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drank Apple by Lupicia
911 tasting notes

Hello Steepsterites! Yes, it has been a while since I’ve been on. Honestly, Steepster loads so slowly for me that it just takes too long for me to get on here and play, so I haven’t been. But I figured I needed to bite the bullet and do some clean up to my cupboard as well as check in with folks so I’m doing that today. Hopefully slow load times won’t tick me off too much and I’ll even be able to get some backlogs in.

But enough hoping about backlogs – I’m here to log a tea that’s actually in my cup right now! This one was a teabag included in with my Lupicia Happy Bag that I bought. I can’t help it – I love their surprise grab bags! I certainly don’t need more tea, much less surprise tea, but I still buy it anyway. I’m trying to be good though, and not break open too many of the new packages of tea before I do away with some older teas. So this one, being a single teabag, is a nice burst of new that doubles as a decupboard. So win all around!

First off, the smell. Holy mother of goodness does this teabag smell apple-y. It’s like a just bit into a fresh, crispy, juicy Gala or Pinata apple. I can almost feel the crunch in my teeth! As I kept smelling the teabag wrapper while my tea was brewing (everyone does this, right?) a little note of apple-flavored hard candy started to come out on the edges of the smell which took away a bit of the I-am-eating-a-fresh-apple feeling, but it still smells delicious. Post-brewing, the actual liquid tea smells almost bake-y but not quite. Maybe like an unsweetened version of a chocolate graham cracker topped with a large dollop of tart green apple preserves. I say tart mostly because it doesn’t smell super sugared and cinnamon-y like most apple flavored things seem to. I will admit, while unusual, it is nice to have something apple that isn’t apple cinnamon.

The taste is mild compared to the smell, but that’s pretty typical with Lupicia. I taste a tea base but I can’t really identify it – Ceylon probably. The apple taste is a bit more green apple than anything but I think that has to do mostly with the end note. The initial taste of the sip seems to be fairly evenly split between tea and sweet red apple. It’s very mild but summer-time pleasant. Then the swallow which edges a bit towards the tea side – making me think a bit of a Nilgiri but without the feeling that I’m eating rose bush leaves (the texture/flavor I always seem to associate with Nilgiri teas) – with only a hint of apple sweetness. Then post-swallow, the green apple flavor expands to fill my mouth, making me feel a bit like I just took a lick of an apple Jolly Rancher, but without the sticky, icky aftertaste a lot of candies can leave. It’s not a tart green apple flavor though. There’s no sourness or pucker to it. It’s just not as sweet as the red apple portion of the program.

As almost always seems to be the case with Lupicia, the flavor is very true to the name. This is an apple tea. Quite honestly, it’s a really good apple tea. I can’t say for sure if I’d ever buy this – I rarely find myself craving apple flavored things unless they are an actual apple and even that doesn’t happen too often – but the flavor is so tasty and makes me feel like I’m walking through an apple orchard so I really can’t dislike this tea. I’d say anyone that tends to crave apple things (or just wants to experience the novelty of something apple-flavored without also being cinnamon-flavored or sour/tart) would greatly enjoy having this tea around. Honestly, I wish I had more than one bag so I could see if this made me start craving apple things. I think it might. Because now my cup is empty and I think I want more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

If it helps, I think it’s dead-slow for everybody. I tend to use all evening to check it these days. I’ve got it to load on the page with notifications, and if I want to check anything I use new tabs. Then when I’m ready to check the posts, I start it working on finding that and go do something else in the meantime.

TeaEqualsBliss

Welcome back! I have noticed for MONTHS now – to return to the dashboard is REALLY slow and to load some other individual pages, too!

Cofftea

Glad I’m not the only one it’s slow for!

Auggy

Boo for Steepster slowness! Ang, yes, I used to load Steepster then wander off to do something else, but I am not on my computer NEAR as much as I used to be and I found that it would literally be hours before I would remember I had been doing something online and by then I either had lost the drive, forgotten what I was going to say or just didn’t have time to finish and closed the windows. At least search is finally working properly now though!
And TEB, thanks! I have a feeling I’ll be a bit more sporadic on here (as that’s how my computer time in general has become) but I hope to still pop in to see what everyone is drinking!

TeaEqualsBliss

WE MISS YOU!!!!!

Meghann M

Glad your back, wish the slowness would go away!

As for the Lupicia happy bags, are they a bunch of packages of tea/teabags or is it sample sizes of a bunch of different teas? I forgot about the happy bags and missed out on buying them this year:( But curious for next year.

Auggy

The happy bags this year (or at least the one I got) was a collection of different 50g bags. I think 9 of them total (I got the Herbal and the Black boxes). Plus there were 4 different freebie teabag samples in the newsletter they included. Last year it was a mix with some teas in bags but this year you got to choose type (Black, Herbal/Decaf, Oolong/Green) and loose or bagged.

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Angrboda

If it helps, I think it’s dead-slow for everybody. I tend to use all evening to check it these days. I’ve got it to load on the page with notifications, and if I want to check anything I use new tabs. Then when I’m ready to check the posts, I start it working on finding that and go do something else in the meantime.

TeaEqualsBliss

Welcome back! I have noticed for MONTHS now – to return to the dashboard is REALLY slow and to load some other individual pages, too!

Cofftea

Glad I’m not the only one it’s slow for!

Auggy

Boo for Steepster slowness! Ang, yes, I used to load Steepster then wander off to do something else, but I am not on my computer NEAR as much as I used to be and I found that it would literally be hours before I would remember I had been doing something online and by then I either had lost the drive, forgotten what I was going to say or just didn’t have time to finish and closed the windows. At least search is finally working properly now though!
And TEB, thanks! I have a feeling I’ll be a bit more sporadic on here (as that’s how my computer time in general has become) but I hope to still pop in to see what everyone is drinking!

TeaEqualsBliss

WE MISS YOU!!!!!

Meghann M

Glad your back, wish the slowness would go away!

As for the Lupicia happy bags, are they a bunch of packages of tea/teabags or is it sample sizes of a bunch of different teas? I forgot about the happy bags and missed out on buying them this year:( But curious for next year.

Auggy

The happy bags this year (or at least the one I got) was a collection of different 50g bags. I think 9 of them total (I got the Herbal and the Black boxes). Plus there were 4 different freebie teabag samples in the newsletter they included. Last year it was a mix with some teas in bags but this year you got to choose type (Black, Herbal/Decaf, Oolong/Green) and loose or bagged.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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