I picked this one up in the good old days, and by that I mean the time when people thought coming home with ten different samples from DavidsTea was ridiculous! If only they knew then… Anyways, I remember being told that this one was supposed to taste like a caramel apple, and although I found it ok, I don’t remember it being a favourite by far. I had it earmarked to do a quick comparison to DT’s Mom’s Apple Pie, so figured tonight was as good a night as any! Sadly, neither of these is a sipdown; there’s still one cup left of this one, and lots of the other.
It’s funny, I took a sniff of this one, and could have sworn it was Mom’s Apple Pie! That’s how it smells, like warmed cinnamon apples with a bit of crust. And really, flavourwise, it tastes rather like the aroma. A bit heavy on the crust (which is probably the… almonds??), but definitely like apple pie. I’m not getting any caramel, so wouldn’t call it caramel apple, but the light cinnamon and fruitiness combined with a really distinct buttery crust flavour is 100% apple pie. The only problem is that it’s kind of weak. I suppose the tea is over 6 months old, but it has been stored properly, so maybe my leaf/water ratio is just a bit off, or maybe it needed that extra three minutes that I so cautiously didn’t give it. On second thought, I see the package directions indicate using 1.25 tsp, and I used a generous 1.5, so maybe it’s just meant to be on the weak side. This is nice though, and the aroma is very soothing.
ETA: Third infusion a day and a half later is heavy on cinnamon aroma (but not flavour), and mostly tastes nutty. Not bad. This one’s growing on me, but I probably won’t ever see it again since it’s online exclusive, and I don’t want 50g of it!
Making a little more progress towards drinking up my oldest tea samples, here. I don’t recall whether there was always so little green tea in this one, but I swear the entire 1.5 tsp of tea I used today was strictly lemongrass, apple chunks, and nut chunks. No tea leaves in sight. Nor any tea flavour; it’s all light apple/slightly lemongrassy lemon, and nutty. With a light pinch of cinnamon to round out the flavours. Decent flavour, but certainly nothing like caramel apple to me, and either 5 minutes isn’t long enough, or 1.5 tsp isn’t enough tea, because this is a lighter cup of tea than I would like. Oh well! Only enough left now for a very small cup. Not sad that this one’s gone (or is an online exclusive, I don’t recall).