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The Lupicia base, that I don’t usually love, actually lends itself quite nicely to the rich chocolate flavor of this tea. It smells amazingly like rich milky chocolate and at times it tastes like milk chocolate but mostly it tastes like a thick dark chocolate. I don’t know if I would want this in bulk because I just don’t reach for chocolate teas that much but I certainly wouldn’t turn down another cup. 224.
This free sample came from the Lupicia newsletter. The dry leaf smells kind of funky, like rooibos and peach liquor.
Brewed, I am not terribly impressed with this one. Maybe I should have used a smaller cup instead of a 12 oz mug, but I’m just not getting much flavor from this aside from a rooibos flavor. Not too impressed but won’t rate for now since this could be a user error :)
Roasted chestnut goodness! I love this tea, and when I couldn’t find it available on the Lupicia website, I was really disappointed. I even tried to buy it during a trip to California, but the salesperson at the San Jose store looked at me like I had three heads when I asked for it. Are they discontinuing it permanently? Is it just a seasonal thing? Not sure, but when whatshesaid mentioned that she wasn’t all that thrilled with it, I was happy to take it off her hands! Yaaaaaaay, and welcome back to my tastebuds, Chaud Les Marrons! I love chestnuts, I roast them every year, and winter just doesn’t feel the same without them, so this tea is a lovely way to enjoy that taste whenever I want. Even though it’s early spring right now, I’ll drink this tea until the weather gets truly warm. Hot. With milk. Always, always with milk. Don’t oversteep, don’t overleaf, and all will be well.
Flavors: Chestnut, Roasted, Sweet
Thank you Lupicia for the free sample. I’m not a big fan of Red rooibos. It always gives me a funny sensation in my throat that makes me wonder if I’m allergic or something. Anyway, did you know that peach melba is a dessert? Go look it up. Sounds pretty good. I’m tempted to mix this with a raspberry tea to get that flavor. Without the raspberry it’s still close to what I’m assuming that would taste like. The peaches and cream flavor is great. I’m tempted to try almond milk but I don’t want to ruin it.
And I’m sorry but who has ever put marshmallow topping on their tea? No. Probably…. maybe. Maythe Japanese. Could make a really cute milk tea drink with burnt marshmallow toppings..
Sample from the Lupicia newsletter, which was a complete surprise since I couldn’t remember placing any orders recently…maybe last year? The dry sachet has a peaches-and-cream scent, along with a slightly woodsy, boozey contribution from the rooibos. This one brews up intimidatingly dark, as rooibos often does. The peach flavor is very fresh and natural. There’s a crispness to the body of the tea that almost makes me believe it’s a peach black tea. Highly delectable with a splash of milk as well. A few years ago I would never have imagined I’d enjoy rooibos, but it has been growing on me a lot. This is one of the great ones.
MELON!!!!! Sweet, juicy melon. This is really fantastic. If you or a distant cousin is even mildly indifferent towards the taste of honeydew pick this one up. It’s almost more flavorful than the actual fruit without tasting artificial at all. I’m totally sold on green rooibos now (or at least Lupicia’s offerings). I can’t wait to try it iced.
Backlog from last night
Sil sent me this in a swap a loooong time ago. Don’t know why I’ve been hoarding the Lupicia teas so much. I have about half the sample left now.
I remember trying Harney & Son’s chocolate blend “Florence” a few weeks ago and enjoying that. This one was kind of similar, but the chocolate flavour was far more prominent in the scent here rather than the taste. Florence had more true-to-life chocolate flavour, and I liked the note of hazelnut there.
If I had to choose between the two, I’d go with Florence over this.
Another sample from The Cookie Lady! This one reminded me a lot of Piccolo, except with a black tea base instead of rooibos. It has the same jammy fruit flavor mixed with honey. Quite nice (and probably even better with sweetener!) but not something I’ll be running out to buy, as I prefer more of a fresh fruit flavor in my fruity teas.
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Jam
What a delicious evening treat! I’ve been wanting to try this one for ages and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s rich and buttery and slightly sweet, even with nothing added. The flavor really does remind me of a cookie…hazelnut biscotti maybe? I’m also getting a bit of malt from the base tea and just a hint of astringency, which I’m sure would smooth out if I added some milk. This is definitely one I’ll be ordering at some point in the future. A big THANK YOU to The Cookie Lady for the sample!
Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Hazelnut
Ok, the orzo teas are definitely way, way better than the barley teas. This one is seriously delicious. It’s like a thick, rich, roasty strawberry milkshake. Naturally sweet, no bitterness, no fishiness, just roasty+strawberry (I was going to write roasty strawberry, but that makes me think of hot strawberries, and that actually doesn’t sound overly appetizing). As with Caramel+Honey (or whatever the other orzo tea was that I tried), I think it would be amazing with milk and a touch of additional sweetener. Probably will try it that way eventually. (Also, I can’t believe how dark/inky it brews up! Makes me nervous that it will be bitter, but it’s not at all!)
Book of Tea #2/100
I’ve had Lupicia’s Muscat a couple times now, so thought I’d experiment a bit with this tea. Sadly, I discovered that it’s not nearly as tasty with milk and sugar as one might expect. I guess it’s just not bold enough. It was okay, and still pretty grapey in aroma, but the flavour was kind of muddled. Oh well! Had to be tried (stupid work and their easy availability of tea add-ins).
Sipdown! Had a teabag of this from ages ago from the lovely CHAroma, and since I’ve been burning through teabags more quickly lately, it came up.
So… this tastes like Jingle Bells. Or perhaps, Jingle Bells tastes like Muscat. Either way, it’s grapey and tasty, but grape just isn’t a flavour I like to have overly often.
Sipdown! And blech. Lemongrass/mint herbal tea. The orange peel was only for looks, I’m sure. Either way, this wasn’t extremely terrible or anything, just not a tea for me, and I didn’t feel like finishing it. So I didn’t. Sadly, I have another teabag of this in my book of tea (I think), so I’ll perhaps have it again.
Still tasting coffee more than cinnamon or cookie, and still a fan. Weird because I have always detested coffee, and many well-meaning people have assured me that it is an acquired taste or that it tastes almost as good as it smells…I don’t even like the smell. But I found this pu-erh off putting at first, and now it has grown on me enough to reorder despite the coffee undertones. Go figure.