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Black Fruit Blend
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Smooth, Strawberry, Vanilla, Coconut, Floral, Pastries, Candy, Cream, Earth, Wood, Sweet, Artificial
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 9 oz / 260 ml

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  • “I could not resist this tin the last time I was in Lupicia. It was so pretty. Lupicia has the prettiest specialty tins. I dearly love a strawberry and vanilla tea. I dont really associate it with...” Read full tasting note
  • “And it’s another free teabag! This smells like Strawberry Quik. I think I’ve said that about another Lupicia Strawberry thing. A green tea one maybe. Out of curiosity (and to compare to ROT’s sad...” Read full tasting note
  • “Yay! My monthly “magazine” arrived with a sample of this inside. This is yummy. It reminds me a lot of Strawberry and Vanilla from Lupicia – especially the aroma of it. The black tea is very...” Read full tasting note
  • “One of my Christmas present requests was the Lupicia sampler that had all their holiday teas. I love that they don’t go with the traditional holiday flavors like peppermint, orange and clove—they...” Read full tasting note

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Tea flavored with strawberry and vanilla and elegantly decorated with rose petals.

From their Nov 2010 newsletter: “It is a delicious tea straight but is also delightful with milk. Just brew a strong cup of CAROL and add several tablespoons of warm milk and top with milk for a cafe style winter treat.”

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650 tasting notes

Happy Winter Solstice! Last night, I attended a Solstice Festival. There were farolitos (festive paper lanterns), and some were set up as a labyrinth. Very fun.

Today, I made the usual almond crescent cookies. And my new cookbook came in the post. Decided I would try this tea. It smells nicely like strawberry pastry with some coconuts notes. There is a sweet strawberry flavour, and hints of floral.

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Pastries, Strawberry

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1711 tasting notes

Don’t know what’s happening with my Habs but it’s sickening.

It was a funny thing waking up to SNOW this morning. So today ended up being an ultra lazy day where I’m moping around the house trying to warm up and adjust. Can this warm me up? Not really, but I’d like to think it’s helping just a little bit.

I agree with others that the dry leaf smells like strawberry candy. A little artificial but in a nice way. The kind of artificial strawberry that I enjoy. The shreds of coconut were a pleasant surprise, as well. Maybe it’ll bring out some creaminess.

But alas, it does not. No coconut, just a touch of strawberry candy buried underneath an ultra strong, astringent base. I even let the water cool a little more than suggested but it didn’t seem to save it at all. Perhaps next time I’ll add a little less leaf and steep in even cooler water, maybe for a shorter time too. Clearly the suggested parameters don’t work.


I didn’t realize this has coconut.


This snow thing is crazy… I want to go back to Vancouver Island where I know it won’t ever snow in MAY!


I don’t think they even mention the coconut on their site. They didn’t seem to make a difference, anyway.

At least the snow has melted already! But it’s so crazy, I know.

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83 tasting notes

I bought the small christmas sampler when I placed my first order, so this is my first time drinking the Christmas blends. It came in a cute bag with lovely pictures for the three blends. They don’t really sound like Christmas blends, which is nice. I tried this first, though I was unable to use boiling water to brew it. it smells and tastes like strawberry candy, and was rather mild, but in a good way. I would consider buying it though I hope it brews stronger than my first cup.
I’ve moved onto Jingle Bells, which also smells lovely, and I look forward to trying white Christmas.

I’ve realized that this tea is more like the tea I would imagine Sarah Crewe or Anne Shirley would drink with Alice and Wendy Darling if they had tea together.

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972 tasting notes

The very last untried Lupicia holiday tea! The tin features a trio of children – one singing, one playing a harp, and one playing an oboe or clarinet. Love the stained glass style art on these! The tea itself appears to be the mix of whole leaf and CTC that Lupicia uses in a lot of their flavored blacks. There are also pieces of red rose petals and small coconut shreds. Dry scent reminds me of those strawberry candies with the juice centers that are wrapped in the strawberry printed plastic.

Once steeped, the tea smells of strawberry candy and french vanilla ice cream. Hmm… This one is just okay. I can actually taste the base tea more than the flavoring, and it’s a somewhat earthy and woody black tea. There’s just a little bit of strawberry candy flavor and a tiny touch of cream. Meh!

Flavors: Candy, Cream, Earth, Strawberry, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m not really tasting the candy that the notes suggest, but this is probably the best strawberry tea I’ve ever had. The taste is just really fresh strawberry. I think the scent is really where the vanilla-creamy notes are; it smells just as strawberry as it tastes, but it’s sweeter.

This was a sample with my order of White Christmas (that’s sort of a yearly tradition with me now), and now that I’ve had it, I wish they sold this year-round, because I’d love to try it as an iced tea in the summer. Maybe next year I’ll stock up.

Flavors: Strawberry, Sweet

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

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108 tasting notes

Such a pleasant tea. Mellow strawberry and subtle vanilla cream flavors – fun yet refined. Although as a Westerner, these flavors evoke more of a springtime mood, I understand that for the Japanese, these flavors are associated with special occasions and holidays so it makes sense as a seasonal tea. I’d enjoy this tea any time of year.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry, Vanilla

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1113 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample Cameron B!

This is pleasing to me today. I learned I enjoy Lupicia black teas brewed at 200 degrees instead of boiling. Tastes like strawberry candy in a good way :)

Cameron B.

Ooh, I still need to try this one! And I always brew blacks at 200 degrees, I’m paranoid. :P


I have been doing the same. 200 for 3 minutes. Lupicia has the weirdest steeping suggestions. All greens at boiling?! Do they really drink it like that?!


Yeah, that’s whack.

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572 tasting notes

The fruity flavors seem to come out more in the first few minutes of steeping. Once you’ve past the 2 minute threshold the black tea starts taking over. I think ive got a good blend at 2:15. It has a slight woodsy taste, the black tea that it. I’m not tasting much vanilla though so the tea bag is going back in.

Ah 30 seconds in and I’m tasting it a bit more but still not as much as I’d like. It’s also starting to lose it’s fruityness and becoming more woodsy. So out it comes again. Fir good this time.

I’ll be honest though…. I bought it for the tin… so cute.


I wonder if the decaf version would taste or steep any differently.


My guess would be yes because of the process they go through to make the tea have less caffeine

Cameron B.

I have both, I’ll let you know! :P

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217 tasting notes

My hubby bought me the Lupicia holiday sampler as a super early birth-mas present and this was the first tea I went straight for (after playing with the music box of course) since I have an all day work meeting and I need a tasty pick me up to keep me both awake and engaged . Although I can taste the vanilla I’m really not getting much strawberry… But maybe I should blame my coffee cup instead of the tea… Ok, I can’t rate this tea based upon potential coffee contaminants… Guess I’m going to have to wait til I get home for a real fix.

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795 tasting notes

Huh, strawberry! I thought I was smelling cherry. The first few sips seemed a little bitter. I can smell the similarity with their other strawberry teas and it has that particular base flavor like their Cookies and Sweet Potato. I think I get a little rose in the aftertaste. When I add sugar, the strawberry really comes out. The creaminess is really nice on the end with the strawberry. I like this, but not enough to run out and buy when I have so much else.

I do appreciate the sample in the Lupicia newsletter!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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