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Tea #3 of the day from the Lupicia grab bag, I’d better stop with caffeine for a while before my head explodes.
I’ve never had this particular green before. Reading over the rest of the reviews I can’t understand some of the really bad ratings because it seems ok to me. My one complaint is the bancha base seems like it got a little on the bitter side (and I did not use boiling water). Might need to try this as a cold brew to see what happens, or I might try giving this a little less steeping time. I am getting pineapple and mango but the flavors are kind of light. Compared to some of Lupicia’s artifical tasting gummy bear teas I don’t really see this as a problem…
I liked this okay but probably wouldn’t buy anymore. Will let everyone know how the cold steep experiment goes. :)
Another tea that came from the Lupicia grab bag…
I’m afraid I’m not such a big fan of this. The muscat is way too sweet and artificial and the jasmine is yucky. It does smell exactly like Juicy fruit gum. Maybe this would be better as an iced tea but I don’t really like it hot.
I still have 9 bags left if anyone wants to swap for it. If you read the reviews a lot of people seemed to like it. :)
You know you’re a tea addict when…
I couldn’t resist the $60 grab bag from Lupicia when it came around again. I’ve always wanted one, even though I’m awash in tea at home and at the office.
Anyway this was the one I picked to try first, and review is for the pyramid sachets.
This is a very mild and pleasant tea, some peach teas seem overly artificial to me but this is pretty nice, especially for a bagged tea. Of course I did have a cup of coffee earlier today so perhaps this isn’t the best time to be trying something new. I am sipping on it plain and it doesn’t really need anything. I can’t really place the base tea but I’m wondering if it’s a nilgiri since it seems very mild, or perhaps a ceylon.
It’s more natural tasting than some Lupicia teas I’ve tried which remind me of gummy bears. I will definitely be trying this iced as well…
Backlog. I realized that this is getting to be one of my older teas, so I gotta get on sipping it down! I brought it to school in my tumbler. Oversteeped, of course, because of all the school. It kind of gave a thicker mouthfeel to it than usual without being bitter. Nice! And as always, that punch of tropical flavor. I also stuck some new leaves in the fridge for a cold brew in the interest of sipping down (it’s still a while away), so we will see how that turns out!
I find myself reaching for this for my travel tumbler quite often for a few reasons. It’s not too picky with steeping, so I feel confident that I can get a good cup of tea without paying too careful attention. The tropical, bright taste also helps me perk up at least a little during boring lectures.
This tea perfectly suited my mood for the day. Today there was a sudden heat wave, ick, but my classrooms were very heavily air conditioned and chilly. This tea is fruity and floral like summer, but the warmth of it kept me thawed during lectures. I realize that I keep logging the same teas over and over, but I think I’ll save the newer ones for the weekend when I’m feeling more adventurous.
So I received a coupon in the mail for $10 off at Sur La Table, hooray! Since I already have most of my baking needs covered, I decided to go for the cutest tea infuser: The Deep TEA Diver. I’m so enamored with it that my mom makes fun of me, haha.
Anyway, newly equipped with my deep tea diver, I turned to Paradise Green. I usually am nervous about green teas because I’ve had quite a few bitter experiences (literally) with green teas. I love this one, though because the fruity, tropical notes complement the green tea well while covering up the bitterness without any sweeteners. Yum!
Next time I may try this iced. Either way, I’m surprisingly happy about this one :)
I’ve been meaning to try this tea for a while, so thank you to Kat_Maria for sending me some satchets to try it out! I have to say that for all of Lupicia’s wonderfulness, I was a bit disappointed with this one. The strawberry tasted a bit medicinal kind of like the cherry cough syrup I ate as a kid. When I look past this medicinal flavor, it’s actually quite a nice tea. The creaminess goes well with the underlying strawberry. I am tempted to cold brew it (like I do everything nowadays), but I have a feeling that would just highlight the medicinal taste.
This smells really tropical and yummy! I can clearly taste mango and papaya. But it’s unfortunate that I detect a distinctive bitter and tart taste in the tea… which I am going to attribute to hibiscus. It’s weird enough to turn a near-perfect cup into a disaster. Shame. The black tea base is a bit too strong as well, so I’d suggest a shorter brewing time (~2 minutes).
Dry, it smells like strawberries. Brewed, it smells like strawberries… but doesn’t taste much like them. This is fine though, because the green tea itself is moderate in flavor. I would suggest mixing half tochiotome and half strawberry and vanilla green tea from Lupicia to get a strawberry taste and smell. I will definitely purchase this again next year.
Wow. Plum. I can smell the plum in the sachet, and in the aroma of my freshly brewed cup. It smells like real plum too, like the ones you get at the farmers market, not any sort of fake candy-like psudoplum.
As I’ve said in other reviews, green tea isnt what I automatically reach for, when I want tea (so, all the time), but I am trying to broaden my horizons.
This tastes plummy too, which is good, considering thats what its advertised as. And I do like plums. I’m not getting a very big impression for the green tea base, but its possible that I dont have the palate for it yet.
This was a sample that they threw in on my recent San Francisco Lupicia trip.
Somehow, being able to drink tea at work has now inspired me to drink teas that are forgotten, need a second look, or at the very least need a sipdown. Its a great thing, and its making me feel really reenergized.
I picked this up quite a while ago (possibly even years ago?!), and while I like the idea of all the flavors, I’ve always had some iffy-ness with green tea. I want to like green tea! It seems like it would be so refreshing at certain points in the day.
But I’m liking this better than I remember liking it, so far anyway. Its certainly not the fruitiness that I was really looking for, but its mild and generally pleasant.
Backlogged from yesterday.
Why am I so timid of green tea? I can never quite wrap my brain around it. But, with the temps yesterday being in the 100s, I thought it “felt” right to have.
For starts, this smells wonderful. Jasmine and a sparkiling grape note. Beautiful and pleasant. Why had I ignored this tin so long?
Well, brewed up the smell is not quite as impressive, and I found a bitter note lurking around in the back. This is, quite possibly, all my fault. I’m used to brewing robust black teas, and I might be applying that heavy handedness to this pot. Well, next time I’ll steep lighter, or with cooler water, and see what I think of it then.
Hurrah to drinking teas that have been languishing in the back of cupboards! Drink tea 2014!
I picked this up in a recent trip to San Francisco.
This smells wonderful in the tin, somewhat sweet, with the beautiful jasmine fragrance. When brewed up, it smells like white wine! And it sips a bit like a glass of wine as well. Interesting. I wouldent have thought that a wine flavor would work, but I really rather do like it. Its bright and light and a bit sparkily across the taste buds. Fun!
Oh, these were the saddest leftovers – just tea dust, really, enough for one cup, barely. And forgotten in a plastic bag since some time in October, no less. Insanely, it smells great, and tastes quite acceptable. Still my favourite strawberry.
Thankfully, I restocked when I was in Santa Clara, but I clearly don’t need to open that one for a while.
[Purchased at Lupicia in Honolulu, December 2012.]
[Polished off in Rome, January 2014.]