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92

I had this tea today at work. Just brewed Western style. The smell of the dry leaves smelled so much like chocolate!

I wasn’t even sure of the temperature I was using but I know it wasn’t boiling.

This tea didn’t taste quite as chocolatey as it smelled at first. The chocolate notes were still there along with a roast flavor. As it cooled down the chocolate notes became stronger .

So this tea makes me think of chocolate genmaicha! There this roasted flavor coupled with chocolate. That’s all I could think of was chocolate genmaicha even though there wasn’t any rice in it. I really enjoyed this tea but the one downside to it was the major caffeine kick. After I had it , I was done for the day with caffeine. This seemed to pack as much caffeine as coffee.

It was really good though!!

Flavors: Chocolate, Roasted

Liquid Proust

THIS STUFF IS SO GOOD!

Ubacat

I could still smell the infused leaves sitting on my desk all day. Chocolate was waffling under my nose and tempting me for a 2nd infusion but my heart was pumping too much from the last cup!

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100
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
8 tasting notes

I will come right out and say that I DON’T like rooibos. Something about it is medicinal and off-putting. But this…THIS is magical. It’s sweet and melony and wonderful. The first time I put it over ice was a life-changing experience. Now there’s always a pitcher of iced Golden Honeydew in my fridge.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon, Round , Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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72
drank Eiyoeiga by Lupicia
1318 tasting notes

Just enough of this to make a final pot. Hurrah!
I’ve enjoyed this. Its a citrus and black tea blend, which I am usually all for. This one was a little bit bitter, but not in an unpleasant way- in a bitter citrus kind of way.
It was enjoyable, and the tin is one of the specially designed ones, so its super pretty.
But its a sipdown! Hurrah!
I’m gonna make my sipdown goals, to be sure!

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72
drank Eiyoeiga by Lupicia
1318 tasting notes

I’m almost done with this, but no where close to making up my mind.
Its a pretty sophisticated blend of citrus. I get lemon, bergamot, and maybe even a touch of orange?
I thought I could detect a honey note in the base today, which is a lovely idea. Maybe my last bit of this I’ll try with a spoonful of honey, and see if that can push my opinion firmly in a dirction.

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72
drank Eiyoeiga by Lupicia
1318 tasting notes

Pot of the morning!
I cant completely make up my mind about this. I quite like black tea with citrus, and this is a good example of that, but I’m not convinced its anything particularly special. Not an exceptional black citrus blend.
Hmm. I’m glad I’ve got enough of this to experiment a bit more.

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72
drank Eiyoeiga by Lupicia
1318 tasting notes

Oh its nice to be home.
I am just back from a hugely busy trip, to NYC and Indiana, which was a lot of fun, but I’m so happy to be home among the teas.
The trip had very limited tea drinking, I’m afraid. I brought a few bagged teas, and had to make them with a coffee maker, which no matter how hard I scrub always leaves a faintly coffee like aftertaste. Bleh.
I’m also ashamed to report that I bought no new teas on this trip, no matter how much I wanted too. It was too busy to get to the tea shops, and when I did run into teas they were the usual things, like Republic of Tea, and so not worth using up valuable suitcase space.
Its about a hundred degrees back at home, but at least its not humid here! And more importantly, proper tea is here!

Ost

Where did you go?

Rosehips

New York City, and then to Indiana!

Ost

That sounds awesome! was it for just a vacation or other stuff?

Rosehips

a working vacation, but still, vacation! My first in two years.

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72
drank Eiyoeiga by Lupicia
1318 tasting notes

Alright! I’m always nervous when I’m the first one to review a tea, and even more so when I appear to be the only person in the world with it. I mean, did I imagine this tea? How have I got a mystical, invisible tea?
Well, I like a citrusy black tea for the summertime, and this one is pretty nice. Its quite reminiscent of an Earl Grey, but with…. lemon? instead of bergamot.
More thoughtful reviews of this will follow!

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74
drank The au Lait by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

A good brisk black tea. Not sure of the base, but it did remind of a good English style tea. It wasn’t so bold that it needed milk and sugar, but I thought it did benefit from it. Definitely a tea that works both ways.

Light astringency and shorter steeping time is a plus.

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drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

I brewed this tea and ended up not paying attention to it at all. Friend ended up calling with great news, and I ended up mindlessly sipping while chatting a=(
So this review is mainly for my own notes when I get indecisive at the Lupicia boutique

I am partial to any tea that sounds very feminine. The tea was light and did call into mind a rose wine and some berry fruitiness. I remember it being a little tart (something I usually avoid in my teas) but not so much that it was off putting.

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90
drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
1448 tasting notes

Let me start of by saying that I generally dislike melon. I’ll eat it if it’s part of a dish or someone gives it to me, but not with relish or fervor(except fresh watermelon. Looooove watermelon!). Desserts that are flavoured like melon are even worse. Blech! I can’t stand it. Makes me wanna brush my teeth just to get the taste gone.
So when I heard about the melon teas at Lupicia, I was seriously not interested. A definite PASS for me.
But then I thought I’d better try it just to see what all the fuss is about. Cuz ya never know. YA NEVER KNOW!!! cuz it happens folks. Tea love strikes at the most random of times and you end up kicking yourself for not jumping on that wagon earlier. It’s so fresh and bright and happy tasting!
and now I’m all sad because isn’t this one discontinued???
It’s so incredibly tasty and I have no idea why, when I really should be disliking this cup. Does this apply to all melon teas? I swear I’ve had one before and it wasn’t like this. Or maybe it’s just this one cup, with these parameters? Or just the Lupicia version? I’m confused. Wouldn’t say that I’m annoyed, quite… ok yeah I would. Falling in love with a tea I can’t have has perturbed me. So there.

Indigobloom

OooOOooo?! thx for the heads up!

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70
drank Sencha "Nara" by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

I’m trying to try all my Sencha samples back to back. I drank this last night. While I liked it, it’s my least favorite. I would say that this tea is like a nice, high-quality basic. It’s almost buttery in texture, not very grassy, not very bitter.

I prefer my higher end teas with a little flourish. If I were to buy a Sencha from Lupicia, I would stick to Sencha Omaesama or Sencha Tanegashima.

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec

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Matcha/Green TTB #1

For some odd reason this powder made me think of strawberry matcha candy mixture. Not that I ever had or found such a thing, but the thought of strawberry matcha and the smell of this just conjured such a thought in my mind. I tried to whisk this tea, but it kind of just did its thing without help :/
This actually has a strawberry taste in it which is nice. A bit dry at times, but overall nice.

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78
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

The 78 review is based on drinking this cold.

I brewed this tea in boiling water. I didn’t think of much of it when hot – thought it was nice but it wasn’t special. It had a apple flavoring that something felt off. With all flavored teas that I feel “meh” about, I stuck in the fridge to get an idea of how it would taste if I cold brewed it the next time….and it was MUCH better! It was quite tasty. The cold temperature gave it the crispness that I felt was lacking. Everything just seemed to make more sense on my palate.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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78
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

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I’m one sleepy idiot…
I woke up and brewed a pot of this and began eating some really spicy food with red jalapenos. Now I’m trying to drink this shincha and I am not sure what I am tasting.
Guess I will have to try it again sometime.

Anyone else ever do this before?

MissB

Not with this specific tea, but with tea… All the time. I’ll ask myself, “why does this taste weird?” Oh yes, I have to blend my meals with my tea..

Fjellrev

Yep! I’ve done that many times haha.

Liquid Proust

Some teas work with food though!
Beef jerky and shou pu’er seems to work.
Floral or fruit teas work well with salads.
A dark oolong works for pizza (this is probably only me)
and of course, a strong cup of black with breakfast

but… spicy food does not work well :/

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73
drank Rooibos Lemon by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

Today was particularly tiring, so I was intrigued by Lupicia’s claim that this tea would “freshen (me) up”. However, when I got a whiff of the dry tea, I thought I was in for some heavy duty medicinal tea. While the tea still smelled medicinal when steeped ( I did the recommended minimum of 3 mins), it wasn’t medicinal in taste at all.. It was actually kind of sweet, like a lemon candy.

I’m not 100% sure if I’d buy it, but I wouldn’t opt out of it either. Oh, and for the record, I did feel a little freshened up after finishing this cup of tea =)
Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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90

I wish there we could include emoticons with the ratings. This tea is beautiful!

I’m noticing that Lupicia’s fruity teas have a strong fruit flavor in the bag but are generally very light (and natural) in flavor. The flavor in this is definitely white peach with a solid oolong base. It’s slightly sweet with no astringency.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Golden Osmanthus by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

I generally prefer Oolongs and Greens over other varieties, so I knew I wouldn’t dislike it. The osmanthus in the tea gave this Oolong based tea a nice, hint of a floral note. The tea had barely any astringency (yay!). Overall an excellent tea.

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85
drank Sencha "Omaesama" by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

I shared this tea with my mom (so picky with teas) the other night. She and I both loved this!

Savory with a rich but clean texture. The best part that it all came without being very astringent!

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
50 tasting notes

This was a sample from Skysamurai.

I am amazed that this is rooibos. The melon flavour is not artificial at all. There is no astringency whatsoever. Quite lovely in fact. Thanks Sky!

Flavors: Honey, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sadly this shincha is not good…
I didn’t even finish my cup.
Bitter with a funky taste.
Not sure what happened :(

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81
drank Sencha "Tanegashima" by Lupicia
30 tasting notes

Let me start by saying, I haven’t met a green tea I didn’t like.

I’ve been sticking with the black teas from my Lupicia Book of Teas, but I needed a break. The green tea I tried today is the Sencha “Tanegashima.”

My palate for tea isn’t strong (many of them taste the same to me) but I immediately noticed that the tea smelled milky (Lupicia notes that there is a sweet vanilla-like aroma) that transferred over mildly in texture. I can’t quite articulate the subtleties of this tea, but it left an impression.

I enjoyed this tea, and would consider buying after I go through all of my samples

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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78
drank Assam Calcutta Auction by Lupicia
2784 tasting notes

I’m having a bit of a lull in my crazy work day, so I thought I’d try this tea today. It came in the Lupicia holiday gift set/grab bag extravaganza earlier this year.

This looks like a pretty standard CTC assam, from what I can see in the teabag. It got steeped in my tea tumbler and then I added some vanilla almond milk afterwards. It’s a decent assam, malty, a bit fruity and with a bit of a sweet aftertaste. I have definitely had worse assams! I didn’t really feel that this needed sugar. Perhaps the almond milk was sweet enough?

Anyway I liked this as a morning tea but will probably not need to buy any soon. Still working on sipping down some of my other black teas at the moment. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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