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65
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
222 tasting notes

I was a bit apprehensive about this tea, when I saw it had grapefruit in it. Grapefruit is way to astringent for my tastes, so I avoid it. (Though I do like Squirt soda, which is flavored with grapefruit juice, so go figure.) so it took a long while to work up the courage to try this tea out.

Luckily, despite how strongly it smells, taste wise it is alot lighter. I put a touch to much sugar in the tea, but that’s quite common for me anyways.

I liked it well enough but I don’t think I’ll be buying more. I am trying a resteep, which I rarely do because usually if I want another cup it’s almost invariably a different tea, but I decided what the hell.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Damask Rose by Lupicia
1903 tasting notes

This review is for the decaf version of Damask Rose.

1.5 tsp leaf, 600 mL hot water (96 deg. C), 5 minutes
Rebrew with same parameters

The base is tasty, fairly flavourful while not being bitter at all. pleasant floral rose favour.There isn’t much here other than rose and black tea, but it is still very tasty.

Flavors: Floral, Perfume, Rose, Tannin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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10
drank Orzo Chai by Lupicia
3704 tasting notes

Sipdown (320)

I’m sorry Arby but this is disgusting. It smells and tastes like mud or dirt or something just not good. I know you hoped you’d find someone to enjoy this but it is certainly not me. Thank you for sharing though because it gave me the chance to try something new and it helped me be certain that I should never by this tea.

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65
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
42 tasting notes

I had this one through two steeps—the second was actually a lot more flavorful on the fruity side than on the first steep, and the first was more noticeably green. The fruit flavors don’t taste cloying or artificial.

Makes a great iced tea, also!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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65
drank Assam Calcutta Auction by Lupicia
107 tasting notes

And another tea from the puerh plus box.

This one is an assam, and sometimes I do like these, they can have a deep rich sweet malty taste. This one doesnt quite make it, its got a bit of bitterness as well as that lipton flavor ive mentioned before. Im guessing because tea bags are mostly assam tea, but its the only flavor and aroma I can put to it.

Its not too bitter, but it feels like it might be overpowering some of the other subtler flavors of the tea. Because I cant get past the malt, tea and bitterness to find any other flavors other than a little chocolate.

Worth trying once, not sure I would drink it again.

Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Malt, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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72
drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
1904 tasting notes

This tea doesn’t have a a CTC base like the Orange Ginger blend that I tried from this company, but the leaves appear to still be quite small and fine. Having learned my lesson from the Orange Ginger I didn’t bother trying to drink it plain and added milk. I’m glad that I did, it mellowed the tea right out and brought a nice, lightly sweet berry flavour to the fore.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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64
drank Sakura & Berry by Lupicia
2341 tasting notes

I sipped this down on Monday.
Another tea that I am glad to have tried, but not going to be a repeat performance. And thats ok!
There was a mostly pleasant tartness, but not exceptional.
And today, another summery sipdown.
Eee! That means its time to order wintery and autumnal teas soon!

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64
drank Sakura & Berry by Lupicia
2341 tasting notes

I cannot get a real feel for this. I drink it and then have a bit of tea amnesia. What did I think of it? Did I enjoy it? Did I have a good time drinking it? I didn’t hate it, but my impression seems to be going down with each glass. Not in the “its failing me” way, just in the “I am not finding this memorable” way. A tea that recedes.
Well, the good news is that it won’t be heavily mourned when it gets sipped down!

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64
drank Sakura & Berry by Lupicia
2341 tasting notes

Its going to be 109 again today. Uggh! Its no fair. When they start putting out pumpkins in the stores then it should be time for colder weather.
Bleh.
But that means I will drink some more of my fruiter blends.
This was very juicy today, which I enjoyed a great deal.

ashmanra

109!!!!! We are finally getting a break, and I thought it was bad enough at 95.

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64
drank Sakura & Berry by Lupicia
2341 tasting notes

Backlogged from the weekend. I brewed up a couple of pots of this pleasantly tart tea, and enjoyed them. They don’t blow my socks off, but it was pleasant drinking on the first day I was able to sleep in all summer long!

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64
drank Sakura & Berry by Lupicia
2341 tasting notes

Well, I’ve immedietly stumbled in my “no new teas” policy. This is not the offending brew, instead a book themed tea (Pride & Peppermint) was my downfall this weekend at the bay area book festival.
Well, all the more reason to redouble my efforts in sipping down! And no more new teas for real this time.
The hidden part of my sipdown goal is to drink/try the teas that have not yet been tasted. I have some that have not yet been opened, and that has gotta be remedied!
So, my cup today was this, a pretty tin of Sakura and Berry.
This is quite a tart blend (the sakura?), but not at all unpleasant. It is almost sour, but more like a refreshing sour than an unpleasant sour.
I don’t think it will be a favorite, but I’m happy to try more from this little tin!

Fjellrev

Don’t beat yourself up! Sometimes you can’t resist a good pun, especially if it’s something that’s a reference to something awesome.

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87
drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
1903 tasting notes

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87
drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
1903 tasting notes

Try this as a hot latte. One of the best cups I’ve had this week.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Grapes, Muscatel, Thick

Helena

I had to look up Muscatel it’s not something I usually see.

Arby

I had to as well when I got into Indian teas a bit more. Terms like muscatel, round, and malty aren’t words you hear often outside of teas.

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87
drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
1903 tasting notes

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87
drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
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87
drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
1903 tasting notes

Delicate black tea with plenty of flavour. It makes for a great iced tea (like a fancy version of David’s Teas’ Grape Freeze without the horrid stevia) and I enjoy it hot also. It doesn’t need milk. I think the black is perfect for this blend because it is delicate, yet smooth. Despite being scented with muscat grape leaves, this resteeps several times without losing flavour.

If you have ever had muscat jelly or concord grape jam, this has all that flavour without the added sugar. There is a natural sweetness, but I like that it doesn’t taste artificial/excessive. It is a good fruity black for those who like muscat or black current flavours. I feel as though the base has a lot of qualities one would find in a British-style blend. I think the base is a Ceylon or Darjeeling (or grown elsewhere but using similar Camellia sinensis var. sinensis varietals like they typically grow in Darjeeling). For some reason it makes me think of traditional British blends.

Flavors: Fruity, Muscatel, Sweet, Tannin, White Grapes

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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63
drank Carol by Lupicia
3704 tasting notes

I am not a fan of Lupicia’s black tea base. This tea reminds me of their Strawberry and Vanilla tea which has an awesome strawberry milkshake flavor. Alas, the black base drags this down and makes it taste more processed and astringent. Cute teabags though. Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/05/03/a-tea-tastes-like-strawberry-milkshakes-lupicia/

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30
drank Orzo Chai by Lupicia
1903 tasting notes

Coldbrew using 1 tsp leaf + 500 mL cold water

I kinda dig the grainy roasted orzo base, however this has the bitterness that char or dark roast coffee has. Vanilla soy milk helped the bitterness slightly, however it really needed a sweetener + soy milk for me to find it drinkable. If you like orzo/roasted barley, you will enjoy this. If you hate bitterness, steer clear. As for the spices, I can taste clove, cinnamon, and maybe a few other spices. It is a good spice blend.

So much potential…the loose leaf smells great too. Who would drink something this bitter though? Ick.

Flavors: Bitter, Brown Toast, Cinnamon, Clove, Grain, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Spices

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Fjellrev

The one orzo tea I tried from them was a disaster for me too. Waaaay too bitter and burnt, and nothing could fix it.

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83
drank Momo Oolong Super Grade by Lupicia
1903 tasting notes

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83
drank Momo Oolong Super Grade by Lupicia
1903 tasting notes

Coldbrew!
2 tsp leaf (unrolled after 1 steep and expanded many times in size) with 550 mL cold water, 2ish hour steep

This is a nice oolong, abeit light in flavour when coldbrewed (my decaf momo was much stronger), but the whole rolled oolong leaves are beautiful and high grade. The rose petals are a pretty visual accent, however I do not taste them very much in the final brew. I taste mostly stone fruits like white nectarines/peaches. Lightly floral and sweet, but in a fruity way. No rose flavour, I think the floral taste might be the oolong itself, as well as the peach.

Flavors: Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Nectar, Peach, Stonefruits

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
2341 tasting notes

And its a sipdown!
I am glad to have tried this, but I won’t be bringing it back into my cupboard.
And just in time, as my second autumnal tea order has arrived!

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
2341 tasting notes

I have just enough of this to have one more small cup! Eee! Sipdown fever continues.
This was its usual tartness today, which is not unpleasant, but not my very favorite. I think it will be something else I was pleased to try, but am not about to repeat.

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
2341 tasting notes

In my mind, and despite all actual experience, I always expect the last day of August to be the last day of Summer.
Obviously, with a whole week of 100 + degree days ahead of me, this is not true, no matter how much I wish it was. Ah well. More chances to drink the fruity teas, I guess.
This has a very pleasant tartness to it. I might indulge and try a future cup with a spoonful of sugar, which I suspect would be a lovely addition.

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