Lupicia Tea 2016 Happy Bag

Happy new year!

It’s Happy Bag time again! As has become a yearly ritual for me, we went to Lupicia and picked up one of their new year mystery bags, guaranteed to have a value about twice of what you pay. This year, they offered a $30 bag worth about $60 and a $50 bag worth about $100. I would have gotten the $50 bag, but it was all sold out, so I got the $30 one.

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The box says “Variety (black tea, green tea, oolong tea)” and “Leaf” for loose leaf, I’m guessing. The top says “ume (plum) 11″ – I don’t know what it means exactly. Maybe there are variations in the happy bag contents this year? The English label on the bottom says “2016 Happy bag (B).” If you have any insight into this, please let me know!

Here’s what was inside the box:

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Nice little note from Lupicia: “Thank you for purchasing LUPICIA’s happy bag. We will continue to bring the finest teas of the world[,] and we look forward to having you at our store in the coming year of 2016.” Onward to the teas!

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9 bags of loose-leaf tea in total:

The total approximate value was $70.00. I’m so pleased with the teas they included in this box!

While I was at the store, I also picked up the limited edition monkey teas commemorating this zodiac year, Fortune Mallet and Fan Dance. To my great sadness and surprise, the limited edition tin for Fortune Mallet was already sold out! Both the tea bags and tins are already sold out on the website, so I wasn’t even able to link it for you. I’ve never had this happen to me for a Lupicia limited edition tea before, so I was a bit shocked.

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I was able to pick up the limited edition tin for Fan Dance (blend of oolong and spring Darjeeling tea, with real gold flakes!, $15 for the loose leaf in the tin), though, as well as a box of tea bags of Fortune Mallet (green tea flavored with tangerine/mikan and peach, $13.00 for 10 tea bags). The nice storekeeper did say that we’re first on the waiting list in case a couple tins of Fortune Mallet aren’t picked up by the person who reserved them, though. Keeping my fingers crossed that the other customer changes his mind because the tea smells so good. ❤

I wonder if Lupicia’s keeping lower stock on special items these days. They’ve never run out of Happy Bags or limited edition teas before I got there in the past! I guess I have to be quicker about these things (like with Essie Starry Starry Night, which continues to elude me, sigh).

I still love Lupicia, though – and even more so because of the free samples with each $30 purchase:

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Matcha Kirara rice tea – so good. Yum!

I’ll be back to nail polish again in the next post, and I’ve got two swatches to post at once because the holidays and moving have me running behind, so feel free to check back later if nail swatches are more your…cup of tea (hurhur). ;D

Lupicia Tea 2015 Happy Bag

Happy 2015!

New Year’s means Lupicia has their annual Happy Bags – a mystery bag of tea advertised to be worth double the price you pay – for sale again! This year, they had a $30 bag worth $60 and a $50 bag worth $100. I picked up the $50 bag at our local store, and this is what I got:

The total value of this bag came out to $89.00. Hmm. Maybe my bag was missing an item? It’s under the guaranteed $100 value by $11, which is about the price of a loose-leaf tea packet. I’ll probably go back to the store and check with them, just in case.

It’s a nice selection of tea, though. I’ll update this post when I’ve gone back to the store to check if I got all the contents they intended.

(UPDATE 1/8/2015: I did go back to the store and double check with them, and I did get everything I was supposed to have. :] Thanks to reader Lana D. for sending me the correct link to the 50g loose leaf bag of Oriental Beauty – I corrected the list price from $12.00 to $24.00. That brings the total value of the bag to $101.00, not $89.00. :D)

Again, happy New Year!

Lupicia Tea 2014 Happy Bag

This post isn’t about polish, but it is about a mystery bag. It’s hard for me to pass up a mystery bag/box, especially when it’s an excellent value. It’s even harder for me to pass up a mystery bag when that bag is full of delicious tea – which, by the way, for those of you reading my blog for my nail-related posts, is full of antioxidants and excellent for your health, which positively affects your nails and everything else as a bonus!

The day after New Year’s, I stopped by Lupicia, a specialty tea shop, while I was at shopping at my local Japanese grocery. The nice salesperson there informed me that they’re currently selling Happy Bags, which are blind/mystery bags guaranteed to contain tea worth at least double what you pay, while supplies last. They had a $30 bag worth at least $60 and a $60 bag worth at least $120.

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I’ve wondered for some time now if my addiction to mystery bags is somehow cultural. Fukubukuro (福袋), or lucky bags, are mystery grab-bags customarily offered by all kinds of Japanese stores around New Year’s. It’s probably a good thing I don’t have ready access to a lot of those, else I’d probably go broke.

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Predictably, I picked up a $60 bag because I love Lupicia tea. Here’s what was inside, including each item’s regular value:

The total value of this bag comes out to $121.50, and I now have enough tea to last me the year. :] Pretty awesome deal, yeah?

As a note, my two sisters each picked up a $30 bag, and their contents turned out to be identical, so it’s possible that the bags at each price level include the same items. If you got one of these, I’d love to know what teas you received and test my theory!

UPDATE 1/7/14: I forgot to mention earlier that I got a Mixed Assortment bag. The store I visited had two choices, Mixed Assortment and Herbal. It looks like the Lupicia website only offers one type of bag, so it might be different from the bag I bought. Hope that helps!