For all those who have been wondering – yes, this is Champagne Rose under a different name. Most of Lupicia’s teas are the same in Japan and overseas, but they’ve been providing slightly different versions of Champagne Rose for years (I think because of an import issue with the pearlescent pink and silver dragées in the Japanese version, which are banned in some US states).
A few months ago, they finally pulled Champagne Rose from their site altogether. After a bit of a wait, their “signature” tea is back at last…but under a new name, to differentiate the domestic and overseas versions. “Champagne Rose” for the Japanese version with dragées, and “Rose Royal” for the overseas version without.
Fortunately, it’s still the same light and lovely flavor of strawberries and champagne, with a hint of rose, that got me hooked on Lupicia’s flavored teas to begin with. This was my first Lupicia purchase, some eight years ago, and it’s still among my favorites. A bright, elegant flavored black tea, good with milk and a touch of sweetener or on its own merits. As the Bard said, a rose by any other name…
Flavors: Champagne, Strawberry