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70
drank Caramele by Lupicia
1589 tasting notes

So today, I didn’t have any milk. I am exhausted from nightfloat, so I decided to pick a black tea that doesn’t need any additives. From my huge Lupicia sampler, I picked this one based on the description. It didn’t need milk. Woo! I made a huge mugful of this tea.

I was very pleasantly surprised. The tea went down VERY smooth. There was a hint of astringency on my tongue after a few hours (yes hours) when the tea became cold. My mouth felt dry. However, there was no bitterness. The caramel is a hint in the background. It doesn’t taste artificial, but there was a tinge of sweetness as well. Good tea overall. I am not going to buy this tea though.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
779 tasting notes

Prep: 3 tsp. leaf, 500 ml. water, at below parameters.

I always like Lupicia teas when I’m drinking them, but for some reason they aren’t my first choice when I look in my cupboard. It’s a shame, really, because they are SO GOOD.

This is from my Lucky bag (like, from 2+ months ago) and I’m just now getting around to trying it. I was super wary about this blend because pineapple and coconut just aren’t flavors I like combined. I know I’m in the minority where this is concerned, but there it is. However, the buttery oolong base in this makes it phenomenal. Pineapple and oolong show up more in the taste at first, with coconut finishing off the sip. Their brewing parameters surprised me (boiling water for an oolong?!) but I’m glad I trusted them because despite the temp, this was a very smooth brew.

I am drinking this hot and without sugar, but I think iced (and probably a little sweetener) will be the way I have the rest of it. The boyfriend gave it a sip and concurred, which is good because he’s going to have to help me drink it. :)

Super tasty – now the real test will be how it holds up iced!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
138 tasting notes

Got this as a sample from Teasuce. Its a nice dessert tea, and lately I have been wanting something sweet. I can not really make out the rum, but the carmel flavor is nice.

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78
drank Tochiotome Green by Lupicia
2346 tasting notes

This came as a free sample in the Lupicia newsletter and anyway I am just in the mood for green tea today somehow.

This is one of those mesh pyramid bags which are great but I don’t know if these are the biodegradable kind. Inspecting this somewhat closely to me it looks like a sencha. I steeped it at 170 F for 2 minutes. It is very interesting because the sencha is kind of grassy and vegetal but the strawberry flavor is light and sweet. Some of Lupicia’s flavored teas seem almost gummy bear like in the flavor (like the apple I tried recently) but this was a bit more natural in my opinion. Although I enjoyed it I can’t help but feel like the strawberry and the green tea are almost competing with each other for attention. And why would Lupicia recommend you steep this in boiling water, I have no idea. Maybe it’s a bancha…

Regardless, I do not think I need any more flavored green teas right now… but this was a fun one to try!

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

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100
drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
535 tasting notes

Second steep! I thought this should have its own post.
I cut the teabag so I could fully experience the leaves unfurling on this tea. This was a very generous sample. The leaves are large and a beautiful dark green color. I love oolongs so much! They are one of my favorites to watch while steeping.
The smell is still very strong with this steep. I used a lower volume of water this time; approximately 6.5oz instead of 8oz. mmm this steep is every bit as good as the first. Very sweet and full of flavor. The base is really great on this tea. It has this very almost powdery sweetness on the back end of the sip that reminds me of eating smarties.
Wonderful.

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100
drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
535 tasting notes

I got to sample this thanks to Amy oh! :) I somehow decided to try this first. I have an idea. We need a campaign against crappy tea bags. This is an example of what tea bags should be like. It smells wonderful, it is easy to use, and the leaf is great quality. It smells sweet, fruity, tart, and almost like a relaxing spring afternoon to me. The oolong looks perfect. I don’t think I’d be able to resist buying this if I had smelled it in the store. I’m now addicted to smelling the pouch this came in. drool face It reminds me of a Japanese plum gum I used to purchase. I’m going to do multiple steepings of this one just to see how the flavor holds up.
1st sip? ahhhhh. Total spa tea. It is very sweet and the plum comes through nicely. I have to admit that I love this tea. I think I love more teas than ones I hate. This has some really lovely undertones. It has a very vanilla base flavor coming through that I’m really enjoying. The plum itself is not too tart (I think some companies would have added hibiscus..which would have ruined it). Knowing such amazing teas out there is going to kill my budget! :p Overall I thought this was really nice. It has a slight floral-ness to it that is quite relaxing. Oh! This is also my first tea from Lupicia! Congrats Lupicia for being another temptation on my list! wink

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

There’s a Lupicia store in San Francisco – it is very dangerous! I’m glad you liked this one. You get a free sample every month with their newsletter. I thought I tried this before but perhaps I was wrong…

Tamm

:p I’m starting to think any stores with tea that you can sample or smell are dangerous. I think I’ve heard of their newsletter, but I’ve never signed up for it.

LiberTEAS

I think that it is probably a very good thing that I do not live close to a Lupicia… I already live close to Steven Smith … and that’s difficult enough for me!

Tamm

I am still wishing that we had more places in my state. I went to one local tea shop recently and they were very rude! :( I was really bummed out by the attitudes. Surprisingly enough I think we have more coffee places than tea. (both are a no-no for more than 1/2 the population)

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87
drank Uji Sencha by Lupicia
2346 tasting notes

My morning cuppa. I raised the rating today by a few points. With a thermometer and a timer it is much easier to control the outcome of this tea and it isn’t as astringent now as I remember. It does seem fairly grassy, marine and a bit sweet with a hint of bitterness. Perhaps it has umami… see my previous notes. I love the vivid color of this! bright green with tiny little bubbles….

The second steep at 170 F was nice too… a bit sweeter and milder.

I still prefer the sencha chiran from Lupicia. :)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Have you tried their Sencha Nara? That’s my favorite, although I’ve never tried Uji.

TeaBrat

No, I haven’t had that yet… maybe I can get it at my local Lupicia store!

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27
drank Pommier by Lupicia
1589 tasting notes

So I finally cracked into my HUGE Lupicia sampler. I needed to sleep after night float and decided to open a yellow-orange packet. Pommier it was. It smells… very strong. Almost like celery (and I absolutely hate celery). Some liquor-esque smell going on too.

Anyhow, I brewed up this rooibos. It is stinky! I decided to look up the tasting notes before I took a sip. Maple syrup, apple, honeybush, and rooibos? Strange combination. I would have expected it to have a different flavor and scent. I could detect apple in the aftertaste, but that was it. Not my favorite for sure.

TeaBrat

don’t think I’ll be getting this one… lol

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64
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
2346 tasting notes

This is a sipdown for me but like an annoying ex-boyfriend, I won’t miss it too much. Farewell, old stinky…

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95
drank Muscat by Lupicia
158 tasting notes

Instant favorite that has caused me to start trying to figure out how I can get an order from Lupicia to Ecuador (sadly no international shipping)… Thanks to MadelineAlyce for sending me some of this!

The scent of the tea is all Muscat. I love Muscat. I sniffed and drooled as my mind took me to the few times I have been able to enjoy Muscat grapes or Muscat flavored candies or goodies. The tea leaves looked black and plain, but the smell promised an exciting tea!

While brewing, the Muscato scent was all over. I couldn’t stop smiling as the scent filled every corner of our kitchen and seemed to brighten the night with memories of tasty things and good times. The three minutes could not pass fast enough. I wanted to try it!

Unsweetened it was a bit on the sour side. I got Muscato flavor, but it was only half there hiding behind the black tea. Sweetened it was like magic in my tea cup. The sweet Muscato was there fully in every sip. First up I tasted grape, followed by black tea and the aftertaste was pure sweet delicous Muscato! This is an instant favorite!

I can’t wait to get a chance to order this!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I bought this in San Jose California and liked how delicious it is! Very bright muscat with a slight honeyed finish thick and luscious!

Scharp

Interesting; I’ll have to taste this for myself. I’ve never heard of a muscat-flavored tea before. I’ll order online, and I hope I receive it soon.

Bonnie

This comes in decaf, muscat oolong, and several others.

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78
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
2346 tasting notes

I am far behind on trying all of the things I received in swaps plus some things I have recently purchased so I’ll try to get on it, I swear. :)

I was a bit worried about this one after reading the reviews but I actually don’t mind it. It really smells like apple gummy candy or jolly ranchers when you open the bag but the flavor is a lot more mellow. It certainly isn’t the most natural apple flavor I’ve ever had and I’m not sure I can even taste the bancha. I mean, yes it tastes like a green tea but personally I’m a bit overwhelmed by the flavoring. I think this really needs to be made into an iced tea where it would be much nicer, a cold brew experiment would seem to be in order soon.

Not too bad but probably not a repurchase for me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Uji Sencha by Lupicia
979 tasting notes

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
979 tasting notes

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
120 tasting notes

Got this in the mail as part of the lupicia newsletter program. I was hesitant at first since fruit teas usually smell great but taste bland. After brewing it I’m definitely going to order more! This is honestly one of my new favorite teas, which is weird since I don’t like green tea or peaches.

This tea tastes so juicy and fresh and is naturally sweet so it needs no sugar. The green tea itself is natural and clean tasting and has no grassy undertones—more similar to a lighter oolong or a white tea. I definitely recommend it!

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85
drank Monsieur by Lupicia
523 tasting notes

Thank you MadelineAlyce for a sample of this tea! This tea is pretty yummy. I love the blueberry flavor and the tea base blends very well… almost lending to the tartness of the fruit. The vanilla seems to be in the background and irons out the end of the sip. This cup has that perfect balance of being sweet and tart — one doesn’t overwhelm the other. A lovely tea!

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

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90
drank Gyokuro "Yame" by Lupicia
57 tasting notes

When I first visited Lupicia’s retail store in Century City mall, I was quickly intrigued by the beautiful look of this Gyokuro (Lupicia has small samples of each tea the store carries so you can see, smell, and even touch them). I came back to the store this past weekend but I was a little unsure whether to buy the tea at this time or later, as it is a little expensive. Thankfully one of the attendants gave me a small sample for me to try. The sample was enough for about 3 cups of tea.

The dry leaf of this tea is lovely to look at. Made up of fine vividly green colored needles with almost no sign of damage. This has been one the the most preserved Gyokuro I’ve ever had, having very few broken pieces or dust. The aroma of the dry leaves is almost entrancing, having a super sweet aroma with fresh grassy undertones.

I brewed this tea in a Japanese Kyusu following the directions written by the attendant on the sample pouch. I used 160F water and 1 1/2 min steep time.

My first cup gave me a bright almost neon green color with a subtly sweet aroma. The taste was extraordinarily sweet with zero astringency or bitterness and a very delicate soothing green hint. My second cup remained mostly the same but with an almost unnoticeable lighter taste.

The wet leaf had a sweet boiled veggie like aroma and had a very bright green color to the leaves, almost like if they had been picked a few minutes ago.

Overall, I fell in love with this Gyokuro. Very high quality and super sweet, the sample convinced me of getting the the full 50 grams sold at Lupicia (that is, until I finish off some of the other Gyokuro’s I have).

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
4366 tasting notes

I am really glad that this tea came along with January’s newsletter, because it is one that I have not yet tried but have been wanting to.

It’s really quite nice. The plum flavor is mild, and the Oolong flavor is the prominent taste in the cup: buttery, sweet, and slightly vegetal. I can taste a hint of rose – but just a hint.

A really lovely flavored Oolong, I like it.

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94
drank Momoko by Lupicia
779 tasting notes

This was the free sample that came with the Lupicia magazine this month.

The dry leaf smells super peachy with a touch of vanilla. I didn’t smell much of the green tea when it was dry, but it still was amazing. Almost to the point of overwhelming – but from experience with Lupicia’s tea, the strong scent of dry leaf turns into the perfect amount of flavoring when it is steeped.

And this was no exception – once steeped the buttery green tea came out more in the scent. The taste was perfectly balanced – green tea then a candy-like peach, with hints of vanilla in the background. The vanilla adds that extra complexity that really takes it over the top. It doesn’t need anything added to it – the sweetness of the peach and vanilla are perfect.

As good as this is hot, I think it really would have been amazing iced – I will likely have to get some for that purpose. Peach candy green tea will be a wonderful complement to this coming summer, I expect.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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54

My 13th tea from The Book of Tea. An average Darjeeling, like one of those everyday teas in office pantry. Nothing worth mentioning as nothing stands out. It doesn’t taste bad but I am giving it a relatively low rating for being boring :P

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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93
drank Momoko by Lupicia
13 tasting notes

This one was a no brainer for me. I love green tea and I love peaches, this tea has wonderful flavors of both. The floral flavors of the Rose petals and Cornflow is present but not overly powerful and seems to pull the sweetness to the front. The sweetness is amazing because it’s there but not really there. A total mind f***!

I have a full tin of this and I totally purchased it based on the fragrance. I walked in to the Honolulu Lupicia store just for the hell of it and the smell punched me in the face and buy some now. Damn you Lupicia.

I highly recommend you at least try this tea it is surely one of my favorites.

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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
119 tasting notes

This is the tea I drank this morning… Sorry I’m a little late!

Let me start off by saying I’m always hesitant to drink flavored oolongs-they’re so complex and can change so much and so many of them are beautiful on their own, so I’m always a little careful when drinking flavored ones.

That said, this is done very well. This was another sample my friend Bella gave me (bless her soul), and I can see why she loves it! The plum isn’t really too tart or present. It provides a bright sweetness that sort of stirs in the background behind the tea and the other ingredients. The flowers add such a nice light and floral taste, and I LOVE it!

My one complaint (it’s my fault)-I made it in my Noble mug and drank it for a while with the cap off. However, once I got in the car to go to school, I put the cap on and it was left on for little while-this did not do too many wonders for the tea. After a little while with the cap on, the tea started to develop that plastic-y taste that happens with low quality jasmines. That, however, was my fault, and I won’t make the mistake again!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

We did miss you Ian!

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