This tea smells so amazing dry, sort of like Juicy Fruit gum. It’s that mystery ‘tropical fruits’ flavor Lupicia has for their teas. Smelling it, I’d guess mango, pineapple, and …strawberry? Like I said: a mystery.
With that strong aroma, I was expecting some of that fruity essence to carry over to the brewed tea, but alas. The first few times I had this tea, I followed the brewing instructions on the bag and ended up with a pleasant green tea with a muted fruity aftertaste. Very disappointing because it smelled so good.
However, last night I was distracted and measured the tea out with a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon and, woah. Huge difference. The tea finally tastes a little more like it smells, though still not as strongly. Made this way, the tea is a lot fruitier.
But yeah, getting that better cup of tea requires nearly 3-4x as much tea leaf as Lupicia (or anybody) thinks is appropriate. Given the price point of this tea, I’d rather spend money on other fruity green blends where I could just use 1.5-2 teaspoons instead of over a tablespoon and get better value.