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Well, J is across the country, and I don’t return until mid-week, so I’m enjoying my Lupicia teas with his mom. We began with Melon Oolong and have now moved onto Pineapple.
The pineapple tastes just as it smells, well, slightly more subtle. There is a buttery hint that’s borderline butterscotch. Quite fascinating. The pineapple isn’t artificial at all, which is lovely.
It’s taken me quite some time to get over my first disastrous pineapple oolong experience, and I’m happy to say this one went over much better.
At long last, I get to try this. White peaches are one of my favourite fruits, and this tea smells so much like them. Great scent of peach in both leaves and brew. The flavour is sweet, and a bit juicy, certainly tastes like white peaches.
Worth my trip out of town for some yesterday.
I got to try this one at the store. (The tea name is French, and I like it.)
Scent- nutty, cocoa. Flavour- creamy, chocolate, a nice nuttiness. Kinda reminds of Nutella, but a chestnut version. It also reminds me of this really good chestnut/chocolate torte I made in a baking class. Very good, and much better on the hot side.
Flavors: Chestnut, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Nutty
The weather has cooled a bit at home now, and J flew back today, so it’s time for trying some of these new teas I’ve picked up in my travels.
First, I love that this steeps at boiling. Low maintenance for the win! The mango scent was very strong from the package, but mellowed out once steeped, thank goodness. The green oolong base is apparent, but not offensive. Green oolong is not my favourite, but I’m enjoying this cup of tea, and I could see myself perhaps replacing this oolong.
I’ve liked the strawberry teas of theirs I’ve tried, and I’ve liked the chocolate teas. So I was glad to try them both together. This tea smells awesome… like these strawberry chocolate candies I get from the Japanese market. There is a nice, creamy chocolatey flavour, which pairs really well with the sweet berry.
Wish I could try their other flavoured puer, but this one is really good.
Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry
This is my favourite of the teas I tried at the Lupicia store today. There is a nice floral and berry scent. That is also what I get in the flavour, with some notes of creamy vanilla. While I really liked this tea, I feel it would be more suited for the Spring months.
Flavors: Berry, Creamy, Rose, Vanilla
I was able to visit a store again! :) The clerk was very nice. She made me a sample of this tea. This is French for ‘Fruit Tea’, which is a really good name. This is certainly a fruity too. Scent- I get mostly lychee, and some strawberry. Flavour- It is sweet, with strong notes of lychee, the strawberry and peach flavours are more subtle.
Flavors: Fruity, Lychee, Peach, Strawberry, Sweet
I, for one, welcome our new Melon Overlords.
The dry uh, leaves smell like a nice, ripe honeydew melon. And brewed, it reminds me of these Japanese gummy candies I really like. There is a sweet, fruity flavour. Lupicia, you’ve convinced me I enjoy melon flavour teas. Which is a accomplishment since I was skeptical. It is also my new fave green rooibos. Thanks to Ost for this.
Flavors: Honey Dew, Honeydew, Melon, Sweet
Cold steeped in the fridge for several days before I remembered to try this. Ooops! I Didn’t use much water with the idea that I’d add ice later, but I have been enjoying it concentrated. When I first sip, it’s a mouthful of fruit. Peaches at first, apples later and some other flavors I can’t name. After the sip when all else fades, I get a green flavor… like wheatgrass tingling the sides of my tongue. The whole thing is very crisp tasting. Adding a little sugar rounds out the fruit taste a bit and also tones down the wheatgrass nip. I like this, it’s refreshing, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it when there are so many other amazing Lupicia teas to explore and love.
May have over steeped my first cup a bit. It’s sweet with a bitter kick. But not too bitter to drink. It’s quite sweet. Not really sure that it needs the sugar. Maybe I’ll take out the sugar and try it again later in the day. I love a good sweet white wine but I don’t know that I can really taste…hmm well maybe… I had a taste of wine grapes there for a moment.
While I was walking around the Lupicia store I noticed the tin for this tea and thought to myself, “boy I hope this tea is good cause I love the label on the tin.” I know you shouldn’t buy tea solely based on smell, or tins, but I figured because it had a wonderful smell too that it would be alright. Boy, am I glad I bought this tea! So good! The scent, dry and wet, is lovely. And the flavor is so mellow and pure!
On a side note, I must give my thanks to the ladies who were working that day. My lil one was crying as I walked into the store so I went back out to calm her down. When I came back in, stroller and all, they were so helpful. It really touched me because too many stores look at you like your crazy for walking around with a stroller.
Had a wonderful time on my first Lupicia store visit. Received a tea sachet of this while my purchase. It smells so good. Every time I smell it it takes me to Hawai’i. Does anyone else get a scent of coffee? It’s weird but I also get a slight smell of coffee. I like the smell of coffee but I don’t like the taste… Anyway, I’ve let mine over steep a bit. Should really just time my tea from now on cause I have a terrible sense of time and I get distracted by my cute baby easily. So the muscat is covered up a bit more by the black tea but it is still a good cup. I’m looking forward to trying this cold too!
I’ve only tried this one cold brewed at the store the last two times I’ve gone. Thought it was kinda sour, so wasn’t a huge fan. But got some of this in a swap with Rie T. because I wanted to give it a chance!
Trying this hot now…and MUCH BETTER.
Holy Shanghai. A LOT better!
Ripe mango? Yeah! Not sour at all!
Mmm such a good mango tea.
Something I’m beginning to notice about Lupicia though. A lot of their fruity teas are perfume-y. Haha-it’s really growing on me! This tea has turned into a win in my book! :D ^^
Flavors: Mango, Sweet
This is a very enjoyable Keenum tea. There are just enough fruity/floral/chocolate to make it interesting. The flavors meld together very well. Unfortunately this was a fairly small packet and now i don’t have enough for a cold brew.This is one i might have to order, in the far distant future as my cupboard is full. I really have to add the rest of my purchases from my trip to Florida.
Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Fruity
So. Was trying this one last night. Took three sips and then my body decided that being in pain all day wasn’t enough so I got super nauseous. >>
This review isn’t gonna be too great…so I’ll have to review it again later. xD
I got a decent amount of this tea in a swap with Rie T. a few weeks ago.
Thought I’d try this one because the combo of vanilla, coconut, and pineapple sounds fantastic!
Not sure I like how Lupicia uses Vanilla though. Because Momoko was supposed to be peach and vanilla and it just tasted kinda off….
Luckily, this tea didn’t have too much vanilla flavor in it. It was more subtle. The pineapple was the strongest in it, which I really liked. Couldn’t taste much coconut either…
But maybe it will be different…when I can actually drink an entire cup….and not just three sips…
Like I said, not really enough for a good review. But I think I will enjoy the rest of the sample, and glad I got to try it! Next time will be better, I am sure!
Flavors: Pineapple, Sweet, Vanilla
I was not expecting the smell of this; as others have said, it’s a very strong fruity/candy scent with only a hint of green tea! I like it a lot, I’d love to be able to buy a perfume that smelled like this.
The scent of the liquor is similar, except far more on the green tea side of things — I’m inclined to call it mainly sencha, but I’m really not sure. It sips like the liquid’s smell, not the dry. I can distinctly pick out the berries, including some sweetness, even without any sugar added, but it very much tastes like a green tea.
I like this a lot! Probably the best sample I’ve gotten from Lupicia’s magazine thus far.
Flavors: Berries, Candy, Fruity, Sweet
So I’m watching a Doctor Who marathon, waiting for the new series/ season to start. In the chat, oolong was suggested to be my tea to try.
This smells nice and fruity. The flavour is mild on the lychee side, but I like the oolong base. It’s a good blend of floral and fruity.