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Thanks to CheshireEyes for the thoughtful sample! This has been on my wishlist for a while and I’m super glad to have tried it. This has a lovely sweet pineapple flavor that comes just short of being cloying or tasting candy-like. It’s also nice as an iced tea. By which I mean brewed hot and then cooled, since I never had the patience to cold brew this. Sipdown!
Thanks for a sample of this one, Ost! I’m finding it hard to say anything about this one, though it’s tasty. The dry leaf has a dried grass scent. The flavor is lighter with a nice sweetness to it, hints of fruit. More interesting than a Ceylon and if I have had Nilgiri before, this might be a better one. (Though I think I remember Nilgiri is used in the older batches of 52Teas Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish which works perfectly.) Ah well, it’s good then it’s gone.
After trying Golden Honey Dew I had high no expectations for this one. It’s good but not quite as good as I was hoping. Also seems to be better cold. There are definitely melon flavors; honey dew, cantaloupe, …. ok I’m sorry. I know I spelled that wrong but it just corrected itself. That is amazing. Anyway…. The first steep was pretty bad. But also kinda hot. I don’t tend to like teas hot anyway so maybe it just really didn’t appeal to me because of that? The colder it is the better it seems to be. Maybe I should freeze it? Just kidding.
As far as oolong goes I can’t taste much over the melon flavor.
Flavors: Cantaloupe, Honeydew
I’m on en epic mission to pare down my massive tea collection because the great majority of it is going stale- sad face. Once I get my collection under control I can start buying controlled amounts of more again- happy face.
Got this as a sample in the Lupicia catalog. Jasmine is overall my favorite type of tea so I was pumped for this one. It’s a nice jasmine but I’m not tasting anything in the way of other flavorings besides well, jasmine. I was expecting orange as in mandarin orange, but then I realized they probably just mean this is a Chinese jasmine tea. As a standalone jasmine it’s flavorful and fresh but didn’t convince to to switch from my go-to for this one.
I’m not a fan of this one. I’ve drank 25g of it and after playing with steep times, I’ve given up and decided it’s the tea.
The pu’er base sucks and just doesn’t work here, it’s burnt, bitter, and a little fishy tasting. The cinnamon isn’t sweet. The blend very much so tastes like a cup of watery coffee. The aftertaste is that burnt bitter flavor you get after you drink coffee, that coffee bad breath.
The best steep was to do a long one and add a vanilla bean, which smoothed out and added some creamy. Milk and sugar would work well for this tea, but on its own it’s pretty harsh.
I’m sure if you like coffee this’ll be your tea. If you love Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Pu’er stick to that one, that one is miles better. I’m disappointed in this one, I figured since Chocolate Strawberry is excellent, this one was too.
Omnomnomnoms. So good.
This smells incredible! Like freshly cut grapefruit. I’m in love!
The taste is less impressive, but still quite nice. Not as powerful, but then I did expect that. The green base is ok but I think it might have been paired with a “fresher” more grassy green tea. Mum loved it as well, but her doc says she can’t have green tea so only a tiny cup for her.
I love that the bitterness of the grapefruit actually flows through to the taste. The best part, I think! I do adore grapefruit when it isn’t TOO bitter. Sometimes you get one that is just too much. But this tea? yeah, perfect balance!
Again, the only thing I would change is the base, but even then it’s not so bad, just not perfect is all. Thanks for the sample bag Sil or was it VariaTea?
Anyhow, if I can get my hands on more of this I’ll be a very happy girl :)
I receieved this in QueenOfTarts stash sale. Thank you!
The flavor is great in this, but I want MORE. Like in your face more. It is like drinking slightly flavored tea. See its all about that base, about that base, no treble. … I want more from the base. I want it to be deep and cocoa-y and then have this awesome banana flavor sitting on top. So this one gets a meh from me. The flavor is perfect just very weak.
Hooray for boring Sundays! Nothing like a day where I do not have to work or leave the house. I can just cook myself a hangover breakfast, do laundry, listen to podcasts, and make DIY Christmas presents for the fam. Oh, and drink cup after cup of tea until my bladder and/or liver gives out. I am so glad to have these two specific days again, I don’t think I have had true weekends since I was 14. Ahh.
One of the teas I rummaged for today is this lovely green. I love the art on Lupicia’s tins. I think that is the reason I bought the tea, heh. Not usually a fan of strawberry flavored greens, I do enjoy this one from time to time. The leaves themselves are wide, and a bit more broken up than I ’d like in a sencha blend. The resulting tea has a bit of a strong and bitter grassy note than I would prefer, but the sweet and fun strawberry tackles it into submission. There is also a rounding cream note that conjures up memories of what I used to fondly call, “Pink Milk.” Which is, as (hopefully) you all know, is strawberry milk. The only way to get me to go near a glass of milk was to pour in that artificially colored strawberry syrup at a ratio of 1:1.
When a tea conjures up fond childhood memories, it is usually a winner in my book. This tea is no exception. It’s shamelessy fun, fruity, and not serious. It’s going to taste so much better in the spring time, if it lasts that long.
Flavors: Cream, Grass, Strawberry
Thanks for this one, Stephanie! One I wanted to try! I’m not sure I know the taste of chestnuts, but this tea is certainly delicious. It’s like a slightly nutty marshmallow treat… almost candy like, very sweet. It’s a unique green tea to have around, and I imagine I’ll be craving it quite a bit. I’ve got a few teaspoons left! :D I just posted in the forum that I have two $6 Teavivre giftcards if two people want them. Expire 12/31. Just pass me a message!
Hope everyone who celebrates is having a great Thanksgiving!
This is one of my favorite teas. It’s really does taste like a hot version of a honey dew melon…and that works. It has a bright, fresh, fruity taste. It’s perfect when I want something light (vs black tea with milk) and flavorful. I’m sad to be nearing the end of my tin—but enjoying every cup of it! :)
Flavors: Green Melons, Honeydew
With all the crazy sipdowns lately, I thought it would be appropriate to start something new.
I don’t feel like writing much on this tea because I feel like I’ve had this over and over again from them. Both Carol and Rose Royal have the same strawberry candy flavouring in it, and although the latter at least had an interesting additional grape note, they all seem repetitive.
So I’m left with a classic Lupicia slightly astringent black base with melted strawberry hard candy in my mug. It’s nothing to write home about, unfortunately. Maybe it’ll fare better as a cold brew.
This didn’t work for me cold, but I’m having it hot today, and it’s alright.
The flavours are “tropical”-ish. I added a bit of blackberry honey because it needed some sweetening, and I need to use up some of the things I have in the cupboard.
I thought I’d like this a lot more, based on the smell. But I don’t.
Thanks so much for sharing, MissB! (I think I’ll be giving this away. Anyone whose address I have interested?)
I… cold steeped this one, and I’m not really sure what I think of it. It’s certainly refreshing and fruity and almost tastes candy-sweet (no sugar added!). But there’s something about the flavour that makes me pause.
I’m going to have to try this hot as well, just to see what happens. It smells good, and I think the fruit flavours are good, I just think that maybe cold steeping rooibos isn’t quite my favourite.
I think my thanks go to MissB for this. I foolishly didn’t write it on the bag.