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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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I got my Lupicia order finally, had ordered it in May and had it shipped to my relatives in the States knowing they’d be visiting in July and would bring it to me. Along with orders from like 4 other companies but that’s neither here nor there :)

Anyway, I decided to make this the first one I tried out of the bunch.
Wow.
I mean like, man, this tea is amazing.

I don’t understand how it is possible to make a tea taste so much like genuine melon. It doesn’t even taste fake. Just fresh and delicious. Fruity, soooo fruity.

Amazing. So good. I don’t even have the words. It’s the juiciest fruitiness tea I’ve ever had.

If this is Lupicia, count me in!

Sil

stay away from their blacks msot of the time and you won’t be disappointed…yes this is coming from me lol

whatshesaid

Wow! Good to know then :)

OMGsrsly

Isn’t this GOOD? :)

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
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Received samples of this from Nina’s Tea and Courtney.

I checked Steepster ahead of time to determine the best temperature, rather, to see what everyone else did. I went with boiling for 2-3 min.

I found this pretty astringent. Not as smooth nor as creamy as I’d hoped, I found the strawberry taste seemed a bit artificial to me, but the main issue was the bitterness. Perhaps at a lesser temperature it would be softer and creamier, but as I prepared it, this tea was not particularly angelic!

Happy to have tried it out, thanks to Nina’s and Courtney!

Preparation
8 min or more
Courtney

Aw! Yes, I wasn’t a huge fan the first time around. I waited ~5 minutes after boiling the next time and it worked much better.

whatshesaid I think I have enough left to try again! :)

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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Thank you to Nina’s Tea for the sample of this!

I had tried it once before but wanted to give it another go. The description is certainly enticing. Vanilla, caramel and berries. Sounds like other teas I love, for example Harney and Sons Paris, except that one has the bergamot in it.

I’ve reached the conclusion that perhaps red berry black teas are not really for me. I can tell that this is a well done tea. It’s very smooth and the flavours mingle well together. The vanilla and caramel tone down the red berry taste, but there still is a bitterness for me, which I imagine must be the fruit.

Ultimately it is a soft and enjoyable tea, if red berry black teas are your sort of thing.

It is safe to say at this juncture that they’re not my thing, though I’m very glad I got to try this!

My previous rating was 69 but I removed that because I can tell this is a nice tea, just not one for me.

boychik

Do you know the base of this tea? What if it’s Ceylon or Darj which gets bitter easily?

Indigobloom

I didn’t like the vanilla in this at all. but I love berry teas!!

whatshesaid

Yes Boychik, it’s Ceylon. I guess my 96 degrees was still too hot for this one!

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Finished off the last of my sample from Courtney this morning.
It is a very nice tea, fruity and bright and crisp somehow. Somewhat malty, though not to the extreme that I prefer. And I’m not getting any chocolate notes.

I enjoyed what I had but I’m not crazy enough over it to order more, I don’t think.

Glad to have one to cross off my list!
Thanks again, Courtney :)

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Sipdown!

Cold brewed this and it was very good, cherry cream taste.

I find the name a bit strange though, there’s nothing cake like or chocolatey about this tea, so it’s misleading. Though the ingredients are a dead giveaway.

It DOES, however, kind of taste like the cherry filling stuff inside a Black Forest cake, so maybe that’s what they were getting at.

I love Black Forest cake. I wish I had one right now.

Anyway, this was a. Nice, refreshing, fruity tea! Definite cherry taste.
Definitely involves hibiscus though, which I know some people don’t like. I don’t mind it.

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drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown, thankfully.

I think I used to drink this hot. Which must be the only way I could stand it. I cold brewed it the other day and ew. Something you expect to be refreshing burning your mouth is NOT a pleasant sensation. And I don’t really like very spicy foods.

I dumped it in the sink.
Good riddance to a weird tea!

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Another one from the generous MissB!!

A lot of these teas really appealed to me, so it’s great I got to try them. I’m able to cross a bunch of teas off my wish list :)

This one is definitely rich dark chocolate, but VERY earthy. Super pu-erh taste.
Not really my sort of thing, chocolate dirt. But I can see how someone would like it!

The pu-erh combined with the chocolate kind of reminds me of an Oreo. A dirty Oreo. Very similar to their Oreo pu’erh, actually.

Thanks again for the sample!

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A sample from MissB – this one was decent, enjoyable. Mildly sweet and suggestive of graham crackers. It didn’t blow my mind but I can definitely see where they’re coming from. There was something weak about it, but that might be because I added milk.

It was a good cuppa, anyhow!

Thanks for sharing!

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Sipdown! Removed from my cupboard, yay. I’m still too scared to count my teas because of the amount I just bought.

This is one I would consider stocking regularly, it’s that good. Creamy and buttery and fresh. My kind of oolong. I won’t be buying any for a long time though, not until my cupboard reaches normal human tea drinking proportions.

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Hello!

So here’s where I am now. I had jumped head first into the world of teas after Davidstea opened in my city a number of years ago. I gave up coffee and became a huge tea freak. From there I joined Steepster and started ordering teas online like a madwoman (not that anyone here would know what that’s like…)

I was swappin’ up a storm and drinking like 6-7 cups a day and I had this tremendous stash to get through…..then. I got pregnant in Spring 2013 and my baby played a funny little joke on me by turning me into someone who had zero interest in drinking or even smelling most teas. I wanted only coffee all the time which was hilarious because of course you can’t really do more than a cup a day when you’re pregnant.

Anyway. In December 2013 I had my baby girl, and now I’m on maternity leave and though I still LIVE (I cannot emphasize that enough) for my morning cup of coffee (or two…), I am trying to get myself excited about tea again, because I have TONS.

So my mission, which I choose to accept, is to first sip down all the samples I have, sent to me last year by lovely Steepsterites, pre-baby.

Here’s what I love (or I did before, and am trying to again):

Butiki teas in general because the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base

Harney and Sons Paris is my all time favorite tea.

Mariage Freres and Kusmi are also on my awesome list.

I love creamy earl greys.

Also have an appreciation of oolong.

I have a mega stash of super flavored teas to work through, or I may try to sell them if I decide they are no longer for me. The sip downs will determine!

I love swapping!
Please note my Cupboard contains everything I have including minuscule samples of teas so it is not intended to be reflective of what I have available for swap…

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.

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