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Some mornings, I just want something cheerful to motivate me to get through the day. This morning, this tea really hit the spot. That sweet peach flavor really brightened up a cold morning. And thank goodness it did because I have a lot of studying to do (ughhhh finals week). Now back to work!

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Sooo happy right now. My awesome mom bought this for me at the mall and sent it along in a care package, aww. The first time I tried this tea was actually with her at a bakery in California, so I have some fond memories. Anyway, the dry leaves smell so peachy and sweet like candy. In fact, the tea itself reminds me of Asian peach gummies in a liquid form. I don’t like to add sweeteners to my teas, so I love it when they are already sweet like this one. After a week of drinking mostly straight oolongs, the sweetness was overwhelming, but in a good way. I will have to try to cold steep it sometime and drink it almost like a juice. The selfish part of me is kind of disappointed that she didn’t buy the tin, but I’m so super grateful for this lovely gift and I will savor every teaspoon of it!

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Mmmm peachy goodness. I just had this at a bakery that carried Lupicia teas, which was very convenient because I had been wanting to try this tea without having to buy a bunch of it. Now that I’ve tried it, though, I want to buy a bunch of it!

The smell and taste are a punch of peach flavor right away. As the cup cooled, the texture became a little more greasy, but that may be because I was eating at the same time, so I’m not gonna hold it against the tea until I try more of it.

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75
drank Paradise by Lupicia
117 tasting notes

Been drinking this the past couple of days. I’m staying with my sister and I might be getting sick (oh noes!) so I’m drinking lots of tea to try and keep it at bay. It’s a very pleasant fruity tea. Like most Lupicia teas, the flavoring is pretty subtle, but I really like the combination of tropical fruits with cranberry — which is a little unexpected, but the result is quite nice. I just have to remind myself not to eat all the cranberries before steeping the tea…

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
117 tasting notes

Let the record show that I have tried this one. Once. I got a sample from Lupicia through the newsletter thingummy, I used boiling water, and I’m pretty sure I overbrewed it… and it’s okay. I’m pretty sure I like the black version better, though. If I buy this again I’ll get the black version.

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
117 tasting notes

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drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
4 tasting notes

Definitely a pretty good comfort tea. Added milk and half a teaspoon of honey.

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77
drank Momoko by Lupicia
217 tasting notes

I didn’t think this tea was old enough to have lost that much of it’s flavor, but I suppose it wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) surprise me to learn that Lupicia’s fruit flavored teas, which are masterfully and tastily blended, have a bit shorter shelf life than their more inferior contemporaries. That kind of fruit flavor is rare and hard to come by. (By the way, I’ve only had the tea for seven months, which I would consider not that old.)

Anyway, I’ve decided to start testing the waters, so to speak, regarding my caffeine intake. I’m still nursing, but with my little one a bit older now, I wonder if her system has developed enough to be able to handle introducing small amounts of caffeine back into my diet (say, one caffeinated drink per day, and not that much). It seems to be working so far, as she’s shown no trouble with this tea (this is actually a back logged note). I will keep trying! There may be hope!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Earl Grey Chocolat by Lupicia
150 tasting notes

Since I really enjoyed their Earl Grey, I decided to try this one, even though I’d been burned by other chocolate teas. And I’m really glad I did.

This is a truly decadent tea. Sometimes I felt like I was eating one of those chocolate covered fruit jellies, it was that good. The bergamot and cocoa are evenly balanced, and the one time I put sugar in it was amazing. It’s plenty good without, though. I almost felt guilty drinking this in the morning! Another Earl Grey win from Lupicia.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
117 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this tea for the past few days (ever since I got back from the con, where I drank nothing but tea bags and coffee…). It’s one of the teas I picked out as a gift from my grandma for my birthday, and I must say, I am quite pleased with my choice. Obviously, I will love pretty much anything with a good vanilla flavor, and this tea is no exception. I like the strawberry element of it too — on the first steeping, it tastes like your usual strawberry flavor, but on the second, it starts to taste more like real strawberries, with an authentic sort of sourness to it.

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drank Grenada by Lupicia
1538 tasting notes

Sample from the Lupicia newsletter.
I cant say I have much experience with Guava in my non tea life, so I cant exactly tell if the guava flavoring is very guava-y.
I can tell that this is a perfectly nice fruity black tea. I’m glad to have tried it, but I wont be buying any of this for myself.

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drank Kaga Gosai by Lupicia
321 tasting notes

Love this! The blend was colourful and beautiful when dry. It had the delicate fragrance of fresh apricot when brewed and it tasted surprisingly creamy. It’s not too sweet and complemented my tea time favourite – langue du chat – really well! :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
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drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
7525 tasting notes

Into the swap box this one goes. It’s not a bad tea but the matcha really doesn’t add anything to the taste as far as I can figure out and it’s a pretty “average” genmaicha. there are a number of others i would drink before this one. Again, though, that’s more of a personal preference than this tea being a “bad” tea. If you enjoy genmaicha’s this one would probably be a tea you’d enjoy. I, on the other hand like them on occasion only, and therefore want to stick to the truly exceptional ones that i have had :)

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drank Mate Green by Lupicia
7525 tasting notes

So it turns out i like green mate better than roasted mate, but still not so much. I tried this today while trying to get ready for the day. While it isn’t nearly as yucky to me as roasted mate, it still has an odor i don’t like and it a pretty “meh” cup of tea. Into the swap box it goes in case others want to try it.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
70 tasting notes

Heeeey, this is kinda tasty. The smell of the dry leaf was so strong I worried about whether it’d taste like a melted Yankee Candle, but it mellowed out and was quite pleasant with cream and sugar. Yes cookie, yes tea. Wouldn’t drink it plain, but it’s a nice dessert.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
282 tasting notes

This reminds me a lot of Paradise Tropical Tea, that fruity iced tea restaurants always used to serve (and maybe still do), but with a green base. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised given the name. I like that stuff a lot, and I like this too. It’s got that generic tropical fruit flavor – I’m not able to pull out particular notes, although the pineapple and mango I see others mentioning seem reasonable. The flavoring is quite strong – and also quite floral, even verging on perfumey. I don’t mind this, but I know it’s not to everyone’s taste.

The bancha works nicely as a base, I think; it stands up reasonably well to the flavoring. I cold-steeped this – I can’t imagine drinking a tea with this flavor profile hot. I may have steeped it for too long – I wasn’t keeping track, but probably something like 9 or 10 hours – and there is some astringency, but I think that’s entirely my fault. This came in my happy bag in January, and it’s easily my favorite of the bunch.

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drank Momo Darjeeling by Lupicia
321 tasting notes

Finally, a decent brew after several mediocre teas in a row!

I had real white peach from Japan (thanks, Roger!) before having this tea and it was AMAZING. It was so juicy, succulent and fragrant… unforgettably delicious indeed! Because I was so in love with white peach, I picked this tea from the Kokodeshika Box Set, as it’s scented with white peach too :)

The peach flavour in this tea was lovely; there’s probably no real peach in this tea but the flavouring used by Lupicia produced a result that was close enough to authentic peach. I liked the fact that they used a Darjeeling as the tea base, which was less strong and therefore allowed the peach flavour to stand out. The only complaint I had was that there’s some flowery (I supposed it’s rose?) flavours in the tea that didn’t go too well with peach. It would be near-perfect otherwise!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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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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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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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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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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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
878 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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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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