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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
566 tasting notes

Thanks to CheshireEyes for the thoughtful sample! This has been on my wishlist for a while and I’m super glad to have tried it. This has a lovely sweet pineapple flavor that comes just short of being cloying or tasting candy-like. It’s also nice as an iced tea. By which I mean brewed hot and then cooled, since I never had the patience to cold brew this. Sipdown!

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
300 tasting notes

Beorhthraefn included a tea bag of this in the Secret Pumpkin package. Thank you!

This is a nice Earl Grey. Lovely aroma. The bergamot is pleasingly light and complements the smoky Keemun base.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Nilgiri, BOP by Lupicia
1924 tasting notes

Thanks for a sample of this one, Ost! I’m finding it hard to say anything about this one, though it’s tasty. The dry leaf has a dried grass scent. The flavor is lighter with a nice sweetness to it, hints of fruit. More interesting than a Ceylon and if I have had Nilgiri before, this might be a better one. (Though I think I remember Nilgiri is used in the older batches of 52Teas Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish which works perfectly.) Ah well, it’s good then it’s gone.

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70
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
507 tasting notes

After trying Golden Honey Dew I had high no expectations for this one. It’s good but not quite as good as I was hoping. Also seems to be better cold. There are definitely melon flavors; honey dew, cantaloupe, …. ok I’m sorry. I know I spelled that wrong but it just corrected itself. That is amazing. Anyway…. The first steep was pretty bad. But also kinda hot. I don’t tend to like teas hot anyway so maybe it just really didn’t appeal to me because of that? The colder it is the better it seems to be. Maybe I should freeze it? Just kidding.

As far as oolong goes I can’t taste much over the melon flavor.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Honeydew

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
566 tasting notes

Sipdown! This blend makes my head hurt sometimes, so it took a while to finish off. Tasty, though. The cherry flavor is sweet without being cloying or syrupy. It also takes rice milk really well. Not a restock for me but I would recommend it to anyone who likes black tea and cherries.

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drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
57 tasting notes

I’m on en epic mission to pare down my massive tea collection because the great majority of it is going stale- sad face. Once I get my collection under control I can start buying controlled amounts of more again- happy face.

Got this as a sample in the Lupicia catalog. Jasmine is overall my favorite type of tea so I was pumped for this one. It’s a nice jasmine but I’m not tasting anything in the way of other flavorings besides well, jasmine. I was expecting orange as in mandarin orange, but then I realized they probably just mean this is a Chinese jasmine tea. As a standalone jasmine it’s flavorful and fresh but didn’t convince to to switch from my go-to for this one.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
2164 tasting notes

Having this hot today.

Not really a good alternative for a caffeinated beverage, but it does taste divine.

Yum.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Haven’t written about this yet, but damn, I love it too. Probably the only thing I’d actually want to re-order from them (although I’ve yet to still try that melon oolong!).

Sil

after 200g? of it…i’m taking a break…but i do have 1 cup left first, and then i’ll hold off ordering it again for a bit hahaha

OMGsrsly

Melon oolong is quite similar, but it’s oolongy instead of rooibosy. Hahaha.

Equusfell

I feel like melon oolong also has a kinda greasy mouthfeel too. It doesn’t taste artificial, it just feels that way. I really wish they still carried any of their chestnut teas (besides the chocolate one). I crave those this time of year :(

MissB

Yep, same boat as Sil. :)

OMGsrsly

That is disappointing, Equusfell… Chaud les Marrons is a favourite of mine. :/

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
2164 tasting notes

Cold steeped overnight.

OMG SO GOOD.

SO SO SO GOOD.

Why did I not believe people about how good it is?

Thank you SO MUCH, MissB!

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
MissB

It really is an amazing tea. For some reason though, I wasn’t enjoying it any more, so I’m glad you are!

Marzipan

I love it mixed with black tea.

OMGsrsly

OMG I am SO enjoying it, MissB. :D

I might have to try that, Marzipan!

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I’m not a fan of this one. I’ve drank 25g of it and after playing with steep times, I’ve given up and decided it’s the tea.

The pu’er base sucks and just doesn’t work here, it’s burnt, bitter, and a little fishy tasting. The cinnamon isn’t sweet. The blend very much so tastes like a cup of watery coffee. The aftertaste is that burnt bitter flavor you get after you drink coffee, that coffee bad breath.

The best steep was to do a long one and add a vanilla bean, which smoothed out and added some creamy. Milk and sugar would work well for this tea, but on its own it’s pretty harsh.

I’m sure if you like coffee this’ll be your tea. If you love Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Pu’er stick to that one, that one is miles better. I’m disappointed in this one, I figured since Chocolate Strawberry is excellent, this one was too.

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
286 tasting notes

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81
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
1512 tasting notes

Omnomnomnoms. So good.
This smells incredible! Like freshly cut grapefruit. I’m in love!
The taste is less impressive, but still quite nice. Not as powerful, but then I did expect that. The green base is ok but I think it might have been paired with a “fresher” more grassy green tea. Mum loved it as well, but her doc says she can’t have green tea so only a tiny cup for her.
I love that the bitterness of the grapefruit actually flows through to the taste. The best part, I think! I do adore grapefruit when it isn’t TOO bitter. Sometimes you get one that is just too much. But this tea? yeah, perfect balance!
Again, the only thing I would change is the base, but even then it’s not so bad, just not perfect is all. Thanks for the sample bag Sil or was it VariaTea?
Anyhow, if I can get my hands on more of this I’ll be a very happy girl :)

Dustin

Fruity Lupicia teas do really well when cold steeped in the fridge. Something to think about if you get more of this tea. :)

Indigobloom

Mmmm yeah I’d definitely give that a shot! Do you use a hot water starter or just cold water all the way?

Dustin

Usually room temperature water, put in in a mason jar with the tea and stick it in the fridge overnight. Sometimes I add sugar when I put it all together depending on my mood and the tea.

Indigobloom

I usually start mine off with just a little bit of hot (tea appropriate) water and then top it off with room temp. But that also depends on how much time I have, as usually I’m in a rush when I remember to cold brew! :P

Plunkybug

How does this compare to Butiki’s Grapefruit Dragon?

Indigobloom

I personally liked it better. The grapefruit is more intense, I got barely any flavour from the Butiki one myself!

Plunkybug

Thank you! I will have to look at trying this one!

Indigobloom

One day I hope to get my hands on some more as well. Definitely on my purchase list :)

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
507 tasting notes

As soon as I ripped open the bag a sweet fruity fragrance hit me in the face. Slightly floral but mainly fruity. Kinda fake fruity fruity though which I dock points for.

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
507 tasting notes

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drank Banane Chocolat by Lupicia
632 tasting notes

I receieved this in QueenOfTarts stash sale. Thank you!

The flavor is great in this, but I want MORE. Like in your face more. It is like drinking slightly flavored tea. See its all about that base, about that base, no treble. … I want more from the base. I want it to be deep and cocoa-y and then have this awesome banana flavor sitting on top. So this one gets a meh from me. The flavor is perfect just very weak.

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I found this to be oddly strong, and coppery tasting. In that fruity way. Milk and sugar was necessary for me to really enjoy the cup! But once I did it was pretty tasty. Astringent more than most teas.
Thank you VariaTEA! and Sil

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drank Tochiotome Green by Lupicia
286 tasting notes

Hooray for boring Sundays! Nothing like a day where I do not have to work or leave the house. I can just cook myself a hangover breakfast, do laundry, listen to podcasts, and make DIY Christmas presents for the fam. Oh, and drink cup after cup of tea until my bladder and/or liver gives out. I am so glad to have these two specific days again, I don’t think I have had true weekends since I was 14. Ahh.

One of the teas I rummaged for today is this lovely green. I love the art on Lupicia’s tins. I think that is the reason I bought the tea, heh. Not usually a fan of strawberry flavored greens, I do enjoy this one from time to time. The leaves themselves are wide, and a bit more broken up than I ’d like in a sencha blend. The resulting tea has a bit of a strong and bitter grassy note than I would prefer, but the sweet and fun strawberry tackles it into submission. There is also a rounding cream note that conjures up memories of what I used to fondly call, “Pink Milk.” Which is, as (hopefully) you all know, is strawberry milk. The only way to get me to go near a glass of milk was to pour in that artificially colored strawberry syrup at a ratio of 1:1.

When a tea conjures up fond childhood memories, it is usually a winner in my book. This tea is no exception. It’s shamelessy fun, fruity, and not serious. It’s going to taste so much better in the spring time, if it lasts that long.

Flavors: Cream, Grass, Strawberry

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70
drank Diksam, FTGFOP1 by Lupicia
262 tasting notes

Standard Assam indeed. This is okay, if a little harsh, but since there are so many exceptional Assams on the market it’s not something I’d consider purchasing.

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88
drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
1924 tasting notes

Thanks for this one, Stephanie! One I wanted to try! I’m not sure I know the taste of chestnuts, but this tea is certainly delicious. It’s like a slightly nutty marshmallow treat… almost candy like, very sweet. It’s a unique green tea to have around, and I imagine I’ll be craving it quite a bit. I’ve got a few teaspoons left! :D I just posted in the forum that I have two $6 Teavivre giftcards if two people want them. Expire 12/31. Just pass me a message!

Hope everyone who celebrates is having a great Thanksgiving!

Fjellrev

I wish this tasted like nutty marshmallows to me!

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
262 tasting notes

Smells and tastes just like grape medicine, yuck.

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96
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
25 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite teas. It’s really does taste like a hot version of a honey dew melon…and that works. It has a bright, fresh, fruity taste. It’s perfect when I want something light (vs black tea with milk) and flavorful. I’m sad to be nearing the end of my tin—but enjoying every cup of it! :)

Flavors: Green Melons, Honeydew

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74
drank Sakura & Berry by Lupicia
1360 tasting notes

Sipped this down as a cold brew with some DAVIDsTEA The Glow. They two go quite well together. This is definitely better cold brewed than hot. Keeps that astringent base at bay and brings out the berry flavour even more. Wouldn’t buy more, though.

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drank Sakura & Berry by Lupicia
1360 tasting notes

With all the crazy sipdowns lately, I thought it would be appropriate to start something new.

I don’t feel like writing much on this tea because I feel like I’ve had this over and over again from them. Both Carol and Rose Royal have the same strawberry candy flavouring in it, and although the latter at least had an interesting additional grape note, they all seem repetitive.

So I’m left with a classic Lupicia slightly astringent black base with melted strawberry hard candy in my mug. It’s nothing to write home about, unfortunately. Maybe it’ll fare better as a cold brew.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
2164 tasting notes

This didn’t work for me cold, but I’m having it hot today, and it’s alright.

The flavours are “tropical”-ish. I added a bit of blackberry honey because it needed some sweetening, and I need to use up some of the things I have in the cupboard.

I thought I’d like this a lot more, based on the smell. But I don’t.

Thanks so much for sharing, MissB! (I think I’ll be giving this away. Anyone whose address I have interested?)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

It’s always so disappointing when the smell doesn’t transfer to the taste.

OMGsrsly

It does, but not in a way that works for me. I thought it was a green rooibos base like Golden Honeydew, but it steeps up quite a different colour. So I’m thinking the base is changing the taste of this one more than the green rooibos changes the taste of the other.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
2164 tasting notes

I… cold steeped this one, and I’m not really sure what I think of it. It’s certainly refreshing and fruity and almost tastes candy-sweet (no sugar added!). But there’s something about the flavour that makes me pause.

I’m going to have to try this hot as well, just to see what happens. It smells good, and I think the fruit flavours are good, I just think that maybe cold steeping rooibos isn’t quite my favourite.

I think my thanks go to MissB for this. I foolishly didn’t write it on the bag.

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 27 OZ / 800 ML

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