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drank Momo by Lupicia
2511 tasting notes

Argh. Accidentally deleted my note for this tea. (Why is there no “are you sure you want to delete this note??” warning?) Anyhow, the gist of what I said was that the base came off as somewhat smoky to me, which paired interestingly with the moderate peach flavour. And it stood up well to being in a travel mug, and being drank cold, therefore is destined for a home at my boyfriend’s place to be travel-mugged until sipdown.

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Tasting note number 450! Huzzah! Had this tea while waiting for my soup to be done. It smells nicely like muscat grapes. The scent made me miss the Japanese grocery in San Jose. There is a sweet, grape flavour as well. My little bit of Summer now that it gets colder.

Flavors: Grapes, Muscatel, Sweet

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
711 tasting notes

Cookies was sweet enough to send me a sample of this one. I generally find flavored green teas disappointing, so they’re not something I normally go for, but I really love citrus so I figured I’d give this one a try. The leaves themselves are somewhat broken, and they look like sencha. There are also a few pieces of dried citrus peel mixed in. This smells amazing! Very strong and true grapefruit aroma but it’s tempered with a bit of sweetness to take the edge off.

Mm, the steeped tea smells just as good as the dry – a mix of sour, sweet, and bright. Yum, I actually really like this one. The grapefruit flavor is not as strong as I would think based on the aroma. It’s more muted and it blends very nicely with the sencha base, adding a touch of acidity and bright flavor. Very refreshing, this would be amazing with mint added too! :)

Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Seaweed, Smooth, Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
711 tasting notes

This was the free sample sachet that was included with my Lupicia order, which is awesome because I’ve been wanting to try it. The tea inside is a dark chocolate brown and the leaf is fairly broken. Apparently there are cocoa nibs mixed in, but I didn’t inspect it close enough to see any. Dry, it smells just like chocolate syrup. I used one sachet for 8 ounces of water.

Once steeped, it still has a strong chocolatey aroma, but now it’s more like chocolate pudding than syrup. To be honest, this tea is less chocolatey than I expected. The chocolate that’s there is definitely completely unsweetened cocoa powder or baking chocolate. I can actually taste the base tea a lot, and it has nice raisin notes along with malt and some wood taste. A touch of sugar would probably help to bring out the chocolate for me, but I’m trying not to add sugar these days. Overall, it’s good but I wouldn’t really consider it a chocolate tea.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Malt, Raisins, Wood

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

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drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
122 tasting notes

I’m purposely not rating this tea for two reasons: 1) I’ve never had a decaf tea, and 2) I’ve never had the regular muscat tea from Lupicia or any of their grape-flavored teas.

With that being said, I rather liked this and I’m grateful to TeaBrat for sending it. The grape taste was not too cloying or jolly-rancherish. It was more like the flavor you get in Japanese candies. Light and just gently sweet. It definitely makes me want to try more of Lupicia’s grape-flavored teas. Anyone tried any of their other grape-flavored teas?

Flavors: Grapes

Flyawaybirdie

I definitely recommend the Muscat Oolong! It’s great from the first sip and resteeps well.

The Cookie Lady

Oooo great! I’ll be sure to get some of that next time I’m at Lupicia. I almost got some last time but was afraid it was going to go the route of jolly ranchers. Thanks for the tip!

TeaBrat

The Budou green tea is pretty good if you like grape flavored things.

The Cookie Lady

Good to know! I had considered that one too when I was at the store last time.

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This was nice in that it had a beautifully light floral aroma, paired with a woody and slightly nutty undertone (like dark chocolate).
The tea is drying to the palette even with the addition of milk to mitigate, but it’s lovely all the same.

Flavors: Floral, Nutty, Wood

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drank Kaga Bocha au Lait by Lupicia
127 tasting notes

This is another one I got in my swap with Cameron B.
Hojicha is one of my absolute favorite teas, with Hoji-Kukicha being even further up the list. So the idea of doctoring it with milk makes me nervous, but here goes. Okay, brewed it up extra strong and extra long while I heated up and frothed 3(ish) oz of soy milk.

Huh… it’s kind of nice. I think I would like it quite a bit if I had made it even stronger. Right now it’s a bit diluted by the milk, but the roasty tea goes surprisingly well with the sweet creamy milk. Defintely something I’ll experiment around with one of the many hoji-kukicha packages I have laying around. I actually just bought some hojicha powder so when it arrives I’ll have to try preparing it as a latte.

Sipdown 8/75

Flavors: Caramel, Roasted, Roasted nuts

Cameron B.

I actually haven’t tried this one with milk, but I enjoy it plain. :)

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86
drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
317 tasting notes

Love this!! I want something with chestnut in it in this cool autumn morning. This is just exactly what I need, the chestnut flavour is subtle and goes really well with the major note – dark chocolate flavour. Although I must admit that the taste is not as amazing as the extremely chocolatey aroma!! This reminds me of high quality French pastries (think Pierre Herme and Joel Robuchon) and makes a great dessert tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

Just hope you don’t have to spend as much time as we do in a queue in France to taste a macaron Pierre Hermé :)

Devilish

Ysaurella, in Hong Kong we also have to queue for PH macarons! But the queue is not as long as the one for Laduree macarons… the latter is more popular among the locals :P I personally love PH more though!

Ysaurella

you are so right ! PH is a real “artisan” now the Ladurée’s ones are much on the factory side…a good factory but not as good as they were in the past

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86
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
74 tasting notes

This smells insane!! Opening the bag my nose is assaulted with the scent of butterscotch heavily laden with rum! Its the perfect after dinner drink for me as its a rooibos tea so no caffeine and the flavor is sweet enough that this tea acts as my desert! Defiantly going on my repurchase list for when I’m in San Fransisco next!

Tealizzy

Ya, I love this one!

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84
drank Pan-fried Barley by Lupicia
148 tasting notes

Finally, I’m trying the unflavored barley tea from Lupicia after having enjoyed a few of their flavored ones. This one is just what I expected: a rich, roasted-grains flavor and aroma, with a slightly coffee-like edge and a natural sweetness. It’s deliciously cozy hot, and quite refreshing after it cools down a bit too. We’re getting a final burst of summer-like weather (in November!), and the chilled version of this tea reminds me of the bottled barley iced teas that were a favorite while I was growing up.

Cameron B.

I finished my sample of Watermelon Barley today, so good! I’ll definitely be trying all of the other flavors. :D

Mikumofu

The watermelon sounds delicious too! :)

Cameron B.

The lychee is my favorite so far, but I really want to try the pineapple and apricot! :)

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drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
102 tasting notes

Made a pot of this for my sister and me to share! The apple in this tea is sweet and crisp, and smells very fresh. (Tsugaru apples are a pale red apple, from what I can tell, and that matches the taste here.) The apple blends well with the green base; both are light and clean. I’d say the apple is on the subtle side, overall… My sister doesn’t drink unsweetened tea often, so to her this tasted like a nice straight green. But she definitely noticed the apple in the aroma, and I could taste the sweet softness of it mid-sip. (The flavor became more noticeable as it cooled, too.)

The base tea isn’t as finicky as some greens I’ve tried, but I still have to watch the water temperature, and keep the steep time to 2 minutes max. I also like that this tea is very smooth; it doesn’t have the powdery mouthfeel of some greens, which makes it easier to avoid any bitterness.

This is one of my favorite apple teas in my cupboard. If you like green tea and softer, more aromatic flavors, I’d say give this one a try.

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
407 tasting notes

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Well to start this review off, I have to say I didn’t follow the directions because “2 heaping tsps” for 8oz seemed like way too much, but tasting this now I probably could have gone with it. At least I know for next time. I did follow their directions of whisking the matcha into cold milk, and then microwaving it. Which felt odd, but it seemed to work well.

So it did come out a bit light with 1 heaping tsp, but I quite like it. I made it with plain unsweetened soy milk. It tastes quite a bit less vegetal and bitter than plain matcha, as expected. It’s just super creamy and rich with a bit of roasty nuttiness from the soybeans. There is sugar in the ingredients list (but not listed on their website) but it’s not very sweet at all. Even for someone who usually can’t stand sweetened tea. Totally a decadent treat, and I’m kicking myself for not getting the strawberry while I was at it.

I was kind of hoping I wouldn’t like flavored matcha this much, because I really don’t need anymore tea interests. But oh well, off I go to browse RedLeafTea’s site…

Mikumofu

Sounds like something I want to try! :)

cookies

Would you like a sample? I have more than enough to share!

Mikumofu

Thanks for the offer! Unfortunately I’m kind of swamped at present and would have trouble sending something back in return, so I can’t really ask for stuff in good conscience. Maybe some other time!

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95
drank Houjicha Shigaraki by Lupicia
42 tasting notes

I awoke in the middle of the night to review this tea, because I suddenly remembered that I’d forgotten to. That’s how much I liked it.
Straight off the bat, this is absolutely amazing tea. A resounding YES from the moment I tore the packet open. The roasted aroma is strong and incredibly rich, with very dark layers. If smells were sound, these are a lot of low-pitched notes, straying almost near bitter, but artfully keeping away from it. I’m impressed.
Especially delicious with a drop of milk to balance the strong taste while enhancing its richness.
Sadly I only had a teabag to sample. After my exams, I’m definitely going to stock my cupboard with this.

Flavors: Burnt, Roasted, Toasty, Wet Wood

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
1494 tasting notes

Thank you for the sale a while back, Maria! I thought I’d try this one… though I wasn’t sure about the cherry. The black tea base, peppercorns, and rosemary keep it interesting. The peppercorn looks like tiny cherries! I thought the rosemary was actually pine needles. It does smell a little like cough drops to me and it isn’t really my thing. There isn’t a lack of cherry here! I’ve had worse cherry teas though. The peppercorn should make it sweeter but the cherry seems to drown everything else. I can’t taste the rosemary. Not terrible but nothing I would reach for… also not the best from Lupicia.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3-4 min steep

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
588 tasting notes

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drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
347 tasting notes

Got this tea in a swap with Zach S. a couple weeks back. I figured since I loved Honeydew and Melon Oolong, I should try Melon White also. Just so I will have tried all of the melon type teas from Lupicia.
While Golden Honeydew and Melon Oolong taste pretty similar, this one is actually quite different.
The dry leaf smell smells a lot like Melon Oolong, which is nice.
But as for flavor, it doesn’t really taste like either of those other teas. :(
In fact, it tastes a lot like Republic of Tea’s Honeydew, that reminded me of cucumber water. xD Except this tea is a lot lighter and less sweet than RoT’s Honeydew. :S So yeah…not a huge fan of this one.
Glad I tried it though! Think I will be passing this one off to someone else. :S

Flavors: Cucumber, Sweet

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92
drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
969 tasting notes

YUM! I am really impressed with this tea!

It tastes like buttery sweet sencha, with caramelized sugar or butter toffee and nuts. SO GOOD! It tastes more like cookies than the two Lupicia teas I’ve tried that actually had the word cookie in the name :)

Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Toffee

Dustin

I like this way better than their chocolate and chestnut tea. Which reminds me… I have an unopened bag of this tea! Yay!

Ost

I really need to try this one!!

Lariel of Lórien

It was pretty good when I tried it at the store.

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The scent: unparalleled. The flavor: slightly artificial, but so juicy and creamy and perfect. A great iced flavor.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
9 tasting notes

My absolute favorite of the Lupicia teas i’ve tried. An excellent fresh grapefruit taste with no bitterness, plus a hit of earthiness from the green tea. I bring an iced cup on my daily runs.

Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Green

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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A bag of this came with the 2014 Lupicia happy bag, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I brewed up a cup. The flavor is definitely cherry, but less of a black/jammy cherry and more of a white cherry. Very fresh and floral, borderline peachy when it’s iced. I recommend exclusively icing this tea, it’s very refreshing.

Flavors: Cherry, Floral, Fruity, Peach

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Cinnamon Cookie Puer by Lupicia
969 tasting notes

I’ve been alternating between excited about and scared of this tea, LOL!

It SOUNDED delicious…then the dry leaf smelled kind of weird…then once steeped up it smelled delicious. I’m picky about my cinnamon teas so this was quite a gamble!

But I like it! I can’t really taste the puerh. Maybe it is adding to the earthiness of the coffee aspect of the flavor though. The cinnamon is definitely there but pretty mild. I don’t get the cookie part but I’m drinking this unsweetened and without milk. I have a feeling this is another one that would be really incredible if sweetened. I’m sure it would be fabulous brewed up extra strong with some sugar and cream, like a cinnamon latte :)

Dustin

They were out of this last time I was in a store and I forgot to look for it when I placed my last online order! Yarrrr!

Stephanie

Have you tried it before?

Dustin

No I haven’t, but I have been curious.

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87
drank Miss Jasmin by Lupicia
7 tasting notes

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