264 Tasting Notes
This one just smells divine in the pouch, almost like eggnog. I love the combination of chai spices with sweetness, and the mallow/cacao here is quite pleasant. Alas, it’s still hot hot hot in Houston, so I use this tea to pretend that I am somewhere more autumnal.
I like this one because it really does have a touch of smokiness to it on top of the sweetness. It’s definitely a clever take on a s’more. Yum. If I ever actually had people over for tea I’d make a big pot of this and serve it with pumpkin cookies. I would love to make this one into a latte, but the tea lattes I make tend to be terrible. Why is that, I wonder? I just make well-steeped extra strong tea with foamed milk and sometimes a shot of vanilla. What’s not to like? They taste better at $tarbuck$, and I’m not sure why.
But I digress, massively.
Brewed this one is a lot simpler than it smells dry. It’s a decent chai, with a hint of smoky- sweetness.
This one is growing on me a lot. I can enjoy my beloved cinnamon raisin toast tea at night now because this tastes a lot like it, but has no caffeine! I just love this date flavor, and the little nuts in the tea bag. A great evening tea, especially with a cookie.
I’m not quite as into this as most of the other reviewing folks are. I LIKE it, but I’m not gaga for it. I’ve been drinking this iced, of course, because even though it’s nearly October in Houston it’s still in the upper 90s. (It’s 8pm right now and 82 degrees). So, while hot tea has its place, like when I’m stuck in the many overly air conditioned buildings around town, iced tea still happens daily.
Anyway, this one manages to remind me closely of a rooibos lemon meringue I have, despite being honeybush and having lime in it. It’s citrusy and bright, but I’m not getting cheesecake or crust or anything some of the other folks are getting. Just a good decaf citrusy tea, perfect for icing.
How are there no reviews for this one yet? Ida thought people would be jumping to try datey muffins. Anyway, I was. I actually think this manages to taste quite a bit like a muffin, which is to say if you think of the way the batter tastes, this is quite spot on. It has little nuts in the mix too, which is just cute. I missed my Rooibos while I was in Japan, the land of green tea over the summer, and it’s absolutely too cold in this library I’m writing from so tea is just what I need. I’m snuggling my travel mug like a heat blanket.
Anyway, this is actually a rather nice autumnal one. Sweet like dates, with that muffiny component. Not too nutty tasting, but decent nonetheless. I think this would combine really well with other teas too for a unique cocktailing experience. Something of the backdrop reminds me of my beloved cinnamon raisin toast tea, but without the smokey “burnt tea” note that the black tea adds to that one.
Interestingly (for me anyway), this one is called “pure” in Japan. But it’s the same exact tea. I wonder why “detox” wasn’t used. I guess only pukka knows. I have been drinking this one before bed, to help settle my tummy, and because it’s actually pretty delicious. It reminds me a bit of the tea that Aveda used to give me whenever I went into their store or went to get my hair dyed by them- it’s the aniseseed and fennel, I think. Either way, I associate this tea with good feelings, and relaxation, so that’s tough to argue with. Plus, you can leave the tea bag in the water forever, and it never tastes oversteeped.
Orzo tea? Huh? This jumped out at me, as I drink a lot of cool barley tea in the summer. And the richness of the barley goes really, really well with the tart strawberry. I don’t taste any chocolate notes no matter how hard I try, but oh well. They recommend this as a tea that goes well with milk, is great for kids, and has no caffeine. I’d agree on all of these counts (although obviously the caffeine thing isn’t an opinion ;) ). Because of the fruitiness I can really see this making a good iced tea as well.
I’m definitely going to keep some of these orzo teas around as another caffeine-free alternative to rooibos, honeybush, and herbal blends. It’s worth trying! I can’t remember the last time I liked a strawberry tea.
This is unlike any kind of ginger tea I’ve ever tried before, and is part of why Lupicia is fast becoming one of my obsessions (although they’re a Japanese company, they have an English language website and many very distinctly Japanese blends among the options- including many options that are rare in the US).
Anyway, the roasted hojicha works so well with the ginger that I can’t help but continue to drink this obsessively. It’s rather calming, and despite ginger being somewhat of an odd choice for summer (too warming!) I’m finding that I’m glad I bought this one nonetheless.
I can’t find it on the American website though- on the Japanese website it’s listed in English as “Japanese ginger tea”, but what the Japanese actually says is Washouga Houjicha, or simply “Japanese-style Ginger Houjicha”. So I dunno :) But I definitely recommend it, and the link to the Japanese page is here: http://www.lupicia.com/html/ja/item/001/016/item15599.html
I love this tea company and their many shops in the Tokyo area. Yes, that’s right, I’m in the land of good tea and I haven’t been updating Steepster. This is because I have been drinking a ton of tea, but not so much in my house where I can check labels or really retain the memory of particular notes. I’m working on getting the description for this tea, because it’s no longer on either Lupicia’s English or Japanese websites.
So, this is a very mild fruit blend that tastes mostly of a kind of strawberries and cream. It’s definitely summery and would be superb iced. Anyway, it came in a tin of silk tea bags, somewhat like the tins that Republic of Tea come in, in the US, with higher quality bags.
Really, really good with a snack of dried toasts baked with blueberry jam.