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This is the last (to be reviewed) tea from my Happy Bag from January. Dry, it smells exactly like peach gummies (and looks gorgeous!). Steeped, the vanilla is stronger than the peach – although the peach is quite present too. The overall effect is very floral – perfume-y, even. I’m usually all for the strong florals, but even I’m finding this a bit much. The mouthfeel is quite creamy, probably due to the vanilla. I’m also getting honey, although I’m pretty sure there’s no honey or honey flavoring.
The base – or what I can taste of it underneath the quite strong flavoring – is fine, if unremarkable. When very hot it’s slightly vegetal, which isn’t a quality I enjoy alongside fruit flavoring, but as the tea cools the base recedes into the background. I’ve tried this hot and iced (brewed hot, then chilled); it’s pleasant both ways but I tend to prefer most flavoured greens iced, so that’s how I’ll be finishing off my bag.
Sipdown that I never added to my cupboard. I got a sample of this in the last Lupicia newsletter, and cold brewed it. I really don’t like grape flavored things, and this sachet smelled like grape flavoring, although not really “purple” grape, but definitely the somewhat fake muscat candy that you can find at asian markets. True to name, I guess. It’s a bit wine-y as well, which also makes sense.
The cold steeped tea is similar in flavor/scent, although I like it more than I thought I would. I don’t mind it, is how I would say it. I don’t love it, but I don’t have problems finishing the cup. If you love muscat flavor, this is for you. If you are looking for an authentic grape flavored tea, perhaps not.
Uhhh you sure this is a black? Both my friend and I thought it tasted like an oolong. And vaguely of peach!
When I first brewed it, I smelled peach. Cooked peaches. Yum. But then as the tea cooled, it blended in more and more, until it was barely present at all.
At that pointed I tasted what I thought was oolong. A roasted, average, smooth oolong.
Anyhow, I’m not sure how to rate this because I haven’t been craving oolongs lately. If I had been in the mood for one, this just might have been stellar for me. But I’ve been more about black and green teas lately. I’ll leave it be for now, until I come across it again :)
Traditionally I have NOT been a big fan of Earl Grey. This came in my Lupicia grab bag and it isn’t something I would have chosen for myself but I figured I would try it and I can always give it away to a friend.
Upon opening the bag there is a very strong but pleasant bergamot aroma. I am hopeful although I’m not a huge fan of keemun either so it isn’t a good sign overall. :)
This is pretty good however. I am trying to rate it based on its merits and not my own personal preferences. I decided to add soymilk to it and the bergamot is very strong and citrus-y. I don’t know why but keemuns always taste muddy to me so that’s the least enjoyable part of this in my opinion but it does make a good contrast with the bergamot and is pretty unique. It’s definitely a lot better than most EG’s I’ve had though. I think my favorite is still Lord Bergamot from Steven Smith.
Thanks for this sample Sil!
I was anticipating this to be a typical somewhat astringent, bitter but bold breakfast blend. But it was actually quite smooth. No bitterness or astringency. I would say it was medium boldness but I also did not steep for too long. There is a bit of a natural wood-sy taste to it. The liquor is slightly sweet, its thick and creamy. Lupicia recommends to add milk, I can see why that would taste really good, but I am actually liking this one straight. Surprising since I don’t usually like breakfast blends. But I guess this is not a breakfast blend, it is an English blend!
Edit: Made this as a cold brew as well. Brewed for about 8 hours. Its not as good as a cold brew. Some bitterness and much more of a strange floral flavour.
I’ve had this in my cupboard for a while as I had some bad experiences with darjeelings that put me off of trying this. Turns out? Tis one isn’t so bad. I’m not sure if its the fact that its second flush but its got a toasty feeling to it, though it does leave a dryness in my mouth that I’m not a huge fan of. Still though, I really should drink this mor often as its pretty good :)
This came as my free monthly lupicia sample/newsletter thing recently. Man I love the newsletter, I think I’ll need to do another order soon so I can keep up with it. Though lately, I’ve just been stuffing the samples into my bagged tea jar and not drink them.
Anyways, I wanted a new tea, but not up for a full tea review as I need to save my camera battery charge for tomorrow: Disneyland and Club 33! I’m currently also busy stressing out what to wear that follows the dresscode, but also comfortable and not overly hot 93F weather. Sigh.
The smell and taste of this tea is straight up muscat grape artificial candy. If you’ve had any kind of asian muscat candy you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s not that traditional “purple” flavor. The black tea base is smooth, pairing nicely with the muscat. I love muscat candies, and this is a great calorie saver for it!
I am tempted to buy this, however in limiting my tea stash, I’ll stick to Lupicia’s Champagne Rose.
hmm.. I wonder how the muscat oolong is?
Many thanks to oOTeaOo for this. The leaves are so pretty! Even dry, this has a natural fruity scent. There’s a floral aspect, too, which I like. Brewed, this smells like a nice juicy peach. The flavor is all peach, with a touch of vanilla and tartness. Very summery. Perfect for an afternoon break.
This tea is very good. It tastes more like a green or oolong tea because it is not heavily spiced or bitter. Often times with fruit teas they smell good but taste bland. You can definitely taste the passion fruit in this tea and it is naturally sweet on its own without the addition of sweetener. It would taste great as an iced tea as well.
This is an older Lupicia newsletter sample I hadn’t gotten around to brewing. It’s got that standard Lupicia black base I don’t like. I only steeped it for one minute, but that seems not to have made much of a difference. I’m still mostly getting the base. There’s some sweetness, but I’m struggling to pick out any of the particular flavors mentioned in the description. It does smell the tiniest bit like vanilla, but unfortunately that’s not carrying over to the taste. There is a generic fruit-candy aftertaste. I think I’m close to being done with black teas from Lupicia, although the newsletter samples keep luring me in.
I love the Lupicia newsletter, with its free samples.
Grape flavored tea, eh? How very unexpected. It certainly smells just as advertised.
The taste has a slightly less bright grape flavour, but you do get the grape. Its very interesting.
I had this hot, but I imagine it would do well in a cold steep.
My free Lupicia sample this month… This is nice and citrusy. I don’t really like real grapefruit, it has a weird aftertaste and is kind of bitter tasting to me. But this is good, it has the grapefruit taste without the bitter weird aftertaste. It steeped pretty dark green for a short minute half steep but wasn’t too strong at all. I like the aftertaste. I think it’d be good cold, too bad I don’t live near my Lupicia. I got a flyer in my newsletter too for a couple free sample bags if you bring in the flyer to the Ala Moana location, I wonder if you could pick what kind? I guess I could send my flyer to my buddy and get her to pick it up if she’s going… Why do we not have a road between islands? It’d improve the economy, I’d shop a lot. :P
Got this as a freebie and am very pleased with it! This is basically the same strawberry flavor as their regular Strawberry black, but the addition of vanilla complements it beautifully. I’d even say that the strawberry flavoring is stronger here, but not overpowering. There’s a sense of creaminess to each sip that I really enjoy.
I wanted Elizabeth but I got Anne instead! Thank you so much, Dinosara for the opportunity to try this wonderfully smooth and incredibly blended Earl Grey.
You can read my full review here:
I just reached for the cup and it was empty. I guess this counts as backlogging, then. Pfff.
Apparently I feel very oolongy right now, so it’s pretty much all I crave. There’s very little to be added regarding this perfect tea that hasn’t already been said in previous notes, except that I’m hoarding this one, too, as it’s not available through French Lupicia (yet).
One thing I really look forward to is doing a massive post-summer inventory of my tea stash. If there is anyone I’ve promised to swap with, send me a reminder, and I’ll add you to the list – I’ll look through my messages, too, in case we’re both senile.
This tea makes me so happy.
I’ve taken to making whole pots of tea for myself now that I have a good teapot – it saves time now that I’m mostly in work mode. Rome is beautiful right now, but tourist season is here with a vengeance and I’m glad I already got most of my on-site work out of the way.
Anyway, a pot of this lasted me through an hour and a half of yoga and an hour and a half of work, and it’s still warm enough to drink. Plus it’s as perfect as ever – I never want to be without this tea. Never ever.
In other news, I’m still adjusting to being back (unpacking gradually) and this week is a logistic quagmire of epic proportions – I’m sorry for being so behind on messages and comments, but I’m getting there.
Usually, when my luggage gets lost, I enjoy myself, because hey, free clothes. But this time around, I don’t really need anything. And Italy is the worst possible place for me to shop for basics. They don’t have my toothpaste. They don’t have toothbrushes I like. (Seriously. I have to TRAVEL to find reasonably soft toothbrushes here.) They don’t have my shampoo. They don’t have my powder, foundation, mascara, moisturizer or any of the other three skin care products I use. I could go on, but I know I’m an idiot whining about getting $600 to shop for – it’s just, I’m not overly consumey, and when I do buy something, I want it to be just the thing. But if I don’t use up the insurance money, it’s lost forever, and the only way to use it is to actually buy (the right kind of) stuff for it, so fine. Let’s play your game, capitalism. Tomorrow we shop some more.
They lost three of my teas, so it’s only fair I go buy some Mariage Frères, right?
This was my Tuesday seminar tea, and a much needed cup. Great seminar, perfect tea.
I’m sorry I whined.