488 Tasting Notes
Oops, I didn’t realize there was coffee in this, the pu’erh was risky enough at 9pm!
This tea is really tasty, slightly cookie-ish and lots of sweet cinnamon. Not a tea for coffee haters because that’s a very strong component! I almost think the name should be more like “cinnamon coffee pu’erh” vs cinnamon cookie. Coffee stands out for sure.
I added cream and it was a nice post supper treat. I will try it for breakfast sometime wheni not worried about caffeine.
Definitely another Lupicia win!
I had two steeps of this earlier this afternoon.
I really really enjoyed both of them.
This tea is smooth and chocolatey with a nice thick mouthfeel.
Did I mention cocoa?
It would be impossible to not have a good afternoon when you are drinking this tea.
It’s one of those “Serenity now” in a cup types of teas.
Chocolate?! So weird.
I guess someone tasted that somehow??
I cold brewed this and when I drank it I got nothing but piña colada. I’m being truthful. Maybe some spices to give it a bit of richness and a little kick.
My all time favorite tea to cold brew is Davidstea’s Tropicalia, and I’m guessing they came out with this one for 2014 instead of bringing back Tropicalia, like they should have.
But since they didn’t, this one will have to do.
As far as a piña colada iced tea, this one is yummy.
I will buy some more to have for the rest of the summer!
Rivertea had sent me a sample of this, it sounds good based on the description. But it tastes weeeeeirrrrd.
Really sour. Leaves a horrid taste in my mouth. I don’t get chocolate at all when it’s hot.
I did just sip it as it had cooled and the chocolate comes out more, and the flavours aren’t quite as in your face sour and clashy…but it’s still not something I’d ever buy.
I will be passing the rest on to my friend to try.
It’s really bitter and icky to me.
And there’s something in it that reminds me of the flavour note in Boatsman that I dislike. I thought it might be chamomile but there’s none in this according to the ingredients. Who knows. They smell kind of similar.
I decided to brew up all four of my black caramel tea samples at once to do a comparison.
Caramel by TeaG
Caramel by Kusmi
Caramel Toffee by Dammann Freres
And Creme Caramel by Upton.
I did a terrible job comparing them, though.
I have a really hard time pinpointing specific notes in tea beyond a very basic level of distinction.
So, beyond noting that they all tasted like caramel in their own specific way, here’s all I got:
Kusmi’s brewed up the blackest and it seemed to have a slight cardboardy note to me.
Tea G’s was a medium amber color, had a thick mouthfeel and was either my favorite or second favorite.
Upton’s was very light when brewed. It was somewhat similar to the DF tea but not as flavorful.
DF’s was pretty light also, and had sort of a fruity note in the background.
I think I may have liked that one best, with that floral note!
But Tea G’s was a close second, if not a tie.
So, this achieved….something. I guess.
For the sake of simplicity and safety, I used 96 degrees and 4 min for all.
The fifth Lupicia tea I tried from my order.
This is just to say “wow”. So grapey. Amazing. Natural tasting, incredibly fruity.
Like REAL grape juice, but with the sweetness tempered by the oolong base.
I didn’t even know that “Muscat” was a grape related word up until recently. I kept seeing people use it to describe Darjeeling tea and I was all like “wtf is this?!”.
Anyway. I can’t see myself ever tasting grapes in a Darjeeling but never say never.
I’m so off topic.
It’s really refreshing and natural tasting. I bet it would be delicious cold brewed.
Lupicia, you’re awesome.
Lupicia tea #4!
I will make this short as it’s bedtime.
This was a well done dessert tea. Definitely tasted like chocolate and strawberries, but not in a gross, artificial way.
And the pu’erh just seemed to add a deep richness to it, a subtle earthiness that took away from the sweetness. In a good way.
This isn’t one I would need to stock, once it’s gone it wouldn’t likely make it back on my shopping list but it’s pretty awesome how well done the flavours are. Good when I’m having a chocolate craving! Which is most of the time, really :)
The third Lupicia tea that I tried from my recent order.
I kept telling myself I’d hold back and wait to finish some older teas before digging into these, but I was too damn excited. I have zero restraint at the best of times, to be honest.
This was the first one to disappoint me, sadly.
I’m not sure where the caramel is?
I added some milk, which brought out the creamy aspect, but really I was just tasting a toasty green tea. Perhaps there’s an underlying sweetness that one could attribute to caramel flavouring, but I am not that one.
Maybe different steeping parameters would make a difference.
It also doesn’t help that to me this tastes a lot like Harney and Son’s Tokyo, which I also bought recently.
And which I haven’t reviewed yet, but did try, and found the caramel taste to be lacking from that also.
Thus far, my favourite caramel flavoured green tea is still the one from Persimmon Tree.
I shall keep messing with these other two though, lawd knows I have enough!
If anyone would like to try this, hit me up. I was so excited to taste it after reading other reviews, but I feel as though I’m definitely missing something.
Courtney compared it to Nina’s Japon in her review, and strangely enough I also found that one to be suspiciously lacking in caramel taste. Maybe my tongue is broken where caramel is concerned. Or maybe I’d notice it if I tried sweetening these teas.
Ah well. So far the only disappointment from my long awaited Lupicia order!