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90
drank Momoko by Lupicia
291 tasting notes

This is a lovely smooth, peachy green tea with a nice hint of sweet vanilla in the aftertaste. I found it to be delicious hot and even better iced. This one is definitely going on my list next time I order from Lupicia!

Flavors: Peach, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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35
drank Orzo Cioccolata by Lupicia
56 tasting notes

Oh dear, what have I just sipped? I had this last night and it was not at all to my tastes. It brewed up amazingly dark, and left a good deal of “grit” in my tea cup. It did have a chocolate-y scent but the taste was all malty barley with a horrid bitterness towards the end of the sip. There was a light flavour of baker’s chocolate, but that bitterness ruined any joy I might have gotten from this tea. Not a fan what so ever. So, I’m glad this was a..

Sipdown!

Flavors: Bitter, Cacao, Malt, Roasted Barley

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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78

Peach seems to be one of the most ubiquitous flavorings used in tea these days yet most of the time it tastes artificial and cloying. This tea from Lupicia though is the first I’ve had that tastes like a fresh white peach. It’s a subtle peach flavor and I’m cool with that – I prefer lightly fruity tea. It may not be for you though if you’re looking for a powerful fruity taste. The peach flavor lasts through multiple steeps and although the oolong base isn’t detectable, it mingles with the rose to add a hint of floral in the background.

I had this with a pomegranate and pistachio Turkish delight and it was the perfect accompaniment. Thanks to Equusfell for another great sample.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Peach

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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75
drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
5 tasting notes

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73

I’ve had this tea since late last year, but apparently never reviewed it.
I usually drink it 1 tsp/6-8 oz for 2-3 minutes with a touch of sugar to bring out the peach. Honestly, I never really tasted the base tea, just a light white peach flavoring. It’s well done, but light, and the base maybe contributes only a generic sweetness (as flavored pouchong often do). I decided to gong fu this, just to see if I could get anything more out of this pouchong.
First steep was 30 seconds, and tasted much like the western style brew.
The second steep was 1 minute, and bumped the peach flavoring down and I caught a slight bitterness, but the sweetness increased.
The third steep of 1:30: Almost soapy, with a peachy aftertaste. Like if you drank the smell of peach hand soap.

Overall, it’s just okay. The way I feel about this tea seems to be the way I feel about all flavored tea lately. Just meh. As far as flavored teas, I prefer either floral scented teas, or very lightly flavored teas where the base tea predominates. This one is pretty much just flavor, and once I stripped it down past that it was pretty boring.
le sigh I have officially become a tea snob…. :c

Flavors: Peach, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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100
drank Rose Tea by Lupicia
2 tasting notes

Our favorite. It’s filled with rose petals and its a nice black tea. It has a nice rose scent that’s organic, if that makes any sense. I can’t not do without this in my tea cupboard. We have stocked up. Enjoy it with little sugar and some honey or with non

Flavors: Rose, Rosehips

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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96

This is a rooibois tea, I really enjoy it as has that South African taste with rose hip. I enjoy it with sugar and honey. My boyfriend does not like it but I am on my second pack. I like its both its smell and taste

Flavors: Hibiscus, Rooibos, Rose, Rosehips

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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85

[Backlog] – I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of puerh. It’s one of those teas that my tastebuds can’t seem to enjoy. Most of the puerh teas I’ve tried seemed too dusty, earthy and the very worst, fishy! I’ve personally found that there are so many teas out there that I enjoy more so I haven’t gone out of my way to find puerh. I have high hopes for this blend, though, as it’s supposed to have notes of chocolate and strawberry. Lupicia does fruit flavoring quite well, in my experience, so I bet this will be a tasty cup.

Ooh, this is lovely! The beginning of the sip offers a strong chocolate flavor and a bright strawberry. It reminds me a little bit of a melted chocolate bar with strawberry jam. How delicious! The puerh is actually so far in the background that I can’t truly taste it. I suppose it does come out at the end of the sip as something a bit dry and dark. If I gulp the tea, the puerh does become more present. This is where the blend falls flat.. but only because I don’t like puerh. Hah! The tea base does work with the flavorings, though.

I recommend this tea for anyone who loves the combination of strawberry and chocolate. Lupicia could not have made a more perfect blend of the two. Those who enjoy puerh might be a little disappointed as it’s not terribly strong, but really.. it’s all about the chocolate and strawberry!

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74
drank Happiness by Lupicia
2999 tasting notes

Sipdown (126)!

Thank you Liquid Proust!

In Canada Lupicia teas are fairly hard to get a hold of without swapping with someone else, which is what I did in order to try this sample, or joining a larger group order. I’ve only tried a handful of their teas, but generally speaking I’ve enjoyed most if not all of them. That said, I’ve read almost entirely negative, or at least relatively critical reviews about this particular blend so know I have some expectation bias prior to trying this blend. With the sample I have, I decided I’d cold brew this tea because I thought it would work well for the fruity aspects but also the dual bases used.

My first thought upon trying this was that it tastes very familiar. I realize I drink a lot of tea, and so it’s no uncommon for new teas to bear a resemblance to ones I’ve tried before but I’m talking serious Deja Vu with this tea; I was convinced I’d had the experience of drinking this one before even though I know I haven’t.

As for the actual flavour of the blend I do have to say the peach element comes through the clearest to me: I made a recent discovery regarding peach, actually. I’ve always thought of peach as a flavor that I could go either way with but someone at work recently pointed out to me that I’m actually very consistent with some peachy things and that’s either “Peaches & Cream” or “White Peach”, both of which I regularly like. So I did a little bit of research (I asked one of our produce clerks the difference between white and yellow peaches; that counts, right?) and it turns out the main difference is the acidity – yellow peaches have a much more noticeable acidity that only levels out as they ripen while white peaches are more delicate and naturally sweet, ripe or not. They’re also a little more floral. Makes sense to me.

So in addition to the clear and enjoyable flavour of white peaches, I tasted a few other fruits – however one fruit I didn’t observe was grapefruit which is actually the flavour that’s supposed to be present. Instead I tasted a more mellow strawberry flavour which was a great compliment to the peach notes. Chef Darcy, at work, tried a little of the cold brew and said he tastes peach and green melons and while I didn’t taste that melon flavour myself I can see where he was coming from: there was a sort of “bubblegum” sweetness, and as I’ve observed from honeydew teas sometimes the flavor of of those two things can be similar. As for the bases, visually I know there was more green tea in my sample but the taste of the green rooibos was a lot stronger in my opinion. I really like the green rooibos that Lupicia uses though – it’s one of my favourite of any company’s.

Overall, this was a really great experience – not just for the flavour, but for the little journey of self discovery that it took me on.

Flavors: Candy, Peach, Strawberry

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80
drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
56 tasting notes

I had this a few days ago and I very much enjoyed the combination of fruity, wine-esque flavour with the black base. The rose was a wisp of freshness added to the loveliness. I wouldn’t hesitate to have another cuppa if the opportunity presented itself.

Flavors: Champagne, Fruity, Rose, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Rosehips

I like this one quite a bit.

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
464 tasting notes

What a lovely tea! It smells great. The flavors are a perfect blend. Great addition to these cinnamon rolls. The flavors blend so well it’s almost hard to pick them apart. You can get a feeling for the base on first impact but it’s quickly taken over by fruity sensations.

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
464 tasting notes

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Yummy! I tend to brew this lightly, only 1.5 min on the first steep and then increasing by half minute increments with every steep. This brews green and clear with a soft mouthfeel and a fruity head. It’s sweet peach, but it’s not so sweet as to be cloying, like momoko. The flavoring lasts well at least through the first couple of steeps, unlike some other teas where the flavoring is gone after the first steep.

It’s definately a ‘special occasion oolong’ compared to Lupicia’s normal flavored oolongs, but no so special that I wasn’t unwilling to just dump the leaves after 3 steeps. I’m sure there was at least 2 or 3 more flavorful steeps to be had, but I had to go. =)

Note: I thought I had posted this last night, but apparently I just typed it up and forgot about it. oh well. Happy Friday!

Nichole

I love this one.

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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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45
drank Happiness by Lupicia
532 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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83
drank Ume Vert by Lupicia
242 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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80
drank Sencha "Tanegashima" by Lupicia
290 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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94
drank Cookie by Lupicia
607 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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86
drank Ginger & Lemon Myrtle by Lupicia
532 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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75
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
464 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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95
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
607 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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80

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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85
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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