In the West, we’re used to deep red, sweet cherries about 2 cm in diameter. Japanese cherries, or sakurambo (literally, fruit of the sakura, cherry blossom tree), however, are ruby red and distinguished for their sweet, slightly tart flavour and aroma. This here is Lupicia Sakurambo Vert.
Lupicia Sakurambo Vert is a bancha blended with Japanese cherry and rosemary.
Steeping 3 g of looseleaf in 200 ml of water at 75°C for 1.5 minutes yields translucent light yellow liquor with a bright fruity cherry nose. Served hot, the sweet-sour flavour of Japanese cherries come through before the piney notes of rosemary emerge in the body followed quickly by the vegetal notes of the bancha to leave a clean aftertaste and slight astringency on the palate. Overall, it’s a refreshingly fruity medium-bodied tea with a balanced sweetness and complexity of flavour from the addition of rosemary. It would work well as an iced tea.
This bag of Lupicia Sakurambo Vert contained 50 g. The tea originated in Japan and was purchased in Kyoto, Japan in 2015.