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83
drank Carol by Lupicia
60 tasting notes

I’m not really tasting the candy that the notes suggest, but this is probably the best strawberry tea I’ve ever had. The taste is just really fresh strawberry. I think the scent is really where the vanilla-creamy notes are; it smells just as strawberry as it tastes, but it’s sweeter.

This was a sample with my order of White Christmas (that’s sort of a yearly tradition with me now), and now that I’ve had it, I wish they sold this year-round, because I’d love to try it as an iced tea in the summer. Maybe next year I’ll stock up.

Flavors: Strawberry, Sweet

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

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drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
447 tasting notes

This one has a nice apple flavor and a slight vegetal taste to it.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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88
drank Oriental Beauty by Lupicia
2624 tasting notes

I’ve had Oriental Beauty teas in the past but I don’t have any right now. I was happy to see this in my Lupicia happy bag especially as it’s one of their expensive teas.

I steeped this around 205 at one minute, according to the package instructions. This is definitely a nice afternoon tea, it’s mellow and rich. Has woody notes with peach and a sweetish honey finish. This is one of those teas that needs leafhoppers to bring out the flavor, I think. It’s quite tasty! Glad I have some of this around… I think I will try a slighter longer steep at a lower temperature soon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Dustin

Sounds nice! I have never explored Lupicia’s unflavored teas. I’ll have to remedy that sometime.

TeaBrat

They are worth trying but haven’t ben too impressed with their straight blacks.

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79
drank Tea Break by Lupicia
233 tasting notes

This one has the sweet, mellow aroma and flavor of preserved fruits, mainly raisin (though it also reminds me a little of plum). I always enjoy a good black tea with a naturally fruity undertone, and this is no exception. The tea is brisk but smooth, and the color of the brew is quite dark. Thanks again to beelicious!

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92
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
116 tasting notes

Whoa. Best flavored rooibos I’ve EVER had, hands down. I’m SO SO SO tempted to say “BEST MELON FLAVORED TEA EVER”, but I haven’t had Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream since I got into white teas. It’s the only other one that could come close. I’m going to hold my tongue until then.

And I’m going to drink this every night.

Holy crap this is amazing.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon, Sweet

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75

I had two bags of this tea in my tea box as part of my $50 happy bag and since we were camping this weekend I thought this might be good to bring along, I generally hate dealing with tea leaves when camping, especially in the backcountry!! It’s just messy!! This tea just screams breakfast to me. Perfect with milk and a touch of sugar it reminds me of the teas I used to drink with mum and dad growing up back home in Oz. Nice but nothing to write home about.

Anlina

Oooh camping. I’m so envious. Still at least five months till it’ll be nice enough to even think about it here.

beelicious

LOL! We’re desert camping at the moment since winter is the only time you want to be anywhere near the SoCal deserts!! I’m envious of your winter weather!!! But in the end our summers make up for the wild winters…. +40C for 6 months straight, day in day out!!

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66
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
518 tasting notes

Cherry Blasters seasoned with peppercorn and rosemary is.. an interesting concept. Thank you, OMGsrsly (and MissB!), for this unique experience! I’m not sure if I like it, but it’s a lot of fun. Sometimes I get black cherry instead of Cherry Blasters, which is a pretty sweet occurrence.

I really, really want to read Firefight right now except textbook readings, presentations, responsibility, being an “adult”, and stuff. Brandon Sanderson is just SITTING there on my kobo..

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Herbs, Peppercorn

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

yeah this one is odd…

OMGsrsly

Haha. You’re welcome, but it’s from MissB’s box! I just couldn’t do it. The cherry was so over the top. :)

CrowKettle

Odd, indeed!

OMGsrsly, are the other Lupicia samples you gave me from MissB’s box too? I love how tea gets around in this community :)

OMGsrsly

Yes, I think so? Chaud les Marrons! is mine, but I think the rest were from MissB. (I don’t remember everything!)

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Sugar is the first ingredient so technically it should be a sugary flavor I get first but I don’t; it’s salty. I prepared it as it’s listed on the package. 8oz of almond milk and 2 tsp of matcha. I’m not tasting the cherry. Maybe it’s because of the almond milk.

Update: I made it again but this time with 4oz almond milk and 1tsp matcha. Much better but still no cherry anything. It’s fine as a plain matcha just don’t call it sakura for it’s cherry flavor.

cookies

Ugh, salty matcha sounds awful.

Skysamurai

Yea… it was weird… I’m going to try it again and hope to change this

Dustin

I didn’t like the two flavored matchas of theirs that I tried. :/

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74
drank Sencha "Tosa" by Lupicia
233 tasting notes

From the Book of Tea. Vivid green sencha with a rich, almost creamy dry aroma. The brewed tea is light yellow-green, with a buttery mouthfeel to it. Fresh, vegetal notes, reminiscent of spinach and peas. A slight bitter undertone that isn’t unpleasant. There is very little of the nori/seaweed note found in some senchas. While it’s not a tea I’d get excited about, it’s a solid offering of its kind.

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70
drank Apple Barley by Lupicia
2398 tasting notes

Sipdown (118)!

Gonna try and get a few more reviews in from my queue; in less than an hour Tre’s four best friends from highschool are gonna be showing up for the night to visit and I doubt I’ll be able to focus a whole lot. It’s gonna be such a “nerdy frat boy” environment, what with there being five guys in their early twenties, who haven’t seen each other in months, in such close proximity…

Thanks VariaTEA for passing on a sachet of this one! It’s not one of the barley teas I ever found making its way into a cart for a mock order (ie. Pineapple or Watermelon) but I was curious about it, and having now tried Pineapple Barley from Lupicia I think it’s worthwhile to compare the two see if some of the things I observed with Pineapple (aka FISH SMELL) are consistent with this one.

I think Barley tea is gonna forever remind me at least a little bit of coffee; that’s definitely what I imagined I was first tasting when I had a sip of this one – it’s just really, really roasty and strong. And I suppose I don’t drink coffee enough to really differentiate in the first place. Blah. Not that it reminding me of coffee is really a bad thing, per say?

One definite positive thing about this one is that it doesn’t smell OR taste like fish at all. Hooray! So, in that aspect this far surpasses the pineapple barley. The downside? Compared to pineapple this is far less juicy/flavoured – yes, I tasted apple – a more supple red apple flavour like a Gala perhaps, but it was so much lighter than I was led to believe it would be after tasting Pineapple first.

I guess I’d call this average overall. Since I didn’t have high expectations in the first place I certainly wasn’t let down at all – it kind of just met my mild expectations for what they were? Uh, mild?

AllanK

I wonder what Barley tea tastes like but as I am allergic will probably never know.

OMGsrsly

It’s really similar to the roasted buckwheat teas, AllanK, except with more of a chicory/coffee flavour. I haven’t seen a flavoured buckwheat tea, sadly. But the plain one (I liked the H&S one!) is really nice with milk and sugar.

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82
drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
233 tasting notes

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Yummy yummy. This goes on the ‘to buy’ list. It’s very decadent.

From the Cooking TTB

This reminds me of chocolate cake with fresh strawberries. Maybe that should be one of the recipes I post?

The Cookie Lady

I vote yes!!

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50
drank Neptune by Lupicia
233 tasting notes

This one was on my wishlist for a while, so I tried the sample from the Book of Tea 100 that my family had. I’d forgotten that Lupicia’s honey flavoring and I don’t always get along, though. There’s something too potent about the smell of it, which is the case here. It’s just too rich and also a little stale-seeming. The tea base is also somewhat bitter. That aside, the fruit notes are pleasant, but overall this one isn’t for me.

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drank Sencha "Omaesama" by Lupicia
368 tasting notes

I like this green tea. It has a savory sort of taste, strong but not seaweed or bitter. It was really, really green at the bottom and the color is nice for such a short steep of 1 minute.

Stephanie

I’ve seen some senchas that call for even shorter steep time!

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70
drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
972 tasting notes

Another untried Lupicia tea. I find it funny how vague the description of this one is… Definitely intriguing! The black tea leaves themselves are quite pretty – they’re jet black and somewhat light and feathery looking. There are various things mixed in, I can see peppercorns along with flower petals and some of those little rock candy pieces. Dry scent is mostly peach to me, maybe with a few other fruits.

The steeped tea smells of sweet peaches. Taste-wise, that’s pretty much all I’m getting as well. The base tea is fairly strong, but it’s not bitter or astringent. The peach flavor is somewhat mild and sweet. I definitely don’t taste any pepper, which is a good thing in my opinion. Overall, this is just an okay peach-flavored tea.

Flavors: Malt, Peach, Smooth

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

This one actually really grew on me the more I had it; I ended up doing straight hot, cold brewed, and hot with milk. The last was especially tasty.

Cameron B.

Welp, if you end up wanting more Jingle Bells, I can certainly send you this one too. :P

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drank Fantasy by Lupicia
368 tasting notes

This was good, sweet fruit. I thought I tasted vanilla as well. I liked it but there’s a lot of fruity flavors in this box – getting kind tired of them. Next one I pick won’t be…

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
1452 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells good. The wet leaf smells better. The tea tastes yum! I can taste the caramelized bottom of the cookie from staying in the oven just a minute too long. So homemade. Going with the recommendation by Lupicia I added milk. I also added sweetener because, well, Cookie! This smooths everything out and adds a rich texture to it. This was a fun break. Thanks Stephanie.

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85
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
972 tasting notes

This is one of the Lupicia holiday teas I have neglected to try. I’m sorry, lovely tea, I didn’t mean to forget you! It’s odd, because this was the one that sounded amazing to me when I was looking at their holiday teas. So you would think I would have tried this one first, but for some reason that wasn’t the case! Silly me. Anyway, this appears to be a mixture of a CTC black tea and a full-leaf black tea (Lupicia seems to like this combination, they use it in their Cookie tea and a few others). There are little white puffball things mixed in as well, though I have no idea what those are… Dry scent is delish, sweet and desserty with strong hazelnut and some apricot. I tried not to heap my teaspoon too much and shortened the steep by 30 seconds because I was worried about the CTC getting bitter.

The steeped tea has that same amazing hazelnut aroma. Yum, this is a good one. In fact, this is what I was hoping Cookie would be. The base tea is mellow and light. The overall flavor is very desserty, and a bit like a buttery cookie. I can definitely taste hazelnut here, as well as cream and just a bit of dried apricot. Overall, om nom nom! Why did I wait so long to try this?!

Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Cookie, Creamy, Hazelnut, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mikumofu

I think the puffballs might be konpeito (a type of Japanese candy), did they start to melt during brewing? Either way, sounds delicious!

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56
drank KIKERIKI! by Lupicia
2157 tasting notes

This is a fresh tasting tea but its not anything special. Slightly minty, slightly lemony (bordering on Pledge), and overall just another tea to cross off the “try-everything” list.

Anlina

With a name in all caps and an exclamation point, I feel like this tea should be amazing.

Stephanie

pledge, errrhghhhh

VariaTEA

Haha Anlina, you would think so but alas that was not the case :(

Amariel

Bordering on Pledge! HA! Love it! :P

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drank Kilimanjaro by Lupicia
2157 tasting notes

Holy briskness, Batman! Lupicia really nailed their description of this: brisk and earthy. It is certainly not for me but those who like this sort of thing may enjoy it.

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drank Anela by Lupicia
603 tasting notes

You know you bought too much tea over the summer when six months later you still haven’t tried all that you got! This is the first time I have tried this tea. It looks like there are little gold flecks floating around in my cup, similar to David’s Glitter and Gold. I’ll have to use a clear mug next time to get the full visual effect. I can taste the lychee right away which fades into an almost strawberry taste at the end. I’m not able to pick out the jasmine, but there is a tang on the sides of my tongue that is reminiscent of jasmine. The aftertaste is a nice lingering lychee. I’m liking this! Might see how sweetening it works on my next cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
233 tasting notes

Cold brew. I received a sample of this a long time (years?) ago in the Lupicia newsletter, and really regretted brewing it hot instead of cold at the time, so I’m happy to do so today with a sample from beelicious.

The dry blend smells fruity and sweet, like candied pineapple. After 8 hours cold brewing, the liquor is a light yellow-green with that same tropical-fruity aroma. The tea is perfectly smooth and crisp, and the fruit flavors are sweet and refreshing. I hadn’t realized how tasty a pineapple-flavored tea can be—it isn’t overpowering like a freshly cut fruit, but reminds me more of the mellow sweetness of a Taiwanese pineapple pastry. Tropical green teas might be a dime a dozen, but this is definitely a good one that avoids the usual pitfalls of tasting artificial, too nondescript-fruity, or “not tea enough”.

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