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Decided to make this single-serving teabag I got as a sampler from Lupicia with some long-ago order before the California flagship closed down for my Doctor Who-watching afternoon teatime (at least the name fits). It is a typical malty black tea blend, and a rather nice one, at that. I get notes of malt, baked bread, grapes, raisins, and autumn leaf. It’s a pleasant breakfast blend black tea, the sort that appeals to me by being smooth and with mild astringency and pleasant to take plain.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Grapes, Malt, Muscatel, Raisins, Smooth
This was my free teabag with my order a while ago, so this is now a sipdown. (yes, sometimes I add single teabags to my Steepster cupboard because I am ridiculous.) It’s a nice one to try, but probably don’t need it stocked. Happy to try it! I used bottled water to boil in my kettle for the first steep and the peach flavor is extravagant. Maybe a little bitey, as I probably shouldn’t have used such hot water. But the peach even could possibly have a bit of a peach pit flavor even? Somewhere between authentic peach and not… Looking at the steeped teabag, it looks like there are tiny pieces of oolong though, and not actual full leaves, so how the heck is this “super grade”?? This tea went through the ringer of the varieties of ways I steep tea: second steep was boiled in my kettle with sink water, third steep was boiled for twenty minutes on the stove, fourth was steeped back in the kettle with sink water. Honestly, all of the steeps were delicious and consistently PEACH. This gets credit for some lasting peachiness. So that gives me more confidence that the variety of ways I’m steeping teas isn’t harming them TOO much… it probably mostly depends on each tea — how they will be with my crazy steeping methods. But it’s also sad that the flavor is so one note for me. Why only peach? I’d like the flavor of the oolong to peak through. Even more sad, I’m noticing the base is pouchong which is my favorite type of oolong. I can’t taste that at all.
Steep #1 // 1 teabag // 18 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 17 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 8 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #4 // just boiled // 2-3 min steep
2020 Sipdowns: 2
I ordered tea for a friend for Christmas and a free sample bag of this tea was included with my order.
I had no idea what flavor it was or even what kind of tea when I opened the sachet. If I had known, I would have waited to drink it when my husband was home because he has been missing Anna’s Blend and Marco Polo and we are looking for a new strawberry tea for him. He didn’t care for the Gurman’s one and was only somewhat satisfied when I mixed Vanilla Comoro with Adagio Strawberry.
This one says it has coconut but honestly I don’t taste it. I taste strawberry, vanilla, and black tea. It is delicious and I resteeped it. The second cup was good, too.
My husband loved the smell of the remaining leaves when he came home from work. I noticed they sell a plain strawberry vanilla black and I may order that for him soon if we don’t find something else he likes. I am hoping it is the same blend sans coconut, although he wouldn’t mind the coconut, but I think this is a seasonal blend and I want something I can get anytime.
Arby Advent Day 3
Arby, were you reading my mind? I actually had this tea in my cart along with some others during the Cyber Monday sale, but I decided not to order since I’d already bought a lot of tea over the weekend. I’m so glad I get to try this tea after all! The strawberry and rooibos combine pleasantly. It reminds me of Bird & Blend strawberry rooibos flavors. It’s really nice! Not quite authentic strawberry, but one that’s familiar and pleasant. I definitely get a bit of creamy vanilla as well. And of course Lupicia’s rooibos is delicious. Another winner!
This one smells pretty grassy, but let’s see. I brewed it at a low temperature for a short time and it turned out super nice. The flavor is light, mostly green apple. Unlike some green teas, it didn’t get bitter as it sat. Thanks to tea-sipper for sharing! The green apple flavor here is quite authentic and pleasant – I’m a fan!
This tea has been on my wishlist for years and I was finally able to find it during a trip to Paris. It looks like a CTC tea. I know what that looks like, but I’m not sure if it is attributed to the taste I’m noticing. I’ve had other CTC teas by Lupicia, the first being Sweet Potato, so some of the flavors in this remind me of that. That flavor is under a strong amount of bergamot and the chocolate is much more subtle. I have to concentrate to pick out the chocolate which almost seems more aromatic, like chocolate scratch and sniff stickers, but doesn’t have the depth that real chocolate has. I’m enjoying this tea, but I do wish it had more chocolate in it.
On another note…. I really need to start letting my tea cool more. I have noticed that I have been burning my lips and roof of my mouth by trying to enjoy my tea too quickly after steeping. Someday I’ll learn. Maybe.
I have very much been looking forward to trying this tea and it did not disappointment. The vibrant, sweet candy-like honeydew flavor works perfectly with the oolong base. The flavor actually reminds me of a Sanrio store, which was an extremely nostalgic experience. Was surprisingly delicious hot too.
Flavors: Candy, Honeydew, Melon
Yup, grapes. Tastes petty much as I expected, but I still enjoyed it. I made it hot because it’s way too cold for me to drink anything iced, but this would absolutely be better cold (or better yet as a tea slushy). Absolutely no bitterness, with a verrrry slight hay note behind the grapes. I enjoyed the cup, and will finish the bag I have, but I’m not sure there’s a need to re-order it.
Flavors: Grapes, Muscatel
This tea was everything I hoped it would be and more. The base is light and vegetal, and the flavor is rich, caramelized, and buttery. Strong brown sugar notes, and no hint of bitterness or astringency. Very much reminds me of Butter Sencha from DavidsTea, but not nearly as temperamental or finicky. This is definitely one I want to stock up on before it disappears.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Chestnut
Lupicia does it again. Another absolutely astonishing fruity tea. I love the oolong base with the fresh white peach flavor. The aroma is incredible as well- like you’re biting into a white peach picked right from the tree. Compared to Alphonso Mango (which I sipped last night), this is a bit more true to the actual fruit, and is less candy-like. Still, I think I prefer the former.
Flavors: Floral, Peach, Stonefruits
I have been wanting to place a Lupicia order for forever (I know, I’m late to the game), and finally did so. I was so excited for the package to arrive, that I ripped into it as soon as I got home from work at 8pm. I’d been craving mango, so decided to try this one first (despite it being black, and it now being 8:15pm…and I have to wake up at 6am tomorrow). Lupicia, I’m sorry it took so long for me to find you. This is an absolutely exceptional fruity tea. It really does last just like a mango candy, and the smell (both dry and brewed) is absolutely captivating.
Flavors: Candy, Mango, Sweet
For years I’ve had the decaf black version of this tea and I have to say, the green tastes pretty much the same. The sour cherry flavor is so rich that I can’t pick out the tea base and I think that is true with the black version as well. I must have picked up this sample tea bag a couple months ago when I was last in a Lupica store and I’m super glad I have it when I’m on the go and at work! Thanks Lupicia! I might consider swapping the black for the green next time I need a refill on my loose leaf stash.
Pictures here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3sdxOTABar/
This is a strawberry and vanilla rooibos with a nice red rooibos base. It benefits from a splash of milk to bring out the vanilla notes. It is also great cold. The strawberry is very natural and somewhat subtle.
Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Rooibos, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla