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95
drank Bravissimo! by Lupicia
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Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Bravissimo! by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

Every time I pick this up again, I’m all like, ‘I know I rated this a solid 95, but seriously, how good can it be?’ and then I smell it and I’m all, ‘Oh, right, it’s this one.’ and then I steep it and drink it and it’s just so insanely good. The florals are complex and beautifully balanced without ever becoming overpowering or cloying.

I stumbled over a tasting note by a user who’d mostly been reviewing Lupicia teas – it said that the biggest problem with Lupicia was that they recommend boiling water for all their teas… and that any true tea drinker (whatever that is) would know this to be incorrect.

Since so many of my followers find me through my Lupicia tasting notes, and since so many people ask me about Lupicia because I am, obviously, the undisputed #1 Lupicia fangirl (Those pesky Canadians are catching up, though, I have to watch that.) around here, I feel I have to stress this again, because it keeps coming up.

The biggest problem with Lupicia is not the above. It is that prejudiced tea drinkers insist on either ignoring Lupicia’s steeping instructions and hence, in many cases, get a lesser result and/or question Lupicia’s know-how due to these steeping instructions to the extent that many avoid the company altogether.

(Also that their teas are delicious, irresistible and will eventually ruin you, because once you’re hooked, you’re hooked.)

Numerous unnamed tea-litist people have approached me and told me they definitely aren’t going to drink sub-par Lupicia teas because a company that suggests boiling water for a green tea is surely run by amateurs and why am I so excited about their teas since I clearly don’t approve of Teavana and their ilk? (This is particularly hilarious, seeing as Lupicia are Japanese, not American, as most of these people have assumed.)

So no – Lupicia know what they’re doing. Strangely, so do A.C. Perchs when they recommend 11-minute steeping times for some of their teas. And those teas were weird, yet tasty experiences I wouldn’t have had if I’d stubbornly insisted on misguided tea snobbery.

As for the above user, I challenged her to try temporarily dropping that whole all green teas are the same prejudice and to following the steeping instructions, just to see what it was like. (Let’s hope for squees of delight rather than hate mail.)

To sum this up – Bravissimo! is one insanely tasty tea, especially steeped for 1.5 minutes in boiling water.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

I agree, but only to an extent. Brewing recommendations are just that. A recommendation. Meaning this is the way whoever wrote them prefers their tea, but it may not be the way I prefer mine. I did try ACP’s recommended 6 minutes out of curiosity on one of their Assams once. The result was… well. Let’s just say it was definitely not how I prefer my Assams. I can only assume that they use a different leaf dosage than I do. I prefer strength to come through leaf dosage rather than extended steeping.

Initially I followed recommendations to the best of my abilities. These days I know my own preferences quite well, but that’s something only experience can teach you. Recommendations are a place to start, but they’re not the end-all and be-all of a good cup of tea. (I find the idea that they are to be quite snobbery as well, actually.)

Anna

Oh, but instructions as the be-all end-all are not what I suggest at all, I honestly have no idea how you’d even get that from my note.

What I’m saying is that if someone ignores steeping suggestions entirely because of preconceived notions, that’s unfortunate, especially in terms of Lupicia.

That is all. I fiddle with instructions all the time, but I always try the recommendation first, just in case. And I definitely respect companies more when their instructions work for me, as well as for a wide variety of others. That, to me, equals a good product + good product knowledge. Hence, my distaste for Dammann Frères (and numerous ACP teas).

However, I’ve already outed myself as an incurable tea snob, so even though your implication was based on a misreading of the above note, it still remains true: http://steepster.com/clareborn/posts/212352

Actually.

Angrboda

I think you’re misreading now. :) I didn’t say (or mean to say) you thought it was => snobbery. I said (or meant to say) rigidly following instructions without accepting different strokes for different folks => snobbery.

Also, link. Was that only hibiscus? Who would produce such a thing? A vampire? I’m sort of morbidly glad that you found it tasted like blood. It’s that exact association I get from hibiscus. Not so much tartness and certainly not the berries it’s often used in an attempt to imitate. Just metal and blood. Yuck.

Anna

OH I KNOW WHAT YOU SAID.

(I agree, though.)

And I’m totally sending you some Karkadé now. Anonymously. And when you least expect it. I literally have NO IDEA what that tea was supposed to taste like, but I feel I need to inflict it on everyone else just to see what happens.

Angrboda

My boss has had a big bag of rosehip tea standing in her office now. Nothing else. Just rosehip. I live in fear of her suggesting we try it. Rosehip is the same sort of deal as hibiscus for me. I can’t get it through my esophagus without grimacing. (Strangely, I’ve had rosehip marmalade and liked it although it wasn’t something I’d ever buy. But in tea… shakes head violently )

Anna

Don’t you guys do nyponsoppa at all? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_hip_soup

Angrboda

Never heard of it before. It’s traditionally marmalade here. (Or itching powder)
Elderberry soup, though. In a mug with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream. :) (Or more traditionally with little biscuits. I don’t care for those. I’m not a soggy bread product sort of person. It’s a consistency thing)

TheTeaFairy «The biggest problem with Lupicia is not the above. It is that prejudiced tea drinkers insist on steeping their teas the wrong way

My understanding of English might not be perfect, but to me when you say “insist on steeping the wrong way” just doesn’t sound right. There are no right or wrong, just what works for you. It’s like wine, a sommelier told me one day the best wine in the wold is the wine you like. To me, that also applies to tea.

Having said that, I think I do understand what you are saying about trying first the recommended instruction. But trying it any other ways doesn’t mean it’s the wrong way.

I have some tea knowledge, but I’m not a tea snob. I’ve been trying Lupicia teas only recently. (I’m one of those “pesky Canadians” haha!) I can assure you I am not dropping boiling water on White Melon, and yet, it’s the most delicious melon tea I have ever tried! I’m not a tea elitist, but I have had white teas before and learned what works best for me, that’s all.

Anna

That’s a fair(y) point – thing is, with the whole ‘You Steepster people rate your teas all wrong’ discussion in the forums fresh in mind, I just didn’t feel the need to clarify that I am entirely for everyone doing tea exactly the way they want to do tea, seeing as I was so hugely vocal about my opinions on the matter. Then again, I get that everyone doesn’t read the forums or (for unclear reasons) don’t memorize everything I write. I also hoped it would be obvious from the context of the post what I was saying. I have now changed the offending sentence into something far, FAR less snappy, but hopefully less confusing.

Individual choice, however, is not the point of this post.

This post has nothing to do with tea in GENERAL, or WINE, or PREFERENCES in terms of TASTE.

This is solely a comment on how some people tell me they won’t try Lupicia because Lupicia are obviously idiots for suggesting said steeping instructions, and because green tea can only be steeped a certain way.

That’s it.

…and I can assure you I sure as hell am dropping boiling water on Lupicia’s Melon White, and while as tasty as a white tea can get, it is never even close to how delish the Melon Oolong is, so go try that immediately, if you haven’t already. I know there’s a whole bunch of pesky Canadians HOARDING the stuff. Don’t tell them I sent you.

Anna

Angrboda, that’s CRAZY! I thought I’d had elderberry everything, but I’ve never had elderberry soup! I have to look this up. Also the little biscuits in the rose hip soup don’t really get soggy unless you leave them in there for hours. They’re super crunchy and resilient.

How about blueberry soup?

Angrboda

Anna, No, not that either. I think elderberries are the only actual fruit that we make soup out of. We’re far more likely to make fruit porridge.

TeaFairy, I completely agree. It’s a subjective matter, so there can’t be right or wrong. It’s the same thing with this or that note as well. If you say something tastes for example like apple, then it tastes like apple and that’s final. I’ll just have to accept that even if I don’t think it tastes like apple.

Anna

Does this recipe look right? (Obviously ignore the strawberry cream thing.) http://www.receptcentralen.se/snabbt-och-enkelt/fladersoppa/

Anna

(Or do you actually make it from the BERRIES?!)

Angrboda

No it’s made with the berries. (I’ve never had it home made, but you can buy it frozen) http://www.gastro.dk/opskrifter/forretter/Varm-hyldebarsuppe-med-karamelliseret-toast-og-vaniljecreme/ is an example. Sometimes it’s also served with apple chunks in, that’s very nice. Apples and elderberries suit each other very well. :)

Anna

Okay, added to the recipe bookmarks. There are, I think, three kinds of elderberry bushes/trees in Sweden, and two of those have poisonous berries, so I need to do some research. =) I’m excited to try this!

If you first choose, ‘produkter’ and then ‘Frukt- & bärsoppa’, you’ll see all of them. Blueberry and rosehip soup also come as a powder you can mix with water. (When I googled, I found someone selling it on Amazon, haha. All these poor expat Swedes trying to get their food fixes.) http://www.ekstroms.se/#/produkter/produkt/?product_group_id=12&

TheTeaFairy

Anna, it’s actually because I remembered so well your position and your comments in the “rating system post” that what you wrote rubbed me the wrong way a little I guess (you know us fairies, we’re sensitive) i just did not understand why you of all people here would say that. Thanks for clarifying.

I did try melon oolong, I reviewed it recently and nearly died, that’s how good it was. I’m a huge oolong fan, it was really hard for me to decide which one I liked best, but I lean towards the white just a tiny little bit more, I even reordered some. I think their oolongs are fantastic so far. The pineapple one, OMG, so yummy. I have some Honey Dew on its way also. It’s costing me a fortune, but well worth it!

Anna

Aww, well, thanks for setting me straight, TF – I hope I’ve made my position clearer now!

I’m so behind on tasting notes at the moment – I’m going to go back and read all about your Lupicia odyssey when I get a chance. The oolongs are ridiculous, I agree – but it was their ripe mango oolong who got me hooked on Lupicia in the first place, so I’m probably biased.

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95
drank Bravissimo! by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

Really? I am SERIOUSLY the only person to review this, still? This is such a gorgeous tea, and I wish more people would try it. It’s so well-balanced and delicately, sweetly floral, all the while carried by that nice, light base tea Lupicia do so well.

I made myself a whole pot of this for breakfast, and then I stayed in bed for a while, reading and eating strawberries with the window open. I barely ever stay in bed, and I pretty much never eat there, so it was definitely the lushness of this tea that made me all debauched.

Aside from that, today has been completely draining and I’m glad I bounce back so quickly. Now I need to just roll up like a good little hedgehog and tomorrow I’ll be spiny and new again.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

You basically described my life – drinking tea and spending my days in bed :P

TeaBrat

I was just thinking I might head to the Lupicia store in SF :)

Sil

Anna… i mean if you REALLY want someone else to review this…my mailbox is open to having it hahaha

TheTeaFairy

I think reading, drinking tea, and eating strawberries in bed is the epitome of happiness :-)

Kat_Maria

What was it that you were reading, Anna?

Jennkay

I’m adding this to the list of teas to try at Lupicia whenever I go back to California!

cteresa

yay for spring and open windows, and tea and strawberries…

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95
drank Bravissimo! by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

There’s a whole, perfect little rose bud in my steeping basket, and that makes me happy.

Just like this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
keychange

I’ve added this tea to my shopping list, but I think it’s hilarious that all I know is that it’s a green-black that’s floralish. But it still sounds delightful!

Anna

It’s super floral; a whole garden. I had no idea it was a black/green blend until you wrote that just now – it feels just like a regular Lupicia green to me.

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95
drank Bravissimo! by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

This is so beautifully floral – if I weren’t already a fan of floral teas, this would make me a believer, I’m sure of it. And it’s so pretty! I’d wear this tea as jewelry; I really would.

I know I’m drinking a lot of tea today, but there was a massive thunderstorm (even by Italian standards) this morning, and I watched it from my open window until it abated. It was so captivating that I was completely oblivious to how cold and rainsplattered I got, so I’ve been trying to warm up ever since.

JustJames

a bath with tea on the edge of the tub might do it…. then socks afterwards!

keychange

I didn’t know you were another floral lover. Have you trie Butiki’s rvc?

Anna

Haha, oh, I just commented on that tasting note of yours! No, I haven’t. I have to; I will. I’m going to pick up my first Butiki order when I go to the US (Italian customs are so hopeless) the week after next, and I’m very excited to try Stacy’s teas.

Anna

Oh, and I took the bath (with tea – Bravissimo! from Lupicia) and I’m wearing the mom-knit socks and the big, lush, wool cardigan, but it’s more of an inside cold, you know. I just sat there too long. I think I’ll wake up warm and toasty tomorrow, though.

gmathis

I don’t think I’m making this up….seems like somebody among us once posted that she found a tiny little bottle/vial on a chain and did exactly that—tucked in some leaves of a decorative tea.

Anna

I should go look for that on ETSY, then. Added bonus: you always have a small stash of your fave tea with you!

keychange

Can I send you some rvc while you’re in the us? You must must have some!

Anna

I will totally jump on that offer – I sent you a PM!

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95
drank Bravissimo! by Lupicia
303 tasting notes

This is not a typical Lupicia tea to me – generally, I find them (I only buy their fruity teas) simple, but yet perfectly balanced in terms of flavouring. Bravissimo!, however, strikes me as fairly complex. I really love everything about it, from the appearance (lush with flower buds) and scent (floral, berryful) of the dry tea, to the initial flavour, and then finally to the aftertaste, which adds yet another note that lingers beautifully. It’s not really similar to any other tea I have tried, and it’s my absolute favourite at the moment.

The only negative aspect, really, is the significant loss of flavour when I re-steep.

I should try this cold, but I fear I’ll be all out by the time I get around to it.

[Purchased at Lupicia in Kyoto, July 2013.]

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Momoko by Lupicia
861 tasting notes

I received this one a super long time ago, it was from my very first swap with Sil, which would have been over a year ago. I recall trying it at work and thinking this would be awesome cold brewed. So I brought the rest of the sample home and I am pretty sure it has been sitting on the counter for a year. I was moving things around this weekend and found it shoved into a corner so I thought I better get on that cold brew.

This makes and excellent cold brew. Brewed for about 13 hours. It is peachy, and vanilla-y. Very creamy. There is a very light green tea undertone to the tea. I am glad I finally tried this one cold.

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81
drank Momoko by Lupicia
861 tasting notes

Another one of Sil’s samples. The dry tea sachet smells like nutty and sweet green tea. The brewed tea smells strongly of vanilla. The taste initially is a strong green base with vanilla and a slight fruity sweetness. As the tea begins to cool there are more peach notes. I am not a fan of the green tea base. It is tasting a bit too spinachy for me. But overall it is a good blend. I think it would be excellent iced. Thanks again Sil!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
386 tasting notes

I do like the samples from Lupicia… Too bad you can’t just buy 1 teabag every time so that trying different teas would be so easy. I like this one well enough, it is fruit smelling and the berry taste is strong enough. It would probably be a nice iced tea as well. I can’t tell between various berry taste so it tastes good to me, kind of like jam/jelly. If my toaster still worked I would definitely have this tea with jam and toast in the morning.. I only found tangy honey mustard ruffles chips to eat so far.

JustJames

you could always do the chipes for dinner and the tea for dessert? lol. i’ve been craving a tea like this and grabbed ‘blueberry jam’ from david’s teas…. haven’t found another blueberry punch quite as heavy as that one yet (though i intend to try the blueberry purple puerh from butiki).

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
2978 tasting notes

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This tastes soooo good. However, it seems like the package doesn’t last all that long. I mean, on the one hand it’s good because I want to reduce my stash piles but its not so good price per cup. And even though I sifted this time for me and dad there were still clumpy bits at the bottom. Is it really that important to get a chasen then? I used to have a mini whisk but it rusted so I’ve been using a fork to stir it up. I could swear I bought the strawberry mix too but can’t find it anywhere… Time to clean.

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I totally should have sifted this because it took forever stirring and trying to smash up matcha clumps but the good thing is that it took so long that the hot milk cooled to easy driving temperature by the time I was done. I used soy milk and it was soooooo good but maybe too thick so maybe I should water it down with a bit of water next time. It was a little clumpy at the end since the matcha settled so the matcha taste was really strong at the end. So I need to mix well next time… Or I could’ve added some hot water to draw it out.

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drank Cerisier by Lupicia
386 tasting notes

My sister bought a little of this and told me she liked it so I should try it. I smelled it and thought it smelled like dried apricots? When brewed it did taste really good, not sure if it’s what most people would be expecting as I taste the black tea with a hint of sweet cherry syrup. I had thought it’d be like the sakura flower tea i had from Lupicia before but its not. It is still good, perhaps I will “help” her finish the package :)

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drank Yume by Lupicia
818 tasting notes

Got this tea in the last Lupicia newsletter. It’s a loose leaf sachet, but I like the bags they use. I really thought this was delicious. I was pleasantly surprised. It has a great strawberries and cream flavor, heavy on the cream, although that might’ve been because I added some milk. ;) I wasn’t sure what the rose added to the flavor, if anything, but the petals were pretty! I think I would definitely pick some of this up next time I’m at Lupicia!

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drank Strawberry by Lupicia
386 tasting notes

More strawberry candy taste and smell to me than a real, fresh strawberry but a good tea. Not quite what I was looking for this morning though…

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drank Strawberry by Lupicia
386 tasting notes

Ah Strawberry… smells great. Like the Strawberry Vanilla that Lupicia does, the strawberry smell and taste are strong and sweet. I liked the strawberry vanilla better though since it has that added creaminess. I got the one sachet sample with my newsletter so I can’t experiment too much but I’m sure it’d taste pretty good with sugar and creamer too.

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drank Momo by Lupicia
283 tasting notes

Well, I wondered about this tea for long enough. thanks to Sil it’s in my cup and I can stop wondering. Turns out I wasn’t missing much.

Sometimes I feel like I’m deficient somehow and can’t get flavour out of these teas. But then some teas come along and give me confidence again that I can taste flavours and I can make a yummy cup. No, there’s no happy ending here. This tea makes me doubt my taste buds yet again. Who are these people raving about peach? (And why does my iPad want to correct “peach” to "preschool?)

I’ve made it hot and tried. I added sugar and tried. Poured it over ice and tried. Someone is trying to pull the wool over my eye with this one. I had fantasies about ripe, flavourful, juicy peaches. I’m getting instead that disappointment you get from eyeing a gorgeous piece of fruit only to bite in it and find it mealy and cardboard-y. Waaaah!

I really don’t mean to be harsh but I’m getting mostly black tea. I can’t even smell the peach. It’s not awful or anything, it’s just not peachy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
180 tasting notes

Hmm. Did I do something wrong? I’m not getting much flavor from this. It’s not a bad cup, just not much taste to it. I’ll have to try something else later and see if it’s an off day for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Breakfast Earl Grey by Lupicia
125 tasting notes

Sample package label: “5202, Breakfast Earl Grey”

Per, http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/13355202.htm:
“Earl Grey made with broken leaves brews up a robust taste. Perfect to enjoy with milk.”

“Water Measurement: One 5.0 fl.oz (150ml)-cup
Water Temprature: Boiling water
Brewing Time: 2 – 2.5 min.”

Per Victoria at Lupicia Customer Service:
- The base of their Breakfast EG is a single Ceylon tea, not a blend.
- Their bagged tea is “the exact same as their loose tea.”

Technique:
5-oz water with total dissolved solids (TDS) of 27 ppm, heated to 212*F, 2.5 min.

1 tea sachet, without sweeteners, milk or cream.

Fragrance: This tea has a stronger fresh lemon Earl Grey fragrance than their 5201 Earl Grey. There wasn’t any hint of artificial additives.

Dry leaf – Dark brown leaves

Liquor – Clear & dark coppery

Impression: This is a smooth, well-balanced Earl Grey with a fresh mild pleasing lemon aroma. Finally, another EG with more body! There was no hint of bitterness or astringency. As the cup cooled, there was no hint of tartness. This Earl Grey resteeps well at 5-min.

My wife enjoyed this Lupicia EG more than their 5201 EG. She especially liked the stronger Bergamot fragrance. This EG tea has come the closest to her liking. However, she noted that there was a vegetal aroma / flavor not expected in a classic EG. I asked Vitoria what might contribute the vegetal hint to this tea. She wasn’t sure and said “Perhaps it’s because it is a broken tea?”

At this point, it has been 10 Earl Greys & counting! We would welcome any suggestions for a stronger Bergamot, fuller-bodied, invigorating breakfast version of the classic EG.

Thanks to Lupicia for providing this free sample.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
yyz

I’ve sometimes gotten that vegetal taste in black teas. I usually find that these teas are teas that do best when brewed at off boiled ie 190-196 instead of at boiled. When I brewed these teas at the lower temperature the vegetal taste usually disappears or is diminished significantly.

looseTman

Thank you. That’s very helpful. I used 212*F per Lupicia’s recommendations.

Nicole

Silky EG from Teajo has an Assam base and a pretty strong bergamot.

looseTman

We found the Teajo EG to be enjoyable with one caveat for classic EG lovers: http://steepster.com/looseTman/posts/163801#comments

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
125 tasting notes

Sample package label: “5201, Earl Grey”

Per: http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/13355201.htm:
“Water Measurement: One 5.0 fl.oz (150ml)-cup
Water Temprature: Boiling water
Brewing Time: 2.5-3min.”

Technique:
5-oz water with total dissolved solids (TDS) of 27 ppm, heated to 212*F, 3 min.

1 tea sachet, without sweeteners, milk or cream.

Introduction: Most Earl Grey teas are light- to medium-bodied. While my wife loves the aroma and flavor of a well-balanced EG, she typically does not find them to be strong enough. To compensate, she will increase the amount of tea leaves and/or the brewing time. However, you can only increase those two parameters so much.

Fragrance: This tea has a fresh lemon Earl Grey fragrance combined with the scent of the Keemun base without any hint of artificial additives.

Dry leaf – Dark brown leaves

Liquor – Clear & coppery

Impression: This is a smooth, well-balanced Earl Grey with a fresh mild pleasing lemon aroma combined with a mild classic Keemun aroma. Since I very much enjoy Keemun, I found this EG to also be very enjoyable. Finally, an EG with more body! There was no hint of bitterness or astringency. As the cup cooled, there was a hint of tartness. This Earl Grey resteeps well at 5-6 min.

My wife enjoys Keemun and also enjoyed this tea but didn’t find it to be “The EG” she’s been seeking. To her, it wasn’t special or unique enough. After all the excellent Steepster reviews and recommendations for this EG, I had high hopes this would be “The one”. At this point, it has been 9 Earl Greys & counting! (I’m not including EG cream teas.) Since this tea has a full-bodied Keemun base, I guess she didn’t find the EG aroma and flavor to be sufficient. She is looking for an EG that will make you “sit up and take notice.” A full-bodied EG on Steroids!

Thanks to Lupicia for providing this free sample.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 OZ / 147 ML
Rie

If I might suggest, I’ve found Lupicia’s EG Grand Classic definitely fits the “sit up and take notice” bill, on my EG quests! Good luck on your own continuing EG quests!

looseTman

Thanks for the suggestion! At $82/lb, I imagine it’s very good. But, a bit much for an everyday breakfast tea.

Rie

Yes, definitely not everyday material for both price point and smoky, exotic character – although it does re-steep well for an EG (3 times).

If you two are particularly interested, I can send you a small sample to try, since 50g is the lowest that Lupicia sells, and it’s a very love-hate EG, I think. (‘u’-)

looseTman

Thank you for your offer. That’s very sweet of you! I’ll ask my better half.

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drank Neptune by Lupicia
1137 tasting notes

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drank Neptune by Lupicia
32 tasting notes

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drank Sakura Houji by Lupicia
1220 tasting notes

I’m going to do a couple backlogs of new stuff now too. Someone on the tea subreddit works at Lupicia and offered to send me some of this after I said I couldn’t believe sakura leaves were salty. I have really learned a lot about cherry blossom trees this year.

I should have probably looked around to see what a good water temp for a houjicha is but didn’t. I kind of probably went with something higher than I’d typically use for green tea, though doesn’t really matter, it tasted fine, but I think it could be improved.

The taste was interesting, mostly it tastes like houjicha, but then it’s just a bit salty, a little floral, and just faintly cherry. It’s definitely a unique mix of flavors.

I have enough for another couple cups to experiment with it. I’m just really excited I was able to try this without having to order it. Nobody else has written a note on it, so it was definitely unchartered waters for me.

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drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
105 tasting notes

i have had a few genmais but after a couple of months of not having had much tea (when i got back to the philippines, i didnt have water heating implements and time to get some and prepare some tea so i subsisted on matcha mixed with cool water to keep me awake in class, thanks to Red Leaf Tea i was able to pay attention to biochem this summer) when i had this, i was like…transported to japan! ah, it is wonderful to have good tea on hand!

Thanks to Azz for this swap! Im enjoying every sip of it!

teapot1

yssah!!! How are you?

yssah

omygosh this has been here forever? :s

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