Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: 52Teas
So, maybe I’m weird, but I like to eat the green apple and watermelon Jolly Ranchers together. I love the mixture of sweet and tart. So it seemed like a good idea to make a tea with buttery chinese sencha, some sweet young hyson, freeze-dried granny smith apple bits and some organic green apple and watermelon flavor. The green apple was pretty potent, so in the final blend, I added a bit of organic cantaloupe flavor to give it a bit more sweetness and melon-ness. Is that a word? It is now. (I wrote it on the Internet, so it has to be a word, right?)
I hope you enjoy this tea as much as I do. I’m looking forward to reading your reviews and tasting notes. =)
Learn more about this blend here.
The dry leaf aroma of this Green Apple Watermelon Flavored Green Tea from 52Teas is sweet and fruity, smelling a bit more like candy than it does fruit, which after reading the above description, isn’t too surprising. The dry leaf doesn’t have any real noticeable “green tea” fragrance to it, but once brewed, I pick up on more of the green leafy notes. The brewed tea has less of that aforementioned sweet and fruity scent although I can still pick up on the watermelon and apple.
I’ve said this before about some of 52Teas’ blends, but I’m going to say it again … this cup benefits from a few minutes of cool time. When sipped “fresh from the teapot” hot, the flavors are kind of muddled. But, after allowing it to cool for about three minutes, the flavors start to come into focus.
The sip seems to mostly be about the green tea – and that’s quite alright with me. I can taste a sweet, vegetative taste that reminds me of lightly buttered veggies with a hint of grassy taste. I do taste notes of watermelon and sour apple weaving their way through the sip, tasting more watermelon than I do apple. The apple flavor really comes to life in the aftertaste, which tastes very much like the green apple Jolly Rancher candy that I used to enjoy as a kid. (Back then, you could by the Jolly Rancher stix, I don’t know if they still have those or not, it seems like all I can find now is the small, bite size hard candies.)
Both the fruit flavors are more true to the Jolly Rancher candy than they are the actual fruit. The description that Frank from 52Teas wrote (the one that I’ve pasted above) is pretty spot-on: this does taste a lot like I popped two Jolly Rancher candies (a green apple and watermelon) in my mouth and let them dissolve together … or perhaps, more accurately, like I dropped one of each Jolly Rancher candy into my cup of green tea and let them dissolve and add their sweet yumminess to the tea.
It’s a good tea. I can’t say it’s my favorite from 52Teas, but it’s one that I’ll enjoy having in my cupboard for as long as it lasts.