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drank Muscat Oolong by Lupicia
105 tasting notes

this did not get any time to cool down…it was sipped off way before that happened. it has a really nice grape flavor hmmmm just how i would like my wine to taste – and without the alcohol to boot!

Skysamurai

If you like this you should try Kotobuki!

yssah

oooh, thanks for the suggestion Ms. Sky!

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drank Happiness by Lupicia
527 tasting notes

Nope. Nope nope nope. I got a sample of this in a Lupicia mailer. I decided to try it out without looking at the ingredients so my impressions would be unbiased. Right off the bat, as soon as I opened the wrapper this smelled unpleasantly medicinal. Like cherry cough syrup. It tasted like artificial cherry until I checked the ingredients. Now it tastes like apricot (which isn’t one of the ingredients either), but still medicinal and just… off. Thankfully, this one’s a sipdown!

ashmanra

Rooibos? It is pure cherry cough syrup to me. Bleh.

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drank Ume Vert by Lupicia
238 tasting notes

This is a very old sample, from Rii I think, and it may have deteriorated some while it languished in my tea basket. Anyway—at 2.5 minutes, it came out slightly astringent, even bitter. I think the base is a sencha, and it overtook the tart plum flavoring (though there was a great plummy aftertaste, and points for natural-tasting fruit flavor). I decided to try what was left of my sample as a cold brew, and I’m glad I did. The plum was more prominent, and the base smoother and less assertive. While this wasn’t one of my favorites from Lupicia, it was very pleasant iced, and I’m glad I had a chance to try it.

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drank Sencha "Tanegashima" by Lupicia
288 tasting notes

Back to the last few Book of Tea samples. The dry sachet for this tea has an aroma unlike any other sencha I’ve tried—it’s quite captivating and hard to describe, a complex blend of sweet and savory. The usual descriptors for sencha smells (nori, vegetal, etc) fall short here, and it’s much more inviting than that. If this tea were a perfume, I would definitely wear it.

After brewing with the recommended parameters, it comes out to a surprisingly subtle cup, with very light flavor and hue. This is one of the mildest sencha I’ve tried, which is a little bit of a letdown after the incredible aroma, but still enjoyable. There’s a certain quality to it that makes me think the leaves must have been very fresh and tender when picked.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
595 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaBrat for providing this sample! In my opinion, this is a tea that requires milk and sweetener. A little longer infusion helps too. This definitely tastes like a cookie! I’ve been sipping on it and trying to decide what kind of cookie. At first, I thought caramel, then peanut butter, then thumbprint. Those are three vastly different kinds of cookies! I guess I have no idea what kind this tastes like, but it is delicious. A delicious cookie in tea form! I forgot how much I like Lupicia Teas. This is definitely worth getting again.

Flavors: Caramel, Cookie

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

This is a good one for sure!

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drank Ginger & Lemon Myrtle by Lupicia
527 tasting notes

Sipdown! A sample of this came in the most recent magazine. It’s nice. The ginger and lemon are equally balanced. Hardcore ginger fans would find this unsatisfying, but I like the medium ginger flavor and the way it’s softened by the lemon myrtle. Plus, I got two solid steeps out of the leaf. This would be a nice alternative to the straight ginger tea in my cabinet.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon

Sil

I like this one too..nicely balanced…though I always want more ginger

Kaylee

I was actually thinking about you while writing this! I figured you’d be dissatisfied with the mildness of the ginger.

Sil

hahaha i was, but still really liked it because of the way the blend works together.

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Too sweet. I feel like the ingredient listed should belisted in reverse order. Regardless you still get a nice bit of grassiness. The strawberry is more predominate then I thought it was going to be. Its good but a bit too sugary for my tastes.

Dustin

I was sadly unimpressed with their flavored matcha.

Skysamurai

Agreed. I wasn’t fond of any

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
457 tasting notes

Steeped this one longer then I meant to. So there’s a slight bitterness to it but honestly it kinda makes me think of burnt sugar, in the good way. I’m not a huge fan of hojicha but it works pretty well in this one

Preparation
1 tsp

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
595 tasting notes

Thanks to TeaBrat for sharing this sample! I believe I last had this tea about five years ago, which predates my finding Steepster. The aroma is familiar and comforting. Milk Caramel is a lovely tea. It doesn’t taste like a flavored tea. Rather, it tastes like an unflavored tea that just naturally has this amazing flavor.

It’s a houjicha base, which is a roasted green tea. It has a lovely roasted, warm aroma and flavor that is very representative of high quality houjicha. The added flavoring listed is just almonds. Well, that’s why I love this tea so much. Give me almond anything and I’m in Heaven!

Milk Caramel is an interesting name because while this tea doesn’t have overt milk or caramel flavorings, it does evoke these notes. There’s a creaminess and a sweetness that is reminiscent of both milk and caramel. Mmmm, toasty and delicious! I am definitely a fan of this one! Maybe I’ll pick up some for the office…nooo! I must resist!

I’ve done a good job of resisting Verdant Tea’s latest sale and clearance and now they’re sold out of the teas I wanted. :( Sad for me but good for my wallet. I’ve already placed three orders with them over the last few months! I simply have no budget left for more tea. That’s why I’m especially thankful to TeaBrat for making this tasting possible. I’ve found a good tea friend in you! :)

Flavors: Almond, Creamy, Roasted, Sweet, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

I should drink this stuff more often, I keep forgetting about it. :P

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Ooooo quite good! Very fitting with my egg on toast. Woodsy, slight twiggy, chocolate, strawberry. Goes down smoothly. Good earthy undertones that flow so well with the rest of the flavors. I gave it a 4 minute steep time but it tasted just fine at 3.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Strawberry

Preparation
1 tsp
Nichole

Love this one!

Sakura Sushi

Chocolate-dipped strawberry in a cup!

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
34 tasting notes

A very pleasant surprise. Never should have doubted Lupicia.

Milk Caramel isn’t sweet, but it’s this gorgeous toasty caramelized flavor that instantly warms you up. It’s delicious iced as well. I can only imagine how good it would taste sweetened.

Flavors: Caramel, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
18 tasting notes

I walked away from the brewing and came back to nice tea anyhow, which is a huge plus. With turbinado sugar, it tastes of dusty cocoa with a tea-tannin kick (my fault), and “chocolatey” on the nose during swallowing.

I’m rebrewing this bag currently to see what the tea tastes like after the first flush of cocoa washes out.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
483 tasting notes

I just learned that I don’t like champagne teas…

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drank Kaga Bocha by Lupicia
437 tasting notes

From the Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB
This is an interesting tea for me. I haven’t had anything like this before. The closest I’ve had is genmaicha which I really enjoy. I sense a little astringency in the aftertaste but no bitterness. This is enjoyable and I think I’m going to take this packet out of the TTB! I think this is my cup o’ tea. :D

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
1750 tasting notes

Thanks again for the awesome sale, MissB! This is one I’ve been dying to try! Anything melon! But this HAS to be the highest rated green rooibos! The color of the cup still looks like red rooibos though. The flavor couldn’t be better — it’s like drinking a cup of melon juice. Amazing. It might have a completely syrupy texture if not for the slight woodiness texture from the rooibos. I’m used to seeing melon flavored teas have a white base. I think I like a nice melon white tea slightly better as a base… maybe because I like white tea better or it pairs better with melon, but this one is pretty darn good especially as a no caffeine late night option when I’m craving melon! And MissB sent over quite a few teaspoons. :D

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drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

This was a nice jasmine tea but not noteworthy enough for me to buy the higher end over standard jasmine tea you can find at an Chinese or Japanese market.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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drank Kamairicha "Gokase" by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

a solid green tea. it’s very straight forward and simple.

i agree with larukucafe on the umami finish. i also thought the mouth feel was slightly buttery.
Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
571 tasting notes

I adore melon. Green rooibos is perfect for this because it gives it a freshness. I prefer this iced, with a bit of sweetener. Not much more to even say.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Strawberry by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

My mom gave me this sample since she dislikes fruit flavored teas.

I really enjoyed this tea. The smell upon opening the bag was a very powerful strawberry, but I was happy that it toned down a lot after steeping. The flavor of strawberry was easily detectable but didn’t over power the base.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
8 tasting notes

Definitely one of the prettier teas that I’ve seen, and the aroma in the tin is absolutely delicious. It’s a decent tea when brewed hot, a yummy, fruity confection, but nothing earth-shattering. I can coax about 3 good infusions out of it, which is always nice.

The game changes, though, when it’s cold-brewed. It becomes bright, bold, sweet, tropical. I don’t get vegetal hints while drinking; it’s almost pure fruitiness. I’m running low on it now, because I’ve always got a jar cold-brewing in my fridge.

Flavors: Fruity, Green, Tropical, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
483 tasting notes

Drank an entire gallon of this chilled on the way to Indy. Very smooth taste with no sugar needed. This is a must try for anyone who is making iced teas this summer.
Even if you dislike rooibos, chances are you’ll love this.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
285 tasting notes

Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB

Mmm, this is lovely! Lupicia really seems to nail their fruity flavors. This one is sweet, luscious mango with just a hint of zippy citrus to keep it from being too cloying. I enjoyed it hot, but I’m guessing it would also be amazing iced. Excited to be adding this to my tea collection for the summer!

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Mango

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love Chai Latte’s but never seem to enjoy my home made Chai brews until today.

I decided to try my sample of Lupicia’s Chai Bag Cardamom & Pepper. I was a little nervous since I wasn’t positive that my elementary Japanese got the translation of the instructions right (something about a large mug , microwaving for 3 minutes, and a second set of instructions I can’t read at all). So I decided to bypass the instructions all together and just brewed the bag in boiling water for 3 minutes.. It came out just fine.

I love Cardamom, and it is definitely detectible in this brew. It gets better with a splash of milk and sugar. I don’t drink enough Chai teas to go into further detail, so I’ll leave it at that. Well done Lupicia!
Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Piccolo by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

Disclaimer: Rooibos isn’t my favorite, but I don’t dislike it.

Piccolo is one of my remaining samples from the Book of Tea set from Lupicia. The smell of the dry leaves is very pretty with a strong scent of apricot, honey and berry. The brew had a full velvety mouth feel and the flavors masked the medicinal qualities of the rooibos enough for me to enjoy it. The instructions indicate that milk can be added, but I didn’t feel the need to add.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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