639 Tasting Notes
Think freshly baked caramel cookies. Now take those cookies and leave them in the oven for just a little while longer. Not burnt, but it has that bite of flavour. And not like just regular cookies with a glop of caramel on top, but like the type of cookie that has caramel oozing in the middle. This tea is so freakin good and I need to keep it in my cupboard for forever
Okay let me tell you a thing.
When I left for college (nearly 3 years ago), my mom put together a cute little care package for me and it had a wee sachet of this tea. Three years before, I had chocolate tea from Trader Joe’s and IT WAS PRETTY FREAKIN NASTY so I just stuck to various green teas. I did not touch that sachet of Cookie because I was afraid that it was going to be as gross as that other chocolate tea. And this is why it took me freakin forever to try flavoured teas. Like seriously. For nearly 10 years of my life, all I drank was jasmine tea, and the occasional genmaicha when I ate out at japanese restaurants.
I completely regret my previous thoughts about flavoured teas, especially this one because apparently if you’re going to get tea from Lupicia, it’s going to be this one (from what I’ve heard). This was the first tea that was in the monthly newsletter when my mom first signed up all those years ago, and this was the tea that I took with me to college. Did I try it? Nope because I was a pansycake.
WITH THAT BEING SAID. IT IS TIME. I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR SO LONG??? Everyone says it’s good and I’ve finally let it cool down enough so it wouldn’t burn my mouth.
Dude. It legit tastes like caramel cookies okay. This tea is so freakin good, and I added milk with it which made it soooooo much better.
WHY DID I AVOID THIS TEA FOR SO LONG.
((rearranged this tasting not to have the actual tasting note bit at the top because of the pull quotes and whatnot. I saw a thread on this a while back and figured I’ll have to put the review at the top, then the backstory stuck at the bottom.))
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Molasses
So I totally had this tea a couple nights ago, but I put the tasting note into Vanilla Oolong, not Vanilla Orchid.
So umm.. do I delete the previous note? Well, it’s here soo…
I freakin love oolong because the LEAVES. They’re freakin gorgeous okay and I absolutely LOVE seeing them unravel!
This was a surprise from my parents :) They went to DAVIDs last weekend and took a wee little detour to Lupicia (well, it’s just two floors up so it’s not too bad haha) and they picked this tea up for me!
Oh wow. The smell of this tea dry is so good! I kinda.. started inhaling it deeply and don’t do that. You’ll get dizzy. But just take a small whiff and it smells like mango!! Green mango though. Personally, I prefer the taste of the yellow mango more since it’s more sweet and green mango is bitter but yeah THIS TEA SMELLS LIKE HOME.
I was actually surprised to read on the package that this steeps in boiling water though since I never use boiling for oolongs. Ahh well. I followed the package instructions and some leaves were a bit scorched, but not all.
This tea is like super freakin good though. Like SO GOOD. I love the mango so much. I’m starting to love ALL the Lupicia flavoured teas! This has the nice flavours of green mango, but not the bitterness.
Definitely a great tea :)
I’m so exhausted wow. I slept at 4am because I just could not go to sleep for some reason! And I woke up at around 9 and didn’t eat, went to class, didn’t eat, went to class, left early for a special guest speaker and there they provided my first meal of the day.
Dang. Today was just to worst day ever. No energy at all ugh :/
But I decided to have some of this before I go to bed tonight. So exhausted so hopefully I’ll pass out right when I hit the pillow.
I actually had no idea how to brew this tea! It didn’t look like regular tea leaves. It looked like you’d mix it in water and it’d dissolve like hot coco. I read the tasting notes and saw that it clogged someone’s steeper, so I decided to just use my disposable filters.
It actually turned out really nice! VERY dark in colour and had a roasted, nearly burnt smell to it as it was steeping.
I’m honestly not a coffee drinker at all. The only coffee I enjoy is my Java Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks. Something with chocolate and highly sweetened haha. But this tea is nice! Totally not oversweet like the Java Chip, but a nice robust flavour to it. Definitely a unique tea! I’ve added just a bit of milk (maybe like 1oz) and a sprinkle of sugar to bring the flavours out more.
Flavors: Butter, Cocoa, Earth
Tried this last night hot and it was good!
I went ahead and weighed 4.5g of this and tossed it into my mason jar and let it cold brew in 12oz overnight!
Ahh SO GOOD COLB BREWED OKAY. Nice and sweet cucumber melon-y goodness :) And I don’t even have to sweeten it, which is a plus!
I’ve strained it into my timolino with a scoop of chia seeds and now I’m headed to class :)
Present from my parents :)
AHH I TOTALLY GOT DISTRACTED. THIS HAS BEEN STEEPING FOR FOREVER.
Ahh well. Okay so this tea was a tea that was on my list but for some reason I never got it when I was there two weeks ago? Lukcily my parents decided to go on a DAVIDs trip last week and they picked me up some of this :)
It smells sooooo good from the package okay. Like nice and bright and fruity and happy and smells like it’d make a really nice cold brew!
Didn’t smell it as it was steeping though because I was working on projects and papers and things.
But it’s been steeping for close to 20 minutes now (oops) and so happy it didn’t get bitter :) Herbal teas like never get bitter so that’s always a plus! It tastes nice and tart though. There’s a bite to it, something that I’ve never tasted before but IT’S GOOD. Hmm.. can’t quite put my finger on that flavour though.
Do you ever just stare at tea and look at how beautiful it is?
Yeah well I did that with this tea. The whole white hibiscus blossoms! They’re so pretty to look at! And the scent of the peach isn’t overbearing. Oh this tea is just great to look at and to smell okay
It’s honestly just dang gorgeous.
The peach shines through the jasmine and the hibiscus. I wouldn’t even have known there was jasmine in this if I didn’t read the label! Definitely bought this for the jasmine, but I don’t see or smell it in this blend, so I’m hoping that it’ll come out when I finally drink it.
WAIT WAIT. Yes, I do see the jasmine pearls! But the jasmine to other stuff proportion isn’t as large as I would have liked.
GUYS. IT SMELLS LIKE THE TROLLI PEACH-O’S!!! AND IT EVEN TASTES LIKE IT AS WELL!!
OH GOSH. I REALLY LIKE THIS TEA. IT TASTES LIKE CANDY AND BEAUTIFUL PEACH-O RINGS AND AHHHH SO SO SO GOOD.
but like.. I taste no jasmine at all :( Ahh well. I have like 4 other jasmine teas in my stash, if I want to taste the jasmine, I can just add more to this blend :)
It is a bit watered down for my taste, so I’ll just remember to overleaf a bit :)
I freakin love vanilla.
Kyra, what’s your secret ingredient? Why do all your cookies and cakes taste so good!?
Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret, my friends. I overdo it with the vanilla. Don’t believe me? Watch me as I bake things. You’ll see me accidentally grab the tablespoon, instead of the teaspoon measure. Oh whoops, I wasn’t looking. I accidentally poured too much and it already mixed in with the rest of the ingredients! Well, I can’t pull it back now.
So with that being said, vanilla is my FAVOURITE.
This tea, oh wee! The vanilla was fairly strong in this one! Not like sickening strong, but a good strong. Smells like pure vanilla which is great :) And the leaves opened up so nicely as it was steeping, and the vanilla still carried through!
Sipping, though, I taste more butter than vanilla :( Aww much sadness :( it’s a very nice cup! Silky smooth, but where’s the vanilla?
Parents went to DAVIDs last week because they really liked the carry travel mug I bought for my sister, they wanted one of their own! So now every member of my family has a timolino :)
But when they were there, of course I asked for them to get me some tea! This was one of the like 5 or 7 teas they got me and I’m actually very excited! I smelled this in store two weeks ago, but didn’t pick it up because I was already walking away with about 15 teas.
But this one smells like a nice, minty and refreshingly fruity tea! This definitely smells like it would make an excellent cold brew, but I’m trying it hot for now.
Steeping, it’s taking on darker tones. Still smells refreshing, but not like burst-out-of-the-water-and-flip-your-hair-back refreshing, but more like… dude. I know this may not sound appetizing, but it definitely smells like that cucumber/honey-dew gum that I got at the end of the meal at one of my favourite japanese restaurants from when I was younger. It smells like it has that some sort of cleansing feeling ahha.
Oh this definitely tastes like the gum that I had from when I was a child. I ACTUALLY REALLY LIKE IT THOUGH. Mainly because it reminds me of something that I used to love. Like I can totally go back to the place, but that’s about an hour and a half away from home, and home is 7-8 hours away from uni where I’m at now sooo this tea will have to do.
Definitely a great tea though!
Has that weird gum taste that I associate it with, but it is refreshing and as cool as a cucumber
am v cool, aren’t I?
Tea that I had while finishing up the last 100 pages of Insurgent!
Literally just finished that book like 5 minutes ago and I’m already starting Allegiant :) It’s a good series. Definitely liked the first book more though.
Yeah. Guns and war and blood and death. Needed a bit of chamomile to calm myself a bit. Good tea to end the night with :)
(lazy lazy laaaazzyyy. Read previous tasting notes to like.. actually read the tasting notes part of it haha)