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83
drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
837 tasting notes

Yay! I’m allowing myself to try one of my new Lupicia holiday teas just because I’ve only tried two so far and I’m still so excited for the rest of them. This one is a grape and champagne flavored black tea. The black tea leaves vary a lot, so much so that I think this may be a blend of one or more types. There are teeny tiny flower buds mixed in, I’ve seen them before in Den’s Sakura Sencha I believe? There are also a few scant pieces of dried fruit, it resembles cranberries but who knows for sure. I can also see some tiny little stems with leaves on them, not sure if that’s some foliage from the same plant as the flowers or what. Dry scent is powerful grape soda or candy.

Once the tea is steeped, I can still smell the grape but it’s nowhere near as strong. It still smells very sweet, however. Mine did come out the tiniest bit bitter, but it’s actually not unpleasant, and I’m sure it could be avoided by shortening the steep time to say, 3.5 minutes or so. The black base is unobtrusive and smooth, and I can taste a certain effervescent quality that I attribute to the champagne. The grape flavor is deep and sweet, like grape candies, and there’s a tiny bit of floral at the end of the sip. Overall, I can absolutely see why this one is a holiday tea – it reminds me of drinking sparkling grape juice! :)

Flavors: Candy, Champagne, Grapes, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
The Cookie Lady

This is going to be my New Year’s tea :) I think it is so cool how that champagne quality can make it actually feel sparkly on your tongue. I love it!

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
1772 tasting notes

Well, nerts. K S sent a sample bag of this and I messed up the water temp. Too hot. It smells like a fruity little party, and even though I made the green tea go bitter, the floral-fruity stuff is still dancing around on my tongue and it smells like a fruit punch candle. Reminds me a lot of a Korean Wedding tea by O’Sulloc.

Well, everybody messes up a cup now and then…

K S

Amateur ;)

gmathis

Smarty pants ;)
(I’d better watch it. Trash talk like that will get me kicked off the site.)

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drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
329 tasting notes

Nummy. Fruity. Peachy. I was so grumpy this morning. Thank you for the pick up. Not a huge fan of the fruity mix but Lupicia still did a great job with this.

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90
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
140 tasting notes

Cooking TTB #4

Oh Lupicia, where have you been all my life? Every tea I’ve tried from this company has been stellar and Golden Honey Dew is no exception! It tastes like I squeezed a fresh, juicy honeydew melon directly into my cup…no artificial flavor, no woody roobios aftertaste. This is another one I’d love to try iced at some point.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
140 tasting notes

Cooking TTB #2

This isn’t tea…it’s white wine! Such a lovely, natural grape flavor with a bit of sweetness and just a touch of jasmine. I’m loving this hot, but I’m guessing it would be even better iced. Add this to the list of Lupicia teas I’ll be ordering whenever I can manage to justify buying more tea!

Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet, White Wine

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

I can’t wait to try this! That is…if there’s any left for me to try ;)

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80
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
837 tasting notes

Hooray, more Lupicia! This one is part of the caffeine free mini-tin set that I bought partially because I wanted to try the teas and partially because the mini tins are adorable! The set also includes Rooibos Lemon and Decaf Carol, and each tin contains 5 sachets. (http://instagram.com/p/wcKGgCGgPz/) This one has a teddy bear playing a piccolo on it, adorable! Anyway… I really dislike how vague Lupicia’s descriptions are – this one says berries and honey but doesn’t tell you what berries. Dry, it smells mostly like strawberry although there’s something the reminds me of apricot as well.

Wow, I’m surprised this tea has such a low rating (I suspect because a lot of people received it with the magazine or in grab bags, and a lot of those people don’t actually like rooibos…). The flavor is mostly strawberry jam, though I do taste honey as well. There’s something very slightly cough drop-ish about this, but it’s not enough to bother me much. It’s tasty enough as a nighttime tea! :)

Flavors: Honey, Jam, Medicinal, Strawberry, Sweet

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

I like this one. I think Lupicia does a good job with rooibos.

Cameron B.

It’s a perfectly nice strawberry rooibos. I really want to try some of their other flavors after loving Caramel & Rum. :)

Tealizzy

I also like jardin sauvage, which is a green rooibos with mango. :)

Cameron B.

Yeah, I liked that one too! I want to try Orange Kidd and Pommier. And Ume! I guess that’s almost all of them, ha ha. :D

Tealizzy

I think they had a peach melba one, but I’m not sure if it’s still around.

Skysamurai

Ahhh i was so tempted!!! I shoulda just bought em!

Cameron B.

Hah, I couldn’t help myself. The wee tins are too cute!

Kittenna

I believe this was in a lot of Happy Bags, and could have been old. (Also, I have Peach Melba from a Happy Bag too, haha).

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71
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
329 tasting notes

Oh yummy! So sweet and decadent! Even the steeped leaves have an intense sweet smell to them! For some reason I am thinking and tasting popcorn! Ah crap… now all I’m thinking about is popcorn. I can barely even taste the black tea base. It hits my tongue first but is immediately taken over by the white chocolate, and then the popcorn flavor gets the rest.

Flavors: Popcorn, White Chocolate

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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71
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
329 tasting notes

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80
drank Tea Break by Lupicia
329 tasting notes

This is another one in the set of Christmas teas that I mainly bought because I love the art on the tin. The tenant self is also very appealing. they close tightly and fit plenty of loose leaf tea. But enough about the tin. I hadn’t actually looked at what tea came with this one but of all straight black tea this one is probably one of my favorites. It has a sweet scent in the dry leaves. Generally I find it’s a bit sweeter then other black teas when steeped. I find it hard to describe this one. I know people say malty but I guess I can’t really understand it. Like saying salty without ever having tasted salt.

I added a bit of amaertto honey to mine. So yum.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I liked this one, too. Malty with a bit of earth and raisin. :)

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80
drank Tea Break by Lupicia
837 tasting notes

Woo, time for more Lupicia teas! I felt like having a nice straight black tea, so I chose this one to sip on while doing a bit of crafting. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, as I’ve never had a Nilgiri tea before. I knew that it’s an Indian tea, so I figured maybe somewhat similar to Assam? Only one way to find out! I have to say, I’m always a bit annoyed when companies are vague about their teas – for instance, this one says “Nilgiri-based black tea blend” but doesn’t tell you what other teas are included, and the ingredients only says “Black tea”. Sigh! Sorry, just one of my pet peeves. The leaves are very dark chocolate brown, and they’re about medium in size and not very broken. I can definitely tell that there are multiple types here, they’re the same color but some of the leaves are more straight and stiff while others seem shorter and more feathery. Dry scent is predominantly hay with a bit of malt and sweetness. I used my default black tea parameters as I was unsure how to steep Nilgiri – 3 minutes at 200 degrees with a slightly heaped teaspoon of leaf.

I will say that yes, this does remind me a bit of a lighter Assam. It has that malty flavor with a touch of raisin that I associate with Assam (though I haven’t tried many, I’m sure they vary widely). However, it also has an earthy, slightly mineral base note that reminds me of a lower grade Keemun or Dian Hong. I can taste a little bit of hay throughout the sip as well, though I’ve found that in many different types of black tea. Overall, this would be very nice as an everyday tea and I can see it taking milk and sugar well, but it’s easily drinkable without additions as well.

Flavors: Earth, Hay, Malt, Mineral, Raisins, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Carol by Lupicia
329 tasting notes

The fruity flavors seem to come out more in the first few minutes of steeping. Once you’ve past the 2 minute threshold the black tea starts taking over. I think ive got a good blend at 2:15. It has a slight woodsy taste, the black tea that it. I’m not tasting much vanilla though so the tea bag is going back in.

Ah 30 seconds in and I’m tasting it a bit more but still not as much as I’d like. It’s also starting to lose it’s fruityness and becoming more woodsy. So out it comes again. Fir good this time.

I’ll be honest though…. I bought it for the tin… so cute.

Dustin

I wonder if the decaf version would taste or steep any differently.

Skysamurai

My guess would be yes because of the process they go through to make the tea have less caffeine

Cameron B.

I have both, I’ll let you know! :P

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48

It lacks flavor and takes a few tablespoons to actually make anything! I do not recommend this, ever.

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95
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
837 tasting notes

Woo, my Lupicia Cyber Monday order finally arrived! I couldn’t have been more excited. In fact, I even took pictures… blush

http://instagram.com/p/wcJyGKGgNa/
http://instagram.com/p/wcKGgCGgPz/

Anyway, after putting all of the holiday teas in my cart, I need a couple more things to reach the $60 free shipping threshold, and this was one of those things. It’s been recommended to me by several people and I’ve been loving rooibos lately, so it seemed like a good fit (I also got Pineapple Barley!). Wow, the dry scent was so powerful when I opened the package, and very alcoholic. It smelled like Butter Rum Lifesavers with actual rum in them. I had the boyfriend smell it and he immediately wanted to know if I was currently making some. :P

Yum, this tea tastes like butterscotch, which is quite a feat for something that’s not sweetened! It literally reminds me of those butterscotch disc candies or Butter Rum Lifesavers. I can also taste the rooibos just a bit, but it just adds more dimension to an already amazing flavor. Delish, thanks so much everyone for the recommendations! :)

Flavors: Butterscotch, Candy, Caramel, Rooibos, Rum

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

Yay! You like it!

Dinosara

I liked this one before I realized I couldn’t drink rooibos anymore.

Cameron B.

Why can’t you drink rooibos? :(

Dinosara

It gives me a weird scratchy feeling in the back of my throat… not very pleasant.

Cameron B.

Aw… I’ve heard people describe that before. I’m sorry. :(

Kittenna

Dinosara – I get that too, sometimes. It’s incredibly unpleasant. Doesn’t seem to happen with all of them, and I don’t know why.

Dinosara

Yeah, and I don’t like the flavor of rooibos enough to find ones that don’t do it, so I just avoid all rooibos. Not too much of a hardship for me. :)

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drank Aloalo by Lupicia
582 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

I didn’t read anything about this before tasting it. It had that distinctive hibiscus smell and look. It’s very tart and like hot, unsweetened fruit juice. It was a pretty purpley red color, though. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cameron B.

Blahhhh hibiscus! :P

Nicole

Yes, blahhhh! Pretty but nasty. :)

Cameron B.

I had the displeasure of drinking a cup of hibiscus juice tea a couple of days ago. :(

Nicole

I got a cup of black currant at the Four Seasons with tea last month. I assumed from the description that it was a black tea with black currant. It turned out to be black currant tisane with what I am positive was hibiscus. :(

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74
drank Plum Barley by Lupicia
329 tasting notes

Well this is…. unique. Good but just… I can’t quite grasp how different it is from anything else I’ve tried. It kinda makes me think of hojicha in a way. Maybe it’s because of rhe toasty/roasty flavor. I thought I had tried it before but I don’t remember this strong a flavor! I do probably need more water though. And the plum! Umeboshi! Haha not quite but I do sense hints of that here and there.

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drank Alphonso Mango by Lupicia
318 tasting notes

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90
drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
140 tasting notes

Finally getting around to trying the last few samples that The Cookie Lady sent me a while back. I believe this is the first tea I’ve tried from Lupicia and I am seriously impressed! This is quite possibly the most flavorful oolong tea I’ve ever tried…lots of rich fruity plum flavor balanced by just a touch of floral. And then there’s that wonderful silky oolong texture…So glad I got to try this one!

Flavors: Floral, Plums, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Skysamurai

You should try jingle bells and napa blanc!

Cameron B.

Melon Oolong! And Ripe Mango Oolong! :D

Inkling

Oh dear…don’t tempt me! I’ve purchased WAY too much tea recently and I need to sip down some of what I have before I buy more. (Of course, if one of you is wanting to swap samples of some of those, that’s a different story! :D )

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83
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
155 tasting notes

Another flavored tea?? Yeah, I’m apparently on a roll with these today. For whatever reason, after I rode this morning I decided a cup of dessert tea might be nice. I’d gotten this in my BF order as an afterthought to qualify for free shipping. I’m rather glad I did. There is certainly a gentle tart/sweet apricot in this tea, a creaminess from the white chocolate, and a hint of nuts…. it’s not pronounced, but it’s there… almonds perhaps? In any case, together with a touch of milk and spot of honey, this is exactly what I was looking for in my cup for this moment. Pastry without most of the calories. Interestingly enough, looking at the leaves after the steep, there are some greenish ones interspersed with the brown as well as what looks like CTC….so I’m not quite sure what the base is for this tea, but it suits the flavor well.

Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Nutty

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

For some reason Lupicia seems to use a mix of CTC and regular leaf in a lot of their flavored blacks. :P

Cameron B.

Also, so jealous! I ordered from Lupicia on Monday and it’s not supposed to get here until this Thursday! Waaah…

donkeytiara

…and yours will last longer than mine and then it’ll be my turn to be jealous!

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75

Watermelon and barley. Two flavors I never expected to work together. Leave it to Lupicia to turn that combo into a winning cup.

Malty roasted barley and sweet watermelon candy. An absolutely ingenious combination. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you start to sip (I prefer iced, but hot is lovely) it gets addicting.

Flavors: Malt, Melon, Roasted Barley

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55
drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
34 tasting notes

This is a smooth, dark, chocolatey blend – very well done.

The dark aroma reminds me of when I open up a dark chocolate candy bar; the black tea is in the background but you can still taste it behind the chocolate.

In general I don’t eat chocolate that often, and dark chocolate even less, hence the grade~ this is an excellent chocolate tea, I’m just not into chocolate teas as much as other blended teas. I would definitely recommend this to chocolate fans!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
60 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Carol by Lupicia
84 tasting notes

My hubby bought me the Lupicia holiday sampler as a super early birth-mas present and this was the first tea I went straight for (after playing with the music box of course) since I have an all day work meeting and I need a tasty pick me up to keep me both awake and engaged . Although I can taste the vanilla I’m really not getting much strawberry… But maybe I should blame my coffee cup instead of the tea… Ok, I can’t rate this tea based upon potential coffee contaminants… Guess I’m going to have to wait til I get home for a real fix.

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76
drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
2279 tasting notes

Sipdown (102)!

Ok, this was the hot cup I brought today and most of it was gone before I actually made it to work. And funny story about making it to work; I got here and the keys to the safe/storage cubby were gone which meant I couldn’t sell anything. I had to call my manager and explain the situation; turns out her brought both sets home with him so he drove down and returned them so I could sell stuff again.

With my tea, I added some milk and I think that definitely fixed some of the issues I was having yesterday with this being too heavy of the sweet potato flavour. Now, it’s starchy yummy sweet potato goodness with cream, malt, and brown sugar notes! And marshmallow? I swear I taste marshmallow too. It’s REALLY damn good. So I guess milk was definitely the trick to getting this to work.

‘Mericans – can you explain your Sweet Potato/Marshmallow pie thing to me that you have around Thanksgiving? I’ve never had it, but this is totally was I imagine it tastes like.

Thanks Cameron B. for the sample! Happy I got it to work better for me. And, nudging my rating up a few points.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

That sounds a lot like sweet potato pie to me!

Marzipan

In my experience, sweet potato pie is a dessert (similar to pumpkin pie) and people eat it with whipped cream. The sweet potato/marshmallow thing is baked in a casserole and is a side dish. Usually has brown sugar in it, very sweet and delicious. Some people put a pecan/brown sugar topping instead of marshmallows but to me the marshmallows have to be there or it’s wrong.

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76
drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
2279 tasting notes

Thank you Cameron B. for passing along a sample! Regardless of the fact this is Lupicia, and I want to try as much Lupicia as I can, I was stoked because it’s a sweet potato tea. Just like root beer teas, I want to have as many Sweet Potat’ers as possible.

Made in my timolino and, well, this is certainly the most sweet potato flavoured sweet potato tea I’ve had to date. It’s almost alarmingly strong and distinct with just a big of nut and pumpkin flavour to offset it a little, and a sweetness that reminds me a bit of burnt sugar and a bit of brown sugar (which are definitely different flavours). It’s almost too ‘tater-y for me, though. By the end I’d just kind of had enough.

It’s too ‘tater-y for the Sweet Potat’er club.

I have one more cup left; and I think I’m going to try it with milk but I have a feeling this is one of those “You have to try it for the experience” kind of teas, but not one to treasure near and dear and stock up on.

Cameron B.

I love it, ha ha. I agree though, the flavor is strong with this one. ;)

I just ordered several Lupicia teas, I’ll have to send you some samples. One of them was Pineapple Barley!

Roswell Strange

Ooh, that sounds really exciting!

Cameron B.

I also bought all of the holiday teas and Caramel & Rum if you’re interested in any of those. :D

Sil

have you tried the sweet potato tea from the tea cupany?

whatshesaid

Ohhh yummm

Roswell Strange

Sil, not yet.

Sil

RS – i recall it being really good…enough that i kept the resealable so that i would try to remember to order it again to have a bigger sample lol

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