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I opened this just now, and it does smell pretty nice. I thought it smelled like peach and tutti fruiti gum at first, but now it’s reminding me more of fig and these forest berry pastilles that I used to buy from the Fresh Market, so perhaps close to a sweet red wine. It’s quite interesting to look at with the oddly shaped sugar rocks, the flower petals, and the red peppercorn.
Brewed, it smells like apricots. The flavor itself is mild and sweet, with a fruit flavor that’s hard to place. I might need to brew more of the tea leaves to get a stronger fruit taste. It is nice. I was worried about this tea, given it’s mixed reviews, but I think it’s good.
I’m glad I bought the Christmas teas when they were on sale, because these teas are delicious and good for any time of the year.
From the traveling tea box. Not one I would have purchased for myself before trying it… as I generally don’t like papaya. Love mango though!
Dry, it smells super fruity. Like a tropical punch, but a bubblegummy one. That aspect comes through in the brewed tea as well, only not quite as strongly.
I haven’t got much else to say really. Fruity mango noms. Pairs surprisingly well with Puer! since I’ve never tried the base, I don’t really feel qualified to comment. Then again I’m still on the first steep so there may be an update fortcoming ;)
Tea companies always seem to send me jasmine teas as samples, and I’ve been stalling on trying this for over a month because I’m not a fan of them. Not that I’m ungrateful, I most definitely am, especially since you never know, I may find one that I like. However, I find this to be like most jasmine greens out there. Jasmine tea smells like mothballs to me, and carries a similar, or at least I’d imagine, flavour, as well. The mandarin here was absent, but perhaps because I’m hypersensitive to jasmine. Not for me, and the score between jasmine tea and me remains the same.
This was a sample I got from Lupicia in France, it´s not labelled this, it is instead labelled PECHE BLANCHE OOLONG SUPERIEUR, ref 8231, which I think in english is this precise tea.
The Lupicia sample was an hermetically sealed teabag. I was absolutely dubious about the brewing instructions (boiling water, 90 to 120 seconds) but I checked and decided to follow those just the same, and they are right about the instructions, it did work.
The teabag smelled incredibly true to a real fresh white peach (peche de vigne). It translates well to the liquor which is very smooth. A nice cup of tea, but not something I feel the need to have again. White peaches are not even my own favorite peach, and while I admire the delicateness and purity of the flavour here, I do prefer other peach teas I have had which had more pizzaz like Adele H or Peché Mignon.
I had this tea today at work. Just brewed Western style. The smell of the dry leaves smelled so much like chocolate!
I wasn’t even sure of the temperature I was using but I know it wasn’t boiling.
This tea didn’t taste quite as chocolatey as it smelled at first. The chocolate notes were still there along with a roast flavor. As it cooled down the chocolate notes became stronger .
So this tea makes me think of chocolate genmaicha! There this roasted flavor coupled with chocolate. That’s all I could think of was chocolate genmaicha even though there wasn’t any rice in it. I really enjoyed this tea but the one downside to it was the major caffeine kick. After I had it , I was done for the day with caffeine. This seemed to pack as much caffeine as coffee.
It was really good though!!
Flavors: Chocolate, Roasted
I will come right out and say that I DON’T like rooibos. Something about it is medicinal and off-putting. But this…THIS is magical. It’s sweet and melony and wonderful. The first time I put it over ice was a life-changing experience. Now there’s always a pitcher of iced Golden Honeydew in my fridge.
Flavors: Honeydew, Melon, Round , Smooth, Sweet
Just enough of this to make a final pot. Hurrah!
I’ve enjoyed this. Its a citrus and black tea blend, which I am usually all for. This one was a little bit bitter, but not in an unpleasant way- in a bitter citrus kind of way.
It was enjoyable, and the tin is one of the specially designed ones, so its super pretty.
But its a sipdown! Hurrah!
I’m gonna make my sipdown goals, to be sure!
I’m almost done with this, but no where close to making up my mind.
Its a pretty sophisticated blend of citrus. I get lemon, bergamot, and maybe even a touch of orange?
I thought I could detect a honey note in the base today, which is a lovely idea. Maybe my last bit of this I’ll try with a spoonful of honey, and see if that can push my opinion firmly in a dirction.
Oh its nice to be home.
I am just back from a hugely busy trip, to NYC and Indiana, which was a lot of fun, but I’m so happy to be home among the teas.
The trip had very limited tea drinking, I’m afraid. I brought a few bagged teas, and had to make them with a coffee maker, which no matter how hard I scrub always leaves a faintly coffee like aftertaste. Bleh.
I’m also ashamed to report that I bought no new teas on this trip, no matter how much I wanted too. It was too busy to get to the tea shops, and when I did run into teas they were the usual things, like Republic of Tea, and so not worth using up valuable suitcase space.
Its about a hundred degrees back at home, but at least its not humid here! And more importantly, proper tea is here!
Alright! I’m always nervous when I’m the first one to review a tea, and even more so when I appear to be the only person in the world with it. I mean, did I imagine this tea? How have I got a mystical, invisible tea?
Well, I like a citrusy black tea for the summertime, and this one is pretty nice. Its quite reminiscent of an Earl Grey, but with…. lemon? instead of bergamot.
More thoughtful reviews of this will follow!
I brewed this tea and ended up not paying attention to it at all. Friend ended up calling with great news, and I ended up mindlessly sipping while chatting a=(
So this review is mainly for my own notes when I get indecisive at the Lupicia boutique
I am partial to any tea that sounds very feminine. The tea was light and did call into mind a rose wine and some berry fruitiness. I remember it being a little tart (something I usually avoid in my teas) but not so much that it was off putting.
Let me start of by saying that I generally dislike melon. I’ll eat it if it’s part of a dish or someone gives it to me, but not with relish or fervor(except fresh watermelon. Looooove watermelon!). Desserts that are flavoured like melon are even worse. Blech! I can’t stand it. Makes me wanna brush my teeth just to get the taste gone.
So when I heard about the melon teas at Lupicia, I was seriously not interested. A definite PASS for me.
But then I thought I’d better try it just to see what all the fuss is about. Cuz ya never know. YA NEVER KNOW!!! cuz it happens folks. Tea love strikes at the most random of times and you end up kicking yourself for not jumping on that wagon earlier. It’s so fresh and bright and happy tasting!
and now I’m all sad because isn’t this one discontinued???
It’s so incredibly tasty and I have no idea why, when I really should be disliking this cup. Does this apply to all melon teas? I swear I’ve had one before and it wasn’t like this. Or maybe it’s just this one cup, with these parameters? Or just the Lupicia version? I’m confused. Wouldn’t say that I’m annoyed, quite… ok yeah I would. Falling in love with a tea I can’t have has perturbed me. So there.
I’m trying to try all my Sencha samples back to back. I drank this last night. While I liked it, it’s my least favorite. I would say that this tea is like a nice, high-quality basic. It’s almost buttery in texture, not very grassy, not very bitter.
I prefer my higher end teas with a little flourish. If I were to buy a Sencha from Lupicia, I would stick to Sencha Omaesama or Sencha Tanegashima.
Matcha/Green TTB #1
For some odd reason this powder made me think of strawberry matcha candy mixture. Not that I ever had or found such a thing, but the thought of strawberry matcha and the smell of this just conjured such a thought in my mind. I tried to whisk this tea, but it kind of just did its thing without help :/
This actually has a strawberry taste in it which is nice. A bit dry at times, but overall nice.
The 78 review is based on drinking this cold.
I brewed this tea in boiling water. I didn’t think of much of it when hot – thought it was nice but it wasn’t special. It had a apple flavoring that something felt off. With all flavored teas that I feel “meh” about, I stuck in the fridge to get an idea of how it would taste if I cold brewed it the next time….and it was MUCH better! It was quite tasty. The cold temperature gave it the crispness that I felt was lacking. Everything just seemed to make more sense on my palate.
Today was particularly tiring, so I was intrigued by Lupicia’s claim that this tea would “freshen (me) up”. However, when I got a whiff of the dry tea, I thought I was in for some heavy duty medicinal tea. While the tea still smelled medicinal when steeped ( I did the recommended minimum of 3 mins), it wasn’t medicinal in taste at all.. It was actually kind of sweet, like a lemon candy.I’m not 100% sure if I’d buy it, but I wouldn’t opt out of it either. Oh, and for the record, I did feel a little freshened up after finishing this cup of tea =)