First time trying this out of a sealed packet.
First, let me say, I’m not familiar with yuzu. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered it before. The interwebs describe it as a sour citrus fruit that is a cross between a grapefruit and a lime. And boy, is that exactly what I smell in the packet — very strongly, indeed.
After steeping all of that basically evaporates and I smell something that is disturbingly like the smell of clothing when it’s been left in the washer and gone sour. The tea is medium golden-yellow with that sencha haze that keeps it from being able to be described as clear.
Fortunately, the tea doesn’t taste like it smells. It does have a sour citrus tang that tastes like the lime/grapefruit combo description. The sour tends a little toward bitter, in the citrus zest embodiment of the term.
It’s the sort of thing I’ll have to try again, sit with, and mull over before I come to a conclusion about it. For now I’m putting it in the solid very good range because I don’t have a frame of reference for yuzu and I can’t determine whether my reaction is driven more by the unfamiliarity and newness of the flavor or the flavor itself.
Flavors: Grapefruit, Lime, Sour