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Home – 11:00 AM

Added this to my recent order, as it was the only flavor I hadn’t tried. I prepared it as a matcha milk, using the recommended 2 heaping teaspoons of powder for 8 ounces of soy milk.

Hmm… Well the base is pretty tasty, but I’m not really getting strawberry. The matcha is rich and creamy, with absolutely no bitterness. It has a smooth grassy flavor. The level of added sugar is okay for me, though really I would prefer it unsweetened so I could add agave to taste.

It’s good! But no strawberry for me…

There’s also not much in the packet if the servings are 2+ teaspoons each. So that also makes it a bit expensive.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Takibi by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Home – 10:30 PM

I added this to my latest order from Lupicia (which was mostly to get some Kumquat and Yuzu before they’re sold out for the year). This is the first time I’ve ever seen this blend on their site, so I’m not sure if I’ve just missed it in the past or if they haven’t released it for a while. Ripe Mango Oolong is one of my favorite teas, and this sounds sort of the like the oxidized version of that. The name means “fireside”, which I find quite charming. It looks and smells beautiful dry.

Yummmm…

This is scrummy (as Mary Berry would say). I feel like I’m tasting a little bit of grapefruit at the beginning of the sip, even though it’s not mentioned in the description. But it quickly transitions to full-on tropical, with strong and juicy flavors of mango and passion fruit. The oolong is extremely mild, with its flavor only really appearing near the end of the sip, after the fruit flavors have lessened a bit. It’s light and sweet, with a lovely and comforting mild roasty flavor. It really takes this blend to an autumnal place, even though these tropical flavors are generally more summery.

I will say, after drinking several (more subtle) Bird & Blend teas, the flavoring in this one seems a bit too strong. It very nearly approaches bubblegum flavor, but doesn’t quite get there. It must be the passion fruit flavor, as I don’t remember feeling that way about their other mango-flavored teas.

I’m not sure I would feel the need to stock both this tea and Ripe Mango Oolong, as the flavoring is somewhat similar. But I’m very happy to have this in my cupboard for now!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Citrus, Grapefruit, Mango, Passion Fruits, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89

Ending today’s caffeine with a mouthful of butter. It even smells buttery in the packet.

This is, I gather from the name, an Alishan. It’s made up of rolled balls of tea that are dark to medium green, with some stems in the mix.

After rinsing, I steeped in the gaiwan at 195F starting at 15 sec.

The tea is a light, butter yellow color, clear, and has a slightly floral scent. But the main smell is butter.

Taste: butter.

The subsequent steeps: butter.

Fortunately, I love butter.

Now I must go lie down as I work up with a sore throat, and it isn’t really getting better.

Flavors: Butter, Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
derk

Do you ever find yourself just eating a pad of butter? I do.

__Morgana__

I have not, but my kids have done that. Another parent once described butter pats to me as “the candy of the diary group” which I’ve never forgotten because it seems pretty accurate.

derk

I grew up on every brand of margarine available. Butter was a rarity and disgusting to me as a child because of that. If I went to a friend’s and their parents fed me Kraft Mac and Cheese made with butter, I could tell it wasn’t made with margarine and wouldn’t eat it. Sad childhood. Making up for it now.

__Morgana__

Hah! I can relate except that my childhood experiences with margarine are the reason we always have only butter in the house. My older son has started asking for I can’t believe it’s not butter lately and I keep trying to explain that it’s is a bad idea. He likes how it tastes though.

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80
drank Apple by Lupicia
383 tasting notes

Autumn Harvest! I picked this one up from Ost’s cupboard sale, so thank you Ost! The leaf of this is a CTC black composed of dark little pellets of tea, dried apples, and a strong, sweet apple aroma. It smells like green apple skins.

I gave the tea a brisk two minute steep, given the CTC nature of the leaf and the fact I don’t like my blacks on the heady side. Brewed, the tea smells much sweeter, more like the sweeter red apple variety. I was surprised how mellow the cuppa was, since whenever I see a CTC base I’m expecting a really strong, brisk cuppa, and this steeped up a very dark color! But the short steep must have been just right (at least for my tastes!) as I have a very smooth and mellow base, that is a bit malty, with some subtle honey and citrus notes, but mostly the tea has a very juicy apple flavor. It’s sweet, but against the black tea, it doesn’t feel overly sweet, and it doesn’t taste strangely artificial, either. I think I’d prefer a tangier green apple flavor than the soft and sweet red apple flavor here, but it’s definitely nice, regardless (you know me, I like my hibi teas, of course I prefer green apples over red, I just like a little more tang on my fruit… I prefer green grapes, too!) It’s definitely different than the strong apple herbals I’m used to, that are simply packed with apple flavor… this is a very subtle sweet apple touch on a black base that is so lacking of bitterness and smooth it is really hitting the spot on an autumn morning. It is also a great accompaniment to my peanut butter toast breakfast.

Flavors: Apple Skins, Citrus, Honey, Malt, Red Apple, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Home – 5:30 PM

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Untasted teas remaining: 17

This flavor was in Lupicia’s iced tea collection from this past summer. I love ramune sodas – they’re unabashedly sugary and so fun to drink with the marble closure. They come in several fruit flavors (my favorites being strawberry and melon) but the original flavor is sort of like a combination of bubblegum and lemon-lime soda. It sounds weird, but I actually quite like it, and I’m not normally a fan of bubblegum-flavored things.

The dry leaf smells extremely grassy. I noticed it was somewhat broken up, so I steeped it for 2 minutes instead of 3. This actually comes fairly close to original ramune flavor. It definitely has that bubblegum taste, but to me it falls short on the lemon aspect. The base tea is quite grassy, but also sweet. There’s also a bit of added sweetness (I think) from the sugar candies.

Really, to me this is mostly a bubblegum green tea. Maybe next time I’ll add a lemon slice to my teapot. ;)

Flavors: Candy, Grass, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lexie Aleah

Those two are my favorites as well! I’ve never liked the knock off brand ones though even though they have more flavor options.

Mastress Alita

Around here I can only get original Ramune, and it is marked up horribly. No foreign grocery stores here to get the other flavors. :-(

Hmm, I only got the lemon-lime, but no bubblegum, but I also had it iced. Guess I should try it warm next time…

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drank Rosé Royal by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Home – 1:00 PM

The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 19

Yay, I’m under 20 teas remaining! :D

It’s interesting to me that Lupicia seems to be rather obsessed with wine-flavored teas. They must half a dozen different ones that I can think of off the top of my head, in addition to a few more muscat or grape-flavored ones. It’s very unusual.

Anyway, this one is a strawberry and sparkling wine flavored black tea. I adore the big sugar crystals that they’ve added, they remind me of quartz and are so pretty. I don’t generally approve of tea with added sweeteners, but honestly I don’t taste the sugar at all in the steeped tea. I think they’re too big and hard to really dissolve much.

This is definitely an Indian black tea base. It’s got some bitterness and astringency using my usual steep parameters. I feel there’s possibly some Darjeeling in here, and I did see some green among the spent leaves.

It’s definitely got some muscatel notes, which does make it seem wine-ish. It’s a bit sparkling on the tongue. The strawberry is definitely candy-like. There’s also quite a bit of floral presence, and it’s too much for me.

This will definitely be one to pass along, as it does end up quite floral and the muscatel notes only accent that even more. It becomes almost perfumey to me.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Candy, Floral, Muscatel, Perfume, Rose, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

This is one I picked up a bag of on my recent trip after I had a sampler teabag of it from Lupicia because I really loved it. I haven’t been able to drink alcohol in (quite literally) decades due to chronic migraine (trigger) so when I find a tea with a really good sparkling wine note, it brings back such nostalgia to my tongue I get a have to have it! sensation. That said, I don’t normally like that ones that are grapey in the fakey Kool-Aid grape-flavor sort of way (because I have tried a few that came off like that) but don’t mind fresh grape/muscatal sort of notes. I did like the strawberry champagne sort of flavor of this one, and probably would’ve liked it more on a green or white base than black, but ah well, can’t have everything.

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
83 tasting notes

I have a bag of this from Ost, I think. The smell and taste are rather like bubblegum. That’s not a flavor I usually like, but it works here. Hot, I did not enjoy this, but it tastes pretty good cold. I still wouldn’t want more, but it was nice to try.

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drank Orzo Strawberry by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Home – 11:00 PM

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Untasted teas remaining: 26

I really do enjoy all of these barley teas from Lupicia. I will say, I generally prefer the mugicha-style ones as they’re a bit less roasted and that allows me to taste the fruit flavors more. But these orzo versions are interesting too, and more similar to coffee.

I used a bit less tea (2 teaspoons instead of my usual 3) and steeped for 3 minutes to prevent this from being overly strong and coffee-like.

The strawberry here is definitely quite light compared to the roasted barley. I can taste it though, and it’s nice with the sweet cocoa notes. The coffee-like quality of the barley definitely helps to enhance the chocolate. There is a lasting sweet aftertaste, which is something I always find with barley teas, though I’m not sure why that is.

Digging this, it reminds me a bit of a chocolate cake with some strawberries on top and a bit of coffee. I bet this would make a really amazing latte – I’ll have to remember to try that sometime.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coffee, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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98
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
632 tasting notes

I woke up so thirsty and so unready for a harsh cup of coffee. So I made this sweet and over ice. It’s downright heavenly. I’ll be buying more of this when the weather turns warm again.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Fruity, Honey Dew, Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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98
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
632 tasting notes

I got this from Cameron B.! Thank you! This one looks really exciting. 153 reviews and most of them are glowing. Seeing a lot of 100’s!

I definitely needed something caffeine free this evening after an ill-advised cup of black coffee. Now, I don’t really like rooibos unless the added flavors drown it out. Something about the aftertaste. Though green rooibos, like in this tea, usually isn’t as bad. I’m trusting you guys on this one.

The tiny green and brown needles smell very melony, with a funky kind of musk that’s hard to describe. Though as the tea steeps, it fades away, leaving behind sweet fruitiness. I taste honeydew and cantaloupe in the most realistic way. There is nothing remotely candylike or artificial about it. Just natural, wonderful melon. The rooibos is gentle and in the background, keeping this from tasting like pure fruit juice.

I find myself thinking this might be like Harney & Son’s Earl Grey Supreme in the way that I’ll never find another tea that nails the flavor so perfectly. Lupicia has set a standard for melon tea in my head now.

I’m so glad I have enough to make this again, but over ice… though someone mentioned coldbrewing it and that idea is sounding very, very good.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Fruity, Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Definitely the standard for melon teas here!

Cameron B.

LUPICIA FOREVER! XD

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70
drank Yuzu Chocolat by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Home – 6:30 PM

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Untasted teas remaining: 32

Stayed late at work again. (grumble grumble grumble…)

This looked to be mostly a CTC base, so I shortened the steep to 2.5 minutes.

Hm… I really don’t taste any citrus at all here. I’m not if maybe it’s blending into the base tea so well that I can’t distinguish it. Mostly this just tastes like a strong, brisk, and very chocolatey black tea. The cocoa is very present, which is lovely. The base tea has some nice raisin and tobacco notes as well. There’s a touch of bitterness. Maybe a tiny bit of citrus sourness at the end?

I mean, it’s tasty, but I was expecting more yuzu. Ah well, no worries, I ordered Lupicia’s yuzu green tea today… ;)

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Raisins, Sweet, Tobacco

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82
drank Golden Osmanthus by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Work – 3:00 PM

The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 33

I have no idea why I bought this tea. Maybe I thought it was osmanthus scented or flavored? Straight oolongs aren’t generally my jam, and I never order straight teas from Lupicia. This one looks to be partially baked or oxidized – the rolled leaves have a tinge of brown to them.

This is tasty. It’s definitely lightly roasted and has a lovely sweetness about it. I can still taste the green-ness of the oolong, but it also have a nice comforting toasty flavor. There’s just a little bit of fruitiness – it makes me think of apricot or plum. Perhaps just a whisper of light floral in the aftertaste?

This is very comforting with its mild toasty flavor and thick, satisfying mouthfeel. It’s perfect for cuddling up on the couch in the autumn or winter.

I’ll definitely have no issue sipping this one down, whether I intended to buy it or not. ❤

Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Plums, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

Work – 12:00 PM

The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 35

Ugh, work is sucking today. At least there’s tea…

This one looks like a bancha base, so I steeped it for a full 3 minutes. This seems to have been a good choice, as it’s very smooth without even a hint of bitterness or astringency.

The base tea is very grassy, which goes perfectly with the somewhat sharp green apple flavor. The combination tastes very “green” and is quite refreshing. The overall flavor is mild and comforting.

Oh, Lupicia, why do I love everything you make… I feel like a fangirl. :P

Flavors: Grass, Green Apple, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TreeGal

LOL, I feel like that about other brands sometimes! Haven’t had enough Lupicia to join the fan club yet though!

Zephyr

I am right there with ya. There are very few Lupicia blends that I haven’t liked

Cameron B.

Currently mulling over a cart at Lupicia. I’m not supposed to buy tea, but I really want to get Kumquat and Yuzu before they’re gone!

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69
drank Apricot Barley Tea by Lupicia
213 tasting notes

An unexpected gift from Mastress Alita :)

This is strange. I’ve had roasted barley tea before and don’t recall it being so similar to a weak coffee. The dry bag scent seems to carry more of the apricot than the liquor, where it blends ever so subtly with the roasted barley, lending it just a bit of brightness in flavor. I’ll be frank and say the smell and taste of this reminded me of my Yia-yia’s Folger’s coffee breath slurrrrp. It did bring back some memories of my early years. I enjoyed it enough but wouldn’t accommodate more. I could see some people really going for it, though.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mastress Alita

I definitely get a strong coffee flavor from mugicha as well, which is actually what I like about it (I was a coffee drinker for decades before I switched to tea for the difference in caffeine intake). It plays with my head; it tastes like coffee but is a caffeine-free tisane that I can drink before bed, hahaha. I prefer it iced and will make big jars of it to take in water bottles. I am okay with the flavored ones I’ve tried (lychee being my favorite of those so far) but plain mugicha tends to stand on top for me. I still like the smell and taste of coffee even though I don’t really drink it anymore, I guess.

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85
drank Hatsukoï by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Home – 8:30 PM

The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 40

Chugga chugga choo choo…

Wow, this one smells extremely sharp in the tin. o.o

Luckily, it’s not so sharp after steeping. It is fairly strongly-flavored though, in both the base tea and the added flavors. The base tea is intensely vegetal, with strong spinach notes and an interesting piney flavor. The citrus flavor reminds me of yuzu, or perhaps a combination of lemon and lime. That could just be the pine notes pulling it in that direction, though. I do taste the lemongrass as well – it adds a nice herbal note that complements the other flavors well. There’s a slight hint of bitterness, which I always find pleasant in Japanese green teas. The combination of flavors just verges on medicinal, but thankfully it doesn’t quite go there.

This one is definitely quite different from the black tea version, which I remember being more of a sweet lemon drop sort of flavor. This is more of a zingy lemon-lime tea! I like them both, and I’m glad that they’re different. ❤

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Marine, Pine, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Merry Puppy by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Home – 4:30 PM

The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 42

So I started looking at the Bonne Maman advent calendar on Amazon a couple of weeks or so ago, and I kept hemming and hawwing about whether I wanted to order it or not. Of course, once I decided I would like to have it, it was sold out everywhere online… Noooooooo… So obviously that only made me want it more, ha ha. Luckily, when I was searching for any online shop that had it in stock, I found the website for a chain store, and one of the local branches had it! So I drove there today and grabbed one (actually it was the only one). Huzzah!

So now I’m having some toast with butter and Bonne Maman jam from my fridge to test out my new toaster and celebrate my triumphant victory. Om nom. ❤

Anyway, this was supposed to be about tea, wasn’t it? Oops. This tea was a limited edition from Lunar New Year to celebrate the Year of the Dog. It’s a mix of roasted oolong, hojicha, and puerh. The tin has a super cute Shiba Inu on it!

I’m not sure how to describe the taste other than just “roasty”, lol! Which just sounds ridiculous to say. It’s smooth and slightly sweet. Maybe slightly grassy. It’s very comforting to sip while loafing about on the couch with my toast.

P.S. – Bonne Maman’s Four Fruits preserves are super tasty! Can’t wait to scarf my way through the advent calendar… ;)

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Grass, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Momo Vert by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Home – 10:00 PM

The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 43

This is actually a new release from Lupicia. They really love their peach teas! Even though they already offer a peach and vanilla green tea (Momoko), I guess they felt that white peach is different enough to warrant its own tea. This does seem to be a higher grade sencha than they generally use for their flavored greens, with a darker color and more slender, aromatic leaves. The white peach aroma is fantastic.

I steeped this for 2 minutes instead of my usual 3, and I think next time I’ll reduce the time even more as it came out just a little bit bitter. But wow, this tea is a stunner! The peach flavor is so crazy sweet and lush and juicy. It’s almost slightly mango-like as well, and creamy enough that it tastes a bit like a peach smoothie. The base tea is vegetal, and a touch bitter due to my foolish mistreatment. There’s a nice touch of floral at the end as well.

Luscious! Another outstanding fruity tea from Lupicia. I hope they plan to keep this one around!

Flavors: Bitter, Creamy, Floral, Mango, Peach, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
So Keta

You had me at mango. The combo of all those flavours sounds incredible, I really want to try this.

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96
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
632 tasting notes

Made it a second time over ice. Delicious. I’ll remember this in the spring…

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
632 tasting notes

I got this from Cameron B.! Thank you so much! I believe this is my first from Lupicia.

I’m excited about another melon tea after that Stash one. However, this one is an oolong. Lovely little knots, glossy and green with… what are these, pieces of melon candy? There are little green sugary things that the website makes no mention of. Neat!

Anyway, the leaves unroll long and whole, many with stems and a second leaf attached. They smell wonderful, like a faintly toasted oolong and delicious, ripe cantaloupe. Or honeydew. Maybe something in between. The flavor comes through with the aroma’s promise of melony goodness. The melon pairs beautifully with the warmer, woodier notes from the oolong. This is truly a treat. I will be ordering it some time in the future, without a doubt.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Fruity, Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I’m glad you like it! One of the joys of finding favorite teas is then forcing other people to try them, too. :D

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90
drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Work – 2:00 PM

The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 46

Wow, I’d completely forgotten about this flavor from Lupicia. I’ve never actually had rum raisin ice cream, but I think I’d thoroughly enjoy it since I do love raisins. Plus, you know, ice cream… ❤

I shortened the steep a bit (2.5 minutes instead of 3) because this is almost entirely CTC leaves and I was afraid of it getting bitter. Happily, it’s not bitter at all. The raisin and rum go beautifully with the base tea, so I can’t easily tell which notes are inherent and which are added. There’s a lovely combination of malt, wood, and tobacco flavors, which are complemented well by the dried fruit and rum notes. The dried fruit could easily be a combination of raisin and fig, perhaps with some prune added in. The rum flavor reminds me a bit of butterscotch, which is one of my favorite flavors, and I think the woody notes help to accentuate it a bit too.

I can imagine this would make an excellent latte to really bring out the rum raisin ice cream idea, I may have to try that later…

Flavors: Butterscotch, Dried Fruit, Fig, Malt, Raisins, Rum, Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Arabian Nights by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Home – 4:30 PM

I believe this one was also from Lupicia’s summer iced tea collection. According to the description, this is meant to be a pomegranate and jasmine tea. But they dry leaf smells like ginger ale to me, which is odd.

I’m not sure what to make of this tea. It does taste floral, but not like jasmine in my opinion. It’s maybe closer to rose, and it’s very perfumey. And it does sort of taste like ginger ale (or maybe cola?) as well, which is a weird combination.

This will definitely be going to live with someone else, as I am not a fan of rose. But what a strange and interesting tea, I’m glad to have tried it.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Ginger, Perfume, Rose, Sweet

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

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Home – 12:00 PM

I only have a few teas left in my cupboard that I haven’t written about! I should really count them, so I can start doing a countdown and further encourage myself to finish. Full disclosure: there are some teas I’m not considering to be part of my cupboard for this purpose. I have a pile of unopened straight tea samples from Teavivre, Yunomi, Taiwan Tea Crafts… And then there are swap samples as well.

But to explain why I’m not counting those – I’m really trying to taste all of the teas in my cupboard because I want to determine which ones to keep and which to rehome to my fellow Steepsters. So samples don’t really come into the picture there since they’re generally only a cup or two anyway, and I’m not likely to feel the need to get rid of a straight tea from any of the quality suppliers mentioned above.

So once I’m done tasting all of these full-size teas, I’ll likely dive into a pile of swap and purchased samples. ❤

Anyway, on to the tea! This is another fruit-flavored oolong from Lupicia, which happens to be the type of tea that they do the very best (in my opinion). This tea isn’t one of their year-round collection, I believe I purchased it during their “iced teas of the world” or some such event this past summer. It looks quite similar to their Melon Oolong, even including the little candy drops mixed in with the rolled oolong.

Yummy, of course I like this one, too. It’s perhaps a bit more subtle than their other fruity oolongs, which isn’t a bad thing. The oolong base is smooth and mild, with a silken texture and a little floral hit at the end. The tangerine is light and quite acidic, almost making me think of pineapple or perhaps blood orange.

It’s quite good. It reminds me more of one of their pouchong-style fruit oolongs because of the somewhat strong floral notes.

P.S. – Lupicia has just released their holiday teas for the season!

Flavors: Blood orange, Floral, Orange, Orange Blossom, Pineapple, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Helena

I can never get my stash down :D There’s always a new tea around the corner that I just have to try :D

Cameron B.

But of course! It’s always a perpetual “stashdown”… ;)

TreeGal

This sounds good! I hope they offer it again! As to the “try them all and figure out what to pass on to others” thing, yeah, I can relate. And yes, there’s always a new one to try, lol!

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75
drank Grenada by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Home – 5:00 PM

I found this one in the back of my cupboard. I forgot that I had it, I think because I was confusing it with Paradise, which I’ve already tried and written about. They are fairly similar, both tropical-flavored black teas.

This is nice though. The base tea is fairly strong and slightly brisk, with a touch of pleasant bitterness. I’m not sure I’m familiar enough with the flavor of guava or papaya to be able to identify them, but this does have a nice sweet and ripe tropical flavor. It’s perhaps a bit similar to mango? I think I taste some banana as well.

I should really pick up some papaya and guava the next time I go to the supermarket, here in Texas they carry them year-round.

Flavors: Banana, Bitter, Mango, Sweet, Tropical

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

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85
drank Golden Rooster by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Work – 3:30 PM

This is an unflavored tea – a combination of sencha, matcha, and little flakes of gold leaf. It was a limited edition for the Year of the Rooster (2017) during the Lunar New Year.

Despite its age, this definitely hasn’t lost any flavor. The sencha packs a definite punch of umami – this is not a delicate Japanese green tea. It has a strong vegetal flavor (mostly spinach), with grassy notes that are further enhanced by the addition of matcha. There is a touch of sweetness that is perfectly balanced by an equal touch of bitterness. At the end of the sip, I can pick up on a soft apricot note that is accented by the slightest hint of astringency.

I’m not sure the gold leaf really transfers into the steeped tea, though I did see quite a bit in the brewing basket. Perhaps it’s just meant to enhance the tea making experience and not to make the final product shimmery.

Such a tasty and satisfying kick-in-the-mouth sencha blend. I can feel it waking me up already… Perfect for that post-lunch work slump!

P.S. – Sorry for the terrible tea photo. Apparently I am the only person around these parts who owns this tea, and I couldn’t even find any photos of it online…

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Grass, Smooth, Spinach, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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