Review: Boston Tea Company Apple Cinnamon Rooibos

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Thumbs up!"Apple Cinnamon Rooibos from Boston Tea Company tastes just like apple pie without the nonsense crust. "
JennH’s Teaview: 7.9/10
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Apple and cinnamon make for a famous paring that has been featured prominently for ages in pies, cakes, teas, and more. Although the combination is never a surprise, it is inevitably a crowd pleaser. I’ve never been a huge fan of apple pie, but I adore the cinnamon apple compote that’s frequently served with soul food. It’s the best part of apple pie without all of that nonsense crust. Boston Tea Company has managed to encapsulate that no nonsense apple cinnamon flavor in guilt-free form with Apple Cinnamon Rooibos tea.

Red rooibos was brought to the attention of western society by European travelers visiting South Africa who observed the local people making tea from wild rooibos plants. Today rooibos tea is offered in both it’s oxidized red form and it’s unoxidized green form. Both types of rooibos are chocked full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals which makes rooibos a sought after cuppa for the health conscious tea drinker. Rooibos is also a natural source of calcium, fluoride, alpha hydroxy acid, and zinc that are all essential for a pretty smile and beautiful skin. There’s some debate as to whether red or green rooibos teas provide more heath benefits, but I have to admit that in most cases I’m more partial to green rooibos. The oxidization process is said to bring out a richer more developed flavor in the red rooibos, but I’ve found that some red rooibos teas have an odd aftertaste that I don’t care for. However, I’m happy to report that there was no hint of an odd aftertaste with Boston Tea Company’s Apple Cinnamon Rooibos. It stands to reason that Boston Tea Company would make a damn fine red rooibos tea with their some 230 years of experience in the tea trade.

My sample of Apple Cinnamon Rooibos came in a pyramid sachet. From what I could see through the sachet, the rooibos looked to be all needles with no stems and that’s most desirable in this type of tea. The aroma of the bland is sweet with plenty of apple and cinnamon fragrance. Once brewed, the infusion is a dark, ruddy brown with a spicy nose. At first sip, I taste the cinnamon but that mellows quickly to a pleasant apple essence. The red rooibos has a richness that adds depth to the body without being overpowering, and the finish is sweet with a lingering cinnamon flavor.

I brewed Apple Cinnamon Rooibos at 208 degrees for six minutes according to the brewing instruction on Boston Tea Company’s website. This tea proved to be plenty sweet plain so I didn’t feel the need to add any sweetener. However, I bet that a bit of agave would make this apple cinnamon blend a really satisfying dessert replacement. I very glad to have tried this tea.

Visit Boston Tea for more information on this tea and many more from their extensive product catalogue

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