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?