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drank King of Fruits by Lupicia
314 tasting notes

I heard that durian is a love or hate fruit. I’m in the “love durian” camp. I love it’s overripe guava-like, vanilla-custardy scent and texture. I think it’s a delicious (and insanely healthy) fruit. And I am so happy to know that Lupicia has it in tea form!

The flavor is decidedly durian! The flavor is right-on. Yay! I am not disappointed. And it is definitely “powerfully fragrant”. :)

The aftertaste really is like a “fruity onion”, as Mad_Alyss_14 so aptly stated. I love that description. There’s this “shrill” hint of freshly cut onion in the flavor and aroma…it’s intriguing. Like melon and onions. I know oniony tea sounds weird but it’s good!

The green tea base seems fresh and is slightly astringent. My loose leaf sample looks like fannings, though—like shredded leaves from a tea bag.

I’m enjoying my sample and will buy a full tin soon!

It makes me wish good, fresh durian were easier to come by here. All we can get easily is the frozen stuff.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Thomas Smith

Is it like the outside or inside of the durian? If the latter, I may give this a try…

Angrboda

Durian, isn’t that the fruit that stinks to high heaven? :)

Thomas Smith

I can’t get past the cat urine smell of the outside to get to the inside, which is supposed to taste great. If this tastes like the inside without the bad smell, I’ll try it just for that.

Angrboda

I thought that was the one. I heard something once about some hotels where it grows having rules about it not being allowed inside the building. But I can’t remember where I heard it though.

sophistre

Maybe in another tasting note. I think I posted a wikipedia link about this fruit somewhere on steepster at some point in time. Still haven’t worked up to trying the durian shake at the local Vietnamese place I like so much…

Stephanie

@Thomas Smith: This tastes like the inside of the durian. The scent is like the whole durian. But then again, I don’t get “cat urine” from the smell, fortunately. :)

@Angroboda: Yeah, when I was in Thailand, there were signs in our hotel prohibiting durian to be brought inside. Apparently the smell can be pretty prevalent.

@sophistre: Those durian shakes are actually really good! Try it!

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Thomas Smith

Is it like the outside or inside of the durian? If the latter, I may give this a try…

Angrboda

Durian, isn’t that the fruit that stinks to high heaven? :)

Thomas Smith

I can’t get past the cat urine smell of the outside to get to the inside, which is supposed to taste great. If this tastes like the inside without the bad smell, I’ll try it just for that.

Angrboda

I thought that was the one. I heard something once about some hotels where it grows having rules about it not being allowed inside the building. But I can’t remember where I heard it though.

sophistre

Maybe in another tasting note. I think I posted a wikipedia link about this fruit somewhere on steepster at some point in time. Still haven’t worked up to trying the durian shake at the local Vietnamese place I like so much…

Stephanie

@Thomas Smith: This tastes like the inside of the durian. The scent is like the whole durian. But then again, I don’t get “cat urine” from the smell, fortunately. :)

@Angroboda: Yeah, when I was in Thailand, there were signs in our hotel prohibiting durian to be brought inside. Apparently the smell can be pretty prevalent.

@sophistre: Those durian shakes are actually really good! Try it!

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