This tea truly has the smell and flavor of sour cherries. In the brewed tea, it’s a bit more subtle, but that cherry edge is there, nonetheless. It’s not something I would drink everyday, but I enjoyed the unique tart flavor.
However, I did try it cold once, and that accentuated the bitterness of the black base, so I’d definitely recommend this hot.
It smelled delicious at the store, but when I brought the tea home, it smelled a lot stronger. The taste isn’t quite as pleasing as I imagined either. It has a peculiar taste, and reminds me a bit of children’s cough medicine… Maybe if I give it some time it will mellow down?
I’d swear there are real cherries in my mug after I poured the hot water in. It is not overly sweet and isn’t sour regardless of the very strong aroma after steeping. When the tea is hot, there is a taste that is interfering with the cherry flavor – when it cools down a bit (still very warm), it isn’t as pronounced though.
This is actually I really good flavored black tea. I wasn’t sure I would like it, but the cherry flavor, in my opinion, is strong enough to complement the tea. I like it iced especially, but it’s good hot too. It’s quite a tangy cherry, almost like candy, but not the same sweetness… a little spicy too. And it smells wonderful. Lupicia’s teas always smell wonderful though. I put 2 minutes, but I usually go 2-3 minutes, as I rarely get an exact time. I don’t get exact temperatures either, but I try to at least get the water to boil, then quickly add the tea. I bought this in bag form from Mitsuwa; it’s the easiest and cheapest way for me to get Lupicia’s tea, although the selection is nowhere near as expansive.
I’ve grown up with unsweetened Asian teas, and this one made me feel as thought I was sitting in my grandmother’s garden, watching her koi fish. Perhaps I’m partial to loose-leaf teas, but Lupicia certainly brought flavor to the table. It is dark and rich, with a definite sweet and sour taste; however, steeping it too long can cause it to become bitter.