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70
drank Rooibos Lemon by Lupicia
260 tasting notes

Finally sampling the last tea from my Lupicia Happy Bag! Lemon is not my favorite tea flavor and I’m also not a big fan of red rooibos, so I really wasn’t expecting to like this one. But it was better than I expected! The base isn’t overly woody or medicinal and the lemon flavor has a nice sweetness to it that reminds me of a lemon drop candy. I still don’t think this is something I would re-purchase, but I’ll happily drink the rest of my sample tin!

Flavors: Candy, Lemon, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Apple & Berry by Lupicia
2271 tasting notes

Apples and berries should make for a tasty combination, shouldn’t it? Sweet apple mixed with delicious berries that give just a hint of tartness. However, apples, berries, and grass? Not such an awesome blend and unfortunately it’s the grassy notes that stand out. Plus, the apple sweetness is very strong and has no berry tartness to keep it in check. It’s just not what I hoped for when I brewed this up this morning.

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84
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
273 tasting notes

Last one of the Lupicia samples I got from my last visit back home. This one is a vivid green sencha that brews out to be a nice golden-green color, and is quite cloudy in the cup. As for the aroma and flavor, it’s definitely sweet potato. There’s something a little crisper, almost snow-pea-like on the finish. I didn’t read the description before drinking, and was amused to see that sweet potato was indeed in the official description, but elusive for many reviewers. Each tea is a different experience for everyone who tries it! This is one of the least grassy sencha I’ve tried, and not very intense—some of the others are like a kick in the head, but this is truly mellow and mild. An enjoyable and nourishing-feeling cup that I would be happy to try again.

Mike

I love senchas so much…this one sounds very different!

Mikumofu

I’m still learning but so far I’ve been amazed at the variation!

Mike

I’ve only had a few of them, but I like the grassiness. As far as green teas go, Japanese teas are definitely on the top of my list! :)

TeaBrat

this is one of my favorite senchas. I love the sweetness it has.

Mikumofu

TeaBrat- have you tried their Sencha Ariake? I have heard it’s similar to this one and am curious.

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74
drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
1190 tasting notes

I’ve got a lot of teas in my cupboard right now. Tons! And so I’m on a buying hiatus until I’ve cut my stash in half. And, as I’ll be taking a few exciting trips later this year, where tea might be an option, I should get sipping.
I’ll be done with this sooner than later. Jingle Bells, like many of the Lupicia holiday blends, does not seem very “wintery”. This is light and full of grapy goodness. A lovely spring flavor, in a holidaytin. Ha.

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74
drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
1190 tasting notes

The sister project to my sipdown mission is to drink the teas that I haven’t yet tried, and are sitting around in my cupboard, looking sad.
Lupicia, in my opinion, are the masters of fruit flavors. They make the crispest, lightest fruit teas of any I’ve tried.
I opened the little mini tin of this, and holy grapes, batman! I can only describe it as Champagne Rose, but with grapes instead of roses. Light, sparkily crisp.
Brewed, I’m getting a touch of bitter, which, to be frank, is probably my fault. I did not watch my steep time too close.
I’ll reserve my ranking for now, and fiddle around with it a bit more.

Stephanie

Lupicia is really good with fruit. Chocolate and nuts have been more iffy…

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80
drank Houjicha "Shigaraki" by Lupicia
273 tasting notes

A very roasty houjicha with an intense aroma right out of the bag. The recommended steeping time was 45 seconds to 1 minute, and while I didn’t time it exactly, I think I did even less than that. Even so, the brew came out very dark and richly flavored. Toasted grains, something a little coffee-like, bittersweet or caramelized. There’s a faint nori-like note in both the aroma and flavor if you look for it, possibly a quality of the green tea prior to treatment. Probably the most intense houjicha I’ve tried so far, but the aftertaste is crisp and a little sweet, almost like a Ceylon.

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drank Framboise by Lupicia
385 tasting notes

Pretty good raspberry tea. I like the aftertaste of raspberries, it’s nice. This would taste good iced too probably.

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75
drank Kaga Bocha by Lupicia
260 tasting notes

I got a GIANT package of this in my Lupicia Happy Bag! It’s not something I would have picked out my own, but it’s actually quite good. It reminds me of a roasted oolong…smooth and slightly sweet with an intense roasted grain flavor and aroma.

Flavors: Grain, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Toasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Sakurambo Vert by Lupicia
273 tasting notes

Made iced for another warm day. This is a deliciously refreshing, fruity green tea. The cherry flavor is very fresh and tastes just a little unripe, in the good way. I would have believed that it was picked right from the tree! The tea base is a touch grassy but not at all heavy, and a perfect compliment to the flavor. There’s a little bit of rock-candy-like sweetness. Overall, this is another great iceable green tea from Lupicia, similar to Ume Vert.

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83
drank Sencha "Omaesama" by Lupicia
78 tasting notes

Wow, this is a really interesting sencha! I don’t really get the same “nori” taste from Omaesama that I do from a lot of other senchas, but I think it’s really interesting. It might actually become my favorite of the senchas I’ve had from Lupicia, not counting Uji, because Uji is my wife.

It has kind of a thick mouthfeel, and it’s roasted, but kind of lightly sweet, almost. There’s a little bit of a grassy lingering aftertaste, too. Also, Omaesama is probably one of the least astringent senchas I’ve ever had, which I wasn’t expecting given how thick it is—I think it’s thicker than Kirara, honestly, and Kirara had matcha in it. This is honestly one of the neater senchas I’ve tried.

Flavors: Grass, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

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

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drank Banane Chocolat by Lupicia
1859 tasting notes

A sample from Dustin! Thank you. :)

This smells like sweet banana candy. There’s weirdly not much chocolate in there as well. I steeped a bit short and cool, because I was making an oolong at the same time. Unfortunately, the tea is really thin. I like the flavour, it’s nice that the banana is stronger than the chocolate. But the texture just isn’t doing it for me.

Are all these puerhs and oolongs ruining me for regular black tea? GASP. I hope not.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

hahahaha

Fjellrev

Banana candy oddly sounds really good to me even though I’m sure this must taste artificial haha.

OMGsrsly

I actually quite liked the banana flavour. It was sweet and fresh.

OMGsrsly

I think I’d prefer a banana oolong, though. Like melon oolong. :D The texture of the oolong is just… IDK, I think it would go better with the banana flavour they use.

Fjellrev

I never tried David’s rendition but I like the idea of banana in oolong too!

OMGsrsly

David’s rendition was Before My Time. :)

rosebudmelissa

Is there a banana oolong out there? That does sound good. For that matter, are there many banana flavored teas?

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90
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
151 tasting notes

I cold brewed a jug of this last night before bed. I like it hot, but it really shines as an iced tea. Naturally sweet, mild, smooth, refreshing! Summer is coming! I can see drinking this al lsummer long.

ThainofBuckland

This tea is good. I tried it recently, and it does taste better cold.

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90
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
151 tasting notes

Wow! I’ve been putting off trying this because 1) I’ve been sick (the doc confirmed today that it is bronchitis, but I’m getting over it just find on my own. No antibiotics needed, just drinks lots of fluids, take robitussin DM, and use a humidifier. She even suggested tea, particularly herbals. Nice to have a doctor that knows me so well!) and 2) I’ve never had green rooibos and I was afraid I wouldn’t like it.

Not like it? ha! I love it! The first two mouthfuls I wasn’t sure of it. But as it cooled, the sweetness came out. This is going to sound odd, but some artificially sweet or flavored teas have a narrow, sharp feel to them. At least to me. This tea has a mild, broad flavor that just seems right to me. Now I’m worried because I have only 50 grams of this. I will need more for the summer so I can drink it iced!

Flavors: Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
OMGsrsly

Melon oolong as well, if you like oolongs. :D

Maddy Barone

That sounds good, OMGsrsly. There are some oolongs I’ve enjoyed.

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73
drank C'est a toi by Lupicia
273 tasting notes

Lapsang, oolong, and pu-erh is not a combination I would have ever thought of! The dry sachet smells intensely of pine smoke in that lapsang way, with just a tiny bit of oolong roastiness in the undertone. The smokiness persists after steeping, which produces a very dark brew. Initially this tasted like a typical lapsang with no additives, with very forward smoke notes and a slightly sweet aftertaste. After cooling a bit, an earthiness from the pu-erh comes out, and it becomes a “chewier” tea with substantial texture. The smokiness from the lapsang isn’t really mellowed out by the pu-erh backdrop and actually becomes harsher against it. I enjoy a good lapsang, and this concept is interesting, but it’s not the most harmonious presentation.

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drank Kiwi by Lupicia
2271 tasting notes

The kiwi flavor is so spot on that it’s amazing but unfortunately the base is once again just too overpowering for the fruity flavor.

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70
drank Grapefruit by Lupicia
273 tasting notes

From the Book of Tea at my parents’ place (which has become very depleted since the last time I visited!). This one should have everything going for it: a fresh, authentic pink grapefruit scent, a nicely mellow black tea base, and a juicy, natural, but not too tart grapefruit flavor. But my sachet also smelled like…melted wax? In any case, something was a little off and rather distracting. I’m not sure if it’s just my sample or something that’s common to all batches. Lupicia usually has very good fruit black teas so I’m inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt.

I hope those of you who celebrated the lunar New Year had a great time last week, and here’s to a good week ahead!

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58

Blerg, this is still just too smokey for me. Drank this earlier this morning, and every time I catch a whiff of the spent leaves I think lychee! and get excited, but then I remember it’s all smokey. It’s like you’re trying to enjoy your delicately flavored lychee jelly, but someone keeps smothering you with a dirty sweatshirt that they wore at the bonfire the night before. That may have been a bit harsh, but suffice to say it just ruins the experience of such a refreshing fruit. I would not have bought this if I had known, but I suppose it wouldn’t be bad cold brewed…

Flavors: Lychee, Smoke

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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58

Usually Lupicia’s grape flavor stands out but with the exception of the aftertaste of this tea, the grape is completely drowned out by the oolong base. 273.

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63
drank Four Seasons-Mingjian by Lupicia
2271 tasting notes

This is very oolongy (I know that probably makes no sense) but surprisingly not that offensive. It is grassy bu bright and with creamy notes making for a fairly pleasant cup. I don’t think its something I would want again just because of my preference for non-oolong teas but I could see this being popular among fans of this type of tea.

Sil

it makes perfect sense to me haha

Cavocorax

That sounds like a pretty interesting oolong though. I suspect that once I feel like it’s spring I’ll be drinking more greens/oolongs!

Sil

never. that NEVER happens for me haha

Cavocorax

Oh man, I’m so predictable. Spring is heavy on green/oolong teas, summer is back to black, unflavoured with some fun fruity things and then fall is candy black teas until Christmas and then back to unflavoured. :P (with exceptions all over!)

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54

For a black tea, this is quite green tasting. The base is fairly smooth but there is a floral quality to it that just comes off drying. It’s not horrible but it’s also not for me.

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drank Apricot by Lupicia
385 tasting notes

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

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74
drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
78 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
385 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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