I love drinking tea and enjoy the variety of it, that being said doesn't mean I am a pro or a connoisseur about it as truth be told I only know that I love drinking it, as for differentiating it like a real tester or so, I have no frigging clue lol. Basically what I am trying to say it yes I love it, I enjoy drinking it and trying many different types and all but I am not by all means an expert about it. Addict, yes, expert, no XDD.
To begin with I like to drink them as cold iced tea, not because I don't like drinking hot tea, it is just to begin with I am more of the chilled drink drinker since I was young. I guess that habit just doesn't shake off well. I made 2 kinds, the normal iced tea and the (usually) black tea kind sweeten with sugar to be drink with milk as iced milk tea. The origin of the later was again my childhood lifestyle. Back then and even today, sometimes, my family always made black tea with sugar, chilled in fridge. These days just tea with sugar is not my cup of tea, but once it is combined with milk it becomes the similar sort like that bubble tea drink they sold everywhere. I think you guess it by now, after my encounter with these milk tea drinks I am so liking it to the point there were days when I could just pondering to go straight home or made a quick stop to buy this drink, many of times and was so hard to resist. When I encountered Lupicia by coincidence (in which a few months after I worked part-time there) with all of their amazing flavoured tea blend, unless I am stuck outside, I no longer craving for those tea drink since I made one at home with much more better quality and variety X3
Lupicia often has limited labels for their tea and even some limited time only teas. Sakura teas are one of the seasonal one that only appears during spring in Japan. The label design for this tea change every single year, but my treasured one is definitely the one I put the image up there. I forgot the exact year of this label, I think it was 2008? Not only because the design is really cute, but for that year they even use those traditional paper thing for these sakura teas label! I know I said I am no tea connoisseur but I just want to say that I can say for sure that Lupicia tea is definitely of high quality ^__^
Unfortunately being a branch or franchise of the main company from Japan, the available tea in Australia stores are limited. Top reason being the strict Australia's custom as some tea may contains ingredients that is not allowed to pass through border, like lemon peel, dried beans etc. Another is the market, obviously the owner of Australian's store one has to pick the one that has chance selling in the store so some that most likely not gonna be hit for Australia consumers are not picked. It is business and the need to survive after all, plus Lupicia does have millions of this seasonal stuff that is just impossible to just bring them all in for one small store in Australia. I often browse through the Lupicia Japan website and drolling at all these pretty stuff and amazing looking teas/products I can't get lol, especially their sweets and tea honey. In which more obvious why they are not in Australia store, because importing food is hundred times more the headaches, it is enough trouble that they have to deal with tea expiry date, let alone the food.
Anyway, with these as the opening, I am warning that in the future I might drop more casual blogging about new tea or just tea I drink in general lol. I always try to help spread the goodness of Lupicia tea around, because if the business not going well and things happening to the only shop in Australia.. I will be one very very sad fan TAT