After posting a piece on Lupica Hawaii yesterday, I thought I’d share with you a bit more about the Hua Ki tea blend that I was raving about. It’s so hot and dry in Los Angeles this week it might as well be summer, in which case this would be a delicious and satisfying blend to enjoy. This is one of two Lupicia Original Hawaiian tea blends that’s actually available through their website, simply because it is their most popular blend. If you prefer to order this in a gift package (they are really colorful and beautiful!) then just call their store in Honolulu directly.
BREWING TIPS: 2 1/2-3 minutes @ 212 degrees F.
THE LEAF: Black twisty tea leaves with small chunks of dried mango, papaya, pineapple, and cranberries thrown in. Tiny purple blossoms called Blue Mallow and large cut strawberry leaves are also scattered throughout.
THE SCENT: When you open a tin or bag of this tea the scent of the most ripe, sweet tropical fruits come bursting out of the container. Each tin of tea has a vacuum packed sealed bag of the tea for locking in freshness. After cutting open the bag and transferring the tea into the tin itself, I often keep the empty bag around for sniffing because I think of Hawaii every time I get a whiff.
THE STEEP: A medium brownish amber, typical of a black tea blend. Although it’s a black tea, you wouldn’t want to add milk into this flavored tea. It’s best served cold over ice, unsweetened or just lightly sweetened so that you can taste all those tropical fruit flavors coming through. The brew is medium-bodied and heavier on the mango and pineapple flavors. It’s warm, slightly sweet, and has a buttery finish.
GET IT: lupiciausa.com