Yesterday my LeafSpa teas from winning the Select comment contest arrived a scant two days after being shipped. Since I didn’t collect them from the mailbox until after 7pm, I couldn’t try one right off being it was too late to have too much caffeine. Luckily, LeafSpa included the caffeine-free Honeybush Apple, which I drank as my cup-before-bed tea last night.
The Dry Leaves — Dark brown to light tan chippies with lots of rather large apple pieces. The smell is sweet, appley, and vaguely of a good fruit liquor.
The Wet Leaves — Darker in color chippies. Damp and swollen apple pieces, which I ate. They tasted like dried apple with a hint of honeybush. Pretty good. The smell is faint, sweet, and lightly appley.
The Tea — A reddish brown cup. The smell is sweet with maybe a bit of apple. I can taste the apple. It’s dried or cooked apple rather than fresh. I can taste the caramel. It’s a light creamy whipped caramel that I’m not sure I can describe that well rather than candy squares of caramel or the hard caramel on an actual caramel apple. I can taste the honeybush lightly behind the apple and caramel as a base.
I definitely get caramel apple from this herbal. But think of a baked apple dessert with a homemade caramel sauce at a nice restaurant rather than an actual caramel apple at the fair. It’s homey and comforting. Some sips are a bit more apple, some are a bit more caramel. I like it. A nice tea to have before bed.
I’m rating it a 67 for now, right in the middle of good (60-80) for me. I suspect it will go up several points after I’ve had it a few times but stay within the good range.