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In addition to my giant Lupicia box, I received my swap package from Christina and it is packed full of tasty teas. This was one of those teas and it is one I have wanted to try for a while. I mean, when its referred to as “Wee Snaily Yums”, how could my interest not be piqued.

With my first sip, I can certainly see why so many rave about this tea. It is smooth and silky, like honey and caramel but also a touch earthy, like the taste one would find in a sweet potato. It is good. Really good. And has a perfect touch of malt. Yum! So, thank you Christina for passing some along and also thank you to Ost for being the original supplier :P. This is one I will be seeking out again soon.

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drank Honey & Pear by Lupicia
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Though I may not have been having the best few days, my morning was certainly brightened by the arrival of my shared Lupicia order with a group of steepsterites. It was a giant box filled with awesomeness and the most exciting part? My new book of tea! Look at it!!! It’s beautiful: http://instagram.com/p/wuiF7ZvJdG/?modal=true. 100 different Lupicia teas to try :)

I reached in and grabbed a tea at random and this just happened to be the first one I picked up. I had never seen this one before but it sounded amazing and smelled of sweet juicy pear. As I brewed it up, I realized why I never saw this before – it was a flavoured green which I tend not to look at as I am not a lover of green teas. This one is actually quite nice though. Personally I think hojicha is a weird choice for a tea that has such light and fruity flavors and it comes through a bit fractured in the cup. Some sips have strong, roasted grass notes while others are ripe pear drizzled in honey. Its like two different teas were dumped into one cup and made to coexist, which they are achieving, though not particularly well. Perhaps a less aggressive base would have helped the flavors shine a bit more instead of fighting for my attention.

With that said, I find that as the tea cools, the hojicha becomes more muted which makes it slightly more enjoyable. Perhaps tats why this is recommended as an iced tea? Anyways, it is one I would drink again but as long as its on a hojicha base, it is not something I would want in any sort of quantity.

Sil

AAAAAHHHHHHHH! this is one of the few i’ve been trying to try lol but they’re always sold out haha

Roswell Strange

I always manage to miss out on group Lupicia orders :P This one sounds very good though; glad you kicked off the 100 with one that wasn’t a total miss :)

OMGsrsly

Pretty box! All the teas! :) This sounds really interesting, actually.

Fjellrev

So happy for you that you got it!

Anlina

Omg, that book of tea! Amazing!

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drank Honey & Pear by Lupicia
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Have you ever had a friend visit for a prolonged period of time and just found it a tad stressful and tiresome? Well, I have. I was happy a friend came to visit me from Montreal but for some reason, I just found that she was not a very easy house guest. She was just particularly demanding and at times it could be very frustrating. One thing she would do is decide at random times, no matter what we were doing, was she wanted tea. Obviously that’s not a problem in my house but I would be in the middle of doing something (i.e. feeding my super old/super sick dog who is diabetic and needs food at a specific time so he can get his insulin needle for diabetes) and she would start telling me to make her tea. I would say if she went and picked one, I would make it for her but she always wanted me to choose. Often times I would ask for her to at least narrow it down (i.e. caffeine or no caffeine and by tea type) and she would sort of groan or get a little frustrated with me and then when I did finally pick a tea, she would complain. It just made for a sour experience. I mean, when I have over 180 types of tea, it is a little difficult for me to just pick one out of a hat and have it be exactly what she wanted.

Well, this morning, she decided she wanted to try an eggnog latte (because my mom went grocery shopping last night and bought like 5 different eggnogs) and once again she told me to just pick one. So, I decided to brew this up for me and Nutmeg Cream up for her because I had those both as an eggnog latte a couple days back and thought both were amazing. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how much the eggnog itself could impact the cup so though I chose delicious teas, she once again complained it was too watery. In fairness to her, my cup had the same issue which led me to believe that Neilson’s Eggnog is just not very good and so both our cups and the rest of the eggnog got dumped. That hurt a bit because both teas are discontinued so it was hard to dump them out (especially because she also insisted on taking my favourite 16 oz Nordic mug) but they were just way too watery to be drinkable.

Oh well, what’s done is done and no sense crying over spilled milk….or in this case, spilled eggnog.

Nxtdoor

That sucks. I hope you rebound :)

Fjellrev

That’s rough. I’m so sorry about your experience. I know exactly what you mean. That happened to me when a friend spent a weekend with me in Sweden. She’d go on and on about how she thought her Swedish city/university was better than mine, passive aggressively downgraded my studies while thinking she was special for studying her speciality, embarrassingly went on and on about herself to my floormates how she’s an amazing scholar, etc. Longest weekend of my life.

Your mom is hardcore for buying all of those different eggnogs. Better luck with the others!

I hope things will be better for you again. It’s too bad when you put so much into being a great hostess when a guest is being so difficult and unappreciative. Save your favourite (discontinued) teas for yourself next time. ;)

OMGsrsly

:( That kinda sucks. Being a bad guest is something I try so so hard not to do. Good luck testing all the eggnogs, though!

VariaTEA

Its especially weird because I had the same friend come stay with my family for a week in Florida and she was lots of fun but then this trip was just super ridiculous. It’s over now though so back to my tea and my relaxing and my copious amounts of Eggnog :P

And Fjellrev, that sounds horrible. It really is frustrating when you try to be a good host and someone just sort of spoils it all by being a bad guest.

Roswell Strange

I’m sorry your visit with your friend wasn’t a success, and for the wasted tea but I love how supportive your Mom is of A) the eggnog latte obsession and B) the tea obsession in general. Now that my parents have realized this isn’t “a phase” they’re actively trying to learn stuff, but I still can’t EVER see them reaching the point of buying me five different kinds of eggnog :P

VariaTEA

Hahaha my mom buys everything in excess. I mean she was the one who took me to DAVIDs and bought everything they had in 50g bags and then took me to Teavana and stocked me up there too. However, she does think I have gone a tad overboard, she doesn’t really stop me from buying stuff and her rule is if it is on the shopping list, she picks it up. Eggnog was on there so she picked it up.

Anlina

I’m sorry you had such a rough visit. I love the idea of people staying with me, but I’m always afraid that I’ll end up having a house guest experience like yours. I like hosting, but I’m an introvert and I really need to be around people with excellent boundaries.

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drank Walnut Truffle by Tea Desire
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I figured what better tea for an eggnog latte than a holiday tea? So I brewed this up but now as I drink, I feel this is just too sweet. It’s a bit of a letdown. I think I might be over this tea tbh. Oh well…

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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I forgot but earlier I had this in my travel mug as my work tea. Unfortunately, I was running out the door so I dumped some leaf in a tea bag, tossed the bag into the carry mug, and let it steep forever. The result? Weirdly a bland hot cup of tea.

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drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
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Holy oranges, Batman! No chocolate or cream in this hot cup if tea. Just orange, orange, and more orange. Not that that’s bad but it’s definitely different than all the other cups I have had. Oh, and this is a sipdown. Thanks Cavocorax for sending this my way :)

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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