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…Huh?
What’s this on my dashboard?
…Could it really be?

JMKauftheil… that guy hasn’t posted in ages! I almost forgot about him…
Oh, who am I kidding? A day hasn’t gone by that I haven’t tenderly missed the way his refined knowledge and appreciation of tea infuses so exquisitely with his masterful finesse of words, that it can’t be explained in any way but convenient metaphor.
Is he really back, to discuss teas in a way that causes my eyes to experience senses beyond sight? Words flowing so elegantly, it’s as if I’m seeing music, caressing the pupil like a lover’s touch…
Is it so? Is it really so?

Keep your clothes on ladies and gentlemen, it is so. Well, the gentlemen should keep their clothes on, at least.

Yep. I’m back. For the night at least.
I’m staying up late making a hefty load of iced teas tonight, and I figured I might as well spend it with an old friend – Tee Loggins McGee.

Where have I been, you ask? Oh, you’re asking all right…
It’s been a few months, right? Five or so…
Well, we can skip over a few identity crises, a few self-discoveries, a few mistakes, a few redemptions, a few steps backward, and a few steps forward, and just live in the moment:
I got a weekend job as a canvasser (the people that go door to door, raising funds for organizations (non-profit, political, etc), and I’m working with a group called Environment California. Long hours, hard work, and the rollercoaster of losing then regaining my faith in humanity – all at minimum wage. I love it.
Tomorrow, as I happened to remember after returning from school around 9:30, we planned to have a potluck at work. I promised to bring some iced tea. For about ten people. And I need to transport it over a windy highway – Highway 17, for those of you familiar – in the rain, no less.
I REALLY hope they didn’t change the plans without me.

I bought three 1-gallon jugs of water from 7-eleven, and I intend to fill them by the end of the night. I have three of my vessels in action, and my entire stock of tea to play with.
Let’s see how this all turns out, eh?

Jug #1: Green tea

So, I started with the remainder of the Chestnut green tea I’ve had from Lupicia, just sitting around.
Two infusions of that, in my Lupicia iced-tea maker, and I filled up about half a gallon. I turned to making some Jasmine in my tetsubin… but that’s a notably smaller quantity. So far, I’ve made two infusions of that, which is about equal to one of the ice-tea maker thing. I think I’ve about exhausted the Jasmine, so if anyone one is actively reading this, what do you think of maybe a little Gunpowder? Hm?
I’ll rate it all when I got the jug full.

Gonna be up all night, folks, so expect a few updates.

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drank Champagne Rosé by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

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drank Earl Grey Grand Classic by Lupicia
911 tasting notes

I don’t know what a longan fruit smells or tastes like, but I’m guessing it’s very similar to lychee because the dry leaf smells like lychee with an undernote of spicy, whooshy citrus. Post-brewing the top note of the smell is still sweetly lychee with a stronger undercurrent of bergamot.

The taste is not quite lychee, almost muscat and with a smooth note of bergamot underneath. Sometimes there’s a hint of bitterness at the end of the sip. Other times it feels smooth and silky. There’s a little spicy tingle in the aftertaste – I’m not sure if it is from the tea or the bergamot. The description says ‘smokey’ but I don’t really get much of that (unless you count the spicy bit). It’s more of a hint of darkness/richness that would pair well with a smoky tea but, in this, pairs with almost-lychee.

Ultimately, probably a little too fruity/unique for it to be a regular sipper but enjoyable.

Meghann M

I’ll have to check this one out. I’ve been eyeing up many of their teas and really want more of their basic earl grey in my cupboard….not that I need any more tea.

Auggy

You can never have too much tea! :)

Meghann M

I just have to convince my husband that it’s okay to take over a full cupboard with tea:) At least he is coming round and drinking iced tea more and more. Now I just have to get him into the hot beverage.

Thomas Smith

Lychee is similar, but more juicy.

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drank Carol by Lupicia
2847 tasting notes

I added about 1 tsp half & half, instead of the several teaspoons warm milk and steamed milk suggested, but ti was still rich and creamy. It is rather like a grown-up, caffeinated version of Nestle Strawberry Quick, because as Auggy pointed out, strawberry + vanilla = strawberry quick (aka “pink milk”) if that is your childhood memory of those flavors.

This is nice, but doesn’t really conjure up the holidays to me. I love Lupicia’s Strawberry Green with matcha and plan to order some early next year, but this one I will let pass.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Pie by Lupicia
1 tasting notes

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I agree with the other notes that give this full points for accuracy. The smell and taste are spot on. That said, it’s not something I could drink everyday, nor do I see myself craving it again. But, I’m glad I tried it, as it is a fun tea for the season. I added a bit of brown sugar and some milk, but cream (or maybe even marshmallows?) would have been ideal.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

As much as I don’t sweeten teas, yes I want to try brown sugar and marshmellows.

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
187 tasting notes

Very delicious AND it came in a bag, so it’s hard to complain about this. It came in the post from my aunt and uncle so that just goes to prove what wonderful people they are!

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I was pretty excited to see this as the freebie teabag from Lupicia this month. I love trying random tea flavors like this and I loved Adagio’s version until I met Samovar’s Yunnan Golden Buds which was an awesome buttered sweet potato flavor in an unflavored tea. So yeah, I love sweet potatoes and have no issues with it in tea-form. But anyway, on to this sweet potato tea.

Wowza. The teabag smells strong. Like sweet potato casserole fresh out of the oven, including marshmallows and whiskey. (Because everyone uses Jack Daniels in their sweet potato casserole, right?) After brewing, the smell calms down a bit on the whiskey bit (I’m guessing that smell was from the flavoring?) and ends up more sweet potato casserole with a hint of marshmallow.

No additives. The taste isn’t as strong as the smell would indicate but the aftertaste is, tasting just like I’ve had a bite of sweet potato casserole. It’s… kinda weird. The taste of the tea is sort of… starchy sweet but not sugary sweet, more like buttery sweet but it isn’t quite buttery. There’s a tea taste there but it’s not all that complex. It’s pretty much sweet potato casserole, especially on the aftertaste.

Which is really kind of neat… for about half of a cup. Then it’s just too much. Even though I liked the taste and it gets full points for flavor accuracy, I was pretty ready to pour out the last few sips of the cup instead of drink them. Tasty or not, I was done with it.

And that leads me to the issue of how to rate it. I think the flavor is done very well. There’s just something about it that I can’t take for all that long. I think I’ll leave this unrated.
1 teabag/6oz

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

I think I know where you’re coming from on this one. There’s only so much sweet potato casserole one can eat, as it becomes too rich after so many bites. I can see how a tea that is spot on in flavor would have the same quality.

Cofftea

I completely agree w/ your last paragraph. Going to do my tasting note now.

Auggy

amandajo, I think you pegged it there. I love sweet potato casserole but my portions have to be small or I won’t finish it. I think with this tea, half a cup is a good portion.

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drank Tikuanyin by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

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drank After 5 by Lupicia
865 tasting notes

How did I ever manage for 3 months as a telemarketer? Sure, I was REALLY horse by the end of my work week which included working 36 hrs in 4 days, 2 of which were 12 hr days… but I’ve only been calling 4 days now, about 6 hrs a day and I’m coughing so hard I’m almost making myself sick. I NEED mint green tea… unfortunately this is the only bag I have and I have no loose either.

I’m definitely drinking this for functionality tonite- I didn’t even check their suggested prep. Steeped a bit hotter and longer than usual to bring out more peppermint.

Inspite of my abuse, it still does have light and smooth qualities in addition to the slight bitterness from the battered green tea. The mint isn’t as strong as I need it to be, but it’s still very nice.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
123 tasting notes

My previous Earl Grey experience is limited to cheap tea bags, which I never enjoyed, so I always assumed I wouldn’t like this. But I’ve had a sample from Lupicia around for ages now, and I thought now was the time to try it.

Lots and lots of bergamot. I never thought of Earl Grey as a fruity tea before, but Lupicia’s blend is heavy on the citrus note. The tea is very smooth and refreshing, especially iced.

Cofftea

I find it funny you never considered it a fruity tea before. Bergamot is fruit lol. Those bags must have really been bad! :(

Suzi

I guess I never think of lemon iced tea as a fruity tea either, even though lemon’s a fruit. It’s always an accent to the black tea, but not the main focus. Maybe it’s a citrus thing…

When I drank the Earl Gray bags (I want to say they were Bigelow or Celestial Seasonings) the bergamot was in practically non-existent.

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
46 tasting notes

this tea makes my cubicle smell very girly.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
4 tasting notes

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drank Chai Bag Cinnamon by Lupicia
73 tasting notes

The maltiness of Assam pairs well with the spice of cinnamon in this delicious tea. The flavour is smooth, with a lovely cinnamon flavour accented by clove and fennel to give it a little depth of spice. I drank this as a milk tea, and love the taste. I agree with Cofftea in that this bag is not exactly what I consider a Chai. Perhaps I can try a milk-brew next time.

Funny thing: I was heating the kettle when the UPS man delivered my parcel of Lupicia tea. How’s that for serendipitous timing? :)

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
12 tasting notes

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

It’s not the soybeans in this I’m scared of, it’s the rice. I’d love a plain soybean green tea dusted w/ matcha:)

Ricky

I think the toasty-ness is getting to me. I use to love it, but the smell is starting to be too much. Umm so apparently greens aren’t suppose to be drank before / during a meal or after. I guess it’s suppose to be when you have something in your stomach but an hour or two after? I’ll have to try that next time.

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drank Honeybush by Lupicia
251 tasting notes

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drank Honeybush by Lupicia
251 tasting notes

it’s official. I like honeybush. This has a nice, nutty flavor that’s easily enhanced by addition of a little sweetener. I added some liquid vanilla stevia, which is a favorite of mine! I must admit that I prefer flavored honeybush, but this is very nice, and I certainly wouldn’t turn it down if offered!

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
18 tasting notes

I just got this this past weekend and am currently in love with it. The color, the smell, the taste, everything about it is wonderful. It has enough flavour to stand alone, yet it is mild enough to eat with a meal. I really enjoy the smell that comes off it while brewing. I am having it as an iced tea for lunch and really find it a good way to wind down, having a hot cup before bed.

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

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