After one of my most recent posts on how to recognise good quality tea, I’ll bet you’ll judge my pictures below with fresh eyes!
This review is dedicated to one of my favourite summer teas, which my generous husband indulged me with for my birthday this year. He knows how much I love Fortnum & Mason (which I have nicknamed ‘The Mothership’), so he couldn’t go wrong with buying me one of their teas. And it’s become an instant success.
I also recommend it if you’re just starting to experiment with alternative teas to your regular black cup of tea. A fruity blend is naturally sweetened and more pleasing to the palette so you should find it an easy experiment.
How to enjoy the Green Tea & Apple Blend
Dry leaves: small dark and light green leaves with a potent apple fragrance
Water temperature: 80 degrees (you can use a thermometer or you can wait until the bubbles start to form and stop it). Always use freshly poured water!
Amount: 3-4g or a teaspoon per cup. Hunt for some apple pieces too for a flavourful brew, or double up the quantity if you’re making ice tea (recipe for that here).
Brewing time: 2-3 minutes
Wet leaves: expanded light green leaves, with a fresh, dewy aroma and a slight fruity tone. You’ll notice the dry leaves smell much stronger of apple. It’s common for many fruit and flower blends that the scent is stronger before undergoing the brewing process.
Brew: Fresh and zingy, this tea has the familiar earthy or grassy taste of a green tea with a sweet and sour fruity twist. The apple flavour is actually a lot milder than you might expect, but it complements the green tea beautifully, livening it up a bit. And it’s a brilliant ice tea blend!
Ready to try it?
Of course, green tea and apple is not the exclusive blend of a particular company, so you might be able to find it from your favourite supplier. The one I’ve use for this post and love is from Fortnum & Mason, priced at £6.25 per 125g (at the time of writing) – it should be enough for at least 30 cups.