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drank Kuuipo by Lupicia
83 tasting notes

I don’t get much aroma from the leaves, though there are chunks of dried fruit and hibiscus flowers in it.

Overall, this blend is a little confusing. Lupicia says it’s guava flavoured but has mango and papaya fruits in it (no dried guava?). I get no mango notes, just a hint of papaya and guava, which are not always super flavourful fruits even on their own. Between that and the hibiscus, there’s a somewhat sharp, astringent blast to the tea, which leads to an overall dry impression. The aftertaste is nice and refreshing, not cloying like some fruit blends can be. The fruit notes are not distinct nor particularly tropical, and there’s a slight underlying ashiness that creeps out as the brew cools down (hibiscus/marigold is a prime culprit for this).

Lupicia suggests brewing it cold, I may try that instead. While it’s by no means bad hot, it’s not one of Lupicia’s best offerings. I’m just not getting any tropical vibes here, more of a “neglected fruity teabag that’s been sitting in the bottom of a tea basket for three years.” It tastes like something you’d drink in a random hotel when you ask for tea at breakfast, but they never serve any, so they have to scrounge around in the back for something. Serviceable but not something you’d seek out again.

Flavors: Astringent, Tropical Fruit

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Dried papaya is super common as a tea additive, so that’s probably why it’s included in this blend even though it’s guava-flavored. I guess it must be cheaper?

blueeyedsurprise

Interesting, never thought of that! Guava isn’t a really powerful flavor in the first place but it really didn’t show up here. Maybe they’re counting on most people not knowing the flavor of guava and just rolling with the tropical fruit theme?

Cameron B.

Honestly, most of their Hawai’i exclusive teas taste very generically “tropical” to me, without having the distinct flavors of the fruit. A shame, but they do have a lot of other teas I really love. :P

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Cameron B.

Dried papaya is super common as a tea additive, so that’s probably why it’s included in this blend even though it’s guava-flavored. I guess it must be cheaper?

blueeyedsurprise

Interesting, never thought of that! Guava isn’t a really powerful flavor in the first place but it really didn’t show up here. Maybe they’re counting on most people not knowing the flavor of guava and just rolling with the tropical fruit theme?

Cameron B.

Honestly, most of their Hawai’i exclusive teas taste very generically “tropical” to me, without having the distinct flavors of the fruit. A shame, but they do have a lot of other teas I really love. :P

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