Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The tea, fruits, and spices together do create a drink that actually resembles apple cider. "|
Even though I live in South Florida and it is still 88 degrees outside, the flavors of fall are still all around me. And so even though I am still able to wear shorts and flip-flops, I do love to indulge in these seasonal flavors. Autumn Harvest Cider from Nature's Tea Leaf is one of those teas that perfectly evokes a cool autumn day and, true to its name, does remind me of apple cider. This is a black tea(Yunnan, to be specific) base blended with apples, cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel. It is wonderfully fragrant and I found the aroma very soothing and comforting. I prepared this tea with one heaping teaspoon of the blend per cup of water and infusing the leaves for three minutes. That sweet and spicy harvest aroma from the dry blend is easily transferred into the flavor of the prepared tea. This is one of those teas that seems perfect for sipping while bundling up in a big sweater on a cool day (not that I get to do that in South FLorida). The immediate flavor that comes through is that of the apple, which I actually found surprising because I thought it would be over-powered by the other ingredients. The clove and cinnamon are easily detected, but neither is too strong or overwhelming. The orange peel is perhaps the least noticeable element, but does make a nice contribution to the overall blend. The tea, fruits, and spices together do create a drink that actually resembles apple cider. My only issue with this tea is that I found the tea to seem rather dilute and as I was drinking it, I thought to myself that on my next preparation I would double the amount of leaf I used. Sure enough, when I checked back on the Nature's Tea Leaf website, it does recommend using two teaspoons of tea per cup of water. So I would just issue a warning that you'll need to be sure to use enough tea so that you don't get a watery or weak-tasting tea, but otherwise, this is a tasty tea that is so well-suited for the season. Yum.
— To purchase Nature’s Tea Leaf Autumn Harvest Cider, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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