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drank Apricot by Lupicia
380 tasting notes

It’s ok, not a strong apricot taste but the tea tastes pretty good.

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drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
75 tasting notes

Slightly astringent, and it kind of has the full mouthfeel of straight-up matcha. Like a really light genmai with matcha thrown in. This is the first time I’ve had matcha that wasn’t in a latte for a while, and I’ve missed it. c: It’s probably not my favorite of the genmai that I’ve had, but it was nice, and today was a good day for genmai anyway.

Flavors: Rice, Toasted

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Keemun Queen's Hope by Lupicia
380 tasting notes

I didn’t like this one but then again I’m not so much a fan of smoky teas at all.

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drank Orange Kidd by Lupicia
119 tasting notes

I brewed a cup of this to drink this evening. I now have a total of 4 herbal/rooibos teas to drink in the evenings, Cold 911 from David’s, ClariTea from Whispering Pines, Golden HoneyDew from Lupicia (not tried yet) and this one. I wish I could smell it. One of my favorite treats as a child was Orange Push-Ups. Kind of like Dreamsicles. Anyway, I brewed according to the directions on the package. It brewed up to an attractive, clear amber leaning-to-red color. I waited for it to cool a bit (hate burning my tongue on too-hot tea or anything else) before drinking it. Nice. Pretty smooth, with maybe a teeny bit of astringency. Perhaps from the citric orange? I found it pleasant. Probably not a re-order, but I’ll be happy to drink it from time to time. I may add just a bit of honey the next time I make it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’m enjoying trying other Lupicia fruit-flavored oolongs! This one has a lighter flavor, perhaps a touch too light for my preferences even when overleafed, as compared to the Melon Oolong or the Kotobuki (which is my favorite of theirs). I got two good steeps out of it, though. A nice, true mango flavor. This really makes me want to pick up some of their Alphonso Mango tea now. Thanks for the sample, Ost!

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
191 tasting notes

This is one of those teas that tastes better once it’s cooled a little. I imagine this would be delightful as an iced tea in summer because it is very refreshing. It’s not sweet like I imagined it would be with those little blue/green candy dealies in it. There is just enough of the oolong base flavor to keep it from tasting too much like those honeydew candies you can get in Asian markets. I’m glad I picked this up, but I’m not sure this is one I will drink super often (at least not til the weather gets hotter).

Flavors: Honeydew

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
119 tasting notes

This was the second sample that came with my Lupicia order. I found it okay. No real flavor, just like the tea last night. I’m wondering if my sense of taste has deteriorated even more, because the girl scout shortbread cookies tasted only okay too, and I know I love those.

Edited to add: I just drank plain hot water. Yep, tastes the same as the tea. The nasty chest yuck must have stolen what little sense of taste I have. Hopefully I’ll get better soon.

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drank Piccolo by Lupicia
119 tasting notes

This came as a sample with my Lupicia order. I’m not sure what to say about it. It’s a rooibos, so that’s good for an evening cup. It was neither bitter nor sour. It just didn’t seem to have any flavor at all. Probably not fair of me to say that, since I taste very little, but there wasn’t anything about this tea that makes it stand out. I would drink it again if a friend served it, but I won’t go and buy it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Keemun Queen's Hope by Lupicia
75 tasting notes

Light Chinese black tea. I completely forgot how much I love Chinese black tea, and I need to get more of it. Well, maybe not this particular one; it’s tasty, but it’s not very exciting.

Earthy, smoky, astringent, but lighter than I expected.

Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
5800 tasting notes

Pretty sure this one was from kittenna this one is potent – super grape smell. brewed up, this is grapey but there’s a floral scent under it. it tastes like a floral sort of champagne like tea. I LOVE the smell but the taste of this one is better in the after taste than in the actual sip. lol Not a fan but i’m glad to have tried it.

Cavocorax

I’m totally the same way with this. I wish it just tasted like it smells.

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drank Decaf Carol by Lupicia
236 tasting notes

I got this in my Lupicia Happy Bag, along with a bag of their Strawberry and Vanilla green tea. Both have a very pleasant creamy strawberry flavor, but of the two I prefer the green tea version. The green base just goes better with these flavors in my opinion…and Carol also has a slight astringency in the aftertaste which I’m not a big fan of. But this is still tasty and I’ll have no trouble finishing my tin!

Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sample from Inkling. Thank you!

I’ve heard barley tea compared both to grains and to coffee. I don’t like coffee, but I do like grains and bread, and I’m a big fan of herbal tea, so I really wanted to try this. It definitely smelled like burnt coffee when I brewed it, so I was a bit dubious. But I gave it a taste and the delicious flavor of hearty whole-grain bread toasted ever so slightly darker than I prefer it filled my mouth. This one is definitely a winner. I’ll have to try it again with honey or maple syrup, and I’m definitely going to check out the flavored varieties, too!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Grain, Toast

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Inkling

So glad you like it! :)

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
75 tasting notes

So, I was a little bit of a moron. I got this mixed up with Tokyo from Harney & Sons. I thought that was what I would be drinking. I literally read the blurb on the bag that said “Popular green tea that’s completely easy to drink and has a faint fragrance of sweet berries” and went “Oh, they must have put the wrong description on the bag”. Whoops.

Anyway, I do like it. It’s sweet and light, and it has a nice, really fresh berry scent and taste. It almost reminds me a little bit of that goji tea from Teavana. Or maybe currants? I’m not really sure. It’s really cute. I think I’ll probably order more of it come spring.

Flavors: Berries, Candy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Kirara Rice Tea by Lupicia
2 tasting notes

Genmaicha is one of my favorite teas. It has the distinct flavor of roasted rice, which is something I quite like. Very comforting, almost as if I’m eating something toasty. The flavors lingers in my mouth for a while.

Flavors: Green, Toasted Rice

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Piccolo by Lupicia
75 tasting notes

i’m tired and i don’t have the brainpower right now to review this properly but it does in fact taste like honey and it’s great

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Piccolo by Lupicia
75 tasting notes

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This smells and tastes just like honeydew. I’m not a big fan of the fruit, but the juice itself is good, and I’ve had my share of honeydew gum, and this has a nice flavor while not tasting artificial. I didn’t realize it was a green rooibos when it came in Tracey’s traveling tea box, because the predominant smell is honeydew, but it makes sense. I will have to try green rooibos by itself to know how it tastes. I think this tea tastes best cold. It’s almost like drinking honeydew juice.

Flavors: Honeydew, Sweet

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drank Ceylon Uva by Lupicia
525 tasting notes

This is relatively good. It is slightly malty and slightly sweet. Got one teabag with my happy bag purchase.

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
2 tasting notes

I’m new to the tea world so I won’t give it a rating. I suppose this is more for my reference. The smell of the tea at the store is what enticed me to buy it. Peachy and green, with a hint of vanilla. After adding hot water, the smell turned cloyingly sweet and vanilly, which makes me tired of smelling it. It’s getting a little better as it cools so perhaps I will try cold brewing it next time.

Flavors: Peach, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
75 tasting notes

This is exactly what I needed today. It smells like bittersweet chocolate and the dark cocoa taste really jumps out. It’s not terribly complex, kind of like Framboise (ooh, blending idea), but I needed a chocolate tea today and this delivered.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Strawberry by Lupicia
525 tasting notes

Got one teabag of this with my happy bag purchase. Brewed it as a normal black tea. Did not go online to see if they had any brewing suggestions. It is good but it came out just a little bitter. Also, the taste of the strawberries is not that pronounced as I would like.

Brewed one teabag in approx 8oz of boiling water for 3 min.

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drank Darjeeling the Autumnal by Lupicia
75 tasting notes

Surprisingly light for a black tea. It almost tastes floral? I’m used to black teas punching me in the face, but I don’t really mind this. It wasn’t really the breakfast tea I was looking for and it isn’t something I think I’d seek out, but I think it’s kind of cute and I’m glad I tried it.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Decaf Momo by Lupicia
75 tasting notes

Bedtime for me, and so: decaf Momo. This smells really great. It tastes fine, too—it’s kind of a lighter, almost thin taste for a black tea, which surprised me, but I’ve never had decaf tea before, so maybe that’s a feature and not a bug. I don’t think I’m going to get this again, since low-caffeine tea is a before-bed thing for me and I like my bedtime teas sweeter and creamier, but it’s a pretty great fruity decaf tea, as they go.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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