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Infusing at a lower temperature for a shorter amount of time seems to cause the bitterness to be subdued. The tea is much more enjoyable.
Its not often I like flavored tea, but this is actually really good! A delicious slightly bitter taste makes this tea fairly accurately named.
I actually bought the tea for the aroma, and I am happy with the result. This is better than any ordinary “orange” flavored tea.
It’s been a month without drinking tea, finding myself a little too lethargic each morning when I get to work, grabbing a Coke Zero on the way to my desk and letting my spectacular tea collection gather dust beside me, and just grabbing more Zero throughout the day – which only perpetuates the cycle, since aspartame has a complex, subtly negative relationship with sleep. It’s about time I break the cycle, and what better tea to do it with than this one.
I’ve never skipped logging a brew here on Steepster since I began, and this Houjicha has become one of my most-consumed teas of all, without ever getting rated or reviewed. I find it hard to really write much at length about it because it’s just so perfect, simple and understated. It’s a Houjicha, technically speaking, but it’s much fresher and greener than the usual, and has a subtle but much greener, richer flavor. The roasty aspect is almost entirely gone, replaced by a sort of abstract warmth, and it tastes much more clearly like a product of the tea plant, in a gentle white tea way.
I’ve never had a tea quite like this and I suspect I never will, once I run out, so it’s a good thing I bought a 100g bag. Warm, deeply calming, only lightly caffeinated, near-zero astringency… every tea has a place, a mood and a life moment it pairs well with, and this one is the taste of contentment and calm, a brief oasis of zen on a busy workday afternoon, a warming herbal Valium for a cold, rainy day spent reading in the warm glow of a Valhalla tube amplifier.
The one minute boiling steep is not an error. The green nature of this Houjicha might lead you to think you should do otherwise, but don’t be gentle with the temperature, and don’t be lax with the time. You will be rewarded with perfection.
I have a bunch of Lupicia samples (I don’t remember how, I think I stole them from my mom) and this was one of them. It’s alright. Not the best but it tastes fine. It has that fake strawberry taste but it doesn’t taste like medicine, which is nice. It’s good enough for me to drink but I wouldn’t pick it again.
Very much ruby red grapefruit — slightly sweet at the front with tartness and just a smidge of bitterness at the tail.The grapefruit flavor is natural and quite good and compliments the slightly sweet, buttery green well. There’s no astringency in the base, so I’d suspect that those who wanted more grapefruit could bump up to 2 tsp. The overall flavor is more zest (as in fruit zest) than juicy, but it’s fantastic with a little honey added in.
I kept wanting the fun grapefruit tingle that Butiki’s Grapefruit Dragon offers, which I prefer.
I recieved this tea as a sample off Lupicia’s monthly flyer/sampler thing. I should do another order with Lupicia so I can continue to get a free tea bag a month.
I forgot what this tea is supposed to taste like and the name “neptune” doesn’t give any hints to me. This tea has a smooth black tea flavor that is quite good with mystery jammy fruity flavor.
I’ve been curious about this one for ages, so I picked some up when I was in Lupicia last week.
It smells lovely, and it brews up to be a butter cookie. Almost short bread like, I must say, buttery and rich.
Theres a vauge coffee note in it, which I may find a little problematic. I’m going to keep tinkering with the steep time on this, but generally I like it!
Pre-emptive sipdown. I got a sample sache of this with my Lupicia order. I generally dislike rooibos and think it tastes like cough syrup, but sometimes I can be surprised. This is one of those times.
I took a quick sniff of the sachet and it smelled straight up like caramel and rum, including the alcohol. Steeped it smells way more like caramel and less like rum, although that hint is definitely there. No nasty rooibos smell. The flavor is definitely caramel in the main part of the sip with a distinct alcoholic rum aroma that fills your mouth when drinking, very similar to drinking a hot rum drink. It’s nice. I actually like it.
I would really like to stop sneezing constantly. No other sickness symptoms, just sneezing and the runny nose that follows sneezing. Ugh. I am staying home this morning so that I can get my package from Lupicia, which for some reason needs a signature this time around, even though it never has before.
This tasting note is more about me whining about those things than it is about this tea. It is tasty and almond-melony as usual. I enjoy it with additions but I do wish the base was smoother so that I wouldn’t have to drink it with additions. Ah well.
Afternoon cuppa…or three…with coworkers.
Backlog. I made this yesterday in my Teavana glass teamaker and had it after lunch. For a flavored green, it isn’t too bad. I think the apple flavor has mellowed a bit over time which makes it one green tea that seems to have improved somewhat with age. :) I prefer this cold so I cold brewed some of it yesterday afternoon and will be enjoying it with today’s lunch.
Thanks, Greenteafairy, for this tea!!
I’ve been on a plum tea kick lately. The oolong base is light and vegetal. The flavoring is more floral than fruity. It is too heavy with the sweet rose, but never gets to the point where it is cloying. I don’t get very much plum flavor. If anywhere I detect the plum in the depth of the flavor, preventing the rose from becoming to bright, but it is not independent at all.
I’m not sure if I just got a bad batch or something, but this tea smells a little off and gives me a horrible stomachache.
This tea is pretty good. It doesn’t strike me as amazing, but it’s different.
Sweet and perhaps a little bit too artificial in taste, but otherwise okay. Not my favorite.
As soon as I smelled the leaves, I was reminded of fresh cut lemons and summer lemonade. This is a nice summer tea; Natsukoi is black tea with lemons. The lemon is a bit strong, so one might feel that it is overpowering but it is a nice change to the normal everyday tea.
Thanks, greenteafairy, for this tea!!
This was so refreshing this morning! I love citrus teas and this one was kind of surreal because I felt like I was eating a grapefruit while drinking this hot. It has the bittersweet tang of a grapefruit and it seems to pops when you sip it like pieces of grapefruit do. The base has a warm, dark bitter greens kind of taste. It adds depth to the grapefruit and prevents it from becoming overly bright.
Overall a brilliant and surreal tea for a surreal morning involving a brain in a box. (I work in a neurology office.)
Ready to hide under my desk with a pot of this tea, it’s been that kind of a day!
DURIAN! Emit your dirty onion sock smell! /waft
I’ve been wanting this tea iced for awhile, but hate how I have to baking soda scrub soak all items it touches. I finally caved – yum! nice creamy durian flavor without the super weird funk. Does very well iced and not much sugar is needed.
For a full review of this tea check out my old blog post on it http://oolongowl.com/king-of-fruits-from-lupicia-tea-review/
Now I have to baking soda scrub my gravity steeper and ice tea tumbler. I put this tea, still in its original packaging, clipped sealed into its own tin and the tin is heavily scented of durian, yikes!
I took the last few teabags of these out of the HH teabox. I tried this a while back and it seems to be my favorite Lupicia tea I’ve tried (up against Strawberry Vanilla). I only had a bit of it before, so I was happy to see it again! The flavor is just as a remember it – a candy sweet strawberry with champagne flavor on a nice black tea. It seems to be a bit mouth drying this time around. I didn’t notice the sugar crystals last time though!
I think I may have found a new favorite Earl Grey! The bergamot here is strong, which is a plus for me. It’s crisp and citrusy, and a perfect counterpoint to the rich, slightly smoky Keemun base. I’ve never had an EG like this before—the Keemun adds some welcome complexity, and I think its more assertive (vs. the usual Ceylon) profile prevents the bergamot from becoming overwhelming. Even my mother, who’s kind of an EG hater, enjoyed this. I’ve had a lot of Lupicia disappointments lately, but this one’s restoring my faith in the brand. They have a lot of misses, yes, but their hits are really something special.