Apple Spice Black Tea

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
Apple Pieces, Black Teas, Cinnamon Pieces, Natural Flavours
Flavors
Astringent, Spices, Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Cream, Pastries
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 9 oz / 275 ml

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Tea of the Week for November 9, 2015!

I hadn’t really planned on doing another apple tea for a while, mostly because last year we seemed to be bombarded by apple-y teas from 52Teas and I kind of felt like maybe people had had enough of apple for a while. But, since this is kind of a new company, or at least a turning over a new leaf for an established company, there’s nothing wrong with adding another apple tea to the lineup, is there? Especially when I had a request for one.

This is not so much an “Apple Spice” tea as it is an “Apple Cinnamon” tea but since 52Teas did release an Apple Cinnamon Rooibos previously, I decided to replace the word “Cinnamon” with “Spice” for this blend. But this tea is simply apples and cinnamon with my hearty, robust black tea base. And it’s quite tasty!

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To Brew: I measured 1 heaping bamboo scoop of tea into the basket if my Kati Tumbler and added 12 ounces of boiling water. I let it steep for 3 minutes. This was my first tasting. My second tasting I used a little less than a level bamboo scoop of tea into the basket and added 12 ounces of boiling water and steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes.

I mention both tastings in my brewing parameters because each produced two very different tea experiences with the second being far superior to the first. The first was very strong, a little astringent and veering on the edge of being just a little bit bitter. This communicated to me that this IS NOT a tea you want to over-steep or over-leaf. With this tea, a little less is more: less leaf and less steep time produces a far better cup of tea!

When I opened my blending vessel and saw how much cinnamon I had put into this blend, I worried that maybe I went a little overboard with the spice but I don’t think so now that I’m tasting it. there is a good amount of cinnamon so there’s no mistaking that this IS an apple cinnamon tea, but the cinnamon isn’t the star player in this cup.

Rather, I think that this is all about the threesome: apple, cinnamon and black tea. There’s a really nice balance between black tea, apple and cinnamon. I’m really pleased with how this turned out – I think my hubby – who is a big fan of apple -is going to enjoy this.

Organic Ingredients: black teas, dried apple bits, cinnamon pieces and natural ingredients.

Steep: 1 tsp of tea to 12 oz. boiling water. Steep 2 1/2 – 5 minutes. Allow tea to cool 10 minutes after brewing for best flavor.

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7 Tasting Notes

1120 tasting notes

Having this with spiced mashed sweet potatoes and red grapes for a mid-morning snack. The dry leaf is long and dark with large chunks of apple thrown in. This does smell spiced, but not as much like cinnamon to me. I can’t place what it is exactly. I didn’t steep this according to the package directions (accidentally) so I’m not sure if it tastes as good as it should.

Flavors: Astringent, Spices

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My recollection of this tea is positive, especially when I give it a sniff. Actual apple(!) and a black base instead of green. Wasn’t too enthused about this to start, but I believe I’ll enjoy finishing it off.

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630 tasting notes

I like everything involved with this. That being said, I found both the apple and spice to be weaker than I generally prefer.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1088 tasting notes

I hadn’t been overly enthusiastic about adding yet another apple tea in my stash. That said…

I welcomed the abundant apple bits in the dry leaf and its promising scent of apple and bit of spice.

I steeped quickly to ensure that the black tea base doesn’t overpower the flavourings.

The flavour is beautiful: apple, in the sense of homemade apple pie filling. A bit cinnamon. Possibly the teeniest bit of clove and allspice. Even the vaguest sense of the butteriness of pastry and cream followed up by the slightest citrusy tang of fresh apple.

A delicious beautifully balanced tea.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Cream, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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