Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Lupicia Tea
“CACHE-CACHE” means “hide-and-seek” in French. This is a tea where various flavors are hidden and found.
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This is a most unusual tea, this Cache-Cache Black Tea from Lupicia! I’ve tried it a few times, and it’s a tea that every time I taste it, I taste something a little different, so it certainly does present a challenge when it comes to writing a review for it.
The best way I can think of to describe what I’m tasting is to say that it is a tasty black tea with some very unique profiles within its layers of flavor. The black tea base is pleasant and smooth. It’s a medium-to-full bodied tea that seems to “fill in the gaps” in the background to provide a delicious black tea “canvas” for the unique flavors “hiding” within this tea to present themselves.
Fruity is the first word that comes to mind after I take a sip of this tea. What fruit? That’s where the challenge comes in. I taste notes that are similar to mango and melon. It’s a bit like a melange of fruit flavors that have all been blended into one cup – sort of like a fruit smoothie. There’s a sort of creamy type of flavor to this as well, but not so much a creamy “vanilla” type of flavor or even a creamy “milky” or “buttery” flavor, instead, it’s more like the creaminess you would taste from that banana in the aforementioned smoothie.
Previous tastings of this tea offered notes of spice. Gentle notes of spice, mind you, not something strong like you’d probably experience from a chai blend where the spices dominate the cup, but, more like a subtle hint of pepper with and a soft warmth like you might experience from cardamom or clove.
This is really an enjoyable tea – and I like that it offers you a different experience every time you taste it. I don’t know that this would necessarily be the tea for purists, but, for someone who is really looking for a tea time adventure, this would be a fun tea to try.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!