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OMG! OMG! What did I do wrong?! How could something so awful come out of such a pretty tin? Did I overleaf? Does it need sugar? Aaaaack! Diluting and adding sugar makes it more palatable, but I’m still weary of it. It has this sharp tang that I’m not liking. Slowly some fruity flavor is coming out, but I think I should revisit this in cold brew format.
From the reddit travelling tea box
This one looked promising – a black blend of ctc and leafy bits. Big cubes of something, marigold petals and lumps of golden rock sugar. Taste? Meh. I’ve had many great Lupicia teas, but out of all the Lupicia teas I’ve had, this one is on the bottom. It’s bitter, roasty, acidic with a little bit of sweetness. It does taste like roasted chestnuts, if I ate one whole with the peel on. I think it might work if one adds milk, or maybe coffee drinkers, but blaaah. Sorry Lupicia.
I’m on vacation/working vacation in the northeast and have been drinking my sachets of this tea while I’m traveling. I don’t have too many left (maybe 3?) and I always assumed that although this is somewhat difficult to get ahold of I would be able to restock it eventually.
But Dustin has just found out that they are discontinuing this one! :( This is so tasty, the passion fruit is a great unusual addition to the EG. Oh well, another cupboard staple gone forever.
I still have no idea what’s in this tea but I’m drinking it and I have just enough of this to make 4oz and it’s pretty perfect since I’m drinking out of my finum baby teacup tonight!
Caramel and chocolate. It was surrounded by a bunch of caffeine-free teas when I got it so I think it’s safe to say this is decaf? Ahh well, it’s a nice tea. Just like before, if it is supposed to have all the flavour, I’m expecting it to be caffeinated. If it’s a decaf tea, then it’s how it’s supposed to taste: slightly watered down. Good tea, glad I was able to try it out :)
The fifth Lupicia tea I tried from my order.
This is just to say “wow”. So grapey. Amazing. Natural tasting, incredibly fruity.
Like REAL grape juice, but with the sweetness tempered by the oolong base.
I didn’t even know that “Muscat” was a grape related word up until recently. I kept seeing people use it to describe Darjeeling tea and I was all like “wtf is this?!”.
Anyway. I can’t see myself ever tasting grapes in a Darjeeling but never say never.
I’m so off topic.
It’s really refreshing and natural tasting. I bet it would be delicious cold brewed.
Lupicia, you’re awesome.
Lupicia tea #4!
I will make this short as it’s bedtime.
This was a well done dessert tea. Definitely tasted like chocolate and strawberries, but not in a gross, artificial way.
And the pu’erh just seemed to add a deep richness to it, a subtle earthiness that took away from the sweetness. In a good way.
This isn’t one I would need to stock, once it’s gone it wouldn’t likely make it back on my shopping list but it’s pretty awesome how well done the flavours are. Good when I’m having a chocolate craving! Which is most of the time, really :)
The third Lupicia tea that I tried from my recent order.
I kept telling myself I’d hold back and wait to finish some older teas before digging into these, but I was too damn excited. I have zero restraint at the best of times, to be honest.
This was the first one to disappoint me, sadly.
I’m not sure where the caramel is?
I added some milk, which brought out the creamy aspect, but really I was just tasting a toasty green tea. Perhaps there’s an underlying sweetness that one could attribute to caramel flavouring, but I am not that one.
Maybe different steeping parameters would make a difference.
It also doesn’t help that to me this tastes a lot like Harney and Son’s Tokyo, which I also bought recently.
And which I haven’t reviewed yet, but did try, and found the caramel taste to be lacking from that also.
Thus far, my favourite caramel flavoured green tea is still the one from Persimmon Tree.
I shall keep messing with these other two though, lawd knows I have enough!
If anyone would like to try this, hit me up. I was so excited to taste it after reading other reviews, but I feel as though I’m definitely missing something.
Courtney compared it to Nina’s Japon in her review, and strangely enough I also found that one to be suspiciously lacking in caramel taste. Maybe my tongue is broken where caramel is concerned. Or maybe I’d notice it if I tried sweetening these teas.
Ah well. So far the only disappointment from my long awaited Lupicia order!
I picked up this tea at my recent splurge visit to the Honolulu Lupicia store! I was SO excited to be there and check out their Hawaii exclusive blends. Turns out they are discontinuing and reworking some of them, which is disappointing. So no more of the banana chocolate rooibos, chocolate macadamia nut or passion fruit earl grey. The six they are keeping are all fruity teas and I really liked that they had more of a variety with the old mix. I was told that what they had in the store was the last of the older blends and they had limited amounts of those.
Anyways, on to this tea… it comes in a green or a black base and I picked the green since it seemed more fitting with the scent. I’m drinking it hot today, but I can see how this would make an amazing iced tea. I think I overleafed, but the tea seems pretty forgiving and is nice anyways. It has a very bright and crisp citrus taste on the sip. As the lemon from the sip fades, the lemongrass flavor comes in. I’m having it without any sugar, which is odd for me, but it is quite nice and sharp this way. I think I can taste some of the green base, but it is hidden a bit behind the lemon. Overall it’s a really enjoyable tea and I’m looking forward to having it iced!
This is a green rolled oolong with amazing plum flavors. I LOVE it.. I’m not normally a green oolong lover, but this one isn’t too “green” for me and it’s not too floral, just a nice light oolong with plum. Yummy
This is the perfect tea to steep in a clear glass mug with a glass infuser. It’s nice to be able to watch the green leaves unfurl.
This whole experience was enabled by the one, the only, the fabulous, TheTeaFairy. That’s right folk, she sent me the mug, the infuser, and the tea!!! Her generosity always humbles me and I am truly grateful for all that she does/has done for me. THANK YOU
Oh buddy, oh pal. This is a different tea.
The second one I tried from my long awaited Lupicia order.
One I’d eagerly anticipated from the moment I first heard of it.
First of all, I have to say that without thinking about it, I automatically associate the word “cookie” with “chocolate chip cookie”, so all this time, that’s what I thought this tea would be. No, I obviously didn’t read the description or ingredients list.
So when I finally cracked open the bag and sniffed the leaves, I was a little surprised it didn’t smell like chocolate at all, no cocoa notes. I was also surprised to see that it looked like a CTC tea.
However, what I smelled when I sniffed the bag was a buttery, subtly sweet cookie note.
I didn’t even try it black, I just had to follow Lupicia’s suggestion and add milk immediately.
What resulted was a buttery, creamy delight. A subtle cookie, with a substantial base, perfect for the flavouring. Sweetness that was more of a suggestion than a reality. I’d like to try with a bit of sugar next time. And maybe black, one day.
So far Lupicia is two for two! Way better than my Adagio experience!
I got my Lupicia order finally, had ordered it in May and had it shipped to my relatives in the States knowing they’d be visiting in July and would bring it to me. Along with orders from like 4 other companies but that’s neither here nor there :)
Anyway, I decided to make this the first one I tried out of the bunch.
I mean like, man, this tea is amazing.
I don’t understand how it is possible to make a tea taste so much like genuine melon. It doesn’t even taste fake. Just fresh and delicious. Fruity, soooo fruity.
Amazing. So good. I don’t even have the words. It’s the juiciest fruitiness tea I’ve ever had.
If this is Lupicia, count me in!
This tea was pleasant enough but nothing really special. If you are obsessed with cherries…..hmmm, never heard of anyone like that on Steepster ;-)….. you might like this a lot. The cherry taste is definitely tart cherries rather than candy-like or medicinal, which I think is always a danger with cherry flavored anything. That being said, although the cherry was nice, it didn’t blow me away and the base was pretty boring honestly.
Contrary to the name, Happiness did not bring me immense joy. I found the flavor to be a bit wonky, an odd blending of sweet and sour along with a yeasty aftertaste. I felt like there was so much going on and this blend would have been much better served had Lupicia adopted the mantra of “less is more”. Wouldn’t recommend it, Lupicia has much better teas for your time and money.
Well, I just posted a review about my dislike of rooibos and naturally this one comes to my attention. Piccolo was great, it is a very sweet tea that reminds me a lot of their strawberry/vanilla flavored teas. The rooibos blends well with the flavoring, delivering a smooth taste that isn’t too heavy. It’s a great summer tea that’s delicious iced.
Pommier was an interesting tea. I feel very similar about it as I did Lupicia’s muscat. Ponies is a very red tea, courtesy of the vibrant rooibos base and apple additives. It brews a reddish brown and smells a lot like apples. I won’t go so far as to say it was a bad tea, but rather it didn’t suit my personal tastes. I struggle with rooibos teas and this was no game-changer for me.
This tea was awesome. The leaves were intensely aromatic (like most Lupicia blends) and it brewed a nice deep brown. The black base was moderate, allowing the cinnamon to shine through. However, the cinnamon was not too spicy but rather added a nice after taste to the tea. It would be great in the fall, I tried it iced and rather enjoyed it, though I think it would have been better hot. Another favorite Lupicia tea!