Lupicia Pineapple Oolong

A pine­apple is sweetest at its base. So, if you want to dis­trib­ute the sweet­ness of a pine­apple (ripe or under-ripe) more evenly, you should store it upside down for a few days. That’s what I’ve read any­way, I’ve not tried it myself. My tongue’s sens­it­ive to fresh pine­apple — it gets itchy and then numb — but I do like the taste of pine­apple. I’m fond of a Taiwanese pine­apple cake that’s made of juicy pine­apple paste wrapped in a but­tery and crumbly short­bread-like dough, which is now a rather pop­u­lar tea snack in Japan.

Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia is a fla­voured oolong inspired by the Taiwanese pine­apple cake.


Steeping 3 g in 200 ml of near boil­ing water for 2 minutes yields a fla­vour that’s much like a freshly ripened pine­apple. The tea doesn’t carry through much of the sweet­ness of pine­apple or the cake, though. Like the rest of the Lupicia teas, its sweet­ness is subtle. Rather, it cap­tures the bright, trop­ic­al fla­vour of pine­apple, which is enhanced by the fruity notes of oolong and the nut­ti­ness of coconut. It’s a per­fect homage to the Taiwanese pine­apple cakes and a refresh­ing tea to drink iced on a sum­mer (or overly warm spring) day.

This bag of Lupicia Pineapple Oolong con­tained 50 g. The tea ori­gin­ated in Taiwan and was pur­chased in Tokyo, Japan in 2014.