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So I could have sworn this tea was in my cupboard, but apparently it’s not on Steepster… nor could I find it on Culinary’s website. I got it a few months ago when I won the $100 gift certificate, which I used to indulge in some dessert blends I usually wouldn’t buy for myself. This one popped right out at me, since caramel apples are some of my favorite fair food and they have such a high calorie content recreating them in tea-form seemed like a good way to relive the experience without all of the sugar. I made this last night while hiding out in the bedroom: I am SO tired of this heatwave, and it’s the only room of the apartment that gets fully cool when it’s in the 100s. On the plus side it’s arctic chilly in there, so I can have a hot cup of tea without feeling like I’m on fire!

This is a great dessert blend, and you can clearly taste the caramel and apple notes, along with a rich, creamy undertone. It’s quite indulgent, especially with a little cream and sugar. It doesn’t need much since it’s naturally quite sweet! Like many of their black blends that I’ve had, boiling water is a big no or it ends up a bitter mess, but brewed at a more gentle 195 this is heavenly. Frankly there’s not much “tea” taste and more “holy wow this tastes like a melted caramel apple” but sometimes that’s really exactly what you want.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Glad to hear you must have A/C – I’m all worried about you American Steepsters! It’s pretty bad here in Ontario, but the max we hit was 34C yesterday (so 93F), and the max humidex we’ve experienced so far is 107F… and the temperatures I read about in the States are so many degrees higher…

Bonnie

We already had that heat wave during the fires…great all at once. Now the monsoons are here so if it moves East everyone will be happy.

Alphakitty

This summer has been the worst in a long while (and it’s only early July ;~;). Hopefully we get some rain soon: if not the mountains are in danger of catching fire, which happened a few years ago. At least no one lives there, the fires in Colorado this year have been just awful.

K S

We had 107F here yesterday. I don’t know what the heat idex was, but once it gets that hot it just doesn’t matter. Going to cool off today and only be in the 90’s. Brrrr ;p

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Kittenna

Glad to hear you must have A/C – I’m all worried about you American Steepsters! It’s pretty bad here in Ontario, but the max we hit was 34C yesterday (so 93F), and the max humidex we’ve experienced so far is 107F… and the temperatures I read about in the States are so many degrees higher…

Bonnie

We already had that heat wave during the fires…great all at once. Now the monsoons are here so if it moves East everyone will be happy.

Alphakitty

This summer has been the worst in a long while (and it’s only early July ;~;). Hopefully we get some rain soon: if not the mountains are in danger of catching fire, which happened a few years ago. At least no one lives there, the fires in Colorado this year have been just awful.

K S

We had 107F here yesterday. I don’t know what the heat idex was, but once it gets that hot it just doesn’t matter. Going to cool off today and only be in the 90’s. Brrrr ;p

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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