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This shares the baked goods note from White Christmas! Oh, White Christmas. Why can’t I drink you all the time.
Buttery, a little coffee-like, nutty, sweet, and full-bodied. I’m not really getting the almond, but I can see where it comes from. This is great. If I get a hankering for White Christmas out of season, I know what I’m ordering.
Flavors: Astringent, Butter, Nutty, Sweet
You know you have too much tea when something has been in your cupboard for 6 weeks and this is the first time you’ve tried it! Finally getting around to the rest of the tea in my Lupicia Happy Bag. This one has a strong, almost syrupy sweet generic berry flavor with a touch of honey in the aftertaste. Others have compared this tea to cough syrup and I do understand the comparison. But personally, I found it quite drinkable. Not something I’ll be running out to re-purchase, but I’ll happily finish my tin.
Flavors: Berries, Honey, Sweet
Another objectively good tea that’s ruined by scent association for me. It’s okay, and it has a semi-sweet round taste, but it smells like suntan lotion, and the full taste—it’s not creamy, exactly; more like kind of lingering—doesn’t really help. I think it’s probably fine, it’s just that it smells like lotion to me and I’d just rather not.
I’ve just come to the conclusion that you have to get houjicha just right or else it tastes like trees. Or, apparently, unless you flavor it, as is the case here! I like this! It does taste a little bit like wood, and I’m not really tasting the milk, but I really like the smokey-caramel taste and I’m definitely going to try out more flavored houjichas in the future.
Flavors: Caramel, Smoke, Wood
Had to discern what this teabag was. There was writing on the teabag, in Chinese. There was also a number. When I did a search on the website for that number this tea came up. Once I brewed it it was clearly a grapefruit tea. While the tea itself is not bitter, it has the bitter taste of grapefruit. Some may find the taste sweet, I don’t. I would not have bought this tea but got it with my Happy Bag. Still, it’s not bad.
I brewed one teabag in approx 8oz of 175 degree water for 3 min.
I received a sachet of this in the Lupicia mailer this month. I thought it would be a good morning tea for V-day. I wasn’t expecting much as chocolate in tea doesn’t usually turn out to great, but this isn’t a bad cup. The black tea base seems to have just the right amount of astringency to bring out the dark chocolateness of this tea. I am not sure it would be one I would purchase on my own, but definitely wouldn’t turn down a cup or two of this tea. Since I at home in my PJ’s I drank half the cup and then added a bit of milk and sugar and it made it into a nice breakfast treat.
This tea tastes strongly of berries. This one was quite good cold brewed as an iced tea. It’s better iced than hot. It is good, there is just a slight note I don’t like, not quite bitterness, just a flavor note I don’t quite like.
I brewed this one time in a 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.
Figured I’d give a tea called “demon’s roast” a whirl on Friday the 13th! c:
The tasting notes are telling me about the “deep sweetness” that’s in here somewhere, but I’m not getting it. It’s full-bodied for a houjicha, and it’s got a really great roasted taste, but I don’t think it’s particularly exciting and I don’t smell anything particularly exciting about it, either. There’s a grassy aftertaste I don’t think I’ve ever gotten from a houjicha before, which is interesting, but other than that, it doesn’t really grab me.
Flavors: Grass, Roasted
Mmm, this smells like some kind of delicious strawberry candy! Lupicia says to steep it at boiling, so I did…and I’m very relieved that I didn’t end up with a cup of bitter, over-steeped green tea. The flavor is mild compared to the scent, but still quite delicious: sweet vanilla, delicate strawberry, and a nice smooth grassy base. This isn’t quite as amazing as some of the other Lupicia teas I’ve tried, but I will definitely have no trouble finishing the 10 servings Lupcia sent me in my Happy Bag!
Flavors: Grass, Strawberry, Vanilla
Jasmine is always a good option. And this is a very fragrant/potent jasmine.
So, clearly I was going to like this.
The base is sweet, but fickle. So definitely steep low and short.
Dirty Secret Time:
I initially thought the Mandarin part of this tea was going to be a sweet orange flavor (maybe orange blossom) mingling with the jasmine. I might be the slightest bit sad that I was very very wrong.
Is anyone else ever nervous about writing the very first tasting note for a tea? Just me?
I’m one of the ones who like rose teas, and I think that Lupicia does really nice floral teas. I like the balance of tea and flower, and they often add in other bits of flavor, which make for really nice blends.
I opened this up, and took a deep breath. Lovely, rose, with a hint of some sweetness and a sparkily quality…. wait. That’s just like Champagne Rose, another blend by Lupicia.
Huh. Yep, the package says roses and black tea and sparkiling wine…. is this Champagne Rose, just under different cover? I honestly think it might be. Or at least, its so similar to be almost indistinguishable…
That’s fine, on a flavor standpoint. I really like Champage Rose, so I don’t mind having it around. But maybe I’m missing something?
The upshot is, a lovely rose tea, even if it seems like a dupe.
Got a package of ten tea bags of this with my happy bag last month. This is a very sweet tasting tea. Its got strong notes of strawberry and vanilla and contains matcha. I’m not sure if I taste the matcha. There is virtually no bitterness or astringency to this tea. It is good.
I brewed two teabags in one approx 14oz cup with 175 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla
This tea almost perfectly captures a fresh, crisp green apple in both smell and taste. It is amazing! I only wish I was more into green tea because this would be a restock for sure. However, as it is, the base does peek through at times adding a bit of vegetalness that detracts from the overall cup. Still, this is one I would consider purchasing if I were placing a Lupicia order and it is one I definitely would recommend to anyone who enjoys flavored greens and apple teas.
Had only one teabag of this from my happy bag purchase. It is relatively sweet with the savory character of the rooibos present too. I can taste the berries in this one. I think I brewed it with slightly too much water as it came out slightly weak.
I brewed one teabag in approx ten ounces of boiling water for five minutes.
Received this as a teabag in my Lupicia Happy Bag. Too bad they only sent one. This is quite good and sweet, tasty. It is just slightly tart, just enough to balance out the sweetness. I think I am going to have to buy this, or perhaps the decaf version of it the next time I order from Lupicia.
I brewed one teabag in approx eight ounces of 190 degree water for 3 min.
AllanK sent me a sample of this tea in our swap that I received the other day! :D Always eager to try more of Lupicia’s fruit teas, especially since I am probably going there this week! So need to try all the samples of their teas that I have in case I find something amazing and wanna pick more up!
This one I don’t feel the need to pick up more of.
I feel like a lot of the fruity black teas from Lupicia aren’t as strong as the fruit teas with oolong bases. Three of my favorite fruit teas from there all have oolong bases. The ones with a black tea base kinda always come off a bit bitter. The fruit flavors don’t seem to hide the base all too well :(
Plus the fruity oolongs always have like a perfume-y feel/taste to them which I really really love! XD
The main flavor in this tea was mango, so of course I compared it to the “Ripe Mango Oolong” which I also adore. And this one hardly compared to the other, sooo I think I’ll stay with the Ripe Mango instead of this.
But I’m glad I got to try this! It’s not bad, but I think it would be better iced than hot. Thank you so much for the sample, AllanK!!
Flavors: Bitter, Mango, Sweet
This smells SOOOOOO good! Soo good! Thankfully, that smell does transfer over to the taste. Honeybush can be picked up as well but mostly it is rich, buttery caramel like the little chewy cube ones that you get as a kid that gets all stuck in your teeth but tastes so yummy that you can’t resist it. The rum is faint but there and pops up every now and then to add an extra layer to the drink that at times takes on a butterscotch type-flavor. It is really great and one I would pick up again if I were placing a Lupicia order.