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.