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drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
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This is a free sample I got from the nice folks at Lupicia with my monthly newsletter. It’s one of those pyramid teabags made from fabric that are so trendy these days, blah blah blah.

I almost did not try this because I usually never like anything with red rooibos in it. This is pretty well done though, with notes of japanese sweet potato and pumpkin those flavors seem to predominate instead of the rooibos. Flavor is kind of like a pumpkin pie and I wish it had some cinnamon in it (although you could add your own I suppose). Nice herbal dessert tea.

I stand amazed that I actually like this. Bravo to the folks at Lupicia and please open your SF store again soon! =)

TeaBrat

And it’s also out of stock on Lupicia’s website. Guess I’m not the only one who liked it. :)

Lisbet

Oh man, do I want to try this!

TeaBrat

maybe they’ll get it back soon. If they do I might buy some…

CHAroma

I’m usually not a fan of red rooibos either, but I agree this is a pleasant tea.

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I’m done with this sample and I’m kind of sad to see it go. Luckily I just a pu-erh sampler today from Verdant. :)

Charles Thomas Draper

The 88 good luck tea….

Charles Thomas Draper

How was the brew??

Charles Thomas Draper

This may be Fridays noon brew….

TeaBrat

I have a giant cake of a white puerh I purchased from Rishi a few months ago. Let me know if you’d like a sample… it’s really big for me to finish it!

Charles Thomas Draper

I would. Thats very kind of you.

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One word: meh

Something I picked up on my way to work today, I am not the hugest darjeeling fan but this was supposed to have sweet strawberry zest so I thought the combination of the two would be nice.

Unfortunately the darjeeling and the berry are totally overpowered by the hibiscus. This tea was kind of tart and left a funny aftertaste in my mouth. I had to struggle to finish it but it wasn’t so bad that I threw it away.

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drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
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Another sample from Harney to try this morning. Oh, the life! Steeped for a full 4 minutes with boiling water.

This is a pretty nice flavored tea from H & S. I am not sure what base they are using here as the black tea but it is very smooth and rich. Definitely smells and tastes apricot-y without being artificial or overpowering. The flavor seems to open up a bit more for me after adding soymilk. Creamy apricot, definitely very nice.

Although I enjoyed drinking this tea very much I’m not sure I will need to buy a larger size of it in the future. It is pretty yummy though. It would most likely grow on me if I were to drink more of it. You should check this out if you’re into apricot and peach flavors.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Nicole

I’ll have to try with a bit of milk. I like it cold quite a bit.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
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I was pretty sad when I went into the Westfield Mall recently and discovered the Lupicia store was closed! But then when I went to Lupicia’s website recently they say they are relocating to another location in the same mall. I hope that is true because it was nice to have a tea store close to me that had so many different and fun things to try.

Now, onto the tea. I am discovering lately that I am much more a fan of green rooibos than red and this makes a nice base for an herbal tea for me. There is definitely tropical fruit here but it did not knock me over with the fruitiness. I might make it up a bit stronger next time! But to me it was a very nice zingy and fruity tea I can enjoy at bedtime or anytime. The price is a bit much, I believe I paid $7.50 for a small bag of tea. Kind of makes me want to go back to Celestial Seasonings but all they have is red rooibos. :-P

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lisbet

When I am in Japan I am addicted to the Lupicia stores. They have such interesting varieties :) I wish there was one near me in the U.S.

TeaBrat

I hope our store comes back soon!!!

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drank Lavender White Tea by Lupicia
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Just upped the rating a bit after using it as a face scrub and putting it in the bath. A multi-tasker! ha ha

Oh, Lavender white tea… I am not sure what to do with theeeee.

Definitely seems like a good stress buster. I can see this being served at a spa with some new age music playing around. I love the way this smells and lavender is supposed to be good for headaches, anxiety and all sorts of other things. Somehow I like smelling it a bit more than I like drinking it. If you like to drink your flowers this might be just the thing for you.

I still have quite a bit left and I was hoping it would grow on me… but I think I’m going to take it home and bathe with it.

Lisbet

That is a very cool idea, using it as a face scrub and bathing with it. :)

Nicole

Try infusing with liquid in a quick bread or muffin recipe. I don’t care much for lavender in my tea either, but I have found I like it a lot in breads.

TeaBrat

Nicole -Thanks, it is almost gone now, I made some iced tea with it too…

CHAroma

Hahahahahaa, that’s hilarious! I never would have thought to use it in the bath or as a face scrub. :)

TeaBrat

I’m trying to be resourceful!

CHAroma

It’s pretty awesome!

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
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I love black tea and this is truly an outstanding cup. Leaves smell of chocolate, coffee and raisins. Brews up to be a gorgeous dark chestnut color. Has a natural sweetness reminiscent of caramel and raisins. It’s so mellow I can drink it without soymilk which I don’t often do with black teas. I am pretty pleased with this! I will also need to find out more about Bailin Gong Fus.

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drank Bleu Peacock by Mighty Leaf Tea
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drank CTC Assam by Harney & Sons
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I am annoyed at myself. I had nasal spray (for my allergies) before I brewed up this sample and that is definitely affecting my sense of taste. I don’t feel like I can rate this properly.

I am nervous about Assams, I’ve had a few that have turned bitter if steeped too long. I steeped this one for 2 minutes in near boiling water. I admire the dark burgundy color of this tea. There does not seem to be a lot of malt here but one of the reviewers also commented on that so perhaps I am not merely dreaming.

I need another sample, drat!

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I have to say that I very much appreciate these samples from Teavivre. And yet when I open the envelopes from this white tea and other ones I am a bit taken aback. It’s packaging inside of packaging inside of a box. The sample sizes are very small and cute but they are individually wrapped and come inside of huge envelopes. I will not complain about the packaging anymore after this review but I felt it was a bit wasteful and this made me kind of sad. Not to say anything bad about Teavivre this is probably a standard industry practice I have not encountered here in the US.

Onto other notes, I do not drink white tea very often but I have been thinking about changing that, especially since I have read many nice things about their lower caffeine content and higher antioxidant quality. This was a great afternoon tea for me. It was very soft and subtle. Naturally and delicately sweet with a lingering of flowers. I felt very relaxed later and enjoyed the tasting very much. This may convince to me to get more interested in white tea in the future, it was certainly enjoyable.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec
CHAroma

I’m actually a fan of the double packaging. It keeps the tea really fresh, although you do have a point that it is probably a bit wasteful. Still, White Peony is my favorite white tea! It’s really quiet and relaxing.

TeaBrat

I just try to avoid excess packaging whenever possible. You will pretty much never catch me buying anything that’s individually wrapped in plastic and comes in another plastic bag.

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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