Apple Pie Keemun

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Black Fruit Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Apple Pieces, Black Tea, Cinnamon Chips, Organic Flavours
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Loose Leaf
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Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 11 oz / 317 ml

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Apologies for the late post. I’ve been working on my taxes this week. Didn’t we waste a bunch of perfectly good tea in protest of taxes once upon a time?

Actually, the Tea Act, which was the British legislation that drove the colonists to the act of rebellion known as the Boston Tea Party did not impose any new taxes. Instead it granted the British East India Company a monopoly on tea sales in the American colonies. This proved to be the final straw in a series of legislative actions England took which angered the colonists. But enough of my geekery. If you want to know more about it, there is a great website you can visit here. One last interesting tidbit: did you know the Boston Tea Party involved three ships and the destruction of 92,000 pounds of tea? That’s a lot of tea.

By the way, my geeky raving aside, I am not a member of the Tea Party, nor am I trying to make any political statement. I’m just a dork who likes history.

I suppose you would really rather hear about this week’s Tea of the Week though. I’ve paired a nice Chinese Keemun with freeze-dried granny smith and red delicious apples, cinnamon chips and organic flavors, including some brown sugar and other yumminess that goes in an apple pie. I think this one is going to be really popular, so don’t drag your feet about getting yours.

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Monthly TTB. I keep forgetting to add that. It gets hard to remember when I’m drinking a cuppa and feeding my daughter at the same time while trying to write a note. And she likes to try and grab my phone with her food covered fingers.

Anyway. The smell of the dry leaves reminds me of an apple pie you get in a grocery store and not a homemade pie. Or at least not the pies my mom or I make. Dark amber color. Not the best apple pie tea I’ve had (I think Indigo is better). It’s light but still has good flavor. Just not the pie flavor I think of when thinking of apple pie. I’m not a fan of store bought pies so that’s probably why I’m not a big fan of this tea.

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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Monthly TTB Club.

The apple pie flavor here is a pretty decent approximation. It tastes like sweet cinnamon apple, at least. I don’t really like how it works with the Keemun black tea, though. This is a tea I would drink if it were offered to me, but probably wouldn’t buy.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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It’s the Snowpocalypse! Here in British-Columbia we got got plus of 40 cm (that’s 16 inches, for you Americans) yesterday and now we’re sort of floundering around trying to dig ourselves out. The schools and university were shut down for the first time I can ever recall. I’m just lucky I live on a major thoroughfare that the snowplow got to pretty quickly, but with some of the backstreets it’ll probably two or three days before they’re cleared.

I got this tea as part of one of those grab-bag deals though I had been eyeing it beforehand. A couple years back Frank made another apple tea called Apple Pie a la Mode which I really enjoyed. This one isn’t quite apple pie to me although it makes a game attempt, there’s a nice apple flavour and just the right amount of cinnamon (IMO – though I know this is subjective thing) . I’m not quite getting the pastry flavour of the crust anywhere, though the base is a good match for the flavours.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown (115)!

Ooh, the DT website is down for maintenance right now… That’s exciting!

Thank you Marzipan for including this in our swap like I asked. I have to admit, it was Lauriel’s burning desire to try it that even put it on my radar. Otherwise, I probably would have just dismissed it as another apple tea – and those don’t typically excite me too much.

- It’s ok; black base stays away from the usual, strong 52Teas flavour
- Which is good; I’ve grown sick of that distinct flavour
- The apple is present and sorta soft; actually kinda like pie filling
- I couldn’t tell if it was more green or red apple
- Reading the description now I can see why; this incorporates both
- But that’s mostly where the comparison ends; wish I could taste the crust though
- Little bit of cinnamon thrown in there though
- Surprisingly, better than I expected!

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This brews up like a dark apple cider and has a lot of the same scents – you can definitely pick up on the crisp apple and what seems like pie spices layered over a decidedly smoky note that makes my mouth water.

And the tea itself – delightfully enough – doesn’t disappoint. You can taste a fresh apple flavour (with just a little tartness) over top of that smokiness…which really rounds it out and makes it reminiscent of pie that’s been baked just a second too long; you know – when the crust gets just to dark brown and it’s almost burnt but not quite…yeah, that one.

It’s a good flavour. More subtle and spot-on than I would’ve expected from a tea and I’m really glad that I got a whole bag of it from the 52Teas Grab Bag event they had going on.

Om nom nom.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 360 ML

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Thank you Marzipan for including this with the 52Teas mystery grab bags we split! The seems like the perfect autumn tea. Keemun with apple and cinnamon. The apple here is a little like red apples, not a dessert apple flavor, if that makes sense. But there is something here that could remind me of actual pie. Just enough cinnamon, much like an apple pie, not like the amount of cinnamon that would be in a cup of chai. The keemun isn’t tough enough for me though – very light, even with a teaspoon and a half. To be fair, I steeped for a short amount of time since I tend to do that with 52Teas to get as much flavor as possible before the base takes over. The second cup was steeped more traditionally, but the strength of the keemun wasn’t there. Not a bad blend, but I would have liked more flavor both from the tea and the flavors. I seem to drink many cinnamon teas in a row so my other teas aren’t ruined by the cinnamon left over in my infuser.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsps. // few min after boiling // 90 second steep
Steep #2 // half mug // just boiled // 3 min

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Backlog:

Really tasty. I could smell the apple pie as soon as I opened the pouch, and my mouth starts watering whenever I open this one (I’ve had it a few times since my original tasting note/review of this tea, found here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/29/apple-pie-keemun-52teas/ )

I like the way the smokiness of the keemun works with the notes of the apple pie to give it that fresh baked taste. My gramma’s apple pie never tasted smoky … but this doesn’t taste really smoky either … it just tastes crisp and inviting and very … autumnal. A really well-conceived blend.

Sil

i REALLY wanted this one when it came up for sale…

LiberTEAS

I’ve been chatting on the “subscription” thread in the forum … I should mention that the 52Teas subscription is one I have kept ongoing for years now. I WON’T be without it … mostly because I just know that the moment I cancel it, there will be like a run of two or three teas that I have to try and at least one of them will end up selling out before I get it. I just … can’t let that happen.

Lariel of Lórien

Sounds like something I need for Autumn.

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The first cup I had was about a month ago when I had been drinking a lot of another apple pie tea that was very syrupy liquid pie filling sweet so this one left me with no opinion. Today I’m enjoying it a lot more and it is comforting tonight. The apple and cinnamon are not as bold but still present and I can still taste the tea. I don’t get apple pie but I would consider buying this sometime.

Thank you EvaGrimm for the sample :)

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First tea of the day. I am not going to assign a rating because I rather like this tea, but it’s not an ideal first tea tea for me. I like my first tea of the day to be strong, hot and assertive. This one isn’t brewed at boiling so it’s not that hot, and it has a lovely understatement so I wouldn’t call it assertive.

I think this is going to fall in mid day for me. I hope everyone else is as quirky as I am about their teas!

Aside from that, apple? Yes, apple, but not overwhelmingly so. I get pie, but I’m not sure how. The cinnamon mentioned is barely there, I get a glimpse before it rounds the corner and goes out of sight. It’s not very astringent, as I brewed for 3 minutes. The aftertaste is just pleasant apple.

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