Review: Lupicia Sakurambo

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Its OK"The cherry flavor was overwhelming and didn't really allow the rosemary and peppercorn to really contribute to the blend."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Kari gave it 8/10, Stephen gave it 8/10, Lea gave it 8/10, Chelsy gave it 10/10
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lupicia-sakurambo1.gifLike a Teapigs brand tea which I recently reviewed, Lupicia offers high quality tea leaves in the convenience of well-designed tea bags. The silken-like tea bags are almost identical to those of Teapigs, and allow you to see the ingredients inside the tea, so you know you are not being subjected to sub-par remnants of teadust, as is the case with the typical teabag. With Lupicia's Sakurambo, an inspection of the ingredients in the teabag revealed black tea with cherries and a couple of sprigs of rosemary. Peppercorns are also listed as an ingredient in this tea, but I could neither see nor taste them in my sample. Regardless, with an interesting blend of fruit and spices, Sakurambo promised to be an interesting blend and I could not wait to brew myself a cup. Foremost on the palette was the cherry flavor, which definitely comes off more as a tangy/sour cherry flavor than a sweet cherry flavor. Unfortunately for me, the cherry flavor was overwhelming and didn't really allow the rosemary and peppercorn to really contribute to the blend. I would have loved to taste more of a rosemary essence in this tea, and could have done without such a strong sour cherry note. I really wanted to love this blend, but in truth ended up a tad bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, this tea was interesting and would be worth drinking again, but I just don't think this one reached its full potential. As a general comment, I also found Lupicia's website to be lacking in information in terms of what exactly you get when you place an order (i.e. even though the tea comes in bags, the product is sold by weight, so you really don't know how many tea bags you are getting in the order).

— To purchase Lupicia Sakurambo, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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5 Responses to “Review: Lupicia Sakurambo”

  1. Lanora Says:

    I found SAKURAMBO,to exceed my expectations. I brewed this tea in it’s loose leaf form, not the tea bags. I found the peppercorns to be present in abundance. The cherry flavor of this tea is not at all over whelming although i would be careful on brewing this tea, making sure not to exceed the maximum time recommended. Upon reviewing the Lupicia website, I found tea bags, either 5 or 10 to a package without a problem. Perplexing as to “why” anyone else could not easily find this information!

    My Rating: 9/10

  2. sasha Says:

    this is the equivalent of liquid crack! since i found it at a local tea shop, which only sells the loose form, i’ve been hooked. the perfume of the tea is amazing and the flavor carries through. the flavors are well balanced – a single note doesn’t overpower the others.

    My Rating: 10/10

  3. bibie Says:

    Lupicia fresh teas are going to be available in Canada soon. Go to to order them online. I’m excited! The website is still under construction though.

    My Rating: 10/10

  4. SpupEh Says:

    Well Lupicia still doesn’t seem to be available in Canada, but I pick some up on my yearly visit to San Francisco. I’m loving the sakurambo blend, and I don’t find it unbalanced at all. I actually taste the pepper and rosemary first (at the back and middle of my palate respectively) with the cherry coming through on the finish.

    My Rating: 9/10

  5. Navid Says:

    BOO! Why don’t they ship to Canada!? My girlfriend just brought back a couple flavours from Japan, and it’s the best tea I’ve ever had!

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