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My mom likes to pick a tea out of the book for me and she always seems to grab the ones I wouldn’t reach for myself. I guess that is good though because that way I am not taking what I like and leaving the non-exciting flavors for last.

Anyways, when I opened this, it smelled deliciously like a fresh, juicy tangerine. Unfortunately, I am not a lover of oolongs or citrus teas so despite the smell, my excitement levels were low. However, sipping on this now, it actually isn’t too bad. I am certainly getting tangerine. Bright, refreshing tangerine. I could see this being great iced for those who reach for citrus flavors. As for my preferences, I don’t think I’d stock this because I just wouldn’t reach for it often but I can appreciate that it is a rather nice cup of tea. 277.

Anlina

This sounds pretty awesome to me. I’m really enjoying reading your notes on less popular Lupicia teas.

VariaTEA

Thank you. I am trying to do them justice since they don’t have many reviews.

VariaTEA

Plus, the book was mostly teas I never tried before so it’s exciting to get to try so many new things.

Kittenna

This sounds interesting! Happy to just have that single cup’s worth though. That’s all I want of most teas.

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49
drank Decaf Momo by Lupicia
2068 tasting notes

Why do so many fuzzy peach teas fail to actually taste like fuzzy peaches? This one, for example, had such a strong smell that just did not translate to the taste. Instead it was slightly peachy black tea with that hint of weirdness that seems to turn up in decaffeinated cups. Disappointing indeed but at least that is one more tea off my “to try” list and another quick and easy sipdown. Final count for the night: 279.

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44
drank Afternoon Tea by Lupicia
2068 tasting notes

This is the first straight tea I have tried from Lupicia and so far I am not impressed. It’s not bad but it’s really nothing special either. It is a touch astringent which is okay but other than that, there isn’t a really distinctive flavor to this. It is maybe a little bit like stonefruit and a touch citrus but really it just tastes like any other run of the mill straight black tea you would find bagged at the grocery store. Drinkable but not something I would want again. 281.

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95
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
133 tasting notes

QueenofTarts was kind enough to send along a bonus sample of this in a recent stash sale package. From the description, I was expecting to love this one and I wasn’t disappointed! While it was steeping my kitchen smelled like candied pineapple…this is one of the strongest scented teas I’ve had recently! The flavor was smooth and sweet and very tropical: pineapple, mango and papaya seemed like the main notes to me. The base seems very mild; I didn’t notice any of the vegetal or grassy flavor I might expect from a green tea. No bitterness or astringency either, even though I accidentally overheated my water. No two ways about it, I’m going to be placing a Lupicia order very soon!

Flavors: Mango, Pineapple, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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56
drank Rose Hip Tea by Lupicia
2068 tasting notes

So after adding the book and Christina’s swap, my final count (not including this one) is now: 283. Definitely not the direction I wanted to go but still very exciting.

Anyways, as for the tea, all the reviews are so incredibly horrible that I was petrified when brewing up this tea. I asked my mom to just grab me a random teabag and this is what she brought me and basically my thoughts were “let’s get this over with”. I let it cool completely and braced myself for the first sip of tarty awfulness. However, this was weirdly much sweeter than I anticipated. It’s mostly just juice that is almost a little bit rose and a little bit… vegetable? Someone described this as “tomato” juice and perhaps it is the power of suggestion but I get it. So weird and not something I would want again but also not as bad as I anticipated so I guess that’s a win.

Sil

haha think of how many teas you’ll be able to add to your “tried it list” and it’s 1 cup! so easy sipdowns

OMGsrsly

Yeah, that’s why it’s so tempting. :D :D 1 cup samples! Try ALL the teas!

Anlina

I always think of rosehips as something you drink for health, not flavour. They’re kind of meh, and I would never want them to be the primary flavouring in any tea.

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97
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
326 tasting notes

This tea is awesome. I love pineapple and coconut mixed together. The aroma when you open the bag is just heavenly. Pineapple tidbits waft to your nose accompanied with a gentle oolong. And the taste… yea. Perfect amount of pineapple and coconut so as not to over power the oolong. I’m loving the oolong base they used. Grassy with a vegetal hint.

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp
Inkling

Mmm, this sounds lovely! I do NOT need more tea, but I’m seriously considering a Lupicia order one day soon.

beelicious

Pineapple, coconut, oolong… this tea sounds amazing!!!

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71
drank Honey & Pear by Lupicia
2068 tasting notes

Though I may not have been having the best few days, my morning was certainly brightened by the arrival of my shared Lupicia order with a group of steepsterites. It was a giant box filled with awesomeness and the most exciting part? My new book of tea! Look at it!!! It’s beautiful: http://instagram.com/p/wuiF7ZvJdG/?modal=true. 100 different Lupicia teas to try :)

I reached in and grabbed a tea at random and this just happened to be the first one I picked up. I had never seen this one before but it sounded amazing and smelled of sweet juicy pear. As I brewed it up, I realized why I never saw this before – it was a flavoured green which I tend not to look at as I am not a lover of green teas. This one is actually quite nice though. Personally I think hojicha is a weird choice for a tea that has such light and fruity flavors and it comes through a bit fractured in the cup. Some sips have strong, roasted grass notes while others are ripe pear drizzled in honey. Its like two different teas were dumped into one cup and made to coexist, which they are achieving, though not particularly well. Perhaps a less aggressive base would have helped the flavors shine a bit more instead of fighting for my attention.

With that said, I find that as the tea cools, the hojicha becomes more muted which makes it slightly more enjoyable. Perhaps tats why this is recommended as an iced tea? Anyways, it is one I would drink again but as long as its on a hojicha base, it is not something I would want in any sort of quantity.

Sil

AAAAAHHHHHHHH! this is one of the few i’ve been trying to try lol but they’re always sold out haha

Roswell Strange

I always manage to miss out on group Lupicia orders :P This one sounds very good though; glad you kicked off the 100 with one that wasn’t a total miss :)

OMGsrsly

Pretty box! All the teas! :) This sounds really interesting, actually.

Fjellrev

So happy for you that you got it!

Anlina

Omg, that book of tea! Amazing!

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71
drank Honey & Pear by Lupicia
2068 tasting notes

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84
drank Kirara Rice Tea by Lupicia
326 tasting notes

Generally genmaicha is my favorite tea. I’m wondering if I over steeped this cup though. The marine like flavor is over bering. Every time I take a sip I imagine myself on a dock with lots of fishing boats. Seldovia, AK. There is still that good ole grassy flavor that keeps drawing me back for more sips.

As I sip more the true flavors come out more. I’m on my second steep now and it’s much better. Grassy ricey goodness with a slight seaweed flavor.

Preparation
Iced 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Alphonso Mango by Lupicia
342 tasting notes

Hohoho! It’s cold and time for tea! I got the book of tea from Lupicia and chose this one for my first pick. It’s yummy! Totally mango and would definitely be great iced if it’s this good hot. I like when teas have a good aftertaste too and this one does, like I ate actual mangoes.

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72
drank Lychee Barley by Lupicia
326 tasting notes

Open the package and pow, lychee punch to your face. I love lychee and trying out new tea/‘teas’ was one of my objectives with this black Friday. Also was looking to see if it resembles a Hawaiian tea I once had that I thought had barley in it. In a way it kinda does.

The more you steep the tea the lighter the lychee flavor becomes. It’s quite good cold but I think I enjoyed it a bit warmer. In a way barley tea reminds me somewhat of a pu erh. Perhaps it’s because of the earthy undertones?

Cameron B.

This is my favorite of their barley teas so far. :)

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67
drank Joyeux Noël by Lupicia
2578 tasting notes

Yesterday was kind of rough, I had a job interview that didn’t go so well and then I decided I need a new outfit for this holiday party I am going to tonight. Went to the mall and wasn’t inspired by anything aside from the Lupicia store. ;)

This is a Lupicia tea I’ve never had before. It’s a black tea blend that’s slightly nutty. I’m definitely getting the chestnut flavor from it, but it seems kind of bitter unfortunately. It was nice with a tiny bit of coconut sugar and soymilk. It’s not my favorite from Lupicia however… if they could find a way to remove the bitterness I’d like this much better. I might try steeping this at a slightly lower temp next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Just wear a dress made of Lupicia tins! Voila! :P

Fjellrev

I’m sorry about the interview, but better luck with your next one. Oh yes, there shall be another.

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55
drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
1 tasting notes

Bought this tea from Mitsuwa Marketplace in San Diego and was disappointed in the quality, texture, and flavor of the tea. After drinking it I caught the flavors described in user reviews “salty, asparagus, and green bean” though that’s the problem! Initially blaming my taste buds and method of preparation, I tried steeping another batch only to be disappointed once more. This sencha is like vegetable ramen, not the alfalfa, grassy, sweet varieties I’m used to, the tea is so fine that it goes through the mesh strainer. I’m by no means a tea snob I drink about every kind I get my hands on and this was the first time I was disappointed, which prompted me to create a steepster account so I would not make the mistake of buying horrible tea again.

Flavors: Asparagus, Broth, Green Beans

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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81
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
70 tasting notes

Since when do I wake up craving pineapple? Never, really.

Alas, today I did and this was so satisfying to drink. It’s a rather old pack of tea in my cupboard and the pineapple flavouring has since diminished a little since its opening.
But because the oolong base is pretty solid, and it’s very pineapple-y to begin with, it still made for a delicious cup. It also got rid of that strong buttery note that I wasn’t so fond of when I first tried this tea.

Reminds me of those sweet pineapple Chinese buns with the crusty sugar topping that you buy in Guangzhou for twenty-five cents. Ah, good times.

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

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
1054 tasting notes

Perhaps a good resolution would be to quit drinking new teas when I’m flying at high speeds in the morning.
Up extra early and off to the races, and by races I mean taking the boyfriend into school early, as he has finals. He’ll be delighted to be done with school, and so will I. Of course, I’d be delighted if he got his car repaired, so he could take himself in, but still….
Impression is favorable, but a lot more tasting is needed. Did I get chocolate and fruit here? And not just the fruits more classically blended with chocolate, like cherries or strawberries. I felt like it was something more interesting than that.
More is required to be sure. Hmmm.

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drank Neptune by Lupicia
992 tasting notes

I got a sample of this tea from sweet Marzipan!

It smelled wonderful…I was so excited! But like many other teas with honey flavoring, it just tastes like chemicals to me :(

Dustin

Honey flavoring is a really weird one. It ends up tasting floral to me and nothing like the real thing.

Terri HarpLady

I hate tasting chemicals… :(

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74
drank Watermelon Barley Tea by Lupicia
2606 tasting notes

Interesting. Certainly less strong than the plain Orzo tea (I know, they’re different but I find the flavour to be similar), and the melon adds a really nice sweetness without adding sugar. Still, bit of an odd combo. However, I think this would be fabulous as a latte. Probably noootttt my favourite tea ever though, haha.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Rooibos Lemon by Lupicia
827 tasting notes

This is another tea from the set of 3 mini-tins I ordered from Lupicia (partially for the adorable tins!). This one is my favorite of the three, it has a cute little reindeer on the front (http://instagram.com/p/wcKGgCGgPz/). I was really surprised that there wasn’t an entry for this on Steepster, since Lupicia is pretty well known for their flavored teas. It’s a red rooibos base, and I can see pieces of citrus peel and some kind of crushed leaves – I assume lemon balm or something similar. It smells extremely medicinal, which is scary. It smells exactly like a lemon-flavored throat lozenge.

The steeped tea still smells a little bit medicinal, but it’s not as bad as it was dry. Thankfully, it doesn’t taste medicinal. This is a pretty tasty basic lemon tea – it doesn’t have any other supporting flavors. The lemon is sweet and not overly sharp, and it reminds me of lemon drop candies. Pretty good, I’ll easily get through my 5 sachets. :)

Flavors: Candy, Lemon, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

I wonder if this is new? I don’t remember seeing it before

Cameron B.

Maybe? I’m not sure. :P

TeaBrat

I think so. I bought a package today. Gah!

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83
drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
827 tasting notes

Yay! I’m allowing myself to try one of my new Lupicia holiday teas just because I’ve only tried two so far and I’m still so excited for the rest of them. This one is a grape and champagne flavored black tea. The black tea leaves vary a lot, so much so that I think this may be a blend of one or more types. There are teeny tiny flower buds mixed in, I’ve seen them before in Den’s Sakura Sencha I believe? There are also a few scant pieces of dried fruit, it resembles cranberries but who knows for sure. I can also see some tiny little stems with leaves on them, not sure if that’s some foliage from the same plant as the flowers or what. Dry scent is powerful grape soda or candy.

Once the tea is steeped, I can still smell the grape but it’s nowhere near as strong. It still smells very sweet, however. Mine did come out the tiniest bit bitter, but it’s actually not unpleasant, and I’m sure it could be avoided by shortening the steep time to say, 3.5 minutes or so. The black base is unobtrusive and smooth, and I can taste a certain effervescent quality that I attribute to the champagne. The grape flavor is deep and sweet, like grape candies, and there’s a tiny bit of floral at the end of the sip. Overall, I can absolutely see why this one is a holiday tea – it reminds me of drinking sparkling grape juice! :)

Flavors: Candy, Champagne, Grapes, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
The Cookie Lady

This is going to be my New Year’s tea :) I think it is so cool how that champagne quality can make it actually feel sparkly on your tongue. I love it!

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
1767 tasting notes

Well, nerts. K S sent a sample bag of this and I messed up the water temp. Too hot. It smells like a fruity little party, and even though I made the green tea go bitter, the floral-fruity stuff is still dancing around on my tongue and it smells like a fruit punch candle. Reminds me a lot of a Korean Wedding tea by O’Sulloc.

Well, everybody messes up a cup now and then…

K S

Amateur ;)

gmathis

Smarty pants ;)
(I’d better watch it. Trash talk like that will get me kicked off the site.)

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drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
326 tasting notes

Nummy. Fruity. Peachy. I was so grumpy this morning. Thank you for the pick up. Not a huge fan of the fruity mix but Lupicia still did a great job with this.

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90
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
133 tasting notes

Cooking TTB #4

Oh Lupicia, where have you been all my life? Every tea I’ve tried from this company has been stellar and Golden Honey Dew is no exception! It tastes like I squeezed a fresh, juicy honeydew melon directly into my cup…no artificial flavor, no woody roobios aftertaste. This is another one I’d love to try iced at some point.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
133 tasting notes

Cooking TTB #2

This isn’t tea…it’s white wine! Such a lovely, natural grape flavor with a bit of sweetness and just a touch of jasmine. I’m loving this hot, but I’m guessing it would be even better iced. Add this to the list of Lupicia teas I’ll be ordering whenever I can manage to justify buying more tea!

Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet, White Wine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
The Cookie Lady

I can’t wait to try this! That is…if there’s any left for me to try ;)

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80
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
827 tasting notes

Hooray, more Lupicia! This one is part of the caffeine free mini-tin set that I bought partially because I wanted to try the teas and partially because the mini tins are adorable! The set also includes Rooibos Lemon and Decaf Carol, and each tin contains 5 sachets. (http://instagram.com/p/wcKGgCGgPz/) This one has a teddy bear playing a piccolo on it, adorable! Anyway… I really dislike how vague Lupicia’s descriptions are – this one says berries and honey but doesn’t tell you what berries. Dry, it smells mostly like strawberry although there’s something the reminds me of apricot as well.

Wow, I’m surprised this tea has such a low rating (I suspect because a lot of people received it with the magazine or in grab bags, and a lot of those people don’t actually like rooibos…). The flavor is mostly strawberry jam, though I do taste honey as well. There’s something very slightly cough drop-ish about this, but it’s not enough to bother me much. It’s tasty enough as a nighttime tea! :)

Flavors: Honey, Jam, Medicinal, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tealizzy

I like this one. I think Lupicia does a good job with rooibos.

Cameron B.

It’s a perfectly nice strawberry rooibos. I really want to try some of their other flavors after loving Caramel & Rum. :)

Tealizzy

I also like jardin sauvage, which is a green rooibos with mango. :)

Cameron B.

Yeah, I liked that one too! I want to try Orange Kidd and Pommier. And Ume! I guess that’s almost all of them, ha ha. :D

Tealizzy

I think they had a peach melba one, but I’m not sure if it’s still around.

Skysamurai

Ahhh i was so tempted!!! I shoulda just bought em!

Cameron B.

Hah, I couldn’t help myself. The wee tins are too cute!

Kittenna

I believe this was in a lot of Happy Bags, and could have been old. (Also, I have Peach Melba from a Happy Bag too, haha).

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