A review: Flavoured Apple Tea by Princess Noori purchased from Bazaar International Grocers of Brookline, MA.
This is an excellent Apple Flavoured Ceylon Tea with Apple Pieces.
Place 1 tea bag in a cup and filled with boiling water and let steep from 3-5 minutes.
Having placed one tea bag into my cup and pouring the boiling hot water into the cup I noticed how as the water is touching the bag the color of tea is dispersing at once; very dark amber or more specifically the color of wooded mahogany. And the fragrant aroma of the apple is dispensed at once as well.
It is difficult for me to cover the cup and leave it to steep as it is unfolding too fast. But I place the covering on the cup and leave it alone for five minutes or so.
This is Ceylon black tea and I am reminded that Ceylon teas are from Sri Lanka; the pearl of the Indian Ocean and known for its diverse cultures and scenery.
A bit of Sri Lankan history:
One of the many names by which Sri Lanka was known in the past is “Serendib” from the word “Serendipity” is derived and was to have been coined by Horace Walpole to mean “The faculty of making happy discoveries by accident”. One of the happy discoveries the pioneer planters in the latter part of the 19th Century discovered is the effect of the diverse climates on the production of tea. And it is this serendipitous discovery that has resulted in an array of fine teas which are unique to each agro climatic district and not to be found anywhere else in the world, but also not to found in the other agro climatic districts of Sri Lanka.
What all this means to a tea drinker and semi tea reviewer like myself is that I am drinking very good tea and the climate from which teas are derived are static in that what is found in one location produces a very different cup than what is found in the same district but perhaps miles away is of another climate.
I am not sure if New England weather would equate with our concepts and saying: if you don’t like this weather right now as it might be pouring rain one minute and driest the next…some would say just drive down to the next town and see if you like it better over there.
I must remember to note that the history that I have shared on Sri Lankan tea comes from my little treasured book on Ceylon Tea that I had purchased from Upton Tea Imports earlier this year. The Sri Lankan Tea Board put this book together. Website: www.lanka.net/teaboard
Anyhow; I must return to the business at hand, which is to review this Flavoured Apple Tea. Tea’s aroma is a lovely and smells of tart apple; that green and crunchy apple that one cannot wait to bite into. The tea’s coloring is like a dark-mahogany or rosewood.
In tasting the tea, I find it is a delight to have. One can tell right away from the nosing effect of the tea and its color if it will be liked or not. So when it comes time to taste it; the salivating effect is then quenched with the first sipping of the tea.
I am so happy to be having this tea since nothing more is needed. From viewing the tea bag one can discern the flavoring and scent of the tea. And when it is tasted there is no disappointment for this reviewer.
Tea has a good heft; it is a fully rounded-bodied tea, which is smooth and malty in taste. I have been able to enjoy several cups of this tea using same tea bag and it stands to be reckoned with each cup.