10 Tasting Notes
I just ordered 4 of these (well, 2, and then another 2, plus I’ll be trying the new black tea version). I must say, this is one of my favorite flavored green teas, especially from Lupicia. I actually think the base green tea is very good quality, but I recommend steeping no more than 180 F or about 80 C, unless you’re trying for a third steep, in which case slightly higher temp, longer time. I really like Japanese green teas, particularly of the steamed variety. The flavor, as usual with flavored green from Lupicia, is quite mild, and I think I taste more of the green in the after taste. What really wows me about this tea though, is the strawberry. It doesn’t even smell like candy strawberry, but fresh, sweet strawberries… which is different from many of Lupicia’s other flavored tea blends. It tastes like really strawberry too. Despite the description of on the package, i’m not getting any tartness, only sweetness really. Usually the only time of year I’m lucky to find strawberries is during the summer, when they are picked locally, so that’s definitely a plus for me. The strawberry definitely has a bit of dominance over the green, but that is sort of to be expected, and might even be a good thing, since it’s a really nice strawberry flavor. I’m highly likely to repurchase next year, assuming I run low by the next season.
This is quite different from other black teas; I think it blends nicely with vanilla and chocolate flavored black teas, especially vanilla. The “malty” flavor really comes through, and makes the black tea much less bitter, so it doesn’t get unpleasant when I accidentally steep too long. The pearls also last up to four steeps, which is a record for me. Teavana says you can steep most of their high end teas more than twice, but for me, the flavor pretty much goes by the third steep. It smells like other black tea, maybe faintly floral, with sort of vanilla earthy notes. It’s good hot and iced.
I agree with the notion of cough syrup, much like Pediacare or Robitussin, thought the taste wasn’t quite the same, a little less strong. I had this hot, and I think it got better as it cooled little bit. I’m using this in tea bag form.
This is actually I really good flavored black tea. I wasn’t sure I would like it, but the cherry flavor, in my opinion, is strong enough to complement the tea. I like it iced especially, but it’s good hot too. It’s quite a tangy cherry, almost like candy, but not the same sweetness… a little spicy too. And it smells wonderful. Lupicia’s teas always smell wonderful though. I put 2 minutes, but I usually go 2-3 minutes, as I rarely get an exact time. I don’t get exact temperatures either, but I try to at least get the water to boil, then quickly add the tea. I bought this in bag form from Mitsuwa; it’s the easiest and cheapest way for me to get Lupicia’s tea, although the selection is nowhere near as expansive.
I like this a lot. The smells of these teas are very strong and pleasant. This one smells like candy and nesquik powder. I do taste similar hints, though a little less sweet. I don’t like to steep this very long though, b/c the actual green tea becomes too bitter to me (I use 1 tsp per 8oz). I also use a lower temp b/c I feel more comfortable steeping just about any green tea around 160-180 if I can help it, under boiling if I can’t. It is a bit creamy, and of course, floral. I don’t use milk to save myself some calories, and I don’t particularly care to sweeten it. i’m sure it’s even better though.
I used 1 tsp per 8oz, (hot) b/c I can’t figure out how many grams.
Smells: Definitely caramel, almost burnt/smoky, probably from the black tea. The scent is even warmer and sweeter as it is steeped.
Taste: Since it’s a black tea, I wasn’t expecting anything really sweet (although I was hoping for a slightly sweet dessert type. It’s a very interesting case with this one; milk didn’t make much of a difference. First thing I can taste is the full black tea, with hint a caramel. Not very sweet, but nothing sweetener can’t fix, if you’re fond of adding. The aftertaste is really something; first I taste the black tea, but it slowly melts away into a pleasant, malty caramel flavor that lingers. I’ve never had anything like it before.
I might buy this again, but I’m really interested in sampling different types of dessert teas and such. I also might steep longer, but I’m afraid of it getting too bitter.
I thought t was ok; definitely drinkable, but not one I’d buy again. I could taste peach, but this tea gets unpleasantly bitter for me, not matter how I changed the preparation. I’ve tried 190-boiling, 6oz to 8oz per serving (bag), 1.5-5 min, and even tried to add honey and lemon. The lemon did make it a bit more pleasant, which is normally what use with a typical astringent black tea, but I was hoping for something sweeter. After trying different combinations, I settled on the noted steep time and temp, with 8 oz water.
I just got a pretty decent order from Lupicia. I’ve seen it in Ala Moana in Hawaii, yet didn’t get any tea b/c I didn’t want to have to carry too much, and my family isn’t too keen on buy so much tea. The Momo Oolong was included after checking previous reviews here, looking for a good peach tea. I’m glad I did, since think it’s really good. We’re transitioning right now, but since it’s not too cold, I had it over ice, unsweetened (except for 1/4 t orange juice). First I steeped at the given temp and time (actually between 190 and 190 F), in about 5-6 oz water. After adding the OJ, I poured it over a bunch of ice, yielding approx 2 cups tea, with some ice floating at the top. I like this b/c it definitely has an oolong flavor I’m used to, and I could definitely taste hints of peach. I’d probably be able to taste more if i had used less water overall, but it’s not a big deal, since I’m trying to keep hydrated. Another good thing is that it’s a nice, sweet clean peach, not bitter like some others I’ve tasted unsweetened. I should probably note I ate this with a homemade cheeseburger and some grilled zucchini, but I mean, unsweetened tea has become like soda or juice to me. I may try it hot, or with less water soon.