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drank Carol by Lupicia
529 tasting notes

Huh, strawberry! I thought I was smelling cherry. The first few sips seemed a little bitter. I can smell the similarity with their other strawberry teas and it has that particular base flavor like their Cookies and Sweet Potato. I think I get a little rose in the aftertaste. When I add sugar, the strawberry really comes out. The creaminess is really nice on the end with the strawberry. I like this, but not enough to run out and buy when I have so much else.

I do appreciate the sample in the Lupicia newsletter!

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

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drank Decaf Carol by Lupicia
608 tasting notes

I have to tell you my cute Lupicia story. I went in last week to pick up a fairly large list of teas for me and a few family members that put in orders with me. The people who work there are so incredibly sweet. The girl that helped me lined up each tea I asked for on the counter, but they were out of decaf carol. She said the company was more focused on the caffeinated version this year, but realized that they still had 1 tin left. Now, Lupicia’s tins are always packaged such that the tin contains a 50g foil-sealed pack…which is nice for freshness. I didn’t need the tin…I was there to pick up 3 packs. To my delight, she didn’t make me pay for the tin, but opened it and pulled out the pack for me! I didn’t even say anything about not needing the tin! It’s like she read my mind, and I really hope she doesn’t get in trouble for doing that, because that was really great service! In addition, she took my contact info down and told me they would let me know if they got more in. This was Thursday last week.

Yesterday, I got an email at 10am saying they had more in stock and that they would hold 2 packs for me for two weeks until I could come pick it up. I went over at my lunch break the same day and they had my two packs in a festive paper bag with my name on it! They were surprised that I came over so fast to pick it up, but hey, I wanted to get it before seeing family for Thanksgiving. This store has really impressed me. It’s nice to have such a positive experience, especially during the stressful holiday season. :)

So, here I am sipping decaf carol and it is nice. I like having another tea I can drink at night. The strawberry vanilla here is good, but honestly, I think I like the caffeinated version a bit more. It could also be my taste buds aren’t really up to snuff yet after my recent cold. Anyway, a nice cuppa.

Dexter

That’s fantastic. Service normally sucks these days – it’s always nice to hear of a company/employee doing the little extras for the customer. :))

Inkling

Aww, that’s awesome! So glad you had such a positive experience.

boychik

That’s great story. However when I send email several times inquiring abt some product nobody came back to me.

carol who

It’s great to hear that your experience in a store was so good! Often we don’t feel really excited about customer service.

But the real reason I am commenting… I saw the name – “Decaf Carol” and I thought you were trying to tell me something about my caffeine consumption lately… I know I’ve been overdoing it with the mate teas but really, they have to name a tea after my problem? ;-p

Tealizzy

boychik – that sucks. Sorry the great service doesn’t seem to carry over to their online business.

carol – that’s funny! Like, “Decaf, Carol. You know you’ve had too much!” Haha!

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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drank Carol by Lupicia
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I got this as a free sample with the magazine, which seems like a common occurrence. Unlike some of the samples I’ve gotten this way, this tea sounded right up my ally so I made it immediately.

Carol doesn’t taste like Christmas to me beyond that I think it would make a good crowd pleaser at a party. The strawberry and cream notes are mellow and inoffensive, but definitely present in the background; nothing about it blows me away, but nothing stands out as particularly bad either. I like it just fine.

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
36 tasting notes

Really enjoying this tea this morning. It’s so good with almond milk.Makes it supper creamy….yum!

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
36 tasting notes

I’m getting earthy, toasty flavors. I think I steeped it a bit too long. I added a little sugar and some almond milk and makes a creamy, toasty tea!

Flavors: Caramel, Dark Wood, Earth, Toasty

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drank Good Morning by Lupicia
36 tasting notes

This tea is okay. Its a perfectly acceptable morning tea to get you going.

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
36 tasting notes

I’m not usually a big fruit flavored tea fan. They usually taste too artificial to me. This one howeverer, is an exception. It tastes like a ripe juicy cantaloupe! The scent of the dry leaves is wonderful. Really enjoying this one.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Fruity, Melon, Sweet

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drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
36 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this tea daily for the last two weeks. It’s absolutely delicious. The dry tea leaves smell cloyingly sweet. Once it’s brewed, it has a wonderful toasty and slightly sweet taste. The smell as it steeps is heavenly as well. I’m a new customer with this tea company and I already purchased more!

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drank Carol by Lupicia
354 tasting notes

Well, It’s a good thing I didn’t have high hopes for this tea, because this totally reminds me of Momoko. They can do Strawberry flavors…but vanilla…I don’t know, it just tastes incredibly fake to me. xD I’m really not a fan of this one. ><
It smells so sweet and like candy…and it would be a lot better if it was only a Strawberry tea.
Glad this was just a sample-haha!

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Strawberry

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
392 tasting notes

I think I was expecting something more light and sugar cookie-like, but this is deep, dark and incredibly rich. Notes of almond, hazelnut, coffee, cake and molasses make me feel like I’m drinking a rich, heavy dessert.

I’m not super fond of the coffee note, but over all this is an impressive dessert tea. Not something I could drink often, but very good.

Flavors: Almond, Bitter, Cake, Coffee, Hazelnut, Molasses, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kittenna

Yes, dark and rich. NOMS.

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Oh man! I was not expecting to like this at all because of my not-so-awesome-one-time-only experience with Puerh in the past. I got it anyway because Lupicia had this as one of their half-off sale teas for this month in stores. I figured it was worth it for 10 bags at $3.75 and I’m so glad that I got it now. In the bag, there is definitely a strong fruity smell. Pineapple was my guess until I read the back and saw mango and papaya listed. Whatever…they’re all tropical :) It doesn’t smell as strongly when brewed, but it still smells wonderful. And I don’t get any earthiness or fishy smell/taste. It’s just fruits with what tastes like a black base that I’m not used to. This is a far cry from the only other puer/puerh I’ve had (which was Numi’s Emperor’s Puerh). That makes me wonder how this one stacks up in terms of the benefits puerh is supposed to have…Either way, this is so tasty that it makes me very eager to try some of Lupicia’s other puer flavors (Chocolate & Strawberry Puer…I’m looking at YOU!) and makes me think that Lupicia is coming in as my second favorite place to buy tea, with Butiki being first…for a little while longer at least :(

Flavors: Fruity, Tropical

Kittenna

I’d say 10 bags for $3.75 is a pretty good deal!

Jude

Numi’s Emporer was my first puerh too, enjoyed it enough to start on the Puerh Quest.

The Cookie Lady

I think my problem was that I was so not ready for it yet…I hadn’t even had many straight teas yet, let alone ones that were so earthy. All I noticed was everything that I wasn’t used to…which translated to everything I don’t like yet. If I were to have a cup of it again now, I’d probably do a lot better with it. I have Numi’s chocolate pu-erh and one other from their sampler box to try. I’ll see how that goes.

Jude

Ha, interesting 1st experience.It’s deep enough to be a good sub for coffee drinkers I’ve intro’d it to. You might like their magnolia puerh (it’s a blend though) and the chocolate is going to be lighter, as well.

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drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
354 tasting notes

I’m not a big fan of this tea, but since Lupicia’s Muscat tea seems to be so popular, I thought I’d try it. The dry leaf smell is really strong and sweet-it totally smells like candy which I like :P But as for the flavor…it seriously tasted like medicine.
That gross flavored medicine you’d drink as a kid when you were sick. They’d always try and make taking it better by adding artificial flavoring, but it’s just…no. Just doesn’t work. xD
So this tea totally reminds me of that. not a fan! :(

Flavors: Grapes, Medicinal

Sil

Hahah missing a word there? “Not a fan of tea” mmmm think you’re in the wrong ppl place giggling

Ost

Hahaha! You’re right! I totally missed a word. That does read funny xD Thanks for the heads up!XD

Cheri

I was thinking the same thing, Sil. Hahahhaahahha!

Kirkoneill1988

Eww like grape cough syrup? Gross

Ost

Yeahh definitely not a fan xD

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drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
1622 tasting notes

This is another Lupicia tea that came my way via the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox. I was a bit skeptical at the steeping directions as it seems like too long and hot a steep for a green tea – but somehow the tea comes out tasting fine. It has a delicious savory flavour with a toasted, nutty undertone and it’s a distinctly chestnut sort of nutty – rich and strong and distinctive.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
469 tasting notes

I was kind of doubting this would make a good cup, because the leaves had gotten a little crushed. Amazingly it holds up just fine despite being nearly dust. The vanilla is slightly artificial but sweet and candylike, and the strawberry is more subtle. There’s a hint of vegetal green before a sweet aftertaste and more of that vanilla rounding out the cup—this isn’t my favorite, but I’d definitely drink it again.

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drank Carol by Lupicia
608 tasting notes

Got this as a sample with the latest newsletter and figured I should try it before I make my Lupicia run for the holiday teas. ;) I dont really get why this is a holiday tea as strawberry and vanilla don’t scream Christmas to me, but it turns out this is quite cozy. The vanilla makes it very creamy. The strawberry is very mild. I liked it! So, I guess I better add it to the ever growing list! I think I’ll get the decaf version, as I’m enjoying having tea in the evenings since the weather has gotten colder.

Inkling

Mmm, this sounds like a great year-round blend!

Dkcox50

Yum Yum! One of my Must-Have’s for a seasonal purchase from Lupicia! I didn’t get my newsletter yet with the sample. :(

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drank Blueberry by Lupicia
35 tasting notes

Smells like blueberry, tastes like blueberry. A solid black tea to sip at.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The best Earl Grey I’ve had so far. Given that I love Earl Grey, that’s no small statement. No extra flavors, just a very solid classic EG. Enjoyable straight (hot/iced), but also makes a great milk tea. Would also recommend using in cooking for tea flavored desserts.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
5 tasting notes

The loose tea smells incredibly sweet, with some of my friends describing it as having “butterscotch”, “caramel”, and “nutty” aromas. Tastes less sweet than it smells, and is quite refreshing. Makes for an EXCELLENT iced/milk tea.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Nutty, Rooibos, Rum, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
354 tasting notes

Soo this tea definitely tastes like chestnut, but the green tea base is incredibly apparent in this tea. Half of the flavor in this is the green tea base.
And as many of you know, I’m not too big on green tea. :S
This one might take a while to grow on me. But I really do like the chestnut flavor in this one, just wish it were stronger! Maybe I should steep for shorter time next time…
I will mess around more with it.
Thanks for the generous sample, Stephanie! :D

Flavors: Chestnut, Nutty

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drank Hifumi by Lupicia
294 tasting notes

PTS TTB

This is nice and roasty, but still mild and gentle. Like a comfy fluffy blanket on a cold day.

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
529 tasting notes

This tea is nice! It is very tropical flavored with mango being predominant. It tastes like some french teas I have had. A little like Mariage Freres’s The A L Opera and a Palais De Thes tea too. It is well rounded, but light on the base notes. It is pretty good without sugar and I bet it would be fantastic cold brewed. There is a little tang from the green tea, but not so much that it makes things unpleasant or my mouth pucker. If I make it through the other teas that I have that are similar, I may turn to this one for a less pricey option!

Thanks for the sample Lupicia!

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

It’s CRAZY good cold brewed.

Dustin

I’m going to stick the tea bag in a mason jar and put it in the fridge right now. Sold!

Anna

Go, Dustin, go! I’m cold-brewing some of their wild mountain grape oolong (or whatever it’s called) as we speak.

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drank Hua Ki by Lupicia
102 tasting notes

Shared a pot of this one with my sister today! (She’s a mango fan.) This is one of Lupicia’s more complex Hawaiian-inspired teas, with lots of different kinds of fruit. According to the ingredients, there’s mango, papaya, apple, cranberry, and pineapple in here. I can taste each one, I think, if I pay really close attention while I sip. But the overall effect is more of a general “tropical fruit” taste, sweet with just a touch of tartness. It’s well-balanced, and the tea base is on the lighter side (like many of Lupicia’s flavored black teas).

I’m glad to have this one in my cupboard! It’s a great tea to offer tropical fruit lovers. (Though my all-time favorite Lupicia Hawaiian tea is still Palekaiko… But that’s probably because I’m such a ginger fanatic.)

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