31 Tasting Notes
This tea wasn’t a big hit with any of my friends and family but oh boy do I love it. It was the first loose leaf tea (aside from jasmine tea) that I tried. There’s a spice to it that no other tea can compare with, and yet it’s sweet. Now, before you read on, you should know one very important piece of information: I hate cherries. I loathe them, in fact. Ever since I was a kid and I bit into one and ended up with half a worm in my mouth, I just haven’t eaten one until very recently when I discovered I actually don’t like the taste of cherry at all really.
But I love this tea. If cherries tasted like this, with that extra kick, that extra spice, you can bet I’d have developed the first case of some unusual condition caused by overeating cherries. Yes, those ARE peppercorns. I recognized them immediately since I’ve seen them very often at the specialty grocery store I used to frequent. And let me tell you, their presence in this tea is sublime. The key is to not oversteep it. This tea gets bitter fast. I really have to keep an eye on this one but I don’t mind because the end result is so worth it.
I really wish Lupicia shipped to Canada because I’ve been out of this tea for a while. I do hope that I can find some during my trip to Tokyo in April!
I went in to David’s to look for a tea to give as a gift for my mom this holiday season and after catching a whiff of this from nearby where it was being weighed for someone else, I immediately turned my attention and said “I want to try THAT one.”
And try it I most certainly did. It was love at first sip. Then buy it I did.
How do I explain this tea? My favorite thing about it is the aftertaste of each sip. My first sip was slightly too strong and the black tea taste was overpowering, but after the first two or three sips, the strawberry taste really came through. The chocolate isn’t as noticeable as I initially though, but I’ve always been kind of iffy about chocolate tea. This was perfect. The chocolate comes through after the taste of strawberry and kind of coats the tongue before you taste the roses. It’s quite rich.
As I drank this tea, I felt so enticed. This is definitely one I’d curl up with while watching Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version of course!) on a cold, winter night to spice things up. It’s a dreamy, decadent sort of tea. Definitely a winner. I’d love to try this with milk next time.
When I went to Hawaii in April I stumbled across the most amazing tea store. I walked in, tried a sample, and walked out with $30 worth of fantastic, beautiful loose-leaf tea. This was one of them. I’d never tried anything with rose petals in it before and I admit I was regretting the purchase almost immediately. I was on the phone with a friend that night who assured me that rose tea is great so I went back and got a bag for her before the end of my trip.
Then I forgot about the tea until I was cleaning out the little cabinet I use for teas tonight and saw it had slipped behind a box of tazo passion. So I opened it and decided it was about time to give it a try. The smell upon opening the bag was furiously strong but has since lessened in intensity and is very pleasant. While it brewed the smell was unusually faint so I let it steep for up to 7 minutes. It smelled great by then. The taste is not as strong as I expected but fortunately, this is a good thing, considering I don’t know how well I’d react to a stronger rose flavor. It’s not my favorite tea and it doesn’t rank in my top tea, but it is nice. I think this is a nice tea to try if you haven’t tried rose tea before but it’s not overbearing and it’s almost impossible to over steep.
Got a sample of this from David’s with my order a while ago and forgot about it. I was looking for something fresh and light and stumbled across it in the cabinet. Gave it a whiff. Thought, “This smells about right” and made a cup. So far I’ve only tried this one hot and I love it. It’s so refreshing and crisp tasting. Almost like a wake-up call for the taste buds, and yet really soothing. I’m a fiend for cinnamon and it was very welcome in this tea. The combination of lemongrass and pineapple is great. I think this would be great iced too but that’s for another time.
Had this iced today and wow, it is really nice, even nicer than it is hot! Definitely a new favorite.
I, too, resteeped this tea. I also added a touch of agave and it was quite nice. It really toned down the intensity of the flavor but I still prefer it without the added agave. This tea is quite an experience. I’m so sad I only bought a sample sized container of it as I only have enough for one or two cups left.
I’m a fan of lemon cream pie. I’m a fan of tea. I’m not a big fan of this tea. The promised vanilla undertones are too faint for my liking and the lemon is too tart. Maybe if steeped at just 4 minutes it would be better suit my tastes. I add a touch of agave to my cup, but even so, I don’t prefer this tea warm.
That said, when chilled, it’s quite nice. The vanilla flavor is more apparent when this tea is chilled but my boyfriend who tried it with me still thought it was too tart when cold. If you like strong citrus flavors this is definitely the tea to try. That said, it just wasn’t exactly to my liking.