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Appearance: med dark green knobby oolong, yellow bits of citrus, reminiscent of gummy bears in appearance.
Aroma when Dry: Sweet, fruity, orange/tangalo citrus
After water is first poured: candied tangerine
At end of steep: orange, tangerine, hinting at grass
At end of steep: hinting at green
Staple? yes, Possible Spring, summer seasonal
Preferred time of day: afternoons
At first?: Tangy, tangerine, slight smooth finish
As it cools?: notes open up, and lighten, a vegital earthy note surfaces
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, light citrus, hinting at smooth crea,
Will revisit chilled, want to try mixed with hibiscus too.
Second Steep(4 min):
Aroma: Tangerine scented broth
Taste: light tangerine notes, brothy texture, slight salt note
As it cools? gets a woody, foresty slightly roasted texture
Lingers? yes, the salt note, and broth note closes
Third steep (5min)
Tangerine scented, flavored water
Not the biggest rooibos fan, but this came as a free sample with my Lupicia magazine, so I thought I would pop it in tonight while watching the Lance Armstrong interview on Oprah.
This isn’t bad, and has a nice natural sweetness without needing any sugar. It’s not the best, but the rooibos flavor isn’t super prominent which makes it a little more bearable.
Another tea from the gracious Ashmanra
My oh my!
This is on the totally opposite side from my first taste of Puerh tea.
Obviously, this is flavored so it should be in a different category, however the Puerh is still present in this tea.
But, I just want to talk about the smell of this tea for a minute.
It is incredible.
I mean, if I could I would walk around with two mugs of this all day, one to drink and one to make any area that I am currently occupying smell utterly divine.
The strawberry in this tea literally smells like a French Strawberry Cream Tart I had one time.
So fresh, and so creamy!
I only get a little chocolate, which I am totally okay with, since I am not huge into chocolate tea.
More like a chocolate drizzle over the creamy tart.
The puerh in the background is bringing a bit of earthiness to the whole mix.
Taste is a little different.
It moves from Strawberry Tart to Strawberry Field.
Strawberries warmed from the sun with a bit of field dust on them.
Thats what this tea tastes like to me.
Which as I sit, looking out my icy window at the frozen landscape, this tea feels a little like a promise.
Thank you, Ashmanra, for giving me a bit of summer in the middle of January.
Confession: I know that the little red things are pink peppercorns (which I do like) but I really, really want to picture them as tiny cherries. I just can’t unsee it.
This is one of the best-smelling teas I’ve ever had, both dry and brewed. It’s tart, delicious cherries down to the pits. Not the juicy sweet kind, but the little sour kind. Which I am more than okay with. Unfortunately, I am not super into the inclusion of rosemary. While the taste is also rather cherry, I just feel like the rosemary is dulling it down and drawing it away from that vibrant tart cherry I smell before I sip. It’s more than drinkable and it gets less grassy as it cools, but I just can’t help feeling wistful about what this tea would be like without rosemary.
I got so many black teas that have been lonely and not used since I’ve been on a green and white kick. Ditto for my mate collection!
I realized yesterday that my cold is gone, probably from sinus rinsing (ew) so yay! I can go back to working on reviews! And drinking good teas – though I did drink that sakura sencha from Den’s yesterday, lol!
Fantasy, today tasted quite smokey caramel to me. Not much in fruity taste sadly, but kinda sweet from the honey in the blend. Not bad, but good black tea to start my day.
This tea smells amazing and mouth watering – the fruityness appears to be a fruit salady mix. The black base is okay and the smokey caramel is pretty back burner.
Sweetened, this tea is much better – the caramel and fruit comes out more. Cooled, even better. I’d try this as an iced tea!
My full picture review here http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/fantasy-by-lupicia-tea-review/
So another tea i tried from my friend. So glad i did!
So let see,
The aroma… very Earl Grey no surprise, strong aroma but good and expected. Like all good tea the aroma is stronger than the flavor.
The Taste… Bergamot! Surprise! no just kidding but it’s earl grey. I get citrus, with floral notes and even some earthy notes (very slight). Very enjoyable, well balanced.
Earl Greys are easy to get wrong for me as they seem to be either too weak, too strong or too pungent. This one is well balanced and i would recommend it to anyone!
Had a rather caffeinated black this morning so some green bancha should be a nice mild way to start the afternoon. I got tea bags of theses in the happy bag. First whiff was very scary for me. I detected pineapple and then a strong scent of the dreaded cherry cough syrup. Eek! Well, let’s be brave and try it anyhow…
The liquor is a bright green which leads me to suspect matcha. The taste confirms it. I get a bit of herbal quality from the flowers and a nice mix of fruits. Pineapple and papaya? Not sure. Tea base is a bit grassy. Bancha is not really my favorite but the flavor is pleasant if vague. no cough syrup taste! :)
Also, I’m sure the tea is pretty to look at but it’s hard to appreciate through the bag. :(
Overall, I don’t like this too much but it’s pleasant enough that I wouldn’t feel bad trying to foist this on someone else. Maybe it’s just not my thing.
Bought this tea over christmas and are tasting it again for the 3rd time. I am backlogging my initial tasting notes as well.
Observation 1: My boyfriend prepared this tea. It was steeped at boiling for 5 minutes as instructed. The liquor is a pretty rooibos red and I can smell a very sweet woodsy rooibos base.
Observation 2: Naked, this tea has a very smooth orange flavor reminiscent of dark chocolate orange candies. I am reminded of a citrus liquer like lemoncello and orange zest moreso than orange itself. I also notice a bridging flavor between the rooibos and orange that reminds me of olive oil perhaps? Either way it is a wonderful addition and blends these two flavores seamlessly.
Observation 3: With sugar, I am reminded of orange liquer and orange spice candies. Very delicious.
Observation 4: I chose not to add milk or cream for fear of the dairy taste being ridiculously overpowering.
Overall: My favorite rooibos yet, I think. I would love to try this mixed with a chocolate blend, I’ve not had a chocolate rooibos, but it might bode well with a chocolate black tea or something of the sort. Once my antibiotics are over and I can have caffeine again, I shall expeirment!
Boyfriend remarks: Uh… it’s good. I’m running out of stuff to write without more words.
Addendum: Tastes like Orangesickle, I guess. * pointless nervous chuckle *
This wouldn’t have been one I’d have purchased myself – I prefer flavoured blacks to flavoured greens – but I got a tin of it in my Happy Bag last week and it seems to be one of Lupicia’s signature flavours so I gave it a try. Very pleasantly surprised. Served hot, the peach flavour is very authentic, not like a artificial chemical taste. Just the right amount of vanilla as well, which tempers the tartness of the fruit without being cloying. Despite my addiction to black tea with milk, I can definitely see myself repeatedly coming back to this one. May try it iced and in a bellini as well, now that I see people have recommended it!
Just one question – I noticed on the ingredient label that this contains artificial colouring. Uh…what? Is that even necessary?
The absolutely delicious fruity smell is what prompted me to buy this tea. It really is authentic, just like a pina colada, not artificial-chemical-smelling at all. The rolled-up little balls of tea expand like crazy into long, wide, lush-looking leaves. The taste is typical oolong, surprisingly not very fruity – maybe it’s because I’m brewing it Western-style – but a nice cup nonetheless. Leaves are good for several steepings.
This is one of the few decafs I have in my collection, and I must say that on second tasting I’m somewhat less impressed with it. It might just be the decaf base. Aside from the delicious fruitiness of the peaches, lychee, and strawberry, it tastes a little bland. Maybe I just need more leaves per cupful?
Anyway, it’s not something I’d drink without at least a little sweetening to help it along; the tea flavor by itself just isn’t good enough to carry the thing. I’m assuming it’s just something to be expected for decaf teas.
BUT I’ve had it loads of time as an iced tea. It’s great iced, and is a comforting cupful for those late nights when you need to have something hot but not caffeinated. Just not something I’m overly excited about.
Flavors: Fruity, Lychee, Strawberry
I got this tea (and 7 other blends) for my birthday, and last night I served it to our guests after dinner. It was well-received by all. I’m surprised by how much I like this, since I’m not usually a fan of lychee, but it works somehow. I always imagined decaf teas to taste a little weak, but this tasted very flavorful.
Will probably mix it with some Russian Morning Tea from Kusmi if I need a kick in caffeine.
I got a package of this tea for free when I bought a buncha stuff at Lupicia Honolulu. However, I had this tea before in bagged form. It was actually one of my first reviews for Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white-christmas-by-lupicia-tea-review/
The loose leaf is much nicer! It actually has those big blobby metallic sugar crystals, which I didn’t see in the tea bag. The flavor is much smoother and creamy. Also sweeter (probably from the sugar). I wonder how much better favorites of mine (ie Champagne Rose) would be loose rather than bagged?
Woot, got the blog going, muhahahahha! If you wanna see pictures with this review, check out http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/white-christmas-by-lupicia-tea-review/
FYI, this tea I’m reviewing is in bagged form, flavor might vary in loose leaf.
DRY LEAF: Smells kinda fruity. Huh? I guess I feel as if this tea should be minty. You know, like Stash’s “White Christmas”? I loved that tea until I had loose leaf tea.
STEEPED: 2 minutes over boiling water. Annoyingly, the package did not have English instructions, so I guessed the steep time. I was off my 30 seconds, oh well, I don’t want oversteeped black tea. White Christmas smells very fruity.
TASTE: Apricot! Very much like apricot and it is the first thing I taste! The apricot here is pretty natural tasting and well done, mixed with a little sweet and creamy taste. The black tea here is light and more present end of sip. No bitterness or dryness in this tea. Good clean black tea flavor too.
COMMENTS: The apricot flavoring is VERY well done here. Actually, this has to be the best apricot tea I’ve had so far. It’s not bitter and weird-dried-apricoty-sulfur taste. This tea is great on its own, Lupicia suggests using milk, but I probably won’t try this tea with milk as I think that it would take away the apricot flavor.
If you want to try a good apricot tea, give this one a shot! Even if you aren’t into black tea, this one is quite light – so it could be enjoyed by non-black tea drinkers. I could be convinced to purchase some of this, but I more so will be on the lookout for other Lupicia apricot teas. Lupicia does fruity teas VERY well and one could never have enough fruity teas.
A bit of a let-down. Like I always do with flavoured black teas, I added milk, and I expected a lot of creaminess and a rounded fruit taste. Unfortunately, the delicious smell of the dry leaves didn’t translate into the liquid. I really didn’t taste the white chocolate – it was more of a shortbread note, and a weak one, in my opinion. The apricot wasn’t very strong, either, so the overall effect was kind of unsubstantial. I like flavoured black teas to be really strong – marron chocolat probably being Lupicia’s best example – so this tea struck me as nothing special. I really wanted to like it, and I probably would have if the flavour had been stronger.
This tea is like a more savoury, “drier” version of Lupicia’s Sweet Autumn rooibos. Because it’s a black tea, it has the strong body and substantial mouthfeel that I love about Lupicia’s flavours (meal in a mug!)I expected it to have a bit more spice to it, but like others have said, it really is spot-on with the starchy sweet potato flavour. I have to add more sugar than I usually put in tea in order to enjoy this one, though. I guess the whole “pie” thing led me to think it would be more of a dessert tea when it really is quite savoury. Not bad, but not as tasty as I anticipated.
Sipdown, 141. I brought the last of my sachets of this from my Happy Bag at the beginning of the year with me on my trip and have been drinking them in the morning. I have gone through ups and downs with this tea… at first I really liked it, but then I was less impressed, then recently I didn’t really like the base at all, but the last couple of days I have enjoyed it. Haha, it won’t be a repurchase.
I am sitting and stewing before my dissertation defense talk this afternoon. Wish I had some tea right now!
Today is the second time I had this cold brewed, and I have come to the conclusion that it is just not that good cold brewed. There is something about the base, I think, though I can’t put my finger on it. The first time I thought it was just “oversteeped”, but this time had the same funkiness, so it’s definitely not. Too bad, although at least I like this one hot. This might be the first time that I’ve had an iced black tea fail on me.