far in the background that I can’t truly taste it. I suppose it does come out at the end of the sip as something a bit dry and dark. If I gulp the tea, the puerh does become more present. This is where the blend falls flat.. but only because I don’t like puerh. Hah! The tea base does work with the flavorings, though.
I recommend this tea for anyone who loves the combination of strawberry and chocolate. Lupicia could not have made a more perfect blend of the two. Those who enjoy puerh might be a little disappointed as it’s not terribly strong, but really.. it’s all about the chocolate and strawberry!
Thank you Liquid Proust!
In Canada Lupicia teas are fairly hard to get a hold of without swapping with someone else, which is what I did in order to try this sample, or joining a larger group order. I’ve only tried a handful of their teas, but generally speaking I’ve enjoyed most if not all of them. That said, I’ve read almost entirely negative, or at least relatively critical reviews about this particular blend so know I have some expectation bias prior to trying this blend. With the sample I have, I decided I’d cold brew this tea because I thought it would work well for the fruity aspects but also the dual bases used.
My first thought upon trying this was that it tastes very familiar. I realize I drink a lot of tea, and so it’s no uncommon for new teas to bear a resemblance to ones I’ve tried before but I’m talking serious Deja Vu with this tea; I was convinced I’d had the experience of drinking this one before even though I know I haven’t.
As for the actual flavour of the blend I do have to say the peach element comes through the clearest to me: I made a recent discovery regarding peach, actually. I’ve always thought of peach as a flavor that I could go either way with but someone at work recently pointed out to me that I’m actually very consistent with some peachy things and that’s either “Peaches & Cream” or “White Peach”, both of which I regularly like. So I did a little bit of research (I asked one of our produce clerks the difference between white and yellow peaches; that counts, right?) and it turns out the main difference is the acidity – yellow peaches have a much more noticeable acidity that only levels out as they ripen while white peaches are more delicate and naturally sweet, ripe or not. They’re also a little more floral. Makes sense to me.
So in addition to the clear and enjoyable flavour of white peaches, I tasted a few other fruits – however one fruit I didn’t observe was grapefruit which is actually the flavour that’s supposed to be present. Instead I tasted a more mellow strawberry flavour which was a great compliment to the peach notes. Chef Darcy, at work, tried a little of the cold brew and said he tastes peach and green melons and while I didn’t taste that melon flavour myself I can see where he was coming from: there was a sort of “bubblegum” sweetness, and as I’ve observed from honeydew teas sometimes the flavor of of those two things can be similar. As for the bases, visually I know there was more green tea in my sample but the taste of the green rooibos was a lot stronger in my opinion. I really like the green rooibos that Lupicia uses though – it’s one of my favourite of any company’s.
Overall, this was a really great experience – not just for the flavour, but for the little journey of self discovery that it took me on.
Flavors: Candy, Peach, Strawberry
I had this a few days ago and I very much enjoyed the combination of fruity, wine-esque flavour with the black base. The rose was a wisp of freshness added to the loveliness. I wouldn’t hesitate to have another cuppa if the opportunity presented itself.
Flavors: Champagne, Fruity, Rose, Strawberry
This is such a nice flavored oolong. In my opinion much much better than Momoko, which is much too sweet for my tastes. The peach is fresh and delicate on top of a green oolong. I wish I had drunk this more in the spring/summer, that would have been a perfect time for it, but it’s still wonderful, and nice in these first few days of Autumn. The Autumn Equinox just passed last week and we just saw the first few showers today. Hopefully this season will bring alot of rain, California needs it!
This resteeps well too! But honestly most of Lupicia’s oolongs resteep well for me…
Yummy! I tend to brew this lightly, only 1.5 min on the first steep and then increasing by half minute increments with every steep. This brews green and clear with a soft mouthfeel and a fruity head. It’s sweet peach, but it’s not so sweet as to be cloying, like momoko. The flavoring lasts well at least through the first couple of steeps, unlike some other teas where the flavoring is gone after the first steep.
It’s definately a ‘special occasion oolong’ compared to Lupicia’s normal flavored oolongs, but no so special that I wasn’t unwilling to just dump the leaves after 3 steeps. I’m sure there was at least 2 or 3 more flavorful steeps to be had, but I had to go. =)
Note: I thought I had posted this last night, but apparently I just typed it up and forgot about it. oh well. Happy Friday!
Nope. Nope nope nope. I got a sample of this in a Lupicia mailer. I decided to try it out without looking at the ingredients so my impressions would be unbiased. Right off the bat, as soon as I opened the wrapper this smelled unpleasantly medicinal. Like cherry cough syrup. It tasted like artificial cherry until I checked the ingredients. Now it tastes like apricot (which isn’t one of the ingredients either), but still medicinal and just… off. Thankfully, this one’s a sipdown!
This is a very old sample, from Rii I think, and it may have deteriorated some while it languished in my tea basket. Anyway—at 2.5 minutes, it came out slightly astringent, even bitter. I think the base is a sencha, and it overtook the tart plum flavoring (though there was a great plummy aftertaste, and points for natural-tasting fruit flavor). I decided to try what was left of my sample as a cold brew, and I’m glad I did. The plum was more prominent, and the base smoother and less assertive. While this wasn’t one of my favorites from Lupicia, it was very pleasant iced, and I’m glad I had a chance to try it.
Back to the last few Book of Tea samples. The dry sachet for this tea has an aroma unlike any other sencha I’ve tried—it’s quite captivating and hard to describe, a complex blend of sweet and savory. The usual descriptors for sencha smells (nori, vegetal, etc) fall short here, and it’s much more inviting than that. If this tea were a perfume, I would definitely wear it.
After brewing with the recommended parameters, it comes out to a surprisingly subtle cup, with very light flavor and hue. This is one of the mildest sencha I’ve tried, which is a little bit of a letdown after the incredible aroma, but still enjoyable. There’s a certain quality to it that makes me think the leaves must have been very fresh and tender when picked.
Thank you to TeaBrat for providing this sample! In my opinion, this is a tea that requires milk and sweetener. A little longer infusion helps too. This definitely tastes like a cookie! I’ve been sipping on it and trying to decide what kind of cookie. At first, I thought caramel, then peanut butter, then thumbprint. Those are three vastly different kinds of cookies! I guess I have no idea what kind this tastes like, but it is delicious. A delicious cookie in tea form! I forgot how much I like Lupicia Teas. This is definitely worth getting again.
Flavors: Caramel, Cookie
Sipdown! A sample of this came in the most recent magazine. It’s nice. The ginger and lemon are equally balanced. Hardcore ginger fans would find this unsatisfying, but I like the medium ginger flavor and the way it’s softened by the lemon myrtle. Plus, I got two solid steeps out of the leaf. This would be a nice alternative to the straight ginger tea in my cabinet.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon