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I attempted a pitcher of this iced, much like I did with Paradise Green (also from Lupicia) the other day. This was also very good – but not as good as Paradise Green, which I also have rated slightly higher.
So, as opposed to A.C. Perch’s White Temple (And I’m sorry if this is ming-numbingly dull to read, but I want to remember this little discrepancy.) which went from good to divine after a cold steep, Lupicia’s greens seem to remain fairly stable, quality wise. Which is reasonable, considering how much they depend on their exquisite bases.
So no, this pitcher won’t last long.
I could more or less copy and paste the review I wrote for Lupicia’s Apple & Berry: http://steepster.com/clareborn/posts/184943.
It’s just not one of Lupicia’s best, but in all honesty that matters very little. Why? Because Lupicia’s green tea bases are so excellent, they still steep beautifully even when the flavouring is on the bland side. I’m really enjoying this cup, in spite of it being yet another case of berries RSVP-ing but not really showing up for the actual event.
[Purchased at Lupicia in Honolulu, December 2012.]
This is very similar to their year-round Yume blend, just a little less sweet or strong. Smells like delicious strawberry candy, tastes like creamy black tea mixed with strawberries and a hint of astringency on the swallow. Compared to Yume, the flavors are more mellowed out, but they’re both delicious. It just depends how much of a strawberry vanilla mood you’re in. Rating it a smidge lower than I would normally because while the flavor is great, I found it a little bit drying.
My last cup of this tea and I’m actually quite enjoying it. More than last time anyway. I’m at my parents house looking after their dogs while they pick up a new Dachshund puppy. It’s a 6 hour drive there and back so quite a long way but the new puppy will be nice for them. This is their second Dachshund now, my mum loves them, not sure she would ever go back to another breed. They are calling the new puppy Jim after Jim Morrison.
That’s my quick steepster summary for now, back to playing To The Moon on Steam. :)
Side Note – I’m approaching my 700th tasting note. :) This is 695.
This looks thickly Rooibos and smells like it too. Not offering me much temptation but I will prepare it anyway, hopefully it will surprise me.
Colour once steeped is Rooibos red (as expected) with a sweet fruit scent. Perhaps too sweet for peach but not far off.
Flavour is very thickly Rooibos and on the icky side. There are some peachy notes in the after taste but they are very subtle. It’s very simple in flavour…quite literally it’s sweet Rooibos and gentle peach.
It is drinkable but not particularly to my taste. Not something I would buy.
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.