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I was making a cuppa this, when Mum stepped into the room and looked alarmed. “do you smell smoke? something is burning!”
She was standing next to my tea. I told her to take a sniff. She looked a little sheepish :P

Anyhow. I find this tea far too plain and astringent. Adding milk and chai sugar helps perk things up! One of those teas I’ll go through quickly as I can experiment with it. This should be fun

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I made poor man’s long island iced tea: this tea, lemon juice, tequila and a bit of sugar. Not bad! Me likey.
Hot, it is quite mediciney. But cooled down… oh man that was good!! The ginger and peach is a lovely complement to the alchohol part. Not overly strong. The lemon brings out some tartness that I enjoy as well. I’ll probably add a squeeze or two when I’m having the virgin version as well.
Great balance of flavours and it goes down easy. A girl could get tipsy on this. Hehe.

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Aw yeah! second steep of this was so smooth.
I’ve tried it before, and it was a little meh. But the first cup was nicer than usual and I figured it’d be worth a shot, despite my sample being bought eons ago (at the boyfriend’s, totally forgot it was here).
The latest batch I have at home isn’t nearly as balanced. Ah well. C’est la vie

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Based on the website description, I expected this to be a hair smoky. Certainly not something I’d prefer sans leche! I found it rather delicate and very balanced. Satisfying in a way I haven’t yet put my finger on.
Of coursea all I have in the house is almond milk and I was realllllly craving milk tea so I tried that today. It worked well enough, despite a few almond clumps(organic for ya), though I feel the need to wait before rating as it definitely is not what I expected. Still quite tasty overall.

Also… I tried duck egg this morning. Ahhhhmazing. I have a new addiction.

P.S. Farewell Majesteas, Ian and Robert will be greatly missed xo
I have a bunch if anyone would like to try, as I’m holding the last of it!

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drank Framboise by Lupicia
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I think this’d go nicely as a latte. Hmm. Not sure I have enough left for that. Maybe with almond milk?
Not the most flavourful Lupicia blend I’ve ever had but I don’t mind. Its tasty, if not clearly “raspberry”. I think I could pick out the berryness though. There is something delicate in there, adding a certain complexity that I find appealing. But… The base is a bit harsh for the flavouring, sadly.
To be honest, I’m enjoying it far more than I expected based on the reviews. Getting that tea high I so love now! I must have got the proportions and timing just right. Woot!


What are your favourite Lupicia teas anyway?


I think the pineapple was my fave, but to be honest I haven’t tried nearly as many as I’d like. Grapefruit was good too. And there was a caramel one I enjoyed

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Doncha just love it when you can consider tea as “mediciine”???
I developed a headache earlier and was almost(but not really!) glad for the opportunity to have tea with a purpose. Seriously! Caffeine + tylenol = remedy nods

Anyhow. I decided I wanted to have this iced, with milk and a bit of honey. At first I was kinda regretting it. The flavours weren’t really working for me somehow. But after awhile things seemed to gel and I really enjoyed it! I was definitely sad when the giant mug was empty. So yeah, if you wanna try this baby cold, let it sit for awhile first :)
I guess I’ll have to write a proper review with tasting notes another time. But if I recall correctly, this is pretty mild, malty, and just a hint bready when hot.


Glad it worked for you! The only thing I find about having teas for colds or other specific purposes is that I’m trying to decrease my cupboard number and I literally have 1 bag left of one tea that’s just waiting to get used up (that one being “coat throat”). Another tea is supposed to be an aphrodisiac and there’s maybe 2tbsps left, another a nighttime tea and there’s 3 bags. So frustrating lol.


I know what you mean. I have a few that I keep and rarely have for that reason. The nice thing about this remedy though is that where the stimulant caffeine comes from doesn’t matter, as long as it gets delivered! :)


I do the same thing for headaches…I always go for a straight black. I mean, you CAN buy tylenol that already has caffeine in it, but it doesn’t taste as nice as tylenol with tea. :P


Hehehe totally agreed on that Plunkybug! plus it can get expensive buying so many different meds. I already spend enough on my tea :D


My “medicine cabinet” is primarily peppermint, tulsi, and raspberry leaf, but sometimes plain ol’ straight up no-nonsense black does the trick!


gmathis, right there with you! I need to bring out my cammomile more often now that my sleep is more regulated and I don’t need to worry so much about saving it for days I need it!

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drank Magic Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea, iced… Triple Sec… I am HAPPY
Also? Samosas.
Saturdays are good.

Roswell Strange

Oooh! That sounds lovely.


Kinda wish I could afford to splurge on Grand Marnier. But it was quite nice, I’m glad I experimented! :)

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Ugh. I can’t believe I caved and purchased tea! After not having brought any into the house since the festival, I was doing so well(except the odd David’s sample, which does count, but not by much) .
I was up north visiting some relatives and we were browsing the shops in town… I guess I was in the mood for a souvenir, but the part of the store that my cousin says has the good stuff wasn’t open for the warm season yet, so we were a little down about it. And then I saw they had teas… things got a little happier!
I’m not the biggest fan of the brand but at that point I’m not sure I cared.

Anyhow. I made a cuppa at the cottage. It was just ok.
I need to try again at home. Maybe different water will make a difference.
All I know is that the chocolate note was super weak, and as I had expected from the scent, there was a definite smoky note. Still not sure how it all fits together. Definitely needs to be revisited


I always wonder how many of their teas I have actually tried because although I never bought any that are directly labelled as Metropolitan, I swear some I’ve purchased from smaller tea shops are selling their stuff under different names. This sounds like a chocolate tea at a local shop here which I’ve been suspecting sells Metropolitan teas. Had that smoky note that I didn’t expect. Ramble ramble, it’s still a pretty good idea for a souvenir!


UGH! I replied to this. Frustrating that it never loaded. Hmph.

That wouldn’t surprise me at all. I’ve noticed that with a few blends as well. The first one I remember like that is Forever Nuts from DT. SO many places have the same one under a different name

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drank Masala Chai by Chaiwala
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So much noms!! oh man, I love me a cuppa this with some almond milk.
I knew that the blend is a strong one so I decided to try it with a milk that tends to overwhelm most…. not this one though hehe.
Oh man was it ever delish! Not as sweet as I expected though, given that the first ingredient listed was honey. I had to add half a teaspoon of sugar for the flavours to pop, which kinda made me sad. I’d much rather have enjoyed it without!
The richness and complexity of flavour did impress me overall, so points there. I think I’ll try it with other types of milk before making any rating decisions

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drank Banana Black by Tea Tang
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I was in a rush so didn’t have time to think about doing the correct ratio here… doh! but on a whim I decided to use chocolate milk. Knowing it’d be super weak with an extra large mug, I figured… it won’t be fantastic the normal way so why not give it a try!
THIS I would do again. It was delish. As expected, weak on the banana side… drowned out mostly by the chocolate. Oh well. It was still tasty!!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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