Review: Karma Blends Apples and Snowflakes

Apple Tea, Clove Tea, Karma Blends, Mint Tea, Peppermint tea, White Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Despite the addition of some potent ingredients, the flavor remains mostly melon-like, with the mint and cloves being best detected in the aroma just before each sip."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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Apples and Snowflakes is not only a clever, catchy little name for a tea, but it is also an ususual combination of ingredients: silver needle white tea, apples, mint, cloves, mint candy, and natural flavor. It was interesting to see silver needle tea mixed in with broken pieces of starlight mint candies. The tea leaves did develop an unusual appearance, looking a little crumb-covered as a result of being mixed with the other ingredients in the blend. The dry tea smells primarily like melon, which although a good thing for a white tea, I found odd given all of the "heavy hitters" such as clove and mint that usually make their presence known. It is possible that the unspecified "natural flavor" contributed to the melon flavor.
I brewed this tea using 185 degree water and a three minute steeping. The flavor profile was much lighter than I expected, although I was happy to see this, as I appreciate a mild white tea and was hoping it wouldn't be overpowered by pungent flavors of the fruit, spice, and mint additions. The flavor remains mostly melon-like, with the mint and cloves being best detected in the aroma just before each sip. Truthfully, I would have liked to taste a bit more apple flavor, but perhaps the apple's flavor contributes to a general fruitiness that is enveloped by the melon flavor I found to be more apparent. In all, this was an interesting blend, but didn't deliver as much "wow" factor as I expected. I would still recommend this, but would caution that the flavor profile is much subtler than the ingredients list might lead one to anticipate.

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