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This was one I wanted to try because of the scent. It smells like a dark chocolate bar, and also a rich hot cocoa. That is what comes out the flavour- rich, smooth, and creamy chocolate. Will be nice to have chocolate in tea form for the Autumn season.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate

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

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
688 tasting notes

This tea smells caramel-like when dry, and there is a somewhat caramel flavour there steeped too. Caramel, yet cookie. I’ve had to finangle with all the steeping parameters to finally get a cup I’m nearly fully enjoying though.

This cup had 2.8g of dry tea/14 oz. of just under boiling water. Not actually 205 degrees, I only waited a few moments until the majority of steam was gone from the open kettle. Then a quick steep of 2.5 minutes.

I’m finding I want just a little bit more of something. Maybe adding milk would bring something out, though I’m not one for adding milk. Maybe my next cup I’ll be brave enough.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
TeaBrat

This is pretty good with milk (I use soymilk personally)

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drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
191 tasting notes

Got this one in my last swap with mj! Was going to try it like a month ago…but somehow it got lost on my shelf. Finally recovered it while organizing my tea the other day. So finally getting to try it!
Holy Shanghai!!
This is so chocolatey! So much dark chocolate…wow. xD
It’s so strong and rich…Don’t think I had expected it to be this chocolatey!
Definitely a winner!
Thanks again for the sample, mj! :D

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

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drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
179 tasting notes

MmmMmmMmmMmmelon! This is sweet but not artificial, and very, very melony. Cantaloupe and honeydew. The white tea part is very mild, really only noticeable mid-sip. There’s a hint of breadyness on the nose.

I’ve had a couple of hints of odd notes of olive that were only there for a split second, but they seem to be gone.

Quite nice, fresh and easy to drink. Thank you to Dexter for the sample!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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This was not bad – a delicate tea with fragrant jasmine which had just the taste of spring!! But I want to point out that the jasmine flavour was mostly gone after the first brew, and by the third brew it was totally gone… which suggests that the the scenting process might not be long enough.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I am more a fan of light and floral Taiwanese oolong, but I’ve got to admit that this is not bad. A warm, roasted flavour that reminds me of houjicha, with an unexpectedly sweet finish characteristic of Taiwanese oolong. Would really love to have some traditional Taiwanese pastries to go with it…

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

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Another that came as a sample from my classmate. It smelled so nice as leaves. Brewed- there is mostly a berry scent, with some apple. In the flavour, the berry still comes out more. Mostly, it’s just a sweet green tea.

Flavors: Berry, Green

Cameron B.

I find that I am usually disappointed by fruity green teas. :(

Lariel of Lórien

Yeah, I am liking their fruity black teas more.

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drank Emerald Earl Grey by Lupicia
311 tasting notes

This is drinkable perfume! The special oolong and white tea base gives this classic favourite a great twist. It is lighter and sweeter than traditional Earl Grey – great for hot summer days!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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Because I wanted to try some green tea, I got this one too. Apples! It smells so nicely like apples. Not so much Autumn apples, but Japanese apple candies. The flavour is fruity, mildly sweet, apple, and I like the base green.

This would be something I’d like to try iced.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Candy, Green Apple, Red Apple

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drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
408 tasting notes

I got to try this iced. Mmm… grapes. There is a nice, fruity scent. The flavour is sweet, and certainly tastes like muscat. Somehow a lot of their fruit flavoured teas end up tasting like Japanese candies I like. This one reminds me of a certain gummy candy.

Liked it, but I prefer the oolong.

Flavors: Fruity, Grapes

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
408 tasting notes

This is one of the teas my classmate sent when she went back to the store.

Such an interesting sounding tea, so I had to try. There is a nice roasted, sweet scent, slightly nutty scent. The caramel came out more in the flavour, it made for a very different tasting pairing with the houjicha. I was surprised how much I liked it, and it made me think of dessert. Perhaps a dessert I need to make. (Now I want to try other flavoured houjicha.)

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Roasted, Sweet

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drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
138 tasting notes

wow, so glad i decided to spring for some of this in my first Lupicia order! it’s effing delicious. it smells beyond divine. like apples so fresh and juicy you just wanna cold-steep this in an ice bath and chug the pitcher when it’s done.

the smell of the dry leaf. i can’t even talk about the smell. so appley luscious and rosy. i wouldn’t normally consider myself an apple fiend, especially when it comes to flavored things but this is by far the exception.

i mean i’m always open to wonderfully scented and flavored teas that are fruity, gourmand/sweet and what have you, but i really like this one. now i wanna give their Apple & Berry green a try as well….and of course their Grapefruit Green. i’m a grapefruit fiend & every now and again, i crave grapefruit like i crave oxygen. anyway, if Tsugaru Green is any indication of the quality of Lupicia’s flavored greens, i should have no trouble exploring their other green offerings! (Not least of all their matcha, hehe.)

i also got their Strawberry & Vanilla green which smelled so amazing i could have passed out. so yea, totally looking forward to fainting.

ETA my brother’s on vacation right now in Japan & he just climbed Mount Fuji with his friend! he said it was one of the most challenging yet rewarding things he’s ever done in his life. i told him about this tea & the famed San Tsugaru apples from Aomori Prefecture and said he should try and procure some if there are any in Tokyo!

how i wish i had a bowl of them in front of me right now, i would not cease to attack it and eat at least 3!!

Flavors: Apple, Fruity

ashmanra

I had a sample of it a while back. It really is quite good.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
138 tasting notes

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Flavors: Butter, Coffee, Cookie, Hazelnut, Nuts

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drank Orzo Strawberry by Lupicia
1945 tasting notes

Sipdown (139)!

I cold brewed my sample of this. Naively I didn’t look up the tea before doing so; I just kind of made the assumption that this was a strawberry black, and it is not. It is, in fact, another Barley tea which made me nervous. My experience with Mugicha was not a pleasant one; and I prepared that both times by cold brewing it.

This is not really so much of an exception. I’m noticing the exact same things are true about this blend that I didn’t really like so much with Mugicha; it very strongly tastes like bitter, cheap coffee grounds or highly burnt toast. However, this one also had bitter chocolate notes adding to the severe weirdness/harshness.

I have to hand it to the strawberry though; that bright strawberry taste that slipped into some sips redeemed this enough to make it drinkable. It still was not awesome though, so I’ve come to the realization I will have to try the next Barley tea that crosses my path hot. If I don’t like it hot, I think it’s clear that Barley tea is not so much a thing for me.

Cathy Zheng

I find that hot Orzo with milk becomes such a smooth cup of yum :)

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
408 tasting notes

The very nice Ost sent me this to try. It has a nice green and fruity scent. This has a good peachy green flavour, along with some creaminess from the vanilla. I had fresh peaches with it, which was even better. Now I’ve tried all their peach teas. :)

Flavors: Green, Peach, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Ost

Glad you liked it!!

Dustin

i love this tea!

Flyawaybirdie

Yay! I’m glad you got to try it!

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drank Hoshi Matsuri by Lupicia
58 tasting notes

A wonderful blend of flavors. Usually I don’t like flavored green teas, but this is fantastic. The cornflower adds a bit of creaminess without overpowering the green tea, and neither does the rooibos come off too strong.

Flavors: Cream, Green, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
517 tasting notes

Yum! Berries! I love love love cassis. Why aren’t more things in that flavor around here?
Thanks to Ashmanra, I get to experience this delicious cup of juicy sweet nectar. Love the supportive base that just allows the flavors to shine. Lupicia does such a great job with fruit flavors.
I need to get these cassis berries planted somewhere. And juneberries. That’s my plan.

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
495 tasting notes

And I managed to dash off a big article before going to bed tonight. Technically I still submitted it the day it was due, buuuut… does after office hours count?

Anyways.

This tea was good in that the chestnut flavour was really out there and prominent. Points for honesty from this tea. However, I’m not sure if it was the right tea for me, as I was hoping for something a tad sweeter.

Thanks to Sil for sending me a sample! I’m going to save the rest and send it as part of a swap package to Ost.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
1102 tasting notes

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drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
218 tasting notes

Another apple tea that is absolutely delicious!

It seems like Lupicia is kind of a hit or miss for me (although the misses are never truly bad and the hits are usually SUPER hits) but this one I am definitely enjoying. I am not sure if this is better than Nina’s Marie Antoinette or not… I wish I had more of MA in order to compare but the little sample I had I drank ages ago.

So, yeah, I guess Tsugaru is not just any apple but a special Japanese apple, probably slightly tarter than an ol’ granny smith (or maybe not, the google search came up with the information that it is “a cross between a Gold Delicious and Orange Pippin”). But I really don’t know. All I can say is that the tea is damn refreshing, tasty and smells super appley. I mean, really, it is an apple-crazy tea. It might not be an instant re-stock when I am out of it, but I will definitely want to have it on hand from time to time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
Cameron B.

Yum! There are way too many Lupicia teas that I want to try. :P

Kat_Maria

They have way too many of them to choose from :D

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drank Lanikai by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

Got this from hapatite awhile ago (many thanks, again!) but just got around to drinking it. I would say the vanilla and coconut flavors are very subtle, unless I simply didn’t use enough of the tea or didn’t steep it long enough. All in all, very nice, almost sophisticated, but if you’re in the mood for strong vanilla and tropical flavors, you won’t get a big hit of those flavors from this tea.

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
58 tasting notes

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Flavors: Apricot, White Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
912 tasting notes

I’ve been drooling over tasting notes of this tea for months now. Thank you Tealizzy for sending me a sample! :D

The oolong itself is your typical tightly rolled green oolong, but there was also this crazy neon green spiky piece of sugar candy in with the leaf! Looked like this http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/54/Kompeito_konpeito.JPG

The flavor is strikingly similar to these little individually wrapped muskmelon candies the local Vietnamese restaurant gives out at the end of the meal in lieu of a mint. I really like those candies and the flavor pairs very well with green oolong. Also this is fantastic iced! I drank it kind of fast because I just came in from hours of yard work. I finally planted my fall crop of lettuce, beets, green onion and fancy radishes :)

I enjoyed every sip! Would consider ordering this some day, especially for iced tea. Thanks again Tealizzy!

Tealizzy

I knew you’d like it. It really is a winner!! :)

Lariel of Lórien

It’s fantastic. I tried to promote it at the store.

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Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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