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Per my new influx of tea, I’ve decided that its time to sip down some more tea. I only had a little bit of Cookie left, so that decided me.
This is a nice tea, with the butter cookie flavor. But its also a little delicate, so a bitter note comes through sometimes. Thats a little unfortunate, as I can be an agressive steeper.
This is one of those teas that I might restock someday, but not with anything resembling urgency.
Ah tea! And off I go to my day!
I’ve been curious about this one for ages, so I picked some up when I was in Lupicia last week.
It smells lovely, and it brews up to be a butter cookie. Almost short bread like, I must say, buttery and rich.
Theres a vauge coffee note in it, which I may find a little problematic. I’m going to keep tinkering with the steep time on this, but generally I like it!
Pre-emptive sipdown. I got a sample sache of this with my Lupicia order. I generally dislike rooibos and think it tastes like cough syrup, but sometimes I can be surprised. This is one of those times.
I took a quick sniff of the sachet and it smelled straight up like caramel and rum, including the alcohol. Steeped it smells way more like caramel and less like rum, although that hint is definitely there. No nasty rooibos smell. The flavor is definitely caramel in the main part of the sip with a distinct alcoholic rum aroma that fills your mouth when drinking, very similar to drinking a hot rum drink. It’s nice. I actually like it.
Thanks, Greenteafairy, for this tea!!
I’ve been on a plum tea kick lately. The oolong base is light and vegetal. The flavoring is more floral than fruity. It is too heavy with the sweet rose, but never gets to the point where it is cloying. I don’t get very much plum flavor. If anywhere I detect the plum in the depth of the flavor, preventing the rose from becoming to bright, but it is not independent at all.
As soon as I smelled the leaves, I was reminded of fresh cut lemons and summer lemonade. This is a nice summer tea; Natsukoi is black tea with lemons. The lemon is a bit strong, so one might feel that it is overpowering but it is a nice change to the normal everyday tea.
Thanks, greenteafairy, for this tea!!
This was so refreshing this morning! I love citrus teas and this one was kind of surreal because I felt like I was eating a grapefruit while drinking this hot. It has the bittersweet tang of a grapefruit and it seems to pops when you sip it like pieces of grapefruit do. The base has a warm, dark bitter greens kind of taste. It adds depth to the grapefruit and prevents it from becoming overly bright.
Overall a brilliant and surreal tea for a surreal morning involving a brain in a box. (I work in a neurology office.)
I think I may have found a new favorite Earl Grey! The bergamot here is strong, which is a plus for me. It’s crisp and citrusy, and a perfect counterpoint to the rich, slightly smoky Keemun base. I’ve never had an EG like this before—the Keemun adds some welcome complexity, and I think its more assertive (vs. the usual Ceylon) profile prevents the bergamot from becoming overwhelming. Even my mother, who’s kind of an EG hater, enjoyed this. I’ve had a lot of Lupicia disappointments lately, but this one’s restoring my faith in the brand. They have a lot of misses, yes, but their hits are really something special.
This is my first plum tea! Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a disappointment. It’s quite sweet and rather floral. There’s a bit of plum, but only a bit—and it’s more plum candy than fresh plum. I’m not sure I’d even have been able to identify it as plum if I hadn’t known—it’s got that generic fruit candy Lupicia flavoring going on. The oolong’s not as flavourful as it could be either, and what flavor it does have is a bit more vegetal than I’d like here. The aftertaste, though, is vibrant, natural plum. I’d love to get more of that—I think I’ll try this again with more leaf and a shorter steeping time. Maybe also as a cold steep.
Peaches taste like summer to me. Which I miss. A lot.
I seemed to like my cup today quite a bit more than I did last time, though I didn’t change anything up. The peachy flavor didn’t seem artificial (though not nearly as good as Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Pearls peach flavor), and while black tea isn’t my first choice for peach-pairing, it hit the spot.
So, greenteafairy was kind enough to put a couple bags of this in our swap. So thank you!
A lot of peach teas have a very artificial, candy/gummy-like taste. The peach here is very subtle and sweet. The base reminds me a lot of Adagio’s flavored black base, but not as sensitive.
As the tea cools to room temperature is definitely does start morphing into artificial peach flavor though. Still, on the whole, it’s better than quite a few other peach teas I’ve tasted.
Bergamot flavoured sencha – sounds tasty, tastes pretty good too! This sencha base is used in most of Lupicia’s flavoured green tea. It is a bit “thick” (not sure if this is the right word) and cloudy. I think a lighter, cleaner tea base works better with bergamot, but this is nice enough.
When I drank this one with one of my friends today, she said. “This one is tasting like something sweet, like a cookie.” After my friends comment while sitting in my sofa chatting about everything, I think the tea filled its purpose.
Personally I like this tea at least now when its getting colder and the autumn winds has dragged in over Sweden, where I have been for the last three weeks. This is a really good autumn and winter tea for me and I prefer to drink it warm.
I got this one from A.C during her 24 hour “homecoming” (or should I call it, 24 hours “Hi, I’m alive.”) and got some quality time, when she gave me gifts and me and K. held her company while she was packing her luggage again. I couldn’t hold myself for smelling the tea after opening my gift. The first thing I noticed was of course the smell of chocolate cookies. If I wasn’t so full after our large seafood soup I would have tasted the dry tea, just to see if it tasted as much cookie as it smelled… Unfortunately I haven’t done the test yet. Only because I know I will be disappointed. Anyway…
When I got home I made a cup with Lupica Cookie tea and I let it steep for 5 minutes. At first it was a bitterness which reminds me of the cacao bean and then in some weird way it was melting in my throat and left a cookie aftertaste on my tongue. But I like it a lot as I said before.
After been drinking it several times I’m still confused about the taste. What’s the ingredients that I can taste while drinking this one? Which different components roles over my tongue?
I need to think about this one for a short while. But again. As a autumn tea its perfect. Thank you A.C for your lovely taste! <3
In the bag, this perfectly mimics grapefruit – one of those very aromatic grapefruits, with tons of citrus oil in the peel. In the nose there’s definitely rind and bitterness – the full scale of true grapefruitness.
In the cup, though, the bitter element is reduced to the slightest hint in the aftertaste, just enough to make it a natural citrus. This really is just like drinking a grapefruit – or an oroblanco/Sweetie, going by how green it tastes.
There was a period in France when I used to have grapefruit for breakfast every day – where I stayed there were these perfect little grapefruit spoons that I loved, but I never got around to buying any of my own. So this summer in Japan, when I found some identical ones, I snatched them up immediately.
Now I want to stir my tea with one of those spoons. And I want to drink this with grapefruit. And I want to try it iced. And I want to have it with chocolate cake. And; and; and.
As always, Lupicia tea makes me really happy, and gives me small comforts and luxuries to look forward to. And my gratitude knows no bounds.
[From my Lupicia spree at Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, October 2013.]