Thanks Azzrian for a sample of this one, which I have apparently yet to try!
The dry leaf smells quite interesting – very rich, malty and sweet. It looked to me like this could be a CTC tea/blend, so I was very cautious with the steep time, although didn’t drop down my measurement of leaf. Brewed up, the tea smells much the same. It’s one of those intriguing ones where I’m definitely wondering why on earth I didn’t try this sooner!
Onto the tea! Well, there’s a bit of astringency/bitterness, so I am glad I was super cautious with the infusion! Behind that, however, is a familiar, delicious malty flavour that I’m having trouble placing. It does not taste like cookie; I see that Dylan mentions something about hazelnut, and I can definitely agree with that. There’s also some other flavour in there (like coconutty? But not.) that again is familiar yet unplaceable.
I have a feeling that this tea would be spectacular brewed stronger with a bit of milk and sugar… and luckily I have a couple cups’ worth left to try just this!
Overall, an intriguing and tasty tea that clearly requires a bit of caution with regards to infusion parameters, but I think it’s one I’d consider picking up when I eventually make a full-scale Lupicia order (a very distant eventually, says all the tea on my floor…)
When I received the kind gift of Anna time for tea shopping before leaving the US plus a ride to my favourite mall in Santa Clara, I obviously went straight to Lupicia. The very nice person working the store was helpful and patient with my many demands and inquiries and I found almost everything I wanted.
One thing I was looking for was a gift for my friend T – some tasty, more cookie-like alternative to that vile Bailey [sic!] tea from A.C. Perch we’ve shared samples of. What could be better than a tea named Cookie?
So I asked the salesperson if they did samples – they never have in any other Lupicia store, but it’s always worth a shot. They said yes, though, and not until far later in my tinsniffing adventures, did I realize they meant they’d brew up the samples for me. Thankfully, I’d only asked for two – Yume and Cookie. I’d asked for the latter solely because I wanted to be able to relate to my friend’s tea experience without asking for a sample from her – it wasn’t like I needed another black tea in my collection, considering how many 90+-rated blacks I’ve already found this year.
Yume was way too rosey for me.
And then Cookie.
Seriously, I had to get another tin for myself.
This must be compared to Wedding Impérial by Mariage Frères, which is among my most beloved teas ever, but it’s a lighter, far more playful approach to the same flavour spectrum. In the tin, it’s tempting, but not overwhelmingly so. The brewed tea, however, has a distinct note of buttery popcorn in the nose, which is absolutely irresistible, and brings something completely new to the table (cup). It’s also lighter than Wedding Impérial, both in terms of colour and texture, so it feels more like an everyday tea. I never really use additives, but I’m dying to try this with some sugar.
Flavour wise, it’s just perfect – a lighter version of my favourite tea, with added complexity and some surprises. Exactly the kind of tea I always look for.
I’m so happy I found this.
[From my Lupicia spree at Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, October 2013.]
Cookie comes as a surprise. I was expecting something extremely sweet from this blend. I was pleasantly surprised that someone has blended a seemingly sweet tea without all the added sugars or sweeteners! Cookie, is a tea that has a lovely dark black base, the flavor of a cookie, and reminiscent of Danish Butter Cookies. It is not sugared down or cloying like many cookie blends. Now I am not saying I do not enjoy those sweet blends, I in fact quite enjoy them, but this is a different and very welcome spin on a cookie tea! The aroma is in fact very much of a caramel cookie, however I really do not pick out any caramel in the flavor. I do get a baked goodness though which is quite pleasing. However, adding a dab of sugar in the raw did evoke more of the caramel essence. I liked it with sugar very much. Then I decided I may as well take this full tilt, finished my cup, rinsed my cup, and poured a new one. This time I added milk as suggested by Lupicia Tea. It was nice with milk although I really did not note much of a change rather than a creamy aspect which was pleasing. The flavor however remained the same. My full tilt measure was adding sugar in the raw into the cup of Cookie and milk. I had struck gold. Granted Cookie by Lupicia is a very fine tea unto itself unadulterated and perhaps I am spoiled by my expectations of this tea being like all the others, sweetened. I imagine that it is my own immature palate wanting my cookie to be sweet and I will admit while I do love Danish Butter Cookies, they are often lacking in the sweet department for me. Unfortunately for me, I was totally out of any kind of cookie to dip in this tea and I know had I had any cookies I would have loved this tea much more straight. In fact I find it refreshing that a tea company made a blend that in fact did taste of the characteristics of a cookie without all the added sugars! Kudos to Lupicia for doing something unique and doing it quite well! I am sure there are many people who would love this blend even more than I. A lot of tea lovers do not care for sweetened teas yet may enjoy something as delectable as a cookie blend! Some of the flavors this tea evokes are: Buttery, Baked Flavors, Slightly Malty, Rich, as a matter of fact it even looks like a coffee with cream in the cup when milk is added, with a deep mouthfeel.
I really love the tins Lupicia teas come in, of course they are optional, you can pay slightly less without the tin. I will of course order my refills sans tin but I really think they are quite adorable resembling a silver hockey puck! I was surprised at the size of them when I got mine in the mail. I was expecting something much smaller.
I highly recommend trying this tea. I guarantee that you will not have another cookie quite like this in a tea or otherwise!
Backlogged… I had to make this twice because I knew I had to have done something wrong. The first time it turned out too strong and nothing like a cookie. So today I was more cautious about my measuring and steep time and it turned out great. I feel like this tastes more like what I imagined a cookie would taste like while it was baking in the oven. I think this is a great fall and winter tea. It is warm, cozy, toasty, rich, and bakery fresh if that’s possible. I am glad I bought it.
Another delightful tea courtesy of the quiet life!
Wow, they picked the correct name for this tea. It smells just like a caramel cookie – so of course I’m having this with milk and a touch of sugar (who can have cookies without milk?)
This tea is smooth, rich, and includes a hint of a crust-cookie-like taste that adds a bit of balance to all the sweet flavors present in this tea. Even though this tea appears to be mostly CTC, it does resteep decently (as long as you keep the first infusion to around 3 minutes). I can only have one rating of 100 for the dessert tea category, and Marco Polo will perhaps have that distinction forever, but this tea is a close second!
Lady 0f Spaydes sent this to me as she was my secret santa! :) She is awesome!
Nothing sounds better than having dessert for breakfast! I kept going through my banana leaf sample box, which I had received from Golden Moon Tea a long time ago, and I decided upon this tea. There were bits of cookie in the black tea! Since I can only have one small cup of caffeinated beverage per day, this was it! My husband had the first steep so the strength was a little reduced for me. Mine was still delicious! The aroma was like freshly baked cookies! Perhaps there were some nuts in there! Yum! I love the sweetness to it. I definitely added some milk and brown sugar to it. This made it more delightful. Very good tea!
Looking at the rating, it seems I’ve tried this one before! But this is a great time. I may purchase this in the future! :)