Black tea carries sweeter fruit flavours better than green teas, which are more suited to the sharper more citrusy flavours, like yuzu and grapefruit. This holds true for Lupicia Kiwi Black Tea, a kiwifruit flavoured black tea.
Steeping 3 g for 2.5 minutes in 200 ml of just boiled water gave a golden brown liquor with a smell suggesting an intensely sweet — almost overly ripe — kiwifruit. This smell provides the sweetness for the tea. A first sip reveals an aromatic tropical flavour reminiscent of the sweeter golden kiwifruit that’s refreshingly smooth on the tongue, before yielding to an astringent finish that recalls the puckering sensation from biting into the fuzzy skin of green kiwifruits.
Lupicia’s Kiwi Black Tea is a vast improvement on my other Eikokuya Tea Kiwifruit Black Tea.
This bag of Lupicia Kiwi Black Tea contained 50 g. The tea was packed in Japan and purchased in Kanazawa, Japan in 2015.