Swiss Apple

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Rooibos Tea
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Anise, Apple, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Floral, Rosehips, Vanilla
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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From Tea Forte

Naturally caffeine-free rooibos tea with the taste of fresh crsip apples, the euphoric flavor of delicious, deep dark Alpine chocolate, and a tingle of cinnamon.

Steeping instruction recommends:
bringing freshly drawn, cold water to boil
place filter bag in cup
slowly pour water over filterbag and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes.

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505 tasting notes

Oh dear, it’s a rooibos. Rooibos and I don’t really get along, but that’s with one exception: apple cinnamon. I’ll admit right here in front of all of Steepster that I genuinely like Tazo’s Organic Apple Red, which is also a rooibos. (What?! You got something to say?!) I had a feeling that this might be similar, so I’m giving it a chance even though this one uses chocolate instead of caramel.

It smells divine. I actually made a “mmm” noise when I sniffed the bag. I can’t smell the chocolate, but that’s alright. As it steeped, the aroma spread throughout my kitchen. As I sip, I can’t really taste the chocolate either. But more importantly, I can’t taste that strange rooibosness that I dislike so much. This is just a yummy apple cinnamon treat to me. Smooth and comforting, well-spiced without it being too much. Yep, I’ll be picking this one up again, too.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

It’s always nice to find exceptions to things you generally dislike. :D

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704 tasting notes

Someone left these at work for others to drink and I decided to take one. I rarely drink teabags but I like to try apple teas so here I am. I don’t understand what chocolate is doing in this tea but I am giving it the old college try. I don’t see any chocolate in the bag, mostly rooibos with an overwhelming aroma of cinnamon and some dust. Presumably cinnamon dust.

Steeped, it smells kinda sour. It’s gross, but almost like vomit. It’s very pungent. This does not smell good. I have had a couple roobois blends to tails up on me that way in terms of smell. I’ll just give myself a few minutes before I try it.

Once I got the guts, it’s not too bad. I don’t taste anything like that sour note and I don’t get anything chocolate either. Mostly just cinnamon/spice and rooibos with a hint of apple. Certainly nothing to write home about. Honestly, I’d give it away too. I’m not finishing the mug. Kinda blechy without being outright disagreeable.

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4825 tasting notes

Of the teas/tisanes from the skin-smart line, I think that this one is my favorite. Which is pretty surprising to me since this is a rooibos tisane. But… it doesn’t taste like rooibos. What it tastes like is apple cider with a hint of chocolate. YUM!

And even though it IS in a teabag, and I generally rate bagged tea lower, this tea deserves a higher rating because it doesn’t really matter to me that it is a bagged tea. It just tastes good. Definitely one of my favorites from Tea Forte.


Skin-smart line? That sounds interesting.

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388 tasting notes

I received my sample from Tea Forte Saturday. I finally got around to trying it at work yesterday. When I opened the package my mouth began to water. The bagged tea smelled really good! Even my boss wanted to try it and she is NOT a tea drinker….coffee only (note this is the Flower Shop where I work, not the tea shop). I sadly got more apple and cinnamon in this than I did chocolate. Which bummed me out a little. But it was still a yummy tea. I was also hoping these would be the loose leaf teas like the last sample, rather than just bagged. Still good and easy on the go.


Not to contradict you; but my samples were individual tea bags with one flavor each from the skin support line. You mentioned dried leaves than ended with it not being loose leaf teas. Perhaps I do not understand.

It is good review, I am just not understanding dry vs loose leaf. perplexed!


I simply meant I had hoped these samples would be like their last sample set. They came in pouches as loose leaves, not bagged like these. I’ll clean up the post to make it a little clearer.

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171 tasting notes

This is my 4th review in a series of six Skin Smart Beauty Tea Samples

Experience buying from Tea Forté: Good. Website is very colorful and easy to navigate. Sent free samples after responding to an invitation on Steepster. Package came in reasonable amount of time. Other than sending my address, no e-mail or phone contact.

Age of leaf: Unknown. Steeped within weeks of receiving.

Packaging: Colorful: each tea came attached to a colorful paper backing labeled as a "Skin Smart” sampler. Each tea bag comes in standard tea bag packaging, with a picture of the flavors that the tea replicates prominently displayed on it. The tea bags themselves look like standard paper teabags with a small Tea Forté label and string attached to the bag by a staple.

Dry leaf in the bag: Good, strong cinnamon smell.

Brewing guidelines: in a ceramic cup with a touch of Stevia.
……………1st (and only): Boiling, 4’

Aroma: cinnamon!

Color of liquor: honey color, tending toward red.

Flavor: Apple flavors come though, but the cinnamon flavor is stronger (yet, not overpowering).

Value: I am grateful for the free sample (thank you Cindy at Tea Forté!), but their price on their website is more than I would be willing to pay if I purchased it.

Overall: I really liked the cinnamon smell. And I did like the taste of both cinnamon and apple in the tea liquor. This was a little better tasting than the Honey Yuzu for me. This is a tea I could enjoy drinking.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

Very good review, I like how you break it down; compartmentalized!
You need not have heard it from me, it is nice review that is all.


@seule771: thank you for your comment!

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6770 tasting notes

The apple is lovely. The Chocolate is just-so. The cinnamon adds a tingle but isn’t overly spicy and I like that. I like these three flavors together and Tea Forte did a nice job combining them in a bag! Pretty good, indeed!

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521 tasting notes

There is a strong taste of cinnamon and a barely there flavor of apple. There’s a slight sweetness from the fruit. There is an earthy base that might be either the chocolate or rooibus. Though I am not a rooibus fan, I didn’t really notice the medicinal flavor I usually associate rooibus in this one.
Despite the fact that there is no real noticeable chocolate flavor, I really enjoyed this tea. It was perfect with my apple pie. the flavors really worked together. :D

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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1015 tasting notes

I had extremely high hopes for this tea, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Initially, the aroma was very off-putting in an alcoholic sort of way. Usually I wouldn’t mind but since this isn’t a cocktail-esque flavored tea, I was a bit confused. After pouring the water on the tea bag, the alcohol aroma turned into the scent of rich chocolate. However, the taste of the tea is just apple, granted it is a very natural apple taste, but the chocolate is nowhere to be found.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to try this tea, but I would not purchase this particular flavor.


It is interesting that you mentioned cocktail like for this tea; Tea Forte teas; I myself when I received this was thinking right away that they might all taste like previously sampled flavors like Merlot Almond, Apricot Amaretto…their Herbal Retreat line; but I was happy they arrived in tea bags as opposed to loose leaf and did not conjure cocktail to me. So my mind was awash of this thought and proceeded anew with these samples.

I am just saying thanks for clarity in expressing what is expected and the actuality of the tea in the cup.

I do go on, forgive.

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600 tasting notes

This Swiss Apple is another sampler received as part of the skin-smart antioxidant amplifier tea.

Naturally caffeine-free rooibos herb with the taste of fresh crisp apples, with the euphoric flavor of delicious dark alpine chocolate and tingling cinnamon.

Steeping instruction recommends:
bringing freshly drawn, cold water to boil
place filter bag in cup
slowly pour water over filterbag and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes.

1st steep the liquor is golden amber, reddish. I taste apple mixed evenly with cinnamon and the lingering effect of the cinnamon is heady.

2nd steep the liquor is lighter with the cinnamon lingering throughout the cup.

3rd steep seems to be as second cup with prevailing note of cinnamon; I could not discern the Alpine chocolate but then perhaps I know not what alpine chocolate is and cannot recognize it somehow.

I don’t particularly like cinnamon except a cinna-roll bun; gooey with some walnuts added on top. This tea might go nicely with that possibly but no buns I am sorry to say.

This tea is meant to support the skin and I so need blemish free skin, I would need more dose of this.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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421 tasting notes

This is one of the free samples I got from teaforte thankyou very much. This smells like cloves and cinnamon. I honestly did not brew this very strong I will see if the taste changes if I can get another cup. I have this and waited until just warm and this taste clove like then abit of cinnamon some natural apple and abit of chocolate. I think this is really good and am thankful I did not not taste the roobios.

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