Amazon Customer Review : This scholarly work first examines the discovery & establishment of tea & tea culture in China, in particular the profound influence of Lu Yu in developing a Chinese tea tradition.
Summary : If you like apples, you'll definitely enjoy
this tea. This tea does come awfully close to "drinking an apple," for
lack of a better word. The tea also has a subtle mint taste too.
Review : This is a mystery tea. You see, this tea showed
up over Christmas, sent by friends from Montana. How they got their hands
on fine imported Japanese tea in Montana is beyond me, but they did.
Only problem was, the tea was unlabled. I had no idea who made it. I
had no idea where it came from. I had no idea how to brew it. Hence...the
My only clue was found on the bottom of the canister that the tea arrived
in. It said "kotobuki." A search for that term led me to a importer of
various things from Japan. Additional searches finally led me to believe
that this tea is created by a premier Japanese tea plantation called
Maikotea - who then uses this Kotobuki place to export the tea. Why on
earth they allow the tea to be exported without any labels is beyond
me. Then again, perhaps the tea is resold here in the USA under a different
Well, regardless of the mystery, let's talk about this Apple Mint tea.
It's good. How is that for starters. When you first crack the canister
that this tea arrives in, you are greeted by a moderately strong fragrance
of apple, with just a subtle hint of mint.
And that, really, is what the tea tastes like too. The tea has a moderately
strong apple taste to it...guaranteeing that anyone who likes apples
will also like this tea. Similarily, their is a relatively weak flavor
of mint in this tea too. Normally, apple + mint = strange things. However,
in this case, the tea does have a pleasant overall taste to it. I suspect
that is why the mint flavor is a bit on the weak side, Maikotea realized
that mixing too much mint would create a strange brew indeed.
In any event, this is an enjoyable tea. If you can find it sold somewhere...and
good luck with that...I would definitely recommend this tea. The tea
has a mild after-taste too, that lingers around for quite some time.
Recommendation : Yes. If apples are your thing, you'll
enjoy this tea. And if mint is your thing, you'll also like this tea.
And if you like apples and mint combined, then you'll most definitely
enjoy this tea. The only problem is...good luck finding someone who sells