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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.
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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
I received this tea from my friend in France. So if you looking for this, it’s “Châtaigne” in French. Today, I deceided to drink this tea to relax and because it’s inspire me (yes, it’s Fall!). And… Wow! It’s a big surprise! I really like the “sweet/salt” combination. It’s taste caramel and chesnut at first and after, the aspect of the japanese green tea (salty and herbal).
Flavors: Caramel, Chestnut, Herbs, Salty
The scent of this tea was intriguing, which is what caught my attention in the store. It smelled woody, like cinnamon with that hojicha scent. Steeped, it smells fruity with the cinnamon and there is almost a barley tea flavor in it. I made it hot and then poured it over ice which made for a really nice cup.
Thanks to tea-sipper for allowing me to continue my Earl grey obsession. I must be really used to the weak decaf versions I usually drink because this was quite brisk. I had to add more sugar and milk than I’m used to. Hot, I tasted mostly the brisk tea flavor with the bergamot following in the aftertaste. Cold, the bergamot shows up a lot more, and the black tea smooths out. I suppose I’ll drink my next cup cold! Not one of my favorite earls, but it was solid. Nice bergamot.
This was a free teabag from my Lupicia order a while ago. And I have it in my Steepster cupboard, so I’m counting it as a sipdown. Hopefully I haven’t added too many single teabags on my Steepster cupboard. Crikey. First flushes are always tough for me to describe. I don’t know why because they have such a unique flavor. It’s not like I’m drinking Darj all the time. This one is tasty enough, but nothing I really want to seek out and stock up on. But that is generally all first flushes for me. I’m more of second flush fan. I hope everyone is doing well… I haven’t read tasting notes in a while.
Steep #1 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 28 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
2019 Sipdowns: 65
So this is old. Judging by the ziploc baggie it’s in, and the amount I had, it was likely a shared purchase (possibly a happy bag?) from years ago. Doesn’t look like I previously wrote a note, though. Oh well. I iced a large pitcher of this the other day, and was pleasantly surprised – the dry tea doesn’t smell fantastic (vaguely fruity, not really cherry), nor did the brewed tea, but with a bit of sweetener, it was actually fairly tasty. However – I strongly picked up mango, not cherry. It’s possible it picked up some flavour from another Lupicia tea, but I think it might be more related to age. Regardless, not giving it a rating – the bit I had of it unsweetened was pretty mediocre, and I like teas to stand alone without sweetener. Due to age, this one didn’t even have a fair chance!
Slightly overleafed today, but there wasn’t enough left for another cup. Chocolate and malt, a little bit of sweetness. And a bit of unpleasant taste – metallic and off at the very tail end. Aftertaste is creamy, unpleasant taste doesn’t stick around – so kind of a plus? I’ve had better keemuns than this tea.
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Malt, Metallic, Sweet
I really like Keemums. This example is fair to good but not great. I get chocolate and malt and some caramel but none of the flavors are very strong. There’s also a off astringent or metallic flavor towards the end.
This tea reminded me how much I missed having straight blacks at work. And that I should buy a better quality Keemum to drink, but that I wouldn’t buy this particular tea again.
Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Chocolate, Malt, Metallic
From last weekend – this was a cold brew that I had prepped in advance for after an hour at the gym, because I knew I was going to need something cold and refreshing to cool down with. It was so hydrating and thirst quenching – but also delicious! Sweet, juicy and ripe mango notes – like eating a slice of tender, ripe mango and having the juices dribble down your chin or having to lick them off your fingers. Also a strong flavour contribution from the oolong – fresh florals, a hint of greener melon rind, and a butteriness.
I adore that the Lupicia oolong blends pack such a flavour punch but don’t lose their base tea note qualities either. It’s one of their strongest qualities and success points, imo.
Thank you for the samples, Cameron B! I think I have one Lupicia sample remaining, as this is now a sipdown. I’m going to miss these barley teas. I really love having a different flavor profile choice at night, with that rich barley flavor with a hint of fruit. I was certainly tasting the apricot this time, as well as the scent of apricots drifting through the room, which for some reason took me a while to realize was the tea. I really like these Lupicia barleys — I love the various fruits paired with the earthy barley. I really need to find other tea shops who sell barley teas like these…. It’s great to see Lupicia’s USA shop up and running, but I see a ton of teas currently missing… including all the barley teas. If anyone has any barley and doesn’t like it, we can swap some teas?
2019 Sipdowns: 46
Better review of this to come at a later date, because I’m hitting that wall right now where I’ve been writing tasting notes for ages and am feeling exhausted by it – but I quite enjoyed this tea! I didn’t think the melon was as intense as it is in Golden Honeydew, from Lupicia also, but it’s pretty comparable. Definitely more of the floral notes coming through because of the greener oolong base – but I think it’s a smart pairing. Happy to have stocked up for the summer!
This was a free sample from my Lupicia order – in sachet format.
I swear I’ve had this tea before or, at least, I thought that I had – but I’ve not reviewed it here on Steepster so I’m probably confusing it for one of their other blends. I wonder which one though…!?
I thought this was ok; like a lot of Lupicia teas the fruit notes are very strong, present and sweet – I definitely get a candy red cherry flavour. There’s some other stuff going on though; it’s a little peppery and I’m getting some briskness from the black tea and a hint of astringency in the finish. It’s ok overall; definitely more interesting than just a plain cherry flavour. I don’t think I’m personally in love with the profile though – even if I have no major complaints on the flavours themselves.
Just not my thing.
Thanks for sharing some of this, Cameron B! Hope you’re doing okay. I was very intrigued by this one… and luckily it tastes exactly like I imagined and hoped! Lupicia hardly fails on these fruity teas. The fruit flavor is strong here and very unique from any other tea that ever called itself ‘mango’. There is a nice floral note as well. The black tea is tough enough, while not distracting from this amazing flavor. The black tea has a clear, fruity quality itself that pairs perfectly. I’m not sure how accurate it is exactly to mango… it doesn’t really have that startchy element that mango has. But I love the flavor of this tea regardless of how accurate it is, so I’m fine with it. I would also love to see this fruit flavor on a ripe pu-erh… get on that, Lupicia!
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 5 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Current cold brew – I might be pushing it a little bit by drinking a cold brew at around 11PM at night, but its just so good. Has a bit of a sweeter, juicier top note to the cup but then the body is smoother, silkier and a lot more floral tasting and that’s where a lot more of the characteristics of the oolong hit. It’s almost even a little buttery? I’ve been having big gulps of it inbetween tasting notes and it’s been really delightful.
From my Lupicia order.
I picked up 4 oz of this tea – which is a lot for a tea I’d not tried before, but I have a lot of faith in Lupicia’s ability to deliver a really strong fruit flavour with their oolong blends, and I had heard very good things about this blend.
Sure enough, when I opened up one of the two vacuum sealed bags to transfer it into something resealable it was incredible smelling – I was practically drooling. Floral orchid notes from the oolong base and a bit of a greener undertone, but mostly bright, sweet and juicy muscatel grapes notes – exactly as promised!!
I told everyone working in the lab that I would make a pot, to share, of whatever tea they were collectively most interested in trying – and while I was surprised they didn’t choose one of the melon teas, this was what they ended up selecting. It was beloved by everyone. Smooth, delicate but flavourful – clear and well defined muscatel grape notes! It was perfect and accurate and delicious – but also importantly it showcased the beautiful base oolong as well! Plenty of floral notes to compliment the excellent muscatel grape flavouring: aromatic orchid notes, hints of lilac, and a buttery greener finish. So well crafted!
Man – I am fucking PSYCHED to have some amazing Lupicia teas back in my cupboard!
Thank you Sil and the rest of the involved Heffalumps & Woozles for letting me get in on your Lupicia group order earlier in the year! I received the package of teas earlier today while at work, and I immediately cracked a bunch of them open to share with coworkers.
This was one of two individually wrapped sachets included with the rest of the teas, which I’m assuming were free samples from the big group order? I’m not entirely sure, though…
I can’t remember if I’ve tried this in the past – but when I opened the sachet package it both smelled pretty nice and also somewhat familiar. It’s supposed to be “white peach” flavoured, and I did get peach from the smell but mostly I found it quite floral smelling – both in the way that is characteristic for the base oolong used but also in a bit more of a perfumed rose petal sort of way. Also a little bit buttery and slightly coconut-y, from the base tea.
Steeped up it was fine… but not amazing.
It certainly lacked the robustness and dense, juicy fruit note that I know I’ll be getting from the bulk of the other flavoured oolongs I included with my order. The peach note was there, but minimal – very floral, delicate peach. Really, it was a super floral cup in general: a little rose-y but mostly a lot of orchid and gardenia notes from the oolong itself. Just a hint buttery, and a creamy mouthfeel as well. I can appreciate this tea a lot asa soft, delicate tea that showcases the base used in a very lovely way. However, personally, I wanted just a bit more peach/body.