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Another exclusive Lupicia Hawaii tea! This is a rooibos blend with coconut and banana. I like bananas and coconut, but rooibos not so much. Opening up this tea and it smells really flipping good – like ripe bananas and sweet.

However it’s not rooibos that ruins this tea, it’s the banana. It’s really artificial, it tastes like that gut rot banana candy (runts or those marshmallows) and it is really strong. It also reminds me, unfortunately, like the banana penicillin I had as a kid. It’s gross strong banana that fades into creamy coconut and woodchippy rooibos. Then fake banana taste.

If you like banana candies you’ll love this, otherwise this tea is a no.

Indigobloom

Aw I love banana meds! The best part of being sick. Well that and getting to watch tv all day :P

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Herbal & Decaf TTB

When will I learn that I simply do not like Chamomile… I’m sure this would be fabulous for someone who enjoys Chamomile but alas, I still do not. There is a bit of rose and mint aftertaste which is okay (but I also don’t like rose.)

Flavors: Floral, Peppermint, Rose

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drank Aloalo by Lupicia
1182 tasting notes

Another exclusive Lupicia Hawaii Tea!

This is a blend of assam, darjeeling, hibiscus and orange. Pretty much just tastes like 80% tart hibiscus with a heavy dry brisk of darjeeling and malty aftertaste. Despite the sweetener I added, it’s super dry.

I don’t mind hibiscus (iced and with sweetener, which is what I did for this tea) but the pairing with assam is a bleh choice.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Keemun Queen's Hope by Lupicia
958 tasting notes

This is a fairly tasty keemun teabag. Getting some malt and a little bit of astringency as well as some sweet notes. Got this in last year’s happy bag and just getting around to it. Brewed one teabag or about 2 tsp in approx 10oz boiling water for 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Assam Calcutta Auction by Lupicia
958 tasting notes

Received this with last year’s happy bag and am just now getting around to it. Getting a mild note of malt and slight bitterness. It is relatively good. Don’t know if it’s lost flavor since I received it. It’s tasty.

I brewed one teabag with approx 10oz boiling water for 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Alphonso Mango by Lupicia
958 tasting notes

Got a teabag of this with last year’s happy bag and am just now getting around to it. I woke up at two in the morning and couldn’t sleep. Around 3:30 I figured I might as well have some tea. Not entirely sure if this is black or well oxidized oolong. It tastes mildly of the mango. It is good. Brewed one teabag in approximately 10oz boiling water for 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
1934 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #21
This one is quite nice! A lovely granny apple flavor (or a type like it) on a light buttery sencha. It tastes like a dessert made with butter and apples. Not sure which dessert. Only a tiny piece of apple fell into the infuser too. A very refreshing cup. It would be amazing iced, I’m sure.

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Bought from the shinjuku branch of lupicia. The dry leaves are choppy but have a wonderfully sweet chocolate smell with notes of berries. I started with shorter steeps as the leaves were quite broken up. Nice acidity with a sweet fruity note up front, the chocolate is still there with a bit more florality in the mix, the first brew was a bit astringent so I backed off a bit on the temperature and slowly ramped it up again. This is also quite roasty smelling for a black tea, it seriously reminds me of hojicha on the nose of the wet leaves. You can definitely taste this is gyokuro, wonderful base of umami with a lively acidity up to seven brews or so. Probably won’t buy this tea again, but I will definitely drink the rest of the bag I bought.

Preparation
Boiling 2 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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drank Cinnamon Cookie Puer by Lupicia
1934 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #13
Another one I wanted to try! I love the idea of pu-erh, coffee & cinnamon, I’m not sure what these yellow things are. And I’m also not sure how these ingredients make a cookie. It’s tasty though! I wouldn’t mind if the pu-erh was richer, but it isn’t one with odd pu-erh flavors at least. There is plenty of coffee flavor with only hints of cinnamon. Just as flavorful through all three steeps.

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
209 tasting notes

Holidays TTB

Getting to the end of the teas I wanted to try from this box – I picked this one out because it was intriguing to me. Normally I’m all for “strange teas” and teas that taste like other things but this one tastes and smells like straight up cantaloupe and honeydew and it makes me uncomfortable :P

My first whiff of the tea, I couldn’t smell anything but cantaloupe and honeydew but the tea itself does have a bit of a vegetal flavor to it. I’m not as familiar with oolongs but this does have a more earthy flavor to it beneath the initial melon flavor. It was definitely interesting to try!

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Earth, Melon, Sweet, Vegetal

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

Had this twice in the Lupicia store but wasn’t convinced, but decided to bring it home anyway. It’s so much better with milk added. I taste almond, caramel, and a very smooth buttery-milky flavor. It’s basically a liquid cookie. Had it with Hokkaido milk pudding tonight, and it brought forward the malty tones and boosted the creaminess. Did not add sugar since it’s sweet enough with the pudding.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
1514 tasting notes

Grape. Yup lots of grape! really sweet, like a candy. I adore this when hot. Seriously. It was so good! but then it cooled and I started to notice that bubblegum note. Ugh. I really don’t like that as it is so standard and boring. Oh well. I had a few good sips at the very least!

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drank Kuuipo by Lupicia
209 tasting notes

Another from the Holidays TTB, I initially put this back in the box without trying some and I’m really really glad I took it back out. It’s not a typical fruity tea for me but it’s really good!

Supposedly, there’s hibiscus in this blend and I honestly can’t taste it, there’s a bit more mango and tropical fruit flavors. The black base is on point, definitely not tannic, it actually tastes a bit sweet (or maybe that’s just the fruit) – overall I really enjoy this.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Pineapple, Sweet

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

When I was younger, I went to Wuyishan on a school trip, but I was too young to fall in love with this tea & brought home something lighter (Yin guan ying). Now that I am older, with a fiancé who loves anything smokey (he’s a firefighter), he insisted on purchasing this.

To me, it tastes like a really delicious cup of chinese tea with a throaty, smoky taste. I love the strong scent that enhances the flavour, and it has just enough astringency to round it off. I brewed the leaves 6x before it became too light. Unlike regular chinese tea, the flavour doesn’t change much. I have a stuffed up nose today though, so may have been unable to detect the subtle nuances.

Traditionally the first steep is poured away as it is meant to wash the leaves. Perhaps those who find unappealing but have more to finish up could try drinking this from second steep onwards. I believe my grandmother also brews it for only 2 mins. Am going to bring over some of this tea to my grandma for Chinese New Year.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

A wonderful black tea with balanced rose and strawberry flavours. Personally, I find it perfect as it is. Sweet without being cloying, and smooth aftertaste.

Preparation
1 tsp 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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Tried brewing it with two spoons of tea instead of one, with regular milk. Was too strong & became slightly bitter. Perhaps my stuffy nose was interfering with the taste the first time.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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A light black tea with reasonable strawberry flavour. Delicious with some warmed milk. Think I will brew double strength and add either milk or a dash of cream next.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Another tea I got in my Happy Bag from Lupicia, it is an ok gemaicha blend. I love genmaicha so I was excited to try this. It is not horrible but not great either. Just a kind of basic genmaicha for me. The black soybeans didn’t really change the flavor as much as I thought they would. Still has the basic roasty type flavor to it but it just missed the mark for me. Oh well.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
87 tasting notes

I adore this tea. When I opened my happy bag in the mail and saw they including a 2 oz pack of this I was so excited. I had only received a sample tea bag of it before and was dying to get more of it. It’s such a yummy buttery tea. Very smooth and always a delight to drink. When I run out of it I definitely plan on keeping some in my cupboard from now on.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
198 tasting notes

I drank this last night, but then decided to wait till today to write it…wanted to drink a few wine coolers and binge watch Murder, She Wrote on Netflix.

I don’t usually read reviews of a tea before I drink it, but I was apprehensive about this one. In the past alot of cherry flavored tea tends to taste like cough medicine shudders (To this day I can’t abide the liquid form!) But luckily the reviews that I read did not display that particular taste.

1st smell out of the bag: sweet, almost cloyingly sweet.
1st smell as it was steeping: Not quite as sweet…almost had a complex smell.
1st taste: Very sweet and sour cherry like. Like if you ate a handful of the sweet and sour. There is however an odd aftertaste that I am not crazy about.

Aside from my dislike of anything that tastes like medicine, I am not a huge cherry fan. When it comes to fruit I prefer Strawberry, Peach or Grape (Which the majority of teas I’ve had with those flavors I tend to be disappointed.) But I love to be surprised by tea.
Who doesn’t?

I am not opposed to grabbing more of this.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Can’t remember what # this is right now.

1st smell is nice…a touch fake strawberryish but not bad. 1st taste: Meh. Not terribly inspiring I’m afraid. Another for the summer iced teas pile.

Or maybe I will try this again as a latte as another person has tried.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
1514 tasting notes

Oh yum!
This doesn’t remind me of Christmas per se, but it was quite enjoyable.
The hazelnut, white chocolate and butter notes are prominent. Stone fruit though, ehhhh I think I could sense that in the aftertaste a bit, and maybe far in the distant background… but then I’ve noticed my apricot sensors aren’t very strong in general. I mean, unless it is the main focus of a tea, I tend to not taste it at all.
Also, I had this cuppa without any additions and found it quite sweet. Like one of those cookies with a heavy layer of chocolate/nutty spread on top. I do wish I had more! and that is saying something considering my recent preference for straight teas

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
198 tasting notes

4th tea from Lupicia Happy Bag.

I woke up at Noon with this tea in mind, so nothing was going stop me from having it!

As someone else mentioned, this is a good breakfast tea…though not a tea on the go…more like lazy weekend mornings that you can just sit and enjoy/read the newspaper/book/magazine/etc.

I am not in love with this tea, however I am not at all opposed to ordering this.

Uh Oh….I have a feeling I will be making a Lupicia order before March ends…And I had already decided to make another Davids Tea buy for my birthday, and I just ordered quite a few samples from A Quarter of Tea aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnndddd I want to order the 25 Essential Teas set from Kusmi and more samples from Fusion.

Guess I’m more then making up for not buying much if any tea in the last 2 years or so.

Hmm…

Anyways…back to this tea, so even though not in love with this tea, I think I like it enough that I will want to buy more…though maybe I should wait till I finish the bag…lol.
It’s sweet, but not obnoxiously sweet, a nice nutty flavor (Though truthfully kind of burnt out on nutty flavors in tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Tikuanyin by Lupicia
198 tasting notes

3rd from the Lupicia Happy Bag.

For some reason upon the 1st taste of this tea, it reminded me of Genmaicha, and so now I can’t get that out of my head. Not that that makes it a bad cup…it’s just that I mostlikely wouldn’t get this again.

I am a bit sad because I’ve yet to have a tea from Lupicia that yells at me to grab more of right away. Oh well, the way it goes I’m afraid.

Flavors: Nutty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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