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Amongst the other popular Lupicia oolongs, I feel like this one is criminally underrated.

The customer service in Japan is usually second to none, and it was no different in their Lupicia stores. I had Queen’s Muscat Oolong (and a few others) brewed up especially for me and we sat down together for an informal tea ceremony.

What caught me first was the scent of the dry leaf when I was making my rounds sniffing almost every tea available in the shop. I knew I just had to try it.

Sometimes tasting a tea can actually put me off buying it because it doesn’t live up to the scent. Not so with this one. One sip and I was sold.

Not only is it delicious and juicy like a muscat grape, but it also had some creaminess underneath – the kind you get with high quality oolongs.

Argh. So good. Bet it would be addictive as hell as an iced tea.

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20
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
114 tasting notes

The smell of the dry leaves of this is super-unimpressive. I don’t know if it’s the sample, or how the tea always is, but it smells like it was left in a grandmother’s attic for years.

Sometimes grandparents’ attics are treasures. Like the time I found a 1950s Ouija board in my grandmother-in-law’s. Or the beaded white bowler cap my mother-in-law got married in. (Yes. Exquisite. Like this, but worse: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/87/d8/f5/87d8f5154c298a5ae0c4de5a2d2ffa81.jpg )

Once steeped, the tea smells like dust. With, if you breathe really deep and concentrate really hard, some maybe vanilla/cream in there? The attic-feeling remains.

And the taste is crazy. It’s like drinking a slightly moldy cardboard box.

But the aftertaste, once the cardboard is down your throat, is so good.

But, guys, one cannot survive on aftertaste alone. I must say adios to this tea.

It is not “bae.” As the kids say. Did you know that bae means “before anyone else”? That seems like a thing you all might not happen to know. I work with people much younger than I am. They inform me of slang.

Just typing the above paragraph makes me feel like… someone who would have an attic that would produce this tea.

Flavors: Cardboard, Dust

Rosehips

You know, I have to say about the same about this guy. Its getting at least one more try, but then it might be written off for me as well.

mtchyg

I loathe the word bae. Though, knowing the meaning is that instead of what I thought it was (short for babe), it makes me hate it slightly less.

Super Starling!

Mitch, I accidentally told a friend that it was short for “babe” before I knew The Truth. She was like “oh, I should’ve figured that on my own.” Now I feel to embarrassed to tell her the truth. It weighs heavy on our friendship, unbeknownst to her.

mtchyg

Haha, I understand because I’m pretty sure I’ve told my wife that is what it means. I still haven’t told her the updated meaning yet. Our relationship is a lie.

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76
drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
562 tasting notes

With a French word like Sauvage I was very much expecting a black flavored tea of some sort. Not so much. This tea goes quite well with my sandwich. Sweet. Kumquat, citrus, maybe some honey dew? Perhaps this tea is best sipped cold in a garden?

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drank Yume by Lupicia
114 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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drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
76 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
291 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
219 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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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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drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
562 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
562 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
562 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
562 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 Wedding by Lupicia
626 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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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
5 tasting notes

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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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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
626 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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drank Momo by Lupicia
2806 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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drank Ceylon Dimbula by Lupicia
3822 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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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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