Lupicia

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98

Beautiful, clean taste. The strawberry and vanilla flavors are a nice compliment to the green tea. It is very refreshing, perfect for a warm day!

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100
drank Momoko by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

This tea tastes beautiful. A perfect summer tea, hot or cold. It does not require sweetener and the peachy flavor combines well with the green tea. I highly recommend this tea!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Cookie by Lupicia
310 tasting notes

A very interesting and lovable tea! It smells really like butter/almond cookies – very sweet, buttery and caramely – but there’s no cookie flavour in the liquor at all. Taste-wise it’s a sweet and intensely aromatic black tea. It’s like you are having tea with some freshly baked cookies even though all you are having is just a cup of this! I mean, how can Lupicia manage to do this??? It’s simply amazing, if not magical! A must-have for people with a sweet tooth but are currently on diet ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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75
drank Hapjan Purbat BOP-CTC by Lupicia
310 tasting notes

My 17th tea from The Book of Tea! It’s also my second CTC tea. I know, I know, CTC is generally used for tea leaves of lower quality… but guess what, I like CTC tea, at least this one and Kilimanjaro (also from Lupicia)! This tea had a decidedly fruity aroma, whether dry or steeped. The fruity flavour was rich in the liquor too – the tea could be described as on the sweet side by the standard of black tea. It reminded me of plum, though I believe it’s more because of its dark brown liquor rather than its actual taste :P I did detect mild bitterness in the tea; I wasn’t sure whether it’s because I had oversteeped it accidentally. But still, it’s an enjoyable cup. Would make a lovely companion for scones!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

I received 3 Lupicia teas as a gift set and have been pleasantly surprised by them! The Tsugaru Green tea was included and I very much enjoy the flavor. The apple taste is subtle and light, mellow, just slightly fruity and I admit it smells stronger then it tastes. I have only tried it hot so far but I can imagine that this will make a lovely iced tea too! An excellent summer tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
74 tasting notes

Finally, something I can write a good review on – (I know, right?)

So, my girlfriend chose this one out when we were at the mall together. She HATES malls, but we were forced into with the pressure of mother’s day shopping, and she proved that she’s 100 times better than me at gift shopping, even for MY mother and sister. While we were there, I decided to take her up to Lupicia, because she’s slowly been coming around to tea.

She chose this one out herself, and I have to admit, I’ve never tried it – I usually kept company with more pure teas. She wanted an iced tea, and the guy (who has been working there FOREVER) suggested that one. So, I bought her a small iced tea brewer, and we cold-brewed this at my place.

It’s got a real pleasant smell, and the flavor’s good too – subtle, maybe a little watery, but it’s definitely more enjoyable than drinking plain cold H2O. What else can I say? It smells like green apple – as someone mentioned earlier, not so much REAL apple as artificial “green apple” flavor – and it tastes like you’d probably expect.
The only thing I could say against it, though not form experience, is that when my girlfriend tried making it hot, she said it wasn’t good at all – even after she chilled it. Whether she misbrewed it, or it’s just not a good tea to drink hot, I don’t know, but it’s something to look out for.

While this tea is really nothing special, it’s another one of those things she’s picked up as our lives begin to overlap – sharing interests, friends, family, certain other things I really shouldn’t mention on this site…
Anyway, it’s nice to be with her during her first steps into the great adventure that is Tea – an adventure I need to get back into.

Preparation
Iced

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77
drank Adagio by Lupicia
2400 tasting notes

Sipdown of the day…

This is a good tisane if you like citrusy things, and one of the better green rooibos blends I’ve had. I prefer drinking this over ice, it’s very refreshing. Lots of lemongrass and grapefruit!

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77
drank Adagio by Lupicia
2400 tasting notes

Last night I steeped this up the normal way but then stuck it in the fridge overnight. Right now I am enjoying it in a glass with some ice cubes. I definitely think I prefer this one iced vs. hot, it is very refreshing and reminds me a bit of a citrus soda. At times the grapefruit note can seem kind of intense but it is very tasty, after I finished off the glass I was drinking I went to go make another one for later. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Tea Sipper

I love that a tea from Lupicia is named Adagio (yes, I know Adagio didn’t invent the word. haha.) Adagio should have a tea named Lupicia.

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77
drank Adagio by Lupicia
2400 tasting notes

O.k. this is the last of my new haul from Lupicia.

I have such mixed feelings about this one. I love the green rooibos and the lemongrass. I tried this first hot yesterday and I thought the flavor was really fun. The grapefruit in here really reminds me of Fresca. I was thinking this would be a great substitution for soda, especially in the summertime when I could drink it iced. I liked the flavor a lot but it didn’t sit entirely well in my stomach and made me a bit nauseous later.

I tried cold brewing it and had some of that this afternoon. Again – a similar reaction, very zesty and grapefruity, but again a bit of stomach woes. I don’t know if this is real grapefruit or grapefruit flavoring but it’s a bit too strong for Le Wimpy over here…

I might try blending this with something else, perhaps a white or a green tea would be good. Or – maybe some seltzer water.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Will Work For Tea

LOL! Le Wimpy – you’re hilarious!

Bonnie

I wonder if Adagio has a tea named Lupicia?

TeaBrat

@Bonnie – maybe so!

Azzrian

lol Bonnie!

ScottTeaMan

Amy- I wonder if the grapefruit is the culprit of your nausea? I usually avoid it, because for me it can be too acidic.

TeaBrat

@Scott most likely yes

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85
drank Ginger Tea by Lupicia
2400 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon, I noticed this becomes bitter and pungent if you steep it for too long. Ick. I guess I’m having a bad tea day!

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85
drank Ginger Tea by Lupicia
2400 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon here… I have a bit of a stomach ache and thought perhaps this would help. It is nice with soymilk and sugar, but I should also try this iced someday. See previous notes for more info.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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85
drank Ginger Tea by Lupicia
2400 tasting notes

OMG – a moment of Steepster not being bogged down. Quick – to post my tasting note!

Well the other review that is listed here was quite dismal but I thought this stuff was terrific. Honestly, I have no idea if there is anything in it aside from black tea and ginger root which I probably could have made myself.

Anyway, it works for me. I love ginger and the black tea base is rich and dessert-like. I checked out the wet leaves and it looks like a CTC assam or something similar. I had a ton of ginger bits in my loose leaf bag and the other taster did not so perhaps tea bags are just not the way to go with this one. Spicy, zingy and flavorful. I had some after lunch and it is squelching my post-salad sweet tooth. I will definitely want to keep this one around. Sometimes simplicity is the essence of perfection, isn’t it?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Missy

Haha that’s what I’m doing too!

TeaBrat

must write quickly… lol!

Fjellrev

I’ve been writing my reviews in a word processor and would then attack Steepster when I have the chance!

TeaBrat

@Incendiare – I have seriously been considering that too!

Kittenna

@Incendiare – Likewise. If tomorrow during the day is bad again, I’m just going to avoid Steepster until the late evening. It seems quick enough now.

Indigobloom

ahhh I missed that window! but it seems to be ok now. To bad I haven’t had my morning tea yet!

ScottTeaMan

MMMMMM…….Ginger. :))

I usually do tranfer my reviews from a WP, or “right click” COPY my reviews on Steepster now, before I submit a review. That way if they don’t post, I can just PASTE the review and resubmit it. :))

CHAroma

Seriously, what is up with Steepster?? I’m dying for my tea friends!

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81
drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
2400 tasting notes

According to Steepster I have had this tea for 2 years and it is finally starting to lose some of its flavor, but still holds up very well as a black tea. It’s nice with soymilk and a bit of sweetener. I still detect a bit of rum raisin, but it’s kind of faint.

I’m going to work today even though I could probably use a few more days at home with this cold. Tea has been my life saver!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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81
drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
2400 tasting notes

Oh my goodness. I have been waiting forever for this to come back into stock.

They don’t carry this particular flavor in my local Lupicia store and rum raisin was always one of my favorite ice creams. Everything is better with rum, isn’t it? I used to make lots of rum balls during Christmas time and they are so festive!

I ended up ordering it from their site with a few other things and paid too much money in shipping because I didn’t want to spend $60 on tea. :(

The smell when you open the bag is yummy! I steeped this via regular method for around 3 minutes.

I suppose I should be grateful but I felt this came up a little light on the flavor. My cup, after steeping was a dark orange. Not sure about the base of this tea, I am thinking a ceylon perhaps. The aroma is sufficiently boozy with a bit of fruit but it might have needed a touch of sugar, I will try that next time along with using more leaf.

So far I am finding it a decent dessert tea, especially with soymilk added, but it did not quite live up to my hopeful expectations.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Will Work For Tea

You’re totally making this rough on me! This has been on my reorder list too, like forever. Sadly, I have to wait until next week to put in my order – this week went to Frank! LOL

Azzrian

LOL I have a name for him but I don’t think I can post it here. :)

TeaBrat

Heh – I totally understand! Hopefully Lupicia will keep it in stock for a while.

ScottTeaMan

Sounds delicious! Makes me wonder how rum wouldgo with other teas- like a Lapsang Suochong? I imagine it would go really great if you add enough of it. :))

Bonnie

I like your thinking Scot…oops SCOTT!

Kittenna

@Scott – that does sound good!!

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96
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
1963 tasting notes

Hmmm. The first sips of this were somewhat odd to me. This has always been my number one Earl, but today it tasted off. So disappointing. It’s like suddenly the keemun base isn’t working for me. And there’s not enough bergamot either. This has got to be a fluke. That said, I still drank the whole cup, so it wasn’t that bad. But it wasn’t what I was expecting, either.

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

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96
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
1963 tasting notes

You know, I have gotten to the point with my dissertation that I can actually take the time to write tasting notes again. Turns out that once it’s written and sent off for comments, there’s a lot of waiting around to do.

While I’ve been writing and not posting notes, I have been slowly working on pushing through some older teas and going back to old favorites that I haven’t had in a long time mostly because I get focused on samples and sipdowns. This fits the old favorites category, although it’s not really that old of a tea. A nice morning Earl to start the day.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Woohoo! Sounds like a load off…but I bet waiting for comments is nervewrecking

ifjuly

congrats on getting over a big hurdle!

Joshua Smith

Congrats, I hope you get a lot of positive responses!

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96
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
1963 tasting notes

I haven’t had this tea in a long time. I am getting ready to send some out in a swap, so I decided to brew some up this morning. I remember the time when I had a huge number of different Earl Greys around, when I was searching for my favorite. Now I only have this one (that’s not some other variant like an Earl Grey cream), if you can believe it.

Yup, still loving this one. It’s a really well balanced Earl, and oh so satisfying. Glad to always have it around when I need it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
1963 tasting notes

I made a cup of this tea to reassure myself that bergamot and (some) keemun and I are all still good friends. Sometimes I dislike keemun but not this keemun, which I love. Hopefully.

Yay! I do still love it. Honestly going into it the bergamot (of all things!) was kind of smelling not good to me, and I love bergamot! But upon first sip I was reminded of how delicious a good Earl can be. I love the base, I love the bergamot, I love everything about this tea. It really is my perfect Earl Grey.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
looseTman

I see Lupicia has several EG teas: http://www.lupiciausa.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=earl+loose&Extensive_Search=Y&Search.x=32&Search.y=13.
Are there any others you recommend? Thanks!

Dinosara

I’ve only tried this one of their varieties, actually!

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96
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
1963 tasting notes

I was talking about this one earlier this morning and I started craving it. So delicious! I find it hard to wait for the cup to cool enough for me to drink it. Really this is a fantastic Earl, with a strong tasty bergamot and delicious base.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
1963 tasting notes

I wanted to try this Earl not long after trying the Dammann Freres Earl (both gifts from SimplyJenW, as it turns out!) since I remembered this one as being one of my top versions and I wanted to compare them. The first time I had this one I accidentally brewed it with water just under the boil, so I am also interested to see how this one fares when brewed at boiling.

Ah yes, this is such a delicious Earl. I do love Dammann Fréres’ Earl, mostly because I love love the base they use. This one is amazing because of the bergamot, which is just some of the most delicious bergamot ever. Fruity and creamy and floral and sweet. The DF bergamot is a perfectly nice bergamot, but this one is exceptional. I think if I could have this bergamot on the DF base, it would be the perfect Earl. Barring that, I guess I might just have to keep both of them around. :)

This tea consumed while listening to The Heavy’s new album “The Glorious Dead”

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
1963 tasting notes

This is yet another of my long-wanted Earls that I now get to try thanks to SimplyJenW. Any time anyone says a particular Earl is their favorite, I have to try it of course, and this one has gotten quite a few lauds. Yet another kind of Earl base, this one is a Keemun. I didn’t actually mean to steep this at a slightly lower temp to start, but I didn’t realize the kettle was set on that temp and I poured it before I realized. It wasn’t too low, at least.

Steeped the brewed tea smells pleasantly of quite citrusy bergamot. It’s not suuuper bright, either, more sweetish smelling. Wow, this is a really good Earl! The bergamot is very nice… I was worried it wouldn’t be strong enough for me, but it is. It’s very citrusy, I like the way it blends with the base, and it almost tastes sweet in the aftertaste. There’s also a hint of that floral quality that bergamot sometimes has. Yes, this a great example of a very well done bergamot. As I’ve tried a lot of Earl Greys I’ve noticed that a lot of them really depend on the quality of the bergamot, and that bergamot flavoring/oil can vary wildly. With the wrong bergamot it doesn’t matter how strong or weak it is, it just isn’t very pleasant. With the right bergamot, it can be super strong and it never gets bitter, pity, or astringent. This is definitely the right kind of bergamot. Color me impressed. Gotta try this back to back with my beloved Todd & Holland Earl Grey Double Bergamot to decided which one is my favorite Earl because this one is a front-runner.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
SimplyJenW

Yep, this one is my favorite Earl. I have looked up your Todd & Holland and decided I can live happily with this one! I don’t even want to try it as I am sure I would like it and wow, that is a price tag.

Dinosara

Well I just tried them back to back and I actually prefer the Lupicia one, so I agree with you! This is really fantastic.

CHAroma

It makes me smile to see how many other people enjoy this tea. :) This is the Earl that made me love Earls!

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80
drank Kuuipo by Lupicia
2400 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I’ve had a sample tin of this for a while now and am just getting around to finishing it off. BF and I are talking about going to Oahu so somehow this seems appropriate. :)

See previous notes if interested. Nice and fruity, not bad with soymilk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Veronica

Have fun in Oahu! I’d love to be there right now.

TeaBrat

Ha! Yeah we are still in the planning phases of this trip and are trying to decide if we want to go there or to Costa Rica but I think Oahu might be winning…

Sil

Both of those are places I want to go ASAP! Awkward soul made me really want a Hawaii trip…

Veronica

A friend of mine wen tot Costa Rica last summer, and she and her family had a great time. It was a place I never wanted to visit until I some of the pictures she took. Now it’s on my bucket list!

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80
drank Kuuipo by Lupicia
2400 tasting notes

I got this small tin of tea at the Lupicia store a few months ago, they gave it to me as a freebie and I more or less forgot about it until I was digging through my stash looking for something this morning.

A while ago they were doing a bunch of Hawaiian themed teas, which I think were a limited edition and have since been discontinued. But I tend to like tropical fruit flavored things, so thought I’d give this a whirl today.

The tin I got has rose petals in it and a small chunk or two of fruit. I didn’t overload the tea with leaf (as I am wont to do), but had about a respectable 2 tsp. for 12 oz or so of water.

I steeped this for 4 minutes with nearly boiling water. I was definitely a bit worried after reading the other tasting note that said the tea was bitter. Thankfully I am not picking that up here.

I liked this actually. I seriously have no clue what the base tea here is but I’m thinking after looking at the leaf it is a Ceylon or an Indian tea of some sort, perhaps a Nilgiri. My cup is fairly light, it’s kind of a dark orange-y color. The tropical fruit flavors are present but do not overwhelm you at all. I’m getting a bit of mango & papaya and the guava scent is nice. I am drinking this hot but I think it would definitely shine as an iced tea. I will have to try doing that soon!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Sounds good!

Daniel Scott

Two teaspoons in a cup sounds like so much to me! I’d generally use 1.5 teaspoons max in a 12 ounce cup, and I keep hearing things like this that make me wonder if I underleaf my teas all the time.

CHAroma

Lupicia in particular has a really weird leaf to water ratio. They say to brew their teabags, which contain about 3 grams of tea, in only 5 oz. of water.

TeaBrat

Daniel, it really depends on the tea. I know I have a tendency to over do it though. :)

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95
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
807 tasting notes

Such a supremely lovely tea.
Delicate and mellow – that perfect wind down relaxing cup for late afternoon early evening.
I think I shall have another!

Meowkattack

This is one of those teas that you end of having 3 consecutive cups/pots of…

Azzrian

Indeed – I am having Muscat Oolong now mmmmmm

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