Finishing off the last of the sample I had of this.
This is really good. It really does taste like pineapple upside down cake.
Trying this sample tonight for dessert.
All ingredients present and accounted for in the aroma of the dry leaves. The brewed tea has a definite pineapple/custard aroma to it.
Unfortunately, the tea suffers from the same tendency toward bitter that spoiled the Caramel Dipped Apple. Shortened steeping time seems to avoid most of the bitterness, and the brown sugar helps on the first steep. 45 seconds is about all it can take without the tannins starting to take over, and that’s about 20 seconds too short for the flavors to fully emerge. But at least it isn’t necessary to absorb or mask the bitterness with mint.
Despite the bitter tendency, I thought this was generally much better tasting than the apple. The pineapple and rum flavors are definitely there, with the rum taking a back seat as it should. There is nothing funky about any of these ingredients (there really was something about the caramel that didn’t sit well with my stomach).
I won’t buy this based on the experience of the sample, but I won’t shrink from finishing it and trying to think of ways to improve it along the way.
When one looks for a tea, the last thing they’re thinking is “I want to drink CAKE!” Well, NecessiTeas will help you rethink that leaning. Then again, I’m always thinking about cake, so I’m probably not the best judge. That said, this green tea blend is exactly as it purports to be. The pineapple chunks are huge, and the natural flavors don’t mute on spashdown. Tall praise for a blend.