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With all the crazy sipdowns lately, I thought it would be appropriate to start something new.
I don’t feel like writing much on this tea because I feel like I’ve had this over and over again from them. Both Carol and Rose Royal have the same strawberry candy flavouring in it, and although the latter at least had an interesting additional grape note, they all seem repetitive.
So I’m left with a classic Lupicia slightly astringent black base with melted strawberry hard candy in my mug. It’s nothing to write home about, unfortunately. Maybe it’ll fare better as a cold brew.
This didn’t work for me cold, but I’m having it hot today, and it’s alright.
The flavours are “tropical”-ish. I added a bit of blackberry honey because it needed some sweetening, and I need to use up some of the things I have in the cupboard.
I thought I’d like this a lot more, based on the smell. But I don’t.
Thanks so much for sharing, MissB! (I think I’ll be giving this away. Anyone whose address I have interested?)
I… cold steeped this one, and I’m not really sure what I think of it. It’s certainly refreshing and fruity and almost tastes candy-sweet (no sugar added!). But there’s something about the flavour that makes me pause.
I’m going to have to try this hot as well, just to see what happens. It smells good, and I think the fruit flavours are good, I just think that maybe cold steeping rooibos isn’t quite my favourite.
I think my thanks go to MissB for this. I foolishly didn’t write it on the bag.
Another tea from when I visited Sil. Also probably from VariaTEA. :) Thank you!
It’s super citrus. Almost candied peel, I think. Black tea base. I added a tiny bit of sugar – maybe 1/4 tsp – just to brighten it a bit. I don’t want to risk milk, because of the citrus, but if it didn’t curdle that would be really good. Like a grapefruit orange julius tea.
Yum. Super glad I got to try this.
Dry, and steeping, it smells like sweet candy. If you’ve ever had a Japanese instant ume drink, you’ll know what I mean. It’s plum, but it’s not like the plum I’m used to.
Drinking it, there isn’t a lot of flavour. It’s fruity, a little sweet-tart like sour candies. I was concerned about oversteeping it, but maybe I should have left it a little longer.
I got this when I visited Sil, and I’m glad to have tried it. I think VariaTEA is the one who dropped this one off. :)
Have I not reviewed this yet? :O
I absolutely love this tea. LOVE.
First of all, it’s green rooibos. I wish tea makers would do more with green rooibos. I wish they’d chuck out red rooibos and just focus on the green. But anyway… The taste is so much like sweet ripe melon it’s like magic. You don’t need a lot of leaf to make a well flavored cup, but even so, I’ve ordered 3 pouches of this already in the last year. I never reorder teas at this rate. Delicious.
Ujitawara Matcha is serious business. There is a stark difference between this sort of ceremonial quality Matcha and Matcha sold by retailers outside of Japan.
It isn’t bitter at all, and has a sweet aftertaste. Its color is vibrant green and its smell a lush vegetal note that lingers almost as much as the aftertaste does.
Definitely one of the best I’ve ever had the chance to lay my hands on.
Flavors: Cream, Sweet, Vegetal
Wow! This is cool. So many different flavours. My ‘buds are confused haha.
Hot, I could have sworn this was salted caramel. But then as it cooled, a lot of fruit notes emerged. Definitely getting peach, and I think that is lychee? Something malty as well.
Also, in some sips it tastes like what imagine caramel infused with fruit would be like. A little creamy with that perfect touch of sweetness. Oh and the peppercorn comes out in the aftertaste! What fun :)
Too bad this is another sample from my box. But you know what, I don’t mind because I’m getting to know the company better when I do eventually make an order. That and I have so much in my cupboard that I welcome the sipdown!
My first sip of this tea was so bitter and acidic, I almost dumped it out. But I decided to let it cool and I’m glad I did…as it cools down, the acidity recedes and the fruity flavor begins to pop a bit more. Still not the best grapefruit tea I’ve ever tried, but I enjoyed the second half of the cup!
Flavors: Bitter, Grapefruit, Grass
Well I found my “one” apple tea. I’m kinda sad that it turned out to be from a non Canadian vendor. Darn you Cdn dollar. and shipping!
I’ve seen other notes that say it tastes artificial, and I suppose it does a little but to be honest this is the best apple tea I’ve ever had. Any of those which have no fake notes either don’t taste like apple at all or they do, just not in the way I was looking for.
I added no sugar and it was quite sweet, though not overly so like the David’s Tea version. The base is a bit astringent, which suits the “apple”-ness quite well. Definitely getting some mouth puckering!
You know, I’m a little worried about my rating. It’s the highest of the bunch. Perhaps I’m just easily swayed by unrealistic fruit flavours? Bah.
Sadly though, I only had the one bag as this was from the Lupicia sampler box I bought. Oh well. Hello goodbye wonderful!
This was a sample from the February mailer. I really liked the strawberry and chocolate notes in this tea, but the puer base still reminds me of drinking rubber. The reviews seemed to say that for the most part it was hidden and I would agree, but every once in a while I got a hint of it. I enjoyed the cup but not something I need to visit very often.
AGH!!! I just wrote my review and now its gone. Not sure what happened. Sighs.
Here we go again. I found this to be a standard sencha only with less of a grassy note and more lingering sweetness followed by menthol. At first I wasn’t sure but then saw someone else mention it in their note so I knew I wasn’t going crazy!
Also, there was a time way back when that sencha used to make me a bit queasy. Recently I found that not to be the case, but here I feel just a bit of it. Not enough to complain or anything, just something to notice!
Yep. Agreed with all the other notes here, this is a standard Assam, albeit a nice one.
Smooth, fruity, and a hint of malty yum. There’s also a lingering dry pucker in the back of my mouth at times. I don’t often find this type of astringency in tea!
Not every sip mind you, and the other ones are rather wet and a tad sour.
On a more personal note… I’ve had some rather strange dreams the last few days. I don’t often remember them and yet these ones have yet to fade. Not sure what to think about that!
I can see the Darjeeling in this but it blends in so well with the other teas that it really doesn’t take on Darj elements in the traditional muscatel/astringent way.
I must have left it longer than I realized, though I only stepped out of the room for a second! When I came back my cup was bitter. So I added some milk and it toned everything down, bringing out a lovely malt and stone fruit note alongside the refreshing Darj. I quite enjoyed the cuppa. The perfect blend of mellow vs crisp. Quite a character, I’d say!
This came in the Lupicia tea magazine for October. I better enjoy this cup because my kitty decided to walk by and lick the tea bag. LOL
A amber colored liquor with a soft malty scent. The astringency definately there, even thoughI brewed it lightly. I brewed it in a mason jar too, that was a bad idea because it’s currently too hot to hold.
I went and bought donuts after going to the gym this morning, before I posted my Secret Pumpkin package. Apple fritter goes well with this tea. Even brewed lightly it holds up well to the sweetness of the donut.
I’m generally not a black tea person, and prefer darjeeling to assam, but this one’s not bad. I would consider it as a gift to people starting out in the world of tea. Throw out that Lipton.