Review: Boston Tea Company Apple Cinnamon Rooibos

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Thumbs up!"I recommend using the sweetener of your choice to turn what is merely a good fruity tisane into a great desert tea."
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.8/10
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Promising to be as pleasing as apple pie, this blend does deliver a dose of comfortingly sweet goodness. While it mostly looks like just plain rooibos through the pyramid sachet, it also contains apple pieces, cinnamon bark pieces, lemongrass, rose petals, as well as apple and cinnamon flavour. The aroma is mild but distinctly reminiscent of baked apple deserts.

Since no brewing directions were provided, I relied on my usual procedure for flavoured rooibos blends. I infused the sachet in 8 ounces of freshly boiled water for 5 minutes. A mild apple-cinnamon fragrance rises from the brick red liquor. The first thing that strikes me is that the nutty sweetness of the rooibos is a great pairing with the apple-cinnamon mixture. It brings a slightly drying, metallic edge to the finish. Otherwise it blends seamlessly with the other ingredients. The rose petals and the lemongrass seem to bring more depth to the apple flavour. The touch of tartness to the finish makes it all the more convincing. The cinnamon brings a gentle hint of spice here that is more akin to an apple pie than to a chai. The mouth-feel is rather syrupy, perhaps due to the naturally occurring pectin in the apple pieces, lending an element of decadence. This cup is naturally very sweet and adding more sweetener is not at all needed. However I found that it greatly amplifies the cinnamon's contribution. The cup transforms into something of a liquid cinnamon heart and is darn right delicious!

A second, 7 minute steep is nothing to write home about. Although the cinnamon is still going strong, the apple flavour has pretty much disappeared. It really pales in comparison to the previous steep.

This blend is enjoyable and easy to drink. The apple flavour is particularly successful and realistic. I recommend using the sweetener of your choice to turn what is merely a good fruity tisane into a great desert tea. Unfortunately it's only available bagged and not in the cheaper loose leaf format. Still, if you're in the mood for a small splurge or prefer the convenience of sachets, this tisane is a good choice.

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