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76
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
2816 tasting notes

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I am done with this for now. It isn’t something I would have chosen for myself, but it came in one of Lupicia’s grab bags and I was surprised that I liked it at all. It’s nice when it’s cold brewed, and with some extra ice added, great for warm weather. I doubt I will be buying it again, however.

Flavors: Cantaloupe

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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76
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
2816 tasting notes

hmm, when I first reviewed this tea 8 months ago I didn’t like it as a cold brew, but today I do! What gives? I don’t know if I’m such a big fan of melon flavored things in general but today this seems very buttery/sweet, refreshing and with a cantaloupe flavor. I made this in the Lupicia handy cooler and am drinking it straight from that, also trying to wake up from a nap so I can meet my friend for dinner… anyway I am finding this very refreshing today and might make up some more to have for tomorrow :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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76
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
2816 tasting notes

This came in the Lupicia summer grab bag sale and I was skeptical I’d like it due to the artificial flavor and the sugar.

This was steeped western style and it definitely has a melon-y flavor that reminds me of cantaloupe. It’s slightly sweet but not overwhelmingly so. The oolong adds a bit of floral/buttery backdrop. I am going to try cold brewing this also to see what happens. This isn’t bad but I prefer the pineapple oolong from Lupicia. (For flavored oolongs in general I really liked the line from Naivetea). I’m curious to see how much of the flavoring is left if you try resteeping it.

p.s. – I did not like this as a cold brew

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Grenada by Lupicia
2816 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I got this as a sample with one of my Lupicia newsletters.

I tend to like fruity teas and Lupicia seems to have a lot of them. This blend is fairly enjoyable, the black tea has a very smooth and mild flavor and I found the guava to be quite natural and subtle. I thought this might be good with almond milk, but I was wrong. Now it just tastes like almond flavored kool-aid, but part of the problem is I just don’t like almond milk in tea or coffee. :P

This would be good as an iced tea, I think. Not a “must have” item but I would certainly not turn a cup down if it was offered to me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
876 tasting notes

Received this one in a swap. It’s been so long I’m not sure who sent it to me… So.. I’m sorry.. But thank you :] And can I say SIPDOWNNN!! Woot another sample gone..
The aroma of this one is sweet. Both caramel and rum aromas are present. The flavor is nice. Both flavors are present and enjoyable. They blend nicely with the rooibos base. I like this one but I don’t think I’d ever order it.

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67
drank Melorina by Lupicia
321 tasting notes

Frankly speaking, am a bit disappointed with all the Lupicia special teas I have tried these days. Many of them were fruit-flavoured and tasted rather artificial. Melorina is no different and its fruit flavour is probably the most artificial of all. The melon flavour is exactly like that in candies or melon milk, a popular drink among children here in my hometown… it’s very sweet-smelling but the black tea base is quite strong, so it’s quite a mismatch. The second brew I had was better because both the melon flavour and the tea had become less strong.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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76
drank Orange Chocolat by Lupicia
624 tasting notes

Infusing at a lower temperature for a shorter amount of time seems to cause the bitterness to be subdued. The tea is much more enjoyable.

Rating: 76

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Sil

you totally messaged me on FB and i never got back to you…didn’t you. sigh you need to come over and dig through my tea drawer of unwanted teas lol it’s getting bigger!

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76
drank Orange Chocolat by Lupicia
624 tasting notes

1 tbsp for 375 ml

Overall light flavour. Dark chocolate taste with a hint of orange close to the end of the sip. The orange flavour is slightly bitter.

Thanks Sil for sharing!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Grenada by Lupicia
2182 tasting notes

Sipdown, 145. I had two sample sachets of this one, one that came in the monthly newsletter and one that came with my handy cooler. For some reason I thought this would be a green tea (not paying attention), but no, it was a black. I cold steeped them both in my new handy cooler; two sachets and 500ml of water worked out well.

I think I was never initially interested in this because of the papaya. I am of the opinion that fresh very ripe papaya smells like feet (I’ve had to deal with them lots in East Africa and Madagascar) so I typically avoid papaya anything. But I do like guava, and fortunately this doesn’t taste like feet. It’s actually quite delicious, and I would consider buying more of it for iced tea. The guava is very tasty and the other flavors just make it nicely tropical. Glad I got a sample of this one to try out!

Preparation
Iced

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69
drank Kir Royal by Lupicia
321 tasting notes

A black tea flavoured with cassis, it’s ok but not very different from other cassis tea by Lupicia. Certainly not as exciting as tea description has promised!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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61
drank Elderflower & Chamomile by Lupicia
2816 tasting notes

This came in the Lupicia grab bag. I like chamomile okay but I’ve never had elderflower before. The tea seemed to be very vegetal like corn husks or something, I also found it slightly bitter. Wouldn’t drink this for the taste of it, really but it did seem to be nice and relaxing. Also I was interested about the health benefits of elderflower after I did some research on it, evidently it’s good for allergies.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
2029 tasting notes

Thank you Momo for sending a pouch of this from your last sale! I needed some more genmaicha (I think?) The package says to boil this one but that would be ridiculous, since it is green. So I waited a while for the water to cool and steeped for a minute. It passes the roasty toasty tasty test! Plenty of popped rice and matcha makes the cup a fresh green color. The cup was gone in no time. I should have boiled more water right after I poured the first cup. The second cup was just as good! Really, all the matcha genmaichas I’ve had seem to be pretty similar… I wonder if the suppliers are the same. Luckily, I mostly just have samples of a few anyway.

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66
drank Damask Rose by Lupicia
1538 tasting notes

My last pot of this. Drinkable, but not very amazing. What is a Damask rose anyway?
Well, thats the end of this. And now I’ve got the pretty tin. Dont know what I’ll do with it, but I have it!

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66
drank Damask Rose by Lupicia
1538 tasting notes

I’m almost through with this. Its not bad, but I wont be restocking this. Champange Rose is a much better execution of this concept. After I’m done, I wont be rebuying this, but at least I have the pretty tin!

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66
drank Damask Rose by Lupicia
1538 tasting notes

Am I really the first one to review this? No pressure!
I drank several pots of this before getting a strong enough opinion to write about. Its kind of that sort of tea. A little unmemomorable. Its got rose flavor, but the astringincy of the tea sort of overpowers it, leaving me with a less mellow tea then I would like. Its got some natural sweetness, but more smoke to it then sweet.
Not a bad tea, you understand, just not wildly impressive.
And its got a very pretty tin.

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85
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

I brewed this hot, then let it sit in the fridge until cold. This is my favorite tea by lupicia, though this is my first time trying this. I absolutely loved it. It was quite refreshing, having it cold really brought out the floral taste from the marigold petals and had a mellow vanilla undertone. The strawberry aspect is not very strong when cold, but that didn’t detract from it at all.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
117 tasting notes

This is an odd one for me, because it’s really, really good… but I don’t like melons. They’re one of the few foods that I’d rather not eat, I find their sweetness to be rather cloying. However, I do occasionally enjoy the (artificially?) flavored melon candies from the local Asian supermarket, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

The dry leaves smell very melon-y, and have pretty little green sugar crystals among them. Brewed, I found that the quite green taste and scent of the oolong balanced the melon over-sweetness quite well, and I enjoyed this tea a surprising amount…

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59
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
2816 tasting notes

I like rooibos teas more than I used to but not too thrilled with this in particular. It’s too sweet, and otherwise I can’t really taste any berry anything in here. Agree with the reviews that claim it tastes like cough syrup. I wondered if this would be better as a latte… it is indeed more palatable with soymilk added so I guess I will be drinking the rest of it this way. Not a favorite for sure.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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76
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
2816 tasting notes

Just a note that I cold brewed this yesterday and I’m having some of it this afternoon – it’s pretty good that way!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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76
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
2816 tasting notes

Tea #3 of the day from the Lupicia grab bag, I’d better stop with caffeine for a while before my head explodes.

I’ve never had this particular green before. Reading over the rest of the reviews I can’t understand some of the really bad ratings because it seems ok to me. My one complaint is the bancha base seems like it got a little on the bitter side (and I did not use boiling water). Might need to try this as a cold brew to see what happens, or I might try giving this a little less steeping time. I am getting pineapple and mango but the flavors are kind of light. Compared to some of Lupicia’s artifical tasting gummy bear teas I don’t really see this as a problem…

I liked this okay but probably wouldn’t buy anymore. Will let everyone know how the cold steep experiment goes. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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38
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
2816 tasting notes

Another tea that came from the Lupicia grab bag…

I’m afraid I’m not such a big fan of this. The muscat is way too sweet and artificial and the jasmine is yucky. It does smell exactly like Juicy fruit gum. Maybe this would be better as an iced tea but I don’t really like it hot.

I still have 9 bags left if anyone wants to swap for it. If you read the reviews a lot of people seemed to like it. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Momo by Lupicia
2816 tasting notes

You know you’re a tea addict when…

I couldn’t resist the $60 grab bag from Lupicia when it came around again. I’ve always wanted one, even though I’m awash in tea at home and at the office.

Anyway this was the one I picked to try first, and review is for the pyramid sachets.

This is a very mild and pleasant tea, some peach teas seem overly artificial to me but this is pretty nice, especially for a bagged tea. Of course I did have a cup of coffee earlier today so perhaps this isn’t the best time to be trying something new. I am sipping on it plain and it doesn’t really need anything. I can’t really place the base tea but I’m wondering if it’s a nilgiri since it seems very mild, or perhaps a ceylon.

It’s more natural tasting than some Lupicia teas I’ve tried which remind me of gummy bears. I will definitely be trying this iced as well…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
592 tasting notes

I cold brewed this with 2.5 tsp in my water bottle in the fridge for 6 hours. It was very tropical, almost like a punch except not as sugary. It may not have been the most appropriate for a rainy day like today, but I can see this one being really refreshing in the summer to have as a cold brew!

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82
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
592 tasting notes

Backlog. I realized that this is getting to be one of my older teas, so I gotta get on sipping it down! I brought it to school in my tumbler. Oversteeped, of course, because of all the school. It kind of gave a thicker mouthfeel to it than usual without being bitter. Nice! And as always, that punch of tropical flavor. I also stuck some new leaves in the fridge for a cold brew in the interest of sipping down (it’s still a while away), so we will see how that turns out!

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