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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!
10Mar16 – I’ll preface this review by saying I’m sick and therefore my sense of smell/tastebuds are somewhat impaired.
Dry – smells like caramel cookie.
195F (not boiling, I learned my lesson last time thanks) Steeped this twice 2 and 3 min. It was definitely better at 3 min. I liked it, though it’ll be good to retry when I’m not sick. Tasted cookie-ish. Darn you cold…
First off, I must say what a delicious tea! This is a ceremonial grade premium Matcha with a premium taste. The flow is very smooth upon consumption, and with slightly aggressive mixing you can produce a well amount of foam amongst the top of your tea. It’s reasonably priced for the type of quality you are getting. It produces a very nice vibrant green.
Flavors: Creamy, Cut grass, Freshly Cut Grass
A sample from Miss B. I’m still working my way through the exceptionally generous box she sent me a while back now – it just seems to keep on giving! I used 1 tsp of leaf for today’s cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. It brewed up a nice dark amber, so I added a splash of milk. From the dry leaf, it looks like this one is a mixture of CTC and larger black tea leaves, with generous pieces of chestnut and smaller cacao/chocolate fragments.
To taste, it’s absolutely 100% delicious. The flavour is on the delicate side, but it’s the kind of flavouring that seems like it’s part of the tea and not an addition, so I’ve no complaints about that. It’s lightly nutty, with deeper dark chocolate notes, fairly sweet and creamy, and wonderfully smooth. I couldn’t have wished for better for my first “proper” cup of the morning. It’s deliciously dessert-like without being cloying or overpowering, the perfect “comfort” cup for a cold winter’s day.
The black base is much more mellowed today which is great cuz I don’t love Lupicia’s black base. The apricot is sweet and accurately portrayed but is also mild making the tea, as a whole, nothing special or overly flavorful. It’s there and it’s satisfying enough for this one cup but once this is gone, it won’t be missed.
I’ve had this in my cupboard for a while and I can’t believe I haven’t cracked it open before now. I realized that I have rather an overabundance of flavored blacks in my stash. My buying pattern before I went on hiatus was, go to an online retailer to get one or two things, and end up buying about 30 because they all looked so interesting. And yet, I can’t really drink more than a couple of cups of flavored blacks in a day. Hence the overabundance.
In the packet it smells rather intensely of caramel flavored coffee to me, a little on the bitter side, a little on the sweet side, and something in the middle that’s like baking powder. It has a dark reddish brown liquor. The aroma is less baking powder and more baked something else which is good. Not as bitter smelling after steeping.
The taste has no bitterness at all, and is in fact remarkably smooth. It’s a nice caramel flavor, not too sweet but just sweet enough. At first it reminded me of the amaretti cookies, but more in terms of texture and atmosphere than in terms of flavor as there’s not an almond note that I can discern, though supposedly this contains almond. Perhaps it was the luck of the spoon. If there had been almond to my tastebuds, this would be more similar to Brioche than it is. But in addition to not tasting the almond, this also doesn’t give off the same bear claw type baked goods flavor. The “cookie” part is not a soft, baked, flaky sort of flavor, more of a hard, chewy sort of flavor.
The package recommends having this with milk, but I don’t think it needs it. Which is a good thing, or I probably wouldn’t give it high marks.
It’s tasty, just not as cookie-ish as I had hoped. But perhaps, as I mentioned, that’s the luck of the spoon and I’ll get more of that flavor on the next try.
Flavors: Caramel, Cookie
Dry leaf smelled sweet, fuity, tart cherries. I used boiling water as per directions which was a mistake. Flavors wete muted. Too hot and it killed the flavor. I like the base of the tea. I just wish the cherry flavor came through more. I tried this again with lower water temperature and more cherry flavor was present. Still not enough for me. I like the cherry flavor in Cholate Cherry Latte by A Quarter to Tea better.
Flavors: Cherry, Fruity, Sweet
Very warming, hearty cup of tea. Reminds me of the medicinal herbal Chinese teas I used to drink as a child in Singapore. Not sweet, just what I need after drinking a way-too-sugary apple cider. I don’t think all Westerners will like this but it is a perfect before-bed drink for me.
Flavors: Floral, Medicinal, Peppermint
Finally brewed it correctly. 5g / 185˚F / 45s and wing it from there.
Enjoying. Increasing rating.
Seriously, despite all the stems and bits of broken leaves in it, this tea smells and tastes fantastic. Even when I probably broke some tea rules by combining parts of 4 separate steepings into my Thermos, it keeps beautifully throughout the day for hours of pampering.
Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Plums
Note: Next time, 185˚F, 45s for first infusion.
1st infusion: 185˚F, 1 min
Smells beautiful and floral. Still tastes slightly bitter. Maybe I need to steep for shorter. Or for longer. (Confused)
2nd infusion: 185˚F, split experiment
Half of this infusion steeped for 1:00, the other half for 2:30. Shorter is the clear winner here. The 1:00 was light and fresh, 2:30 was incredibly bitter. Now I know. Don’t follow the instructions on the package (which says 1 to 1.5 min).
3rd infusion: 185˚F, 1:15
Now I’ve got the hang of it. Could probably have gone a bit hotter or longer.
4th infusion: 190˚F, 1:45
5th infusion: 190˚F, 2:10
This tea smells so beautiful, both dry and brewed.
Visual inspection: The quality of the tea seems not great because you have to use 5-6g in a gaiwan, and they’re all tiny bits of broken leaf that flow out into your cup, not whole leaves.
First infusion: I may have overbrewed a little at 190˚F for 1:30, I get a dark amber liquor that tastes slightly bitter.
Second infusion: Much better at 185˚F. Bitterness is gone.