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This is good matcha. The only one I’ll keep around regularly because the price points of other fancier matchas are usually laughable.
So I had a hangover this morning. And I really needed caffeine. And juice. Ever had one of those hangovers where coffee will make you sick, but you’re pretty sure OJ will too?
1tbsp matcha + 2oz warm water to dissolve. Top with lemonade over ice. Vitamin C, caffeine, and hydration all at once? Yes. It also allows one to drink it steadily at work and look like a healthy person, not a shambling zombie who had too many shots of tequila the night before, desperate for a caffeine fix.
Anyway, the matcha as tea is nice. More earthy than other blends and a little darker in color so not a super high grade most likely but whatever. When it gets colder I’ll be mixing this with hot milk and vanilla when I have hangovers.
Wow. If green had a taste, this is it. haha. Had this for morning tea. Prepped it with a tiny squeeze of lemon and may a heaving teaspoon of honey. And it’s still very green. I don’t usually like normal green tea and this isn’t too bad. I probably won’t pick it but for a green tea, its good. Yeah, all I can say is that it tastes very GREEN.
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.]
A small backlog.
So I promised I’d give the last of this a fair sendoff. It’s the last bag. The last bag FOREVER, because it doesn’t seem like Lupicia make this anymore. Unfortunately, because this has really grown on me. Or rather, I’ve been the one doing the growing, and I can now appreciate the complexity of this tea. +10 points.
The base is a subtly roasted houjicha, and this is what made this a little hard for me to fully embrace earlier, as I hadn’t quite decided how I felt about roasted teas. I’m completely swayed now, though – and roastiness intermingling with one of Lupicia’s perfect fruit flavours? It’s so, so good, and beautifully balanced. It gives me apricot tonguefeel if I close my eyes.
If this had been available, it would have been an instant restock, but as it is, I’ll just add fruit-flavoured houjicha to the list of teas I absolutely need in my cupboard.
Either way, it’s a fair sendoff – I’m at the airport lounge and the bartender sings his usual showtunes. ‘Is it really the very last of the tea?’ he asks, shaking his head sadly. He seems to understand the gravity of the situation. I will leave the tiny bag corpse with him.
[Purchased at Lupicia in Honolulu, December 2012.]
[Polished off at Fiumicino, March 2014.]
When I first reviewed this here: http://steepster.com/clareborn/posts/195695 I know I found it on Lupicia’s website, but as I executed my attack on the WVF Lupicia earlier this week, the very nice and patient man helping me told me it had been discontinued.
Definitely a sad day, because this tea really gives me massive travel nostalgia, and it manages to remain at a solid 75 in spite of the mistreatment I put it through in terms of varying cup sizes and steeping times and water temperatures.
Everyone’s always very nice about getting me hot water, even on really short flights, but it’s strange how surprised many people are that I bring my own tea. Like, what could possibly be better than the oversteeped, lukewarm English Breakfast we serve? Is it liquid gold?
I now have one last bag left, and I will give it a proper sending off sometime soon.
Okay. So FINALLY I’m getting around to writing tasting notes for those last tricky teas in my cupboard. This is one of very few bagged teas I own. I got it on sale when I did my big Lupicia run in Hawaii; I’m generally a little cautious with flavoured roasty teas, mostly because they’re confusing to my palate, but this one was so cheap it would just have been silly not to try it.
Plus, I really love apricots. The best thing about the scent of this tea is that smelling it, I get instant apricot mouthfeel. It’s uncanny. Lupicia are so spot-on in their flavourings, and this is no exception.
The reason I label this tea tricky, is that I’ve used it as one of my travel teas. Every sip of this puts me at an airport or on a flight. The first time I drank it, I was sitting on the floor at Heathrow, waiting to catch a flight. This was the last time ever I traveled without my thermos, because Starbucks had the nerve to charge for hot water. Pff! The insolence!
Either way, I really like this tea. It instantly calms me, which – again, I know I wrote about this in one of my tasting notes yesterday – seems unfair to add to a note, because it only reflects the fact that I’ve conditioned myself to perceiving this as a post-luggage hauling, post-security check, post-travel chaos treat; something I reward myself with when all I can do is placidly wait around for someone to make a boarding call or land a plane.
But either way, the body of this still has a good roastiness, and a nice, juicy, entirely authentic apricot.
And there’s just enough of it left for my next trip.
[Purchased at Lupicia in Honolulu, December 2012.]
Smells like grape soda! My husband loves that stuff. I love Lupicia’s Momo Oolong but am only so-so about this one (I wasn’t wildly surprised; grape’s never been my first choice for flavoring things but I tried this on a whim because I like a lot of Lupicia’s fruitier stuff and this one has high regard here). As a plus, I was cooking pork chops with blackberry sauce tonight and realized late in the day I didn’t have the fruit juice it called for. It already includes “brewed black tea” so I used this along with some Earl Grey Grand Classic as a substitute. Worked out great; dinner was tasty. So there’s that.
A Review of Afternoon Tea by Lupicia
I took the only tea bag that I have of this tea and put this in my mug and adding the boiled water to it, I cover it to let it steep for several minutes.
I am fixing this tea first thing in the morning; it is one of those grey morning with light showers out of doors. I remove the cover from tea cup to be met with a darkly reddish cup of robust tea. It smells very dry and somewhat smoky.
I am reminded as I take sip after sip of this tea that this tea is a combination of Darjeeling and full bodied Assam tea. So this tea is both floral, brightly colored tea with a wonderful freshness to it.
Tea’s color is like that Port wine with slight drying effect when swallowing; it is crisp as well liken to an apple with no tart since tea has that dry malt taste. It is an acquired taste.
I must say that it has been a while since having a tea of this proportion and I am reminded how at times I can enjoy a darkly roasted cup of tea. This tea would be nicely met with cream and sugar or milk and sugar and served very hot.
Overall tasting notes: malt like tea with a robust tasting to it; a fine liquor that is light in body with a strong character in the cup.
Tea’s color is portly; mild rose/red liquor
Taste: smooth with a drying effect when swallowed
I cant say how accurate this review will be as I mixed one tea bag of the Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia with one large tea bag of Pau D’Arco by Natures Sunshine. I can however state that the Jardin added a nice hint of flavor to the other (which is what I was hoping for). Alone, the Pau D’Arco has a very earthy/barky flavor, which I rather enjoy. However, the Jardin gave it a more warm/tropical flavor. I detected a hint of citrus among other fruit and it complimented my earthy tea very well.
My morning cup of tea! I really enjoyed this especially for the morning. It is light and sweet and it is the perfect start to my morning. I can’t pinpoint the taste but after reading the other reviews I can tell the hint of vanilla and strawberry. It isn’t overpowering at all. I would say this would be my favorite but unfortunately it isn’t organic and they use artificial flavoring. ): If it was, it would have gotten 100!
This is a very nice rooibos tea~
The deep-sweet mango flavor complements the rooibos well. It is a mellow fruity flavor that has more presence than the rooibos but it isn’t overpowering.
On a personal note, I like the fruitiness, but I probably wouldn’t want to drink this everyday. It would be nice to drink once in a while, as a treat or break from my other rooibos/herbal teas.
A floral black tea, with a hint of fruit~ I can barely taste the vanilla. This is a nice, relaxing tea – does not have intense flavors or smells. Overall, a good tea – but I tend to drink cups of this without remembering what it tasted like.
YAY a peach tea I don’t hate! I adore height of summer peaches and am always bummed how brief a window they’re REALLY good, transcendently James and the Giant Peach-level succulent with that titillating perfume-y musk going on, and this is pretty impressive at capturing that. The next time I get grouchy about the lack of good peaches available I’ll need to remember I have this.
You know – this is probably the best pineapple oolong of the ones I’ve had! Brewed some up in a travel mug over the weekend, and it was absolutely delicious. Real, fresh pineapple flavour, creamy oolong. I am quite enjoying it. One tea I’m definitely not sad to have acquired in the happy box!