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drank Tokio by Lupicia
911 tasting notes

This one is a free tea bag that arrived in the mail today with my monthly Lupicia newsletter. Since my hockey game just started, I’ll be up for a few hours so I think I’m okay to have another tea. I really should find a team on the East coast or something so I’m not always staying up for West coast games.

Okay, Lupicia says to do this with boiling water… but I can’t. It’s a green! I’m physically incapable. Plus, the zojirushi is at 175. I will listen to their 2min steep time recommendation, however. Out of curiosity (and because of a conversation between Ricky and Cofftea yesterday I think?), I decided to weight the tea bag. Lupicia says they should weight 3g…. and they are wrong! It is 3.4g. I’m sure the .4 comes from the bag bit though. Good job Lupicia! I know Lupicia is pretty leaf intensive and usually recommends a 4oz cup, but I’m doing 6oz because I want to. And I can. So there.

The smell of this tea bag is somewhat shocking. It’s strong and very berry-y. It’s like a mix of raspberry and strawberry in candy form. Actually, I have a Trident strawberry + citrus gum that this reminds me of the more I sniff it. And I’m sniffing it a lot because it’s strong and surprising but yummy. There is a little hint of green tea underneath it but the smell is 95% berry. Brewed up, the tea still smells very berry-y but it isn’t as intense as the dry and the green tea smell bumps up to maybe 25 or 30% of the smell.

Sipping is… Hmm. I’m not really sure. It tastes a lot like it smells. And it reminds me of my strawberry + citrus gum though not as powerful. I had to take the cup in to have the husband try it (I had already made him smell the package). He said it reminded him of the bag of mixed frozen fruit we have. I mentioned strawberry and he sipped then said that he totally got that and said at first he thought melon, upon which I sipped and totally got cantaloupe. I don’t taste any of the raspberry that I smelled initially. Sipping it now, it’s very much a strawberry cantaloupe mix with a hint of non-sweet green tea to give it support.

This is a very summery tea for me. Very fresh and happy to the point that I can almost feel the summer breeze blowing my hair around. I really should have had it in my strawberry tea cups for it to be just right. I’m not sure how often I would crave this tea because it is very fruity – almost like it should be a mild herbal. Mild – not Jolly Rancher tasting. But it’s a very good fruity tea. I like it. And happy that there is a Lupicia strawberry tasting tea that doesn’t make me think of Nestle Quik!

GOAL! Go Sexton! Woo!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I wouldn’t do boiling either, wouldn’t wanna kill the wonderful health benefits:)

Auggy

I’m more concerned with the taste – no cooked green taste for me!

silvermage2000

Nice review sounds good I am curious do you need to buy something to get the newsletter?

Ricky

I have a feeling I know how this one tastes. If it’s berries, it’ll probably be like Rooibos infused with berries. That one did smell like gum, then again a lot of Lupicia’s flavors do.

@silvermage2000 You need to order $30 or more within a year to receive the newsletter. It comes every month with two samplers.

silvermage2000

Thanks for answering my question.

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Cofftea

I wouldn’t do boiling either, wouldn’t wanna kill the wonderful health benefits:)

Auggy

I’m more concerned with the taste – no cooked green taste for me!

silvermage2000

Nice review sounds good I am curious do you need to buy something to get the newsletter?

Ricky

I have a feeling I know how this one tastes. If it’s berries, it’ll probably be like Rooibos infused with berries. That one did smell like gum, then again a lot of Lupicia’s flavors do.

@silvermage2000 You need to order $30 or more within a year to receive the newsletter. It comes every month with two samplers.

silvermage2000

Thanks for answering my question.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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