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This is a really nice basic Assam. There are no surprises here—it’s malty and sweet and strong, and that’s about it—but sometimes that’s just what’s needed. Like today, when I’m gearing up for my first day at a new job and it’s 15F outside. Not sure of the tea situation at the new office, so I’m bringing myself a huge thermos of this in hopes that it helps me stay awake—so not an early riser. This came in my 2016 Happy Bag, and while there are plenty of other comparable Assams out there it’s certainly something I might consider restocking in a future Lupicia order.
Nasty grape medicine flavor plus grassy sencha? No thanks. I’ve never had a grape tea I didn’t find truly disgusting (including some from Lupicia), so I didn’t have high hopes for this one when I found out it would be included in Lupicia’s 2016 Happy Bags. Still, I figured I might as well give it a try. But nope, it’s just as gross as I thought. Free to a good home!
I have tried this, Lupicia number 8508 from Lupicia France, under the name Belle Journée.
And it´s such an interesting idea, a green tea with rooibos. It was a sample, so worth risking, I was quite unsure if I was going to like it, but indeed it works and it´s oddly refreshing.
I am usually not a fan of grapefruit flavours, and it´s noticeable here, though the peach is more prevalent. I will probably not buy it because of the grapefruit, I might tire of it, but it´s certainly interesting on its own.
Brewed the way Lupicia insists, boiling water 2 minutes, it works (have given up doubting them on how to brew their teas).
This is a standard for me, one I will usually have on hand. Ridiculously over the top, luscious, fruity with lots of chocolate flavor. Like drinking chocolate-covered strawberries. Seriously. If you love puerh, you may be disappointed, as there is only a subtle earthiness coming through from the tea, almost obliterated by the chocolate and strawberry flavors. Works for me, though! One of my favorite dessert teas, wonderful with milk.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Strawberry
I bought this tea mostly for the fact that it was on sale and Lupicia has these really dumb $60 minimums to get free shipping.. and I was THIS close. Also, I was really intrigued. Can a tea really taste like a mimosa? The only caveat was that it’s set to expire soon – two months from today.
Little side story – I’m not a big alcohol drinker for various reasons. So one time at a brunch as the lady is pouring me a mimosa, I ask, “Can you go easy on the champagne and heavy on the orange juice?”. She looks me dead in the eye and says “In my 10 years of bartending I’ve NEVER had anyone ask me that before.” And thus, my friends would often joke about the “Rachel Mimosa” which was almost all orange juice with a splash of champagne.
So how about this tea? I can definitely smell the citrus fruits in this. While I could brew it hot, I decided to take two tea bags (in my handy Lupicia glass cooler), pour on some hot water, and let it cold brew for a while. After 8 hours it wasn’t bad, but I felt like it could have gone a little longer – so I left in for a full 24 hours. The result is actually not that bad. There’s some black tea and citrus notes, but nothing is overpowering and the tea is honestly really refreshing.
Does it taste like a mimosa? Heck no. It kinda tastes like a mild black tea with some modest orange flavoring. But I definitely wouldn’t drink this and think it’s anything like a mimosa. It’s still very pleasant though. And since I can’t even have orange juice as much anymore because it gives me heartburn this is honestly much better anyway.
Will I buy more? Eh probably not. Honestly if it’s on sale it’s probably being discontinued anyway. The tea isn’t bad. I’ve had better from Lupicia but it works well as a cold brew.
My Hannukah countdown sipdown might be more effective if I were actually, you know, counting. I may not have immediately grasped the heart of the whole advent concept…
According to Steepster, this is my 6th sipdown of the month. It’s now Dec. 10. So I just need to get 4 more sipdowns in to catch up. Eep.
Admittedly, I always brewed this at work in less than ideal conditions so I can’t speak to its potential. My experience of it was decidedly adequate. It’s good but fairly generic. Roasty aroma, roasty flavor, amber brew. Three solid steeps – four if you overleaf a bit.
This was a sample that came with the monthly Lupicia flyer. Opening it, I was greeted by a little cloud of tea dust and a mix of bright, fruity aromas. I was expecting this to be a holiday tea with all the bells and whistles, but the fact that it could be a green tea slipped my mind. But sure enough, it had a distinctive sencha-esque scent too.
Brewing this turned up one of the weirdest colors I’d ever seen. Have you ever seen a green tea trying to be red at the same time? Reddish green without being brown? That was what this was. The flavor of this was decent. The green tea base is savory, a little umami, a little seaweed-ish, which are all things I’m happy to find in a nice smooth sencha. The contrast with the fruity flavors is interesting, not what I’m used to, but it doesn’t clash either. The fruit notes are fresh and recognizably Lupicia. In particular, this has got to have some of the same stuff as Napa Blanc in it. Sweet and light, not cloying, but a little candy-like. I would recommend this more as a spring or summer, rather than winter holiday tea.
It’s hard to get either chocolate or strawberry flavor down right, and this tea does both in one lovely, creamy, natural-tasting combination. And, accounting for the minor difference of a puerh vs. black tea base, it’s an almost perfect rendition of a long lost favorite, Butiki’s Red Queen Cupcake. I never thought I’d encounter another blend with all the things I loved about it again! That was a tea I enjoyed over the holiday season too, a couple of years back. The cold weather makes these richer, flavored teas more enjoyable. And, although both might have the same base, this one knocks Sunny Fruits way out of the park.
Trying this tea was enough to remind me to return and start logging my teas again. It’s been a busy few months (as usual) but life is pretty good. I’m glad to see many familiar names still active around here, and hope everyone is doing well!
I am apparently unable to resist Lupicia Holiday Tins. I love those cute little things, and theres a fair number of their holiday teas that I really like, so I always pick up a few.
Which means that Lupicia has also sent a sample along, and this was it. Unnervingly I could not find it on Steepster, so I added it.
I’m not the worlds biggest fan of green tea, but I do love Lupicias fruit flavorings, and I’m still in “pour hot water down the gullet” mode, so bottoms up!
This is very mild, both in its green tea base and in its fruit flavor. As with so many things that Lupicia brands as their holiday blends, this reminds me much more firmly of spring and summer flavors.
I’ll hold off on reviewing this, as I’m an imperfect judge of green tea, but it was generally nice to sip.
I received a bag of this tea in the GCTTB. It was a welcome hot drink today as I’ve been out in the cold and rain digging up invasive weeds at a local park. The scent of the tea is surprisingly alcoholic, like some sort of fruit wine or liqueur. I taste a bit of booziness in the flavour as well, though it gradually mellows into a honeydew melon flavour as it cools. The odd thing is that according to the description this tea is supposed to be flavoured with peach and grapefruit, neither of which I really taste – it’s rather strange.
Got this a while ago in my Lupicia newsletter.
Open the bag, smell a nice Mango-ish smell. I love mango juice, but not crazy about actually alot of mango, just a few pieces here and there. Amyways, post brew it still smells like Mango, but it’s fairly muted. Actually the smell and taste reminds me alot of Lychee. I mostly like it. Jury is kind of out whether or not I would actually buy this. I mean at best it would be a good alternative to when I want a fruity Oolong but tired of the Pineapple (Or when I want hoard it!) Though if it comes to crunch time (When I’ve got to reduce my order.) It would probably come off the list. Since I haven’t been able to buy from Lupicia since last February, when I am able to order, it will be mainly to restock though hopefully I’ll be able to a few more try-outs. This tea reminds me a lot of this mango gummy candy that I get from a Japanese grocery store in Novi (One World Market. Sadly can only get there every few months at best.) It’s one of my favorite candies, I usually get the mixed fruit bag (The Strawberry flavor is a bit to sweet and I like the Lychee. ) Oh and another thing, like with the Pineapple Oolong, I didn’t get a tropical flavor that others have gotten…if it had some coconut then maybe (Mmm that sounds like a delicious tea!)
I was expecting a strongly flavored tea, however this is not the case. I can not actually taste the cherry petals at all. I generally don’t drink Darjeeling because of its astringency, however I can tell this is a good Darjeeling tea. I would recommend this for Darjeeling drinkers. (My score reflects the fact that I don’t really like Darjeeling too much)
Very pleasant flavor, yet could be stronger and more intense. With two teaspoons and 10 oz of hot water, the tea favor still appeared weak. And I am not just talking about the mango flavor, but of the tea leaf itself. Tastes watered down. I will try more tea less water next time, yet even the smell is not very intense.
Flavors: Blueberry, Flowers, Mango
Got this in a recent Lupicia newsletter…
I’m so glad (Mostly) that Summer is finally on it’s way out. I mean we’ll probably have a few more really nice days and might get bit of an Indian summer, but overall cool enough to have tea most days…YAY!!!
Sadly this summer I wasn’t really in the mood for tea with a few exceptions, so in addition to the beastly hot temps, that made me really irritable.
This tea was picked at random after dinner, though considering I am trying to avoid much caffeine in the evenings, just as well. I like this tea, like I’ve liked most Rooibos teas…but the jury is out on whether or not I’d actually buy this tea, namely in my next order, (Which sadly probably won’t be till January/February.) I’m thinking I really should do an inventory on my teas before I buy anymore anyways.
I taste the Caramel/Butterscotch in it…though I wish it were more butterscotchy. I also taste a hint of rum, which I’ve never drank, one of these days I will. I was kind of hoping this would taste like Werther’s Originals…that was my favorite candy when I was little. But since I have the really bad habit of chewing hard candies, I avoid them like the plague, but a tea that tastes just like Werther’s? OMG, I would adore that!
Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Rum