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20
drank Yume by Lupicia
88 tasting notes

Oh my god, this tastes like somebody took wet roses and let mold growth occur on them in a basement in an old person’s house. It smells like cherries, but it tastes like sickly sweet decay.

I keep sipping it, thinking I have to be wrong.
(sip) I can’t possibly dislike it this much.
(sip) Oh no, someone mixed vanilla into poison.
(sip) Am I dying?

Excuse me. I need to throw this horror show out so I stop sipping it.

Rosehips

Oh no! Well, good to know, right?

Super Starling!

100% ! I love samples like this because they help me learn so much about what not to buy. It’s better to find it out from a free sample (or whatever the spoonful I traded it for was worth), than to spend $10 on a few ounces of something I don’t like. I appreciate your samples! They’re an adventure!

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100
drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
72 tasting notes

This is by far my favourite flavoured oolong. It’s beautiful. It smells like absolute heaven, and it tastes like it smells. Now I don’t know exactly what kind of fruit mirabelle is, but it’s almost otherworldly. It’s sweet and fragrant and pairs perfectly with the florals in this tea.
If I could only have 5 teas on my shelf ever. This would be one of them. It’s just so beautiful.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

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100

Keep in mind I like rooibos teas, this is my favorite. It delivers on all the flavors it promises. Smells amazing dry and steeped. I enjoy it plain, with honey, and occasionally with a little shot of rum on a cold winter night. It stands up to cream for those guests who insist on profaning their tea with it. It is a tea I can share with my guests…if I am feeling generous.

Flavors: Caramel, Rum

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80
drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

I enjoy the sweet fruity flavors but didn’t get the rose I was looking for. I like to brew it with rose hips and it is a delight. It is an especially pretty tea to brew if that is something you care about.

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drank Haru Poro-Poro by Lupicia
285 tasting notes

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83

This has been on my wishlist for a long time. Why? I don’t remember, but I probably heard about it from someone’s recommendation here. It makes a tasty matcha latte with two heaping teaspoonfuls to a cup , as recommended. Nicely creamy, a little sweet, “dark green” tasting. I used soy milk so I can’t speak to how much the soybean content of the powder itself shines through.

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drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
191 tasting notes

Cold brew backlog: faint fake strawberry candy taste. Soft, tiny bit of vanilla at end of sip. Remember to keep steep time short, too much time ups cloying flavor. Strawberry is one of my least favorite flavors. Probably brew the rest of this cold, I don’t think I’ll like it at all hot.

Flavors: Artificial, Strawberry, Vanilla

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89
drank Natsukoi by Lupicia
326 tasting notes

As expected, this is fantastic iced. Great accompaniment to doing some yardwork on a nice sunny day!

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89
drank Natsukoi by Lupicia
326 tasting notes

After my previous Lupicia order, I had thought it was a safer bet to stick with old favorites from them than to order too many new teas, but reading the description of this one, I just had to give it a try. And I’m very glad I did!

This tea has a fresh, sweet lemon drop scent right out of the bag. While steeping, the aroma of the tea base itself also came out. My last few flavored teas from Lupicia had fairly unobtrusive but also unremarkable bases, but this one seemed to be a cut above the rest. It had the definite qualities of a good black tea that is just this side of malty, and lighter than the bases of some of the other blends I’d tried from them. Combined with the lemon, it made for a nice refreshing cup. I’ll try this one iced as well!

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84
drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
560 tasting notes

This was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting more earthy and rose flavors but instead was bombarded by fruit and rose. Both in scent and in taste. The fruity essence is quite a bit more then expected.

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drank Yume by Lupicia
560 tasting notes

Sometimes a good cup of tea is just what you need. This tea has a great base. The other flavors work well together. Definitely hints of berries and vanilla. Somewhat woodsy base.

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
560 tasting notes

This tea is amazing. I didn’t think could beat Alpanso Mango (and that one is right next to this one on the amazing scale). As soon as you open the packet the mango scent overpowers you. The taste is just the same. Is this base Tie Guan Yin? It matches so well with the mango. I’m cold steeping this one. It’s amazing.

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
560 tasting notes

This tea is amazing. I didn’t think could beat Alpanso Mango (and that one is right next to this one on the amazing scale). As soon as you open the packet the mango scent overpowers you. The taste is just the same. Is this base Tie Guan Yin? It matches so well with the mango. I’m cold steeping this one. It’s amazing.

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67
drank Wedding by Lupicia
624 tasting notes

I know I haven’t had this tea but it feels like I have. Probably something to do with that sour-sweet fruit flavouring Lupicia seems fond of using. Think fuzzy peaches.

It’s a nice tea, but I just don’t find it particularly distinctive.

Flavors: Candy, Floral, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
5 tasting notes

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95
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
23 tasting notes

This flavored Rooibos is everything I would hope for. From the tasting sips at Lupicia to having it at home in my own cup, the aroma and the taste is a very pleasant experience.

Rooibos takes to flavoring very well. But, for me, it must deliver if the expectations are high from a pleasing and strong scent. This one definitely follows through. You know it is Honey Dew. And the flavor melds perfectly with the nuttiness that is rooibos.

Flavors: Honey Dew

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

Ever had Strawberry Pocky? Or those Yan Yan sticks you dip into strawberry-flavoured cream? Or basically anything strawberry-flavoured in an Asian dessert or snack? Add some milk and this tastes exactly like that stuff. The creamy kind of strawberry, not the tangy kind.

Oversteeped this slightly at 6 minutes and the roasted barley taste overtook the strawberry flavour ever so slightly, but still delicious with milk. At 4.5 minutes in boiling water like I usually do, you’d get a sweeter strawberry note.

This takes well to a second steeping but of course, it’s a bit lighter and I sometimes drink the second round plain.

I liked the Caramel & Honey Orzo but this one is even better in my opinion!

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70
drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
624 tasting notes

It came across as generic fruit to me but at least it was green rooibos, which is always a treat.

Oh, well. The search for my true Mango Tea continues.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Word! It’s nearly impossible to find a realistic mango-flavoured tea.

Evol Ving Ness

I like Capital Teas natural mango with black tea base.

CrowKettle

I will have to check that out then!

Evol Ving Ness

Capital Tea Ltd. The one in Canada.

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55
drank Momo by Lupicia
2766 tasting notes

Sipdown (96)

We are attempting to smuggle kinder eggs into the states (shhh don’t tell) and so we have a cooler in the car with the eggs inside. Then topped with a bunch of cold brewed teas because I decided if the cooler was there, might as well use it.

This was one of the teas hanging out in the cooler and it is nice and cold and bright. The peach flavor is coming through nicely but yet again, the base is strong and thus overpowering the fruit just a bit. I’ve had this as a green tea before and an oolong (I think) and those bases certainly are better suited for this tea.

Evol Ving Ness

Your people in the States might need some kitkat too. I even found green tea kitkat here in Koreantown—oh yay!

VariaTEA

Haha the person we are delivering them too doesn’t even really eat chocolate anymore so he said kinder eggs as a joke since they have the whole nostalgic aspect to them. My mom took that to mean he wanted 30 kinder eggs. I think he’d kill us if we brought him anymore chocolate than we already have.

Evol Ving Ness

Ah, but the green tea kitkat. Surely, that’s not really chocolate?

VariaTEA

Haha, I’m not sure if he’d see it that way

Fjellrev

Hope you won’t get caught!

I’ve been so tempted to buy those matcha KitKats, as I’ve seen them at a supermarket here, but they’re quite expensive, over $8 for 10-12 fun-size ones.

Evol Ving Ness

I don’t recall these being all that expensive. Perhaps I need to go back and look more closely.

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74
drank Ceylon Dimbula by Lupicia
3772 tasting notes

GCTTB V2

So a few months back in my Sommelier training we looked at several of the specific regions within Sri Lanka and got to do a side by side taste test of the different regions to learn to differentiate between the subtle differences/nuances. I saw that this one was specifically from the Dimbula region and that made me interested because Dimbula and Kandy were my two favourite regions during that cupping.

Also; just a thought I’ve had before that I think bares sharing…

It’s far less common for something to be labelled as just “Indian” tea than it is for the specific regions (Assam, Darjeeling, Nilgiri, etc.) to be named but the reverse is true for Sri Lankan/Ceylonese teas. Often those are just labelled as Ceylon tea instead of the specific regions being pointed out and I hate that. I’d very much like to know which kind of Ceylon tea I’m drinking. So why is that? Does anyone know why it’s far less common for Sri Lankan regions to be named?

Anyway, this was good! Like pretty well all Ceylon this cup has a clean profile with clear notes of malt as well as floral qualities. It’s a bit sweeter than I find your average cup of Ceylon to taste – there’s a fruity quality that I think it a little more specific to the Dimbula region than others. It’s also got a warming cinnamon quality, but less than than I remember tasting during my Ceylon cupping in class.

Still; a very enjoyable cup as far as Ceylon tea goes. It’s far from my favourite kind of black tea but not the worst either.

Daylon R Thomas

How far are you to being fully certified? Or how does the certification/employment process work (as I type this though the internet is CLEARLY available).

Roswell Strange

I have two more (of eight) courses to complete, and then after that I need to pass an in person certification exam which involves (in addition to other components) a blind cupping/tasting and a preparation section. After that I’ll technically be a Sommelier – though employment could be much harder. It all comes down to what I want to do for work, and whether I’m willing to relocate to do it.

Rasseru

Funnily enough dimbula was my favourite of all the sri Lankan tea I tried when I was there

Daylon R Thomas

Interesting. Thank you! It’s still cool to have one more little official certification for something you love.

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85
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

I almost always drink this tea cold brewed. It is one of my go to teas for this technique. It is very refreshing and fresh. The color of the tea liquor is a beautiful bright green.

Flavors: Fruity, Grapefruit

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 5 tsp 1000 OZ / 29573 ML

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58
drank Masculin by Lupicia
3772 tasting notes

GCTTB V2

Picked this one ’cause of the name. I had to see/try this tea marketed for the manliest of men. Typically, I hate “gendered” tea or really drinks in general. What makes this “man” tea specifically? Will it literally put hair on my chest? Is my voice going to drop a few octaves? …Is my vagina going to become an outie?

I was disappointed when I opened the package though, ‘cause I was tasting this blend blindly and the aroma of the dry tea was overwhelmingly ginger. Yuck! Steeped up it’s not the worst thing in the world though. I mean, yeah it tastes quite strongly of ginger but there’s enough cinnamon in the blend that I’m not left with the sole flavour of a thing I really dislike…

However, I must report that upon consuming this cup of liquid masculinity I feel no different. I’ve still got an “innie” and my chest continues to be hairless.

CWarren

Thanks for the chuckles! :)

Jillian

LOL! (Good to see I’m not the only one who hates the gendered ‘everything’ that’s being sold these days)

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Backlog: Transferring this tea to a tin resulted in matcha everywhere. Tea is another one from the happy bag. I’m a little scared of the temperature recommendation, but I gave it a shot. 212F, 2tsp, 10oz
30s toasted rice, savory; 30s-nutty. Odd taste from the black beans.
Interesting tea. I’ll need to try it again for another impression.

Flavors: Beany, Nutty, Toasted Rice

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79
drank Framboise by Lupicia
1544 tasting notes

I think this’d go nicely as a latte. Hmm. Not sure I have enough left for that. Maybe with almond milk?
Not the most flavourful Lupicia blend I’ve ever had but I don’t mind. Its tasty, if not clearly “raspberry”. I think I could pick out the berryness though. There is something delicate in there, adding a certain complexity that I find appealing. But… The base is a bit harsh for the flavouring, sadly.
To be honest, I’m enjoying it far more than I expected based on the reviews. Getting that tea high I so love now! I must have got the proportions and timing just right. Woot!

Fjellrev

What are your favourite Lupicia teas anyway?

Indigobloom

I think the pineapple was my fave, but to be honest I haven’t tried nearly as many as I’d like. Grapefruit was good too. And there was a caramel one I enjoyed

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