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86
drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
1374 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (155)

Thank you Kat_Maria for sharing this with me. This cup was a lot of dust so I am finding it very vegetal and not all that pleasant which is a sad way to see it go especially since I know it can be so much better. I am glad I got the chance to try it though!

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84
drank Banane Chocolate by Lupicia
1374 tasting notes

It feels like a Sipdown Saturday of Sadness as I say goodbye to so many tasty teas. This is yet another that is hard to see go. It has a great banana flavor that is true to the ripe fruit, and that flavor is complimented by the smooth black base and notes of chocolate drizzle floating around in the cup. Rich and full and definitely something I will be seeing again. Thank you Dustin for sharing!!

Courtney

That sounds so sad. I have this one on my Lupicia order list for whenever that happens haha.

VariaTEA

Haha. It is bittersweet. Sucks to say goodbye but it is nice to reign in my cupboard.

Cavocorax

I know I want a tin of this one. It’s good, and one I’d probably restock after (which is why the tin’d be good)

Courtney

Cavo what did you think of this one versus Tea Desire banana chocolate one?

VariaTEA

I know you asked Cavo but I much preferred this one to the Tea Desire one. It wasn’t as over the top sweet but still had a nice chocolate banana flavor.

Courtney

I appreciate all answers. :) I have ordered teas ‘sight unseen’ on your reviews, so I value your opinion too!

Cavocorax

So strange! I thought I commented here, but I don’t see it? Hope I didn’t comment somewhere else. :P ANyway I prefer the Lupicia tea! The Tea Desire one was good, but sorta oily in the way that Teavana teas are.

Courtney

Thanks for all the advice ladies. :) Lupicia is looking better and better.

VariaTEA

Aww thank you Courney but you trusted me with Strawberries and Cream and that did not work out well :(. I feel as though I failed you. With that said, I highly recommend a Lupicia Order :P.

Courtney

No worries! French Butter Cookie MORE than made up. :) I am going to get a few sipdowns done of actual cupboard-status teas, then Lupicia will be in order for sure!

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82
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
2180 tasting notes

Sipdown of the day…
I decided I wanted to try this as a cold brew last night and I’m having it today with my lunch. Pineapple seems like a difficult flavor to “get right” in tea but I do enjoy this whenever I have it. Probably will be a restock someday, but I might wait until I have finished off some of the other oolongs I have first or tried a few new ones.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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72
drank Neptune by Lupicia
1415 tasting notes

This is another sample from Kat_Maria! Sadly, I’m not getting much from it right now, but maybe I need to steep it a bit longer! I’ll rate it when I try it again.

VariaTEA

I was not a lover of this one either. It just doesn’t stand up to all the other amazing Lupicia teas.

Cavocorax

That’s pretty much how I feel. Means one less decision to make when trying to make room in my shopping cart!

VariaTEA

Haha. That was my thought too. I was like “thank god Lupicia doesn’t make every tea perfect or my wallet would be very, very sad”

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66
drank Happiness by Lupicia
1197 tasting notes

From the queue

Here’s another one from the EU TTB round 2. I used half of this sample this afternoon for a cup of tea (he had something else) and a couple of biscuits on the sofa.

I have to say that while it was a fine tea, it didn’t really leave much in the way of an impression on me. I tried to guess what was in it without looking it up and only got as far as ‘orange, I think.’ Having now checked it’s actually peach and grapefruit. I suppose that now, afterwards, I can see the peach in it, but it was not something that sprang to mind while drinking. I knew there was something citrus, though.

Apart from the fruit, it mostly just tasted like a green tea. For some reason it made me think of gunpowder in spite of the fact that I haven’t had any gunpowder for a couple of years and can’t rightly recall what that tastes like. But it’s supposed to also have green rooibos in it, which I also don’t rightly know what tastes like, but I couldn’t pick anything out in the flavour where I thought that must be the rooibos.

A pleasant enough blend, but not really something mind-blowing.

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82
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
1415 tasting notes

Thank you Kat_Maria for letting me try this!

I drank Nina’s Japon last night and this morning and this is the perfect cup for comparison purposes. I expected them to be similar, and they are, but they’re not quite comparable. This one is less complicated – just caramel, slightly creamy caramel, with dense grassy green tea. It’s quite good, but I’d probably go back to Nina’s if I had to pick just one.
Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
283 tasting notes

Much better steeped at a lower temp! I did 205 this time. I’m getting a bit of the chocolate in a familiar Lupicia base with the light taste and astringency of chestnut. I’m feeling like chestnut is better suited with green teas because of the lighter flavor and feel of the base, but chocolate is better on a black base. But chocolate and nuts are so good together! I guess that leaves me conflicted, but that won’t stop me from drinking the rest of this cup and enjoying the rest of this bag!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Hanalei by Lupicia
440 tasting notes

Mmmm, banana runts iced tea. Lol! I do love Hanalei though, and the amazing shave ice over macadamia nut ice cream you can get there! Man, I need to get back to Kauai!!

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72
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Lupicia
603 tasting notes

I’ve never had a sweet potato pie or casserole, so I really couldn’t tell you how this ranks up with the real thing.

But it is a good cup of tea, so there’s that.

It has a sweet starchy quality, and tastes like caramelized sweet potato and honey. There’s a mild amount of creaminess in the cup, as well. And even with the all the flavors coming through, the tea does as well. I don’t always like Lupicia’s black base, but I think it went really well with this one. The astringency in the cup just slightly reminds me of a starchy dryness.

I remember trying Adagio’s Sweet Potato pie waaaay back when it first came out, and I unfortunately can’t remember much about it. I don’t recall it being this sweet,but iI’m not necessarily comfortable making comparisons.

Thanks for the sample Dustin!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Chocolate & Strawberry Puer by Lupicia
4046 tasting notes

I DID IT! i finally had time to make this in latte form and let me tell you…not drinking it any other way. it’s like a creamy chocolate strawberry milkshake latte.. so neener neener!

TeaBrat

sounds tasty!

Amariel

Ooooh! Now I really want to try this one!!

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99
drank Yume by Lupicia
685 tasting notes

Its going to be a gorgeous spring day today. I am spending all of it at work. Blergh.
But, I will start it with this gorgeous tea. and some berries for breakfast.
Off to work. But its friday. I can handle friday.

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98
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
1374 tasting notes

Sad, sad sipdown. Although the blow is softened given I will get at least one more cup soon enough thanks to the lovely jump62359 (sorry if I screwed up the numbers).

Thank you Dustin for sharing with me. This tea is perfect. Delicious honey dew flavor that is true to the fruit, AND its caffeine free?!? Doesn’t get much better than this.

Amariel

Oooh, this one has potential!

MissB

This tea is amazing. I need to have some more tonight…

Amariel

I really want to try this one! I added it to my wishlist. It’s green rooibos, so I ought to be good with it.and I love honeydew…

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78
drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
1374 tasting notes

Usually I avoid oolong teas but Kat_Maria was kind enough to send this over so I decided to give it a try. Luckily, just like Melon Oolong, the base is not as strong as oolongs tend to be and thus I am finding the cup quite enjoyable. The mango flavor is fresh and sweet and the whole tea is light and fruity. Very nice. I don’t think I will be stocking up on this one because there are other mango teas I enjoy more but this is a tasty option to have. Thank you for sharing, Kat_Maria!

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86
drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
1374 tasting notes

I am liking this one. A lot. I honestly was not expecting to enjoy it this much but it really is a good cup of tea. The green base is smooth and light which allows the perfectly rich chestnut flavor to shine. Thank you Kat_Maria for sharing this with me! It truly is great!

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drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
361 tasting notes

Thanks, Sil, for this sample!

I tried this last night before going to bed. While the dry leaf smelled similar to other chocolate teas that I have found to be too “boozy” for me, the brewed cup did not remind me of a liqueur at all. There was a bitter note, but it reminded me of the bitterness of dark chocolate, and was inoffensive after the first sip. I’d burned my tongue on a latte the day before, and I was having this alongside some soy ice cream, so I’ll wait until I try this one again to rate it. I really liked what I could taste of it, though!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Rose Darjeeling by Lupicia
685 tasting notes

Morning writing session, aided by tea.
I really like the balance here. Darjeeling can be strong, as can rose, but this blend doesnt let one flavor overpower the other one. It would be all too easy to have one of these flavors be too much, but this is a happy mix.
I like it, but its a strong cup. Be warned.

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70
drank Morning Tea by Lupicia
67 tasting notes

I have a problem with black tea and vanilla combined. I have the problem with this tea and also with Café Moto’s Vanilla black tea blend. When I drink them I get this taste…well.. (hold onto your hats, folks) that isn’t really a taste… it’s more like a smell….the smell of the inside of a car repair place…kind of petrol-ish. I’m sure it’s a product of my wonky palate, but all the same, that’s what my mouth gets. I read someone’s else’s review that said they got a “smoky” note from this tea….hmmmm… perhaps the smoky and the vanilla combine to make petrol….but all the same, I won’t be buying this again. For me it’s like teatime down at the local oil change place….and I only need that every 3000 miles.

Flavors: Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70
drank Morning Tea by Lupicia
67 tasting notes

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Flavors: Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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89
drank Hoku by Lupicia
1856 tasting notes

I don’t think I’ve ever noticed how much weird stuff is in this sachet. Not only the green oolong balls and some flower petals, but chunks of dried pineapple, a ton of little silver dragees, pink peppercorns, and some bizarre spiky light blue candy thing (?).

I accidentally steeped this a little longer than I normally would but it seems to have suffered no ill effects. Lupicia’s flavored oolongs seem to be remarkably robust to differences in steep time and temp. This certainly makes them good traveling teas! I know I can take this oolong sachet with me and not have to worry about fussing with water temps or things like that.

I tend to like Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs and this one is no exception. It’s like their pineapple oolong, but instead of pineapple and coconut it’s pineapple and guava. So it makes a fruitier and more refreshing cup rather than the creaminess that the coconut brings. Also I love guava so it’s extra awesome. I would love to have enough of this to try cold steeping it as well because I bet it would be outstanding. Maybe I’ll be able to pick some more up eventually!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

Sounds tasty and fun :)

Sil

sooooooooooooo goood

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90
drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
1856 tasting notes

Hey hey, I remembered to bring in my Hawaiian Lupicia sachets today for work. I bought these in sachets because by the time I got around to purchasing them all the loose leaf was sold out, but that just means I have them for travel, which is kind of nice. I’ve even drank this one in stupidly cool water at a crappy hotel breakfast and it was pretty tasty even then.

This was quite delicious today, and I would gladly pick up more of it if I get a chance. C’mon Lupicia, put them back on your site! :D This is a nice change from a usual Earl Grey, as the passion fruit adds a softer side and a sweetness that is very pleasant. Definite yum!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Suziqzer

Hey, sometimes you take what you can get when you’re at a hotel. At least you thought ahead and brought your own tea! :)

Kat_Maria

I know, I wish they put these Hawaiian blends up permanently! By the time I ordered from them last, they were pretty much out of all of them.

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74
drank Lanikai by Lupicia
6 tasting notes

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
722 tasting notes

YESTERDAY WAS MY 2 year Steepsterversary!

i chose this tea because, cookies!

it’s a really interesting flavor, actually not what i expected. but yum. and i will maybe buy some. but even if i don’t get this tea, i will definitely be placing a Lupicia order soon. the infinitely kind and generous jump62359 sent me some MORE Lupicia and Davids samples last week. and then we proceeded to have a heres-a-pic-of-my-swap-samples-stash competition via text. and this is a competition that we both win!

i am still Avengers obsessed. The Cap2 movie killed me. and with my new short haircut i can easily cosplay a drag-Hawkguy or Maria Hill for a future con.
i have resorted to buying trade comics on a regular basis for the first time in my life (Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Secret Avengers) and i love them so much. i take pics of panels with my phone and text them to friends who are forgiving and humor me out of love. and yes the theme song for The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes pops in my head everyday and i hate-sing it as i annoy myself. :)
i have started compiling a list of the Avengers story lines i’d like to read, but if by some strange chance any of you have read some and have a recommendation please share!

DeliriumsFrogs

Comics and tea! W00t!

Courtney

Happy Steepsterversary! :)

keychange

Hmmm, in what way was this tea not what you expected? and, happy steepsterversary!

jump62359

Dude. I totally organized my tea on my shelf but then… I drank a whole bunch and now it’s just a freakin pile that looks terrible haha.
But I’m quite honoured that you decided to celebrate with my tea <33

Rosehips

Happy steepsterversary! And many more!

Shmiracles

hey keychange! i guess cuz the description doesn’t really say anything about it, i just assumed it would taste a bit more bready and i wasn’t expecting it to taste kinda toasty the way it did to me. that said, the toasted notes actually make it stand out as unique among the large selection of dessert themed teas that are out there. so that’s a nice twist :)

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50
drank Momoko by Lupicia
50 tasting notes

This tea looks pretty and smells pretty, but tastes too artificial for me. The fake peach flavor is a little overwhelming. I cannot really taste the green tea base unless I steep it longer, and when I do that then the green tea only comes through at the end and it’s too astringent and bitter. Yuck. Not a favorite for me, so I will save this one for dear husband who loves fruity teas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83
drank Champagne Rosé by Lupicia
685 tasting notes

My friends pick for the second pot of tea this morning. She’d never had a champagne tea before, and was eager to try it. And thought I’m already scrapping the bottom of this tin (need more soon!) I cannot deny a friends request to try a tea.
This is just so elegant. We sat and talked and drank tea and it just colored the whole world pink and champagne colored. Perfect.

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