Lupicia

Edit Company

Recent Tasting Notes

82
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
592 tasting notes

I find myself reaching for this for my travel tumbler quite often for a few reasons. It’s not too picky with steeping, so I feel confident that I can get a good cup of tea without paying too careful attention. The tropical, bright taste also helps me perk up at least a little during boring lectures.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

82
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
592 tasting notes

This tea perfectly suited my mood for the day. Today there was a sudden heat wave, ick, but my classrooms were very heavily air conditioned and chilly. This tea is fruity and floral like summer, but the warmth of it kept me thawed during lectures. I realize that I keep logging the same teas over and over, but I think I’ll save the newer ones for the weekend when I’m feeling more adventurous.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

82
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
592 tasting notes

So I received a coupon in the mail for $10 off at Sur La Table, hooray! Since I already have most of my baking needs covered, I decided to go for the cutest tea infuser: The Deep TEA Diver. I’m so enamored with it that my mom makes fun of me, haha.

Anyway, newly equipped with my deep tea diver, I turned to Paradise Green. I usually am nervous about green teas because I’ve had quite a few bitter experiences (literally) with green teas. I love this one, though because the fruity, tropical notes complement the green tea well while covering up the bitterness without any sweeteners. Yum!

Next time I may try this iced. Either way, I’m surprisingly happy about this one :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

82
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
592 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

73
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
592 tasting notes

I’ve been meaning to try this tea for a while, so thank you to Kat_Maria for sending me some satchets to try it out! I have to say that for all of Lupicia’s wonderfulness, I was a bit disappointed with this one. The strawberry tasted a bit medicinal kind of like the cherry cough syrup I ate as a kid. When I look past this medicinal flavor, it’s actually quite a nice tea. The creaminess goes well with the underlying strawberry. I am tempted to cold brew it (like I do everything nowadays), but I have a feeling that would just highlight the medicinal taste.

Anna

I HATE that syrup… and LOVE this tea. The weirdness of taste buds. Good reminder, though, I have yet to cold steep this!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

73
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
592 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
117 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

55
drank Kuuipo by Lupicia
321 tasting notes

This smells really tropical and yummy! I can clearly taste mango and papaya. But it’s unfortunate that I detect a distinctive bitter and tart taste in the tea… which I am going to attribute to hibiscus. It’s weird enough to turn a near-perfect cup into a disaster. Shame. The black tea base is a bit too strong as well, so I’d suggest a shorter brewing time (~2 minutes).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Olivier by Lupicia
321 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86
drank Tochiotome Green by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

Dry, it smells like strawberries. Brewed, it smells like strawberries… but doesn’t taste much like them. This is fine though, because the green tea itself is moderate in flavor. I would suggest mixing half tochiotome and half strawberry and vanilla green tea from Lupicia to get a strawberry taste and smell. I will definitely purchase this again next year.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

49
drank Yokohama Bay by Lupicia
321 tasting notes

Hardly a favourite. There were various citrusy notes (orange, grapefruit…) in the tea but overall rather artificial. I didn’t even want a second brew, which was rare for Lupicia teas! :(

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

62
drank Ume Vert by Lupicia
1538 tasting notes

Today is Lupicia sample day! The second sample sachet of this. Once again, the plum is really obvious, and not fake plum at all. Its not my favorite thing I’ve got from Lupicia, but its a nice flavored green.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

62
drank Ume Vert by Lupicia
1538 tasting notes

Wow. Plum. I can smell the plum in the sachet, and in the aroma of my freshly brewed cup. It smells like real plum too, like the ones you get at the farmers market, not any sort of fake candy-like psudoplum.
As I’ve said in other reviews, green tea isnt what I automatically reach for, when I want tea (so, all the time), but I am trying to broaden my horizons.
This tastes plummy too, which is good, considering thats what its advertised as. And I do like plums. I’m not getting a very big impression for the green tea base, but its possible that I dont have the palate for it yet.
This was a sample that they threw in on my recent San Francisco Lupicia trip.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

64
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
1538 tasting notes

Somehow, being able to drink tea at work has now inspired me to drink teas that are forgotten, need a second look, or at the very least need a sipdown. Its a great thing, and its making me feel really reenergized.
I picked this up quite a while ago (possibly even years ago?!), and while I like the idea of all the flavors, I’ve always had some iffy-ness with green tea. I want to like green tea! It seems like it would be so refreshing at certain points in the day.
But I’m liking this better than I remember liking it, so far anyway. Its certainly not the fruitiness that I was really looking for, but its mild and generally pleasant.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

64
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
1538 tasting notes

Backlogged from yesterday.
Why am I so timid of green tea? I can never quite wrap my brain around it. But, with the temps yesterday being in the 100s, I thought it “felt” right to have.
For starts, this smells wonderful. Jasmine and a sparkiling grape note. Beautiful and pleasant. Why had I ignored this tin so long?
Well, brewed up the smell is not quite as impressive, and I found a bitter note lurking around in the back. This is, quite possibly, all my fault. I’m used to brewing robust black teas, and I might be applying that heavy handedness to this pot. Well, next time I’ll steep lighter, or with cooler water, and see what I think of it then.
Hurrah to drinking teas that have been languishing in the back of cupboards! Drink tea 2014!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

64
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
1538 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

64
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
1538 tasting notes

I picked this up in a recent trip to San Francisco.
This smells wonderful in the tin, somewhat sweet, with the beautiful jasmine fragrance. When brewed up, it smells like white wine! And it sips a bit like a glass of wine as well. Interesting. I wouldent have thought that a wine flavor would work, but I really rather do like it. Its bright and light and a bit sparkily across the taste buds. Fun!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

Oh, these were the saddest leftovers – just tea dust, really, enough for one cup, barely. And forgotten in a plastic bag since some time in October, no less. Insanely, it smells great, and tastes quite acceptable. Still my favourite strawberry.

Thankfully, I restocked when I was in Santa Clara, but I clearly don’t need to open that one for a while.

[Purchased at Lupicia in Honolulu, December 2012.]
[Polished off in Rome, January 2014.]

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

Aww, too bad ordering from them isn’t a lot easier. This just means you’ll have to go back to Honolulu! Or California. Or hell, jet off to Japan.

Anna

I love how you think, my dear. However, they now ship to most of Europe from the French website. Only a selection, but many of my favourites are available. LETHAL.

Fjellrev

You partially win.

Anna

(Off the record: plotting and scheming hard to make Hawaii happen for Christmas again this year.)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

No notes yet. Add one?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

No notes yet. Add one?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

This is Lupicia at their very best. In the bag, a natural, sweet, ripe strawberry meets a rich and creamy vanilla. Lupicia usually go for a very subtle vanilla flavour, but in this case, either they’ve kicked it up a notch, or the strawberry gives it more punch, as the vanilla is highly present both in the nose and in the cup.

But what gives this tea that extra something, is the manner in which these two main flavours come together – to each sip, there’s a beautiful roundness I can’t really get enough of. This is one of my absolute favourite flavoured greens and the first one I hoarded when I accidentally (yes, REALLY!) stumbled over a Lupicia in Kyoto while out for a perfectly innocent evening stroll.

[Purchased at Lupicia in Honolulu, December 2012.]

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80
drank Momoko by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

It’s not as cold anymore (Okay, Canadians, I know 10 C doesn’t seem very cold to you considering your current weather situation, but it’s really been unusually chilly and wet here.) so I can drink copious amounts of iced tea again.

I saved the last of this much beloved and somewhat aged Lupicia tea in order to try it iced again. It’s absolute perfection – delicate, with that perfect natural peach perfume and some lush vanilla to round it off.

Nothing beats a just-opened package of Lupicia tea, but I must say I feel they age exceptionally well.

Necessary repurchase.

[Purchased at Lupicia in Honolulu, December 2012.]
[Polished off in Rome, March 2014.]

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
keychange

Ok ok, shopping list

Lala

Ha ha, well the temperature is all relative compared to what you are used to. I can’t wait until it is 10C. Ha ha.

keychange

Ok ok, shopping list!

keychange

whoops—that posted twice. And yeah, I can’t wait until it’s 10C here, either! either that or we can all move into anna’s house in Italy. I bet it’s either massive and sprawling and majestic, or tiny and dainty and quaint.

Anna

It’s a big, hulking research institute with stray archaeologists wandering around muttering to themselves, and the occasional fresh-faced, bright-eyed flock of classicists materializing in the yard.

keychange

I’m all over it.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80
drank Momoko by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

Ana was right, this is almost too good cold-steeped. Hot, many of Lupicia’s teas are fun, happy, playful teas to me – but cold, just as many reach this whole new level of exquisite. This is one of those teas, and it’s a huge treat to get to try it with the last (almost, I think there’s enough for one cup left) of my leaf.

The sweetness and the vanilla notes in this one really come through in the cold brew and I absolutely love it. This tea needs a higher rating, and shall hence be awarded five more points.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Ana

Momoko and Sakura are probably my favorites that I have cold steeped. I’m currently steeping my Peach Melba to see if it is better iced.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80
drank Momoko by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

This one is also still very good, in spite of having been a travel tea on more than one occasion. I think there’s enough left for a cold steep of this one as well. I didn’t think I’d drink cold tea again for a while, but it’s 15 C/59 F in Rome, and very balmy; it might as well be spring.

I really love Lupicia’s peach flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
Ana

This is my favorite to cold brew. it’s very refreshing!

Anna

Sounds very promising, Ana – I’ll see if I have time for another cold steep before I leave on my trip.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.