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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

The weather was so favorable this morning that I had no choice but to agree with its prediction for the tone of the day, which calls for a very special tea indeed and can only mean one of a few from the selection in my cupboard. I have had this tea for two or three years and have quite simply been too excited about the prospect of drinking it to dare crack it open, but sitting down to an episode of ‘Murder, She Wrote’ after a leisurely drive through sunny and verdant scenery, I could hear this tea crying out in indignation demanding to be tasted.

First impression unsealing the bag: delight. The scent wafting to greet me is nothing short of a summer day spent over a pitcher of sugary-sweet grape Kool-Aid, but the complexity of the flavors really blossom in the cup, where the artificial grape candy flavor assumes a muscatel character and the rich depth of warm jelly that takes me back to a delectable Polish blueberry jagodzianka. Even a pervasive effervescence seems to emulate the crackle of a delicate pastry glaze, but it pulls me in a few different directions: on one hand, it’s giving the crispy candy shell of grape Nerds candy and the scintillating spark of sourness that follows it, but on the other hand, the intermingled strawberry notes point me toward a bubbly rosé. A little astringency cuts the sweetness to perfection. I have no choice but to be obsessed.

Flavors: Astringent, Candy, Effervescent, Grapes, Jam, Malt, Red Wine, Strawberry, Toast

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Perfect pairing for a beautiful day.

ashmanra

Yaaaaay! It should be only about 18 months old, I think, so hopefully it will stay fresh for you. I am glad you opened it and started enjoying it. This and Merci Mille Fois are two of my favorite flavored black teas.

Cameron B.

Obsessed is a good word for my feelings on Lupicia! <3

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gmathis

Perfect pairing for a beautiful day.

ashmanra

Yaaaaay! It should be only about 18 months old, I think, so hopefully it will stay fresh for you. I am glad you opened it and started enjoying it. This and Merci Mille Fois are two of my favorite flavored black teas.

Cameron B.

Obsessed is a good word for my feelings on Lupicia! <3

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