Lupicia

Recent Tasting Notes

73
drank Momoko by Lupicia
2028 tasting notes

I received this in my New Year Happy Bag. This is a tea I would probably never order on my own, as I am not super usually taken with peach tea. Not that I dislike it, but I don’t crave it or anything. I was surprised to see little crystals—sugar?—in the tea, but they are pretty subtle so I suppose I’ll give it a pass. The dry leaf was very pretty and it smelled very peachy and floral.

Brewed, the aroma reminds me of some of the other flavored green teas I’ve had, in a favorable way. I think it’s that fruity and floral combination. The flavor is definitely predominantly peach, with some rosy floral notes and a vanilla that smooths everything over. I can see how people get candy from this, but to me it’s not really quite candy-ish (possibly because I haven’t had a lot of peach candy). The vanilla does prevent much of a sweet fresh peach flavor, but it works well. The green tea kind of innocuously sits in the background, providing some green freshness to cut through the candy.

I am realizing that my taste in flavored greens seems to be narrowing. It’s not that I dislike fruity greens, but they don’t really speak to me right now. I think I would really love this one if it was on an oolong base.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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70

Again I just can’t bring myself to put this in boiling water. (not sure why since this is the second green I’ve noticed that Lupicia states to brew this in boiling water…) So I did my normal steeping for greens. This is pretty good. Not my favorite gemaicha with matcha, but its not bad in any way. It’s just missing something for me I am not sure what though…..

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec
yappychappy

Note to self. Stay away from this Genmaicha.. Any matcha+genmaicha tea with a 71 average rating is just terrible.

CheshireEyes

haha I agree. It’s not horrible though its just not the best genmaicha I’ve had either.

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79

From my 2013 Lupicia Happy Bag! I’m still discovering which teas I like and how to describe them, but this one, this one I liked. I’ve learning that I actually like teas with hibiscus in them, so maybe that’s why. For an herbal tea, I enjoyed it, more than I thought because it didn’t particularly have a wonderful smell dry (e.g., just sort of blah). I bet this might be good iced too :)

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

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100
drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
807 tasting notes

Okay soooooo I really DO NOT like rooibos. I have said that many times but I have to say … as for a rooibos blend – this one is out of the park! I actually am throughly enjoying this cup!
I had to have one cup of this before it going out in a possible trade – I had to at least try it.
I will say this … its something that is hard to let go – that coming from someone who does NOT like NOT like at all Rooibos!
:)
However the other person has something I crave, desire, NEED – so I am willing to let this one go – I honestly do not mind – I really prefer caffeine. :)
I just need to make sure that you all understand – THIS IS a rooibos to covet!
Lupicia never disappoints me. Well okay one time – but that was ANOTHER rooibos blend as well. LOL
:) This rooibos gets a 100 from me for being the only rooibos I can safely say I just MAY one day order maybe should I ever need to cut back on caffeine! It could happen. I will remember this blend.
Just Editing to Add – another tea from my Lupicia Happy Bag.

Tabby

I hate rooibos, too! But every now and then, an exception blows my mind. Totally with you here.

Azzrian

:) I am so happy about this blend – its good to know a few GREAT rooibos do exist! Glad you feel the same :)

Alphakitty

Ahh, now I am way too excited to try this one! Wasn’t too thrilled since I got 3 other peach teas as well and I don’t really like rooibos, but I definitely have to give it a shot. I think I got the same contents in my happy bag as you haha

Azzrian

Haha yeah I got three peach teas as well I think. This really is totally worth a try!

irishgirlieknits

Good to know! I’m always looking for some caffeine free options for the evenings :) I’ll have to try this one next time I’m in the store.

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84
drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
807 tasting notes

A nice sencha. A right enjoyable cup. Salty, sweet, thick but not overly so. I prefer mine a bit thicker but this will do. Came in my Lupicia Happy Bag.
I would order it again for sure but I can’t say it is THE best sencha I have ever had, still very lovely.
I do love a good sencha – I am asking myself why I don’t have it more often. Hummmm I shall start drinking more sencha. :)

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99
drank Momoko by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

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85
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
520 tasting notes

Tasty! I’m quite enjoying this. I think the flavors are strong enough that I don’t notice the rooibos too much. I’m noticing that most of the not so good reviews for this are because people just don’t like rooibos at all. If you do like rooibos and berries though, you’d love this tea. Even I, neutral to meh about rooibos, enjoy this tea.

This is the bagged variety that arrived in a sample form with my order. So just poured boiling water over it and let it steep while I ate my dinner. No oversteeping issues here. None of the sour woodsy flavor I dislike. The berry flavor here is like berry syrup. I think I’m detecting blueberry and strawberry in here. Blueberry strawberry syrup. Mmmm…makes me long for summer.

teataku

Been wanting to try this one for a while! I’m crossing my fingers that some of this comes in the Happy Bag I ordered. xD I love randomness.

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100
drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

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67
drank Yume by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

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63
drank Takibi by Lupicia
150 tasting notes

I didn’t have time to finish drinking my cup of this hot yesterday night, so I stuck it in the fridge. Now I think this is way better as an iced tea. The fruity flavors stand out a lot more when it’s not hot, though there is still an odd sort of taste I haven’t figured out. It might be the type of oolong used? Unsure.

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63
drank Takibi by Lupicia
150 tasting notes

A very subtle tea with a sweet flavor. It says that it is flavored with tropical fruits, but I have no idea which fruits those may be. It’s vaguely fruity, but more of an aftertaste. I’m not sure if I’d buy this again over other teas. It’s still pleasant, though.

to sum up my second tasting note: when cold, this tea is much fruitier.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
2028 tasting notes

Ah, another example of Lupicia’s delicious flavored green oolongs. This is intensely melon-y; perhaps too intense for some folks, but if you like super ripe cantaloup and green oolongs, this one is one for you. I happen to love it because it really envelops you in the melon flavor. I don’t know if I’ve ever met one of Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs that I didn’t like, and I love that they are clean fruity blends that really complement the oolong.

This also reminds me that I really need to get some Naivetea oolongs back in my cupboard because as much as I love these, Naivetea’s flavored oolongs are probably the best ever.

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

I absolutely adored this tea as well. Have you tried naivetea’s rose violet calendula?

Anna

ARGH! Okay. Okay, fine. I will add Naivetea oolongs to the shopping list.

Memily

I was so excited to find Lupicia is an Australian brand (or at least has an Australian store—haven’t read up on where they originated). It’s tricky for an Aussie to read so many amazing reviews from the northern hemisphere that won’t ship to us, but I’m gonna cut sick on Lupicia either online or next time I’m in Melbourne… adding this to my wish list, for sure.

TeaBrat

yes especially loved the Passionfruit by Naivetea!

Anna

Lupicia are Japanese!

Memily

Ah I see, thanks Anna! Very exciting to see a wonderful store with such a global spread.

Anna

I’m so very excited about it because I WALKED BY THEIR HEAD OFFICE when I was in Japan, haha. Fangirling here, I love Lupicia so much.

I first found them in Hawaii and thought they were Hawaiian for a while, before the staff set me straight.

Dinosara

keychange – I had that one a while ago and it was actually too floral for me! Which is amazing. Violet isn’t my fave, though.

Anna – Naivetea are worth it. The Passion Fruit and Lychee are my favorite of theirs.

Anna

Yeah, they looked good – I’m really curious about the peach, too. Because peach! Unfortunately, they only ship to the US, and I have too much tea. Maybe in the fall, though. Thanks!

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86
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
2028 tasting notes

Backlog from earlier today. I bought this one a while ago and it’s one of those teas I just hadn’t broken into. Well, it got opened today. This tea is super hyper melony. It really is like a very ripe melon… it would possibly border on candy-ish if I had ever actually had fake melon flavoring, which I have not. But it’s not really fakey, just sweet and intense. I really enjoy this one for an extremely fruity, tasty tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Yummmm.

Stephanie

You have the best tea stash! Everything you drink sounds good to me :)

Dinosara

I think I sent you some of Lupicia’s Pineapple oolong once right, Stephanie? This is in the same vein, so you’d probably like it!

Stephanie

Yes! I loved the pineapple oolong :D

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86
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
2028 tasting notes

This one did not come in my happy bag, unfortunately. I was hoping for more like this, oh well. This sample came from AlphaKitty! Thanks so much!

This was delicious! The melon was so juicy and awesome, like the ripest, sweetest cantaloupe or perhaps some of the other more exotic similar melons I’ve tried. It fit in great with the slightly buttery, green and fresh oolong. And it if anything it got tastier as it cooled down… This would make a fantastic iced tea. The quality of the flavoring on this reminded me of some of Naivetea’s oolongs, although the flavoring is a bit heavier on this one. I really hope the pineapple oolong, which did come in my happy bag, is as good as this one!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Glad you liked this one! It’s so juicy and delicious.

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51
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
2028 tasting notes

A sachet of this came with my Lupicia grab bag, although technically it came with the “newsletter” that was included, and I did get a 50g bag of it as well. I figure I would try the sachet first that way if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t open the bag and I could trade it unopened. I’m not the biggest fan of rooibos, see.

Unfortunately, to me this smells like berry but also like menthol. It smells like a cough drop, hardcore. Taste-wise, it’s a bit better, but still… Wait, no, it tastes like sucking on a cough drop. Bleh. I think it’s the honey flavor that’s coming across weird to me. Sometimes I take a sip and it’s not so bad, others it’s quite rough. Well, it does appear that others enjoy this one, so maybe I will be able to trade it away.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Momoko by Lupicia
1075 tasting notes

Super sad sipdown!
I quite like this tea, I wish it was a little more peachy, but the creamyness is really tasty. Reminds me I’m due for a Lupicia order, though I really hate their shipping price and the store is a little out of the way. I’ll hold out until a sale or the New Year mystery bags.

I did a review of Momoko on my tea blog, Oolong Owl – one of my early posts! http://oolongowl.com/momoko-by-lupicia-tea-review/

Now to modpodge the pretty artwork packaging onto a tin!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Momoko by Lupicia
1075 tasting notes

Oh yeah, this tea is tasty! This has to be made with boiling water or the flavoring doesn’t come out at all.

This bag came out really creamy peachy sweet, like I’m drinking thick peach candy. Oddly, this tea just gave me the memory of this weird japanese peach flavored toothpaste my mom gave me when I was like 5 that she got in Japan, on a layover flight to the Philippines. RANDOM!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Momoko by Lupicia
1075 tasting notes

I decided to steep this at 175F due to the kettle being done faster, lol! It also bothered me how the steeping instructions are with boiling water with Momoko being a green. I left the bag in while I ate a pancake, so I’m not sure how long of a steeping I did. Overall, not that great. No peachy, just a touch of creamy and loads of grassy green with a little dryness.

Well, back to steeping this with boiling water.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Ze_Teamaker

I know what you mean. Every time I see instructions that tell me to boil green/white tea I just look at it like, “Your joking, right?”

Rie

Same sentiment! I have a green/white flavored blend from Lupicia that recommends boiling water, which was confusing, but it really does better that way, somehow…

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90
drank Momoko by Lupicia
1075 tasting notes

Having a cup of Momoko to get pumped up for 2.5 hours of brazilian jiu jitsu practice! Yeah! Pump myself up with positive thoughts that I won’t get injured this week!

Good tea – super creamy with a hint of peach. Hmm, maybe I shoulda chose something more energizing like a citrus, ginger or tart tea? Ehhh, this is still good!

Preparation
Boiling
Stephanie

That’s a long practice! Good luck :)

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90
drank Momoko by Lupicia
1075 tasting notes

I don’t know how I’m drinking more tea – I had dim sum with my family in memory of my grandmother in law. She loved eating this dim sum’s place chicken feet. Gawd, I wish chicken feet were boneless, I hate the work involved with eating them! With dim sum, I drank probably an entire pot and a 1/4 of tea. I think I went to the bathroom 4 times after that.

After the last bathroom trip I’m ready for more tea! Mmm, this tea is so creamy! I still wish I got more peach flavor! I’m halfway through my box of momoko!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

:S Chicken feet, those are one thing I have not tried, and I’m not entirely certain I could…

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

It’s kinda like eating the skin off a sauce coated steamed chicken. Depending where you go, the flavor is good, but too much slipping around, bits falling off and mess to eat with those wide chinese restaurant chop sticks.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve never eaten chicken feet, but I have used them in chicken stock. They give it a nice yellow color & loads of collagen. A older Jewish lady told me that “it’s not chicken stock if you don’t include the feet.”

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90
drank Momoko by Lupicia
1075 tasting notes

This tea came in my happy bag – this bag is full of happy!

FYI, this is the bagged version.

DRY: DROOOOL! Creamy sweet peachyness! Like smelling those japanese peach gummies, yum yum! I spent awhile smelling this tea. The packaging is very pretty – I felt kinda bad opening the box.

STEEPED: Creamy and butter green tea scent, pale yellow green.

TASTE: Very creamy, wow! Actually kinda tastes like good fresh matcha, like my Kaimatcha, but on the creamy end. Upfront, creamyness that coats the lips and tongue, with crisp, buttery, sweet green. I don’t notice the peach flavor right away – however there is a light juicy peach aftertaste. No bitterness. As the tea cools, more peachy, but still kinda light on peach, heavy on creamy. The tea reminds me of those Campino yogurt creamy hard candies, but not as sweet and fruity.

COMMENTS: ooh this is tasty! I wish I had this loose leaf! 10 tea bags won’t last me long anyways! This would be perfect if there was more peach taste, but I love the flavor of the creamy green.
I’d recommend giving this tea a shot if you like creamy teas or matcha lattes.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
Alphakitty

I’m not usually big on peach teas, but Lupicia does them just right!

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79
drank Momoko by Lupicia
80 tasting notes

Had some of this earlier today. It says to steep in boiling water but I don’t like the idea of putting a green in boiling water. So I steeped it at a normal temp for greens. It smells really good very sweet and floral. It tastes really good. I was a little worried about how sweet it would be with the sugar that is in it, but it wasn’t bad at all. A very nice green tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
80 tasting notes

I got this in my New Year’s Happy bag. Which was a really awesome deal. Now I have to work my way through trying the different teas. So this one I am having after lunch since I was craving something sweet. So I was good and steeped this instead of having a cookie. Dry it smells like sweetened pineapple and coconut. Steeped it is delicious. Very buttery creamy flavor with just a hint of pineapple. I really like that you can taste the oolong more than the flavoring. Liking this one a lot. Yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
560 tasting notes

This tea smells so yummy! At first the scent reminded me of bubble gum, but then I realized that it smells like those sugary fruit instant oatmeal packets. I can’t really detect the individual fruits… it’s more like a big blob of mixed fruits: strawberry, mango, orange, peach?

Sipping… wow, the fruits really come to the front of the cup! It’s a little bit tart and sweet with beautiful tropical flavors. With all of these fruits flying around, it’s very easy to forget about the green tea itself. It’s there, though, and adds a faint grassy note. I like how this tea prickles the tongue in the same way citrus fruits do. I almost think that all of the flavor fades quickly, but it actually lingers in the mouth for a good while.

This is a very delicious, very fruity tea. It borders on being a little bit like fruity bubble gum, but it’s still something fun to drink when you’re in the mood for an interesting tea!

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