Momijigari

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Apple, Apricot, Floral, Malt, Stonefruit, Sweet, Tart, Autumn Leaf Pile, Candy, Dried Fruit, Honey, Jam, Smooth, Astringent, Earth, Green Apple, Wood, Fruit Tree Flowers
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “This tea is the best wine tasting tea I have ever had – and its not even touted as a wine flavored tea! What the? I love it – apples and apricot and fallen autumn leaves? YES MORE PLEASE! Tastes...” Read full tasting note
    100
  • “Backlog: This tea is very autumnal to me. I taste apple and apricot – two flavors that make me think of late summer and early autumn, and the wine like notes work very well with these flavors. ...” Read full tasting note
    86
  • “Sipdown, so sad. It lasted until March, but barely! Juicy as usual, really refreshing. I love this stuff (though I have to move it down a peg or two since I’ve spent some time refining my score...” Read full tasting note
    94
  • “A tea that tastes really “Lupicia” – Lupicia always creates lovely scented teas! I enjoy the potent apple flavour and the fragrance of apricot. They don’t taste as artificial as in some cheap teas....” Read full tasting note
    64

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Vibrant autumn leaves are blended into black tea. Sophisticated taste consisting of apple and apricot is only available during autumn, in limited quantity. A fruity combination suitable for hot or iced tea.

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12 Tasting Notes

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807 tasting notes

This tea is the best wine tasting tea I have ever had – and its not even touted as a wine flavored tea! What the?
I love it – apples and apricot and fallen autumn leaves? YES MORE PLEASE!
Tastes like the holidays!

Terri HarpLady

ooh, that sounds good!

Azzrian

It truly is! I wish it were not seasonal. Its funny Lupicia is one of my all time favorite tea sellers yet this is only the second time I have ordered from them! It was LONG overdue! I need to start ordering from them more often!

TeaEqualsBliss

Ooooo! Sista!

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4843 tasting notes

Backlog:

This tea is very autumnal to me. I taste apple and apricot – two flavors that make me think of late summer and early autumn, and the wine like notes work very well with these flavors. Hints of a rustic smoke-like tone.

The black tea is earthy and warm … and it complements the other flavors very well. A really enjoyable medley of flavors in one cup with this tea.

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Sipdown, so sad. It lasted until March, but barely! Juicy as usual, really refreshing. I love this stuff (though I have to move it down a peg or two since I’ve spent some time refining my score criteria…it’s just so dang subjective).

Claire

Hey, your bestie happens to live in a town with a Lupicia…

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338 tasting notes

A tea that tastes really “Lupicia” – Lupicia always creates lovely scented teas! I enjoy the potent apple flavour and the fragrance of apricot. They don’t taste as artificial as in some cheap teas. Though there’s a slight bitterness in the tea that leads me to lower the rating a bit. Someone says the bitterness is due to the addition of autumn leaves and I think it may be true! But anyway the idea of using momiji to create an autumn tea is very interesting… a good try!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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33 tasting notes

“Momijigari” is the Japanese word for going out to look at the changing autumn leaves. The smell of this tea in the shop made me want to try it right away. The combination of apple and apricot in the dry leaf creates a honey-like note for me, and indeed if I had to say which colour this tea evokes for me, it’s definitely that red-gold of autumn leaves.

When brewed (nice and dark), there’s a slight bitter or smokey smell, which may be due to how there really are autumn leaves mixed into the tea. Both with and without milk, this is really delicious, with a good balance between juicy fruit and black tea flavours. Overall, a creative idea, very well-executed by Lupicia. I have a feeling this would be delicious iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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5660 tasting notes

Sipdown (247)

Another tea from Cameron B. Thank you so much for sharing!

I was worried this would have the same issue was the Tochiotome Black that I drank yesterday. Namely the very distracting brassiness of the base tea. While there is a slight brassiness here, either I started drinking this while it was hotter and it hasn’t come through yet or this tea doesn’t have as much of an issue with that metallic quality. Either way, yay!

No overwhelming brassiness means I can try the actual flavors of this tea and they are quite nice. The apple jumped out at me immediately. It is not a dried apple flavor though. More like a slightly tart concentrated apple flavor…like a fresh pressed granny apple juice. I get slight apricot in the aftertaste, a lingering flavor that just sort of sits on the tip of your tongue. Also a little bit of a leafy vibe which makes sense given the autumn inspirations for this blend.

All in all, it is a nice tea. I don’t think it is a favorite b/c while the flavors are lovely, they are not ones I reach for often. Plus, the more I drink, the more of that brassiness comes through. I think I just don’t get along with Lupicia’s fruity black teas. I got the book of teas from them a couple years back and I don’t recall really loving any of their fruity blacks b/c of the base. Nevertheless, I am grateful to Cameron B for the opportunity to try something new!

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353 tasting notes

Another sample from Cameron B. :D

The dry leaves smelled like apple cider. I don’t drink wine but it reminds me of the smell of certain wines from Olive Garden hehe. I love the smell of some wines, I just can’t drink it without nausea. Long story, I’ll share it sometime.

I can drink this though. :D I found it to be refreshing. I bet this would be good iced. When it comes to fruit, I love the ones that are tart so momijigari goes in the win column for me since it has some tart notes. Sweet and tart apple, some apricot notes with the comforting malt notes. I like the black tea base in this. Is it darjeeling? I’m such a noob.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Floral, Malt, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I so wish I could order more of this before they close the website. Unfortunately, it’s an autumn tea… QQ

Kawaii433

Cameron, I saw that. /cry. There are a few that you sent me that I can’t get but am so glad that I will be able to try them. <3

Mastress Alita

I really wanted this one last year too, but they didn’t release it loose leaf, my preference. I was willing to get the teabags just to finally get to try it, but it was sold out online and by the time of my autumn trip in November, it was sold out at the San Jose store when I got to visit it for the first (and now, only) time.

Cameron B.

I know, I was so annoyed too! My loose leaf is from the year before.

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2083 tasting notes

So after browsing the Lupicia site earlier (for no good reason, I might add), I figured I would steep up a cup of this, one of my favorites of theirs. It’s a seasonal tea and it’s available right now, so I thought it would be a good idea to see how it’s aged so I can restock it if needed.

Luckily, this is still perfectly scrumptious. I love this tea, it has such a bright and crisp apple flavor, which is a nice contrast to the usual sweet apple & cinnamon combination that is much more common. There’s such a lovely zing to the apple here, yet it doesn’t quite reach Jolly Rancher candy status. It’s more like a tart hard apple cider. The apricot is very subtle, although this could be because the tea is older. I do taste little hints of stonefruit, and there’s a bit of a floral note, especially in the aftertaste.

The base tea is their usual somewhat brisk offering, but I like its slight sharpness next to the apple, I think they complement each other well. There’s also a dry autumn leaf flavor that gives a nice earthy base to the bright flavors.

I couldn’t ask for a more autumnal tea. Now, please excuse me while I sigh contentedly…

Flavors: Apple, Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Earth, Floral, Green Apple, Stonefruit, Tart, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I’ve always wanted this one, but just can’t justify the outrageous shipping charges from Hawaii now to get it.

Cameron B.

I noticed the high shipping, though I have no experience shipping to/from Hawaii so I don’t know if that’s standard.

If you don’t mind it being slightly old, I can send you some of mine! :D

LuckyMe

I love Lupicia’a flavored teas but the high shipping put me off too. Maybe we can organize a group buy in the future if enough people are interested?

Cameron B.

I would definitely be up for it! I can always find something to order from Lupicia… ;)

Mastress Alita

I might be down for a group buy, though I don’t need oodles of tea (I’m still in a mostly no-buy with a pretty tight yearly budget to keep my sipdown goals moving appropriately). There are probably a few I’m interested in, though! (I’m also a little sad it seems their variety has gone down since moving to the Hawaii site, too… Cassis and Blueberry and Kotobuki are now gone? I always thought those were staples).

Cameron B.

I also noticed Cassis & Blueberry is gone now, which is a pity. And of course, Golden Honeydew (sob).

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I think the #1 aspect of this tea that I love is the aroma – it seriously smells like a Jolly Rancher! I love to have it sitting in my pot over a tea-light to keep my room smelling great.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that despite how strong the aroma was, the taste was much less prominent (a good thing!). It was smooth, sweet, and had just the right amount of boldness.

It’s hard to say much more than just how delicious this tea was. No need for added sweeteners – it’s perfect on its own. Momijigari definitely has made my top 5 favorites of anything I’ve tried so far.

I’d recommend this in a heartbeat and am sad that it’s so limited to get!

http://www.infusedmusings.com/2014/04/09/lupicia-tea-review-momijigari/

Flavors: Apricot, Fruit Tree Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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69 tasting notes

Drinking this a bit out of season, but it’s a fantastic tea. Delicately flavored, and gives the feeling of a crisp autumn morning, watching the leaves fall.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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