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93
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
970 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon……

Something about a good Earl Grey is just so relaxing. I actually have been working on a big project…. I am trying to learn to play the cello in my 40s. Turns out, I need to relax a little to improve my playing, so this is what I need right now (since a glass of wine is not really going to help with my accuracy!). I love the bright bergamot notes in this tea. It just makes me happy.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

learning to play the cello sounds like fun!

Dinosara

That is really awesome that you’re learning to play the cello. Good luck, and I hope you build finger calluses fast. :D

gmathis

Hope the bergamot notes complement the ones you’re making! (I’m hearing Yo-Yo in my head right now :)

K S

Cool. My son has a CD of a 3 piece cello group playing metal. I can hear you riffing on Smoke On The Water. Probably not what you had in mind but that’s what I picture.

ashmanra

Oh, I would love to learn to play the cello! It has such a lovely timbre. I believe I read once that it has the most complex overtone series of any instrument. It tears my heart out and makes me want to weep, sing, dance…

SimplyJenW

@KS, it was actually Apocalyptica that sealed the deal. While I love some traditional cello, Metallica on the cello was just wonderful….Look for Nothing Else Matters… :D And my son who plays viola and electric guitar has all ready played Smoke on the Water on mine!

K S

Awesome! When you learn to play enter sandman, or maybe crazy train, let me know!

Steven Cook

I love the apocalyptica verson of metallicas song One

Cheryl

Had to look Apocalyptica up on youtube … wow, have you seen this version? (someone mixed them and James’ vocals)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyEXhA9EJ0g

Gave me goosebumps (Metallica is one of my top 3 fave bands).
p.s. Different instrument (violin), but David Garrett does a lot of rock classics too. Maybe check him out (on youtube) when you get a chance.

Oh (gosh I can’t quit, music is first love, lol) … here is one of his:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aegeLbgi-f4

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97
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
4315 tasting notes

Still love this one so much. It fell from my #1 Earl Grey after I tried thepuriTea’s Earl Grey, but this one is still very good, and a very close second.

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98
drank Uji Sencha by Lupicia
54 tasting notes

Oh my GOD.

TEA IS OVER. EVERYONE GO HOME. THIS HAS WON.

I literally never want to be without this again. This was the other of the Dynamic Duo of teas (the other one being Brioche) that I received for Christmas and fell immediately in love with upon trying. First of all, I can tell it tastes different from other senchas, which is a step for me since Lupicia’s other senchas that I’ve had (Chiran and Kanaya ♥♥♥) tasted pretty much the same. Second of all, this being said, I am not kidding when I say this is the best Japanese green tea I have ever tasted. Yes, I have had Gyokuro. I have also had Teavana’s Gyokuro Genmaicha, which was basically two of my favorite things married to each other, and THIS IS STILL BETTER.

aaaaaaah I have to stop drinking this long enough to review it. Okay.

Starts off delicate and nice like any other sencha, but the astringent kick hits you sooner rather than waiting until the tea hits the back of your mouth. Also, the aftertaste doesn’t taste so much like nori. Instead, something happens between when the smoothness turns vegetal and when the astringency hits, and it’s the most divine, warm, savory, almost marine note that I have EVER tasted. I want to note that this is kind of subtle if you drink this on its own, but if you’re eating—I had this with sushi the first time—that specific salty savory taste will punch you in the face and make the world taste like God for about half a second.

This is the savoriness I wanted from Dokudami Umami that I didn’t get. I think I might die if I run out of this, but at least I know where to get more. Lupicia is, at this point, trying to usurp ZenTea’s place in my heart between White Christmas and this.

It pairs gloriously with homework on a foggy morning, and also everything else.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Sakura by Lupicia
1 tasting notes

This seasonal tea in one of my favorites. While salted cherry tree leaves may sound off-putting, this tea is actually very good. The black tea base is very smooth with a touch of caramel and vanilla flavors. I’m not sure how to even begin to explain how the cherry tree leaves taste, but I will give it my best. The cherry tree leaves do not taste salty at all, they add a crisp fresh flavor that I lack anything to compare them to. If I had to say what they reminded me of, the only comparison I could come up with is that they are reminiscent of how a plants just starting to re-grow in the springtime smell.

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

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85
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
34 tasting notes

If you like grapefruits, you will like this tea. If you don’t like grapefruits, you still might like this tea. I’m not personally a huge fan of grapefruits. I can’t stand them actually – I kind of like the way they smell but I won’t eat them. This tea has a nice citrus-y flavor that seems like a hybrid between grapefruit and generic citrus-y goodness. Bonus points for grapefruit peel pieces.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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79
drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
2306 tasting notes

hmm. I still like this stuff, green rooibos seems to be a bit more appealing than red. I’ve been trying to drink it due to the health benefits. If anyone else knows of a good green one, let me know. :)

ScottTeaMan

HHhhmmm, I’ve never tried green Rooibos, and I’m definitely not a fan of red either.

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drank Sunny Fruits Puer by Lupicia
1796 tasting notes

This is a resteep of my sample from SimplyJenW. I used boiling water and steeped for about 3 1/2 minutes. This still has a lot of flavor, but the puerh flavor is still very much in the background. The citrus flavors are very good and still have pretty decent strength. If you want to drink puerh but don’t like it, give this a try. If you want to taste puerh, this might not be the best choice for you.

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82
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
54 tasting notes

What is it about Lupicia’s fruit teas that my first reaction is always “Oh this is so cute”? That’s not even an adjective you can use to describe food, but seriously, this is adorable. It’s very light, just a tiny bit astringent, and then the aftertaste is pretty much what I imagine might happen if you ate Hawaii—all these summery fruits everywhere!

This was a free sample with my Christmas tea, but I’m actually wondering if I shouldn’t get more for this spring/summer. I’m glad I got to try it! It brightened up a dismal day and did its job well.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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54
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Lupicia
2306 tasting notes

For me this seems to have been the dud of my recent Lupicia purchases although some other people seemed to like it more than I did.

It’s got a sweet potato pie aroma, for sure but I found the flavor to be a bit too strong as well as artificial and it left a bit of a funny aftertaste. It does have kind of a whisky flavor as Auggy mentioned. It also gets pretty sweet. Adding soymilk definitely seemed to help me to finish it off.

I don’t know if I can finish this bag myself so let me know if anyone would like to try it…

Steeped for 4 minutes in boiling water. Might try for less time next go around.

QueenOfTarts

I’d love to try some of this.. even though I just swapped with you! It just sounds so good.. If you’d like to try any more of my tea, let me know. I’d be happy to send you something in return!

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drank Sunny Fruits Puer by Lupicia
1796 tasting notes

I received a sample of this tea from the ever generous SimplyJenW. Thank you!

I shared this today with my puer-loving friend. She is not a fan of tropical fruit punches, citrus flavors, etc. so she didn’t care for it. She likes a good, strong, unflavored puer.

I enjoy plain puer also, but I liked the flavor of this. I found it very orange-y especially. At first I thought I didn’t taste puer at all, but after giving it a good swish the heady, earthy taste rose up.

I agree with Jen. This is puer with training wheels. If you don’t like puer but want the benefits of it, you could drink this. If you love puer and want strong, earthy flavor every time, this probably isn’t the best tea for you. It is very well done and requires no additions. I think even people who normally add sugar and/or milk to their tea would love this plain.

I like it very much as a flavored tea, though it probably won’t satisfy the cravings of a hard core puer lover.

Thank you, Jen!

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70
drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
2306 tasting notes

After reading the other reviews here I was wondering if I made a mistake in purchasing this. I have been shying away from flavored teas lately but I still like the fruity ones.

This I steeped up with boiling water in an infuser mug for 3 minutes. It’s a black tea and the fragrance is very strong, it smells a bit like black currents and cherries to me. As it cools off I am getting more blueberry flavor. It’s true that the flavor of the tea is not as strong as the smell but I don’t really mind that. If the flavor was stronger I might find it sickening, to be honest. I don’t really drink a lot of black teas without soymilk but this one is just kind of pleasant to sip on plain. Drinking it with soymilk is making it more of a dessert-type flavor.

Overall, I am pleased with this purchase. Will definitely have to try it as an iced tea also.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
970 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon…..

We are preparing for a Girl Scout night…..we are watching both of the Harry Potter 7 movies tonight and then going out for a late night breakfast. Lots of cleaning to do since I am hosting. So, I chose this one in the loose version to see if it was as good as the sachet they sent as a sample, as it has the ability to really perk me up. I am not disappointed. The bergamot notes are so bright in this. It almost leans citrusy orange than citrusy, well musty, like some Earl Greys. I love this! It has a Keemun base. I compared this by sight to my Earl Grey from thepuriTea, and they look very similar. I will have to try them in succession some time….or if I wait long enough (I am planning to get another white ForLife mug the next time I am in Baltimore), I can do a side by side. I have a full pot today, so it is unlikely that I will drink more Earl than that!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
2306 tasting notes

This really did make an excellent iced tea – I am steeping the rest of it today to drink tomorrow…

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83
drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
1 tasting notes

If you like milky sweet choco-tea, this is the tea for you. I don’t taste the nuttiness as much as I’d like, but I enjoy this as a rare treat nonetheless.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
970 tasting notes

Tea of the evening…..

And tea #6 out of my 2012 Lucky Bag……. This is nice and fruity. I seem to really like Lupicia’s fruit flavored teas. This one has tropical fruit notes on a light green rooibos base. I definitely like green rooibos better than red, and I think this will make a lovely iced tea in the summer. Oh, the summer….how far away you seem today! Probably not a tea I would have ordered, and I am not likely to reorder, but I will enjoy it.

Usual mug method with an 8 minute steep.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaBrat

It does make a great iced tea!

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75
drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
2306 tasting notes

This one I have had for too long and it really needs to go, so I brewed some up in my handy little Lupicia cooler. I’m having some hot now and the rest is going into the fridge so I’ll have an iced tea tomorrow!

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90
drank Ume Vert by Lupicia
2306 tasting notes

hmm. I am a little confused by the description on Lupicia’s website as I got a tea called Ume Vert from their store that claims it is a white and green tea blend that is flavored with apricots and the website says it is flavored with plums so obviously I am going to review the tea that I have.

I really like this one, it just sounded so light and delicious from the description on the bag. They claim you can use boiling water but I was a bit skeptical so I steeped this for around 3 minutes @ approx 175 F.

this is a flavored tea but the apricot flavor is very subtle and the white tea flavor really comes through. Oddly I am getting more white tea flavor than green. This will be a great tea for the springtime and would also be very good as an iced tea.

Verdict: yum!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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20
drank Cookie by Lupicia
114 tasting notes

I recently tried “Cookie” and hated it. The acidity got to me–not something to drink on an empty stomach. The package did say that it’s “great for milk tea”, so I guess that’s what it was meant for.

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34
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
114 tasting notes

I tried “Paradise” and I wasn’t a fan. I need strong, non-floral flavors in my tea. I’m a fan of oolongs and chais mostly, though I have found some green teas that I enjoy.

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69
drank Decaf Carol by Lupicia
114 tasting notes

This may be one of my favorite teas to drink as a afternoon treat. The smell is amazing, almost like strawberry oatmeal, or yogurt covered raisins.

I don’t know if I would buy a whole tin of it, since I received this as a free sample from Lupicia as part of their newsletter program. I might be interested in the non-decaf version more, and while the smell is amazing, the flavor is very weak. Honestly, I just love inhaling a deep breath of the sweet steam before taking a slow sip.

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75
drank Anuenue by Lupicia
114 tasting notes

This is a limited edition tea that is only sold in Hawai’i Lupicia stores.

The smell is sweet yet floral, like standing in a garden in Hawai’i. The taste is less strong, but I think the tea can be brewed longer than the recommended 2-3 minutes before becoming bitter. After a few sips, the floral taste becomes more apparent at the end of a sip—the fruity flavors still stay up front and are the first to be smelled and tasted. I think that this tea lives up to its description of a “rainbow” of flavors and being “mellow”. Each sip tastes a little differently and the tea leaves are very colorful. I think anyone would like this tea since it has so many different flavors in it and none of them are too strong to make the tea fit into one category over another.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Sakurambo Vert by Lupicia
114 tasting notes

I received this as a free sample from the Lupicia newsletter. I don’t like fruit-flavored teas, green tea, or cherries, but I figure I’d give this a try since it was free.

I was really surprised! The green tea wasn’t bitter, no matter how long I brewed it, and the cherry was a sakuranbo cherry, which is less syrupy sweet and more tart.

Overall, the tea was a delight to drink and smelled clean and naturally sweet. Unlike many fruit teas, the smell and taste matched up nicely.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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85
drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
2 tasting notes

Sometimes I really just want to drink a tea that is unforgivingly sweet and flavorful, without the use of sugary syrups (as would be the case at most boba shops). This tea perfectly fit that need! It’s very chocolatey, and adding a little bit of milk and sugar really brings out the notes of chocolate and tea. As previous comments noted, extra steeping time is helpful to get the most of the flavors. The package says to steep for 3-5 minutes; I’d err on the side of longer than shorter.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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97

My favorite tea from Lupicia! It’s fragrant, light, and refreshing.

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