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62
drank Breakfast Earl Grey by Lupicia
2854 tasting notes

Backlog and sipdown!

Had a bag of this from a while back; I believe it came as a free sample with a Lupicia order. Either way, ended up drinking it at work (oh, speaking of that, I now have a job where I can actually brew tea during the day, which is pretty exciting and gives me hope that I can get through a lot of different teas that I don’t like to put in travel mugs, because I won’t have to do that) and added some milk/sugar to make it extra tasty, which it was. Plain, it probably wouldn’t have worked for me, just a bit too strong. If my Book of Tea has a packet of this, I may get to try it again, and write a tasting note a bit more promptly.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
667 tasting notes

Definitely taste the woody rooibos in this tea, the peach flavor really isn’t strong enough. :( Which I find rather disappointing personally. I am always on the hunt for an amazing peach tea. Though I can’t be too disappointed since this one has gotten a lot of other poor reviews from people here. But I’ve always wanted to try it. Glad I got it in their newsletter.
I think this might be the one that I got three newsletters of xD I gave one of the packages to my lil bro for his birthday and he liked it, so maybe I’ll give him that last package of it since it’s too weak for me.

Flavors: Peach, Wood

sren

I had the same underwhelming experience.

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80
drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
74 tasting notes

So, I was working on my review of this when my phone decided to refresh the page for me. It’s not at all easy to type on here, especially when the touch screen refuses to cooperate. I was thinking about the other teas that I tried from Lupicia that were also grape flavored.

The three teas all smell like Kasugai gummies, which I like. It’s slighly artificial in that it reminds me more of the candy than the fruit. The black tea base makes it more subtle, but it isn’t a very bitter tea. The grape is more of a hint than a full flavor.

I find this tea more agreeable than the decaf Muscat, but miss the jasmine in Napa Blanc. I think grape tastes better in green tea, though it could be even better in oolong. It is rather pleasant, though comparably as subtle as Carol. It doesn’t remind me as much of princesses or little girls in Victorian children’s novels.

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80
drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
74 tasting notes

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79
drank Carol by Lupicia
74 tasting notes

I bought the small christmas sampler when I placed my first order, so this is my first time drinking the Christmas blends. It came in a cute bag with lovely pictures for the three blends. They don’t really sound like Christmas blends, which is nice. I tried this first, though I was unable to use boiling water to brew it. it smells and tastes like strawberry candy, and was rather mild, but in a good way. I would consider buying it though I hope it brews stronger than my first cup.
I’ve moved onto Jingle Bells, which also smells lovely, and I look forward to trying white Christmas.

I’ve realized that this tea is more like the tea I would imagine Sarah Crewe or Anne Shirley would drink with Alice and Wendy Darling if they had tea together.

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Ohh thank you TeaNTrees for sending this tea my way!
I love lychee and this tastes almost like lychee! The flavouring of this tea is super juicy and it’s so good! Lychee is definitely a bit lighter than this tea though, so that’s what’s throwing me off. I think if this flavouring was done in a white tea, it would be so good!

TeaNTees

Oh yes, a white version of this would be lovely!

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Matcha TTB

Nothing special in my opinion. I haven’t ever gone out and eaten any cherry blossoms off the tree so I don’t really have a basis for comparison. I thought cherry blossom would be a bit more cherry. The taste is really just vegetal.

Flavors: Vegetal

Liquid Proust

Would you like some cherry blossoms? I’m in Japan for a few more weeks and they are quite cheap (but they have to be salted for me to bring back)

carol who

Salted? Thanks but no thanks.

I guess I could go look around the neighborhood and see if I can find a cherry blossom tree. It is spring time so I guess now would be a good time to try them out.

Liquid Proust

That’s how they are ate here- they pickle many things actually.

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drank Happiness by Lupicia
1210 tasting notes

Lupicia is determined for me to try this. I’ve somehow ended up with about five sample sachets of this one.
In the sachet t smells rather tropical. This is slightly worrying, as I don’t particularly care for tropical, but I think no one does fruit flavors better than Lupicia, so I’m willing to try.
Aaaaand….. Its kinda bland? Maybe my samples have not aged well. I’ve got more to work on, so I can refine the opinion.

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60
drank Happiness by Lupicia
43 tasting notes

Fairly fruity tea; the green tea is subdued and in the background. Mostly peach and other smooth fruit flavors, overall an okay tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
43 tasting notes

A decent green-rice tea. This has more rice flavor than others I have tasted but it is good. Tastes like toasted brown rice with the green tea in the background.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Morning Tea by Lupicia
60 tasting notes

Picked this up at the San Jose Lupicia store (now closed) when we flew out to Cali earlier this year. Since there are no Lupicia retail stores where I live (BOO!), I make it a point to stop by one if I am ever in the vicinity. I take no credit for choosing this tea, it was basically a call of “Hey, you want anything?” over my shoulder to the husband as I went inside, so this was his choice.

I thought I was buying a straight black. Upon sniffing the dry leaves I got a definite sweetness and vanilla scent. Interesting! Then I looked at the ingredients on the package: black tea and vanilla beans. Duh! So now I know my nose works, at least! As I’ve stated before, vanilla blacks can be tricky – too many of them end up with a thin, marshmallow-like flavor which I don’t tend to enjoy. Not so this tea. It’s so smooth and so drinkable, the entire pot of tea disappeared effortlessly. Awesome with breakfast. Added whole milk for extra creaminess. I didn’t get any maltiness from the Assam, just a really nice smooth black tea flavor with a hint of natural vanilla. Delightful! I should have never doubted Lupicia – I find their teas to be generally of high quality. So, kudos to the husband for choosing a nice, solid, very enjoyable tea (beginner’s luck!)!

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91
drank Cinnamon by Lupicia
5 tasting notes

My go-to flavoured tea on a cold day.. Smells amazing, tastes great too. Will repurchase with the tin next time!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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72

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable day planned! The mailman finally delivered my new Seasame Street pajamas from Australia and I’m planning on not getting out of them all day since this is my last free weekend until, oh, about September!!

I forgot that I put this in the fridge to cold brew a couple of days ago (tea bags still in place). I found it this morning lurking in the back corner this morning and decided to give it a taste to see if I’d ruined it or if it was still ok… Not bad at all… The green tea definitely overpowers the delicate strawberry and vanilla flavors however they’re still there, just not front and center… This would be a great middle of summer, stupid long heat wave, need a refreshing kinda tea, tea! Which I can look forward to real soon here… But I won’t be in a rush to pick up another bag of this anytime soon.

sren

Sesame Street jammies! Awesome!

Fjellrev

Those must be some badass pajamas. :D

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
644 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Sil sent me a sample of this many months ago to try, and I figured it would be a good springtime tea. I managed to get 2 servings out of the sample she gave me. I’m not sure whether I botched the steeping, but this tea didn’t really excite me. It had a highly metallic note to it that I assume was the rhubarb. Not quite astringent, but tart enough to make me second guess things.

I wonder if some sugar would have tamed this. However, I’m not that motivated to find out.

Thanks for the chance to try this Sil!

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70
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
803 tasting notes

I don’t know how I feel about calling this a breakfast tea, not quite enough guts. I don’t think. But it’s definitely tasty as heck. I tried it for the first time with milk and sugar today, maybe I’ll try with just a splash of milk next time?

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70
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
803 tasting notes

Couldn’t resist and cracked this one open at breakfast with my porridge, mmm. Not as sweet as its dry scent but I reckon just a tiny bit of sugar would explode that dry sweetness like whoa. Nevertheless it was beautiful and I’m glad I got it, no thanks to Steepster for making me add it to my shopping list though!

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70
drank Cerisier by Lupicia
803 tasting notes

Things I didn’t need to do on my Melbourne holiday: buy more tea.
Things I did do on my Melbourne holiday: buy more tea.

I guess it wasn’t SO bad—I managed to walk out of my first visit to Lupicia with only three tins (this, chaud les marrons and melon oolong). Not a cheap trip but to be fair the prices are comparable to T2, yet I’d rather give my money to Lupicia these days. Also the store staff were absolutely adorable and so sweet! My friends who were with me also walked away with some tea. I’m such a tea enabler.

This blend wasn’t on my wishlist (the other two were) but physically being in store and getting to smell the dry leaves of some of my wishlist teas did end up seeing me cull a few. We also got to try the sample of the day, which was the super grade momo oolong—another from my wishlist, and the sample didn’t leave me gushing, so off it came too.

This one smelled so fruity and lovely dry that I couldn’t resist it—plus the tin was so pretty too. It’s cherry blossom season in Japan, I’m weak! It’s low caffeine (or maybe even decaffeinated) black so I poured a bedtime brew. Just plain it doesn’t do much but add just a small sprinkling of sugar and BLAM, the berry flavour smacks you in the face! In a good way, I think. I don’t regret this purchase!

Preparation
2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
beelicious

If your still in Melbourne and are anywhere near Collingwood give Storm In a Teacup a visit…. I went last time I was home and they’re super friendly, have delicious tea and yummy treats!! :)

Memily

I always stop in at Storm for a drink when I’m in town! I had my nails done just next door on this trip and then had a naughty chai after :D

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92
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
245 tasting notes

Another sample from Ost!

This is literally melon crack. one sniff and i was hooked. i seriously just need to order this already. i love honeydew flavored anything. Seriously, when i quit smoking, i used a low-nicotine vape pen. my first flavor? Honeydew. thankfully, i’m off the nicotine and on to something far less dangerous but just as addicting; this tea.

Full review:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/04/15/golden-honeydew-lupicia/

Nichole

Love this one!

sren

So good!

Zack S.

So far this is the best melon tea I’ve had! Any other recommendations for Honeydew teas?

TheLastDodo

I’m hard-pressed to find another tea quite like this. Lupicia makes a melon oolong, which is also spot on! I’ve been curious about Bird Pick’s Honeydew Sencha for awhile..

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drank Sakura by Lupicia
154 tasting notes

THIS TEA IS NOT FOR ME.
I went to Lupcia in Tokyo and decided to change things up and get a black tea with a Japanese twist… absolutely not for me.
I would love to swap this tea with someone because it might end up being used for a burnt offering in regards to the sadness it caused my taste buds; however, maybe your taste buds have a different way of interpreting taste and could find joy from this.

Sakura Sushi

Oh, dear! That’s not good! What did it taste like?

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90
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
545 tasting notes

This one is just really, really good. And it’s a green rooibos base. It’s a definite purchase, as it fills the holes left by past melon teas and caffeine-free fruit rooibos blends.

Thank you so much, Sil, and OMGsrsly for delivering me the largest parcel of tea I’ve ever seen!

Flavors: Honeydew

Sil

yaaaaay!!

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80
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
154 tasting notes

I said to myself, “Andrew, you shall not open this until your other oolongs are completely drank.”
Well… I don’t listen to order given from myself to myself very well it seems.
I ended up brewing a small amount of this into a cup because the oolong looks beautiful so I thought that it would open up nicely. The initial smell is somewhat nasty… but I got over that when I brewed it. The taste is nice, somewhat mellow but I’d rather have a mellow melon taste than an overwhelming one. Overall this is a decent tea but drinking it did not move me to order any more. It’s a beautiful tea and I believe it’ll mix well with floral oolongs as well since it has a nice taste but isn’t over powering. I look forward to mixing this and cold brewing it with some blueberry rooibos this summer :)

Nichole

Love this one!

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So, I got this in the monthly TTB club from skysamurai’s box. It smells like a chocolate truffle out of the bag. (It’s a tea bag, which I’m learning is much more convenient when you want to cram a lot of tea into a small box.) I was on the Lupicia page looking at teas, when I realized that I hadn’t tried this yet. I wanted to know if I would prefer the Marron Chocolate or the Au Chocolat, but to figure that out I have to try this tea first.

The tea is dark and smells of cocoa and raisins. I opened a splenda packet before trying the tea, so now I’m waiting for it to cool and trying not to spill the splenda all over the table before I sample the tea unsweetened. In the meantime, I guess I could figure out the teas I do like at Lupicia.

I was actually on the site to see if they had more Napa Blanc, which they did. I’m excited about that. My tea journey has been a bit incongruous, but I’ve gone from unflavored and unsweetened to flavored and liberally sweetened and back. I don’t drink many sweetened teas, but I know that certain flavored teas cannot be fully appreciated without the addition of something like splenda or sugar. I tried the decaf muscat for instance, but wasn’t enamored by it. I like the grape flavor, but when I brewed that I probably left it in the water too long. I think the potential for bitterness is too high with a black tea, but in the Napa Blanc, you don’t have that overpowered flavor from the green tea. Plus, it’s green tea.

I haven’t really had much green tea in a while, as I’ve found out that I prefer black teas on most occasions. I tried the Te De Frutas as well – a black tea. I don’t know if I enjoyed it as much. Perhaps I should consider what sample to get once I order the tea…

Anyway, this tea has a strong cocoa flavor that’s enhanced by a sweetener. I think I might prefer the chestnut flavor in the Marron Chocolate. I like this tea. It might be better if I steep it less – It turned the water dark as soon as I poured the water, so perhaps it doesn’t need to steep for very long. It’s pretty satisfying, though. It might be good with milk too. I ended up buying the Marron Chocolate, however.

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drank Framboise by Lupicia
2359 tasting notes

Another fruity tea that falls victim to Lupicia’s black base. I didn’t even really taste raspberry. Just base. On the plus side, finishing this up means I’m officially under 200. Yay!

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drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
2359 tasting notes

This is such a weird tea because there is no specific flavor. Rather, it tastes different to different people based on what they pick up in the leaf. For me, I got the sweetness of the sugar and the spice of the peppercorn but somehow the combination came off tasting like stone fruits to me. It was actually really nice and prepped as a latte helped bring out just a tiny but of creamy vanilla. It will be interesting to see what happens as this is prepped different ways.

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