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Yesterday we drank this hot at tea party. There was about half a pot left because I had used my biggest pot for this blend. Today I added simple syrup and ice and drank it with lunch. Absolutely delicious. I did try it unsweetened and cold first but I didn’t care for it nearly as much as with some sweetening.
The syrup is rescued! I have made simple syrup and flavored simple syrup, but I used a new recipe for tea soda to make this syrup. I shouldn’t have. I should have done what I always do. They said to simmer until reduced by half, which resulted in syrup that was practically hard candy and didn’t dissolve in the soda but rather sank to the bottom in a stiff clump.
I poured it into a saucepan, which took forever because it was thicker than molasses, added water, and heated it up again. I let it cool a while and poured a bit in the bottom of a couple of glasses. I poured chilled Perrier on top of that and added ice, and it was DELISH! I can’t wait to try a whole bunch of flavors like this!
I wanted to try to make a tea soda, and I wanted a fruity tea that didn’t have any tendency to go bitter. This was perfect!
I followed the instructions – two cups water, two TBSPNS tea, steep usual time, strain and simmer with two cups sugar.
I chose to use Perrier since I found San Pellegrino to be a bit salty. Someone here mentioned that they used Perrier for tea soda recently, and I am very pleased with the results!
The only bad thing is that the instructions said to simmer until it is reduced by half, and I think that was wrong because I swear this stuff has hit the soft crack stage. The first soda I made was great as the syrup was still warm and mixed well before the ice chilled it. By the time I made the second soda, the syrup was so thick it just hardened in the bottom of the glass. That has never happened with simple syrups for me before, but I have never reduced them so much.
I plan to try adding water and heating it briefly to see if I can salvage the rest of the syrup because it is DELISH!
I served this as the final tea party selection today. I wanted it to be separated from the taste of the black currant jam for a bit so the flavors wouldn’t compete with each other.
I loved the aroma of this, and I must confess that after drinking it before bedtime, I dreamt about it most of the night. I woke up with the flavor on my mind and fought with myself about serving it today because I was afraid the sweet black currant jam would take the shine off the tea. No worries, it didn’t hurt a bit. I just served this last, well after we had the jam, and it was really good. My guest seemed to enjoy it a lot. Next up, I want to try it iced and sweetened!
Oh boy, I should have been in bed long ago, but I just don’t want to go – like a little kid fighting sleep, but I am not very sleepy.
What better way to pass the time than tea with Pinterest? I came home from work last week to discover that my bestie, the best bestie in the world, had left a gift for me…a card and two Lupicia teas! This is one of the surprise teas I got.
I wish I knew more about cassis. I really am not sure what it is. I saw one description here that mentioned black currant, another flavor that is relatively new to my palate. I can really see comparing this to black currant flavor. The blueberry flavor is there, too, and one of the berry flavors is really lingering but I can’t discern which it is!
I drank two small cups of this plain, and since several people mentioned that it would be good iced I added sugar to get a feel for how I would like it that way. I thought I didn’t add much, but it tasted super sweet to me. I bet this really would be amazing iced and sweetened for those who like sweet tea. I have come to love my hot tea with no sugar, but I can definitely still enjoy some good old Southern sweet tea! I have to say this is another win for Lupicia in my book.
Edited to add: duh! Just googled and I guess cassis IS black currant flavor, not just some thing like it.
I debated between this tea and the Sakurambo Vert for quite a while. I know the Vert is probably a better tea objectively, but I already have some cherry greens but no cherry blacks so I thought I’d take a swing at this one. Also, it looks so pretty with those cute little red balls! I’m not exactly sure what they are, but they look nice.
The weird thing about this blend is the little needles in the blend. They look like pine needles, but they can’t be, right? Well, I ate one (as I often do when there’s a mystery ingredient!), and… yup, pine needles. Or something that tastes exactly like a pine needle. I was a little worried at this point, but let it sit in the fridge for about 5 hours—I did a fast cold brew with this one, mostly because the smell was SO strong I wasn’t sure how it would fare after an overnight steep.
Well, as I feared, this tastes like pine needles. It has that tanginess I associate with them, and it’s kind of odd. It’s not overwhelmingly pine-y, but it’s still an undercurrent that ran throughout the whole cup. The cherry was there too, on the tarter side than most blends. It reminds me of the cherry tree down the street from me: my neighbor has a whole bunch of fruit trees, and as kids we’d get overly excited and start eating them before they were ripe. The cherries would be quite tart, with only a hint of sweetness. This is kind of like that, but while it brings back pleasant memories it’s not at all what I was expecting. I think I need to try this one hot, as cold it’s just a little strange.
I didn’t realize I was so low on this! Had just enough to make a large, tasty mugful. It was nice and strong – black tea that was over-powered by the coffee flavoring and a nice caramel undertone. Rock sugared and half & half! This is what I want when I don’t want the full effects of coffee, but want it for the taste.
Kind of bummed because I thought I had a back up package of this when I placed my last Lupicia order… Sadly I don’t… :( goes to check out Lupicia site.
I’ve always been curious about these tea/coffee blends I see. I drink coffee sometimes; I am most definitely not a coffee or tea person. Obviously, I prefer tea but I won’t turn my nose up at coffee.
I have a friend who works for a coffee roastery and it bothers me when he tries to polarize it because I’m here like give me either as long as they taste good to me!
This one I am not sure about. I want to love this but the caramel flavor is reminding me of coffee out of a rest area vending machine. There is just something weird about the way it smells. Fake fake fake and cheap. I added milk and agave hoping it might make it taste better, but it hardly helped…so I dumped it.
If it wasn’t for that, this would be so good.
Thanks, Will Work For Tea!
I’m afraid I forgot who sent me this tea – I’ve got so many little samples kicking around that it’s near impossible to keep track of them.
This tea has a very dark, mocha-like scent with a bit of spice. I didn’t realize it until I read the package but aparently this is flavoured with coffee so I’m really hoping it doesn’t upset my stomach.
I’ve not getting ‘cinnamon cookie’ so much as I’m getting ‘mocha with cinnamon sprinkled on top’ from the flavour. The pu-erh is an interesting choice of base and I think it works quite well with the flavours, though I’m tempted to add milk to this tea to see if I can coax more of a cookie flavour out. Maybe next time.
didn’t see the note about this being best iced until my kettle was boiling, so I went ahead and had it hot, with a bit of sourwood honey to bring out the peach flavor. Not bad, but probably would be better iced. I really need to work my way through this pile of Lupicia samples, and this seemed like a good place to start since it’s one of the few blacks I have from them.
omg has it really been since last June that I tried this one?!? I know I’ve had it since then…because I know for a fact I love it.
I bought myself a celebratory growler of Woodchuck’s summer cider (which to me is tasting like iced tea right now) but I needed to get in at least one cup of tea today, so I figured the celebratory theme could continue, and what’s better than champagne?
I didn’t realize this was more of a strawberry champagne than really resembling rosé grape taste but that’s ok. Well, I guess in the past I realized it, but today it just seemed more strawberry.
I hope next year at some point I have the free use of funds to make a Lupicia order. I would prefer to have far less tea at that time because I’m pretty sure I want to spend $100 if not more there. Haha.
Oh I forgot I have no idea if I mentioned my garden at all. I kind of killed the seedlings by transplanting them so I had to buy some bigger plants, which is okay. Less work. https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/431858_4888351455633_364197505_n.jpg I have cherry tomatoes and an heirloom tomato in front there. Then there are 3 seedlings that are either cucumber or squash, I honestly have no clue. Behind them, I planted habanero seeds so I hope they work and a strawberry plant. Then moss roses, followed by the empty space where broccoli is planted. Then there’s 3 more pepper plants: purple bell, red bell, and jalapeno, and at the very back is a watermelon plant! It’s an icebox style so once it starts growing more I’m going to tie it to a trellis to grow vertically.
I love rosé wine, although I have found I am a bit picky since this love blossomed in France. And of course I love champagne. And I love tea. So, this tea is perfect for me.
Of course I guess the rosé in here comes more from strawberries but that’s okay, as you can guess I also love strawberries.
I find it odd there’s somewhat of a floral flavor since that’s not really what rosé is. But it really does fit in here.
The strawberry is a bit too much like candy rather than fruit for my liking. And it definitely has a dry, grape flavor reminiscent of champagne. If it wasn’t for the dryness, the candy berry flavor really wouldn’t be as good.
Strawberries and champagne would probably be a far more accurate name, but I’m sure most people don’t care that much, haha. This is definitely true to its flavors, however, and would be perfect if you want the taste of wine without actually drinking any.
Thank you for this tea, Will Work For Tea!