Guiltless Apple Pie from Element Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos & Honeybush

Where to Buy:  Element Tea

Company Description:

This sin-free delicious dessert tea is perfect for any autumn day when you crave Apple Pie the most. You can literally taste the warm sliced apples and pastry in your cup. Yum!

Ingredients: Green Honeybush, Green Rooibos, Apple Bits, Raisins, Hazelnut, Flavoring Bits

Taster’s Review:

This tea smells so good.  The dry leaf smells like a nutty apple pie.  The brewed liquor smells a little less like pie but a little more of the apple scent comes through, and I can still smell the nutty scent.  It smells like a homemade apple pie and evokes memories of visits to gramma’s house.

Mmm!  This is delicious.

Let me start with the base of honeybush and rooibos.  Using green honeybush and green rooibos for this blend is GENIUS for a couple of reasons.  First, the green (or unoxidized) varieties of these two herbs tends to be lighter and fresher tasting.  The green varieties also tend to have a little less of the woodsy flavor that these two leaves are known to have, and instead, the flavor tends to lean a little towards the fruity side.  There is still a light woodsy flavor to it, but, because there is also a somewhat fruity nature to the taste, it lends itself well to a fruity dessert tea such as this.

Second, I have found that in a blend containing both rooibos and honeybush, that the honey-like quality of the honeybush tends to tame that funky sweet aftertaste of the rooibos quite well.  By using both of these two leaves in the blend, Element Tea has managed to cancel out the funky taste of the rooibos while keeping a light, fruity taste and a honey-esque sweetness that complements the overall profile of this tisane very well.

But, enough with all the technical talk… let’s start talking about how this tea tastes!  Put very simply, it tastes just as the name implies:  it tastes like apple pie in a tea cup!  The apple and raisins lend a sweet and well-rounded fruit flavor to the tisane, while the hazelnut offers a nutty taste.  I can taste a pastry flavor to this too, it is slightly buttery.  The nutty taste from the hazelnuts elevates the buttery quality and gives it a very nice, nutty crust like taste.

YUMMY!  This tea is true to its name.  It’s a great way to have your pie and drink it too!

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