Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos: Tea Review

Spiced Apple Cider

Reviewed by: Juturna F.
Type of tea
Rooibos, loose-leaf
Flavor aspects and Aroma
Flavor aspects: Spicy, fruity
Aroma: Apple cider!
Where I got it
$8.98 per 2 ounces
How I brewed it
Filled a mug with hot water from the coffee maker at work. Walked back to my desk, added 2 tsp loose-leaf tea (in strainer) to 12oz mug. Waited about 4 minutes or so and removed.
Rebrewing notes
Don't. Rebrews turn out watery and weak.
It's apple cider! Teavana does a fantastic job of bringing the flavor of hot apple cider to your mug. Spicy, rich, and warm, all it's missing is the texture. If you want a tea that tastes like apple cider, you're in luck. The spices are very strong, especially the cinnamon, so if you like spicy teas with a side of fruity you'll enjoy this one. It has a rich, strong flavor to it (I find it better using slightly more tea than recommended), and the smell will take you right to the holidays.

That said, I'd probably rather just drink apple cider. This tea is delicious, and convenient because I have tea supplies at easy access, but the inability to rebrew means it's a high cost per cup. The first brew comes out great, but any attempt to rebrew ends up feeling like apple-cinnamon-dunked water, a hollow echo of the first taste so disappointing it ruins the whole experience.

While it makes a nice holiday gift, and it's exactly what it claims to be--tea that tastes like apple cider--on the whole I think I'd skip and just heat up a carton of apple cider.

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