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Muji Organic Tea Apple & Elderflower

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Here in Australia, we have the basic ver­sion of Muji with the beau­ti­fully designed fur­niture, weighty cut­lery, gor­geous white organ­isa­tion aids, and the eleg­ant logo-free and taste­fully col­oured cloth­ing, but we stop short of the items of the Japanese stores that are more tempt­ing to the impulse pur­chaser. Muji stores in Japan have a ded­ic­ated food sec­tion lined with dry staples from (Muji-branded) sauce mixes to pasta and noodles to fruits and candy. Flagship Muji stores even have a cafet­er­ia serving freshly pre­pared meals.

Of course, tea is con­sidered a dry staple at Muji, and this is Muji Organic Tea Apple & Elderflower.

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Infusing 1 teabag in 200 ml for 5 minutes yields a golden yel­low liquor. The aroma and fla­vour of the tea is a lot like a mel­low chamo­mile tea sweetened with the fla­vour, but not the sweet­ness, of a flor­al honey. The first sip being dis­tinctly flor­al, the apple notes come through in the body as a slight sharp­ness akin to apple skin with a mel­low acid­ity akin to apple juice devel­op­ing in the tail and into the after­taste. I can see this tea being a refresh­ing apple scen­ted eld­er­flower cor­di­al with the addi­tion of some honey to sweeten.

The instruc­tions do sug­gest infus­ing in 140 ml (for 2 – 3 infu­sions), yet I’ve fol­lowed my usu­al guide for infu­sions as I find 200 ml for 5 minutes yields a more pleas­antly mel­low, less heady, fla­vour. The eld­er­flower notes come through with very faint notes of apple in the second infu­sion in 200 ml. By the third infu­sion, the apple notes have all but dis­ap­peared and the eld­er­flower notes are quite watered down.

This bag of Muji Organic Tea Apple & Elderflower con­tained 9 tea bags. It was packed in Japan and pur­chased in Kanazawa, Japan in 2015.