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.
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.).
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.