Lupicia Tsugaru Apple Green Tea

Tsugaru apples are known for being some of the sweetest. They’re grown at the foot of Mount Iawaki in the Tsugaru region of Aomori pre­fec­ture, which pro­duces the most and the highest qual­ity apples in Japan. Tsugaru apples are a cross between the Golden Delicious and Kougyoku vari­et­ies. They’re some of the most pop­u­lar in Japan due to their crisp, firm flesh as well as their high sug­ar and low acid­ity con­tent.

This here is Lupicia Tsugaru Apple Green Tea.

Steeping 2.5g of looseleaf in 200 ml of water at 75°C yields a trans­lu­cent yel­low liquor that gives an intensely sweet smell, with the sweet­ness of the apples com­ing through from the first sip along with the crisp and juicy notes apples at peak ripe­ness. There’s none of the tart­ness you find in many apple teas, yet the tea is not overly sweet — it’s a sweet­ness that’s just enough to be refresh­ing. The fla­vour of Tsugaru apples in the head car­ries — in equal meas­ure, without inter­fer­ing — the veget­al notes of the green tea that emerge towards the end of the body and recede in the after­taste leav­ing only a pleas­ant hint of the crisp sweet­ness of the Tsugaru apples.

This bag of Lupicia Tsugaru Apple Green Tea con­tained 50 g. The tea ori­gin­ated in Japan and was pur­chased in Melbourne, Australia in 2014.