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drank Sakura & Berry by Lupicia
1361 tasting notes

Sipped this down as a cold brew with some DAVIDsTEA The Glow. They two go quite well together. This is definitely better cold brewed than hot. Keeps that astringent base at bay and brings out the berry flavour even more. Wouldn’t buy more, though.

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74
drank Sakura & Berry by Lupicia
1361 tasting notes

With all the crazy sipdowns lately, I thought it would be appropriate to start something new.

I don’t feel like writing much on this tea because I feel like I’ve had this over and over again from them. Both Carol and Rose Royal have the same strawberry candy flavouring in it, and although the latter at least had an interesting additional grape note, they all seem repetitive.

So I’m left with a classic Lupicia slightly astringent black base with melted strawberry hard candy in my mug. It’s nothing to write home about, unfortunately. Maybe it’ll fare better as a cold brew.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
2167 tasting notes

This didn’t work for me cold, but I’m having it hot today, and it’s alright.

The flavours are “tropical”-ish. I added a bit of blackberry honey because it needed some sweetening, and I need to use up some of the things I have in the cupboard.

I thought I’d like this a lot more, based on the smell. But I don’t.

Thanks so much for sharing, MissB! (I think I’ll be giving this away. Anyone whose address I have interested?)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

It’s always so disappointing when the smell doesn’t transfer to the taste.

OMGsrsly

It does, but not in a way that works for me. I thought it was a green rooibos base like Golden Honeydew, but it steeps up quite a different colour. So I’m thinking the base is changing the taste of this one more than the green rooibos changes the taste of the other.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
2167 tasting notes

I… cold steeped this one, and I’m not really sure what I think of it. It’s certainly refreshing and fruity and almost tastes candy-sweet (no sugar added!). But there’s something about the flavour that makes me pause.

I’m going to have to try this hot as well, just to see what happens. It smells good, and I think the fruit flavours are good, I just think that maybe cold steeping rooibos isn’t quite my favourite.

I think my thanks go to MissB for this. I foolishly didn’t write it on the bag.

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 27 OZ / 800 ML

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drank Grapefruit by Lupicia
2167 tasting notes

Another tea from when I visited Sil. Also probably from VariaTEA. :) Thank you!

It’s super citrus. Almost candied peel, I think. Black tea base. I added a tiny bit of sugar – maybe 1/4 tsp – just to brighten it a bit. I don’t want to risk milk, because of the citrus, but if it didn’t curdle that would be really good. Like a grapefruit orange julius tea.

Yum. Super glad I got to try this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec
keychange

I add milk to the grapefruit EG you picked up for me, and it’s sooo nommy.

OMGsrsly

I do that too keychange! But this one I really wasn’t sure and I didn’t want to ruin my only cup if it didn’t work.

Indigobloom

I think I still have a bag of this to try. Really looking forward to it

OMGsrsly

There’s a green one too! But I prefer black teas, so I think I’d prefer this one. If only Lupicia wasn’t such a pain to order from, and 30% more expensive now with the exchange.

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drank Ume Vert by Lupicia
2167 tasting notes

Dry, and steeping, it smells like sweet candy. If you’ve ever had a Japanese instant ume drink, you’ll know what I mean. It’s plum, but it’s not like the plum I’m used to.

Drinking it, there isn’t a lot of flavour. It’s fruity, a little sweet-tart like sour candies. I was concerned about oversteeping it, but maybe I should have left it a little longer.

I got this when I visited Sil, and I’m glad to have tried it. I think VariaTEA is the one who dropped this one off. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
525 tasting notes

Have I not reviewed this yet? :O
I absolutely love this tea. LOVE.
First of all, it’s green rooibos. I wish tea makers would do more with green rooibos. I wish they’d chuck out red rooibos and just focus on the green. But anyway… The taste is so much like sweet ripe melon it’s like magic. You don’t need a lot of leaf to make a well flavored cup, but even so, I’ve ordered 3 pouches of this already in the last year. I never reorder teas at this rate. Delicious.

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100
drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

This is my favorite chocolate tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Nutty

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

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63
drank Tokio by Lupicia
1514 tasting notes

Meh. I was disappointed by this one. Standard, vaguely fruity, dusty green tea. Not memorable in the least, quite boring actually and that was after I added a bit of sugar to amp up the notes.
This is the sort of quality I expect from grocery store bagged ctc. Tsk.

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drank Diksam, FTGFOP1 by Lupicia
507 tasting notes

Thank you for the sample Lupicia. While I’m not a huge black tea drinker there are a few out there that I quite enjoy. Thos one requires a bit more steep time then listed. Around 4 mins in all to trully bring out the flavors. Earthy. Woodsy.

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Ujitawara Matcha is serious business. There is a stark difference between this sort of ceremonial quality Matcha and Matcha sold by retailers outside of Japan.
It isn’t bitter at all, and has a sweet aftertaste. Its color is vibrant green and its smell a lush vegetal note that lingers almost as much as the aftertaste does.
Definitely one of the best I’ve ever had the chance to lay my hands on.

Flavors: Cream, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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Sometimes a cup of tea is just what you meed even when you don’t realize it. Wasn’t so fond of the flavor at first but as its cooled off I’m finding more of the flavors introducing themselves. Quite enjoyable.

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87
drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
1514 tasting notes

Wow! This is cool. So many different flavours. My ‘buds are confused haha.
Hot, I could have sworn this was salted caramel. But then as it cooled, a lot of fruit notes emerged. Definitely getting peach, and I think that is lychee? Something malty as well.
Also, in some sips it tastes like what imagine caramel infused with fruit would be like. A little creamy with that perfect touch of sweetness. Oh and the peppercorn comes out in the aftertaste! What fun :)
Too bad this is another sample from my box. But you know what, I don’t mind because I’m getting to know the company better when I do eventually make an order. That and I have so much in my cupboard that I welcome the sipdown!

OMGsrsly

Hehehe. It’s like a cheater sipdown so your cupboard looks better, but it’s only one cup! (I need to get through mine too. I have a whole bunch of tea bags to try!)

Indigobloom

I know right?! it has definite pros and cons haha. This was a sachet, I should have mentioned that in my review. Oops!

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50
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
371 tasting notes

My first sip of this tea was so bitter and acidic, I almost dumped it out. But I decided to let it cool and I’m glad I did…as it cools down, the acidity recedes and the fruity flavor begins to pop a bit more. Still not the best grapefruit tea I’ve ever tried, but I enjoyed the second half of the cup!

Flavors: Bitter, Grapefruit, Grass

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
rosebudmelissa

I think the only grapefruit tea I’ve had was Adagio’s Grapefruit Oolong, but that was quite good.

Inkling

Come to think of it, I think I’ve only had one other grapefruit tea as well: Pink Grapefruit by Tea Story. That one is DELICIOUS and totally leaves this one in the dust. :) But maybe I should check out the one from Adagio, since you recommend it!

rosebudmelissa

It was a mild tea, but I think I liked it that way. Grapefruit can be a bit overwhelming. If you try it you’ll have to tell me how it compares to the one by Tea Story.

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85
drank Apple by Lupicia
1514 tasting notes

Well I found my “one” apple tea. I’m kinda sad that it turned out to be from a non Canadian vendor. Darn you Cdn dollar. and shipping!
I’ve seen other notes that say it tastes artificial, and I suppose it does a little but to be honest this is the best apple tea I’ve ever had. Any of those which have no fake notes either don’t taste like apple at all or they do, just not in the way I was looking for.
I added no sugar and it was quite sweet, though not overly so like the David’s Tea version. The base is a bit astringent, which suits the “apple”-ness quite well. Definitely getting some mouth puckering!
You know, I’m a little worried about my rating. It’s the highest of the bunch. Perhaps I’m just easily swayed by unrealistic fruit flavours? Bah.
Sadly though, I only had the one bag as this was from the Lupicia sampler box I bought. Oh well. Hello goodbye wonderful!

keychange

let’s order from lupicia, yo!

Sil

stop all the ordering… go drink some tea keychange! lol

Indigobloom

Ah boo I just looked on their website and apple black tea isn’t there, unless they didn’t load it into the search tool though I also checked their flavoured black section.
LOL Sil, yes I should do that as well. But I waaaant…

keychange

Ok fine. grrr.

keychange

That sucks! why are all our faves evading us for stupid reasons?

Sil

it’s probably a seasonal – out of stock on the australia version of the site

Indigobloom

@Keychange I know right?! uncool tea vendors, that is uncool!
@Sil that makes sense. Atleast it means I have a chance at snagging some one day!

Kristal

Ugh I was killed on the exchange rate and shipping for an anniversary gift for my husband. It upped the cost of his gift by $100 :|

Indigobloom

Kristal, Oh wow that is crazy! a lot of money spent for no good reason

Indigobloom

(the extra hundred I mean, I’m sure the gift was awesome!)

Kristal

He loved his Shirts and undies, lol (He’s a tall and big guy and has a hard time finding shirts with the correct length). I just told him he needs to get his passport so we can go to the border next time and pick it up! (The US border is less than an hour drive, and I only have my beginner’s license so I can’t go without him).

Indigobloom

Yeah I have a few friends with that problem. A few ended up going with custom made shirts. Sounds like a fun day trip though

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This was a sample from the February mailer. I really liked the strawberry and chocolate notes in this tea, but the puer base still reminds me of drinking rubber. The reviews seemed to say that for the most part it was hidden and I would agree, but every once in a while I got a hint of it. I enjoyed the cup but not something I need to visit very often.

keychange

See that’s just it. even in small hints, once you taste rubber, you can’t un-taste it.

TeaTiff

I agree, but I really loved the strawberry flavor in this one. If they could pair the strawberry flavor with say a keemun this would be my favorite flavored tea.

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74

AGH!!! I just wrote my review and now its gone. Not sure what happened. Sighs.

Here we go again. I found this to be a standard sencha only with less of a grassy note and more lingering sweetness followed by menthol. At first I wasn’t sure but then saw someone else mention it in their note so I knew I wasn’t going crazy!
Also, there was a time way back when that sencha used to make me a bit queasy. Recently I found that not to be the case, but here I feel just a bit of it. Not enough to complain or anything, just something to notice!

keychange

Hmmm, there are some teas that make me queasy as well. I just smell them and my stomach turns. Weird how that is.

Indigobloom

Yeah I never understood how that works! Why does it affect some people and not others, and why is it a different tea for everyone?

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drank Diksam, FTGFOP1 by Lupicia
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Yep. Agreed with all the other notes here, this is a standard Assam, albeit a nice one.
Smooth, fruity, and a hint of malty yum. There’s also a lingering dry pucker in the back of my mouth at times. I don’t often find this type of astringency in tea!
Not every sip mind you, and the other ones are rather wet and a tad sour.

On a more personal note… I’ve had some rather strange dreams the last few days. I don’t often remember them and yet these ones have yet to fade. Not sure what to think about that!

CharlotteZero

I’ve had a similar experience recently. I can’t even tell you when the last time I remembered my dreams was (6 months, at least), and now suddenly I’m remembering a lot of my dreams.

keychange

Yes, I’ve had this happen as well. Also, I love personal tasting notes!

Indigobloom

CharlotteZero, it is quite odd! I’ve been getting headaches too though I think that is the season change.

Indigobloom

Keychange, me too! reading about people and what goes on in their lives is half the fun of reading notes

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84
drank La Belle Epoque by Lupicia
1514 tasting notes

I can see the Darjeeling in this but it blends in so well with the other teas that it really doesn’t take on Darj elements in the traditional muscatel/astringent way.
I must have left it longer than I realized, though I only stepped out of the room for a second! When I came back my cup was bitter. So I added some milk and it toned everything down, bringing out a lovely malt and stone fruit note alongside the refreshing Darj. I quite enjoyed the cuppa. The perfect blend of mellow vs crisp. Quite a character, I’d say!

keychange

Love how milk can save the day!

Indigobloom

I know right?! One day I’ll likely be lactose intolerant, really not looking forward to that in terms of my teas!!

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drank Diksam, FTGFOP1 by Lupicia
246 tasting notes

This came in the Lupicia tea magazine for October. I better enjoy this cup because my kitty decided to walk by and lick the tea bag. LOL

A amber colored liquor with a soft malty scent. The astringency definately there, even thoughI brewed it lightly. I brewed it in a mason jar too, that was a bad idea because it’s currently too hot to hold.

I went and bought donuts after going to the gym this morning, before I posted my Secret Pumpkin package. Apple fritter goes well with this tea. Even brewed lightly it holds up well to the sweetness of the donut.

I’m generally not a black tea person, and prefer darjeeling to assam, but this one’s not bad. I would consider it as a gift to people starting out in the world of tea. Throw out that Lipton.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Christina / BooksandTea

Does your kitty often indulge in your tea? ;-)

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