Eikokuya Kiwifruit Black Tea

With fla­voured foods and bever­ages made in Japan, you can count on get­ting exactly what the pack­aging prom­ises. There will be noth­ing half-hearted in their attempt to recre­ate that fla­vour. Not every­one may like the res­ult­ing product, but it will taste clearly like what it prom­ises. That assur­ance has bode well for the most part.

This is Eikokuya Kiwifruit Black Tea, a kiwifruit fla­voured black tea. Steeping for 3 minutes in 200 ml of just boiled water yields a clear red­dish-ember liquor. There’s the char­ac­ter­ist­ic heady aroma of black tea hid­ing only the very slight­est hint of trop­ic­al fla­vour behind. This first impres­sion car­ries through to the taste of the tea with its smooth mouth­feel and fleet­ing trop­ic­al sweet­ness before a rather intense bit­ter­ness emerges that recalls the puck­er­ing astrin­gency of an unripe kiwifruit and lingers into the after­taste.

It takes some effort even for a dis­cern­ing pal­ate to pick up the subtle kiwifruit notes in this tea — pay less atten­tion to the pack­aging and you’d think it’s just a sweetened black tea. I’d be keen­er for a more vibrant and con­fid­ent kiwifruit fla­vour — it shouldn’t take so much effort to dis­tin­guish a fla­voured tea!

This box of Eikokuya Kiwifruit Black Tea con­tained 6 tea bags. The tea ori­gin­ated from Sri Lanka and was pur­chased in Tokyo, Japan in 2014.