Review: Lupicia Tea Sweet Potato Pie

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Thumbs up!"Thanksgiving in a cup. Sweet Potato Pie has given me yet another reason to be thankful this season."
Chelsy’s Teaview: 10/10
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Lupicia tea does it again! I hesitate to proffer a 10/10 score because I believe that it must be duly earned by the tea and the tea company's marketing and representation of any given tea. Sweet Potato Pie is exactly what it claims to be. The tea has the ingredients which the name avows to contain and the essence of the tea captures the Thanksgiving holiday cozy house smell and the marshmallow topped flavour of a straight-out-of-the-oven brown sugary dish of goodness. The brewing smell is so heavenly and reminiscent of holiday baking with warm, fluffy blankets and family around.

Japanese sweet potatoes are the only inclusion, other than the black tea on the ingredient list. This component, also known as Japanese yam, an Oriental, Kotobuki, Satsuma Imo, or Satsumaimo is very genetically similar to the sweet potatoes that are grown in the United States. Lupicia was wise in removal of the skins of the starchy vegetable, because the skins yield very bitter nuances. The Japanese variation of sweet potato is also a bit stickier than the common potato, or even its American counterpart. In Japan, the sweet potato is used to make soba noodles, however, in America they are used to make sweet potato fries.

In this tea, the sweet sugary flavours mingle well with the saccharine vegetable taste upon a black tea background. The tea coats the mouth with a buttery smooth texture and this leaves the palate to experience the savour of the tea for nearly four or five minutes, a delicious quality. I brewed the bagged tea for 3 minutes the first time, 4 the second and 5 to stretch it to a well performing third brew. Each brew was as well balanced as the first, but I believe that it was dependent on the brew time allotted for subsequent brewing. I found this very impressive for a bagged tea. Alas, my dear friend wore out and I am flirting with the idea of buying more to take home for the holidays. Delish!

— To purchase Lupicia Tea Sweet Potato Pie, 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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