Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"Sure, it is still a decent brew, but the wonderful aroma had me anticipating a spectacular brew and I couldn't help but be a little disappointed in the reduced strength of the flavor. "|
Apple Crumble is an herbal blend offered from Canada-based Shanti Tea. This is a blend of organic ingredients: honeybush, apples, cinnamon, and natural essences. My sample appears to be mostly honeybush, with a small spattering of larger apple pieces. I steeped one heaping teaspoon of the blend in six ounces of boiling water for about eight minutes. The tea is a reddish color, very similar to rooibos teas. The aroma wafting off of this tea is truly wonderful. It is sweet and fruity, with a wonderful cinnamon sweetness. It reminds me of autumn seasonal potpourri, except that it is totally natural and has no chemical/synthetic components. The aroma easily filled my entire kitchen, and I was really excited to sample this tea. While the flavor of this tea is enjoyable, it is a much subdued version of that delicious aroma. The honeybush is the primary flavor that I could taste, followed by the cinnamon, and then lastly by the apple. Sure, it is still a decent brew, but the wonderful aroma had me anticipating a spectacular brew and I couldn't help but be a little disappointed in the reduced strength of the flavor. This tea doesn't seem to need any sugar or milk, but given its rather light flavor profile the addition of one or both could improve the quality of this blend as a dessert tea. While I tried this tea both hot and iced, I definitely prefer it as a hot tea. I would recommend this tea, but with the caution that the apple flavor is rather weak, especially when compared to the apple fragrance of the brewed tea.
— To purchase Shanti Tea Apple Crumble, 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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