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drank Momijigari by Lupicia
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Flavors: Apple, Earthy, Fruity, Malt

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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For the last few weeks I’ve really been craving fruit/chocolate combos, and have been making a lot of choco-berry smoothies. Looking through my tea, I only had this and Lupicia’s Strawberry and Chocolate pu’erh that fit the bill, so I decided to try this.

I always forget that Lupicia often uses a CTC base on their blacks, so I’ve been a bit mindful to not overleaf or oversteep. It is still quite a rich black tea, but not so much as to hide the flavor. The chocolate is a little softer than I was imagining, but is more cocoa sweet/bittersweet than that strong chocolate liquor flavor usually found in teas, and the raspberry is simply lovely… a little jammy, a little candy sweet. I’ve had many nice hot ’n plain cups of this in my work thermos the last few weeks.

This morning I decided to make a latte, since I figured the strong CTC base would be up to it. 3 parts tea (double the leaf), 1 part warm frothed vanilla almond milk, and it is very nice! It’s very creamy and full of sweet raspberry, but still has a nice classic black tea body in the undertones.

Flavors: Candy, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Jam, Malt, Raspberry, Sweet

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

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83

Sipdown 13 – 2024

Finished off a bag that I purchased in Paris. Lupicia fruit flavors are so, so good. This is no exception. I don’t really drink green tea anymore, but Lupicia flavored green blends are the exception.

Flavors: Candy, Strawberry, Vanilla, Whipped Cream

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70
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
80 tasting notes

I have to start off saying I am not a fan of red rooibos and have yet to find one I truly enjoy- except for Gryphon Apple Strudel, which is very hard to get hands on now that I’m living outside Singapore.

Piccolo has a weird medicinal jam note in it, like some unholy alliance of stonefruit marmalade and cough syrup distilled into some sort of wretched jam. Lupicia claims it has a “lovely scent and flavors of honey, apricot, and sweet berries,” but I am not detecting any of those flavours except the apricot which at least serves to mask the rooibos note somewhat. They further go on to recommend it for children (apparently ones you don’t much like) and adding milk. I am a child-free vegan, so into the trash Piccolo must go.

I can’t blame Lupicia for my personal tastes and this does seem to be a nice quality rooibos- it’s just got that prominent red rooibos note that personally overrides any other good qualities. It does brew up to a lovely colour and seems like it’d be good for multiple steeps, if you’re into that sort of self-flagellation.

Flavors: Apricot, Rooibos, Wet Dog

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 150 OZ / 4436 ML
ashmanra

They have sent me this tea as a free sample so many times. Their Caramel and Rum Rooibos isn’t bad and I like all the green rooibos blends I have tried thus far.

gmathis

Thank you for the giggles! I am of the pro-roo tribe, but I get everything you said!

blueeyedsurprise

I do like their greens, but the red is a hurdle I cannot seem to overcome. I have the caramel and rum in the Book of Tea, will have to give it a try!

blueeyedsurprise

You’re very welcome, any red rooibos you can recommend without that wet-doggy note? I’m always looking to expand my tea experiences.

gmathis

The first one that popped into mind was Foxtrot by Adagio (chamomile/roo/mint) because the mint adds some counterpoint, but I’ll have to ponder on that a little further.

blueeyedsurprise

Foxtrot sounds interesting, I don’t think I’ve ever tried a minty red.

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75
drank Kilimanjaro by Lupicia
80 tasting notes

Whoa, this is a black that will put hair on your chest- a proper bracing cuppa that will get you going. It’s got a woody, earthy aftertaste after the initial tannin-heavy opening that lets you know THIS IS TEA! I imagine lumberjacks or other similar manly men drinking it. It feels like this should be advertised with one of those ridiculous American portmanteaux, like “Real Men Drink Kilimanjaro Tea for MENERGY!” You could probably also use the teabag to staunch bleeding after you’ve cut off a limb with those manly power tools.

If you find other standard black breakfast-style too wimpy, give this a try. Can’t say the taste is outstanding- it’s rather standard- but it will get you out of bed.

Flavors: Brisk, Earthy, Tannin, Woody

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 g 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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80
drank Fantasy by Lupicia
80 tasting notes

According to Lupicia, this is a black tea with savoury caramel, honey and fruit flavours. I get some rather standard caramel aftertaste and that generic fruit blend Lupicia seems to favour in a lot of their mixed black tea blends. It has a rather fruit candy-like aroma, though the fruit taste is somewhere between natural and artifiical.

Overall, a pleasant cuppa but I feel as though I’ve tasted this one before many times. I imagine it would be a nice pairing with a cake or dessert.

Flavors: Candy, Caramel, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Tea Break by Lupicia
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100

Cracking open another oolong and what an amazing experience this is. The delicate scent of white peach and buttery oolong. My favorite way to drink this tea is to breathe deeply over the cup to maximize the peach flavoring, which is done so naturally in this tea. Oftentimes with flavored teas I worry about the acrid taste of a chemical flavoring, but it’s a beautiful and natural tasting flavor. If pressed, if I only could have one tea in my cupboard for the rest of my life, I would have to say it would be this one.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Peach, Rose, Vegetal

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86
drank Rooibos Earl Grey by Lupicia
20 tasting notes

My go to decaf tea for night. I usually enjoy this in the evenings with a Stroopwafel or some other light snack.

The begamont note is fairly strong, but blends well enough with the rooibos for me. Maybe not the trickiest/most complex rooibos out there, but good enough to savor late at night.

I imagine this would be a hit among other guests who want something warm to drink at night, but without the caffeine to keep them up.

Would rate the tea itself like a 78-83, but it’s just such a versatile decaf that I’m bumping it higher – I pretty much always keep this in stock at home now.

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70
drank Cerisier by Lupicia
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Definitely a fun tea to try, but I won’t be putting it on my permanent rotation. Lovely sweet smelling tea, but the taste was too one-track for me (for context, I usually drink Taiwanese Oolongs or Japanese greens).

IMO, great for impressing the occasional guest, but has too much of an overpowering sweetness to be my daily drinker. (but maybe yours!)

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drank Decaf Earl Grey by Lupicia
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The tea itself is a nice Earl Grey – I’d rate it a little over 80.

However, it didn’t feel “low caffeine” enough to me. Drank a cup and was noticeably more awake. Couldn’t even finish the rest of the teapot.

I’ve since switched over to Lupcia’s Rooibos Earl Grey (9220), which is markedly different (rooibos base vs. black tea base), but definitely has no caffeine while retaining that lovely Earl Grey bergamont scent/flavor.

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80

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80

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80

Nice oolong, but didn’t retain anything particularly outstanding/memorable.

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90

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92

Smells like ripe Momo Peach, but doesn’t really taste like it. Aroma is wonderful!!

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86
drank Decaf Carol by Lupicia
2954 tasting notes

I’ve had this quite a few times and it is delish! I just finished it off a few days ago and thought I would make one last review only to find out I never reviewed it! I must remedy this!

First of all, this is really nice hot or cold. I prefer 4-6 minutes if I’m adding milk or ~3 if not. For cold steeps I brew overnight or for at least a few hours. It is very nice on its own or lightly sweetened with agave. It is not too tannic in a way that is bitter and overpowering, but there is lots of flavour there. The fruitiness is natural, but it is difficult to pick out distinct fruits. I want to say strawberry and notes of honey, tropical fruits, and maybe apricot. I do not get floral notes but the vanilla is present in the aroma. I like how versatile this blend is. Perfect for a cozy cup with milk and sugar but just as nice plain and iced in the summer.

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Honey, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla

ashmanra

I love this tea, but I don’t think I have ever tried it cold. It hadn’t even occurred to me. Now you make me want to give it a try!

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drank Nilgiri, BOP by Lupicia
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drank Thé au Chocolat by Lupicia
1757 tasting notes

Sipdown 6 – 2024

Finished off some teabags that I got at the Lupicia Paris store in December 2022. Lupicia does chocolate so well. The chocolate flavor is super authentic and not at all plasticky. Just a touch of vanilla to offset the bittersweet quality of the dark chocolate flavor.

Flavors: Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla

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80
drank Wedding by Lupicia
80 tasting notes

Visually very pretty, with pink, yellow and blue flowers, this is a very festive-looking tea indeed.

Tastewise, it’s Lupicia’s standard black tea with a slightly zesty peach flavour. There is another fruity note (hibiscus?) and it turns somewhat ashy as it cools. It doesn’t appear to have any added sugar and the taste seems quite natural.

It’s a perfectly fine tea, but I feel I’ve had this before from various other companies. Drinkable but not something I’d care to repurchase. If you’re looking for a very pretty but generic fruity black tea with some colorful flowers, this could fit the bill.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jewelry Box by Lupicia
3202 tasting notes

This is one of the teas that Superanna gave me from her trip to Japan! Thank you, Superanna!

The tin is adorable. Lupicia’s tins are so pretty! This is only available at Disney Tokyo if I understand correctly.

There is a prominent berry scent and I would say it is recognizably raspberry and not generic berry. The white chocolate notes are similar to the yogurt notes in Anna’s Blend but less tangy, of course. They have the same milky richness, though.

I drank it without milk or sugar but I think it would be stellar with both. I did not find it overly sweet as another taster did. I did combine two steeps so that may have decreased the sweetness but it was certainly still very flavorful. The berry is not overpowering but decidely present.

Delicious!

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82

So, of course, I couldn’t resist picking up the year of the dragon teas from Lupicia. They were only offered in tins, and were a whopping $17 each, but both flavors sounded so good that I had to get them anyway… XP

This one is a black tea base with peach, lychee, and citrus. The black tea itself is very light and fluffy in texture, similar to Momijigari I would say. I do really enjoy this one. It smelled quite citrusy, but the lychee actually stands out the most to me flavor-wise. It has a lovely natural sweetness and that light yet juicy, nectarous floral fruitiness that is characteristic of lychee. The peach is more of a supporting note, but I think it rounds out the flavor well and adds a bit of richness and a hint of tart. Citrus is quite subtle, but it takes a bit like there’s some grapefruit involved.

A nice one! Too bad it’s limited addition, but luckily there are many other teas I love from Lupicia. :P

Flavors: Citrus, Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Grapefruit, Juicy, Lychee, Mineral, Nectar, Peach, Smooth, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Inkling

Sounds lovely!

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59
drank Apple by Lupicia
80 tasting notes

I don’t know if my tastebuds are off lately, but I am not enjoying this Lupicia Apple. (It is not the Tsugaru Green Apple blend, it’s just standard Apple).

The black tea base is fine, if uninspired, but the apple taste is rather artificial and has an unpleasant ashy note. It smells pleasantly of ripe red apples, but the taste is odd- a bit metallic, almost like how pavement smells.

I like their other fruit blends but this one is just not very good. I’d almost question if it’s gone off, but I got it from the 2023 Book of Tea, so it should be quite fresh.

Perhaps it would be better with sugar? Sadly, this one is sadly a tosser for me. Hurrah for tea assortments that allow us to try loads of teas with reckless abandon.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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