Hua Ki

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
Apple, Black Tea, Blue Mallow Blossom, Dried Cranberries, Dried Papaya, Flavouring, Mango, Pineapple, Strawberry Leaves
Flavors
Apple, Earth, Fruity, Malt, Mango, Pineapple, Smooth, Tropical, Candy, Sour, Artificial, Cherry, Sweet
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Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Skysamurai
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 7 g 14 oz / 402 ml

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Juicy fruits like cut mango, papaya, and pineapple flavor this tea. A refreshing aroma lingering.

A tropical fruits flavoured black tea is luxuriously blended with mango

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This is another of the few bagged teas I own. Not only that, it’s also from Lupicia, an anomaly in itself – I generally only buy greens and oolongs from them. Not because I’ve had a bad experience, but their blacks always come off as so very lightly scented, and I tend to go more for really full-bodied, rich black teas.

But hey, this was on sale.

In the bag(s), it smells light and fruity. In the cup, it smells light and fruity. The first taste is also very light and fruity, but the high temperature isn’t really doing it any favours – now that it’s cooled, however, it’s very smooth and light and nice. And yes; fruity.

On the one hand, I feel that Lupicia’s delicate, perfect flavourings are better suited for greens, on the other, I get a craving to fully explore their assortment of blacks, as this is so much more easily drunk than the ones I usually favour.

I’m increasingly aware of this divide in my tea preferences lately – on the one hand, there are all those lush, elegant French blends, and on the other, unassuming, fresh, gorgeous Lupicia everything.

I really love this tea company over any other.

[Purchased at Lupicia in Honolulu, December 2012.]

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I recently went to Hawaii. With 100 high school band kids. Awesome kids, awesome trip.

While there, we rented equipment and played with a friend’s school program. We had become friends over the years, so this year, we did an exchange concert at the local high school.

As a gift from the host to the guest, I got this tea package. Good work Jason, you know me well!

Anyway, I am finally getting around to giving it a proper taste. Here we go!

To start off, I’m normally not a huge fan of blends. I’m more of a purist, unless it’s done in an interesting and tasty way. And it must be well balanced. Too many tea companies hide bad tea base taste by dumping in whatever might taste good.

This is not that. Right off the bat, opening the package, I get a beautiful, tropical fragrance. The smells of mango, apple, papaya, and pineapple popped out and made me think I was still on the islands. But the black tea base was still present, nice and gentle. Good sign.

I brewed this in my 32 ounce Bodum Assam tea pot with boiling water over 7 grams (the package said 2-2.5 grams per 1-2 cups of tea…), and steeping for 2:30, after rinsing, of course.

The aroma of the liqueur is surprisingly even better than the dried leaves. The dried fruit smell is still present, but not as in your face. The black tea gets to stand out just a bit more, bringing out a wonderful balance, one that I am not used to in a tea with this much fruit presence.

The taste is right there as well. The hints of all those fruits are still there, mixed wonderfully inside the black tea base. And it is a great black tea base, not over the top itself, trying to be something it doesn’t need to be in a tea blend, but still confident and right at the front, with just a touch of that velvety smooth roast, just a touch of earthy malt that defines a really good black tea.

Now, the tea package that this tea came in also had a small bear container of local Hawaiian honey, so my 2nd cup I added about a tablespoon to my 1.5 cup mug. I’m not normally a honey-in-my-tea fan, or anything else, really. milk, sugar, lemon, anything. Just give me my tea straight. But, if a company is going to go through the trouble of making a tea package with local honey in it, they must be pretty proud of it, so I’ll give it a shot.

Damn, that’s some good honey. It really does go well, surprisingly, with this tea. You don’t need much, I probably could have used a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon, but it mixes very well with the fruit overtones and the black tea base, without taking away from those flavors, or worse yet, the flavors battling and fighting because they don’t get along, either in my mouth or in my stomach.

None of that, this honey matches this tea very nicely. I’ll be honest, I prefer it alone, without the honey. But either way, this tea is very, very good.

I think I’ll be buying more from Lupicia in the future. Thanks, Jason!

-E

Flavors: Apple, Earth, Fruity, Malt, Mango, Pineapple, Smooth, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML
Mookit

That sounds like a lovely and delicious tea package!

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Holiday TTB

Although Lupicia makes numerous amazing fruity-flavored blends, I’m not a huge fan of their black teas. Unfortunately, this one was no exception. The aroma was an enticing tropical fruit sweetness, but the flavor came across a bit artificial with a slight sourness that reminded me of gummy candies.

Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Sour, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Exclusive Hawaii Lupicia Blend! This one is loaded with fruity chunks, I had one giant ball of fruit that weighed 3 grams.

The flavor is very fruity as tastes like the ingredients mango, papaya, and pineapple. The base is a malty black. This tea would make a really good iced one!

My sadness is there is another mango papaya in the Hawaii collection, Kuuipo, and 2 other teas that have mango, papaya, and pineapple (so 4 teas out of 8) and 3 of those are the same black tea base. For the entire collection of 8, all are fruity teas except for one – Malama. I wish there was more variety between the collection. As I drink through the set, I’m getting a lot of “tastes kind of samey as the other blend”.

I reviewed a few others awhile back on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/exclusive-lupicia-hawaii-original-tea-blends-collection-lupicia-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The first steep was more then 2.5 mins. Not sure about the flavor but the dry leaf and fruit smell good. Otherwise I’m not really a fan of this one besides the smell. I’ll give it a couple more goes just in case.

What I really love is the picture on the tin. The mountain image in the background is in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawai’i. One of my favorite places in the world.

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It seems like there’s no end to the Lupicia teas that I haven’t tried or heard of—but I’m not complaining!

This one is a black tea with flower petals and numerous dried fruit pieces mixed in. The smell is a cheery mixture of tropical fruits, and pretty much what I think of when I hear “tropical iced tea”. I made this one hot, however. The tea base is light and crisp; no complaints here. The fruit flavors are abundant and vibrant, with pineapple, mango, and probably quite a few others. There is a sort of candy-like sweetness to it. It doesn’t stand out too much from the other mixed-fruits black teas from Lupicia that I’ve tried, but it’s a fun and enjoyable one on its own.

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Shared a pot of this one with my sister today! (She’s a mango fan.) This is one of Lupicia’s more complex Hawaiian-inspired teas, with lots of different kinds of fruit. According to the ingredients, there’s mango, papaya, apple, cranberry, and pineapple in here. I can taste each one, I think, if I pay really close attention while I sip. But the overall effect is more of a general “tropical fruit” taste, sweet with just a touch of tartness. It’s well-balanced, and the tea base is on the lighter side (like many of Lupicia’s flavored black teas).

I’m glad to have this one in my cupboard! It’s a great tea to offer tropical fruit lovers. (Though my all-time favorite Lupicia Hawaiian tea is still Palekaiko… But that’s probably because I’m such a ginger fanatic.)

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And Lupicia day #2 commences! This one is from Dexter. The black tea leaves are quite small and dark and somewhat broken, and there are crushed dried green leaves and a couple fruit pieces mixed in. Dry scent is extremely sweet and fruity, like sniffing a bowl of tropical fruit hard candies.

The steeped tea also smells sweet and fruity, but more specifically like mango with a touch of pineapple. This tea is definitely full of fruit flavor, and there’s something about it that make it taste like hard candies or gummies (is there cherry…?). I dunno, it’s nice but overall it’s a little too artificial tasting for me. I can see it making a very nice fruity iced tea though.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cherry, Fruity, Mango, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I get papaya and maybe mango…pineapple though? Not so much. Mostly it is a generic tropical fruit flavor and nothing particularly special. I guess we’ll see how to cold brew turns out tomorrow

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evening tea with dinner! I shared this one with variatea and cavocorax and i’m glad i did. 50g would have been too much for me, while a 3 way split is perfect. I am enjoying the flavours in this one – it’s rightly hawaii like without that weird taste a lot of “troical” blacks seem to have. That being said, the few cups i have will be enough to satisfy my curiosity :)

(also anna, if you’re out there, i totally brewed melon oolong the other day according to the instructions…it was hard…)

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