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74
drank Ratatam by Lupicia
3553 tasting notes

It’s funny I must have been channelling Lupicia today, as I see Cameron B mentioning Lupicia’s Christmas teas are out today.  This is from a long ago order, but I haven’t written a note yet.  It seems that it is not as special as I wanted it to be.  It’s a tea with actual vanilla pieces on a strong black base!  I should love it!  But it’s just not vanilla enough for me – just barely (and I noticed this also when it was new, so it’s not an aging problem…)  I do see the occasional piece of vanilla which I appreciate.  But the black tea is also almost a fine powder – so maybe the base is a little TOO strong.  My blend seems like a much smaller leaf and also much less vanilla than the photo for this tea. The color of the dry leaf almost matches the color of the vanilla.   At least the real vanilla isn’t being drowned in artificial vanilla.  And I have no idea why I made the mistake of brewing the second steep so long.  Really, this should have been one of my top Lupicia teas in concept, but brewing it up is always disappointing. 
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons for a big mug // 15 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep

ashmanra

I just ordered my Christmas teas this morning and I am so excited, ha ha!

tea-sipper

As usual, I will live through the tasting notes of everyone else – even if I’m always a few days behind on reading them. :D

Cameron B.

YEEE Christmas teas!

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84
drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
579 tasting notes

Last tea from the Lupicia group order. I put this one off for a while because I didn’t care for their Melon Oolong and expected it to taste the same. Finally had it today and it wasn’t half bad.

You can tell its the same melon flavoring used in the oolong version but it goes quite nicely with the white tea base. Clean tasting and lighter than the oolong. Candy sweet with more of a cantaloupe flavor than Hi-Chew candy this time.

Flavors: Candy, Cantaloupe, Melon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I love their Melon Oolong, but it’s definitely not a natural sort of melon flavor he he.

LuckyMe

Melon was my least favorite Lupicia flavoring…tastes a little too artificial for me. Mango and Momo Peach oolongs though were fire.

CrowKettle

Melona bar melon! Just needs the right base :)

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88
drank Merci Mille Fois by Lupicia
579 tasting notes

This is one of the teas from last year’s Lupicia group buy that I just got around to recently. It reminds me a lot of a plum oolong I used to like back in the day.

Dry leaf smells like plum, pomegranate, and raspberry. When heated, it becomes more plummy with notes of overripe berries and a little sweet potato. The flavor closely matches the aroma. Nice, tart flavor of plum, pomegranate, and dark cherry. There’s supposed to be white peach and strawberry in this blend too but I didn’t detect it. Normally I’m leery of tart/sour teas (I’m looking at you, hibiscus) but here it’s executed very well and is not overpowering at all.

Tastes good both on its own and blended with a straight black tea.

Flavors: Cherry, Plum, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Gyokuro "Yame" by Lupicia
373 tasting notes

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drank Rooibos Poire by Lupicia
2573 tasting notes

I received a surprise box in the mail from derk yesterday that turned my day around! Thank you, derk! It came at just the right time.

Last night I was sleepy but couldn’t sleep so I stayed up to read. Then the dogs went nuts barking after midnight and I went out with them to investigate. When I came back in from enjoying the stars and the nearly full moon in the gorgeous inky sky, I wanted some tea to help me finish my chapter but it needed to be caffeine free.

I didn’t realize this was green rooibos at first but I am ecstatic that it is. I find green quite enjoyable, and the flavor was lightly sweet, smooth, and soothing. Pears are the gentlest fruit to me, lacking any bite or tart tang most of the time. Green rooibos was just the right base for the pear flavor, and while the pear was delicate it was still satisfying. I would say this had a medium body that bordered on creamy and was overall a great cup to wrap your hands around in the wee hours and say “mmmmmmm.”

gmathis

Perfect pear-ing. Or should I say pear-fect pairing?

derk

You’re welcome. This actually came from Cameron. After Kiki and I both had a cup and you left a comment expressing interest, I had to save the remainder to forward to you. Glad it satisfied :)

Cameron B.

Aww that’s so sweet, sharing the tea love! ❤

ashmanra

Thank you to you both for sharing the tea love!

Evol Ving Ness

Tea people really are the best people.

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drank Yume by Lupicia
2573 tasting notes

I love the smell of this tea, and I had thought a replacement for Carol (which is seasonal) was found. Fraisier does nicely as a replacement but then this one came along and confused me. So which should I restock?

The aroma is very fruity and the first sip has lots of strawberry and vanilla…or is that cream? I noticed as I kept sipping through breakfast that the black tea base comes through a little more in this tea to me, and becomes more noticeable as it cools. That’s not a bad thing, I thought it was a plus since it was breakfast.

Then I served some last weekend to Ashman thinking he would love it, but he said he preferred Carol and Fraisier. He felt a little let down by the amount of fruit flavor in comparison to the aroma, and said perhaps if the aroma hadn’t gotten his hopes so high he would have enjoyed it more. The amount of black tea he was tasting was off-putting for him.

So this one will be my own breakfast tea for solitary breakfasts, and we will stick to his favorites for weekends. I must say, I really do enjoy this one! I like the base just fine, the fruitiness satisfies me, and it stands up to my breakfast.

Which means I need to order both Frasier AND Yume. Oh, well!

Cameron B.

I don’t enjoy this one quite as much just because of the addition of rose.

ashmanra

Cameron B. – And Ashman doesn’t care for rose too much. I love it and find it almost unnoticeable in this but he probably detected it. Ha ha!

Cameron B.

I need to order some Carol this year, it’s been a few since I’ve tried it I think…

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drank Honey Lemonade by Lupicia
2556 tasting notes

Another one that I picked up on a whim in my last order.

Hmm… Yeah I’m not loving this. The lemon and honey together are giving me strong throat lozenge vibes… I don’t remember which brand it is that makes that flavor, but this tastes exactly like it.

It’s not for me. If there was just a bit more lemon I think I would like it. But I don’t want to feel like I’m drinking a cough drop, ha ha… XD

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Honey, Lemon, Medicinal, Sweet

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

I’ve never found many honey blends that get the honey flavor right. I’ll take mine straight from the bee, thank you ;)

Cameron B.

Agreed! It’s always some weird artificial honey taste…

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75
drank Muscat by Lupicia
2556 tasting notes

I thought I would take a little break from sipdown progress and steep up a few of these poor neglected teas that I’ve yet to try! This is one that I picked up in my last order in the spring, because I enjoy Lupicia’s grape teas and I had never tried it.

When I opened the package, the scent was all grape Hi-Chew! And I happen to love Japanese grape candy, plus I was expecting it, so I was excited for it. It’s extremely similar to Jingle Bells, maybe almost exactly the same. They’re both grape-candy-flavored black teas. I think the base is slightly different, but I’d have to try them side-by-side to compare.

Anyway, it’s what I expected, so I’m happy with it! It’s obviously not a natural-tasting grape, but that’s part of the fun.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Earth, Floral, Grapes, Sweet, Wood

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

I cold brewed and then used a CO2 infuser to carbonate my last “grape candy” Lupicia tea… made lovely grape soda!

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68
drank Blueberry by Lupicia
2556 tasting notes

First time trying this even though I’ve had it for almost a year. Whoops.

I saw the base look quite fine, so I knocked 30 seconds off of the steep. Tasting it, I think it might be the same base as Jingle Bells?

Anyway, I’m a bit underwhelmed. This has a fairly strong syrupy blueberry aroma that reminds me of their Cassis & Blueberry, but the flavor is actually very light. The base makes itself known with woody and earthy notes, but the blueberry itself is a bit too subtle to stand up to it. It’s a deep jammy blueberry, but there’s not enough of it.

It’s not bad per se, but not my favorite from Lupicia. Too bad the US website no longer carries Cassis & Blueberry…

Flavors: Blueberry, Earth, Jam, Musty, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I loved Cassis & Blueberry so much. It is very missed in my cupboard now that Lupicia US doesn’t carry it anymore.

Cameron B.

It wasn’t one of my most favorite teas from Lupicia, but I liked having it in my cupboard when I wanted a berry tea. Maybe they’ll have it again at some point since their inventory is so inconsistent…

Lexie Aleah

I wonder if it would be possible to even do a Steepster group order from the Japan store.

Cameron B.

It’s possible, but you’d have to use a third-party forwarding service.

Mastress Alita

I personally hate those forwarding services and refuse to use them. The inventory for the Melbourne, Australia store is decent, but they suspended international shipping and I have no idea when (or if) they plan to bring it back.

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I was sure I’d reviewed this before, but my Steepster.txt file can’t find it, so I guess I haven’t?

This bag is quite old now, so I started working on sipping it down as cold brew, and have the last batch in the fridge. I’m sure I’ve had this tea warm before, but I’ve found it quite enjoyable cold brewed. I really like the peach flavoring Lupicia uses, which is nicely fruity and sweet but doesn’t come off like Peachy-Os. The floral qualities of the oolong are a nice accompaniment, as well. It’s been very refreshing during this hot-day cold-night transition, and has a sort of effervescent quality to the taste.

Lupicia does fruity oolong so well. I dig!

Flavors: Alcohol, Floral, Fruity, Peach, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 8 g 32 OZ / 946 ML
Cameron B.

They do have very nice peach teas, I think I love Momo Vert the most. And yasss their fruity oolongs are the best!

LuckyMe

This is one of my favorites to cold brew as well. Lupicia really does have the best peach flavoring!

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drank Kumquat by Lupicia
1325 tasting notes

Thank you, Cameron, for sharing this with me.

And it’s a belatedly posted sipdown!

#long time ago internet hiatus sipdown

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drank Fraisier by Lupicia
2573 tasting notes

This seems utterly impossible. I just finished my pouch of Fraisier and there are no tasting notes from me? I swear I remember making comparisons to Carol! So here we go…

You know this was popular because I have teas that have been hanging around for six years and I got this for Mother’s Day and it is gone, mostly because Ashman likes it a lot and we have it for breakfast on weekends with our bagels.

Carol is limited edition and sells out fast. It is black tea with strawberry, vanilla, and coconut. Fraisier is black tea with strawberry and vanilla, and they also sell a plain strawberry black tea.

Carol is our favorite and goes FAST. I realize that it might not be wise to stock up too much of it with the way coconut can go rancid, so I guess I won’t try to buy a year supply when it comes back before Christmas.

Strawberry black is good, but there is a very weird aroma in the dry leaves that comes through a little when steeped, but everyone has liked it well enough.

Fraisier is excellent. It resteeps pretty well so I can use 3 teaspoons in my stump pot, steep, make another steep, and pour into the big pot. I don’t know what that weird aroma is in Strawberry Black, or if the vanilla here covers it up, or if this is just a different strawberry flavoring.

Speaking of big pot, anyone have a favorite they recommend? I don’t want to take anything too delicate outside to the stone patio and have been looking at the big Curve pot. I have a large tetsubin we use now, but it is pretty heavy, which I guess isn’t a big deal but each time we use it, I think how we really should look for maybe a ceramic pot, which will be heavy enough in that size. I am thinking around 36 to 40 ounces.

Also, joyful squealing here as the cherry vanilla bagels are back at Panera! Brekkie on the patio this morning on our first day with lows in the 50’s! Never mind that we still have 90’s in the forecast. I need to find everything that makes me happy and note it because I dislike the short, dark days and have to battle seasonal depression. Like the cooler weather, hate the shorter days.

gmathis

I’ll see that cherry vanilla bagel and raise you a cranberry orange scone (Target, not Panera).

ashmanra

Oooooo, I may have to look for that! Panera used to have cranberry walnut bagels that were pretty good but discontinued them. I should make some scones….Youngest used to make lovely cranberry white chocolate chop ones for me.

gmathis

I did, however, strike out on Harney & Sons tea @ Target (was looking for that bourbon one). Nothing at ours more exotic than Vanilla Comoro and Pumpkin Spice.

ashmanra

A sample of O’Connor’s is on its way to you!

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
1133 tasting notes

I fell asleep, leaving a hot cup to cool on my nightstand overnight. The cold cup this morning had the impression of a sugary sweetness like that of dried fruit, which is in this blend, or maybe even an overripe melon, you know? All I could taste was mango – the same mango as Hi-Chew candies – and maybe a little bit of melon influence. The mineral quality of the green rooibos kept the flavor from being cloying. I echo the sentiment of a lot of Steepsters in that I think green rooibos is a great blending component.

I also made a hot cup for Kiki last night. Because I passed out, I was unable to get her real-time opinion. She said this morning that she really liked it because it was so fruity. “Very nice!”

Thank you Cameron B for this sample :) Will you be back this winter?

Flavors: Candy, Dried Fruit, Mango, Melon, Mineral, Sweet

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68
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
986 tasting notes

Happy National Pinot Noir Day! Today the prompt is to drink a Darjeeling or a tea with muscatel/grape flavor notes!

So, I found this old Lupicia bag in my stash, and it seemed good for the prompt. I steeped the tea warm to dissolve the sugar crystals, but then iced the tea in my fridge. It has that same grape candy flavor that is in several other Lupicia teas… nothing about it really makes me think of “white wine” like the description claims. There is no effervescent quality and the flavor is strongly sweet/artificial grape. The base tea is old now, and while perhaps at once time was a fresh and grassy green, it’s now more of a subdued dry hay. But, the flavoring is potent enough it hides the fact the green tea base is now long out of its prime.

I found it a bit average as a plain iced tea… that grape flavor is in other Lupicia teas, and I didn’t taste any of the jasmine flowers or anything wine-like. It doesn’t taste bad or anything, it just isn’t stand out to me among Lupicia’s offerings.

I will say that adding carbonation to this tea bumps the rating much more highly for me than I would have given it otherwise. Egads, it is such a major improvement! Grape soda without the gobs of sweetener. YUM!

Flavors: Candy, Grapes, Hay

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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97
drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
932 tasting notes

My initial impression upon opening the bag was that this tea smells like mango Hi-Chews. It’s one of THOSE teas that you can’t help but to just keep sniffing. Once brewed the flavor is a cross between mango candy and mango fruit. The pouchong is the perfect base tea providing butteriness and creaminess. You also get just the right amount of floral-ness that mimics an actual fresh ripe mango. I had pretty high expectations when I bought this tea and it did not disappoint. Highly recommend it! My only regret is that I wish I had opened it sooner.

Flavors: Butter, Candy, Creamy, Floral, Mango

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

I have sampled teas that I wished I could use as potpourri! Your scent description made me breathe a little deeper hoping I could catch a whiff.

LuckyMe

This one smells and tastes so good! One of my favs from the Lupicia group buy.

Lexie Aleah

Same I would say this is my favorite from the group buy as well!

ashmanra

Lupicia sent me a sample of this one and I adored it. They know what they are doing I definitely want to order more.

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78
drank Plum Barley Tea by Lupicia
986 tasting notes

Opened up my last bag of Lupicia flavored mugicha, cold brewed. This is the plum one, and I think of the flavors I’ve tried (apple, lychee, and apricot) this might be my favorite? I think that is because I personally find fruity flavors mixed with the strong, roasted coffee taste of mugicha kind of weird, and I’m not really tasting a strong plum flavor in this one. I do taste a mild, non-distinct stone fruit note, but mostly I’m just getting a sort of juicy sweetness that closes the sip and actually tastes pretty nice with those strong roasty notes.

Flavors: Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Fruity, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Stonefruit, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 10 g 32 OZ / 946 ML
gmathis

What a cool and funky combo!

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This was a sample I got through last year’s Lupicia group buy. It came in one of those silky pyramid shaped tea bags. I don’t like the idea of plastics in hot water so I cut open the teabag and dumped half of the 4g of leaves in a brew basket. The leaves had a wonderful floral-woodsy aroma.

Steeped it for 2 minutes in an 8oz teacup using water on the cooler side, 187 F, for the 1st infusion. The brewed tea had a gentle woodsy, roasted aroma. Pleasantly smooth flavor reminiscent of butternut squash with a light maltiness. Upped the temperature to 195 F for the next infusion and doubled the brewing time. The tea had a very nice fruitiness this time and an almost grape-like flavor.

Lupia describes this tea as green, fresh, and spring breeze like. To me that sounds like a green tea or light oolong, something I’d never mistake it for. Darjeelings are often described as floral but I’ve honestly never tasted any such qualities in any darjeeling tea I’ve had. To me, it tasted like a lighter, slightly fruity black tea with woody tones. More autumnal than spring to me.

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Grapes, Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Bark, Brown Sugar, Roasted Barley, Toasted Rice

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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80
drank Sencha "Ei" by Lupicia
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Flavors: Broth, Thick, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Flavors: Marine, Salt, Seaweed, Spinach, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
2573 tasting notes

A sample sachet was included in the most recent Lupicia order and since I am trying to clear the cupboard, this was an easy target. I didn’t know it was going to make me immediately want to place another Lupicia order. Oof.

Breakfast on a way too hot June morning. English muffin and this tea.

First steep smells heavenly, with powerful mango aroma but even as powerful as it is, I smell the oolong. How can I smell the oolong so well with this mango dialed up to volume ten? I make a second steep immediately in my Kamjove and combine the two. This is so so fruity and delicious and yes, the mango is wild and forward but the oolong is so distinctly there. I must have a third steep, even though I don’t expect it to go well, even though I never do three with Lupicia flavored tea.

And…the mango is much lighter but the oolong base still is strong enough to enjoy. Its a good third steep and well worth it. I was drinking it hot and now I absolutely must taste it cold. It is already a hot sticky summer and it has just begun, so bring on the ice cold tea in glasses beaded with condensation.

Well, great, here we go again.

“Add to cart”

Cameron B.

Easily one of my favorites from Lupicia!

ashmanra

Cameron B. – Go ahead and name some other favorites so I can get all the damage done at once!

Cameron B.

Oh my… A lot of them are seasonal so they won’t be available now, but from their permanent lineup I love Melon Oolong, Momo Vert, Tsugaru Green, Grapefruit Green, Sakurambo, Caramel & Rum, Earl Grey Grand Classic, Alphonso Mango, Fraisier, and Matcha Soybean Rice Tea. Oh and Framboise Chocolate is nice too. Sorry, there are too many heh! I love Momijigari, but it’s only available in the fall…

Mastress Alita

I’m a big fan of Kotobuki!

ashmanra

Okay, I have Melon Oolong, Momo Vert, Fraisier, and Matcha Black Soybean Rice Tea. I have had Tsugaru before, that was a good one, i have Yume and Merci Milles Fois right now. Caramel and Rum and Framboise Chocolate sound good! I will look up Kotobuki!

ashmanra

Cameron B: I don’t like rooibos but I had a Lupicia rooibos that was beautifully flavored and you didn’t taste the rooibos at all. Can you taste it in the Caramel and Rum?

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
243 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #221 overall / Tea #1 for June
Tuesday 6/1 — Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia. This was a sample from Cameron B. Thank you! I cold brewed this in a glass jar for a few days in the fridge. I loved it – was so refreshing with the fruity taste and green rooibos (which I like okay-maybe-kinda-better then red?). I wouldn’t say I’ll be adding this to my collection but was such a nice cold cuppa and first impression of Lupicia.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
579 tasting notes

This one reminded me of Hi-Chew melon candy from the Asian grocery store. It has that artificial melon smell and flavor mingled with honeydew. As it cools, the artificial candy flavor fades somewhat but an overripe melon taste appears in the finish which I found cloying.

Lupicia usually does flavored tea well but this one wasn’t quite up to par. I still have an ounce of this tea left plus another ounce of Melon White tea so I need to find a way to make this flavor work. Going to give cold brewing a try and maybe blend it with other flavors to smooth out the somewhat intense melon-y taste.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Rooibos Poire by Lupicia
1133 tasting notes

This green rooibos is really tasty but not quite satisfying? It’s something light-bodied and juicy that I’d want to drink as an iced tea on a scorching hot day. The flavoring is like a mix of juicy yellow pear and Ace perry cider. It also kind of reminds me of both green apple and kiwi Hi-Chew candies. The green rooibos provides some kind of darker undertone that I can’t describe.

Kiki likes it and thinks it definitely tastes like juicy pear. She says it has a tartness to it. “It almost tastes like apple cider but with pears.”

Flavors: Alcohol, Apple, Apple Candy, Fruity, Green Apple, Pear, Tart

ashmanra

Green rooibos is quite pleasant to me! Might try this one as I have enjoyed the pear teas I have tried.

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