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Another great sample from Ost. :) This is a really refreshing flavoured oolong – the base tea is very green, with fresh crisp floral notes. I’m not at all suprised to see that it’s a baozhong. The peach flavouring is juicy and not too strong or artificial tasting. This is lovely, might try it cold-steeped next.

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70
drank Tikuanyin by Lupicia
2073 tasting notes

Another one from TheLastDodo’s sale. Thanks! The leaves of this oolong are of the darker roasted variety, so when I opened the packaged I was a little worried they wouldn’t be my thing. It’s a decent roasted oolong but when I drink a roasted oolong I only notice the charcoal flavor and no other layers, even if the charcoal note itself is faint, as it is here. It becomes the only flavor though. I know fans of this type get much more out of roasted oolongs than I do. At times with the first steep, there were also hints of peach but not enough to make me love this one to get through the roastiness. Just not my thing!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // few min after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // few min a.b. // 2 min steep

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88
drank Kyobancha by Lupicia
69 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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6Apr-2tsp, 208F, 2min
Fruity, strong enough to cut through spicy spaghetti sauce and still be able to taste the tea. 3 min- strong and malty

Flavors: Fruity, Malt

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drank Yume by Lupicia
189 tasting notes

Home from Hawaii, with a couple of tea souvenirs. First up is this Yume tea from Lupicia. Yume means “dream” in Japanese, and I see why it carries this name.

I’m normally not a big fan of blends, but as I discover more, I am finding more and more that have a great balance. Basically, they are more than just some fruit dumped in a tea bag.

This tea has a wonderful tropical feel, a bit fruity with hints of vanilla and strawberry, but it keeps a nice and tasty black tea base. A balance like this means the maker is proud of the fruit and flavor blend, but also proud of the base. No need to hide it when it is this good!

Flavors: Rose, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
220 tasting notes

Sipdown – but only because I discarded the rest of the tea. I could not bring myself to brew this again. The artificial flavor just put me off. It smelled of big chew grape bubblegum. It went in the compost.

I did make a cold brew of this, but I never managed to finish it. Dropping my rating.

Flavors: Artificial

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
220 tasting notes

I was nervous about trying this tea as I don’t like red grape flavored things. I received this in the happy bag I bought, as is not something I’d order on my own.

Decided to cold brew this. Dry leaf smell reminds me of the grapes that used to grow on my grandparents farm. Grapes were an older variety, not very sweet and kind of tart. Unfortunately I also get grape bubblegum.

Tried it this mornig. Liquid smells of grape candy. Fortunately, it doesn’t taste like that. It tastes like those grapes did when you ate them, a little sour, little sweet. I really have no interest on ever trying this as a hot tea. It’s drinkable when cold brewed. 65

Flavors: Grapes

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86
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
1483 tasting notes

So, Fjellrev, why are you drinking this if you say you haven’t really been into them as of late? Because it’s summer and I want a melon tea pop, and I’m out of Golden Honey Dew, which is heartbreaking. That’s why.

Cold brewed this time around is a little disappointing. I might have overleafed because the liquor is a deeper yellow than what I recall in the past, and it’s more vegetal too. The base is killing off the gorgeous melon note. With club soda, it’s very refreshing. It just makes me miss Golden Honey Dew all the more.

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
1483 tasting notes

Oh hello there, delicious oolong. This is essentially Golden Honeydew but with a green oolong base. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but I’m detecting a hint of butteriness from the base, together with a light floral note. This pairs beautifully with the delicious Melona bar-like flavour of the melon flavouring. If I were to choose between the two, however, I’d still go for the Golden Honeydew just because I swear that one has a more intense melon flavour and the base doesn’t detract from that melony excellence either.

Next up will be a cold brew, which I’m sure will be just as good as it is hot, if not better.

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drank Honey & Pear by Lupicia
388 tasting notes

I don’t get honey or pear really in this tea. The base green is a stronger taste and smell than anything. I don’t really care for this one, definitely not on my list to buy more.

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100
drank The au Lait by Lupicia
11 tasting notes

Delicious! Brewed it as instructed & added a large amount of milk. My perfect milk tea!

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drank Momijigari by Lupicia
4 tasting notes

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
338 tasting notes

I’ve been working my way through my samples from Ost, but foolishly not logging many of them. Suffice it to say that I’ve been enjoying them. :) This is my second time trying this cookie tea from Lupicia. It has quite a rich black tea base, with notes of toasted almond and burnt sugar. Quite tasty and true to the name.

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
253 tasting notes

Hmm yummy yummy. Another great fruity green tea from Lupicia. I got this one in a mailer who knows when and finally busted it out when I was late already for work and decided just to take a tea bag with me instead of brewing/decanting while at home. I had forgotten a little – the convenience of teabags. lol.

I’ll be back on Steepster more in the new future. =) I turned away from buying more tea (other than subscriptions) during Lent and other than putting in an LP other for the Dark Matter group buy (that doesn’t count, RIGHT? it comes later!), I did pretty good! But staying away from the boards will do that.

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drank The au Lait by Lupicia
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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Bravissimo! by Lupicia
214 tasting notes

I havn’t had much luck with green tea, I don’t know why but the majority of it just doesn’t have much distinct taste from another.

Including this tea. Though my wallet thanks me. Heh.

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
388 tasting notes

Nice fruity smell…sweet, grape taste. It’s nice but not something I’d buy a lot of. I didn’t add any sugar to it but it tasted like there might be some candy in the mix.

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70
drank Tokio by Lupicia
97 tasting notes

Sample from Lupicia. As far as scented teas go, this is pretty lovely. Subtle berry flavours, not artificial candy-tasting, on a smooth green base. Nice for a sweeter change from my jasmine green. I would consider trying this or some other Lupicia tea bags for the office when I can’t brew loose-leaf.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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There used to be wild rhubarb growing by the fence in the backyard of the house I 1st lived in after living in the U.P. Everynow and then I’d grab a stalk and gnaw on it, though I could eat a little bit before the tartness got to me. My favorite pie as a kid? Strawberry & rhubarb pie of course:) This tea is kind of bringing those memories back.

I like this tea alot better then the strawberry and vanilla from Lupicia’s happy bag.

Not sure if I’d want to get more though.

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drank Mimosa by Lupicia
214 tasting notes

I am both relieved and disappointed that I didn’t care for this tea. Relieved because it won’t go on my summer Lupicia order, but disappointed that it was….meh. It’s not terrible…just not terribly inspiring.

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drank Mimosa by Lupicia
214 tasting notes

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drank Framboise Chocolat by Lupicia
214 tasting notes

Uh oh. This is the 2nd tea I’ve tried in the last couple of days from Lupicia that I really like and will probably end up ordering more. LOL. Ahh well.

I don’t generally like chocolate teas…they tend to taste alot like watered down hot chocolate. But when I was looking over the list of teas on Lupicia’s website, this one really jumped out at me. And hot damn! Am I glad I went with it. (And considering my original list of teas would have put my order to over $200, I’m glad it survived the 2 revisions that I had to make.

The Raspberry in this tea, didn’t taste at all fake to me…though I’m not always good about picking that kind of thing out.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
214 tasting notes

Well! Happily I found a third tea that I really like from Lupicia. Not great for my wallet because undoubtably by the time summer comes around I will have to order more…but I can kinda get away with rationalize restocking to my Mom, plus a few new tries. But it will depend on how many other teas that I like.

Though this tea has pineapple in it, I don’t get much of a ‘tropical feel’ from this tea that others have mentioned. Which is fine…I got more then enough tropical teas.

There was the buttery element that others mentioned…generally speaking, buttery is not a quality that I care for, in combination with the pineapple, it made for a very appealing taste.

This is the tea I’ve wanted to try right from the get go…so I am extremely pleased that I liked it as much as I hoped.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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