Gwendalina's Baked Apple

Tea type
Black Fruit Green Blend
Ingredients
Almonds, Apple Pieces, Black Tea, Cinnamon, Green Tea, Natural Flavours
Flavors
Apple, Baked Bread
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
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Not available
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Sigh. This is going to be a bit of a teaplz Manifesto, and a reflection of my tea journey so far, so I apologize in advance for the rambling. Actually, I don't apologize, since I mainly write...” Read full tasting note
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  • “So I managed to somehow spill most of my little sample bag all over the kitchen floor. I don't seem to be having all that great of luck today. I guess I shouldn't say that though because I did...” Read full tasting note
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    aug3zimm 911 tasting notes
  • “I'm surprised people do not like this tea, it's been really great tea for me. It's good as straight, good as milk tea. It has very sweet scent of apple pie. Although I must say it can be tricky to...” Read full tasting note
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    Fmtoy 15 tasting notes
  • “Got this as a sample. I couldn't taste much apple, almonds, or even cinnamon, extremely weak. teaplz pretty much sums it up, all smell, no flavor! Though the blend of green and black was nice, it...” Read full tasting note
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    MelissaW 258 tasting notes

From TeaGschwendner

Like a piping hot apple pie wafting on the window ledge, this blend commands the attention of the entire neighborhood. Immensely popular and intensely enjoyable.

Ingredients: Black and green teas from India, Ceylon, and China, apple pieces, chopped almonds, cinnamon bits, and natural flavor.

Preparation: 3g tea leaves (1 level teaspoon) per 8oz cup of filtered, boiling water. Allow to brew 2 min.

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186 tasting notes

Sigh.

This is going to be a bit of a teaplz Manifesto, and a reflection of my tea journey so far, so I apologize in advance for the rambling. Actually, I don’t apologize, since I mainly write these entries for myself.

I feel as if I’m come a long way since my first sip of loose leaf just a few short months ago. I’ve tried lots of different kinds of tea, from several different companies. I’ve become friends with a lot of wonderful people here, who have opened my eyes even further to what tea could be, what tastes good, and what I might actually be interested in. I’ve felt myself evolve already, and start to become more solidly what type of tea drinker I am to become.

That being said, let’s take a look at my TeaGschwendner order. Back just a month or so ago, when I ordered these teas, I was terribly excited in the newness and novelty of it all! Tea that tastes like almond cookies and apple pie and bacon! All sorts of desserts and flavors and exotic items steeping up in a beverage! The sheer expanse of flavor profiles and different odd things was just plain exciting to me. Of COURSE I had to order Chili-Chocolate tea and strawberry tea with pepper flavoring. Bring it on!

But now, the novelty has worn off. Having been exposed to companies like Samovar, Golden Moon, and Rishi, my tastes have changed. The more quality flavored tea and regular plain-old tea I have, the more I crave that more than the way wacky stuff. Almond Cookie by SpecialTeas, by the way, is still an amazing flavored tea. Ranked up there with some of the best I’ve had. But I find myself more and more preferring flavors that … occur naturally. Like jasmine or orange or ginger. Stuff that occurs naturally instead of mimicking other flavors. I want natural flavors. Robust flavors.

But I also want tea. And after all, that’s what brought me here, right? Tea. Sure, there’s a lot of fun in novelty-style tea, but then the shine and newness of it wears off, and then there’s almost a weariness. A battle and toil to finish that sample, to trudge through that cup. I really dislike the feeling, and honestly, it’s weighing me down.

So let’s get to Gwendalina’s Baked Apple. It shares a problem that a lot of TeaGschwendner’s flavored teas I’ve sampled have: amazing smell, and lack of flavor. I can’t speak for some of TG’s more quality offerings, of course. They’re a huge company with a vast variety of teas. For all I know, I’ve just chosen cheap and affordable teas from them that just don’t really suit my taste the way that I thought they would.

This one smells like an apple pie pulled right out of the oven. I can smell completely the crust and the cinnamon and the almonds. The apples smell sweet and freshly cooked, oozing in their syrup. It smells amazing.

So I get out a level teaspoon, and steep this up. TG recommends boiling water, but with green tea mixed with black here, I went for a bit lower than that. The resulting infusion was a nice yellow color, and the smell coming off it was a liquid version of the dry leaf. It almost reminds me of when Snapple had their apple pie flavor. Does anyone remember that?

Unfortunately, the flavors aren’t nearly as potent and exciting as they smell. They’re all there, but they’re very faint and non-descript. I catch hints of apple and almond, mixed with an almost crust-like, bake-y flavor, but none of it combines together in an exciting way. The tea base itself tastes fairly weak and unexciting. It doesn’t have enough body and oomph to support the generally weak flavor. So while it doesn’t taste bad, by any means, it’s severely disappointing when compared to the smell.

Not all crazily-flavored teas fall into this category! Take Almond Cookie, for example. Its smell and its taste are pretty damned close, yet it manages to incorporate a tea-like base as well. It manages to be robust and subtle and entirely sippable. And each sip surprises me with the pastry-like intenseness of cookies. I get none of that here, which really makes me sad.

Yes, I think I’ve moved away from exotic-flavored teas. Give me a regular old flavored tea that isn’t overly ambitious, that just tries to do a flavor well. I actually really enjoy more than anything picking out flavor notes in non-flavored teas. Plain tea. The original. It’s so much more exciting to pull, say, a caramel note out of a keemun, than actually drink down a caramel tea.

So it’s a bit of a jaded teaplz here, with quite a bit of unsatisfying tea. Time to give it away? Time to order stuff that suits my tastes a bit more? We shall see.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Bethany

Have you tried anything from them that you really liked? I have a $25 GC there from Christmas, but I can’t seem to pull the trigger on anything just yet.

JacquelineM

I know just what you mean. It was a revelation to taste peaches in my Pi Lo Chun green tea, rather than having a peach flavored tea. I’m really starting to enjoy the simple elegance of a great tea. There will always be the time and place for a flavored tea for me, but I want to start having more experiences like my peachy green tea, and your carmely Keemun.

teaplz

Not yet, super-super-liked, Bethany! I haven’t gone through all of what I have, but I have a few reviews up! I seriously need to get rid of some of this stuff, though! It’d be a weight off my conscious, seriously.

Jacqueline, I agree! The caramel-ish keemun is actually a reference to the wonderful caramel notes that Auggy and takgoti got out of that keemun. It’s just so exciting to read that over a caramel-flavored tea! On another, related note, I really enjoy “normal” flavored tea over specialty flavored tea. I’d rather have a peach tea than a peach and apple cobbler tea, if that makes any sense as well!

S

teaplz, Are you my twin? I am SO with you on wanting “peach tea” rather than “peach pie delight tea”, and even plain teas with natural flavors rather than “flavored teas.”

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So I managed to somehow spill most of my little sample bag all over the kitchen floor. I don’t seem to be having all that great of luck today. I guess I shouldn’t say that though because I did end up with enough tea left to make a good-sized cup so it could have been worse!

This brews up surprisingly dark. It looks like spiced cider but smells like apple cobbler without the crust and strong on the cinnamon. Very apple. Very baked apple. Definitely not fresh apple.

I got distracted while I let it cool so oops on that but still, taste-wise, it’s pretty much what it sets out to be. Apple and cinnamon and tea. I’m totally missing the almond it says is in here though. Perhaps that was added to give it a crust-ish flavor? I’m pretty much missing out on anything-crust related but I do get baked apple. It says it is baked apple, I believe it. Now, if it said Baked Apple Pie, I would have said it was fibbing, but it didn’t so I won’t. It’s not quite sweet enough to be the innards of an apple cobbler, but with a little sprinkle of sugar it might match almost exactly.

I shared some with the husband – at first sniff he asked me if this was a Celestial Seasonings blend because it smelled like it had fruit in it. And when he sipped he said it tasted like a cinnamon apple fruit mix. So yeah, pretty cinnamon apple!

Overall though, I can’t really get behind this. It seems sorta… boring. I mean, sure it’s accurately flavored (the most accurate of the TeaGermanname teas I’ve had so far). But it’s just a bit too mild and the flavor doesn’t really develop from start of sip to finish so it just seems a little… boring. No nuances (that I can pick out – maybe it’s just me) or flavors layered upon flavors. The flavors don’t dance or twirl or flitter around each other. All the little flavors are just crammed together in a box, sitting cross-legged and pouting. And personally, I’d rather the tea be given a little room to dance.

3.5g/8oz

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
teaplz

This is BORING. I agree. TG’s flavored stuff, to me, just seem… limited. This one made me very sad and caused me to write that jaded manifesto of my tea-drinking so far. You described it exactly! <333 to you for that!

Auggy

I agree! I was pretty sad about this one just because it tasted exactly like it should have but it still managed to be… meh. I can see how this would bring a jaded reaction out!

teaplz

I tried to rationalize what was wrong with this, and I think I just figure that it’s a WEAKSAUCE tea. The flavor should be much bolder and highly more interesting, considering the way it smells. All foreplay and no climax. :(

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I’m surprised people do not like this tea, it’s been really great tea for me. It’s good as straight, good as milk tea. It has very sweet scent of apple pie. Although I must say it can be tricky to brew it right. I went through couple of trials to bring the full taste out.

Sil

this one smells amazing!

Sil

(i almost bought it this past weekend)

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Got this as a sample. I couldn’t taste much apple, almonds, or even cinnamon, extremely weak. teaplz pretty much sums it up, all smell, no flavor! Though the blend of green and black was nice, it supposes to taste like a baked apple? It doesn’t, not even close to it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LauraR

Hmmm….I am wondering if the sample that you got wasn’t fresh? I’ve had this one before and it had a pretty full flavor profile…kinda like apple pie in a cup!

Mel

What a shame, I was really looking forward to it tasting like that! It might of been.

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Wow, surprised no one cares for this tea. Yes, it smells amazing-could be a potpourri of apple and cinnamon. I tasted the apple, cinnamon, and tea all pretty well and they seemed nicely balanced and flavorful. Better with a teaspoon of sugar, but tried not to do that too often. I liked to use this as an after dinner dessert tea in the fall-goes great with a graham cracker dipped in it (the missing crust!). When spring comes around it feels a little heavy and tastes out of place-so don’t overbuy.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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This tea is pretty good (thanks carol who for the sample!)~

I think I might prefer the Roasted Apple from Della Terra, but this is still quite nice. I love the smell of it when brewing. It is very warm and smells purely of apple with a little bread and spice at the end. If apple pie (the tart, refreshing kind) were a tea, this would be it!

Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlogging. I can see the ingredients. This tea smells kind of like a apple cinnamon cereal bar. I steeped this up. The taste I’s like it smells only not as strong. I can also taste the black and green tea. And I do not think its weak in flavor. I think this is a pretty decen tea.

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