I picked up a bunch of Demmer’s teas during a recent trip, so I’m excited to start trying them out. This one sounded so summery and smelled so good in the shop, I had to pick some up. I’m a little surprised that they sell this one as a black tea; looking at the dry leaf you’d think it was a green tea or perhaps even a tisane. It’s got noticeable chunks of dried apple which, along with the elderblossoms, contribute to a heavenly sweet aroma, which reminds me of being in a summer orchard.
It steeps to a medium orange-colored tea, a little cloudy with sediment, and still with a fantastic scent – the peppermint starts to come through a little here, as a bit of a high note behind the earthy apples. The flavor is a really nice blend of fruit and flower, with just a little hint of freshness from the peppermint. Nice that they didn’t overdo it with this flavor. Very little astringency and no bitterness to this. I tried it straight this time but next time will try it with cream and sugar – it would probably be great iced, too. A winner!