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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
420 tasting notes

Thanks, Anna, for starting this craze. Thanks also, ifjuly, for supplying me with more. And thanks, nay lynn, for shipping me even moooore!

if you can’t tell, I love this tea.

This time i had it with a bit of sugar and no milk. It was still heavily melon flavoured, although I have to say i think I prefer it with just the slightest dash of milk. There’s something a bit…earthy? lingering in the back-sip and I find a touch of cream smoothes that right out. That being said, I feel as though this will be a tea I drink all summer. I’ve only ever had two melon flavoured teas, but so far this is the most flavourful.

Anna

More.

More.

MORE.

MORE.

MOAR.

keychange

I just came.

Marzipan

Now now.

keychange

bow chica bow wow

ifjuly

scandalized.

Anna

Baby, I always bring it.

keychange

I’m under your spell.

Anna

Oh, we both know you just want my ripe, juicy melons.

And that’s okay with me.

Sil

i want your melons..

__Morgana__

Me too. How many does she have?

Amariel

Oooooh, I want Anna’s melons. :P

keychange

Anna’s melons are all mine. They’re so full and ripe.

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
1258 tasting notes

Aw yeah. I really need to invest in getting me a tin of this!
Thanks so much for the sample TeaBrat!!
I love how the base pairs with the pineapple. It’s SO subtle. One of those teas I could just gulp down like I haven’t had water for days. Seriously. I am in love.
Now, the last time I had this, I wasn’t so sure. I’m not sure what’s changed. The tea, or my tastes? Either way… I am happy :D

Anna

So much Lupicia on my dash right now, loving it. <3

keychange

Oh yeah, gonna bust this one out in the near fuche, I think!!

TeaBrat

I’m glad you liked it :)

Indigobloom

Anna, Really?! Not on mine lol But hey it is delish!!

Indigobloom

Keychange, I think you’ll like it, it is quite the beaut!! :D

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, you are so generous. Thanks again!!

Anna

Yes! Yes! Everyone is Lupicia-ing!

Indigobloom

Hahaha yes!! Is this the Steepster version of planking now :P

Anna

DYING from that visual! DYING!!!

Anna

Hahaha. Play! Love! Freedom! Now I want to watch those videos of people freeing net-entangled sea creatures and making them happy again…

Indigobloom

LOL I love that somehow we’ve managed to liken tea folk to sea creatures :P

Anna

Manatea!

Indigobloom

Bahahahaa!!! How did I miss this?!
Next time I make a cuppa tea I expect to find a mini Lochness in my pot :P

Anna

Look at the last one, under the ‘Traditional’ heading: http://www.loreaxe.com/portfolio.php

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
1413 tasting notes

Thank you Kat_Maria for this sample! I drank one bag last night and couldn’t stop myself from drinking the other today. It was that good.

It’s a smooth black cherry tea with a little bit of creaminess and lots of bright cherry notes. It’s a really cheerful tea for such a dismal snowy spring day. It almost makes me think of vanilla as well. I’m going to resteep this when I’m done to make sure I enjoy it to the MAX.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
donkeytiara

i was so surprised that I like this tea…that I LOVED this tea! I loved the pepper in it.

TeaBrat

the decaf version of this is pretty good as well

Kat_Maria

Lupicia knows how to flavor their teas so they taste like the Real Thing! No medicinal-cherry aftertaste to this one :D

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drank Assam Calcutta Auction by Lupicia
4046 tasting notes

dinosara was kind enough to send me a sample of this one in our swap. It was a tea that i’d looked at picking up in my lupicia order, but for whatever reason didn’t’ (maybe it was sold out) this is a reasonable assam. It’s malty with a little bit of a kick. It’s not as bold as i sometimes like me tea, but had i ordered this, would have had no issue with finishing it off :)

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The strawberry scent is very pleasant, very mild – it’s similar to the strawberry champagne version. Ended up choosing the black over green because I thought adding milk to it would be a nice touch. Something about this makes me think it’d be nice to make iced & spike it with shochu or something.

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

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80

First time using my milk frother!
Definitely had a cheapo IKEA milk frother that I got years ago for like $2 but… it died a couple weeks ago.
Parents bought me the DAVIDsTEA milk frother and mailed it to me aaaand IT’S SO PRETTY OKAY.

But this is a nice matcha! But that’s like it. I can’t really taste the caramel bit of it? Maybe it’s the milk. I like using Vanilla Almond Milk with my matchas and maybe this milk is too sweet? I don’t remember trying this with good ol’ cow milk so I’ll probably do that next time :) I’m down to the bottom of my package so the next time is definitely going to be a sipdown!

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
2177 tasting notes

This is my green tea of the morning. Normally I don’t go in so much for tart things, but it’s a pretty zesty flavor if you really like grapefruit. this one can be a little strong for me and sometimes I wish it could be toned down a bit, I guess i could always try underleafing it a bit.

I’m hoping the theanine in this green tea help me with my anxieties, I’m having a hard time to get my dr.‘s office to communicate with my office about my current diability. I’m still not sure if they will let me come back part time. It’s been an amazingly annoying process for me as I only have a set amount of time to get the paperwork filled out and the doctor’s office does not legally have to do anything I ask them to do in a timely fashion. I may have a lot of free time on my hands in the upcoming months… oh well!

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

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A straight up deliciously malty assam. There’s a bit more astringency than I usually like here, which is why I prefer their Good Morning blend, but I am not one to complain about a tea that takes milk and sugar with aplomb! A simple tea for a hopefully simple Monday! (Warning: steeps quickly for an assam, as there is ctc here….2 minutes max!)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Vanilla by Lupicia
682 tasting notes

Why isnt this more intense? I would really like a more hearty vanilla taste in this tea. This has got vanilla, but its light, floating about the base flavor.
Oh well.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
83 tasting notes

SO GOOD. I only had 1 tea bag, and I know we can’t get this online, so I steeped it about 5 times this weekend. It’s heavenly. So is the weather. Everything else, meh. But I’m running again, and after my boring test tomorrow I don’t have to study insurance for awhile, and I’m all caught up on Hannibal. So not everything.

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drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

The biggest problem with Lupicia is how they recommend boiling water for all their teas. Any true tea drinker knows this completely incorrect! After taking that into consideration, it’s a well-rounded melon tea. It’s pretty floral ontop of a melon aroma. The white tea flavor, when I have made it, is pretty strong but not overtly strong either. I find it a good alternative to the honeydew melon rooibos-based tea if I’m not feeling like rooibos at the time.

Flavors: Flowers, Melon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 30 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I am new to the Pu’er/Puerh teas after a coworker recommended I try them, so I can’t comment on the Pu’er flavoring. I can, however, recommend it on everything else. The chocolate aroma is so rich, with quite a bright strawberry popping out. It’s become one of my favorites to buy in a sachet to have in my work pack so I can make some any time.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

Tastes and smells like honeydew. Definitely a favorite, and everyone I have gotten to try and smell it think it’s absolutely amazing.

Flavors: Honeydew

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 45 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 240 ML

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drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
404 tasting notes

I feel like I totally ruined this tea because I followed directions and poured boiling water on top of these leaves. But the package said boiling sooo boiling it is.
I’ll probably make it anther time later this week with the usual time and temp for how I like my white teas.
But this has a wonderful melon scent right out of the package! Smells similar to their Golden Honey Dew, but definitely not as strong.
Steeping and it definitely smells burnt. Can tea do that? Give off a burnt aroma? And there are definitely scorch marks on the leaves.
IN MY DEFENSE, I WAS FOLLOWING THE PACKAGE INSTRUCTIONS.
next time I’ll definitely make it the way I know white tea leaves like to be handled :)

Well, it’s nice. It doesn’t smell all that good, and the bright melon scent from the dry leaves definitely were replaced with something heavier. I think it’s because of the temperature of my water.
But even though I went against instinct and treated these leaves HORRIBLY (and followed instructions), this tea turned out nice! I would highly recommend using cooler water, and probably a longer steeping time, in an effort to keep the lightness and bright sent of the dry leaves.

Flavors: Melon

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

I ignore lupicias steeping recommendations always

jump62359

Dude. Lupicia is a GREAT company, but their steeping recommendations are always waaay off! I should have known better, but I wanted this tea in my belly so bad haha

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drank Grenada by Lupicia
938 tasting notes

I need some black tea pump before I begin making my carrot cake for my tea hating husband and I’s 2nd wedding anniversary meal! Hooooot!

MMmmm, free teabag from Lupicia’s monthly tea magazine from awhile ago. This one is a black tea flavored with guava and papaya. It’s sweet and really fruity. I can be iffy on papaya, and sipping in theres a soapy papaya taste which I’m not into. After that, a really tasty guava flavor with a light black tea base standard of Lupicia black tea blends.

Wish I made this iced, I can imagine this tea would be really awesome iced. Ah well, peeps who like papaya would enjoy this tea more than me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Stephanie

Happy anniversary :)

gmathis

Two years? Already? Wow! Enjoy each other!

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
173 tasting notes

This tastes JUST like honeydew. The green rooibos hardly comes through, especially when steeped cold. Really exceptional for a rooibos blend. Usually I’m not so crazy about melon-flavored teas—I like melon well enough, but there are lots of fruit flavors I’m more drawn to—but, given that I don’t often find caffeine-free options to get enthused about, I think there’d definitely be a place for this in my stash. It’s too bad this one isn’t available online, and, as others have mentioned, I’m puzzled as to what’s so extra specially Californian about honeydew—do they even grow in CA?

Anyway, I tried it hot and cold-steeped, and I preferred it cold—although it wasn’t bad hot, warm melon is just a hard thing for me to wrap my head around. Thanks very much for letting me try this one, Dustin!

P.S. Does anyone know if this is available in all of the California stores, vs. just the Bay Area ones?

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drank Hoku by Lupicia
4046 tasting notes

oh dinosara even if i hate all the other teas in our swap…this one makes it worth it. I am loving this tropical taste. Lupicia does flavoured oolongs in such a way that i love them. the pineapple, guava delicious yummy taste to this is everything i wanted it to be. EVERYTHING.

Anna

WANTS.

Dinosara

Haha, yay! I like this one a lot too. I hope Lupicia continues to put the Hawaiian teas randomly up on their site occasionally (otherwise I will be forced to go to Hawaii—such a hardship! :D)

Sil

i was looking today and it bugs me that it’s hard to find things even when they’re advertising it on the main page.

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drank Muscat Oolong by Lupicia
420 tasting notes

Thanks to ifjuly, I have an entire package of this to indulge in! Seriously, you were far more generous with me than I deserve!

I love grape flavoured things. Pop, candies, grape juice—I love it all. And so when David’s tea was coming out with a grape-flavoured green, I was over the moon. Picked up my spring sampler kit, and had a rather traumatic experience thereafter. The base was bitter, ugly, and nearly killed me with hatred for my mouth. But it smelled amazing in the bag.

This also smelled amazing in the bag. But there was absolutely some trepidation as I brewed it up. I actually followed the steeping instructions and steeped this for two minutes. As usual, I chickened out at the last minute and foisted the cup upon Mr. keychange to have the first sip. I mainly didn’t want it to taste bitter.
“I don’t know what you’ll think of it,” he said, “but it’s definitely not at all bitter.”
This gave me cause for hope, and I took my first sip. There is definitely a light grape flavour, although it certainly isn’t of the candied or grape juice variety. It isn’t tart, either (thanks to the sugar I added, although I think in future cups I’ll add a touch less, even), and there’s a slight…not earthiness, necessarily, but it’s as if I’m right there in the garden, and along with the smell of grapes, can also smell the earth and greenery and stem, but all in a wonderful way.

I liked this tea, and am excited to experiment with it further. And thanks to ifjuly, I’ve got tons to play with!

donkeytiara

the muscat flavoring that the Japanese use has a bit of a dry “wine”-ishness to it, but it also has a sweet and tartness….much more sophisticated than our grape jelly/popsicles/pop here in the states. I have some of their black tea with this essence and I love it on a warm day!

keychange

oooh I didn’t realize there was a black muscat tea. I must try it someday!

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This tea smells like chocolate strawberry. It’s so good I don’t ever want to drink it; I could stand there and huff the bag all day. I couldn’t do that though. That’s just silly.

So I steeped it for 2 minutes. It smells so strongly of chocolate strawberry that the first few sips were disappointing! It tasted like muted strawberry chocolate with earthy puerh… But a few sips after that I paid more attention to the flavour and I feel like this is a flavourful blend I will want to resteep later this afternoon. And probably re-stock when I do my eventual order… The puerh is noticable but not overwhelmingly earthy/dirty etc and it goes well with the sweetness of the chocolate strawberry.

This was part of the shared order with Sil and Kittenna and I have to say that whoever picked this one did a good job! Thanks! I didn’t really pick much out myself but I’m happy with the Lupicia teas that we decided to share.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Dustin

I really like this tea! Now I want a cup after reading about it!

Cavocorax

I hope you have some near by?

Dustin

I do! :)

Stephanie

I wanna try it!

donkeytiara

I agree with your review. I think this tea is a good way to try pu’er for the first time, so the “barn floor” taste doesn’t take a new pu’er-er down for the count. :)

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
78 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Hanalei by Lupicia
1374 tasting notes

Sad surprise sipdown. (164)

So long banana medicine tea. Your tastiness will be greatly missed. Thank you Dustin for sharing with me!

Courtney

The banana medicine is now the only thing I think of. I’ve long forgotten rooibos associated with this tea haha!

VariaTEA

Haha. I wish I had more to share with you because I feel like it is something you should taste.

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
1374 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (178)

So long Melon Oolong tea. Your amazing fruit taste will be greatly missed though I am sure we will meet again. Until then, I have some of your delicious friend, Golden Honey Dew to keep me happy. Anyways, thank you Kat_Maria for introducing me to this tea. It is certainly something I would have passed over when placing an order but now I know better.

Dexter3657

Uh oh – this got passed over on my order list – I choose the melon white instead and went with pineapple oolong. Hope I didn’t make a big mistake…

VariaTEA

I am sure they are all delicious. I have had this and the Golden Honey Dew rooibos and both had a very similar melon flavor. I imagine they are all similar and all delicious.

Anna

Melon white is also great – but if I had to choose, I’d go with the oolong, because it has that ripe, ripe Lupicia oolong feel. Trying both is necessary, though.

Dexter3657

Thanks for the input guys!!! I’m sharing/splitting an order with someone else. Melon oolong is on her list. I’m sure I can get a sample of it to be able to compare. Love this splitting order thing. Get to try more variety. Now just need to place order and hope that they Canadian shipping thing really works at a reasonable price. :))

Dexter3657

There are just SOOOOO many choices on the site. Was really hard to narrow it down to a reasonable sized order. If this works out, I see future orders…

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
1413 tasting notes

I am getting low on this but I am less worried about that because a) I have people in Toronto who want to do a group order and b) Lupicia replied to my email to say that they WILL ship to Canada but you have to place your order first and then they’ll get back to you with the shipping cost.

So this wonderful, light, fruity oolong can be sipped down, but NOT forgotten. :D

keychange

You have no idea how excited I am about them shipping to Canada! omg!

Dexter3657

Working on a shared order right now…. it is so exciting. The hard part is trying to narrow what I want to a reasonable number…

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Cold brewed yet again. Perfect for a sunny afternoon :)

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