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86
drank Honey & Pear by Lupicia
319 tasting notes

This is enjoyable even though it is less fragrant and less intense flavour-wise than I thought. You know, Lupicia’s blends are always so powerfully fruity/flowery! The houjicha is delicious by itself and the roasted flavour is further enhanced by mildly sweet honey (I really don’t think there’s anything like pear in it). It makes me happy! :)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Kirara Rice Tea by Lupicia
319 tasting notes

A nice genmaicha with everything that it should have: intense aroma of toasted rice, beautiful jade colour (the liquor), mild straw-y flavour. One of its ingredients is reportedly high-quality rice by the brand “Kirara”… though I can’t really tell its difference from other cheaper genmaicha. Anyway, this is quite enjoyable. :)

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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71
drank Strawberry by Lupicia
2042 tasting notes

Sipdown, 177. This sachet came with my last Lupicia order; a duplicate from this month’s newsletter, but at least it was a decent one.

I needed a palate cleanser, and even though I don’t love this tea it is pretty enjoyable. Definitely on the strawberry candy side of things, but the flavor is light enough that it isn’t cloying. A pleasant tea to have with waffles this morning/afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Strawberry by Lupicia
2042 tasting notes

Sipdown, 185. I, like many others, received a sachet of this with the Lupicia newsletter, although my newsletter seems to have come much later than most other people’s. Ah well. I figured I would go ahead and drink it down otherwise it might sit for a while. I’m not the hugest fan of strawberry flavored things, although I guess I like them ok. I used to love strawberry candy when I was a kid.

When I unwrapped the sachet it smelled intensely, incredibly strawberry. Strawberry candy, strawberry pie, strawberry jam. Basically strawberries + sugar, which is to say not like fresh strawberries. After steeping it calmed down a bit (but only a bit) and the black tea base came out more. I tend to enjoy Lupicia’s bases, so I am definitely pleased.

My first thought upon sipping was wow, strawberry candy! But then a tart note appeared, toning it down and reminding me of the white part of fresh strawberries, the part that never gets super sweet. There’s also almost a leafiness here, which is surprising given that this is a black tea. A lot of people are disappointed that this one doesn’t taste as strong as it smells, but I for one am glad it doesn’t taste as strong as it smells. I like it at this blend, and I like it more than I thought I would. Go Lupicia, for making me enjoy a strawberry tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Daruma by Lupicia
319 tasting notes

The tea description here seems so weird and wrong! The Japanese description on the official website is a lot more appetizing: it’s an Indian black tea with pink pepper and the sweetness of mango.

Don’t be put off by the problematic English description… this is a nice, sweet tea! The fragrant fruity flavours completely steal the show – nothing tastes really like mango, but instead it’s like apricot + sakurambo. The addition of pink pepper leads me to expect spiciness, but there’s only a hint of pepper which adds an interesting twist to the tea. I love this blend!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Rooibos Green by Lupicia
150 tasting notes

Not what I was expecting!

I had a free teabag of this and decided to have it as my nightcap. Dry it smelled fresh and a bit like citrus. Brewed, it was completely different. It tastes almost like a light black tea, maybe a very light darjeeling.

Anyhow, it’s smooth, a bit nutty, and while I wouldn’t say it was “sweet,” there is a hint of it. This was my first green rooibos, and I’m impressed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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78
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
515 tasting notes

1 tablespoon used for 248 ml

I’m detecting a Gyokuro-like scent in the aroma.

I would have appreciated a bolder Gyokuro flavour in the taste. It seems to be subdued and the taste is slightly sencha-like. Good grapefruit flavour. I get a real post-grapefruit eating tingly feeling on my tongue.

Second infusion using 188 ml. Grapefruit flavour is pushed to the background but the grapefruit citrus mouthfeel is still present. Slight quick sour note from the grapefruit. Soft sweetness present. Green tea flavour is more apparent with roasted tones.

Thanks to Sil and Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

you just let me know if you want the rest of it lol

TastyBrew

Ooh. I love grapefruit. I may need to try this!

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73
drank Strawberry by Lupicia
208 tasting notes

I got this as a sample in the March Lupicia newsletter. It reminds me a lot of their Neptune, which I also sampled recently – the black base tastes the same, and the fruit flavoring strikes me as similar although that one’s supposed to be something like “fruits & honey” vs. the strawberry here. The dry teabag had a very strong strawberry candy aroma, but the brewed tea smelled and tasted more generically fruity. The black base is definitely dominant. I’m glad I got to try this tea, but it’s not one I’ll be purchasing.

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70
drank Muscat by Lupicia
36 tasting notes

This is an interesting and fun tea. It reminds me of Marukawa grape gum from when I was a kid. It has a mellow grape taste that stays on your tongue for a while~ although I would not drink this all the time, it is a nice tea once in a while.

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

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99
drank Strawberry by Lupicia
79 tasting notes

Got this in the March newsletter. I’m quite shocked at the reviews because I loved this! The dry tea smells of heavenly sweet strawberry. The brewed tea has the same flavor as the scent. I didn’t even need sugar! I brewed it in a 16oz cup but I think I’d prefer it stronger so using 8-12oz next time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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68
drank Afternoon Tea by Lupicia
150 tasting notes

Another freebie from Lupicia.

This was a teabag, so I had no idea what kind of tea is was, other than “black,” but when I tasted it, I immediately knew there had to be some Darjeeling involved. Glad to see this vindicated!

This tea has an almost sweet aftertaste, kind of like honey. It’s bold and would go great with milk. I’d drink this for breakfast.

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69
drank Neptune by Lupicia
25 tasting notes

This was a sample I had received in one of the newsletters. It was just ok. Nice creamy, honey type flavor, but didn’t really do much for me. Didn’t bother steeping a second time.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
603 tasting notes

Oh man, cookie to save the day, warm me up and settle me down into a nice cup of comfort. A little cream and sugar make this tea a delicious treat with a little malt. It never fails to deliver and surprise even after I have forgotten about for a while and find it again buried in my cupboard.

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

Happy :)

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
603 tasting notes

I’m on my second steeping of this today. I keep switching between this and Butiki’s Smoked Maple Banana. I’m having this with cream and sugar and it is very caramel like. It smells just like a rich creamy caramel and tastes like a lighter version of the scent. It is quite delicious and now my cup is empty. Time for another cup of SMB!

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

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
603 tasting notes

I steeped this for just over a minute this time and I think it turned out better. It still had a slight bitterness to it and improves greatly with cream and sugar. It has an almost coffee like richness to it. I’m thinking I may try a longer steep with a lower temp in the future. Funny, I am now on my second package of it and haven’t taken the time to find spot on brewing parameters yet. I’m slacking!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

Dang, I need to try this one.

whatshesaid

Me too, people seem to love it

Dustin

It isn’t “OMG!!! good”, but it is pretty tasty and has that yummy Lupicia base. Second steeping at 200F for two minutes was much better! Might try that on the first go for my next cup if I remember.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
603 tasting notes

The directions say to steep this tea for 2-2.5 minutes. I did 2 minutes for my first steep and boy was I disappointed! It was a little bitter and tasted nothing like cookies. I added milk like it suggests and sugar, but it didn’t help. For my second steeping I did 2 minutes again, added a little sugar and it was a whole different tea! It was very cookie dough like and the black tea base wasn’t over powering or bitter. It seemed pretty creamy on it’s own to me. I did just over 2 minutes for the third steep and it wasn’t quite as delicious as the second steeping. Next time I think I will do the first steep for 1 minute instead of the initial 2.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
5592 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!
I tried this cold to see if i love this any better and while it’s not as bad as it was hot, it’s still no winner. Again it’s mostly a generic bland sort of tea that has kinda of a fruity, grassy taste to it. oh well, glad to have tried it!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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50
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
5592 tasting notes

I think i’m going to need to try this one as a cold brew. It wasn’t bad as a hot brew but I’m not sure that i was in the mood for a citrusy sort of green tea. I have a few more tea bags to try out so i’m hoping it will grow on me. It’s better than the other tea i had this afternoon but eesh…

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46
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
5592 tasting notes

I figured that I’d try this one hot to start and then go with a cold brewing later. This is from the lupicia bag that Kittenna and i split, and let me tell you, thank god we did! Sooooo much tea!

This one is bright green and grassy in appearance when it’s dry.

Love it when steepster eats half my tasting note. Will edit later with tea notes.
EDIT: I WISH this tasted like it smells. The aroma of the brewed tea is wonderful and delicious and omg i just want to crawl into the tea and go for a swim. However the taste? Not so much. I would rather drink Stacy’s Grapefruit dragon any day. This one has a bitter taste to it.

I will be brewing this as a cold drink to see how that improves the tasteor doesn’t. :)

Kittenna

The base and flavouring of grapefruit dragon are way better.

Sil

there was a lot of dust in this one

Kittenna

Bleh. Oh well…

Sil

well if you like it, you’ll have lots to drink!

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60
drank Apple by Lupicia
36 tasting notes

I went through 10 Apple teabags and I think this is a good tea. It has a sweet apple flavor but I can still taste the black tea. I believe I steeped it too long a few times because I was getting a very slight astringency.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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62
drank Ume Vert by Lupicia
2661 tasting notes

Quick note! Smells deliciously like crisp, fresh green apple skin. Unfortunately, flavour does not follow. I’m finding it kind of bitter (maybe not enough water?)

ETA: This was the bagged version of this tea from Lupicia (if there is an unbagged version), a sample from our 2012/2013 Happy Bag. Split a cup with Sil because we both wanted to try this tea. As I said, the aroma was divine! But the flavour was bitter, and I don’t think I oversteeped. I did try adding more water as well, and that didn’t help a great deal. The green base wasn’t really the issue here; I think the flavouring was what was coming off as bitter to me. The base was actually pleasant. I do so wish the tea had tasted like crisp, fresh, tart apple skin, because that would have been my perfect apple tea :(

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Neptune by Lupicia
208 tasting notes

This came as a sample with a recent Lupicia purchase. The honey-fruit flavoring reminds me of Lupicia’s Piccolo – it’s generically fruity, and perhaps slightly artificial. It’s not very strong here – the flavoring holds its own against Piccolo’s rooibos base more than it does against Neptune’s black. Said base is a pleasant, vaguely malty black. I don’t think I’d buy this tea, but I did enjoy trying it.

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71
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
150 tasting notes

So the first time I had this, I wasn’t impressed, but I know a lot more about making loose tea now, so it’s improved with every subsequent cup.

I’d say you need at least 1 heaping teaspoon per 8-10 ounces to really get a solid sweet caramel flavor. The caramel is sweet but not cloyingly so, making this a nice treat at the end of a day.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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85
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
319 tasting notes

This was a tasty rooibos. The name Caramel & Rum led me to expect something as good as Lupicia’s Rum Raisin! It didn’t disappoint. When I removed the lid from my cup after brewing, the creamy and rummy aroma made me feel like Christmas (am I the only one who associates this aroma with Christmas?)! The rooibos base was decent, it was nutty and there’s no weird vegetal flavour. I am usually a fan of caramel but this time it was definitely overshadowed by the bright taste of rum. Yum! :9

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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