My first thought when I opened this packet of tea was: doesn’t my girlfriend have this lip gloss?
So it definitely smells like artificial fruit. A lot of things do; it’s pretty much impossible for anything but actual fresh strawberries to smell or taste like fresh strawberries, and I also like fruit flavoring as its own thing. I don’t smell kiwi particularly, but there’s definitely something mixed with the strawberries.
Steeped, the tea is the color of strawberry dessert topping. I find this amusing.
Sipped, it feels like fruit tea, one of those really tart (but not at all sour) ones that roughs up your mouth on the way through. It’s the sort of feel that makes it hard to taste anything, although it definitely leaves the lingering impression that actual fruit has come this way. The taste isn’t artificial at all.
You know, I don’t brew a lot of my own iced tea, but this tea does stand out as one that could be really good iced, served very cold and a bit weak with a small amount of sugar. I’m not going to try it — I don’t know if I can really express how little the weather suits iced tea right now, but go ahead and google “north american east coast blizzard 2010” if you’re curious — but I will keep it in mind!