La Belle Epoque

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Teas
Flavors
Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Citrus, Floral, Honey, Malt, Smooth
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 350 ml

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  • “This teabag came as a free sample in one of my recent Lupicia newsletters. I love art, so I was really into the name of this one! After I realized it was predominately a darjeeling blend, I do wish...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I had to buy this tea because of the name. I am, after all, a creature formed in the 20th century and my sensibilities, thus, have been trained to respond to various stimuli. I’m not the kind of...” Read full tasting note
    96
  • “I think this is the freshest of my randomly found Lupicia samples. This is surprisingly good! It’s a nice balance of smooth and brisk. The Darjeeling comes through strong, but the other teas in...” Read full tasting note
    81
  • “My 10th tea from The Book of Tea. So now The Book is 1/3 completed! :D This tea has a beautiful and nostalgic name. Frankly speaking, I don’t really get what the “nostalgic aroma” means… does it...” Read full tasting note
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A unique blend of Indian Darjeeling, Assam Sri Lankan, and Kenyan tea creates a full-bodied tea with a kick. This Lupicia Classic Blend is elegant and new, yet has somewhat of a nostalgic aroma.

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14 Tasting Notes

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2816 tasting notes

This teabag came as a free sample in one of my recent Lupicia newsletters.

I love art, so I was really into the name of this one! After I realized it was predominately a darjeeling blend, I do wish I had steeped it at a somewhat lower temperature than boiling.

I got a dark brownish-red tea liquor in my cup. There is definitely a lot of second flush darjeeling going on here, and another element which I am guessing is an assam? It has a very woodsy and spicy element in the cup. Sipping on it plain wasn’t too bad at all, but it was also nice with a touch of soymilk. Overall, not bad, but I don’t think I need any more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I had to buy this tea because of the name. I am, after all, a creature formed in the 20th century and my sensibilities, thus, have been trained to respond to various stimuli. I’m not the kind of person who responds to “Blue Light Special” or “Blue Plate Special” or “Savings!”. But anyone who would like to attract my attention can do so by a soupçon of French or un po’ d’Italiano. Adding an evocation of the past (vintage, Edwardian, Victorian, nostalgic) wins bonus points and I’m happily ready to separate myself from the contents of my wallet. I ordered “La Belle Epoque” in one of those Pavlovian moments. Who wouldn’t like a drink from “La Belle Epoque?”

I am so happy to report that this is a wonderfully robust Darjeeling. Darjeelings are quickly becoming my first morning brew of choice. This one steeps rapidly and quickly becomes an almost deep red color. Slightly smoky, woodsy, spicy, the tea tastes as if a dash of salt had been added (could that be the Belle Epoque?) but it really works in this tea as a piquant note.

Having now finished my second cup, I am nostaligic for me. This blend is certainly going on my list of teas that must be re-ordered.

My first experience with Lupicia was good. Although they don’t have the almost instant delivery of Upton’s; they delivered within 8 days of having the order confirmed and included two free samples.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Marie

You are so right! Love those tea titles from Lupicia. I’ve yet to try any, but who can resist those romantic names that mysteriously draw you in to experience more? I loved reading Julie & Julia, and have both Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Sometimes modern is not better. :)

__Morgana__

It’s awful, isn’t it? I’m such a total sucker for this sort of marketing. Give it a pretty, evocative name and you’ve pretty much got me on the hook, unless there’s something in there I absolutely detest. And there are so few things I absolutely detest, particularly since we’re talking about tea. I mean, in real life I hate the consistency of anything with custard in it, like creme brulee — but creme brulee tea sounds awesome. And if they named it something like Fleur de Lis, I would be a goner.

Ricky

La Belle Epoque!!! It was such an interesting era. I really wish Lupicia’s website was easier to browse.

Ricky

I just realized… this is a darjeeling! Ahhhh!

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I think this is the freshest of my randomly found Lupicia samples. This is surprisingly good! It’s a nice balance of smooth and brisk. The Darjeeling comes through strong, but the other teas in the blend are equally present. I usually hate drinking black tea straight, but I drank the whole cup this way! Yum! This is a solid choice if you like Darjeelings. I’m thoroughly enjoying this. :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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338 tasting notes

My 10th tea from The Book of Tea. So now The Book is 1/3 completed! :D

This tea has a beautiful and nostalgic name. Frankly speaking, I don’t really get what the “nostalgic aroma” means… does it refer to the fruity and earthy aroma that I got? Anyway, it smelted lovely and comforting, especially on a cold winter evening! At first I thought it was just an innocent cup of Darjeeling, but then I found out that it had a unique salty aftertaste that I had never got from other Darjeeling teas. Even more unexpected was that it had a tinge of spiciness that became detectable as I kept drinking. I don’t think I like the tea more because of the savoury aftertaste and spiciness, but they appear to make this blend special memorable. A tea that leaves a deep impression… perhaps that’s why they call it La Belle Epoque? ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I always see this one at the Lupicia store but never bought it due to the goofy description. ;-)

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This was very good, and I didn’t actually realize it was a Darjeeling until after reading these reviews! I got it free in a Lupicia mail order and it was a very interesting taste.

I actually usually shy away from Darjeeling, I don’t know why, it usually tastes too light and acidic or something to me, and I often go much heavier and maltier (i.e. Assam or Yunnan Gold) when picking a Black tea. But this was really quite good, I had it without milk and it was quite a powerful taste. At first the colour and texture made me think it was actually a Pu-Erh!! It is a bit woodsy. Maybe there is some mix in here. In any case it’s a great blend of some sort, and I enjoyed it a lot more than a straight Darjeeling.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Fourth sample of the eight samples in the Lupicia pack. Halfway through already. I should really buy more sample packs, but then I would rather look for more Japanese or Chinese tea samplers, as I have realized that I do quite often prefer these teas over Indian black teas.

Nonetheless, it is an Indian blend that is on the breakfast menu today. It is the La Belle Epoque, which I guess you do not even need to know French to understand what it means. (Thank you, French influence on the English language.) I found it quite fitting to be saved for today as I am celebrating my birthday, and could use some nostalgia before moving on to the new year and new age.

And indeed, when the strong smell arises from the deep red coloured liquid pouring into the cup, I do indeed feel a slight bit of nostalgia – or maybe just a hint of imaginative refinedness.

The taste is strong and robust at first, yet contains very round chocolate darjeeling elements which become more present as the breakfast goes on. I guess a strong Indian blend is best consumed accompanied by a light meal, as they tend to be a little too strong alone for my taste. (Better prepare some good pastries for the Ceylon sample!)

All in all a good tea, a pleasant breakfast and nice start of the day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Shinobi_cha

Gratulerer med dagen!

Shadowleaf

Tusen takk!

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Sampler Sunday! It’s my birthday and I bought myself a small carrot cake, because why not? I thought a simple black tea would go well to accompany the sweet, so I went through my black tea blends and of the three I had stashed, I asked Todd which one I should go with and he “liked the sound” of this one. It was a freebie sampler I got from the Lupicia San Jose store when I visited on my trip last November… to think that storefront would be closed a few months later!

Since there is Darjeeling in this blend, I decided to drop the temperature a bit from what I usually brew my blacks at (205F) to 190F. I kept the steep length the same (3 min) since it looked like mostly whole leaf in my sachet. The brewed tea was a lovely brown shade with a touch of coppery hue and smelled very malty, with some notes of baked cinnamon bread, and a slight floral undertone. Thankfully this cup did not turn out too strong, and perhaps it could’ve turned out that way had I used warmer water or steeped it longer, but this pretty much hit my perfect zone for a black tea, which was a smooth medium bodied brew that can be taken nicely plain. The flavor was a nice malty flavor with a natural sweetness to it, reminding me of baked bread with a touch of honey, and there was a slight cinnamon spice and subtle citrus note toward the end of the sip. There was also a very subtle floral sweetness lingering in the background, which was quite nice as well.

Brewed at these parameters, this was a lovely cup, and went nicely with my indulgently sweet carrot cake!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Citrus, Floral, Honey, Malt, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Happy birthday to you!

Roswell Strange

Happy Birthday!!

derk

Happy Birthday! You, me and Roswell Strange are all within a week!

Mastress Alita

Proof that Pisces drink like fish. :-P

Kawaii433

Happy birthday! <3

tea-sipper

Happy birthday! Hope it was a good one.

Kittenna

@derk VariaTEA too!

Happy Birthday!

mrmopar

Happy birthday!

Martin Bednář

Happy birthday. The tea sounds lovely

AJRimmer

Happy birthday, Mastress!

Mastress Alita

Thanks everyone!

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Interesting blend; I can taste the darjeeling with hints of other leaves. This is a smooth, lightly warm-sweet tea.

2017 Note: Lupicia also has a special premium line of their teas under the umbrella term “La Belle Epoque”. When I was visiting Japan, I was not able to find Emerald Earl Grey because it is now part of the La Belle Epoque line and only one of their branches carry this line (Jiyugaoka branch). You can order this special line of teas on the Japanese Lupicia website but they only ship to Japanese addresses.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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333 tasting notes

I got a sample of this one with my Lupicia newsletter a while back and am just now getting around to trying it. And, fan of Indian teas that I am, I’m finding it a really pleasant blend. It’s a very smooth blend—as a Darjeeling lover who can’t get enough of that hit of astringency, I might even say it’s a little too smooth and could benefit from a bit more of a kick. For that reason, I don’t think this’ll necessarily be something I’ll purchase next time I place an order with Lupicia, but I certainly wouldn’t be averse to drinking it again should another sample come my way.

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Got this as a sample with my Lupicia order. I really miss living close to a Lupicia store, but getting their teas in the mail is the next best thing! It’s nice to have old favorites like Napa Blanc back in the cupboard again…

I’m surprised I haven’t tried this one yet. I get mostly darjeeling from this tea, but more tempered and smoother. It’s very floral and light, without as much of a drying or astringent quality. It’s just what I’d think of when “afternoon tea” is mentioned.

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