I love free samples. This has a tangy apple flavor, like a Jolly Rancher candy. The flavor of the tea hides behind it a bit, but I liked it anyway. Kind of an inoffensive comfort-drink to remind you of things you liked when you were a kid.
“I cold brewed this for 12 hours, although the sun went away and it is now cold and foggy in San Francisco again… this one makes a delightful cold beverage, I think I like it even...” Read full tasting note
“I made this one cold-brewed last night for lunch today. Cold brewing is one of the only ways I still enjoy flavored greens, but I’ve still been having issues with them being too strong or...” Read full tasting note
“I wasn’t going to drink this until tomorrow, but it was so appley and all-around tasty already that I couldn’t resist. Great tea for a cold steep – light, fresh, and crisp, like...” Read full tasting note
“Thanks a million for the sample Amy Oh! this is a great tea! Not something I’d want everyday, but unique enough that it stands apart from your average green fruity tea....” Read full tasting note
Japanese green tea flavored with “San-Tsugaru” apples from Aomori prefecture in Japan.
Ingredients: Green tea, flavors
Hot to make tea:
One 150 ml (5.0 fl oz) cup
Steep for 1.5-2 minutes
Company description not available.
GreenHiggins & Burke
GreenLevel Ground Trading
Somehow I didn’t drink any tea at all yesterday, so I was really looking forward to this cup of tea. I really wanted to like it, and so it was a shame that this tea didn’t quite get there.
As a fairly standard green tea – the base is bancha – it’s okay. As a flavoured tea, it leaves quite a bit to be desired. There’s a very slight apple aroma to the tea that you really have be looking for to notice, and very little apple in the taste. I like my fruit teas to be more… fruity.
So, yeah, this tea is drinkable, but if I’m in the mood for a green tea or a fruit tea or a green fruit tea there are plenty of others out there that I vastly prefer.
Appearance: large broken leaf med green
Aroma when Dry: slight sweetness, fruity floral, apple noticeable
After water is first poured: desert apple-y fruity
At end of first steep: apples, slightly sweet, slight tart note
At end of steep: very light green
Time of day preferred: unsure, first tasting
At first: faint sweetness, light floral apple
As it cools? apple notes get more aggressive, tea gets “busy”
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? yes, sweet apple taste, no notes of green tea base
Might try chilled
Wow this is a great one! Lupicia suggests using boiling water for brewing, which worried me a bit but I followed anyway… I just kept the brewing time as short as possible. The brewed cup turned out to be fine and free from bitterness – whew! Fresh Japanese apple aroma and taste, which was wonderful. Remember the Karel Capek apple tea I tried years ago, the apple flavour was soooo artificial and sooooo overpowering, but this tea tasted completed natural. Great job Lupicia! I enjoyed this after having a bowl of salty instant noodles and felt totally refreshed :)
Yay, samples! This came in the monthly newsletter, and I was very pleased when I took it out of its package! This is, again, another very impressive fruit flavored tea from Lupicia. The apple definitely makes itself known, both in the smell of the loose leaf and after it’s been steeped. Even unsweetened, the mouthfeel of the tea is very much like the juice from a tart, fresh apple. The green tea base is quite lovely, too—vegetal and slightly astringent, which pairs quite well with the apple. Well done!
Finally, something I can write a good review on – (I know, right?)
So, my girlfriend chose this one out when we were at the mall together. She HATES malls, but we were forced into with the pressure of mother’s day shopping, and she proved that she’s 100 times better than me at gift shopping, even for MY mother and sister. While we were there, I decided to take her up to Lupicia, because she’s slowly been coming around to tea.
She chose this one out herself, and I have to admit, I’ve never tried it – I usually kept company with more pure teas. She wanted an iced tea, and the guy (who has been working there FOREVER) suggested that one. So, I bought her a small iced tea brewer, and we cold-brewed this at my place.
It’s got a real pleasant smell, and the flavor’s good too – subtle, maybe a little watery, but it’s definitely more enjoyable than drinking plain cold H2O. What else can I say? It smells like green apple – as someone mentioned earlier, not so much REAL apple as artificial “green apple” flavor – and it tastes like you’d probably expect.
The only thing I could say against it, though not form experience, is that when my girlfriend tried making it hot, she said it wasn’t good at all – even after she chilled it. Whether she misbrewed it, or it’s just not a good tea to drink hot, I don’t know, but it’s something to look out for.
While this tea is really nothing special, it’s another one of those things she’s picked up as our lives begin to overlap – sharing interests, friends, family, certain other things I really shouldn’t mention on this site…
Anyway, it’s nice to be with her during her first steps into the great adventure that is Tea – an adventure I need to get back into.
Wow. If green had a taste, this is it. haha. Had this for morning tea. Prepped it with a tiny squeeze of lemon and may a heaving teaspoon of honey. And it’s still very green. I don’t usually like normal green tea and this isn’t too bad. I probably won’t pick it but for a green tea, its good. Yeah, all I can say is that it tastes very GREEN.
Freebie bag from their store.
The dry pyramid smells amazingly of tart green apples, and while that scent doesn’t completely survive brewing, it persists. I spent the first few minutes waiting for this to cool enough to drink just breathing in the steam and its green apple aroma.
Comparatively, the flavor disappoints, but I do get a sense of apple contrasting nicely with the bancha, and as the tea cooled further, the apple flavor grew more pronounced. This makes me think that cold-brewing might be more successful. I’ll try that if I ever get another tea bag.