Sweet Kyoto from Lupicia Tea

Sweet Kyoto from Lupicia TeaThis is one of the more unusual Green Teas I’ve ever had the opportunity to taste.

The dry leaf has a sweet aroma that is reminiscent of caramel – and I love caramel!  So I was really looking forward to trying it after smelling the dry leaf, even though I was a bit skeptical when it comes to the combination of caramel and green tea.

The appearance of the dry leaf does not really look as though it has much {en:Matcha} (finely ground green tea leaf) in the blend because I didn’t notice any green dust, which is something I always look for in blends containing Matcha.

Another indicator of Matcha in the blend would be a cloudy brewed liquor, and this cup is only slightly cloudy.  The real indicator of Matcha in the blend is the taste.  There is a faint, bittersweet flavor that is definitely Matcha.  It is very soft, but, it’s there, and it is unmistakably Matcha.

The brown sugar gives this tea a burnt sugar-like flavor that is quite similar to molasses, and is a pleasant contrast to the fresh, bright flavor of the green tea base and the bittersweet Matcha.   I can also taste the soybean flavor which adds a creamy taste.  It is a very unusual tasting tea, but one that I am enjoying quite a bit.

Lupicia describes this tea as

This is a unique blend of green tea and matcha, flavored with powdered soy beans and rich brown sugar.

This tea would work nicely as an iced tea, but I personally think it’s better hot.  It is already sweet, so I recommend tasting before you sweeten it.  You may find, like I did, that it is quite satisfying just the way it is.  I really enjoyed this tea.  It is deliciously different!


4 Comments

The Tea Guru

My question is…what ARE those beans in the photo? Are those soybeans? Jellybeans? LOL

liber-teas

They aren’t jelly beans… they are hard, little beans, I suspect they are dried red beans. I don’t think they are soybeans – aren’t soybeans green? Or are there some varieties that are red?

The Tea Guru

that is so odd…never seen beans in a tea blend before. You’re right, soybeans are normally green OR tan, but I’ve never seen dark red soybeans lol I wish the company would tell, I can’t imagine that beans would make a tea taste good lol

liber-teas

They honestly look to me like little dried red beans – they kind of look like small, dried kidney beans to me. I don’t know that they affect the flavor… but then, I don’t know that the tea would taste differently without them. They are definitely weird… but the tea is quite tasty.


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