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100
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
556 tasting notes

I adore melon. Green rooibos is perfect for this because it gives it a freshness. I prefer this iced, with a bit of sweetener. Not much more to even say.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Strawberry by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

My mom gave me this sample since she dislikes fruit flavored teas.

I really enjoyed this tea. The smell upon opening the bag was a very powerful strawberry, but I was happy that it toned down a lot after steeping. The flavor of strawberry was easily detectable but didn’t over power the base.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
8 tasting notes

Definitely one of the prettier teas that I’ve seen, and the aroma in the tin is absolutely delicious. It’s a decent tea when brewed hot, a yummy, fruity confection, but nothing earth-shattering. I can coax about 3 good infusions out of it, which is always nice.

The game changes, though, when it’s cold-brewed. It becomes bright, bold, sweet, tropical. I don’t get vegetal hints while drinking; it’s almost pure fruitiness. I’m running low on it now, because I’ve always got a jar cold-brewing in my fridge.

Flavors: Fruity, Green, Tropical, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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92
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
399 tasting notes

Drank an entire gallon of this chilled on the way to Indy. Very smooth taste with no sugar needed. This is a must try for anyone who is making iced teas this summer.
Even if you dislike rooibos, chances are you’ll love this.

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100
drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
286 tasting notes

Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB

Mmm, this is lovely! Lupicia really seems to nail their fruity flavors. This one is sweet, luscious mango with just a hint of zippy citrus to keep it from being too cloying. I enjoyed it hot, but I’m guessing it would also be amazing iced. Excited to be adding this to my tea collection for the summer!

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Mango

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I love Chai Latte’s but never seem to enjoy my home made Chai brews until today.

I decided to try my sample of Lupicia’s Chai Bag Cardamom & Pepper. I was a little nervous since I wasn’t positive that my elementary Japanese got the translation of the instructions right (something about a large mug , microwaving for 3 minutes, and a second set of instructions I can’t read at all). So I decided to bypass the instructions all together and just brewed the bag in boiling water for 3 minutes.. It came out just fine.

I love Cardamom, and it is definitely detectible in this brew. It gets better with a splash of milk and sugar. I don’t drink enough Chai teas to go into further detail, so I’ll leave it at that. Well done Lupicia!
Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

Disclaimer: Rooibos isn’t my favorite, but I don’t dislike it.

Piccolo is one of my remaining samples from the Book of Tea set from Lupicia. The smell of the dry leaves is very pretty with a strong scent of apricot, honey and berry. The brew had a full velvety mouth feel and the flavors masked the medicinal qualities of the rooibos enough for me to enjoy it. The instructions indicate that milk can be added, but I didn’t feel the need to add.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
553 tasting notes

Very authentic and juicy melon flavour with roasted tones. Fresh-tasting- like biting into a just-harvested piece of fruit. Sweetness is balanced amazingly-well with the other flavours. I would love to see this flavouring paired with tea- that would probably be the only way to make this blend better!

Thanks to Sil for sharing with me!

Flavors: Melon, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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87
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

I rarely comment on the scent of the dry leaves, but this smells amazing! I know that its caramel, but to me it smells almost like a rich butter cookie. I kept smelling the bag while I was waiting for the water to heat up.

The aroma mellows out upon brewing, but the flavor is full but light. The creaminess that comes from the milk caramel blends nicely with the roasted flavor of houjicha.

I think I’ll need to buy this when the weather gets colder. This would be nice on a cold morning.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Rose Tea by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

I love this tea! I love rose anything: Rose macarons, Rose water ice cream, rose lemonade, you name it.

This is basically warm rose water with a some black tea in it. The “leaves” consist of mostly dried rose petals and the rose to black tea ratio is larger than what is pictured on steepster.

If you only want a hint of rose this tea is not for you.

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95
drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
556 tasting notes

I love melon. More of this will be in my future.

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84
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
510 tasting notes

Sipdown! I’ve been drinking this one at the office, but I brought the last teabag home so I could do a proper review. This one is similar to Lupicia’s Carol, albeit grassier and less hearty. The brew has a nice thick mouthfeel. The strawberry flavor is candy-like while the vanilla is merely hinted at towards the end of the sip. The package instructions say to use boiling water but I used 180f water because boiling a green tea (especially matcha!) just seems wrong. I did use boiling water for the second steep. Even with a 5 minute steep, though, it came out much weaker than the first steep. Still nice, but weak. The addition of rice milk provides some nice creaminess but I’m not sure that second-steeping this blend is really worth it.

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drank Honey & Pear by Lupicia
1104 tasting notes

This is pretty good! Thanks for the swap sample Liquid Proust

Liquid Proust

Do you like roasted teas? This seems to be one of the better ones that I have tried so far… I’m trying to work on some myself, but Japanese roasted tea has one strong flavor

Stephanie

Yes I do like flavored roasty houjicha from Lupicia. Their milk caramel is another one I’ve had and really enjoyed.

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78
drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
80 tasting notes

I opened this just now, and it does smell pretty nice. I thought it smelled like peach and tutti fruiti gum at first, but now it’s reminding me more of fig and these forest berry pastilles that I used to buy from the Fresh Market, so perhaps close to a sweet red wine. It’s quite interesting to look at with the oddly shaped sugar rocks, the flower petals, and the red peppercorn.

Brewed, it smells like apricots. The flavor itself is mild and sweet, with a fruit flavor that’s hard to place. I might need to brew more of the tea leaves to get a stronger fruit taste. It is nice. I was worried about this tea, given it’s mixed reviews, but I think it’s good.

I’m glad I bought the Christmas teas when they were on sale, because these teas are delicious and good for any time of the year.

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85
drank Sunny Fruits Puer by Lupicia
1438 tasting notes

From the traveling tea box. Not one I would have purchased for myself before trying it… as I generally don’t like papaya. Love mango though!
Dry, it smells super fruity. Like a tropical punch, but a bubblegummy one. That aspect comes through in the brewed tea as well, only not quite as strongly.
I haven’t got much else to say really. Fruity mango noms. Pairs surprisingly well with Puer! since I’ve never tried the base, I don’t really feel qualified to comment. Then again I’m still on the first steep so there may be an update fortcoming ;)

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drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
1139 tasting notes

Tea companies always seem to send me jasmine teas as samples, and I’ve been stalling on trying this for over a month because I’m not a fan of them. Not that I’m ungrateful, I most definitely am, especially since you never know, I may find one that I like. However, I find this to be like most jasmine greens out there. Jasmine tea smells like mothballs to me, and carries a similar, or at least I’d imagine, flavour, as well. The mandarin here was absent, but perhaps because I’m hypersensitive to jasmine. Not for me, and the score between jasmine tea and me remains the same.

Tealizzy

Ya, I’m not a jasmine fan either. I still have my sample of this one. :/

Fjellrev

Interesting how you got one too. They must really pimp it!

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77

a nice solid oolong with roasted flavor. some astringency.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
399 tasting notes

Matcha/Green TTB #9

Lupcia’s Honey & Pear is easily 20x better than this is. For whatever reason I was not feeling this…

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75

This was a sample I got from Lupicia in France, it´s not labelled this, it is instead labelled PECHE BLANCHE OOLONG SUPERIEUR, ref 8231, which I think in english is this precise tea.

The Lupicia sample was an hermetically sealed teabag. I was absolutely dubious about the brewing instructions (boiling water, 90 to 120 seconds) but I checked and decided to follow those just the same, and they are right about the instructions, it did work.

The teabag smelled incredibly true to a real fresh white peach (peche de vigne). It translates well to the liquor which is very smooth. A nice cup of tea, but not something I feel the need to have again. White peaches are not even my own favorite peach, and while I admire the delicateness and purity of the flavour here, I do prefer other peach teas I have had which had more pizzaz like Adele H or Peché Mignon.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Neptune by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

Neptune is good, but not my favorite. It has a light fruity and honey like flavor over a black tea base. There’s some astringency. Probably wouldn’t seek it out, but if someone gave it to me, I wouldn’t opt out.

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92

I had this tea today at work. Just brewed Western style. The smell of the dry leaves smelled so much like chocolate!

I wasn’t even sure of the temperature I was using but I know it wasn’t boiling.

This tea didn’t taste quite as chocolatey as it smelled at first. The chocolate notes were still there along with a roast flavor. As it cooled down the chocolate notes became stronger .

So this tea makes me think of chocolate genmaicha! There this roasted flavor coupled with chocolate. That’s all I could think of was chocolate genmaicha even though there wasn’t any rice in it. I really enjoyed this tea but the one downside to it was the major caffeine kick. After I had it , I was done for the day with caffeine. This seemed to pack as much caffeine as coffee.

It was really good though!!

Flavors: Chocolate, Roasted

Liquid Proust

THIS STUFF IS SO GOOD!

Ubacat

I could still smell the infused leaves sitting on my desk all day. Chocolate was waffling under my nose and tempting me for a 2nd infusion but my heart was pumping too much from the last cup!

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100
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
8 tasting notes

I will come right out and say that I DON’T like rooibos. Something about it is medicinal and off-putting. But this…THIS is magical. It’s sweet and melony and wonderful. The first time I put it over ice was a life-changing experience. Now there’s always a pitcher of iced Golden Honeydew in my fridge.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon, Round , Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Eiyoeiga by Lupicia
1275 tasting notes

Oh its nice to be home.
I am just back from a hugely busy trip, to NYC and Indiana, which was a lot of fun, but I’m so happy to be home among the teas.
The trip had very limited tea drinking, I’m afraid. I brought a few bagged teas, and had to make them with a coffee maker, which no matter how hard I scrub always leaves a faintly coffee like aftertaste. Bleh.
I’m also ashamed to report that I bought no new teas on this trip, no matter how much I wanted too. It was too busy to get to the tea shops, and when I did run into teas they were the usual things, like Republic of Tea, and so not worth using up valuable suitcase space.
Its about a hundred degrees back at home, but at least its not humid here! And more importantly, proper tea is here!

Ost

Where did you go?

Rosehips

New York City, and then to Indiana!

Ost

That sounds awesome! was it for just a vacation or other stuff?

Rosehips

a working vacation, but still, vacation! My first in two years.

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