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This one’s unusual. It has a…I don’t know what the term for it is exactly…kind of…very light but definitely present jasmine-y muskiness or earthiness to it, some sort of smell I associate with Chinese tea. I suppose basing EGs on Keemun is unusual among the ones I’ve tried maybe, guessing that’s why. It’s good though!…not what I expect when I reach for my EG like a security blanket (I admit I like mine heavily perfumed with super floral and super zesty bright bergamot), a sort of unique hybrid thing. Not sure where exactly to class this in my day to day tea habits as it’s filling a rather unique niche. Hm.
(I’m noticing sometimes I run into a problem rating teas because what I think of as the in-a-vacuum aesthetic quality of a tea and whether it actually fits into my specific life are at a disconnect. I guess going forward I’m going to try to take more of the former into account than the latter in rating on this site, and keep personal notes of my must-haves and staples elsewhere. We’ll see if I can keep that straight for the most part…)
As a side note to myself, I’m beginning to wonder if “bergamot” doesn’t mean what I think it means smell and flavor-wise somehow, based on other Steepsters’ reviews of EGs. Common consensus will be “oh this one’s super bergamot-y” or “this one has barely any bergamot” and it will be almost opposite my impression. But I find this so, so puzzling because I’ve LOVED bergamot for like 20 years and as such chosen it for my bath products and candles and whatever else, so the element I find common (and tantalizingly beautiful) in all of those products (from lots of different sources, mind) must be it, right? Perplexed.
To me it’s that exquisite heady yet fresh, floral note that has an edge of citrus zest to it. The smell of, well, the flowers in an orange grove, that almost jasmine perfume (which is so funny because I loathe jasmine) combined with the zippy aroma of orange oil, the way the zest permeates the petals a bit. Done poorly or too heavily it becomes bitter.
Whoa, dry and brewing this smells like sweet coffee. Husband thought it smelled like pralines. Brewed it’s quite surprising—deep dark oily black, with some thin sediment rimming the cup. Made me worry it’d be harsh and burnt tasting or bitter, and there is a toasty thing going on (unsurprising as it’s barley-based), but it’s not a bad thing at all, to my relief. Sweet and caramel-y and yeah, like coffee but with much less body, a cleaner taste. There’s a light earthiness too that isn’t usually in coffee, and I like it. Thought based on the description it’d * need * milk, pleasantly surprised it doesn’t, though I can see how that’d probably add texture and richness. Great to have this at my disposal as a late night kinda-coffee-like sweet treat.
Yay a fruit tea I don’t hate! Smells lovely and is not astringent at all. I’ve noticed the odds work in my favor when it’s a citrus-based, but also creamy, tea. This is sweet-tart, yet doesn’t have any puckery unpleasant astringency. Somewhat light body that makes it eminently drinkable after a large meal like dinner. Doesn’t need milk or sugar. Bonus, it’s no-caf. I’m building up quite an arsenal of those finally, yay—no more tealess or sleepless nights!
I think this is the freshest of my randomly found Lupicia samples. This is surprisingly good! It’s a nice balance of smooth and brisk. The Darjeeling comes through strong, but the other teas in the blend are equally present. I usually hate drinking black tea straight, but I drank the whole cup this way! Yum! This is a solid choice if you like Darjeelings. I’m thoroughly enjoying this. :)
Another randomly found Lupicia sample. I actually bought this one with Kotobuki as a trial wedding favor. They both came in one white, mesh, organza bag with a drawstring closure. Each sample was packaged in its own plastic slip colored cream and gold. Overall, I like the favors. But at $2.50 each, I decided it wasn’t worth it. My mom ended up making cookies for our favors. :)
Anyway, I digress again. This tea is DELICIOUS! The dry leaf aroma is fruity, floral, and yummy! The brewed tea aroma is simply mouthwatering. And the taste? DE-LISH! It has a natural sweetness and can be drunk straight, which is the way I enjoyed it. I highly recommend this one, and I don’t even like Keemun! This tea is great!
Another randomly found Lupicia sample. I’m not sure if it qualifies as a sipdown since it’s only this one tea bag. I guess since I have so many one sample tea bags floating around, I won’t count them as sipdowns. Anywho, on to the tea!
The dry leaf aroma is grape and green tea. The brewed tea aroma is the same and yet different. It smells sweeter now. Mmm, the flavor here is lovely! It’s a nice mixture of grassy green tea with grape candy. The end of the sip is slightly bitter, but that’s counteracted nicely by the grape flavor which lingers long after the sip.
I’m content with this one. It’s definitely more enjoyable to me than Lupicia’s Happiness tea I just tried. Still, it’s probably not something I would re-stock. But I do feel confident in recommending it to others!
I haven’t had this tea in so long oh my gosh
Someone posted on the discussion board about their favourite melon white tea, and then I started thinking about my Honeydew Tea and well… now I’m drinking it :)
Also, I just got a thing in the mail. I got my friend and her mom into Disneyland (keep in mind, she was one of my best friends in high school and I haven’t seen her in about 2.5 years!!), and I opened the envelope and they got me a gift card. It really wasn’t necessary, but they’re so lovely and I love them so much! I’ll probably surprise them with cookies the next time I see them :)
Two people on my dash had this today, and I really needed a caffeine-free tea that tastes lovely over ice so Golden Honew Dew it is!
I should’ve known to bring some of this with me when I met up with keychange at Disneyland today!! I still ended giving her a lot of other teas, but this one. Ahh how could I have forgotten!
But this is an absolutely lovely tea. Just a couple spoonfuls into a jar and sweetner, pour it over ice and it makes a lovely nighttime tea :)
I totally went to the Happiest Place on Earth with keychange today and it was tons of fun! It was a very different experience for me since she and her friend are both blind, but dude, I had a lot of fun. And I’m super happy that they had tons of fun as well! It did take us a while to get started with the passes and everything, but once we got on our first attraction, it was nonstop from there. We had such a fantastic time with Mary Poppins, and I’m actually going back to the parks tomorrow and head over to City Hall and let the people at guest relations know that Mary pretty much made our entire day :)
I do have a headache now though blehhh :/ It’s the whole spending the day at the parks/heat exhaustion thing that gives me these headaches soooo after this cuppa it’s time for bed! Parks for a couple hours tomorrow, and then an 8.5 hour shift that ends at 2am. Oh I’m living the life :))
((I don’t know if that’s supposed to be sarcastic of not…))
My leg hurts so much that it’s come to the point where I decided to sit in my desk chair and have my roommates roll me around the apartment ahhaa :)
But it’s 10 minutes past midnight and I still have a LOT of stuff to do in preparation for finals week next week! Wanted a cup of tea, but it’s also tasting note #500 sooo my special Honey Dew tea in my Troy & Abed in the Morning mug it is! And it’s perfect since it’s caffeine-free :)
also can I point out that they FINALLY updated their flavour suggestions. Dang, that took a while.
Flavors: Honeydew, Melon
Coldbrewed for almost 24 hours I think?
Brought some of this with me to class and it’s such a refreshing tea! I’ve actually never had this coldbrewed before, but I kinda actually love it cold more than hot. Like it’s still pretty freakin amazing as a hot brew, but dude. It’s in the mid 90’s now and hot tea is just not good for me in this heat. I definitely need to stock up on this tea. Like I probably only have like 3 cups left?
Ugh. I need to go back to San Francisco.
Reunited with my love ♥ ♥
I accidentally made it a bit watered down this time, but it’s still good! Not as much flavour as I would like, but still a lovely tea :)
Flight back home got delayed so I arrived almost an hour after scheduled, but it’s all good since I’m finally home! Parents definitely miss me hehe. I make the home much more lively :))
I got home and took the fruits out of the fruit basked and then laid out all the tea that I brought home with me and gave some to mother. Then I went into her tea stash and looked for teas that I was able to take from her :) So now I have more teas from Lupicia and Teavana!
And mother is making me buy her tea when I go out shopping friday! SHE’S GIVING ME MONEY YEEESSSS.
Oh my gosh it’s just SO good to be back home!!
I sent a sachet of this over to MissB and NayLynn and it seems as though they both drank it today!
Dude. I only had about 2 sachets to last me two weeks and really wasn’t enough. This is my last sachet and YOU BET I’LL BE STOCKING UP ON THIS TEA WHEN I VISIT LUPICIA NEXT WEEK.
I’m probably not going to go to San Francisco till this time next year so… dang I have to stock up.
This is technically a sipdown, but I’m not going to bother taking out out of my cupboard since I know I’ll be getting some more within the next week :)
Last time I made this tea was about a week ago and I was freaking out because I didn’t want to pee during my phone interview.
Now I’m drinking it because I’m celebrating a successful week. From DCP acceptance to finally finishing that 40 page marketing plan and finishing all the presentations that I have! Oh I am so happy to be done!
Today has seriously been so busy I did not have time to drink tea! It’s just past 11 and I’m drinking my first, and probably last cup of the day.
Well, if I’m drinking just one cup, better make it a good one!
Sad to look into my pouch and see only 2 more sachets left. Ahh well, i’ll be going to the city in a couple weeks and I can replenish :)
LOVE this tea.
I think people are starting to get bored of every time I log this tea because I drink it all the time!
Yeah. This tea is amazing okay :)
I’ve made a small cup of this because I don’t want to drink too much and have to pee in the middle of my phone interview WHICH IS IN ABOUT AN HOUR AND I’M KINDA FREAKING OUT.
Currently going through all of my responses, trying to phrase them as professionally as I can, and have it flow naturally.
Oh my gosh I’m seriously really nervous, but excited at the same time.
Disney, be good to me, please.
Dude. Every time I tell myself I’m just drinking one last tea for the night, that never happens!
I found a secret stash of this tea in the pantry (a gift from my mother to her sister, of course) and now I’m making tea for my cousin and I!
This is seriously up there in my list of favourite teas okay.
two minutes into sipping, I realize that this tea is probably over a couple of months old and definitely not fresh at all dang. Okay yeah kinda thankful that I made a cuppa for my cousin so I won’t have to drink it all.
I keep talking about how great this tea is and I love it so much and I’M RUNNING LOW ON MY GOLDEN HONEY DEW NO.
I only have about 5 sachets left.
I’m going to text my sister or my dad to see if they can run to San Francisco and get me some because… I want more, pretty please.
Can I just point out that this was quite possibly one of the best days EVER.
I was productive and finished homework and quizzes and writing a couple emails, and then I went home and prepared for dinner.
I made an herb roasted chicken with potatoes and grilled veggies. My friends came over and we talked for a bit, ate dinner and just talked a whole lot longer. Then we were all We want doughnuts and so we hopped onto a freeway and drove to the nearest doughnut place from campus and I had a strawberry stuffed doughnut AND IT WAS SO GOOD.
Tonight was so much fun and dinner was successful! And I feel like I just had to end the night with my favourite tea of all time :)
I’m still freakin dying from midterms okay.
I finished one this morning, and then I went to my 4 hour lab where I got to butcher a chicken and cook rices stuff and potatoes and yummy foods and things and then after that a 2 hour class used as a study session for our midterm on tuesday.
Between my lab and lecture, I had about 30 minutes to run home and get ready for class and I turned the kettle on, threw a sachet of this into my thermos and poured the water into my thermos and rushed to class.
Everyone there was all WOW WHAT IS THAT SMELL. Yeah this tea is //very// aromatic sooo yeah. It’s good. Definitely one of my favourites. When I get down to like two sachets, I’m going to make mother buy me more from San Francisco hehe :)
(shhh I actually was out of this tea for a week or so because I sent the last of it to shmiracles. But it’s all good because I knew my sister was going to send me more since this tea is only available in the Lupicia stores in San Francisco)
Okay. This. I’m experimenting right now.
I’ve got chia seeds and I like them and I’ve had them before in other drinks and just plain old water. I actually really like the texture of the chia seeds since it reminds me of tapioca!
I’m letting my chia seeds soak in water for about 10-15 minutes, then I’ll go ahead and pour my tea on top of the seeds :)
((not an actual tasting note, but like… a life update ha. But yes this tea is good and sweet and very much like honey dew! Not the biggest fan of honey dew, but a huuuge fan of this honey dew tea!)