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The very last untried Lupicia holiday tea! The tin features a trio of children – one singing, one playing a harp, and one playing an oboe or clarinet. Love the stained glass style art on these! The tea itself appears to be the mix of whole leaf and CTC that Lupicia uses in a lot of their flavored blacks. There are also pieces of red rose petals and small coconut shreds. Dry scent reminds me of those strawberry candies with the juice centers that are wrapped in the strawberry printed plastic.
Once steeped, the tea smells of strawberry candy and french vanilla ice cream. Hmm… This one is just okay. I can actually taste the base tea more than the flavoring, and it’s a somewhat earthy and woody black tea. There’s just a little bit of strawberry candy flavor and a tiny touch of cream. Meh!
Flavors: Candy, Cream, Earth, Strawberry, Wood
This was one of the teas in my Lupicia Happy Bag that I was excited to try as soon as I smelled it…the scent is sweet and fruity and just a tiny bit tart, like some kind of delicious cherry candy. Unfortunately, the tartness is taking over my cup. There’s a pleasant, natural cherry flavor as I sip, but the aftertaste puckers up my mouth. I may need to try this one with a bit of sweetener.
Flavors: Cherry, Tart
Tropical! This is a neat mango papaya ripe pu’er blend. The fruity flavors are quite upfront and natural tasting, and you can clear tell apart the papaya and mango. The puer base is earthy and kinda mushroomy.
My first cup was pretty papaya heavy, on the border of floral soap. My second cup was much more even.
BTW, this tea is best iced, omg, so good! Personally, I think Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puer is better, but Sunny Fruits Puer preforms better iced.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sunny-fruits-puer-lupicia/
Along with the tea in my Lupica I bought their Handy Cooler I think they call it. It a great one liter pitcher for cold brewing and making iced tea. I cold brewed this tea in it twice now and it is good as an iced tea, quite sweet. Used about four tsp of leaf for one liter of iced tea and it was good.
This came in the Lupicia Happy Bag of 2015…
I like it fairly well even though it’s a teabag. :) Assam tea mixed with cinnamon, clove, fennel and bitter orange. There’s no ginger or cardamom in here, which I really like in my chais. It was good with soymilk and a bit of coconut sugar. I’m pretty glad this came in the Happy bag. I am enjoying it, but it might be a little too rough for some people’s tastes. It definitely seems very energizing….
This is one of the special edition Lupicia teas that I’d been curious about for a long time, but never committed to buying because I don’t always enjoy grape flavor. As it turns out, I did like this one, thanks beelicious for the sample!
The blend looks like it’s made up of sencha, jasmine flowers, and konpeito. The scent is that of white grape juice or grape candy. After brewing, more of a jasmine aroma emerges. The tea itself is light and smooth, with a good, slightly grassy base, and the jasmine and grape flavors balance it nicely. There is nothing artificial about the grape, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it not being the dominant flavor but rather playing well with the others. Overall, it’s a very refreshing, bright-tasting tea, and would be great as an iced tea as well.
I have only tried Darjeeling teas once or twice in the past, and from those experiences learned that they could be quite sensitive to water temperature and steep time. So I was quite careful to not oversteep this sample from Lupicia today! The dry aroma is unlike any tea I’ve smelled before—it’s very intense and pleasant, and reminds me of shortbread or some other type of sweet, dense pastry. The aroma of the brewed tea is more complex, with dark floral and what I just term “black tea fragrance” notes. The taste of this tea is not as intense as I expected from the aroma. It almost seems to float on the tongue—maybe a little floral, and definitely light, but mostly it’s something that I have no experience with tasting or describing before. Complex, and certainly unique. Fortunately, with the careful infusion, there was no bitterness as had occurred last time I tried a Darjeeling, so this is more like how it’s supposed to be appreciated. It’s hard for me to decide how I really feel about it, given that it’s not comparable to anything else I’ve tried, and that is a problem that can only be solved by experiencing more teas!
Backlog from… Thursday? You know, sometimes I have brainfarts so massive I wonder how I even function. I was making it cold with some milk (that I bought specifically for the purpose). I also used my blender bottle (although that still stinks of protein).
Somehow I misread 2 tsp as 2tbs. I know right? So after putting two heaping tbs into 8 oz of milk and thinking ‘does this bag REALLY only hold 2-3 servings? LAME’, I reread the bag and caught my mistake. SHAME. To try to fix it I filled the bottle to the top (22oz!) with milk and skipped protein powder for the day. Soy protein counts a little? Maybe not. The proportions probably were not right, I was running late for work and didn’t bother looking up the conversion.
Even shaken up like crazy (until the milk foamed) the powder was not mixing well into the milk. It was also settling out of the liquid every time I let it sit for 10 min. The mix was a little grainy, and honestly I could taste the soybean, and was wishing for more of a matcha taste. I might add some of my own matcha next time to adjust the flavor.
I was wondering how this would go with water, but seeing how badly it did with milk… I don’t want to see the visual result of it settling out of the water mostly. At least I finished most of the bag in one go?
Ost sent this to me in her Xmas card. This girl! She knows my heart! Incidentally I had just got this in the Cyber Monday sale. But I’m drinking her sample first! (Can’t you tell how behind I am?)
I really like this one. It’s a quite compact dry oolong with dry little sugar bits in it, which are green. But the melon this tastes like is cantaloupe! With the green crystals I was expecting honeydew, but nope, those crystals should be pink, or orange.
Even with the sugar crystals this tea isn’t as sweet as their Golden Honeydew, which was super sweet, too sweet for my liking. I think that the little sugar crystals didn’t add much in the way of flavor though, because the 2nd steep were as lovely as the first. I just added anther 30 seconds or so to each steep. The 3rd and 4th steep was more oolong, but still very lovely. I iced the 5th steep. Can’t you tell that this tea just keeps going on forever?
This is a very good sencha. While I’m not the biggest fan of sencha and have somewhat limited experience, this one was more enjoyable than most of the others I’ve tried. The aroma is deeply fragrant, a little roasty as well as creamy, with something fresh and intensely green that reminds me of a forest. (I keep saying that teas smell or taste “green” or “purple”—maybe I should just say they taste like chlorophyll and anthocyanins!) It brews up to a bright green color, and tastes quite lovely—with an infusion of 1 min as recommended, it comes out to a very mellow, balanced brew. It has a rich and savory, almost buttery mouthfeel, verging on umami. The grassiness is light and not bitter. The aftertaste is bright and fresh, almost citrus-like. The description on the package said it was reminiscent of a moonlit night, and in a way it is very soothing and brings up images of nature. This is one I would be happy to keep on hand!
This tea was part of my $50 Happy Bag. Figured I would try it today because it is caffeine free. It has an interesting flavor, an earthiness from the chamomile and a zesty flavor I presume from the Elderflower. This is not one I would have bought on purpose and I certainly won’t likely buy it again. I will have to try it at night and see if helps me sleep. I don’t hate it and I don’t love it.
They sent the tea bags of this. Brewed two tea bags in one large mug for 5 min.
This is a good tea with strong notes of cherry, but there is also a slight sour note. I brewed this with boiling water, which is my standard for black tea. I am thinking next time try 190 degree water with this tea. It is still good, just a little disappointing.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.
I got this as a bonus sample with my Happy Bag. It’s not something I would have naturally gravitated towards, as I tend to prefer sweet or fruity teas rather than the more savory ones. But I like it! It has a very comforting, nourishing toasted rice flavor with just a hint of the green base coming through in the aftertaste. It also has a bit of natural sweetness, which I enjoy. If this is a taste of what’s to come, I think I’m going to be very pleased with this particular purchase!
Flavors: Green, Sweet, Toasted Rice
This tea is quite good. There is the strong flavor of peaches, I would argue frozen peaches actually. There is a slight, very slight sourness that reminds me of an icewine tea actually, but with peaches. This tea will become an evening regular for me and I will probably order again as good decaf is hard to find.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.
At a minute in boiling water, somehow this does manage to taste and smell like those little hard grape candies. So much nostalgia! Some burnt bitterness does creep out near the end but it’s not as bad as I anticipated when I saw the suggested steeping parameters.
Thanks, OMGsrsly (and MissB)!
Flavors: Candy, Grapes, Jasmine, Muscatel
I’m not really tasting the candy that the notes suggest, but this is probably the best strawberry tea I’ve ever had. The taste is just really fresh strawberry. I think the scent is really where the vanilla-creamy notes are; it smells just as strawberry as it tastes, but it’s sweeter.
This was a sample with my order of White Christmas (that’s sort of a yearly tradition with me now), and now that I’ve had it, I wish they sold this year-round, because I’d love to try it as an iced tea in the summer. Maybe next year I’ll stock up.
Flavors: Strawberry, Sweet