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drank Framboise Chocolat by Lupicia
1711 tasting notes

Thanks for another lovely tea, Dustin!

This is hit-you-in-the-face raspberry, wow. It reminds me somewhat of 52teas’ Peanut Butter & Raspberry Jelly but without the nuttiness and way more raspberry. It’s just so good. This will be going on my to-buy list next time I make a purchase from Lupicia.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
89 tasting notes

I wish I would have took better notes which teas I received from which swaps so I don’t accidentally give credit to the wrong Steepster. ( :x face palms) I think this one was from Shae though.
Preparation: Western (no additives)
Tasting Note: First off warm, it smells so good, vanilla-almond sweet cookies wafting around my office. There is a light astringency in the black base, which I kind of enjoy as far as blended blacks go. Then there is a light sweet and creaminess from the vanilla and almond and it really does remind me of a buttery almond cookie. :3 Very yummy!

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Cookie, Cream, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Sakura Premium by Lupicia
2723 tasting notes

Although I love many teas, I tend to gravitate toward black teas for western and oolong for gong fu.

But this darjeeling….a gift from Superanna, of course.

This contains salted cherry leaf, thus Sakura in the moniker. It does not taste like cherries, FYI. When I first had their Sakura Vert I fully expected a fruity green tea and it certainly was not.

From the moment the water hit the leaves, I was patting myself on the back for choosing this for breakfast. (Ashman is away at the Woodwright’s School so breakfast is simpler today. I really am not sure how he would react to this one.)

This smells rich and briny or brothy, and how does a tea actually smell thick? But it does.

The golden tea has the characteristic darjeeling astringency but at the same time, a rich and almost oily mouthfeel. Those muscatel darjeeling notes hang in there with the salted cherry leaf and linger linger linger. Breathe deep as you take a slow sip, then swish a moment. And keep enjoying the tea for ten minutes after it is gone.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
2723 tasting notes

I bought Cookie for Ashman’s stocking because he is the cookie monster. He love sweets and has a weakness for pink frosting. He proposed within thirty minutes of me giving him a pound cake.

This will be round two May prompts – tea with the flavor of a favorite baked good.

Since yesterday’s tea was too sweet with our breakfast, I tried this one today. Although it is called Cookie, I knew it was the year round version of one of their Christmas teas that isn’t especially sweet. It went well enough with breakfast plain.

It is cloudy and we have a cool breeze and the drizzle is making it feel like comfort food weather. For lunch I made soup and sandwiches and we would often have chocolate milk with this particular lunch, but today I suggested following Lupicia’s suggestion to add milk and following other reviewer’s suggestion to add sugar. We would be getting less sugar in the long run compared to chocolate milk.

I made a big pot and added the milk and sugar before bringing it to the table so we could just pour and not have to adjust every cup.

Ashman LOVED it that way. He said he felt like he was having a really good hot chocolate. There was no chocolate flavor, it was just the vibe. I felt like a spice flavor – hint of cinnamon? – was present this way that I did not detect before. This is probably how I will serve this tea from now on.

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I pulled out this old tea this morning, which despite being a 2018 purchase, I have yet to try. I enjoy the flavor of Earl Grey mixed with hot chocolate, so I figured this would probably be a win for me. (Plus, I’ve been craving chocolate orange things lately… guess I’ve just been in a chocolate+citrus mood?)

The aroma is lovely… has a strong sweet, fudgy sort of chocolate aroma, as well as a strong bergamot aroma. I’m a bit surprised both aromas are so distinct without one overpowering the other.

The flavor of the bergamot comes off a little strong in the cup though; not aggressively so but just slightly stronger than my personal preferences for bergamot. It has a pretty strong citrusy sour aftertaste, tasting somewhere between lime and grapefruit, and it has more of a floral quality than I typically personally get from EGs. I do like the chocolate, as it isn’t coming across as highly artificial, but its flavor is muted a bit against the strength of the bergamot. I think the base tea, which was highly CTC, is what is really adding to the sour bite of the tea… a bit more astrigency than I typically prefer in a black, too.

I won’t have any issues finishing up this cup, but I think in the future what this needs is to be latte material. The strength of the base tea and bergamot should hold up nicely against added milk, and the milk should smooth out the rougher edges and add a creamy element to the chocolate notes.

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Biting, Chocolate, Citrus, Floral, Grapefruit, Lime, Malt, Sour

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
getanzt

Hi there! I was wondering if you’d be open to a tea swap? I see several on your spreadsheet that I would be interested in trying. I am unable to PM you unless you are following me, I believe, so please let me know if this is something you might be interested in :)

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
524 tasting notes

Sipdown. This tea smells great – very melon and very strong. It would make great potpourri for your office. As a drink, the overpowering flavoring is too much. Sometimes it’s melon-y and tastes good for a couple of steeps. And other times, it’s an overdone perfume of death to my tastebuds. I think this would be very good as an iced tea or cold brew, but I finished this off before I could do that. Not a re-purchase for me.

Flavors: Melon, Perfume, Sugar

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drank Sakura Houji by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

It’s slightly sweet and has a hint of salt that remains with the palate after each sip. I feel it’s flavor is more at home with those who prefer earthier teas or warmer flavors (along the lines of being somewhere between genmaicha and jasmine).

It should be emphasized that this is made with salted cherry LEAVES, and not blossoms. Because of this, it has a greener flavor, though is mild enough it doesn’t distract from the faint cherry taste.

I would reccomend drinking this unsweetened and pairing this tea with some sakura mochi, daifuku, or a slice of Mizu Yokan. But it also pairs well with some toasted plain mochi doused with a little shoyu.

Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Wood, Green, Salt, Salty, Sweet, Toasted, Toasty, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Sakura Houji by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

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drank Sakura Houji by Lupicia
3 tasting notes

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drank Lanikai by Lupicia
2723 tasting notes

This was a free sample in an order I placed a few months ago, and since it feels like usmmer outside I thought it was a good day to drink it.

I mostly taste peach, and the black tea base is a little brisk. I bet it is best with milk and sugar. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t one I feel compelled to buy or try again. I like Merci Milles Fois much better.

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
2723 tasting notes

It’s a sipdown! But I see I never added it to my cupboard so I don’t get the pleasure of seeing it removed.

I am using this as my fairy tale tea for the scavenger hunt because I don’t have a fairy tale tea and a White Christmas where I live only exists in such. About 26 years we had ice that made everything look white. Does that count?

I went back and forth on this one. Did I like it or not? It does accomplish what it set out to do. It tastes like a nutty not-too-sweet baked pastry. I don’t get tons of white chocolate but maybe with milk and sugar one would. I certainly don’t hate this tea, or even dislike this tea,
bit I don’t think it is a re-order for me. It was a nice change of pace from other teas, and I bet it would make an awesome latte, hot or cold.

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This tea was provided to me as a sampler by a friend. I personally rarely ever drink blends and usually prefer single-origin tea but I am always open to trying new things! This tea is called Ripe Mango Oolong and had some dried mango pieces in the oolong tea. After researching it, I found out that they used pouchong/baozhong oolong as the base.

Baozhong has a very mild flavor, similar to a green, light oolong. This is probably why I could barely taste the oolong in it! This tea smells like bubblegum and mango and once brewed, it has a light flavor with hints of mango, berries, and sweet apples. It is pretty pleasant and soothing.

Flavors: Apple, Berries, Bubblegum, Citrusy, Floral, Fruity, Mango, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Joyeux Noël by Lupicia
149 tasting notes

Oh, dear. I was hoping for something along the lines of my beloved Chaud Les Marrons, but this is not it. Hard to believe this is from Lupicia – I’ve never had a bad tea from them…until now. I was worried from the get-go since the dry leaf had a strong tangy smell, acrid, very unpleasant. Once steeped, this odd scent mellowed quite a bit, which was a little bit of relief. First I tried it with nothing added: burnt sugar. Like, not nice, but when you bake something sweet for too long or at too high a heat and it turns bitter. I added milk to even things out and it did help, but I was not getting ANY chestnut flavor. Maybe I overleafed, or it needs less time for the steep. I’ll try again with less leaf and a shorter steep time. But dang! this is not going to be easy to get through. I miss my Chaud Les Marrons.

Flavors: Acidic, Burnt, Burnt Sugar, Pungent

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Soleil Levant by Lupicia
2 tasting notes

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drank Ratatam by Lupicia
1166 tasting notes

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drank Ratatam by Lupicia
1166 tasting notes

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drank Ratatam by Lupicia
1166 tasting notes

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2022 Sipdown 6/365!

Haven’t had a straight tea in a while and this was in a basket of sipdown-ready teas that I created and then basically ignored for at least a year. Worked out well! Unfortunately, I oversteeped despite knowing that darjeelings are notoriously fickle, but it probably could have been saved with a bit of dilution. I just drank it slowly and it was ok until I had the last sips after some food and the bitterness was just too much. The flavour profile was actually pretty nice – very classic darjeeling/muscatel to my untrained palate. I’m looking forward to the resteep tomorrow.

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So I bought this on a whim last fall, as an addition to my Momijigari restock order. Just got around to opening it today and… Discovered none of the four teas from that order were listed in my cupboard or spreadsheet. Sigh…

It’s lovely for a before-bed tea. Chamomile is the strongest note, with its slightly honeyed, slightly musty haylike flavor. I happen to love chamomile but I know it’s not universally loved. The elderflower makes itself known as well, though it does meld a bit into the chamomile. Elderflower has such an effervescent flavor to me, and it lifts the heavier chamomile and adds a nice bubbly lightness. Then there’s mint, which mostly shows itself at the end of the sip. It’s light, definitely an accent flavor, but I think it’s a nice addition to add some freshness to the slightly mustier florals.

Perfect for winding down on the couch with an animated movie. :)

Flavors: Chamomile, Effervescent, Elderflower, Floral, Hay, Herbaceous, Honey, Mint, Musty, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

It’s lovely when whims work out.

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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge: a tea with bean notes

Not really sure what I was expecting by the addition of the black beans…but this is pretty much a standard matcha genmaicha.

Mastress Alita

I always got an extra savory/beany flavor from this one. I really liked it! But I used it up cooking either ramen or rice in it.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
1192 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 127

Thanks Cameron for sending this along!

This one is pretty good, but it’s not really wowing me. It’s fruity with mostly melon and mango, and I enjoy a green rooibos base, but I think that’s it. Perhaps as it cools, more flavour will pop out.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
ashmanra

My bestie gave me this for Christmas and gave me my first ever pouch of it, too. It makes a wicked good sweet iced tea!

Courtney

Ooh, good to know! Thanks!

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drank Takibi by Lupicia
1192 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 118

Thanks to Cameron for sharing this one!

This one has a tart passionfruit scent with that mineral-esque roasted oolong scent when steeped.

The passionfruit flavour is very realistic and right at the forefront, like I’m enjoying a delightful passionfruit in the midst of summer (preferably in a tropical country). I barely even notice the oolong, and I’m actually quite happy about it. I can never get enough passionfruit.

There’s a company here that offers vegan donuts and they have a passionfruit donut that I have such a weakness for. This tea is reminding me of it!

I would order this in a heartbeat! If I recall correctly, Cameron said this only comes around at certain times of year, so I’ll have to keep an eye out.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

You recall correctly, this is one of their seasonal teas. I think it’s autumn?

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, I don’t think that Lupicia ships to Canada. However, if you find a workaround, let us know.

Courtney

Really? I ordered from them once before, but it was many years ago now!

Cameron B.

I think since they started operating the website from Hawaii (the only store located in the US now) they don’t offer international shipping anymore. Australia usually does ship internationally, but theirs is still not available due to COVID.

Cameron B.

Of course, I don’t mind forwarding it to you, but the combined cost would probably be rather prohibitive ha ha. :O

Courtney

Yes, I have been patiently waiting on Australia for some time. I order other things from AU without issues and have been keeping on eye on Lupicia there for whenever they are able/decide to offer international shipping once more. :)

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
1192 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 126

I cold brewed for 24 hours and it’s sadly just not the same. I mistakenly thought the grapefruit would pop in a cold brew and I couldn’t have been more wrong. All I’m getting now is bitterness from the green tea and no real grapefruit at all.

Preparation
3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

I think this one is at least partially flavored with essential oil, I wonder if that’s why the flavor seemed weak in a cold brew.

Courtney

Ahh, yes. That makes sense!

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