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drank Bravissimo! by Lupicia
2362 tasting notes

If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought this was a hojicha with rose. I am getting vegetal flavoring and sweet roses but there is also a slight roastiness that I guess is from the combination of black/green teas. It’s not bad but not particularly memorable for my tastes.

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drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
2362 tasting notes

The Lupicia base, that I don’t usually love, actually lends itself quite nicely to the rich chocolate flavor of this tea. It smells amazingly like rich milky chocolate and at times it tastes like milk chocolate but mostly it tastes like a thick dark chocolate. I don’t know if I would want this in bulk because I just don’t reach for chocolate teas that much but I certainly wouldn’t turn down another cup. 224.

donkeytiara

I was surprised that I like this as well….I think Peet’s Red Cloud Cacao tea is more dark chocolate tasting, but this went well with milk for a very decent cup!

VariaTEA

I didn’t add milk but I could see that really making this that much better. And I have never tried the Peet’s tea but I have a lot of the Crio Bru teas and those are cups of rich dark chocolate so I guess I’m covered for a while.

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drank Yuzu by Lupicia
67 tasting notes

A refreshingly light green tea with a splash of citrus. The citrus flavors lean more towards a brighter lemon rather than a mellow orange.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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87

I liked the second steeping better than the first, and got five flavored steeps out of this. Bright yellow-green liquor, toasty rice flavors.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
2732 tasting notes

This free sample came from the Lupicia newsletter. The dry leaf smells kind of funky, like rooibos and peach liquor.

Brewed, I am not terribly impressed with this one. Maybe I should have used a smaller cup instead of a 12 oz mug, but I’m just not getting much flavor from this aside from a rooibos flavor. Not too impressed but won’t rate for now since this could be a user error :)

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One teabag yielded a strong 8oz steep, then two milder 8oz steeps. The fourth steep has color but not a lot of flavor. First steep is seedy/jammy, earthy toast. Second is a light fruity strawberry. Third is a mild pu-erh tea. Fourth is a bit earthy water.

Preparation
Boiling

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87

Another sipdown. Goodbye, Chaud Les Marrons! You were delicious! Wonder if we’ll ever meet again – I’ll have to keep an eye on the Lupicia website in case you return.

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87

Roasted chestnut goodness! I love this tea, and when I couldn’t find it available on the Lupicia website, I was really disappointed. I even tried to buy it during a trip to California, but the salesperson at the San Jose store looked at me like I had three heads when I asked for it. Are they discontinuing it permanently? Is it just a seasonal thing? Not sure, but when whatshesaid mentioned that she wasn’t all that thrilled with it, I was happy to take it off her hands! Yaaaaaaay, and welcome back to my tastebuds, Chaud Les Marrons! I love chestnuts, I roast them every year, and winter just doesn’t feel the same without them, so this tea is a lovely way to enjoy that taste whenever I want. Even though it’s early spring right now, I’ll drink this tea until the weather gets truly warm. Hot. With milk. Always, always with milk. Don’t oversteep, don’t overleaf, and all will be well.

Flavors: Chestnut, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
410 tasting notes

Thank you Lupicia for the free sample. I’m not a big fan of Red rooibos. It always gives me a funny sensation in my throat that makes me wonder if I’m allergic or something. Anyway, did you know that peach melba is a dessert? Go look it up. Sounds pretty good. I’m tempted to mix this with a raspberry tea to get that flavor. Without the raspberry it’s still close to what I’m assuming that would taste like. The peaches and cream flavor is great. I’m tempted to try almond milk but I don’t want to ruin it.

And I’m sorry but who has ever put marshmallow topping on their tea? No. Probably…. maybe. Maythe Japanese. Could make a really cute milk tea drink with burnt marshmallow toppings..

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
48 tasting notes

Quality green oolong paired with the sweet, juicy flavor of melon. Some sips it’s creamy cantaloupe, some sips it’s crisp honeydew. It’s excellent. I’ve yet to meet a Lupicia tea that I don’t like.

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
2362 tasting notes

Lupicia knows how to do grape and this is no exception but there are other blends/bases that utilize the muscat flavor better (muscat oolong and jingle bells come to mind). I blame their black base which just seems to be too overpowering for flavored blends. 266.

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
274 tasting notes

Sample from the Lupicia newsletter, which was a complete surprise since I couldn’t remember placing any orders recently…maybe last year? The dry sachet has a peaches-and-cream scent, along with a slightly woodsy, boozey contribution from the rooibos. This one brews up intimidatingly dark, as rooibos often does. The peach flavor is very fresh and natural. There’s a crispness to the body of the tea that almost makes me believe it’s a peach black tea. Highly delectable with a splash of milk as well. A few years ago I would never have imagined I’d enjoy rooibos, but it has been growing on me a lot. This is one of the great ones.

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drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
48 tasting notes

I went into this one blind and wow is it good. The ultimate rich and nutty treat. The green base is perfectly light and complements the buttery flavor really nicely. I won’t be reaching for this one every day but it would be excellent for a comforting treat in the winter.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
48 tasting notes

MELON!!!!! Sweet, juicy melon. This is really fantastic. If you or a distant cousin is even mildly indifferent towards the taste of honeydew pick this one up. It’s almost more flavorful than the actual fruit without tasting artificial at all. I’m totally sold on green rooibos now (or at least Lupicia’s offerings). I can’t wait to try it iced.

Flavors: Honeydew

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drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
657 tasting notes

Backlog from last night

Sil sent me this in a swap a loooong time ago. Don’t know why I’ve been hoarding the Lupicia teas so much. I have about half the sample left now.

I remember trying Harney & Son’s chocolate blend “Florence” a few weeks ago and enjoying that. This one was kind of similar, but the chocolate flavour was far more prominent in the scent here rather than the taste. Florence had more true-to-life chocolate flavour, and I liked the note of hazelnut there.

If I had to choose between the two, I’d go with Florence over this.

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
483 tasting notes

I received this sample in the mail this month. For some reason I wasn’t expecting it to be rooibos. It was a good cup. I added a little sugar and it was very peachy. I am not sure if it would be a tea I would purchase, but this was a decent cup.

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drank Neptune by Lupicia
269 tasting notes

Another sample from The Cookie Lady! This one reminded me a lot of Piccolo, except with a black tea base instead of rooibos. It has the same jammy fruit flavor mixed with honey. Quite nice (and probably even better with sweetener!) but not something I’ll be running out to buy, as I prefer more of a fresh fruit flavor in my fruity teas.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Jam

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
269 tasting notes

What a delicious evening treat! I’ve been wanting to try this one for ages and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s rich and buttery and slightly sweet, even with nothing added. The flavor really does remind me of a cookie…hazelnut biscotti maybe? I’m also getting a bit of malt from the base tea and just a hint of astringency, which I’m sure would smooth out if I added some milk. This is definitely one I’ll be ordering at some point in the future. A big THANK YOU to The Cookie Lady for the sample!

Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Hazelnut

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

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
753 tasting notes

I’ve been meaning to try this tea, as I am generally a fan of Lupicia’s rooibos blends, and Ta Da! It was in this month’s newsletter! Score!

It tastes very mildly of peach and vanilla. Very smooth. Overall, I like piccolo and jardin sauvage better, but I wouldn’t turn it down, if offered. :)

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drank Orzo Strawberry by Lupicia
2898 tasting notes

Backlog.

Ok, the orzo teas are definitely way, way better than the barley teas. This one is seriously delicious. It’s like a thick, rich, roasty strawberry milkshake. Naturally sweet, no bitterness, no fishiness, just roasty+strawberry (I was going to write roasty strawberry, but that makes me think of hot strawberries, and that actually doesn’t sound overly appetizing). As with Caramel+Honey (or whatever the other orzo tea was that I tried), I think it would be amazing with milk and a touch of additional sweetener. Probably will try it that way eventually. (Also, I can’t believe how dark/inky it brews up! Makes me nervous that it will be bitter, but it’s not at all!)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Amariel

This is one I have been wanting to try; it sounds so intriguing! Maybe I’ll put together a Lupicia order at some point…it seems like there are a few I could get.

Kittenna

I’d certainly recommend this over any of their “barley” teas.

Amariel

Thanks!I want to try to drink down some stuff before I look at putting in some orders, but this one is making it hard to want to wait too long. :P

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
2898 tasting notes

Book of Tea #2/100

I’ve had Lupicia’s Muscat a couple times now, so thought I’d experiment a bit with this tea. Sadly, I discovered that it’s not nearly as tasty with milk and sugar as one might expect. I guess it’s just not bold enough. It was okay, and still pretty grapey in aroma, but the flavour was kind of muddled. Oh well! Had to be tried (stupid work and their easy availability of tea add-ins).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
2898 tasting notes

Sipdown! Had a teabag of this from ages ago from the lovely CHAroma, and since I’ve been burning through teabags more quickly lately, it came up.

So… this tastes like Jingle Bells. Or perhaps, Jingle Bells tastes like Muscat. Either way, it’s grapey and tasty, but grape just isn’t a flavour I like to have overly often.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank KIKERIKI! by Lupicia
2898 tasting notes

Sipdown! And blech. Lemongrass/mint herbal tea. The orange peel was only for looks, I’m sure. Either way, this wasn’t extremely terrible or anything, just not a tea for me, and I didn’t feel like finishing it. So I didn’t. Sadly, I have another teabag of this in my book of tea (I think), so I’ll perhaps have it again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cinnamon Cookie Puer by Lupicia
73 tasting notes

Still tasting coffee more than cinnamon or cookie, and still a fan. Weird because I have always detested coffee, and many well-meaning people have assured me that it is an acquired taste or that it tastes almost as good as it smells…I don’t even like the smell. But I found this pu-erh off putting at first, and now it has grown on me enough to reorder despite the coffee undertones. Go figure.

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