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This was a tea that I picked up at my local Japanese market on a whim, because I love apple things! When I was filling a ziploc bag with some wrapped teabags to take with me on vacation, I noticed there were only a few of these left, so now I’m finishing them off!

I find it interesting how in these sachets, the flavoring is actually little round beads that are separate from the tea. Bird & Blend does something similar with their flavored matcha (which makes it really annoying to cold brew), but I think this is the first time I’ve seen that in a teabag. Not that it matters one way or the other, just interesting!

This has a strong and crisp green apple flavor that definitely leans into candy territory. The green base is über mellow and smooth, and the matcha adds a bit of sweetness and gives a more substantial texture. I could see this base being tasty on its own or as a foundation for any number of flavors. I’ll have to see what else is available the next time I visit the grocery!

Really a lovely strong apple tea for this time of year. :3

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Creamy, Grassy, Green Apple, Smooth, Sweet, Tart, Thick, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Love finding hidden gems at the grocery!

Cameron B.

They always have some interesting-sounding flavored Japanese teas!

ashmanra

I had a Whittard’s? Rose tea that had the little beads! It was very good. But I love rose tea!

Cameron B.

It makes a lot of sense if they want to use the same base for several flavors, seems like it would simplify manufacturing so they can just add the flavoring separately.

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Courtney

Love finding hidden gems at the grocery!

Cameron B.

They always have some interesting-sounding flavored Japanese teas!

ashmanra

I had a Whittard’s? Rose tea that had the little beads! It was very good. But I love rose tea!

Cameron B.

It makes a lot of sense if they want to use the same base for several flavors, seems like it would simplify manufacturing so they can just add the flavoring separately.

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

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I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

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