With the scorching summer heat bearing down on us — (honestly, I cannot understand how people can enjoy 35ºC weather outdoors, but people do) — I’m always keen for flavoured teas that would work well as iced teas. I’m reluctant — or lazy — to sweeten my teas, so the perfect candidate for an iced tea is one that comes flavoured just a tad sweeter than the teas that are best appreciated hot.
Lupicia Apple & Berry is the perfect example.
Steeping 2.5g of looseleaf in 200 ml of water at 75°C for 90 seconds yields a pale yellow-green liquor with the sweet aroma of sweet strawberry. The packaging doesn’t identify the ‘berry’ component as strawberry, but it’s strawberry without a doubt. This sweet strawberry features prominently in the head before the refreshing crispness of apple emerges briefly in the body ahead of the vegetal notes of the green tea. The strawberry flavour return in the finish to create a green tea with a smooth, mellow sweetness without the slightest astringency or lingering aftertaste. The safflower petals in the looseleaf add a pop of colour but don’t add flavour.
It’s a pity that the apple notes don’t come through more strongly. The strawberry notes have less depth and complexity than I’d expect from Lupicia, but nonetheless, it’s a pleasant everyday green tea that smells delicious and isn’t too sweet. It recalls T2 Gorgeous Geisha.
This bag of Lupicia Apple & Berry contained 50 g. The tea originated in Japan and was purchased in Kyoto, Japan in 2015.