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Lupicia Setouchi Limone

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The Seto Inland Sea is known for its sub­lime scenery. Indeed, Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island in Hiroshima is set with­in the Seto Inland Sea and con­sidered one of the Three Views of Japan. In addi­tion to hav­ing its coast­line on the Seto Inland Sea, Hiroshima is the top pre­fec­ture for lem­on pro­duc­tion.

Such peace­ful scenery and super­i­or lem­ons inspire this Lupicia Setouchi Limone, a green rooibos fla­voured with lem­on, avail­able for pur­chase only in Hiroshima pre­fec­ture.

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All Lupicia teas can be pur­chased with a tin dec­or­ated in a com­ple­ment­ing design. While I’m sorely temp­ted by beau­ti­ful pack­aging, I’ve restrained myself with the excep­tion of this tea. Each tin is an addi­tion­al ¥260 in Japan or $3.80 in Australia, but when you have as many teas from Lupicia as I do, it adds up! This lim­ited edi­tion Setouchi Limone was a treat as it was the only tea I pur­chased from Hiroshima (although it would’ve been a dif­fer­ent story had I dis­covered one of their few flag­ship stores with samples of over 200 teas in Hiroshima before I’d stumbled upon the one in Kyoto where I was like a kid in a candy store. Literally.).

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Infusing 2.5 g of looseleaf in 200 ml of just boiled water for 4 minutes yields a golden orange liquor with the bright aroma of lem­on. The fra­grance of the lem­on is that of lem­on oil that you get from smelling a whole lem­on, but without the zesti­ness of the rind or the sour­ness of the flesh. These rich notes of lem­on come through strongly in the head with a gentle sweet­ness before the grassy and malty fla­vour of green rooibos emerges to remind of lem­on myrtle by the fin­ish. The slight­est hint of ginger lingers briefly at the back of each sip, but it’s so subtle without the typ­ic­al spi­ci­ness that I don’t mind it even though there are few fla­vours I dis­like more.

The infu­sion gives a refresh­ing after­taste that’s per­fect for pair­ing with oily foods. I enjoy the more grassy, almost green tea notes of green rooibos, even though I’m still unde­cided about red rooibos.

This tin of Lupicia Setouchi Limone con­tained 50 g. It was packed in Japan and pur­chased in Hiroshima, Japan in 2015.