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63
drank Pommier by Lupicia
46 tasting notes

Pommier was an interesting tea. I feel very similar about it as I did Lupicia’s muscat. Ponies is a very red tea, courtesy of the vibrant rooibos base and apple additives. It brews a reddish brown and smells a lot like apples. I won’t go so far as to say it was a bad tea, but rather it didn’t suit my personal tastes. I struggle with rooibos teas and this was no game-changer for me.

Preparation
Iced

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92
drank Cinnamon by Lupicia
46 tasting notes

This tea was awesome. The leaves were intensely aromatic (like most Lupicia blends) and it brewed a nice deep brown. The black base was moderate, allowing the cinnamon to shine through. However, the cinnamon was not too spicy but rather added a nice after taste to the tea. It would be great in the fall, I tried it iced and rather enjoyed it, though I think it would have been better hot. Another favorite Lupicia tea!

Preparation
Iced

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61
drank Tokio by Lupicia
46 tasting notes

This tea was alright. I don’t think the berry flavor was as good as it could have been. The green base was extremely mild, probably to make way for the berry flavor that I just didn’t really taste. I would recommend other fruity greens.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
1346 tasting notes

First tea of the day. So amazing. I really need to get some more. (1 tsp in 12 oz, over ice to make 1 L. Steeped twice. So delish.)

So yeah. Today was interesting. Slept 4 hours last night because I was warm and uncomfortable. Went to work. None of my stuff came in because Friday was a US holiday, so you can imagine how much actual work got done. I tried. I organized and prepped and etc. But there’s nothing to report.

And then a friend called and asked if I would mind fostering some toads. Yeah. So after a huge mess of tanks breaking and having to go buy crickets (because I cannot with the meal worms UGH) and dropping all the rocks and everything… I am now the proud foster parent of 4 fire-bellied toads. Yep.

That took forever. But now I’m home, sipping on this iced, thinking of a shower before bed, just to cool down and get comfy.

Bonus is my cat really likes Toad TV.

http://instagram.com/p/qLkTb2x5NR/

Flavors: Floral, Green, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Thank you for sharing it, Sil! I’m converted. I will not doubt the melon teas any longer.

Sil

haha yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

Cavocorax

That’s crazy! TOADS!

Cavocorax

TOOOOAAADS!

Dinosara

Woohoo, toads! Those guys are cute. But, I have a large number of reptile and amphibian pets. :D

OMGsrsly

My friend has loads of snakes, and didn’t want to have to deal with the toads too. So I have them. :)

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83
drank Malama by Lupicia
83 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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83
drank Malama by Lupicia
83 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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78
drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
66 tasting notes

I’ve been having a love-hate relationship with this tea…first impressions were great, as my previous note on it indicates, but the fragrance of the dry blend is just too damn strong. I’ve been discouraged from reaching for it several times because as soon as I get a whiff of it, the sugariness is overly cloying. My tea containers don’t completely keep the scent from emanating out into the cupboard either. But then when I actually brew a cup, it’s perfectly mild. It is a mystery.

So sadly I’ll have to move the rating down a notch…I know I’m in the minority here, haha.

In terms of other tea news, Steepster samples arriving this week! And as for my Verdant order…“this tracking number does not exist”. Well, one has to have hope.

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84

After a horrendous experience with the Chai Orzo, I’m glad this one offered some redemption.
When brewed, it looks very similar to instant granule coffee and tastes like it too. But then I add some milk and it becomes sweet and creamy like coffee-flavoured Milo. Excellent product.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML
TheTeaFairy

Glad this one offered a better experience :-)

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9
drank Orzo Chai by Lupicia
35 tasting notes

Oh no.
Oh nooonono.
This is the gamble you take when you purchase a tea with no reviews on it yet. But if this first note deters others from wasting their money on this, then I’m glad some good came out of it.
Now, I’m not one to shy away from the strange and bitter, but this was so wrong. Dried basil? Yeah, that’s all I can taste in this ‘chai’ orzo. Maybe basil in chai has been done well somewhere, but I think it belongs with savoury food. That aside, this was just so bitter that no amount of milk and sugar could save it. Not even vanilla soy, which can be a last resort to perk up moderately bleh teas, could help this unpalatable blend.
My house consists of people with very varied tastes and not one of them could finish a cup. Wouldn’t give this to an enemy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML
TheTeaFairy

Lord, thanks for helping me scratch this one off the list to try!

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77
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
35 tasting notes

Heavy on the rum. A pirate wouldn’t mind this.
My goodness, this is a rooibos I actually like , and I’ve tried enough rooibos to know it’s not my thing. This surprised me though. And it’s highly likely that it will become the only rooibos I’ll ever buy ever again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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90
drank Decaf Momo by Lupicia
35 tasting notes

Incredible. Full-bodied yet refreshing. Hard to believe it’s decaf.
I like Lupicia but seriously did not expect it to be THIS good.
In all the peach teas I’ve tried, I’m all like ‘ya, it’s just gonna be a tea with peach juice.’
Who knew that a decaf Momo would be so buttery, nutty and creamy too? And yes, deliciously peachy.
I don’t think I could be without this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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100
drank Natsukoi by Lupicia
83 tasting notes

Left the tea to steep in the fridge overnight and woke up to a mellow, sugarless lemonade. Delicious! Accidentally left it in the fridge for about 14 hours before I took the leaves out, but I think my usual 8 hours would have left the tea too weak.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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83
drank Malama by Lupicia
83 tasting notes

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Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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83
drank Malama by Lupicia
83 tasting notes

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71

It’s been ages since my last update! This tea struck me with its fruity acidity. Compared to other flavoured or herbal teas it’s not really acidic, but by the standard of a plain black tea it definitely is. It’s a bit odd to me but it’s not all that unpleasant. The tea itself was not very strong and so the acidity easily stood out.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

Green Japanese teas are praised but it’s quite rare to read some word about a black Japanese tea, thanks for that Devilish

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75
drank Sakura Houji by Lupicia
5 tasting notes

The tea contains salted cherry leaves, not cherries themselves, so the cherry flavor is more subtle than one would normally expect from “cherry” items. The aroma lingering in the empty glass is sweeter and has more cherry notes than the tea itself, so it adds an interesting contrast altering between drinking each cup and wafting the aroma.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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89
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
4536 tasting notes

cold brewed this to see which i prefer and it’s for sure hot…or maybe hot then cooled. I didn’t mind cold brewing this but on the whole it started to have more of that OOLONG taste that i don’t like, while when this is hot, it’s just delicious melon :)

Now off to play some terra mystica tonight for fun…before i have to work all weekend. BLECH

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Terri HarpLady

I’ll be painting…sigh…

Amanda Wilson

Jealous! Terra Mystica is on my too play list (which is really kinda huge)

Sil

Amanda – it’s a great game even if you only have 2 players. My other half and i played it every day (multiple times) for a week while we were on vacation

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74
drank Momo Oolong Super Grade by Lupicia
86 tasting notes

I am pretty sure this was meant to be cold brewed, but I rarely ever cold brew tea. I’m more of a hot tea kind of person. :P This tea is pretty peachy, but doesn’t taste burnt which is a relief. I think that Adagio tea scarred me with the burnt peach. xD Maybe I got a bad batch? Who knows.
Anywho, this is alright tea. At least hot. I’m sure it’s a lot sweeter and better when it’s cold! Maybe I’ll have to just give in and try it iced one of these days.
Thanks for the sample, mj! I’m really excited to have tried Lupica finally! :D

Flavors: Peach

Virginia

Wow. Great tasting note.

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25
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
222 tasting notes

Hey. I reviewed this one before. I remember because TeaFairy commented that she loved the weirdness of it? Is someone deleting bad reviews?

Well I will rate it again. I found this very artificial and perfume-like. So there, whoever deleted my tasting note.

whatshesaid

Nooo, they don’t do that do they?!

mj

I remember your review of this tea! Witness for the plaintiff

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80
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
222 tasting notes

I cold brewed this one and added a bit of sweetener, and the flavour I got was epic: like maynard’s wine gums candies with a hint of jasmine. It sounds like an odd combination, but I absolutely loved it and found it quite refreshing. The slight astringency also added to it, giving me the same mouth sensation as dry white wine.

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88
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
295 tasting notes

3G 5 oz 190F 2 min
It’s delicious . Smells like cantaloupe / honeydew. True taste. Very nice on a hot day . Resteep was very good as well. No sugar for me but I think it would make it even more delicious. I think I’m going to enjoy it this summer;)

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Honeydew

Stephanie

Sounds summery!

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58
drank Yume by Lupicia
1745 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (142)

The last of this is off to JustJames because for the life of me I could not make this work for me and since it was on his wishlist, I am hoping he will have better luck. Still, I am grateful to jump62359 for the opportunity to try it out.

So, I am trying it for the last time and this time I cold brewed it for 4 hours. There is more flavor this way but unfortunately all that flavor is coming from the rose. Now, I am learning I don’t hate floral teas as much as some but this is just too much rose for my liking. Oh well, c’est la vie.

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drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
377 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday afternoon:

I am not a huge soccer person, but I sipped on this while watching the match between the US and Belgium. Oh man, that was tough. I figured Belgium would win, but by the time the US scored their first goal in overtime, I was rooting for them and hoping they would tie things up to force a series of penalty kicks. Tim Howard, man. Tim f*cking Howard.

Anyways.

I think I understeeped this a bit, as it was a bit weak in the flavour department. I thought I kept watch on the clock to give it 3 minutes, but I think it might have only been 2. It smelled lovely though – very similar to MF’s Marco Polo. The smell was very much of strawberry, but I think the taste was more floral. I can’t tell if I was getting the lychee or the rose. Anyways, next time I’ll let it steep for a bit longer, and perhaps also put some sweetener in.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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