Japan takes their fruit seriously. Unlike elsewhere in the world, there’s a relatively large market for luxury fruits in Japan, with muskmelons often costing over ¥10,000 each. These luxury fruits are impeccable in appearance, taste and uniformity, as well as sold meticulously protected with tissue paper and foam padding.
One of these luxury fruits are grapes with a rich sweetness and aroma called Muscat of Alexandria, also referred to as the ‘Queen of Fruits’. These fruits inspire the Lupicia Queen’s Muscat Oolong.
Steeping 2 – 2.5g of loose leaf in 200 ml of 85°C water for 3 minutes yields a clear pale yellow liquor. The muscat notes coming through with a fragrant sweetness — like a grape flavoured honey — before each sip, where the fresh and slightly green notes of the oolong come ahead of the rich sweetness of the muscat, leaving a refreshingly sweet fruity body that lingers long on your palate. While enjoyable hot, this tea is best enjoyed as an iced tea where the rich sweetness of the muscat shines. It’s perfect for the upcoming summer.
This bag of Lupicia Queen’s Muscat Oolong contained 50 g. The tea originated in Taiwan and was purchased in Tokyo, Japan in 2014.