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drank Eiyoeiga by Lupicia
1275 tasting notes

Alright! I’m always nervous when I’m the first one to review a tea, and even more so when I appear to be the only person in the world with it. I mean, did I imagine this tea? How have I got a mystical, invisible tea?
Well, I like a citrusy black tea for the summertime, and this one is pretty nice. Its quite reminiscent of an Earl Grey, but with…. lemon? instead of bergamot.
More thoughtful reviews of this will follow!

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drank The au Lait by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

A good brisk black tea. Not sure of the base, but it did remind of a good English style tea. It wasn’t so bold that it needed milk and sugar, but I thought it did benefit from it. Definitely a tea that works both ways.

Light astringency and shorter steeping time is a plus.

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drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

I brewed this tea and ended up not paying attention to it at all. Friend ended up calling with great news, and I ended up mindlessly sipping while chatting a=(
So this review is mainly for my own notes when I get indecisive at the Lupicia boutique

I am partial to any tea that sounds very feminine. The tea was light and did call into mind a rose wine and some berry fruitiness. I remember it being a little tart (something I usually avoid in my teas) but not so much that it was off putting.

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90
drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
1438 tasting notes

Let me start of by saying that I generally dislike melon. I’ll eat it if it’s part of a dish or someone gives it to me, but not with relish or fervor(except fresh watermelon. Looooove watermelon!). Desserts that are flavoured like melon are even worse. Blech! I can’t stand it. Makes me wanna brush my teeth just to get the taste gone.
So when I heard about the melon teas at Lupicia, I was seriously not interested. A definite PASS for me.
But then I thought I’d better try it just to see what all the fuss is about. Cuz ya never know. YA NEVER KNOW!!! cuz it happens folks. Tea love strikes at the most random of times and you end up kicking yourself for not jumping on that wagon earlier. It’s so fresh and bright and happy tasting!
and now I’m all sad because isn’t this one discontinued???
It’s so incredibly tasty and I have no idea why, when I really should be disliking this cup. Does this apply to all melon teas? I swear I’ve had one before and it wasn’t like this. Or maybe it’s just this one cup, with these parameters? Or just the Lupicia version? I’m confused. Wouldn’t say that I’m annoyed, quite… ok yeah I would. Falling in love with a tea I can’t have has perturbed me. So there.

Indigobloom

OooOOooo?! thx for the heads up!

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drank Sencha "Nara" by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

I’m trying to try all my Sencha samples back to back. I drank this last night. While I liked it, it’s my least favorite. I would say that this tea is like a nice, high-quality basic. It’s almost buttery in texture, not very grassy, not very bitter.

I prefer my higher end teas with a little flourish. If I were to buy a Sencha from Lupicia, I would stick to Sencha Omaesama or Sencha Tanegashima.

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec

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79

Matcha/Green TTB #1

For some odd reason this powder made me think of strawberry matcha candy mixture. Not that I ever had or found such a thing, but the thought of strawberry matcha and the smell of this just conjured such a thought in my mind. I tried to whisk this tea, but it kind of just did its thing without help :/
This actually has a strawberry taste in it which is nice. A bit dry at times, but overall nice.

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78
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

The 78 review is based on drinking this cold.

I brewed this tea in boiling water. I didn’t think of much of it when hot – thought it was nice but it wasn’t special. It had a apple flavoring that something felt off. With all flavored teas that I feel “meh” about, I stuck in the fridge to get an idea of how it would taste if I cold brewed it the next time….and it was MUCH better! It was quite tasty. The cold temperature gave it the crispness that I felt was lacking. Everything just seemed to make more sense on my palate.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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78
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

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I’m one sleepy idiot…
I woke up and brewed a pot of this and began eating some really spicy food with red jalapenos. Now I’m trying to drink this shincha and I am not sure what I am tasting.
Guess I will have to try it again sometime.

Anyone else ever do this before?

MissB

Not with this specific tea, but with tea… All the time. I’ll ask myself, “why does this taste weird?” Oh yes, I have to blend my meals with my tea..

Fjellrev

Yep! I’ve done that many times haha.

Liquid Proust

Some teas work with food though!
Beef jerky and shou pu’er seems to work.
Floral or fruit teas work well with salads.
A dark oolong works for pizza (this is probably only me)
and of course, a strong cup of black with breakfast

but… spicy food does not work well :/

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drank Rooibos Lemon by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

Today was particularly tiring, so I was intrigued by Lupicia’s claim that this tea would “freshen (me) up”. However, when I got a whiff of the dry tea, I thought I was in for some heavy duty medicinal tea. While the tea still smelled medicinal when steeped ( I did the recommended minimum of 3 mins), it wasn’t medicinal in taste at all.. It was actually kind of sweet, like a lemon candy.

I’m not 100% sure if I’d buy it, but I wouldn’t opt out of it either. Oh, and for the record, I did feel a little freshened up after finishing this cup of tea =)
Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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90

I wish there we could include emoticons with the ratings. This tea is beautiful!

I’m noticing that Lupicia’s fruity teas have a strong fruit flavor in the bag but are generally very light (and natural) in flavor. The flavor in this is definitely white peach with a solid oolong base. It’s slightly sweet with no astringency.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Osmanthus by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

I generally prefer Oolongs and Greens over other varieties, so I knew I wouldn’t dislike it. The osmanthus in the tea gave this Oolong based tea a nice, hint of a floral note. The tea had barely any astringency (yay!). Overall an excellent tea.

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drank Sencha "Omaesama" by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

I shared this tea with my mom (so picky with teas) the other night. She and I both loved this!

Savory with a rich but clean texture. The best part that it all came without being very astringent!

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
50 tasting notes

This was a sample from Skysamurai.

I am amazed that this is rooibos. The melon flavour is not artificial at all. There is no astringency whatsoever. Quite lovely in fact. Thanks Sky!

Flavors: Honey, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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20

Sadly this shincha is not good…
I didn’t even finish my cup.
Bitter with a funky taste.
Not sure what happened :(

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drank Sencha "Tanegashima" by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

Let me start by saying, I haven’t met a green tea I didn’t like.

I’ve been sticking with the black teas from my Lupicia Book of Teas, but I needed a break. The green tea I tried today is the Sencha “Tanegashima.”

My palate for tea isn’t strong (many of them taste the same to me) but I immediately noticed that the tea smelled milky (Lupicia notes that there is a sweet vanilla-like aroma) that transferred over mildly in texture. I can’t quite articulate the subtleties of this tea, but it left an impression.

I enjoyed this tea, and would consider buying after I go through all of my samples

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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drank Assam Calcutta Auction by Lupicia
2765 tasting notes

I’m having a bit of a lull in my crazy work day, so I thought I’d try this tea today. It came in the Lupicia holiday gift set/grab bag extravaganza earlier this year.

This looks like a pretty standard CTC assam, from what I can see in the teabag. It got steeped in my tea tumbler and then I added some vanilla almond milk afterwards. It’s a decent assam, malty, a bit fruity and with a bit of a sweet aftertaste. I have definitely had worse assams! I didn’t really feel that this needed sugar. Perhaps the almond milk was sweet enough?

Anyway I liked this as a morning tea but will probably not need to buy any soon. Still working on sipping down some of my other black teas at the moment. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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81

This is the first shincha to not leave a texture in my mouth which is interesting. The taste is smooth and the leaf look like boiled pine needles :p
The taste is great but it doesn’t have the level of fresh taste that I look for in a shincha. The 2015 Okinawa shinch might have just put all other shinchas at a disadvantage from now on.

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drank Lanikai by Lupicia
1275 tasting notes

I was excited when Ost send me this, as I had completely loved another of the Lupicia Hawaii teas, Loke Lani. So I was more than happy to try this, even if it did have pineapple in it. (Pineapple? In tea? Hmmm)
The first surprise is that it smells quite creamy. There is absolutely a vanilla smell to this. Awesome! I love vanilla!
The vanilla does sort of fade to the background of this flavor, I must say. Its there, but it has faded down.
There is pineapple in this, I can see the little chunks! But I cannot really taste it, or really much of any fruit flavors. It seems to be a black tea with a vanilla aftertaste, and a slight tang to it. So maybe that’s it? The pineapple lurking?
Completely inoffensive, but, for me, not particularly memorable. I’m glad I tried it!
Sipdown!

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From the Matcha/Green TTB!

I kind of went by the packaging instructions, only I went for a cold version, rather than nuking the mix in some milk. This already has sugar in it, which happens to be the fist ingriedient. I like to mess around with the amount of sweetness in my own lattés, so I just shrugged that one off. There is also milk in this as well, which is off-putting, but I think it works. As if the carton of milk wasn’t milky enough? The strawberry is quite subdued. Like non-existent subdued. I think I smelled it before I took a sip? It wasn’t there in the ‘brew.’

Bummer. This could have been so much better.

Preparation
Iced
TeaBrat

yeah I agree, couldn’t find much strawberry in this

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drank Yume by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

I’ve been wanting to try Lupicia’s Yume tea for quite some time. I was not disappointed!

For a black tea base was toned down with the strawberry and vanilla notes. The notes were stronger scent wise than taste. For me the rose was barely there, but I am used to strong rose flavors in the teas that I usually drink. I am admittedly a big rose fan. This tea is ideal for spring. I would definitely consider buying this.

I did try this tea hot and cold. Cold brewing did nothing for it.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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95

This was the second tea tasted at Liquid Proust’s lovely afternoon tasting, and boy did it blow me away! I have only ever had one sencha, but now I see why they charge so much for shincha! There is the lightest seaweed note on the sip and then your mouth is absolutely overtaken with sweet silk, with an incredible Spring-y freshness! It reminds me of a really nice tieguanyin without the floral flavors. By far my favorite tea of the afternoon!

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100

Tea #2, 2015 Asian Tea tasting event hosted by me:
I am happy to announce the first straight tea to receive a 100 from me. The only negative to this tea is that I am unable to purchase it. This is the best 2015 shincha I have had before, so pure …
Sadly the wind picked up my mat and blew away the only 4g left of this tea I had. I am only okay with it because of how wonderful it was to sip this under the sun and really just embrace spring as it went through my entire body via Okinawa 2015 shincha.

Equusfell

Oh, good, I was hoping you would post reviews of these teas! I didn’t write down all the company names in my notes! What was the first shincha?

Liquid Proust

I am going to drink it a few more times because I am unsure of what I am going to rate it. It was kind of unfair to put it up against this: http://steepster.com/teas/marumasa/62894-2015-tokoron-shincha

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drank La Belle Epoque by Lupicia
27 tasting notes

Lupicia’s description of La Belle Epoque: " A unique blend of Darjeeling and full-bodied black tea. It has a trace of nostalgic aroma."

Not quite sure what “nostalgic aroma” is supposed to mean, but I’ll take it. I wasn’t horribly into the First Flush and Second Flush Darjeeling samples I tried, but I really like La Belle Epoque. I steeped for the max recommendation of 3 minutes. It’s definitely full-bodied but it also has a nice crisp taste. Upon the first whiff, I didn’t have high hopes (I thought it smelled kind of like Tetley’s) and was expecting a bold, heavy and highly astringent tea, but was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t leave me my mouth feeling dry.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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