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85
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
456 tasting notes

Sample sipdown (109)! I steeped this one in a clear glass this time in order to actually see the tea (last time was in a dark mug). It is a clear, light yellow concoction, which for some reason was surprising to me. I guess I just didn’t know what to expect of it. Anyway, I think I like this best when it is piping hot and the honeydew flavor really lives up to the intoxicating smell. As it cooled down, I could taste my weird chlorine water peeking through, but the smell was still wonderfully delicious. I think that I would like this one better using better water. And perhaps as a cold brew as well. I’m definitely thinking of restocking because I think this may be my favorite caffeine free blend!

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85
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
456 tasting notes

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85
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
456 tasting notes

Wow. I’ve never been a fan of rooibos, so I was hesitant to try this sample that I’ve had for a while. But then I realized I had only ever tried red rooibos and this one has green rooibos. When I opened up the bag, it smelled like delicious, juicy honeydew with no medicinal rooibos smell. Off to a good start! After steeping it, there was a slight medicinal smell, but that may have been a bit psychological. The taste of the tea is purely juicy honeydew. It reminds me of this Korean popsicle I had as a kid that totally defined my summers. I’m very delightfully surprised with how much I like this one. The one criticism I might have is that it does run on the sweet side, so I have to be in the mood for something sweeter. I bet it would also make a really great cold brew, but sadly, I only have enough sample left to make one hot cuppa later. Perhaps I will pick some up when I get back to California. I’m really tempted.

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drank Orzo Cioccolata by Lupicia
211 tasting notes

This sample came from Dexter awhile ago. I have had so many samples this one got overlooked until now. I haven’t been doing any tea notes lately as all I’ve been having on the Candida diet is Pau D’arco tea, peppermint & some rooibos. Today I thought I would try something different but herbal. I was surprised this one was herbal.

It brewed up so dark I wondered if there was coffee in it even though it was marked herbal. I searched on Lupicia’s website and discovered no coffee but is roasted barley. Wow, it’s dark and robust with chocolatey notes. It’s a bit too dark for me though. If I had been a coffee drinker trying to get off coffee this tea would be spot on. However, I am a green tea lover looking for something herbal like a green tea. Any coffee lovers out there will enjoy this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dexter

Hmmmm interesting – I actually haven’t tried this one yet. Am putting it on my “inspired by dashboard list for tomorrow”. If this is coffee ish, I’m going to like it – sorry that it wasn’t for you. :((

yyz

I haven’t had this but I can imagine it being coffeish. Orzo is what you will most likely be served if you ask for decaf coffee in most places I have been in Italy.

Ubacat

Thanks Dexter. It was still a good tea , just not for me.

Ubacat

Ah, so they are drinking it as a replacement coffee!

yyz

Yes, most of the time they have it in a nescafe type machine, but I did see a few places pull it through an espresso machine.

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53
drank Roasted Beans by Lupicia
108 tasting notes

I got this in a swap with KallieBoo!. Not the sort of thing I would normally try. I had difficulty identifying the aroma until I thought of burnt popcorn, which is almost a perfect fit. I don’t think I would have been able to drink this without sugar and just couldn’t like it. Not what I would call tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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39
drank White Peony by Lupicia
4875 tasting notes

16/28
this one comes to me courtesy of variatea sadly this one falls short for me as it really just tastes a little like floral water. BUT glad i got the chance to try it out. Thanks VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

I had the same experience but I figured you haven’t tried it yet so might as well pass some along :P

Sil

yep! i appreciate it haha

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82

Oops, I didn’t realize there was coffee in this, the pu’erh was risky enough at 9pm!

This tea is really tasty, slightly cookie-ish and lots of sweet cinnamon. Not a tea for coffee haters because that’s a very strong component! I almost think the name should be more like “cinnamon coffee pu’erh” vs cinnamon cookie. Coffee stands out for sure.

I added cream and it was a nice post supper treat. I will try it for breakfast sometime wheni not worried about caffeine.

Definitely another Lupicia win!

Jennkay

Ooh, sounds yummy. I’m adding this to my shopping list!

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65
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
55 tasting notes

I didn’t find this sencha to be that memorable really. I didn’t get the hint of sweet potatoes it mentioned and I felt that the sencha was actually quite mild. When I open up a satchet of Sencha, I want to be engulfed in the vegetal scent of rich, grass-green sencha. I didn’t get that with this Lupicia tea. I got a weak flavored tea that wasn’t as full-bodied as I would have liked.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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95
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
12 tasting notes

Absolutely perfect for times when you want something flavored and sweet but not artificial. It just tastes like sweet honeydew and a nice green oolong perfectly balanced. I love that you can taste the tea base, and that both flavors complement one another so well. I usually let it cool a little before drinking it, as I find that the melon flavor stands out more once it’s cooled down.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Kilauea by Lupicia
446 tasting notes

OMG! OMG! What did I do wrong?! How could something so awful come out of such a pretty tin? Did I overleaf? Does it need sugar? Aaaaack! Diluting and adding sugar makes it more palatable, but I’m still weary of it. It has this sharp tang that I’m not liking. Slowly some fruity flavor is coming out, but I think I should revisit this in cold brew format.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Ellyn

ugh, I hate when such promise becomes so wrong!

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55
drank Joyeux Noël by Lupicia
1037 tasting notes

From the reddit travelling tea box

This one looked promising – a black blend of ctc and leafy bits. Big cubes of something, marigold petals and lumps of golden rock sugar. Taste? Meh. I’ve had many great Lupicia teas, but out of all the Lupicia teas I’ve had, this one is on the bottom. It’s bitter, roasty, acidic with a little bit of sweetness. It does taste like roasted chestnuts, if I ate one whole with the peel on. I think it might work if one adds milk, or maybe coffee drinkers, but blaaah. Sorry Lupicia.

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80
drank Muscat Oolong by Lupicia
501 tasting notes

The fifth Lupicia tea I tried from my order.

This is just to say “wow”. So grapey. Amazing. Natural tasting, incredibly fruity.
Like REAL grape juice, but with the sweetness tempered by the oolong base.

I didn’t even know that “Muscat” was a grape related word up until recently. I kept seeing people use it to describe Darjeeling tea and I was all like “wtf is this?!”.

Anyway. I can’t see myself ever tasting grapes in a Darjeeling but never say never.

I’m so off topic.

This tea.
It’s really refreshing and natural tasting. I bet it would be delicious cold brewed.

Lupicia, you’re awesome.

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82

Lupicia tea #4!

I will make this short as it’s bedtime.

This was a well done dessert tea. Definitely tasted like chocolate and strawberries, but not in a gross, artificial way.

And the pu’erh just seemed to add a deep richness to it, a subtle earthiness that took away from the sweetness. In a good way.

This isn’t one I would need to stock, once it’s gone it wouldn’t likely make it back on my shopping list but it’s pretty awesome how well done the flavours are. Good when I’m having a chocolate craving! Which is most of the time, really :)

boychik

No mushrooms I hope

Sil

This one isn’t bad as a latte

whatshesaid

No mushrooms! Lol. The flavour hides the mushrooms.

Good idea Sil!

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62
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
501 tasting notes

The third Lupicia tea that I tried from my recent order.
I kept telling myself I’d hold back and wait to finish some older teas before digging into these, but I was too damn excited. I have zero restraint at the best of times, to be honest.

This was the first one to disappoint me, sadly.
I’m not sure where the caramel is?

I added some milk, which brought out the creamy aspect, but really I was just tasting a toasty green tea. Perhaps there’s an underlying sweetness that one could attribute to caramel flavouring, but I am not that one.

Maybe different steeping parameters would make a difference.

It also doesn’t help that to me this tastes a lot like Harney and Son’s Tokyo, which I also bought recently.

And which I haven’t reviewed yet, but did try, and found the caramel taste to be lacking from that also.

Thus far, my favourite caramel flavoured green tea is still the one from Persimmon Tree.

I shall keep messing with these other two though, lawd knows I have enough!

If anyone would like to try this, hit me up. I was so excited to taste it after reading other reviews, but I feel as though I’m definitely missing something.

Courtney compared it to Nina’s Japon in her review, and strangely enough I also found that one to be suspiciously lacking in caramel taste. Maybe my tongue is broken where caramel is concerned. Or maybe I’d notice it if I tried sweetening these teas.

Ah well. So far the only disappointment from my long awaited Lupicia order!

Courtney

Darn! I really enjoyed this one. I hope the others work out a bit better. :)

mj

I also didn’t taste much caramel in Nina’s Japon. But it was still pretty good

boychik

Did you add any sweetener, just a bit it bring out the caramel? I haven’t try this tea, just guessing. Also I’ve noticed more flavors as tea cools.

Dexter

I really liked this one too – love the nutty roasty hojicha, I thought that gave it a bit of “burned sugar” that I associate with caramel.
Sorry that you aren’t enjoying it – but you seem to like most of your Lupica order – maybe this one just isn’t meant to be…

whatshesaid

I didn’t mind the nutty/roasty hojicha, I just didn’t get much else out of it! I’m wondering if my idea of what caramel is doesn’t line up with reality, haha. I will try this again with a bit of sugar though!

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drank Hatsukoi by Lupicia
446 tasting notes

As I come to the end of the pitcher I made of this tea, I think it’s growing on me. It still won’t be a restock, but it’s not going into a get rid of it pile either. Not a very good testimony, but even with liking it more it isn’t striking me as amazing.

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drank Hatsukoi by Lupicia
446 tasting notes

Trying this cold steeped in my David’s Glass Carafe that I absolutely love! It has been sitting in my fridge for a few days now.

The lemongrass really stands out in this! I really don’t get any of the green tea base, it’s all lemongrass. The aftertaste is weird at one point. It almost has a Pine Sol sort of flavor to it. Not in an unpleasant way, just odd. Adding cream really mellows out the lemongrass kick. I think I might prefer it this way. Adding sugar… and it’s even better. I think cold steeped is the way to go with this one!

Preparation
Iced

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drank Hatsukoi by Lupicia
446 tasting notes

I picked up this tea at my recent splurge visit to the Honolulu Lupicia store! I was SO excited to be there and check out their Hawaii exclusive blends. Turns out they are discontinuing and reworking some of them, which is disappointing. So no more of the banana chocolate rooibos, chocolate macadamia nut or passion fruit earl grey. The six they are keeping are all fruity teas and I really liked that they had more of a variety with the old mix. I was told that what they had in the store was the last of the older blends and they had limited amounts of those.

Anyways, on to this tea… it comes in a green or a black base and I picked the green since it seemed more fitting with the scent. I’m drinking it hot today, but I can see how this would make an amazing iced tea. I think I overleafed, but the tea seems pretty forgiving and is nice anyways. It has a very bright and crisp citrus taste on the sip. As the lemon from the sip fades, the lemongrass flavor comes in. I’m having it without any sugar, which is odd for me, but it is quite nice and sharp this way. I think I can taste some of the green base, but it is hidden a bit behind the lemon. Overall it’s a really enjoyable tea and I’m looking forward to having it iced!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Chocolate macadamia nut tea sounds delicious! :O

TeaBrat

Cameron, I actually have that tea if you ever want to try it :)

Cameron B.

Sure, remind me the next time we swap! <3

Dustin

I have one of the choco-mac teas that I bought when they had them on sale online and I had to buy another in the store since they said it was being discontinued! It is my hoarding nature. :/

Dinosara

Noooo not the passion fruit EG! I had been drinking my sachets assuming I could get more of it eventually. :( Oh well.

Dustin

I only just tried the Loki Lani and really liked it. All they had left was the sachets. It’s like falling in love with someone who has terminal cancer. It’s only a matter of time before they leave you. Too dramatic? ;)

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85
drank Cookie by Lupicia
501 tasting notes

Oh buddy, oh pal. This is a different tea.

Different, good.
The second one I tried from my long awaited Lupicia order.

One I’d eagerly anticipated from the moment I first heard of it.

First of all, I have to say that without thinking about it, I automatically associate the word “cookie” with “chocolate chip cookie”, so all this time, that’s what I thought this tea would be. No, I obviously didn’t read the description or ingredients list.

So when I finally cracked open the bag and sniffed the leaves, I was a little surprised it didn’t smell like chocolate at all, no cocoa notes. I was also surprised to see that it looked like a CTC tea.

However, what I smelled when I sniffed the bag was a buttery, subtly sweet cookie note.

I didn’t even try it black, I just had to follow Lupicia’s suggestion and add milk immediately.
What resulted was a buttery, creamy delight. A subtle cookie, with a substantial base, perfect for the flavouring. Sweetness that was more of a suggestion than a reality. I’d like to try with a bit of sugar next time. And maybe black, one day.

So far Lupicia is two for two! Way better than my Adagio experience!

Courtney

So excited for this one!

Dexter

YAY!!! so happy that you are enjoying your long awaited Lupicia order!!!

Virginia

I love this one too :)

Sil

Lupicia>Adagio

whatshesaid

Sooooo true, Sil

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85
drank Cookie by Lupicia
501 tasting notes

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97
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
501 tasting notes

I got my Lupicia order finally, had ordered it in May and had it shipped to my relatives in the States knowing they’d be visiting in July and would bring it to me. Along with orders from like 4 other companies but that’s neither here nor there :)

Anyway, I decided to make this the first one I tried out of the bunch.
Wow.
I mean like, man, this tea is amazing.

I don’t understand how it is possible to make a tea taste so much like genuine melon. It doesn’t even taste fake. Just fresh and delicious. Fruity, soooo fruity.

Amazing. So good. I don’t even have the words. It’s the juiciest fruitiness tea I’ve ever had.

If this is Lupicia, count me in!

Sil

stay away from their blacks msot of the time and you won’t be disappointed…yes this is coming from me lol

whatshesaid

Wow! Good to know then :)

OMGsrsly

Isn’t this GOOD? :)

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85

Given that this is my first Lupicia, first melon and green rooibos tea, I don’t think I can give the best review outside of I like it. I like it a lot. The melon tastes like melon, not artificial flavoring. It is light and refreshing. I look forward to trying it cold.

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82
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
259 tasting notes

This tea was pleasant enough but nothing really special. If you are obsessed with cherries…..hmmm, never heard of anyone like that on Steepster ;-)….. you might like this a lot. The cherry taste is definitely tart cherries rather than candy-like or medicinal, which I think is always a danger with cherry flavored anything. That being said, although the cherry was nice, it didn’t blow me away and the base was pretty boring honestly.

Flavors: Cherry

Cheri

I prefer tart cherries, which is hard to find in tea.

TheTeaFairy

Lol…who could you possibly be talking about??

You absolutely right Sil, It’s actually the only flavoured cherry tea I like!

Virginia

Well. Said.
Yawn.

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90
drank Kiwi by Lupicia
144 tasting notes

Oh my word! This one is delicious! :O
I made it hot, of course. xD And had thought it might be more of a sour kiwi flavor. But boy was I wrong! It’s strong, but sweet. So so sweet.
One of the best fruity teas I’ve ever had!
Thanks for the sample, mj! (:

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60
drank Happiness by Lupicia
55 tasting notes

Contrary to the name, Happiness did not bring me immense joy. I found the flavor to be a bit wonky, an odd blending of sweet and sour along with a yeasty aftertaste. I felt like there was so much going on and this blend would have been much better served had Lupicia adopted the mantra of “less is more”. Wouldn’t recommend it, Lupicia has much better teas for your time and money.

Preparation
Iced

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