Another sip down! After hearing everyone else’s thoughts on this tea, I am a little nervous to attempt it again. I hope I can duplicate my previous experience. I didn’t measure the leaf but there was at least two spoonful. This is a lot more leaf than I used previously. I heated 12oz of water to good and steaming (not boiling) and steeped in my press for three minutes. I added one packet of Splenda in my mug. When hot, I thought the leaf smelled very lightly of apple. After cooling the leaf smells of spinach.

By using more leaf this time, I am getting results similar to what others reported. This is green tea. In fact it is a bit bitter. I got the water too hot and let it set and cool before pouring out of the kettle. Apparently it should have sat longer. When the cup cools to near room temperature, I can almost make out the faintest notes of apple. Almost.

Ok, my verdict on this tea is less is more. Use less leaf and cool water temp. Don’t over steep. Even then, the apple flavor is not going to pop. It only hints of apple. I greatly enjoyed this the first couple times I tried it. This time, not so much.

Some teas are real forgiving. You can throw any amount of leaf, temp, and time at them and get a nice cup. Others, apparently like this one, you’ve got to watch what you are doing closely. If it doesn’t work, try again with different parameters.

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