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91
drank Uji Sencha by Lupicia
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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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65
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
52 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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95
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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85
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
402 tasting notes

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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55
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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90
drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
1911 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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76
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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80
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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82

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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62
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
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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
692 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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85
drank Cookie by Lupicia
493 tasting notes

Oh buddy, oh pal. This is a different tea.

Different, good.
The second one I tried from my long awaited Lupicia order.

One I’d eagerly anticipated from the moment I first heard of it.

First of all, I have to say that without thinking about it, I automatically associate the word “cookie” with “chocolate chip cookie”, so all this time, that’s what I thought this tea would be. No, I obviously didn’t read the description or ingredients list.

So when I finally cracked open the bag and sniffed the leaves, I was a little surprised it didn’t smell like chocolate at all, no cocoa notes. I was also surprised to see that it looked like a CTC tea.

However, what I smelled when I sniffed the bag was a buttery, subtly sweet cookie note.

I didn’t even try it black, I just had to follow Lupicia’s suggestion and add milk immediately.
What resulted was a buttery, creamy delight. A subtle cookie, with a substantial base, perfect for the flavouring. Sweetness that was more of a suggestion than a reality. I’d like to try with a bit of sugar next time. And maybe black, one day.

So far Lupicia is two for two! Way better than my Adagio experience!

Courtney

So excited for this one!

Dexter

YAY!!! so happy that you are enjoying your long awaited Lupicia order!!!

Virginia

I love this one too :)

Sil

Lupicia>Adagio

whatshesaid

Sooooo true, Sil

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85
drank Cookie by Lupicia
493 tasting notes

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97
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
493 tasting notes

I got my Lupicia order finally, had ordered it in May and had it shipped to my relatives in the States knowing they’d be visiting in July and would bring it to me. Along with orders from like 4 other companies but that’s neither here nor there :)

Anyway, I decided to make this the first one I tried out of the bunch.
Wow.
I mean like, man, this tea is amazing.

I don’t understand how it is possible to make a tea taste so much like genuine melon. It doesn’t even taste fake. Just fresh and delicious. Fruity, soooo fruity.

Amazing. So good. I don’t even have the words. It’s the juiciest fruitiness tea I’ve ever had.

If this is Lupicia, count me in!

Sil

stay away from their blacks msot of the time and you won’t be disappointed…yes this is coming from me lol

whatshesaid

Wow! Good to know then :)

OMGsrsly

Isn’t this GOOD? :)

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96
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

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96
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

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Given that this is my first Lupicia, first melon and green rooibos tea, I don’t think I can give the best review outside of I like it. I like it a lot. The melon tastes like melon, not artificial flavoring. It is light and refreshing. I look forward to trying it cold.

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85
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
85 tasting notes

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82
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
216 tasting notes

This tea was pleasant enough but nothing really special. If you are obsessed with cherries…..hmmm, never heard of anyone like that on Steepster ;-)….. you might like this a lot. The cherry taste is definitely tart cherries rather than candy-like or medicinal, which I think is always a danger with cherry flavored anything. That being said, although the cherry was nice, it didn’t blow me away and the base was pretty boring honestly.

Flavors: Cherry

Cheri

I prefer tart cherries, which is hard to find in tea.

TheTeaFairy

Lol…who could you possibly be talking about??

You absolutely right Sil, It’s actually the only flavoured cherry tea I like!

Virginia

Well. Said.
Yawn.

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90
drank Kiwi by Lupicia
103 tasting notes

Oh my word! This one is delicious! :O
I made it hot, of course. xD And had thought it might be more of a sour kiwi flavor. But boy was I wrong! It’s strong, but sweet. So so sweet.
One of the best fruity teas I’ve ever had!
Thanks for the sample, mj! (:

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60
drank Happiness by Lupicia
52 tasting notes

Contrary to the name, Happiness did not bring me immense joy. I found the flavor to be a bit wonky, an odd blending of sweet and sour along with a yeasty aftertaste. I felt like there was so much going on and this blend would have been much better served had Lupicia adopted the mantra of “less is more”. Wouldn’t recommend it, Lupicia has much better teas for your time and money.

Preparation
Iced

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95
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
52 tasting notes

Well, I just posted a review about my dislike of rooibos and naturally this one comes to my attention. Piccolo was great, it is a very sweet tea that reminds me a lot of their strawberry/vanilla flavored teas. The rooibos blends well with the flavoring, delivering a smooth taste that isn’t too heavy. It’s a great summer tea that’s delicious iced.

Preparation
Iced

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