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Perfume is a great way to explain this tea.
I wanted to review this tea the first time I drank it but I decided to hold off. The oolong pieces are rather twisty and look nice, but looks are not what makes this tea appealing. Between the green/vegetable oolong taste and the white peace, this tea taste very light and splendid. The rose flavoring is not very strong which is nice because a floral taste that takes over a tea makes it horrendous. I am thankful I got this tea, though it is hard to describe to anyone… it’s like drinking the smell of a light perfume, which doesn’t sound appealing but it really is. I have only been using 1-2g of tea to brew this so I look forward to adding a bit more to see what it would be like if it is stronger.
Well, here’s a tea that I’m unsure how to rate: This is a warm cup of apple juice being drank outside during spring. Overall it is an experience that I am hoping to share with others and hear their remarks. Quality looking, wonderful smell, and a bold taste.
I will update my review after I cold brew this… I probably should of started that way but I’m impatient.
I bought this when I was stocking up on White Christmas, mostly based on the reviews. When I opened the bag, I was immediately surprised by how sweet it smelled. I suppose I expected a nuttier profile based on what I read and the ingredients in the tea itself. My assumption was that the saccharine scent would wear off once it was brewed up. Not so much. This tastes like sugar to me with a warm, grain-like undertone. I tried a second steep with pretty much the same result, and puzzled over what it was this tea reminded me of. After a few more sips, it occurred to me: Lucky Charms, the breakfast cereal I occasionally indulged in as a kid. It’s like a spoonful of the marshmallows with that weird, cardboard-ish oat grain that’s been soaked in 2% milk. It isn’t bad, per se, but after that HIMYM-style glass shattering revelation, I can’t really bring myself to drink it. Fortunately, my sib really seems to enjoy it, so I’ll just pawn it off on her.
Flavors: Grain, Marshmallow, Oats, Sugar
A rooibos that I like?! Impossible! Got this sample in the most recent Lupicia tea magazine. I wouldn’t have thought to try it otherwise. It has a really creamy yet strong and earthy peach flavor. I can taste a little rooibos in the aftertaste. It isn’t the bright peach flavor like their Momoko, but it is still really good. Adding creamer obscures the taste on the sip a little for me, but the aftertaste is just as nice. Adding sugar just makes it sweet and doesn’t really change or amplify the flavors. I might actually consider buying some of this for more evening options!
This teabag came in my Lupicia Happy bag/holiday set that I got right after Christmas. It looks like they don’t have this on the US website anymore. Has anyone been there recently? It seems like they greatly reduced their number of non-flavored green teas to the US market. Maybe nobody was buying them? Well, booo.
They still have this on the Australia Lupicia website. It is described as “well-balanced blend of Matcha and Yabukita sencha from Shizuoka. Boasting a refreshing flavour and bright green water-colour, this tea can be enjoyed alongside any meal or dessert”.
This is quite a nice green tea. I would agree it is refreshing, somewhat mild and sweet for a sencha. It is definitely on the vegetal side with grassy, spinach notes but it also has a sweet pea flavor in the finish that I am quite enjoying. And not much bitterness as well. I wish I could get my hands on some more of this but for a nice, bagged sencha there is always the Organic sencha from Den’s.
The Lupicia base, that I don’t usually love, actually lends itself quite nicely to the rich chocolate flavor of this tea. It smells amazingly like rich milky chocolate and at times it tastes like milk chocolate but mostly it tastes like a thick dark chocolate. I don’t know if I would want this in bulk because I just don’t reach for chocolate teas that much but I certainly wouldn’t turn down another cup. 224.
This free sample came from the Lupicia newsletter. The dry leaf smells kind of funky, like rooibos and peach liquor.
Brewed, I am not terribly impressed with this one. Maybe I should have used a smaller cup instead of a 12 oz mug, but I’m just not getting much flavor from this aside from a rooibos flavor. Not too impressed but won’t rate for now since this could be a user error :)
Roasted chestnut goodness! I love this tea, and when I couldn’t find it available on the Lupicia website, I was really disappointed. I even tried to buy it during a trip to California, but the salesperson at the San Jose store looked at me like I had three heads when I asked for it. Are they discontinuing it permanently? Is it just a seasonal thing? Not sure, but when whatshesaid mentioned that she wasn’t all that thrilled with it, I was happy to take it off her hands! Yaaaaaaay, and welcome back to my tastebuds, Chaud Les Marrons! I love chestnuts, I roast them every year, and winter just doesn’t feel the same without them, so this tea is a lovely way to enjoy that taste whenever I want. Even though it’s early spring right now, I’ll drink this tea until the weather gets truly warm. Hot. With milk. Always, always with milk. Don’t oversteep, don’t overleaf, and all will be well.
Flavors: Chestnut, Roasted, Sweet
Thank you Lupicia for the free sample. I’m not a big fan of Red rooibos. It always gives me a funny sensation in my throat that makes me wonder if I’m allergic or something. Anyway, did you know that peach melba is a dessert? Go look it up. Sounds pretty good. I’m tempted to mix this with a raspberry tea to get that flavor. Without the raspberry it’s still close to what I’m assuming that would taste like. The peaches and cream flavor is great. I’m tempted to try almond milk but I don’t want to ruin it.
And I’m sorry but who has ever put marshmallow topping on their tea? No. Probably…. maybe. Maythe Japanese. Could make a really cute milk tea drink with burnt marshmallow toppings..
Sample from the Lupicia newsletter, which was a complete surprise since I couldn’t remember placing any orders recently…maybe last year? The dry sachet has a peaches-and-cream scent, along with a slightly woodsy, boozey contribution from the rooibos. This one brews up intimidatingly dark, as rooibos often does. The peach flavor is very fresh and natural. There’s a crispness to the body of the tea that almost makes me believe it’s a peach black tea. Highly delectable with a splash of milk as well. A few years ago I would never have imagined I’d enjoy rooibos, but it has been growing on me a lot. This is one of the great ones.
MELON!!!!! Sweet, juicy melon. This is really fantastic. If you or a distant cousin is even mildly indifferent towards the taste of honeydew pick this one up. It’s almost more flavorful than the actual fruit without tasting artificial at all. I’m totally sold on green rooibos now (or at least Lupicia’s offerings). I can’t wait to try it iced.
Backlog from last night
Sil sent me this in a swap a loooong time ago. Don’t know why I’ve been hoarding the Lupicia teas so much. I have about half the sample left now.
I remember trying Harney & Son’s chocolate blend “Florence” a few weeks ago and enjoying that. This one was kind of similar, but the chocolate flavour was far more prominent in the scent here rather than the taste. Florence had more true-to-life chocolate flavour, and I liked the note of hazelnut there.
If I had to choose between the two, I’d go with Florence over this.
Another sample from The Cookie Lady! This one reminded me a lot of Piccolo, except with a black tea base instead of rooibos. It has the same jammy fruit flavor mixed with honey. Quite nice (and probably even better with sweetener!) but not something I’ll be running out to buy, as I prefer more of a fresh fruit flavor in my fruity teas.
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Jam
What a delicious evening treat! I’ve been wanting to try this one for ages and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s rich and buttery and slightly sweet, even with nothing added. The flavor really does remind me of a cookie…hazelnut biscotti maybe? I’m also getting a bit of malt from the base tea and just a hint of astringency, which I’m sure would smooth out if I added some milk. This is definitely one I’ll be ordering at some point in the future. A big THANK YOU to The Cookie Lady for the sample!
Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Hazelnut