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Dang, this might be the winner of the Hawaii Lupicia collection! This blend is black tea with bergamot, rose, and passionfruit.
The smell of the dry leaf is amazing and taste wise is really good. It’s like a floral tangy passionfruit twist to earl grey. The bergamot is on the lighter side, most of the flavor is rose and the finish is sweet passionfruit. If you can get your paws on this one, do it if you love florals and earl greys.
There was a single teabag of this tea in the Holiday TTB and I decided to keep it to try out at work, where I have a hot water pot, but find it challenging to brew loose leaf tea at my desk. I sampled it today and found it to be a huge step up from the grocer store bagged tea I usually end up drinking at work! This one had nice big, unbroken leaves visible through the sachet and smelled like some kind of baked fruit dessert. The flavor was good too: a nice smooth black tea base layered with flavors of honey and fruit. (Not really sure what kind of fruit…plums maybe? And apples? It’s definitely coming across as a baked fruit flavor to me, not fresh.) Not my favorite offering from Lupicia, but still quite yummy!
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Smooth
I’ve been in the mood for straight blacks recently, maybe because I’ve been sick with a stubborn upper respiratory infection that makes flavored teas less palatable to my compromised taste buds. I got this tea to have as a breakfast tea since I tend to love my black teas with milk. It’s really nice – a solid, strong black that pairs well with milk, as the name indicates. Really nice with a sweet kind of breakfast. No subtlety here, but none expected. I would like to emphasize the brewing time – this one’s easy to overbrew so be careful with the timing of it. Usually with flavored blacks I’m so lazy that I leave the tea leaves in the infuser for the entire time I’m drinking the pot of tea, but I don’t recommend doing that with this one. Respect the brewing time and you’ll end up with a very good pot of smooth, strong black tea – not tannic, almost a little sweet, with a lovely aroma.
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Up until now, cold brewing Golden Honey Dew has been off limits because I only have 50g and I’ve been hoarding it like mad. Between the terrible dollar exchange and the fact that I haven’t found any other Lupicia tea worthy of reordering, I don’t now when I’ll ever get more of this liquid gold.
But I did treat myself to a jug of cold brew after holding into this for 3/4 of a year, as it’s starting to lose a little bit of its beautiful aroma and flavour.
This does not disappoint. It’s like drinking a Melona bar. Genius blend!
Transferring this to a tin and realizing that I can’t fit it all in means a) time for a cup and b) really about time that I actually write about this since I’ve had it a few times now but have been majorly hoarding it.
Oh poor me, having to steep the excess leaf that couldn’t fit into a tin!
Words can’t describe how glorious this is. Thank you, Lupicia, for using green rooibos. It is perfect with the creamy honeydew.
I haven’t cold brewed this because I want to stretch this out as much as possible, but it’s glorious hot. It tastes like Melona bars. This is so juicy!
Ordering more in the future is a must, but between the terrible Canadian dollar exchange and the fact that I haven’t really found any other Lupicia tea worthwhile reordering (although I’ve yet to try the Melon Oolong that has been sitting here unopened), it is extremely hard to justify making an order.
I had this for my morning brew, and it is reaaaally good. This tea got me very excited for spring harvest. I haven’t had any green tea since April or ay’ish, so this was a nice change. I grabbed my kyusu and warmed it up. I poured a heavy amount of these leaves into it. These small needles are a brilliant emerald green and fairly glossy. I warmed them up and they gave off an enticing aroma of creamy vegetables. I really missed the scent of Japanese greens. I brewed these up and poured myself a cup. The liquor was a beautiful shade of green. The color was so vibrant and astonishing. I tried to take a photo of it, but it was too dark this morning to capture it. I sat for some time just admiring the shade of green. The taste was fantastic. This tea has an extremely thick body with a salivating juiciness. I always think of “life water” or some sort of elixir when I drink gyokuru. This tea just has that “life giving” characteristics. I picked up a decent umami profile and some astringency in the aftertaste. This wasn’t a completely light and sweet green; instead, it was a little rough, and it carried some heavier tones. This tea gave me an amazing head high, and it really got me buzzing for work. I love that green tea energy! I really liked this brew, like a lot. I wish I had some more. This tea sparked the fire I had for green tea, so I’m counting the days until spring. I will surely stock up.
Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Nectar, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Umami, Vegetal
I’m terribly hungover from New Years festivities so naturally turned to a tea sample that I knew would taste the closest to a fruity wine. I’m a glutton for punishment. I was lying down while drinking this (may or may not affect the taste/my general authority). The predominant flavors are grape and strawberry. Super smooth and flavorful. Would recommend for those looking to purge their bodies of the sins from nights past.
I received the decaf version of this tea in my Happy Bag last year and wasn’t a fan…the base tea had an odd aftertaste that really ruined the experience for me. I definitely prefer this one! The strawberry vanilla flavoring is sweet and natural and the base tea is nice and smooth. I still like Lupicia’s Strawberry Vanilla Green Tea better, but this one is good too!
Flavors: Smooth, Strawberry, Vanilla
Although Lupicia makes numerous amazing fruity-flavored blends, I’m not a huge fan of their black teas. Unfortunately, this one was no exception. The aroma was an enticing tropical fruit sweetness, but the flavor came across a bit artificial with a slight sourness that reminded me of gummy candies.
Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Sour, Tropical
Lupicia is so good at these fruit-flavored teas and they really nailed it with this blend! The scent and flavor are dead-on sweet, ripe honeydew melon with nothing cloying or artificial about it. The silky-smooth oolong makes a perfect base. This was a refreshing taste of summer on this snowy winter day and I’m willing to bet it would brew up a to-die-for iced tea as well!
Flavors: Fruity, Honeydew, Melon, Smooth, Sweet
Received this as part of a sampler set I bought earlier this year. I found the description intriguing with the inclusion of papaya and guava, but I was underwhelmed. I’m positive this would have tasted amazing cold, but the hot steeping resulted in a generic tropical taste. If going the tropical route, I much prefer Jardin Sauvage.
Groggily reached for this sampler tea bag this morning, not having any idea of what it was. This is definitely a new favorite for me. The tropical fruit flavor is just right. It’s not too much and not too little.
I’ll definitely have to purchase this when the weather gets warmer, as it will certainly taste lovely iced.
I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I remember from Tahoe.
Recommended to me by the Oolong Owl. There is a nice scent of white chocolate and nuts. Perhaps hazelnut. The flavour is sweet, nutty, a little creamy, and reminds me of cookies. Has a good base tea too. Very enjoyable festive blend. Went well with the almond crescent cookies. Didn’t notice any apricot though.
Flavors: Cookie, Creamy, Hazelnut, Nuts, Nutty, White Chocolate
Happy Winter Solstice! Last night, I attended a Solstice Festival. There were farolitos (festive paper lanterns), and some were set up as a labyrinth. Very fun.
Today, I made the usual almond crescent cookies. And my new cookbook came in the post. Decided I would try this tea. It smells nicely like strawberry pastry with some coconuts notes. There is a sweet strawberry flavour, and hints of floral.
Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Pastries, Strawberry
Thanks to CheshireEyes for the thoughtful sample! This has been on my wishlist for a while and I’m super glad to have tried it. This has a lovely sweet pineapple flavor that comes just short of being cloying or tasting candy-like. It’s also nice as an iced tea. By which I mean brewed hot and then cooled, since I never had the patience to cold brew this. Sipdown!
Thanks for a sample of this one, Ost! I’m finding it hard to say anything about this one, though it’s tasty. The dry leaf has a dried grass scent. The flavor is lighter with a nice sweetness to it, hints of fruit. More interesting than a Ceylon and if I have had Nilgiri before, this might be a better one. (Though I think I remember Nilgiri is used in the older batches of 52Teas Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish which works perfectly.) Ah well, it’s good then it’s gone.