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Inkling was gracious enough to send me a sample of this one, and boy am I glad that she did! I didn’t have super high expectations for this since I haven’t tried very many strawberry teas that didn’t taste like candy. But, that was my mistake because I have had Lupicia’s Chocolate & Strawberry Puer and know already that the strawberry in that is a very fresh tasting strawberry flavor. That’s exactly what I got with this one as well. In fact, I tried it while teaching an adult ESL class and, when they asked what I was tasting, I responded “The exact flavor of frolicking through a field of warm strawberries that have been basking in sunshine!!” (Which…may have been a little too much since I had to explain the meanings of three of the words in that sentence lol) Anyway, this is definitely one I’d pick up next time I am at Lupicia. Thanks Inkling!

Flavors: Strawberry

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drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
352 tasting notes

I am really, really bad at keeping my cupboard up to date, so that’s on my to do list this weekend. I just took care of deleting ones that I have gotten rid of, but haven’t added the rest. At least I know my cupboard is getting to a place where I like all of the things, and I’m moving out of that “must try everything” stage.

So, I ordered this recently, partly because I was intrigued at the concept of a tea where people taste different things, and partly because I love their tins. At least I admit it. I’m also on a flavored black kick lately, and sort of in a panic since my Butiki stash is dwindling. I do like Lupicia’s flavored teas so at least there’s that.

Anyway, I liked this even more than I anticipated. It was a definite orange/strawberry tea for me, and that is cracking me up since strawberry isn’t on the list of things in the description. I guess they were right!

The Cookie Lady

That’s it…..now I HAVE to try some of this one! You make it sound way too interesting to keep putting it off ;)

donkeytiara

I’m a huge fan of their Decaf Carol they carry at xmas….vanilla and strawberry…like cap’n crunch in a steamy mug!

Marzipan

It’s on sale right now.

donkeytiara

GAAAAAAAH! I ordered 6 of them at xmas….rassin’ frassin’…..

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drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
75 tasting notes

I’m going to repeat what another reviewer said. These really do smell like the gummy candy. That was the first time I smelled muscat, though the juice smells like this as well. Most of the grapes that are sold locally here, if they’re not the seedless grapes, are scuppernong. They smell similar enough, but this tea smells most like the candy, which are addictive in and of themselves. I was surprised by the smell. Sadly, I over steeped the tea and it was bitter. :( I would consider trying it again, but I tried it from a TTB and there’s only one of two bags left, so I should probably leave it. I don’t know if I would buy this tea, but Lupicia is on my list.
I’m not going to put a number because I brewed it too long. I’m sure it’s better when its brewed right.

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74
drank Cookie by Lupicia
70 tasting notes

I am having some health issues, and one of the few upsides is lots of time near my tea cabinet. Tea is a great comfort— warm and nurturing, good for me, and (silly as it sounds) one hobby that my body hasn’t precluded. (The other is online shopping, which is a whole ’nother story…)

Cookie is part of a stash that I am using up— I didn’t really care for it or the cinnamon pu’erh version at first, but the pu’erh is growing on me. Cookie is tasting better, too, but there are so many other fantastic black teas that I won’t miss it when it’s gone.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope you’ll feel better soon. :(

sren

Thanks, me too. :)

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74
drank Cookie by Lupicia
70 tasting notes

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83
drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
2638 tasting notes

Sipdown (119)!

Finishing this one off tonight in my little cloud pot that I got today. My birthday present from my incredible tea twin VariaTEA! Check it out:

http://www.jadescha.com/collections/brewing-tea-pot/products/celadon-clay-tea-pot?variant=1036226116

It’s so fun and whimsical; it reminds me greatly of LoZ. Not entirely sure why, but that’s definitely what I’m going to be associating it with mentally. Now to cross my fingers that VariaTEA’s present makes it to her tomorrow – ‘cause I just realized her actual birthday is Sunday; and no bloody post on Sundays! I really, really hope you’ll like it as much as I’m loving this pot.

I only did a couple infusions of this one; and they pretty much tasted the same – like my first experience with this one (Western style) but with a little bit more of an apparent base. It was so good! This one is immediately going back onto my wishlist; it’s probably the best plum tea I’ve ever had!

And the cloud pot is perfect; really easy to pour out of and easy to handle! I’m glad I got a chance to use it today – even if I didn’t take the time to do a ‘proper’ session with it.

OMGsrsly

Yay! I love my pot as well. Just be careful once you start doing longer steeps as it holds the heat and the little finger-spots can get burny.

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drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
2638 tasting notes

Thanks a million Stephanie for the sample! This was on my wishlist for so long! I’m really happy I got a chance to try it – it just seemed perfect for me.

First off, it smells so good. It’s sweet, and gentle with a little bit of a floral hint to it. Not really a dark, weighty plum flavour like I’ve experienced with most plum related teas; but an airy one!

I was a little skeptical of Lupicia’s recommended temperature. Boiling water for an oolong? Uhh. But, Anna has boldly defended their suggested steep temperatures in the past and I trust her judgement; I definitely view her as somewhat of an authority on Lupicia teas (I miss reading your tasting notes!) so I went with it.

It was so good! The flavour was plump and well rounded with floral undertones and a nice greener base which contributed some crisp green notes, which just made the sweet fruit pop. And man was the fruit sweet; definitely plum but more so what I’ve always imagined “Sugar Plums” are supposed to taste like. Kind of like candy, but simultaneously gently and vibrantly flavoured – and absolutely natural.

Maybe it’s just the ‘stone fruit’ association, but I also tasted Morello Cherries. I know Morello cherries are meant to be tart/sour – but my only experience with them outside of tea has been in jams, so that’s what I’m thinking of. And, they definitely taste sweet in the jam I’m thinking of. Sweet, but not candied like maraschinos.

Just like I thought I would, totally loving this tea!

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Floral, Flowers, Plums

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drank Rooibos Lemon by Lupicia
497 tasting notes

Well, it’s lemon. And it’s rooibos. The lemon is more sweet than sharp – I think Inkling had it right when she compared the flavor to a lemon drop. This is a perfectly decent cup, but there’s no wow factor. Of all the teas in my happy bag that I’ve tried so far, this is my least favorite. Also, sipdown!

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drank Muscat Oolong by Lupicia
2728 tasting notes

This came in the Lupicia grab bag I got over New Year’s. I’ve been avoiding trying this one because frankly I am not the biggest fan of muscat or grape flavored things in general.

Upon opening the bag I see what looks like a perfectly good Bao zhong oolong drenched in an overwhelmingly fake sweet grape aroma. The flavor is much the same. The muscat really overpowers the oolong and is sickeningly sweet, artificial and cloying.

Normally I’m a Lupicia fan but nope, this one is not for me. I will struggle to finish the cup I think. It is up for grabs/trade if any muscat fans are interested in it.

Flavors: Artificial, Muscatel

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
70 tasting notes

Disclaimer: my favorite flavor of Lifesavers is Butter Rum, and I don’t dislike Rooibos. These truths make this nearly the perfect Tisane for me. The dry aroma is pure butter rum, which translates nicely into the cup, especially after cooling a bit. Add a little cream and between sight and smell you could believe that you are holding a cup of caramel, luckily it is not overly sweet, just very comforting. Good resteep as well.

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drank Silonibari, BPS(CTC) by Lupicia
78 tasting notes

Does anyone use this website anymore? I feel like it’s just me shouting about tea into the ether.

Silonibari is surprisingly tasty. I have to admit that I’m not awesome at telling Indian black teas apart unless they’re flavored, and I sort of expected this to taste slightly sharp and slightly like raisins like every other unflavored Indian black tea, but it’s actually really good. It’s very smooth, lightly astringent, and a little bit sweet, and it’s got a sweet and fruity smell that I like a lot.

This is probably one of my favorite estate teas from Book of Tea. It caught me completely off guard because I wasn’t expecting to enjoy an Indian estate tea this much. Yum, to sum up.

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Awww!! Sweet MJ I’m here!!! Not very often, but I do visit every now and then…Missed you girl :-)

TheTeaFairy

Oh!! Lol are you the MJ I know? Oops, i think not, haha!

MJ

Hahaha, no problem! Sorry for the confusion! I live in the southern US, not Canada.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
644 tasting notes

Cooooooookie!

I have two little samples of this – one from a swap from Sil last summer and one from a swap from VariaTEA late last year/early this year. So I finally dug in – I had this both yesterday and today, using up the little packet from Sil.

This really does smell like a chocolaty, oatmeal-y, raisin-y, sugary cookie. Yesterday I steeped it for too long and didn’t add any sugar, and it was weirdly burnt tasting and overly sweet. Tonight though, I steeped it only for about 4 minutes and remembered to add some agave nectar. The extra sugar really brings some body to the tea and rounds out the sweet taste.

I really wonder what’s in this stuff! There’s an incredible caramelized sweetness to this that honest to god does taste like baked goods. This is definitely a tea to save for special occasions.

Sil

it’s nice with milk added as well..something i don’t normally do with tea

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drank Happiness by Lupicia
619 tasting notes

Grapefruit and peaches translate to lychee to me! Sample from the Lupicia newsletter. It tastes good, but pretty similar to most of the green tea fruit mixes. I wouldn’t buy it, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup either.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Pan-fried Barley by Lupicia
497 tasting notes

A few final thoughts here, as this is a sipdown. Oversteeping risks the roasted flavor turning into more of a burnt flavor. Some rice milk adds creaminess and sweetness that complements the flavor of the brew but doesn’t really change it – that is, rice milk is nice but not needed. The bag can be steeped a second time, but the results are thinner than the first steep.

Bedtime for me. I haven’t reached my sipdown goal for the weekend. Still, eight sipdowns in a weekend isn’t bad!

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drank Pan-fried Barley by Lupicia
497 tasting notes

Hello childhood! This tastes just like buckwheat. Deep roasted and nutty. I have been drinking it straight, but I’m curious how it would taste with milk. Maybe next time. I’m also intrigued by the fruit-flavored versions of this. I’ll have to pick some up in my next Lupicia order.

Flavors: Roasted

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drank Decaf Carol by Lupicia
497 tasting notes

My Lupicia happy bag included a tin of this blend. Inside are about 6 pyramid sachets. I have been drinking this at work, so I never got an exact count. However, I decided to take the last sachet home so I could focus on it enough to write up a proper note.

The dry leaf smells strongly of vanilla and candy-like strawberry. There are some white specks in the blend that look like coconut. I’m really frustrated that I can’t find an ingredient list online. Minus 2 points for still having this tea on their website but not clearly listing ingredients!

I normally make this in my travel mug using hot water from the office filter. So figure about 14 oz of water per teabag in approx. 180F water (that’s a total ballpark guess, I just know that it’s too hot to drink right away but not actually boiling). Tonight I am preparing this tea properly. One teabag in a 12 oz mug of boiling water. I ended up oversteeping because my timer crapped out on me. The leaf ended up soaking for about 4 minutes.

This brews up a nice dark orange, almost brown. There’s a little bit of oily film on top that I never noticed before. It smells absolutely gorgeous. Like strawberries and cream. Very soothing and desserty. The flavor is definitely more savory now than it is when I make it at work. There’s more body and an almost mushroomy aspect. The sweet strawberry and vanilla flavors come in later in the sip. The strawberry is candy-like and lingers long after the sip ends.

Lupicia suggests having this with milk. I added some rice milk when I was about halfway through the mug. So. Good. Just liquid strawberry candy with a lovely vanilla back. I pretty much gulped it down after adding the rice milk. I got a good second steep out of the leaf and added rice milk right away. Totally the way to go.

This falls into the category of teas that I’m quite glad to have tried, enjoyed while they lasted, but just wasn’t wowed enough by to actively seek them out again. The candiness is just a bit much.

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Flavors: Candy, Strawberry, Vanilla

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drank Decaf Momo by Lupicia
385 tasting notes

It’s a little late in the evening to be drinking tea since I’ll have to wake up early tomorrow so this decaf Momo is good to go! I’m drinking tea since its been so cold lately, I love it! Tastes peachy :)

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drank Pan-fried Barley by Lupicia
198 tasting notes

From the Overboard TTB

This was quite a bit stronger than I’m used to in terms of barley tea. It had a deep roasted flavor, very deep, but I can see how it can be described as pan fried as the sweetness that comes from roasted barley didn’t come through as much. It was kind of like eating a very toasted slice of multi grain bread. I appreciated the nuttiness.

rosebudmelissa

This reminded me of toast, too! I haven’t tried any other barley teas, but this made me think I should.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
354 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
1666 tasting notes

Thanks so much for the sale, Ost! I have LOVED some melon white teas in the past, and this is exactly as I expected. A juicy fresh melon flavor – I don’t know how it’s so authentic, but it really couldn’t be more authentic. It’s a lot like Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream and 52Teas – Cantaloupe watermelon (I didn’t really notice much watermelon in the blend anyway.) All three blends seem to be very similar. The white tea does seem to hide behind the flavor, but there couldn’t be enough melon flavor for me anyway. The second steep has just as much flavor. I love this stuff! A melon white tea is certainly a cupboard essential for me.

tea-sipper

I forgot about the California Tea House blend, though that one seems to be gone from the site now.

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
385 tasting notes

This was ok, it’s got a nice juicy, candy peach taste going on but you can tell it is rooibos so I don’t really like it much.

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drank Apple by Lupicia
2728 tasting notes

This is one of the tea samples that came in the Lupicia holiday gift sampler I got last year…

it has an apple-y scent but I just don’t find this one to be real tasty for some reason. the black tea base has a bit of bitterness to it that was somewhat improved by sugar. It’s a bit of an artificial apple flavor combined with bitterness, Though I am normally a Lupicia Fan it’s just not the thing for me somehow.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramele by Lupicia
137 tasting notes

Dexter, thank you so much for sending me some of this to try! Oh, do I love this… And, I was a little worried that I was falling out of love with flavoured blacks… but then I have this, and it’s a big, “nope! you still love these types of teas, you silly girl!”
What is not to love when you’ve got caramel and almond?
The best part, too, is that this base is so easy going… never weird or bitter or strange (I’ve learned that I can be picky with the base of flavoured blacks).
Yeah… I need to get some of this at some point. :)

Dexter

I’m moving away from flavored teas too – but I still need a few, I think I’m just more picky about them now. Lupicia is my current favorite flavored tea source. Happy that you liked this one.

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drank Rooibos Lemon by Lupicia
260 tasting notes

Finally sampling the last tea from my Lupicia Happy Bag! Lemon is not my favorite tea flavor and I’m also not a big fan of red rooibos, so I really wasn’t expecting to like this one. But it was better than I expected! The base isn’t overly woody or medicinal and the lemon flavor has a nice sweetness to it that reminds me of a lemon drop candy. I still don’t think this is something I would re-purchase, but I’ll happily drink the rest of my sample tin!

Flavors: Candy, Lemon, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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