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87
drank Carol by Lupicia
1569 tasting notes

I received this free in the mail. Upon looking at the description, I thought I’d be disappointed since fruit in tea are always too tart for me. I was completely wrong. I opened this up and smelled some sweet candy popcorn and warmth. For some reason I thought it would brew pink, just like the photo, but I thought to myself, “well this is a black tea based blend… how can it be?” … lo and be hold… it was a nice brown shade. Still, smells sweet and warm… vanilla and strawberry.

I tried it plain first, like I usually do, then decided to add sweetener and milk. It is just one of those cold, drab mornings. Very sweet and creamy. I love sweet. I feel like a child again :)

EDIT – I saw Auggy’s tasting note, describing it as “Strawberry Quik”… and YES that is exactly what it smells like!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
260 tasting notes

The Final Sipdown: Day 13.1
[For the sake of clarity, I’m logging this one the day after. Blame the full stomach and the comfortable couch. Damn you, couch!]

Ugh, the only thing that rued anything yesterday was my stomach. I drank this tea, started to log it, and promptly fell asleep on my couch. So. Much. FOOD. I’m sure y’all can relate.

[That being said, I hope everyone had fabulous Thanksgivings.]

Grapefruit Green. If I liked grapefruit more, I suspect that I’d also like this tea more. Unsurprisingly.

The smell had a sharp grapefruit note to it that was tempered by the vegetal component of the green tea. Strangely, I got an overwhelming sense of cooked green beans at a few points while I was waiting for it to cool.

Not to be deterred, I drank. It was…kind of strange. The grapefruit didn’t appear to me for a while, and even when it did it tasted a bit of chemicals. The green tea was there, but eventually the grapefruit had it in a chokehold and I couldn’t taste it anymore, and there was a bizarre strain of bitterness that ran through the entire thing that I think was in part due to the fact that grapefruit has a bitter-sour quality about it and in part due to the strange chemical taste I was getting from the tea.

Also, at points I received a fleeting scent [and taste, but mostly scent] of fruit gum. Which is funny because Auggy, who was also the sender of this tea, mentioned gum in her log [I think]. Specifically it reminds me of Stride Gum’s Forever Fruit, which in turn reminds me of the one Japanese gum I have ever tried. It’s a unique flavor. This tea, however, is not playing out for me in a uniquely good way. It’s not something I’ll be buying. For the grapefruit lovers out there, however, it may indeed be worth a go.

Teas Downed: 21

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

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drank Golden Osmanthus by Lupicia
260 tasting notes

The Final Sipdown: Day 12.1

I thought time was flying, and then I realized I let six days slip by without logging something in for TFS. Crazy weekend, coming home exhausted [and falling asleep near immediately] after work, and tomorrow is Thanksgiving in these here United States already. TOMORROW.

Time isn’t flying, it’s apparating.

Why yes, that was a Harry Potter reference, don’tmindmethankyou.

Just about a month left in this crazy challenge and I’m filled with new determination to complete it [though, ironically, four separate tea packages arrived at my house today, only one of which was self-induced]. When it rains, it pours, right? Not that I’m really sad about it all…of all the things to be showered in, tea hardly merits a complaint.

But I digress.

The tea. It tasted like a darker oolong, but apparently it isn’t? Or maybe it is?

Wow.

Um, I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be but it had a kind of roasty quality to it. Nothing sparking any kind of major interest here. It’s not a bad tea, but it’s not a terribly interesting tea for me. And yet it’s not quite bland enough to be meh…it’s just above meh…

I should not be allowed to write logs tonight, despite the fact that I have clearly been endowed with a super-human ability for succinctness.

Right, try again. Darker flavors with a roasty quality. Maybe just a shadow of the honeyed, buttery, nectary tones I usually get out of the greener oolongs, but not nearly enough to be a game changer for me. Not particularly complex. If I chance across it later in life, I’d be willing to try it again, but I won’t be buying it. Nevertheless I appreciate the opportunity to try it, and perhaps even more so…

I appreciate the opportunity to [symbolically] decupboard it [as I never actually cupboarded it in the first place, it seems].

Teas Downed: 19

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

Glad you are back! And hope you get some good rest soon!

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73
drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
911 tasting notes

The Final Sipdown: Day 12
Decupboarding Total: 26

What a productive day! I’ve mopped, made turkey brine and ‘cranberry’ sauce, done some laundry and decupboarded a tea! Sure, I still have to vacuum, make a cheesecake and decupboard one more tea but I’ve got time. Yay!

And speaking of tea, I like this one enough to think about getting a non-decaff version to see if that really pops for me. Mostly because I love Kasugai Muscat gummies. And this is a less-sweet tea version of those gummies. Honestly, the smell is my favorite part. It brings back such good memories! But now this tea is gone, so I’m moving on!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Orzo Strawberry by Lupicia
121 tasting notes

So what is orzo? It was recommended to me as a coffee alternative, so when I saw it at Lupicia I was curious. As I picked it up, I remember thinking, “Gee, but it has no caffeine, which is pretty much why I drink coffee. Certainly not for the taste. I don’t think I want this if it tastes like coffee…there’s no benefit!” Then I noticed that they had some flavored orzo selections as well, and after some debating I decided to take home the Orzo Strawberry. I’ve had good luck with Lupicia’s other strawberry teas.

Whatever they use for strawberry flavoring in the “Carol” and “Strawberry & Vanilla” teas, it’s here as well, and quite strong. It complements the orzo, which tastes like toasted rice with a hint of chocolate. Yes, chocolate! So I guess this is like a malty chocolate-covered strawberry.

That sounds weird. But it tastes OK!

PS – Drink totally looks like coffee in my glass.

Stephanie

I’m so curious about orzo! This sounds yummy, actually.

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80
drank Orzo - Caramel & Honey by Lupicia
2277 tasting notes

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94

I’ve been sipping on this for a day and a half now. Lasted through almost four infusions!

The dry leaves smell a little sweet, there are fairly good sized chunks of chestnut in the tea, like the size of baking chips. I want to pluck them out and eat them!

The tea is so light, and doesn’t get dark at all. And it pairs perfectly with the chestnut. The flavor is almost pure chestnut, sweet, roasty, and the smell is heavenly!

I will say I am biased, I love roasted chestnuts, but darn they are so much work to make! This tea is just so lovely with its sweet chestnut taste. It’s not overpowering and the sweetness lasted through all but the very last infusion, when the green made a big show for the finale! Yum all the way through!

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42
drank Carol by Lupicia
911 tasting notes

The Final Sipdown: Day 6
Decupboarding Total: 12

I both cupboarded and am decupboarding this tea today. And I’m totally counting it towards my total for The Final Sipdown.

I don’t hate this as much as I did when I had it last year (also as a freebie) and I’m guessing that’s from decreasing the steep time by a minute. It decreases the taste of the tea so there isn’t a disconnect between the Quik flavoring and the tea flaor.

Better or not, I still don’t love it. It’s sweet and creamy but Lupicia’s strawberry flavoring is just a big miss for me. Maybe it’s the strawberry + vanilla thing but it tastes like Strawberry Quik. It’s kind of powdery tasting and just not very strawberry-y. And I love strawberries. So when I want strawberries, Quik just doesn’t do it. Yeah, I like Quik but as a tea flavor, it just ends up being okay.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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63
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
260 tasting notes

The Final Sipdown: Day 6.4

Soldiering on, I come to a tea sent by Auggy that has intrigued me ever since I got it. Catching a whiff of the leaves, this smells strongly of a combination of fruit gum, apple cider, and cherry [specifically sour cherry]. The liquid combines these same scents, and the more I think about it, the more I begin the realize the similarities between the three. I’m not sure what about it makes me think apple cider, but it does indeed remind me of sweet apple cider.

All these elements are in the taste as well, making it one of the most consistent leaf to aroma to drink teas I’ve ever tried. But the drink is far more complex.

Before I get into taste, the coloring warrants a note. It’s a deep, brown color that’s not quite coppery like most black teas are. Instead it has a red that falls somewhere between auburn and burgundy tint to it. It’s really very pretty and I find myself staring the highlights thrown into it by the light.

The black tea is there, but it’s super faint for me and comes out mainly right at the start of the sip. The astringency I get at the end, as well, is due to [I think] the black tea. What I find interesting is that it’s not difficult for me to find the black tea because the taste is so loud; it’s difficult to find because the taste has so much going on. If that makes sense.

For one, I get a cinnamon flavor that I think is part of what’s making me think of apple cider. Also, just a hint of juicy cherry more noticeable after aeration and in the finish. Juicy sweet cherry, akin to Luden’s cough drops, but also sour cherry like pie filling. I can’t taste the peppercorn that’s in it, really, though I think it might be lending itself to some of the fruity flavors in coming out of this tea. Oh wait, no. There it is when I swish it around. [At first glance, I thought those peppercorns were goji berries, but they’re not oblong enough. After scanning the logs, as the description is no help, thanks to Jillian I discovered that they are peppercorns. Funnily enough, though, I do get a hint of goji berry in the taste.] What else? Not enough for me to be able to dissect at the moment. There seriously is a lot going on.

The curious thing is that there’s not much of an aftertaste for me. Simply a whisper of sweetness that rides the breath. On occasion, I curiously [or perhaps not] get black cherry.

This is a flavor unlike any tea I’ve ever tried, and while I’m really not in love with it I could see it being something that grows on me. For the time being, however, it is unique and not crazy loud enough to be what I consider a flavored mess.

If I find myself placing a Lupicia order, I may pick up a small amount of this to play around with because it’s really making my palate feel challenged. Right now, it’s not enough to justify starting an order up on its own.

Teas Downed: 16

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Auggy

I had totally forgotten about this one. I was pleased that it was a cherry something that didn’t taste like cough syrup. Why do so many cherry teas taste like cough syrup?

Stephanie

I think cough syrup has ruined cherry-flavors for all of us. Just like Pledge has for lemon-ness. So sad.

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79
drank King of Fruits by Lupicia
911 tasting notes

The Final Sipdown: Day 5
Decupboarding Total: 9

Does it count as decupboarding if I didn’t know I had this tea in the first place? It was a total surprise to me to find this tea under some sample tins. Oops.

I opened the little freebie Lupicia bag expecting a teabag. Because every Lupicia freebie since the dinosaurs died off has been a teabag. So yeah, it made a bit of a mess when I opened this because not a tea bag. Loose leaf. Double oops.

Though… it doesn’t look like actual loose leaf. The leaves are small and broken it looks like they just forgot the bag part of the teabag. Of course, I must keep in mind that I did find this little packet under some small tins. So it might not have started out so… powdery. Triple oops?

Fortunately, most of the leaf-related mess stayed on the kitchen counter where I was able to scoop it up and dump in the teapot. (I am a total nerd so I did weigh it first. 3.4g. I continue to appreciate Lupicia’s realistic grasp of how much leaf it takes to make a cup of tea.)

The packaging, leaf and tea (and now my entire kitchen) smell strongly of lychee. Not lychee tea, but actual lychee. See, a while back I had some of Samovar’s lychee tea. It was nice but I couldn’t speak to how realistic the flavor was, so when I was at the grocery store a few weeks later and saw actual lychee I picked up a couple. This tea smells exactly like a fresh lychee fruit ones it has been removed from its shell (husk? rind?). Of course, this isn’t supposed to be lychee tea. It’s supposed to be durian. But I don’t know what a durian is so to me? Lychee tea.

The tea is a bit bitter. But honestly, I don’t think that’s the tea’s fault. I think that the fault of whoever put it under some tea tins and crunched on the leaves for a while. (Yes, that’s me.) I think if the leaf were whole (or at least more than it is now), the bitterness wouldn’t be there. So leaving the bitterness aside, what about the rest of the taste?

Lychee. Full on lychee.

As always, the flavoring Lupicia does is very nice. It’s strong but I can still taste tea under there. (Aside from the bitterness from the broken leaves, yes, there is tea taste there! Yay!) Also, the durian lychee tastes absurdly natural. No chemical taste, no funky aftertaste, nothing. Like I actually just ate the fruit (or pureed it into my tea). And that’s pretty awesome.

Normally I have an issue with flavored green teas. It just seems wrong to me so it is pretty hard for me to love them. I guess I’m a green tea purist. This though? Very tasty. I could do without the bitterness but again, I’m not blaming the tea for that. In fact, the flavoring is so nicely done (and it doesn’t hurt that I apparently like lychee) that I would like to buy some of this so I can try it without the crushed-leaf-induced bitterness.

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

Durian is that fruit that smells of rot and death. I can say so because I have smelt it [and nearly vomited thereafter]. I could not bring myself to taste it, though my friend who did said it doesn’t not taste nearly as offensive as it smells. If it tastes like lychee, I see no reason to possibly subject yourself to the stench [and indeed, it is a stench] when lychee is far milder odor-wise.

Also, this log made me laugh.

Auggy

Hehe. The whole tea experience seemed destined to be a fail from beginning to end. But it wasn’t! It was lychee-delicious! And I know not of the rot and death fruit but that sounds like a good thing. I spent a few minutes trying to contemplate rot and death fruit and ended up thinking about zombies, so I’m just going to stick with this being lychee tea.

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81
drank Carol by Lupicia
4231 tasting notes

Yay! My monthly “magazine” arrived with a sample of this inside.

This is yummy. It reminds me a lot of Strawberry and Vanilla from Lupicia – especially the aroma of it. The black tea is very soothing – not a get-up-and-go kind of tea, but more of a relaxing tea.

I just submitted a review for this tea on the Tea Review Blog – it should publish soon!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Janefan

I really like the Strawberry and Vanilla – glad to hear this is in fact similar. I just got mine today too and am looking forward to trying it soon :-)

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve signed up for the magazine a few times but never got it…sigh…

LiberTEAS

I think that you have to place an order of $30 or more for a 1 year subscription.

TeaEqualsBliss

Ahhh! That would be why! LOL

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46
drank Budou Green by Lupicia
121 tasting notes

Well, it tastes like grapes. Big, purple grapes.
In fact, I feel like I’m in church, drinking the communion grape juice.

The tea’s pretty perfumey, and the grape flavoring tastes pretty fake. I can barely taste the sencha, save for a slight bitterness. Too bad. The tea is completely overwhelmed by whatever they used to to pump up the grape flavoring.

The brew itself is the yellow-green of green grapes, which would be thematically appropriate if the ‘sweet andmellow Kyoho grape’ that flavors this drink wasn’t a deep purple-black. But hey, props for trying!

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75
drank Carol by Lupicia
314 tasting notes

Now I know why they call this “Carol”—it’s short for “caroling” (like during Christmas)! How clever! :)

I’m so happy this was Lupicia’s free teabag selection this month. I’m always game to try strawberry-flavored things.

This doesn’t disappoint in its strawberriness. Over the tannic “bite” of black tea, I taste a creamy, candied strawberry—like Creme Lifesavers. Very yummy. I agree with the Strawberry Quik comparison, too.

I’m drinking it plain, but to diffuse the black tea’s astringency, it would be better with milk.

Overall, pretty good. Glad I tried it. But it’s cooling down now and the bitterness is getting a little distracting.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Suzi

Whoa.
You’re so smart.
I never put “Carol” and “caroling” together.

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80
drank Lime Darjeeling by Lupicia
4231 tasting notes

This is a very temperamental tea – do not overbrew it, use water that’s too hot, or use too much leaf – but when all parameters are in check, you’ll brew a pretty good cup! The last time I brewed this, it wasn’t very good at all. But, this time around, it doesn’t taste anything like that last cup.

The crisp flavor of the Darjeeling is a nice base for the lime essence – it really brings out the muscatel notes nicely.

I am glad that I revisited this tea, because I was worried that it just wasn’t good!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I’d try nearly any Lupicia tea if you would want to send any my way! LOL

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65
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
86 tasting notes

Smooth. Robust. Flavorful. Just the right amount of bergamot. Probably someone’s perfect Earl Grey. But for me the tea base seems too heavy and strong due to Keemun, not refreshing enough. It’s more on the smokier side though I can’t taste any smoke directly if it makes any sense, the blending is done very nicely indeed.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

This is my favorite Earl Grey.

Auggy

Darn. Now I’m wishing I had gotten this one when I was in their store in Hawaii. I got the EG with some sort of berry (I forget which one) but haven’t cracked it open yet.

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88

I am almost out of this :(. I think I only have one more serving left after this cup but I must say I am throughly enjoying my cup – I think this is my best milk to water ratio yet.

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72
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
39 tasting notes

Mmm, this tea has a nice toasty flavor, just what you’d expect from houjicha. The caramel adds a nice sweet note, and the creamy-ness is an interseting compliment for the green tea.

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drank Pumpkin Pie by Lupicia
1 tasting notes

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31
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Lupicia
392 tasting notes

I have never had sweet potato pie but I love sweet potatoes so I was excited to try this one. Unfortunately I find it to smell extremely like juicy-juice apple juice which I do not like. It tastes pretty much like that too, but the addition of milk makes it taste like black tea with a hint of sweetness. I am glad this was only a sample cause this was really just not my thing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Hm… didn’t get any apple in my cup. Definitely sweet, but not a juicy apple…

Caitlin

Well it wasn’t so much juicy apple as sickly sweet apple, but my sample took an accidentally detour to Chicago and the leaves were kind of crushed and leaking so mine might have just been messed up.

Cofftea

Haha! Oh no! How did it manage that? A friend of mine had a package that literally made it cross country twice (the tracking code proves it) before making it back to WI.

Caitlin

Well someone got me a lupicia order for a gift and then the newsletter went to the billing address instead of the shipping – haha. And oh my how does that happen?

Cofftea

I have no clue! lol!

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61
drank Lapsang Souchong by Lupicia
24 tasting notes

I really don’t like smokey teas, and i never have, but something possesed me to try this one. Right when the package is opened, the smokey smell attacks your senses. I actually really like how this tea smells, it reminds me of someone bbq-ing outside in their backyard :) The taste can be a bit overwhelming but the after taste is quite delightful! it makes me feel like i just ate some blackened chicken, which made my tummy happy for a little bit until it realized it was being fooled. I think if you’re willing to try a smokey tea try this one first, because other smokey teas wont be as powerful as this one and then you can get a better appreciation for the other ones lol
Something i tried with this tea is using it as a marinade for chicken if you can’t grill it. Brew the tea and bring it down to room temp. Add it to the chicken and what ever other seasoning you’d like and marinade for a day. The chicken absorbed the flavor pretty well! So if you don’t end up liking to drink the tea straight, at least it won’t go to waste :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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92
drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
6770 tasting notes

Cocoa…yup…cocoa. Dark, Bold, FULL Flavor, cocoa powder type tasting – not bad

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94

This is definitely one of Lupicia’s best… and while I like so many of their teas that it would be difficult for me to choose a favorite, this would definitely make the top 5 list!

Deliciously peachy, rich and smooth flavor. Very nectar-like. The Oolong has a creamy back note with a hint of vegetation. Sweet and absolutely lovely!

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

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by Lupicia
2277 tasting notes

I agree with the other notes that give this full points for accuracy. The smell and taste are spot on. That said, it’s not something I could drink everyday, nor do I see myself craving it again. But, I’m glad I tried it, as it is a fun tea for the season. I added a bit of brown sugar and some milk, but cream (or maybe even marshmallows?) would have been ideal.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

As much as I don’t sweeten teas, yes I want to try brown sugar and marshmellows.

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75
drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
356 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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