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Lupicia Queen’s Muscat Oolong

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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.

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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.