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Home from Hawaii, with a couple of tea souvenirs. First up is this Yume tea from Lupicia. Yume means “dream” in Japanese, and I see why it carries this name.
I’m normally not a big fan of blends, but as I discover more, I am finding more and more that have a great balance. Basically, they are more than just some fruit dumped in a tea bag.
This tea has a wonderful tropical feel, a bit fruity with hints of vanilla and strawberry, but it keeps a nice and tasty black tea base. A balance like this means the maker is proud of the fruit and flavor blend, but also proud of the base. No need to hide it when it is this good!
Flavors: Rose, Strawberry, Vanilla
Sipdown – but only because I discarded the rest of the tea. I could not bring myself to brew this again. The artificial flavor just put me off. It smelled of big chew grape bubblegum. It went in the compost.
I did make a cold brew of this, but I never managed to finish it. Dropping my rating.
I was nervous about trying this tea as I don’t like red grape flavored things. I received this in the happy bag I bought, as is not something I’d order on my own.
Decided to cold brew this. Dry leaf smell reminds me of the grapes that used to grow on my grandparents farm. Grapes were an older variety, not very sweet and kind of tart. Unfortunately I also get grape bubblegum.
Tried it this mornig. Liquid smells of grape candy. Fortunately, it doesn’t taste like that. It tastes like those grapes did when you ate them, a little sour, little sweet. I really have no interest on ever trying this as a hot tea. It’s drinkable when cold brewed. 65
So, Fjellrev, why are you drinking this if you say you haven’t really been into them as of late? Because it’s summer and I want a melon tea pop, and I’m out of Golden Honey Dew, which is heartbreaking. That’s why.
Cold brewed this time around is a little disappointing. I might have overleafed because the liquor is a deeper yellow than what I recall in the past, and it’s more vegetal too. The base is killing off the gorgeous melon note. With club soda, it’s very refreshing. It just makes me miss Golden Honey Dew all the more.
Oh hello there, delicious oolong. This is essentially Golden Honeydew but with a green oolong base. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but I’m detecting a hint of butteriness from the base, together with a light floral note. This pairs beautifully with the delicious Melona bar-like flavour of the melon flavouring. If I were to choose between the two, however, I’d still go for the Golden Honeydew just because I swear that one has a more intense melon flavour and the base doesn’t detract from that melony excellence either.
Next up will be a cold brew, which I’m sure will be just as good as it is hot, if not better.
I’ve been working my way through my samples from Ost, but foolishly not logging many of them. Suffice it to say that I’ve been enjoying them. :) This is my second time trying this cookie tea from Lupicia. It has quite a rich black tea base, with notes of toasted almond and burnt sugar. Quite tasty and true to the name.
Hmm yummy yummy. Another great fruity green tea from Lupicia. I got this one in a mailer who knows when and finally busted it out when I was late already for work and decided just to take a tea bag with me instead of brewing/decanting while at home. I had forgotten a little – the convenience of teabags. lol.
I’ll be back on Steepster more in the new future. =) I turned away from buying more tea (other than subscriptions) during Lent and other than putting in an LP other for the Dark Matter group buy (that doesn’t count, RIGHT? it comes later!), I did pretty good! But staying away from the boards will do that.
Sample from Lupicia. As far as scented teas go, this is pretty lovely. Subtle berry flavours, not artificial candy-tasting, on a smooth green base. Nice for a sweeter change from my jasmine green. I would consider trying this or some other Lupicia tea bags for the office when I can’t brew loose-leaf.
There used to be wild rhubarb growing by the fence in the backyard of the house I 1st lived in after living in the U.P. Everynow and then I’d grab a stalk and gnaw on it, though I could eat a little bit before the tartness got to me. My favorite pie as a kid? Strawberry & rhubarb pie of course:) This tea is kind of bringing those memories back.
I like this tea alot better then the strawberry and vanilla from Lupicia’s happy bag.
Not sure if I’d want to get more though.
Uh oh. This is the 2nd tea I’ve tried in the last couple of days from Lupicia that I really like and will probably end up ordering more. LOL. Ahh well.
I don’t generally like chocolate teas…they tend to taste alot like watered down hot chocolate. But when I was looking over the list of teas on Lupicia’s website, this one really jumped out at me. And hot damn! Am I glad I went with it. (And considering my original list of teas would have put my order to over $200, I’m glad it survived the 2 revisions that I had to make.
The Raspberry in this tea, didn’t taste at all fake to me…though I’m not always good about picking that kind of thing out.
Well! Happily I found a third tea that I really like from Lupicia. Not great for my wallet because undoubtably by the time summer comes around I will have to order more…but I can kinda get away with rationalize restocking to my Mom, plus a few new tries. But it will depend on how many other teas that I like.
Though this tea has pineapple in it, I don’t get much of a ‘tropical feel’ from this tea that others have mentioned. Which is fine…I got more then enough tropical teas.
There was the buttery element that others mentioned…generally speaking, buttery is not a quality that I care for, in combination with the pineapple, it made for a very appealing taste.
This is the tea I’ve wanted to try right from the get go…so I am extremely pleased that I liked it as much as I hoped.
Oooooooo, I kinda like this one! It has this nice savory flavor to it in a way where I’d expect it to be a little salty. I get a deep toasted rice flavor on the sip that pairs well with the bright grassy notes that take over the aftertaste. It is super smooth without any bitterness. This was a sample in a tea bag and I wonder if/how a cup would differ in loose leaf since there seems to be a mix of things in there that may separate in a tin. Either way, I could see keeping a tin of this on hand!