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drank Apple by Lupicia
1994 tasting notes

Another of the impulse buys in my last Lupicia order. I have one more caffeinated black after this, and then I’ll be back to having all the black teas in the cupboard tasted and with initial notes.

This is another tea that hasn’t gotten huge ratings here, but that I think is awesome. It might have something to do with the fact that I really love apples. It’s not just the flavor, it’s the way they’ve been part of my life since I was a little kid. Almost every day at school, the lunch my mother packed for me contained an apple. Apples represent mother’s love in my personal symbolism.

This has a strong apple aroma in the packet, which is somewhere between fresh apples and green apple hard candy. After steeping, the aroma loses its candy-like aspect and takes on a more baked one. Sometimes the aroma tends more toward fresh apple, sometimes more toward baked, but both are quite nice. The tea’s aroma comes through as well, adding a bit of heft to the smell and some malty qualities. The tea is clear, though it has some sediment at the bottom of the cup, and it is chestnut colored.

The flavor is more subtle than the aroma, but it’s still definitely apple. I rather like the subtlety. It gives the tea breathing room that allows the base to come through in a nicely balanced way.

What I also love about this is that it isn’t just a vehicle for apple pie flavors (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, etc.) as so many “apple” black teas are. This one is pure apple and tea, which is a nice foil to the pure apple fruit tisanes that I love — for when I want the apple to be the flavor of the tea, not the tea itself.

Really glad I decided to buy this one even though it wasn’t a favorite here.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Candy, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 500 OZ / 14786 ML
Cameron B.

I’ll have to jot this one down to try sometime, I love plain apple teas too!

__Morgana__

It’s hard to find them!

Cameron B.

My current favorite apple-y tea is Momijigari, also by Lupicia. Unfortunately it’s a seasonal tea… :(

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Cameron B.

I’ll have to jot this one down to try sometime, I love plain apple teas too!

__Morgana__

It’s hard to find them!

Cameron B.

My current favorite apple-y tea is Momijigari, also by Lupicia. Unfortunately it’s a seasonal tea… :(

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes

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