drank Neptune by Lupicia
218 tasting notes

Okay… This one is kind of a bummer :(

I will admit that I got it for the name. Neptune. Isn’t that an awesome name for a tea blend? I loved the description, too: “Rich flavor of honey-preserved fruits”. Well, I don’t find much flavor in it, especially not any “rich flavor”.

The leaf, with pieces of marigold, seems to be the same black tea that Lupicia uses for their lychee tea (keemun? maybe?). I steeped it for 3 minutes @ near boiling temperature. The brew I got turned out pretty dark. I didn’t get much complex aroma out of it. It just smelled like some milder kind of black tea.

When it was hotter it tasted a little bitter, and I could not make out any characteristic flavors. It kinda tasted like the lychee tea I mentioned, except without lychee ;) It’s just… boring. Believe me, folks, I tried to focus hard on the notes, any notes. There isn’t many of them. It’s still okay, nothing to yuck at, and I did finish my cup… but I expected FAR more from this tea.

I guess Lupicia cannot be awesome at every tea they make, right? I will keep trying this one, perhaps tweak steeping times and temperature (mostly to avoid bitterness that is of the unpleasant kind). Anyone could give me any advice on this? Would it be better with milk?

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I started drinking tea when I was a teenager, my dad used to make tea a million times a day as it was (and still is!) good for his health. So he would make it for the entire family. Usually it was Lipton with a teaspoon of sugar per cup and a slice of lemon. I was fond of it made this way then a lot.

Then I would have occasional loose leaf teas, I slowly got into green tea… I would mostly stick to bagged tea though. It was just convenient.

Only recently, in the middle of 2013, did I start getting seriously into all kinds of loose leaf tea.

My cupboard only reflects what I have in ‘regular’ (non-sample) sizes. It could be that I have some tea you’re looking for, just in a smaller amount, even though it is not in my cupboard, so you can always just ask when swapping with me :)

- Chinese & Taiwanese black teas
- second flush darjeelings
- malty assams
- green oolongs
- Chinese green teas
- super-fruity rooibos/honeybush “teas”

- Japanese green teas
- white teas
- dark oolongs
- interesting dessert teas
- earl greys
- pu-erhs

- chai teas
- herbal teas
- fruit teas

- mint in blends (it’s ok as straight mint)

Apart from tea, I love reading, board-gaming with my husband, learning foreign languages (currently Spanish and Portuguese) and listening to lots and lots of music!

And if we just stick to food-related stuff I am also a great aficionado of good craft beer and dark chocolate :)

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