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80
drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
1101 tasting notes

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86
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
216 tasting notes

Another apple tea that is absolutely delicious!

It seems like Lupicia is kind of a hit or miss for me (although the misses are never truly bad and the hits are usually SUPER hits) but this one I am definitely enjoying. I am not sure if this is better than Nina’s Marie Antoinette or not… I wish I had more of MA in order to compare but the little sample I had I drank ages ago.

So, yeah, I guess Tsugaru is not just any apple but a special Japanese apple, probably slightly tarter than an ol’ granny smith (or maybe not, the google search came up with the information that it is “a cross between a Gold Delicious and Orange Pippin”). But I really don’t know. All I can say is that the tea is damn refreshing, tasty and smells super appley. I mean, really, it is an apple-crazy tea. It might not be an instant re-stock when I am out of it, but I will definitely want to have it on hand from time to time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
Cameron B.

Yum! There are way too many Lupicia teas that I want to try. :P

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70
drank Lanikai by Lupicia
9 tasting notes

Got this from hapatite awhile ago (many thanks, again!) but just got around to drinking it. I would say the vanilla and coconut flavors are very subtle, unless I simply didn’t use enough of the tea or didn’t steep it long enough. All in all, very nice, almost sophisticated, but if you’re in the mood for strong vanilla and tropical flavors, you won’t get a big hit of those flavors from this tea.

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80
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
57 tasting notes

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Flavors: Apricot, White Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
902 tasting notes

I’ve been drooling over tasting notes of this tea for months now. Thank you Tealizzy for sending me a sample! :D

The oolong itself is your typical tightly rolled green oolong, but there was also this crazy neon green spiky piece of sugar candy in with the leaf! Looked like this http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/54/Kompeito_konpeito.JPG

The flavor is strikingly similar to these little individually wrapped muskmelon candies the local Vietnamese restaurant gives out at the end of the meal in lieu of a mint. I really like those candies and the flavor pairs very well with green oolong. Also this is fantastic iced! I drank it kind of fast because I just came in from hours of yard work. I finally planted my fall crop of lettuce, beets, green onion and fancy radishes :)

I enjoyed every sip! Would consider ordering this some day, especially for iced tea. Thanks again Tealizzy!

Tealizzy

I knew you’d like it. It really is a winner!! :)

Lariel

It’s fantastic. I tried to promote it at the store.

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Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’ve had fresh lychee recently so I felt rather spoiled until I ran out. I was craving and this was an impulse purchase. This lychee oolong is a rather mild lychee flavor, much milder even than generic grocery store lychee tea. As an oolong the base was smooth, light, and more on the green side than roasted. Actually probably not at all roasted. I will repeat that the lychee flavor is mild and maybe kind of muddled because of it. For me it tends to be a odd mix of lychee/logan/other fruitiness.

It’s nice, but I think I much prefer the one from Butiki.

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
681 tasting notes

Well, J is across the country, and I don’t return until mid-week, so I’m enjoying my Lupicia teas with his mom. We began with Melon Oolong and have now moved onto Pineapple.

The pineapple tastes just as it smells, well, slightly more subtle. There is a buttery hint that’s borderline butterscotch. Quite fascinating. The pineapple isn’t artificial at all, which is lovely.

It’s taken me quite some time to get over my first disastrous pineapple oolong experience, and I’m happy to say this one went over much better.

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90
drank Momo by Lupicia
386 tasting notes

At long last, I get to try this. White peaches are one of my favourite fruits, and this tea smells so much like them. Great scent of peach in both leaves and brew. The flavour is sweet, and a bit juicy, certainly tastes like white peaches.

Worth my trip out of town for some yesterday.

Flavors: Peach

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

Yay! That’s a good one!

Lariel

It seems kinda low rated, but I like it. White peaches win all!

Stephanie

Yay you got your momo :D

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88
drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
386 tasting notes

I got to try this one at the store. (The tea name is French, and I like it.)

Scent- nutty, cocoa. Flavour- creamy, chocolate, a nice nuttiness. Kinda reminds of Nutella, but a chestnut version. It also reminds me of this really good chestnut/chocolate torte I made in a baking class. Very good, and much better on the hot side.

Flavors: Chestnut, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Nutty

Ost

Mm that sounds so good! Didn’t even know they had this tea. I’ll have to get it next time I order or go to the store. :O

Stephanie

Ooooh I want to try this one some day :D

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72

This is a decent genmaicha, but I am slightly disappointed that it doesn’t taste as interesting as its name suggests! I can barely taste the black soybean…

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
681 tasting notes

The weather has cooled a bit at home now, and J flew back today, so it’s time for trying some of these new teas I’ve picked up in my travels.

First, I love that this steeps at boiling. Low maintenance for the win! The mango scent was very strong from the package, but mellowed out once steeped, thank goodness. The green oolong base is apparent, but not offensive. Green oolong is not my favourite, but I’m enjoying this cup of tea, and I could see myself perhaps replacing this oolong.

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79
drank Orange Chocolat by Lupicia
386 tasting notes

This is another I tried in the store. It smells like orange chocolates in the tin, and in the brew. Though when I had the sample, the flavour got way more orange. There was some chocolate, but it was really mild. Alright, but not what I was hoping for.

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrusy, Orange

Cameron B.

You should try Three Friends from Butiki if you’re looking for chocolate orange. :D

Lariel

Is that one also vegan marshmallow?

Cameron B.

Yes, the chocolate chips and flavoring are both vegan.

Lariel

Yum! If anyone wants to send me a sample, I accept.

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95

I’ve liked the strawberry teas of theirs I’ve tried, and I’ve liked the chocolate teas. So I was glad to try them both together. This tea smells awesome… like these strawberry chocolate candies I get from the Japanese market. There is a nice, creamy chocolatey flavour, which pairs really well with the sweet berry.

Wish I could try their other flavoured puer, but this one is really good.

Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Yume by Lupicia
386 tasting notes

This is my favourite of the teas I tried at the Lupicia store today. There is a nice floral and berry scent. That is also what I get in the flavour, with some notes of creamy vanilla. While I really liked this tea, I feel it would be more suited for the Spring months.

Flavors: Berry, Creamy, Rose, Vanilla

Tealizzy

That’s definitely a good one! Glad you got to make it to the store! :)

Cheri

I’m glad you finally made it to the store! I hope you had a wonderful time.

Lariel

It was so fun. Hope to go again before the move.

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83
drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
386 tasting notes

I was able to visit a store again! :) The clerk was very nice. She made me a sample of this tea. This is French for ‘Fruit Tea’, which is a really good name. This is certainly a fruity too. Scent- I get mostly lychee, and some strawberry. Flavour- It is sweet, with strong notes of lychee, the strawberry and peach flavours are more subtle.

Flavors: Fruity, Lychee, Peach, Strawberry, Sweet

Cameron B.

Definitely not French. I looked it up, turns out it’s Spanish.

Lariel

It looks so French though.

Cameron B.

French would be “Thé aux Fruits” or “Thé de Fruits” or something similar. I’m not fluent. :P

Lariel

Ah.Knowing bits of both languages can be confusing sometimes.

TeaBrat

The staff at Lupicia is usually friendly and not at all obnoxious!

Lariel

I prefer the SF store, since it’s a little bigger.

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94
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
386 tasting notes

I, for one, welcome our new Melon Overlords.

The dry uh, leaves smell like a nice, ripe honeydew melon. And brewed, it reminds me of these Japanese gummy candies I really like. There is a sweet, fruity flavour. Lupicia, you’ve convinced me I enjoy melon flavour teas. Which is a accomplishment since I was skeptical. It is also my new fave green rooibos. Thanks to Ost for this.

Flavors: Honey Dew, Honeydew, Melon, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Lariel

Tried this iced today, but I like it better hot. Which was surprising.

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
447 tasting notes

Cold steeped in the fridge for several days before I remembered to try this. Ooops! I Didn’t use much water with the idea that I’d add ice later, but I have been enjoying it concentrated. When I first sip, it’s a mouthful of fruit. Peaches at first, apples later and some other flavors I can’t name. After the sip when all else fades, I get a green flavor… like wheatgrass tingling the sides of my tongue. The whole thing is very crisp tasting. Adding a little sugar rounds out the fruit taste a bit and also tones down the wheatgrass nip. I like this, it’s refreshing, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it when there are so many other amazing Lupicia teas to explore and love.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
187 tasting notes

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71
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
258 tasting notes

May have over steeped my first cup a bit. It’s sweet with a bitter kick. But not too bitter to drink. It’s quite sweet. Not really sure that it needs the sugar. Maybe I’ll take out the sugar and try it again later in the day. I love a good sweet white wine but I don’t know that I can really taste…hmm well maybe… I had a taste of wine grapes there for a moment.

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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90
drank Yume by Lupicia
97 tasting notes

So lovely! I tried this yesterday, because Jump was nice enough to share with Shmiracles, and Shmiracles was nice enough to share with me. I knew this tea was going to be special, and it really was. Someday I will go to a Lupicia store and stock up on all the things.

Cavocorax

Oh you guys should totally do a Lupicia order some time! (Carefully clutches her precious Lupician tins…. Hsssss)

oddree

OH! I forgot that it was only the Golden Honeydew that you can’t get online. And Shmiracles already has a list haha. We’ll def do this sometime!

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95
drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
258 tasting notes

While I was walking around the Lupicia store I noticed the tin for this tea and thought to myself, “boy I hope this tea is good cause I love the label on the tin.” I know you shouldn’t buy tea solely based on smell, or tins, but I figured because it had a wonderful smell too that it would be alright. Boy, am I glad I bought this tea! So good! The scent, dry and wet, is lovely. And the flavor is so mellow and pure!

On a side note, I must give my thanks to the ladies who were working that day. My lil one was crying as I walked into the store so I went back out to calm her down. When I came back in, stroller and all, they were so helpful. It really touched me because too many stores look at you like your crazy for walking around with a stroller.

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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88
drank Muscat by Lupicia
258 tasting notes

Had a wonderful time on my first Lupicia store visit. Received a tea sachet of this while my purchase. It smells so good. Every time I smell it it takes me to Hawai’i. Does anyone else get a scent of coffee? It’s weird but I also get a slight smell of coffee. I like the smell of coffee but I don’t like the taste… Anyway, I’ve let mine over steep a bit. Should really just time my tea from now on cause I have a terrible sense of time and I get distracted by my cute baby easily. So the muscat is covered up a bit more by the black tea but it is still a good cup. I’m looking forward to trying this cold too!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Cheri

Sounds interesting.

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drank Framboise by Lupicia
187 tasting notes

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