Another that I owned but hadn’t opened.
The smell upon opening the packet is so fascinating. I expected pineapple, and perhaps something cakey but what I got more than anything was brown sugar and cherry. It made me think of my mom making pineapple upside down cake when I was growing up. She hated cooking, so she made it from a mix, with Dole pineapple rings and maraschino cherries, and brown sugar sprinkled around the rings and cherries. I’m a huge brown sugar fan. At the risk of grossing you out, I have been known to eat brown sugar right out of the package with a spoon. So this aroma struck me as a hopeful sign.
After steeping, the aroma is very similar, only for me the heat of the tisane made the smell more cake like.
I definitely get pineapple and cherry in the flavor, a tad of brown sugar, and the cake really comes out in the taste—a sort of mild vanilla-white cake flavor. Nicely done.
If there’s a downside it’s that pineapple flavoring seems to me a tricky thing. For the most part I liked the pineapple here but every now and then a little bitter edge crept in.
I have to give it points, though, for pulling off all of the main flavors of its namesake.