Nothing would make me happier than replacing all the days of summer with those from late autumn, winter or early spring. But we cope with the reality of another scorching Australian summer by consuming copious amounts of barley tea. This Lupicia Apple Barley Tea follows on from their Lychee Barley Tea.
Infusing 1 tea bag in 800 ml of cold water for 3 hours in the fridge yields a golden brown liquor that smells strongly of crisp apple peel, but nothing as sweet as apple juice. These crisp apple notes come through briefly at the head of each sip before the nutty, slightly bitter coffee-like notes of the barley tea dominate the body until the apple flavour reemerges as a mellow sweet finish and leaves a refreshing aftertaste that’s perfect to cool down with in hot weather.
Lupicia suggests infusing 1 tea bag in 500 ml of cold water for 1 – 2 hours, but I always find that there’s enough flavour left for another infusion in 200 ml of hot water. So, I’ve increased both the amount of water used by 200 ml as well as the time for infusion by 1 hour to achieve a similar strength and flavour.
This bag of Lupicia Apple Barley Tea contained 10 tea bags. It was packed in Japan and purchased in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan in 2015.