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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
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drank Aloalo by Lupicia
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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
560 tasting notes

Two people on my dash had this today, and I really needed a caffeine-free tea that tastes lovely over ice so Golden Honew Dew it is!
I should’ve known to bring some of this with me when I met up with keychange at Disneyland today!! I still ended giving her a lot of other teas, but this one. Ahh how could I have forgotten!
But this is an absolutely lovely tea. Just a couple spoonfuls into a jar and sweetner, pour it over ice and it makes a lovely nighttime tea :)


I totally went to the Happiest Place on Earth with keychange today and it was tons of fun! It was a very different experience for me since she and her friend are both blind, but dude, I had a lot of fun. And I’m super happy that they had tons of fun as well! It did take us a while to get started with the passes and everything, but once we got on our first attraction, it was nonstop from there. We had such a fantastic time with Mary Poppins, and I’m actually going back to the parks tomorrow and head over to City Hall and let the people at guest relations know that Mary pretty much made our entire day :)

I do have a headache now though blehhh :/ It’s the whole spending the day at the parks/heat exhaustion thing that gives me these headaches soooo after this cuppa it’s time for bed! Parks for a couple hours tomorrow, and then an 8.5 hour shift that ends at 2am. Oh I’m living the life :))

((I don’t know if that’s supposed to be sarcastic of not…))

Flavors: Honeydew

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 4 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Roswell Strange

Very Jelly that you got to meet the spectacular Keychange! :P

jump62359

She was lovely!
I say we ship all you lovely Canadians over to Disneyland and we all have a lovely day together :) See if we can get them to pull a couple of strings for us (since we’re pretty dang special. Come on, we’re adorable) so we can have tea with the princesses!
Oh, a girl can dream :)

Cheri

That sounds like a spectacular day! I know that the only Disney I’ve ever been to is EPCOT as an adult and it was such a fun, wonderful day! Disney may be expensive, but they do do it right.

jump62359

Epcot is my favourite of all the Disney parks in Florida!! If you do visit another time, make sure to go sometime in the fall when they have the Food and Wine festival. Last year there were 30 countries represented and each country had like 3-5 selections for food and multiple beers/wines to taste as well. It was like $3-$5 per plate and I had TONS of fun! And they always have someone performing each night as well :)

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
420 tasting notes

Wow. I’ve never been a fan of rooibos, so I was hesitant to try this sample that I’ve had for a while. But then I realized I had only ever tried red rooibos and this one has green rooibos. When I opened up the bag, it smelled like delicious, juicy honeydew with no medicinal rooibos smell. Off to a good start! After steeping it, there was a slight medicinal smell, but that may have been a bit psychological. The taste of the tea is purely juicy honeydew. It reminds me of this Korean popsicle I had as a kid that totally defined my summers. I’m very delightfully surprised with how much I like this one. The one criticism I might have is that it does run on the sweet side, so I have to be in the mood for something sweeter. I bet it would also make a really great cold brew, but sadly, I only have enough sample left to make one hot cuppa later. Perhaps I will pick some up when I get back to California. I’m really tempted.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
4704 tasting notes

FInal tea of the evening while i take a relax break and watch bad TV. go go adam baldwin and mcsteamy lol anyway i chose this one because someone commented on it today and so it was in my head heh. still loving this and glad i picked up 100g of it! it’s especially going to be nice in winter when i need a taste of summer!

Final Count: 138 (Only seemingly down one but i added teas to the cupboard today, so not too shabby!)

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
149 tasting notes

This is my last sachet of Cookie, and I will miss it dearly.

Especially since I burned my hand spilling a good third of this over it by accident, and then overcompensated by adding too much milk. Sad Kelsh is sad.

I’ll miss you, Cookie. You were truly gorgeous.

TeaBrat

Oh, great minds think alike, I just had this too :)

Sami Kelsh

Great minds indeed!

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
2307 tasting notes

Good day Steepster…
I had kind of a rough morning, I was over at my boyfriend’s house in Berkeley and woke up with itchy hives again. Decided to go home and take some Benadryl and that seems to have helped the problem, though it made me so sleepy I didn’t wake up again until almost 11:30.

I decided to have some of this as my wake up call. This is actually a fairly decent breakfast tea and goes well with a slice of gluten free toast. This really does taste like someone crushed up a cookie and threw it in the tea. Very caramel, sweet type of flavor.

I know my immune system has been out of whack lately and I’ve been very prone to stress related illnesses. I think I’ll try to focus on green teas and decafs for the rest of the day.

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

Oh, itchy hives, so nasty. Hope it goes away soon…

Jason

Good day to you.

Sami Kelsh

Ugh, I know the feel of itchy. I feel your pain. :(

TeaBrat

Thanks everyone :)

mj

I had a problem with hives for about six months after I got a GIANT bug bite from some indeterminate insect. Seriously, the bite took up about 3/4 of my inner thigh. Anyway, the doctor prescribed me a topical steroid which helped a ton! Maybe look into that?

TeaBrat

mj – if I continue to have these problems I will def. go see a doctor. It’s only been a week and I’m just hoping they go away! Thanks for the tip…

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drank Orzo Cioccolata by Lupicia
191 tasting notes

This sample came from Dexter awhile ago. I have had so many samples this one got overlooked until now. I haven’t been doing any tea notes lately as all I’ve been having on the Candida diet is Pau D’arco tea, peppermint & some rooibos. Today I thought I would try something different but herbal. I was surprised this one was herbal.

It brewed up so dark I wondered if there was coffee in it even though it was marked herbal. I searched on Lupicia’s website and discovered no coffee but is roasted barley. Wow, it’s dark and robust with chocolatey notes. It’s a bit too dark for me though. If I had been a coffee drinker trying to get off coffee this tea would be spot on. However, I am a green tea lover looking for something herbal like a green tea. Any coffee lovers out there will enjoy this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dexter

Hmmmm interesting – I actually haven’t tried this one yet. Am putting it on my “inspired by dashboard list for tomorrow”. If this is coffee ish, I’m going to like it – sorry that it wasn’t for you. :((

yyz

I haven’t had this but I can imagine it being coffeish. Orzo is what you will most likely be served if you ask for decaf coffee in most places I have been in Italy.

Ubacat

Thanks Dexter. It was still a good tea , just not for me.

Ubacat

Ah, so they are drinking it as a replacement coffee!

yyz

Yes, most of the time they have it in a nescafe type machine, but I did see a few places pull it through an espresso machine.

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drank Roasted Beans by Lupicia
106 tasting notes

I got this in a swap with KallieBoo!. Not the sort of thing I would normally try. I had difficulty identifying the aroma until I thought of burnt popcorn, which is almost a perfect fit. I don’t think I would have been able to drink this without sugar and just couldn’t like it. Not what I would call tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank White Peony by Lupicia
4704 tasting notes

16/28
this one comes to me courtesy of variatea sadly this one falls short for me as it really just tastes a little like floral water. BUT glad i got the chance to try it out. Thanks VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

I had the same experience but I figured you haven’t tried it yet so might as well pass some along :P

Sil

yep! i appreciate it haha

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Oops, I didn’t realize there was coffee in this, the pu’erh was risky enough at 9pm!

This tea is really tasty, slightly cookie-ish and lots of sweet cinnamon. Not a tea for coffee haters because that’s a very strong component! I almost think the name should be more like “cinnamon coffee pu’erh” vs cinnamon cookie. Coffee stands out for sure.

I added cream and it was a nice post supper treat. I will try it for breakfast sometime wheni not worried about caffeine.

Definitely another Lupicia win!

Jennkay

Ooh, sounds yummy. I’m adding this to my shopping list!

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drank Uji Sencha by Lupicia
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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
54 tasting notes

I didn’t find this sencha to be that memorable really. I didn’t get the hint of sweet potatoes it mentioned and I felt that the sencha was actually quite mild. When I open up a satchet of Sencha, I want to be engulfed in the vegetal scent of rich, grass-green sencha. I didn’t get that with this Lupicia tea. I got a weak flavored tea that wasn’t as full-bodied as I would have liked.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
12 tasting notes

Absolutely perfect for times when you want something flavored and sweet but not artificial. It just tastes like sweet honeydew and a nice green oolong perfectly balanced. I love that you can taste the tea base, and that both flavors complement one another so well. I usually let it cool a little before drinking it, as I find that the melon flavor stands out more once it’s cooled down.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
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Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Kilauea by Lupicia
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OMG! OMG! What did I do wrong?! How could something so awful come out of such a pretty tin? Did I overleaf? Does it need sugar? Aaaaack! Diluting and adding sugar makes it more palatable, but I’m still weary of it. It has this sharp tang that I’m not liking. Slowly some fruity flavor is coming out, but I think I should revisit this in cold brew format.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Ellyn

ugh, I hate when such promise becomes so wrong!

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drank Joyeux Noël by Lupicia
1012 tasting notes

From the reddit travelling tea box

This one looked promising – a black blend of ctc and leafy bits. Big cubes of something, marigold petals and lumps of golden rock sugar. Taste? Meh. I’ve had many great Lupicia teas, but out of all the Lupicia teas I’ve had, this one is on the bottom. It’s bitter, roasty, acidic with a little bit of sweetness. It does taste like roasted chestnuts, if I ate one whole with the peel on. I think it might work if one adds milk, or maybe coffee drinkers, but blaaah. Sorry Lupicia.

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drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
1913 tasting notes

I’m on vacation/working vacation in the northeast and have been drinking my sachets of this tea while I’m traveling. I don’t have too many left (maybe 3?) and I always assumed that although this is somewhat difficult to get ahold of I would be able to restock it eventually.

But Dustin has just found out that they are discontinuing this one! :( This is so tasty, the passion fruit is a great unusual addition to the EG. Oh well, another cupboard staple gone forever.

Rosehips

Oh no! Discontinued? I loved this one.

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drank El Nino by Lupicia
560 tasting notes

I still have no idea what’s in this tea but I’m drinking it and I have just enough of this to make 4oz and it’s pretty perfect since I’m drinking out of my finum baby teacup tonight!

Caramel and chocolate. It was surrounded by a bunch of caffeine-free teas when I got it so I think it’s safe to say this is decaf? Ahh well, it’s a nice tea. Just like before, if it is supposed to have all the flavour, I’m expecting it to be caffeinated. If it’s a decaf tea, then it’s how it’s supposed to taste: slightly watered down. Good tea, glad I was able to try it out :)

boychik

Sorry it’s not related to this tea, but have you tried Natsukoi?

jump62359

Oh don’t apologize!
But enlighten me, what is Natsukoi? I googled it and I got anime, a song, and a game. I’m not familiar with it whatsoever!

boychik

It’s Lupicia two versions of lemon teas black and green, limited editions. Since you live near Lupicia I thought you know;)

jump62359

Oh!! Haha, silly me!
But I used to live near Lupicia. Or at least it was just a quick train ride away. Now that I’m back in Southern California, the nearest one is about a 45 minute drive. And with the traffic, that can be double :/ I pretty much only visit Lupicia whenever I’m home, which is pretty rare. Sad for me, but my wallet is happy ahha

boychik

45 min is nothing;). I go for harney or kusmi or David’s and it takes me 1hr to get to manhattan by train.

jump62359

But I have to drive! Trains are fun. I just hop on and I can read and do whatever. Sitting in traffic? Naww, I can do something else with my time.

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drank Muscat Oolong by Lupicia
493 tasting notes

The fifth Lupicia tea I tried from my order.

This is just to say “wow”. So grapey. Amazing. Natural tasting, incredibly fruity.
Like REAL grape juice, but with the sweetness tempered by the oolong base.

I didn’t even know that “Muscat” was a grape related word up until recently. I kept seeing people use it to describe Darjeeling tea and I was all like “wtf is this?!”.

Anyway. I can’t see myself ever tasting grapes in a Darjeeling but never say never.

I’m so off topic.

This tea.
It’s really refreshing and natural tasting. I bet it would be delicious cold brewed.

Lupicia, you’re awesome.

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Lupicia tea #4!

I will make this short as it’s bedtime.

This was a well done dessert tea. Definitely tasted like chocolate and strawberries, but not in a gross, artificial way.

And the pu’erh just seemed to add a deep richness to it, a subtle earthiness that took away from the sweetness. In a good way.

This isn’t one I would need to stock, once it’s gone it wouldn’t likely make it back on my shopping list but it’s pretty awesome how well done the flavours are. Good when I’m having a chocolate craving! Which is most of the time, really :)

boychik

No mushrooms I hope

Sil

This one isn’t bad as a latte

whatshesaid

No mushrooms! Lol. The flavour hides the mushrooms.

Good idea Sil!

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
493 tasting notes

The third Lupicia tea that I tried from my recent order.
I kept telling myself I’d hold back and wait to finish some older teas before digging into these, but I was too damn excited. I have zero restraint at the best of times, to be honest.

This was the first one to disappoint me, sadly.
I’m not sure where the caramel is?

I added some milk, which brought out the creamy aspect, but really I was just tasting a toasty green tea. Perhaps there’s an underlying sweetness that one could attribute to caramel flavouring, but I am not that one.

Maybe different steeping parameters would make a difference.

It also doesn’t help that to me this tastes a lot like Harney and Son’s Tokyo, which I also bought recently.

And which I haven’t reviewed yet, but did try, and found the caramel taste to be lacking from that also.

Thus far, my favourite caramel flavoured green tea is still the one from Persimmon Tree.

I shall keep messing with these other two though, lawd knows I have enough!

If anyone would like to try this, hit me up. I was so excited to taste it after reading other reviews, but I feel as though I’m definitely missing something.

Courtney compared it to Nina’s Japon in her review, and strangely enough I also found that one to be suspiciously lacking in caramel taste. Maybe my tongue is broken where caramel is concerned. Or maybe I’d notice it if I tried sweetening these teas.

Ah well. So far the only disappointment from my long awaited Lupicia order!

Courtney

Darn! I really enjoyed this one. I hope the others work out a bit better. :)

mj

I also didn’t taste much caramel in Nina’s Japon. But it was still pretty good

boychik

Did you add any sweetener, just a bit it bring out the caramel? I haven’t try this tea, just guessing. Also I’ve noticed more flavors as tea cools.

Dexter

I really liked this one too – love the nutty roasty hojicha, I thought that gave it a bit of “burned sugar” that I associate with caramel.
Sorry that you aren’t enjoying it – but you seem to like most of your Lupica order – maybe this one just isn’t meant to be…

whatshesaid

I didn’t mind the nutty/roasty hojicha, I just didn’t get much else out of it! I’m wondering if my idea of what caramel is doesn’t line up with reality, haha. I will try this again with a bit of sugar though!

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drank Hatsukoi by Lupicia
404 tasting notes

I picked up this tea at my recent splurge visit to the Honolulu Lupicia store! I was SO excited to be there and check out their Hawaii exclusive blends. Turns out they are discontinuing and reworking some of them, which is disappointing. So no more of the banana chocolate rooibos, chocolate macadamia nut or passion fruit earl grey. The six they are keeping are all fruity teas and I really liked that they had more of a variety with the old mix. I was told that what they had in the store was the last of the older blends and they had limited amounts of those.

Anyways, on to this tea… it comes in a green or a black base and I picked the green since it seemed more fitting with the scent. I’m drinking it hot today, but I can see how this would make an amazing iced tea. I think I overleafed, but the tea seems pretty forgiving and is nice anyways. It has a very bright and crisp citrus taste on the sip. As the lemon from the sip fades, the lemongrass flavor comes in. I’m having it without any sugar, which is odd for me, but it is quite nice and sharp this way. I think I can taste some of the green base, but it is hidden a bit behind the lemon. Overall it’s a really enjoyable tea and I’m looking forward to having it iced!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Chocolate macadamia nut tea sounds delicious! :O

TeaBrat

Cameron, I actually have that tea if you ever want to try it :)

Cameron B.

Sure, remind me the next time we swap! <3

Dustin

I have one of the choco-mac teas that I bought when they had them on sale online and I had to buy another in the store since they said it was being discontinued! It is my hoarding nature. :/

Dinosara

Noooo not the passion fruit EG! I had been drinking my sachets assuming I could get more of it eventually. :( Oh well.

Dustin

I only just tried the Loki Lani and really liked it. All they had left was the sachets. It’s like falling in love with someone who has terminal cancer. It’s only a matter of time before they leave you. Too dramatic? ;)

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drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
696 tasting notes

This is a green rolled oolong with amazing plum flavors. I LOVE it.. I’m not normally a green oolong lover, but this one isn’t too “green” for me and it’s not too floral, just a nice light oolong with plum. Yummy
This is the perfect tea to steep in a clear glass mug with a glass infuser. It’s nice to be able to watch the green leaves unfurl.
This whole experience was enabled by the one, the only, the fabulous, TheTeaFairy. That’s right folk, she sent me the mug, the infuser, and the tea!!! Her generosity always humbles me and I am truly grateful for all that she does/has done for me. THANK YOU

TheTeaFairy

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Lariel

Plum oolong? More tea for me to eye longingly.

Roswell Strange

Damn I want to try this one (someday)! That’s awesome though; Steepster people are THE BEST!

Dexter

I know – she was smarter than I was – she bought this one I didn’t, if I ever order from them again this is a must have. Yep, there are a lot of amazing people on this site!!!

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