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drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
105 tasting notes

i have had a few genmais but after a couple of months of not having had much tea (when i got back to the philippines, i didnt have water heating implements and time to get some and prepare some tea so i subsisted on matcha mixed with cool water to keep me awake in class, thanks to Red Leaf Tea i was able to pay attention to biochem this summer) when i had this, i was like…transported to japan! ah, it is wonderful to have good tea on hand!

Thanks to Azz for this swap! Im enjoying every sip of it!

teapot1

yssah!!! How are you?

yssah

omygosh this has been here forever? :s

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drank Fantasy by Lupicia
3230 tasting notes

I’m finally getting my tastebuds back.
I may never eat grapefruit again…
I made a nice big pot of this to enjoy in the bubble bath. It was very pleasant. Early on I tasted sweet juicy apple. I don’t know if there’s actually apple in there, lol, but that’s what I tasted, along with a gentle black tea & caramel.
This is a sipdown from the Super sampler Sil sent me. Thanks again!

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
3230 tasting notes

So in order to get through the TTB quickly, I’m using my 4 oz gaiwans to brew half cups, that way I can sample a bunch of tea in small amounts. I’m still going with western parameters though.

This tea initially seemed like it might be kind of nice, but after a few sips my mouth began to feel strange, & my sinuses feel the way I feel when someone wearing perfume enters the room, so I’m guessing there are artificial flavors in this.
NEXT!

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drank Caramele by Lupicia
3230 tasting notes
  1. from the TTBA:
    This was tasty! Not as interesting as Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam, but still a nice cup of joy :)

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drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
70 tasting notes

Let me preface this note by saying that my experience is probably just a matter of personal preference, so I’m not rating this tea. I love some green teas, but they tend to be mild and sweet varieties, with delicate vegetal and/or floral notes. The stronger a green becomes, the less likely I am to love it.

I wanted to like this tea. There was a strong green-bean aroma in the dry leaf and the broth was very green, thick, and salty, like soup. Unfortunately, with each sip it took on a bitterness that crept in incrementally until its presence was overpowering. I actually had to spit out the last sip I took because I thought about it too hard and the bitter notes in the cooling tea activated a gag reflex (I’m sure you wanted to know that…?).

The good news is there’s probably someone out there who would love this freshly-opened package of tea.

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Ah, sweet potato pie… I can taste sweet potato but I don’t think pie when I drank it. The bag got a little squished when I had it so a lot of little dust particles floating in my tea so it was pretty dark for a 3 minute steep, not sure if that’s the right color. Tastes ok, but not something I’d get more of.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
616 tasting notes

Got this sample from Shelley_Lorraine :)

I guess I’m having a hard time getting past the base here. It’s a really a strong, robust black tea. I definitely get the caramel and vanilla taste, and something almost nutty. It’s definitely a strong tea first and cookie flavors second though. And the leaves after steeping smelled almost like…popcorn and milk that was left on the counter all day. Kind of a turn off.

I have enough for one more cup, so maybe I’ll rate it then after I try it with milk and sugar.

Shelley_Lorraine

I hear milk and/or sugar is necessary to get the most out of these type of teas. I’m not one for milk or cream in my tea, so I will never know! I thought this tea was a bit like a burnt cookie on its own. :p

moraiwe

It’s still not preferable, but not that long ago I was hugely against milk and sugar until I started making lattes! Then suddenly I was experiencing subtleties and flavor nuances I hadn’t before. It’s still not my preferred way to drink tea, but I’m for pretty much any kind of experimentation now. :) Burnt cookie is a pretty apt description for sure though.

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drank Soba Seed Stem by Lupicia
361 tasting notes

This is good. Very easy to drink and not bitter. It’s pretty much genmaicha but with soba seeds instead of roasted rice. I’m enjoying it, but I like the rice version better.

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drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
3230 tasting notes

Sipdown #7, ending the day at 311 teas, I think. They may not be entirely accurate, actually, because there were a few teas I restocked from Butiki, but I’ll settle out the numbers at the end of the month.

This was a generous sample from Sil, a nice fruity blend, also a decaf, which allowed me to drink one more cup of black tea into the evening. Thanks Sil!

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drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
3230 tasting notes

I don’t usually drink a lot of ‘decaf’ teas, but it is getting late, so here it is. This is a rather tasty blend, with lychee being the predominant flavor, followed by strawberries & peach. Another tea from Sil, thanks!

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drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
3230 tasting notes

Thank you Sil! This is a tasty fruity treat! I haven’t had a lychee in years, & as soon as I started sipping this, that was the first thing I noticed. The lychee is the dominant flavor, & it lingers on the back of the tongue. This is mouthwatering & lovely.

Sil

this really should be called lychee. heh that being said i haven’t tried lupicia’s actual lychee tea.

Terri HarpLady

Jeez, how much more lychee flavored could it get? I mean this one was lychee all the way, at least for my taste buds.

Sil

yeah i’m with you on that lol

Tamm

Ah! dies If this is really lychee then I’m wishing I had some. The last lychee tea I had was full on rose soap…

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
1220 tasting notes

Collaspes on your Steepster dashboard.

As you can see from my lack of notes I have been part of an assassination plot known as an 8 page paper + test one day followed by a 38 question take home final, homework, and another test the next day. I have lived, I am not sure if my grades did. (Who am I kidding they’re probably all on life support anyway but at this point I just strive to meet the grades that make the class count.)

BUT I am now done with 1/2 my semester and I don’t think I even have to go to school tomorrow and I have one class entirely left and then a week to study for micro. And then after that test I get a week off before I’m taking environmental econ. I hope I don’t need to repeat any classes but I might have to repeat one. Which sucks but ugh this semester.

So now I can finally log my teas from the past couple of days starting with Cookie, which helped me write my paper. I got this from Azzrian forever ago and I was messing w/my teas last week and realized how many things I’ve gotten from people and held onto for ages and haven’t tried, so I’m attempting to do that over new things. I’m gonna try not to open packages now and get through these old ones.

I was pretty sure I was going to have to go grab milk and sugar to make this tasty, since it’s CTC and old. But it turned out just fine and was tasty. The flavor was more like a tea biscuit rather than a cookie, but better than your average biscuit…this has caramel.

I have enough left to give it a shot a bit stronger, I’d be curious to try it that way with milk and sugar. Just didn’t want to this particular day.

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drank Honey & Pear by Lupicia
361 tasting notes

Backlog from last night.

I had this one after a few gin and tonics last night. More buttery hojicha but this time mixed with a very faint flavor of pear. The honey was more pronounced. Enjoyed this one too. Nice way to transition away from cocktails at the end of the night.

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drank Slow-Life Tea by Lupicia
361 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday.

Really enjoyed this one. Buttery Hojicha mixed with some puerh (couldn’t even taste it) and some corn and something else. But it pretty much tasted like buttery roasted grains. In a good way. Glad I got this one.

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drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
818 tasting notes

Got this in teabag form as a sample the last time I was in the Lupicia store. I thought I was in the mood for this one this morning, as I usually like dark berry flavored teas. I may have pversteeped it, since I’m used to steeping parameters for loose leaf rather than teabags now. It got dark really fast. The dark berry flavor was very pronounced…good, but not as well rounded as i would like. Unfortunately, it turns out I really don’t like the Lupicia black tea base. Oh well, at least I know that now!

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
361 tasting notes

I have been wanting to try this tea for months. It has taken every ounce if willpower to not order it sooner. I love hojicha teas. And I think it’s a great base tea for flavors that go well with roastiness. And I love caramel. So I finally caved and ordered some.

I think they sent me the wrong tea. I hope anyway. This has zero caramel flavor. Even when I close my eyes and think only caramely thoughts, I get no caramel. There aren’t any caramel or almond chunks as seen in the picture either. Gotta be the wrong tea, right?

Or is this just bad? I mean its a good hojicha. But that’s not what I wanted. I wanted a buttery roasty hojicha with a little bit of burnt sugar flavor, or creamy caramel, I don’t really care which. Just something! Boo!

Sil

Awe :(

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drank Roasted Beans by Lupicia
361 tasting notes

I’ve been diggin the roasted grain teas lately. This tea is a little too strange for me. The soybeans dominate. Add a weird sweet soy nuts flavor to it and the aftertaste is really medicinal. Once I added a dash of salt it’s not half bad. More of a broth than a tea. I won’t restock this but have about 50g left. Anybody want to try it?

Kittenna

I think I felt similarly about Lupicia’s Matcha Black Soybean tea, or whatever it was. Weird soy nut flavour, bitterness… quite odd. If you feel like hanging onto this for a bit, I’d be curious to try it (but I think I’d best not swap for at least a month due to being crazy busy… just ask my last two swap partners, who got their packages mailed out two weeks late!)

Kaylee

Maybe use it to cook rice?

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
3230 tasting notes

Sil Sample Sipdown!!
I’m sitting here waiting for the Game of Thrones to start. I’ve been enjoying sipping teas.
I have to say, rooibos freaks me out, LOL. I don’t know what it is, but it’s really creepy looking stuff. It looks like insect legs, or something. It looks like it’s made out of the same stuff beetles are made out of, shellac or whatever.
Regardless, I’ve enjoyed this peach & rooibos tea. Thanks Sil!

Sil

LOL you’re silly

Tamm

Oh gosh, I’m going to think that every time I brew rooibos now aren’t I?

Terri HarpLady

Probably Tamm. Look at it, look up close. I mean, really, what is that stuff??? It isn’t leaves, so what the hell is it?

Tamm

dies well…roasted grasshoppers comes to mind!

Cavocorax

Game of Throooooones. :O We’re crazy I guess and are waiting for the season to end so we can watch it all at once, but part of me is antsy and wants it now.

Also, I’m glad I don’t see rooibos the same way as you!

Terri HarpLady

Sometimes I’ll save a whole series of a show & then watch all the episodes back to back over a weekend. I read all the game of thrones books last spring, back to back. So it’s interesting seeing how they are interpreted, & I can’t wait like that for this show. :)

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
3230 tasting notes

I threw this in my purse sometimes yesterday afternoon to bring to Tony’s, & a little while ago I remembered it was there. I tend to love anything that tastes like Peaches, & most of the people I’ve traded with have read that in my bio & sent me every Peach tea under the Sun. I probably need to update my bio to take that Peach bit out, because I’ve learned that most Peach teas disappoint. Usually the flavor is fake tasting, or it’s more of an under-ripe peach flavor. I’m also not a huge fan of rooibos.

This Peach Melba, which is not a true melba, since there are no raspberries in it, is non-the-less probably my favorite rooibos blend to date :) In the bag, it smells wonderfully peachy & juicy, mouthwatering really. In the cup it’s not quite so, but it is still very tasty & comforting, with a mild peachy taste, a creamy feel, & I have to say, the flavors meld nicely. I think maybe Peach is a complimentary mix with Rooibos.

Thanks to Sil for sending me this sample (& many more). :D

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drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
1137 tasting notes

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
1220 tasting notes

Meh. I am just not impressed with Lupicia’s peach flavor. Even if it tasted like peach candy, I’d be happy, but I just don’t get peach at all. This one at least is the most tolerable out of all momo related teas, which is good because I got an entire tin in that happy bag.

The green tea itself is really good though, I wonder if it’s the vanilla that just throws everything off for me. I may have to try cold brewing it to see if I like it better cold and maybe prepared a different way.

I decided I’m not going to class tomorrow because I am afraid of going downtown until this Final Four stuff is done. Also pollen but that’s a terrible excuse as I’m going to be planting. My city started up a community garden and I may get a plot! I just have to keep living here then…I was considering going back into Atlanta proper when my lease was up but I am dying to be part of a community garden, especially if it’s just starting up.

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drank Tochiotome Green by Lupicia
1893 tasting notes

Dry, this smells like fresh strawberry candy, or maybe the sugary strawberry beginnings of my mom’s homemade strawberry jam. The sugary-strawberry doesn’t come through as strongly once it’s steeped; just a pleasant light green tea base with a fruity aftertaste that stays on your tongue.

Perfect for a genuinely gentle, warm spring afternoon in my patio glider. I may never go inside.

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drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
1137 tasting notes

Genmaicha sent to me by ToiToi =)

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drank Kamairicha "Gokase" by Lupicia
1137 tasting notes

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