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The more I try of Lupicia’s stuff, the more excited I get about the idea that I might be able to visit their store when I study abroad this summer. This is really tasty, and I think because of the combination of flavors it would make a really good cold-weather or warm-weather tea (I think of blackcurrant as a winter thing but blueberry as a spring thing). It’s got kind of a colder-weather feel to it, but it’s really light and springy, and it does the thing that tea manages to do sometimes where it tricks me into liking a flavor I normally hate—in this case blueberry. So sad I’m out of samples now!
I wanted to give this tea another try this morning since it was so dismal yesterday when I mixed it with chocolate tea. The problem is, I was absolutely SURE I had removed the leaves when the timer went off. I was busy posting announcements to our homeschool support group and decided it was time to try the tea and OH NOES! The leaves were still in! I have no idea how long this steeped, but be assured it was way, way past the recommended 2 1/2 minutes.
I sneaked up on the cup from behind and stealthily took a sip and….not bad. Not bad!
This really smells super strong in the tin so if you expect the tea to have that “candy sweet sour strawberry” taste, you will heartily disappointed. But if you want a really grown up tasting tea, a bit in the French style, with some strawberry aroma and a hint of strawberry taste in a rather sophisticated black tea base, try this.
I liken it to the difference between Rose Congou by Upton and Rose Scented by H&S. This is more the equivalent of Rose Congou, and if it survived that marathon steeping this morning, it must be pretty good stuff!
I would like extra points, gmathis, for carefully reading my post and making sure it didn’t have the phrase “snot ring” in it! LOL!
I am not going to say much about this one as I haven’t tried it by itself.
I opened the bag and sniffed and there was a strong, sweet scent of strawberry, but following was…mold? Yes, a smell like a big bag of moldy oranges. So I chickened out about serving this for tea time and instead mixed it half and half with Harney’s chocolate tea. The result was….weak chocolate flavor in a weak tasting tea that didn’t really have a remnant of strawberry left. I will have to try this again by itself to really know anything at all about it. I hope the weird smell doesn’t come through after steeping.
This was the first tea served for tea time today. It was paired with fresh pound cake, made from freshly ground wheat.
My guest is really a black tea drinker, but has liked the oolongs we have tried. I threw in this flavored green today to see if she would like it and she did. I thought it was very good, and it resteeped well. I don’t know if it could go a third steep and still have strawberry flavor. This is a real treat and I am glad to have it. I really want to try it iced as well.
I had this during work yesterday. The brew is a light brown almost honey colored liquor. It smells faintly of apples, but this is what I expect from an apple tea! DELICIOUS! Crispy tasting as well. I love apples. It is naturally sweet as well. Good tea overall! I don’t think I’d buy it, but its a great and fairly accurate apple flavor!
YAY!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this tea to return for an entire year!!! It’s seasonal, and I missed it last year. I’ve been keeping an eye on the website ever since, not knowing when exactly it might pop up again. Then I read a recent review of this tea by Amy oh who mentioned it came in the monthly newsletter.
So, I knew I’d be getting my newsletter shortly and the long wait for Tochiotome would soon be over! I ripped open the package and was assailed by the dry leaf aroma, which is succulent fresh strawberries! The brewed tea is the same mouthwatering strawberry with the added aroma of verdant sencha.
Sadly, the flavor is little bit of a letdown. It’s very grassy with a touch of bitterness. The strawberry flavor wanes on the end of the sip, and the bitterness takes front stage in the aftertaste.
I guess I built this tea up in my head for a year, so I was expecting heaven. The beginning of the sip may be close to heaven, but the tail end ruins the illusion. It’s too bad Lupicia doesn’t use a nicer base. I was expecting something more like 52 teas’ Strawberry Pancake Green Tea minus the maple flavoring. I suppose if I liked sencha more, the grassiness wouldn’t bother me.
Well, if nothing else, this tea gave me the idea for an interesting quest for when I go to Japan. I’d love to try one of these tochiotome strawberries for myself (sans tea)!
I opened this up for lunch today. I love the nutty but fresh smell coming from the bag. There were super small almost kirara rice like seeds. They are round and remind me of tiny chickpeas. These were mixed in with bright green stems, which resemble kukicha. MAN, I really miss kukicha! I need to make an order for that as soon as I’ve finished a few more teas. mMMm… This one was nice and light. It is different. I like the nutty and toasty flavor and it is light as well. Delicious! This isn’t bitter at all.
I saw the description of this and was a bit scared. Astringency? Anyway, I took a sip of this and this DEFINITELY needed milk and sugar. It was too astringent for me, but I loved it with the additives. It was delicious. Nutty and bitter but the bitterness was gone when I added milk. This tea was also aromatic with a slight fruitiness to it.
This was a birthday gift from my bestie! The aroma: wowzer! Sweet, candy, strawberry!
I was too chicken to steep a green for 1 1/2 minutes in boiling water, so I took the temp down to about 175F. I am glad, because this is the tiniest tad drying as it is. The steeped tea has the strawberry aroma still, and it very much reminds me of the scent of Marco Polo. The taste is more green tea than strawberry, but I don’t mind because the aroma is great and the green tea tastes very good. There is a bit of nice tartness. I am very glad to try this one! I expect it will be good iced as well.
I’ve been wanting to try this for a while and I finally ordered it! I’m so glad I did. Its meant to be a recreation of the original earl grey tea. It is quite different to your typical earl grey but still has that very earl grey-ish quality but just a little more exotic.
I love the smokiness of this tea which balances perfectly with the longan fruit. Its a very relaxing tea.
WOW!! Again, I haven’t been able to do life things like grocery shop, so I chose this sample. A green packet! I love this tea bag sampler. I was incredibly hungry today before leaving for work, but I didn’t have time to eat anything. I brewed this up while I was getting ready. The leaves inside the large teabag are like oolong. Curled up. The result was a very dark, almost black tea colored, liquor. It was nutty and roasty smelling.
I took a sip and my mind went nuts. This tea is ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!!
#!# WOO!! Maybe it was because I was hungry, but the flavors in this tea are amazing. These types of oolongs that I’ve tried are usually light in flavor. This one pops out without being too demanding. There was no astringency or hint of bitterness at all. I was surprised since the liquor was so dark. The roasted and toasty flavors combined with the tiny hint of florals and lingering sweetness is really good. I will most definitely be purchasing this later.
So today, I didn’t have any milk. I am exhausted from nightfloat, so I decided to pick a black tea that doesn’t need any additives. From my huge Lupicia sampler, I picked this one based on the description. It didn’t need milk. Woo! I made a huge mugful of this tea.
I was very pleasantly surprised. The tea went down VERY smooth. There was a hint of astringency on my tongue after a few hours (yes hours) when the tea became cold. My mouth felt dry. However, there was no bitterness. The caramel is a hint in the background. It doesn’t taste artificial, but there was a tinge of sweetness as well. Good tea overall. I am not going to buy this tea though.