Tea type
Fruit Green Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Apple Pieces, Cinnamon, Cloves, Flowers, Green Tea, Sage
Flavors
Apple, Cloves, Grass, Cinnamon, Hay, Earth
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 oz / 287 ml

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  • “Phew, spents a chunk of the day dealing with crochet commissions. I get some interesting buyers for my cutesy, big eyed crochet amigurumi dolls. Today was a violent neon pink giant squid for...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Unfortunately my area is under amber alert for snow blizzard warnings after experiencing the worst weather for March in over 50 years. What a nice welcome to spring that has been. A snow warning...” Read full tasting note
    86
  • “Istanbul was the last port on a very cold rainy cruise, part of my working vacation 5 moth experience. We were at port on the European side. I had three full days to explore the city go to...” Read full tasting note
  • “do.not.like. Maybe it’s the past experience with cloves from the tea i snuck a sample of from cavocorax’s teas but this has a distinctive smells reminiscent of those adagio blends i don’t...” Read full tasting note
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From Bird & Blend Tea Co.

An enchanting take on Turkish apple tea with pomegranate + spices

Turkish tea holds a special place in our hearts, reminding us of chaotic days exploring markets + lazy afternoons supping tea on the road sides of Ankara. Our tribute to Turkish apple tea uses an unusual but wonderfully addictive combination of green tea, apple pieces, cinnamon, cloves + pomegranate flowers.

Chinese green tea, apple pieces, cinnamon, cloves, sage, pomegranate flowers

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21 Tasting Notes

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1271 tasting notes

Phew, spents a chunk of the day dealing with crochet commissions. I get some interesting buyers for my cutesy, big eyed crochet amigurumi dolls. Today was a violent neon pink giant squid for someone’s office.
Though, weirdest I’ve had was squids, to be thrown at each other at a LARP and foxes, in various colours, to match each person’s furry costume. Never a dull moment!

Tea time! Wow, this came out nice and spicy! The apple pops right at first sip and is lightly sweet! yum!

See previous notes for review.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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1379 tasting notes

Unfortunately my area is under amber alert for snow blizzard warnings after experiencing the worst weather for March in over 50 years. What a nice welcome to spring that has been. A snow warning means it’s time to take advantage of the situation and curl up on the sofa with a blanket and a pot of tea to keep warm. A great excuse to double my tea intake. :D

Spiced apple tea is always warming and hearty which is something I could do with on this frozen night.

This blend smells amazing! You have the sweet and juicy apple mixed with spicy cinnamon and clove to create a very strong and potent blend of Turkish goodness. In appearance you have the wonderful mixture of green, yellow and red colours with the ingredients varying in size for a pretty contrast. Everything looks fresh and natural. :)

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with a strong clove and apple aroma. The first few sips reveal: clove, apple, cinnamon. There is also a sweetness from the apple to match the spices whilst leaving you with a clean after taste. This blend is warming and comforting without being too heavy or rich yet still full on flavour.

I will admit that I’m not a fan of cloves at all but there is no thick, sticky clove flavour that makes me pull a face like a child eating vegetables. Instead the clove is more refreshing and mellow which when paired with the sweetness from the apple just lifts it that bit more to make it clove-licious.

I can feel a glow of warmth already :) Super delicious.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ozli

Sounds sooooo good!

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437 tasting notes

Istanbul was the last port on a very cold rainy cruise, part of my working vacation 5 moth experience. We were at port on the European side. I had three full days to explore the city go to hammans etc. Anyways the city is amazing, but I ended up soaked and on the first day I ended up being hosted by the’ Jean King " of the Grand bazaar who plied me with many warming cups of apple tea while drying my coat with a blow dryer borrowed from a neighbouring stall. What hospitality, great stories, a great sense of humour, and lovely spiced sweet tea.

Although this tea smells a little bit like it, with the apple and clove being the dominant fragrance, it doesn’t really taste like it to me. However it does pay a nice homage to Turkish cuisine. Pomegranates as a favourite condiment, cloves, and sage make me think of there many spiced meat dishes and apple for the iconic tea. The sage in it makes it a nice substitute to have in the cupboard for when your sick as it is great for calming sore throats. After three minutes the sage is a little more dominant than I may like for this blend, but this may also be due to the age of this tea as sage can intensify as it gets older. Sage and apple, are underlayed by a slightly bitter green tea cinnamon, and cloves, pomegranate is there as a reference. A tea to bring back memories and drive me to search for more tulip glasses.

Anna

I’m so glad you had a good Istanbul experience!

Sil

i miss istanbul..your adventure sounds great!

yyz

I loved it, I would go back in a second!

TheTeaFairy

Thanks for sharing that :-)

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12347 tasting notes

do.not.like. Maybe it’s the past experience with cloves from the tea i snuck a sample of from cavocorax’s teas but this has a distinctive smells reminiscent of those adagio blends i don’t like…combined with too much clove for my liking. Apparently i only really like clove in some chais. Which is what this ends up reminding me of, and apple chai. Ah well, i don’t have to love them all! :)

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3325 tasting notes

Additional notes: Inspired by Martin writing a tasting note for this, I wanted to find mine and have some. So this is another from StarFevre! Thanks so much! It is lovely to revisit this B&B classic. The flavor is fantastic for this being such an older pouch. I’m tasting crisp apple, spices, and wisps of sage. Exactly the cup I was hoping for yesterday. A lovely blend that apparently ages very well! (Thanks also Martin!)

Martin Bednář

You are welcome! I am glad that you liked it as well.

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1759 tasting notes

Apple chai? interesting. and by that I mean… not for me.
It was ok, but I wouldn’t ever order it for myself. The apple popped a little but tasted a bit dusty, probably because of the spices and such. I’m not sure I tasted any pomegranate either.
Honey helped dull the clove taste, which I can enjoy only in very minimal quantities.
All of that said, it was drinkable and comforting, so not all is lost.
Also, atleast I know now what Ankara tastes like, kindof!

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1789 tasting notes

I received my samples/order!

This green tea is enjoyable. It starts off apple-y, and finishes with a ton of cinnamon/spices. It’s very warming – I can see that this would be a great tea in the autumn. I don’t taste the pomegranates at all though.

And I agree with everyone – the packaging on these teas is adorable! I’m happy I bought a pack of Vicky’s Sponge Cake so I can look at more little bluebirds. I guess I won’t put that one in a tin – that’d be a shame!

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833 tasting notes

1 tbsp for 248 ml

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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123 tasting notes

Thanks to Mike Turner for the sample!

Well, I did it again and used too much water for the packet, so no rating. Dry leaf smells appley & spicy, with the clove becoming more dominant during steeping. Taste is mostly clove, with a faint apple & cinnamon background, and I couldn’t detect the pomegranate or sage. The clove is a bit more gentle on the second steep. May try for a third.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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1088 tasting notes

Another chance to this tea went well.

The green base isn’t phenomenal, it is pretty much boring but I noticed apples, pomergranate and earthy sage. There was some hints of cloves and cinnamon, which made it warming effect a bit which I liked this quite cold morning (around 15 °C only) and overall it was nice. Expected more fruity though.

I checked Steepster after two days again, 40 notices… many tasting notes. And I feel meh. I fel like I ran out of my passion writing them. Like who cares about same teas I am drinking? I don’t have any new ones. But you all care. Is it some panic attack effect?

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cloves, Earth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Martin, I think you’ll find your interest in tea will ebb and flow. And sometimes you just have nothing to say-which is perfectly fine. I’ve been away from Steepster for 4 years and just came back recently. I never stopped caring about tea or drinking it, but my life, interests and energy were just elsewhere.

mrmopar

15C sounds like our fall. I bet that hot cuppa was nice this morning.

White Antlers

What mrmopar said! I’d love a 59 degree Fahrenheit day this month. Not going to happen. A lot of the USA is currently due for some scorching summer temperatures in the 90s (Fahrenheit) and above. Enjoy your hot tea and your temperate weather, Martin. : )

ashmanra

I have gone months at a time without writing a note! I think it is normal to just have times when you don’t really feel like drinking tea (gasp!) or don’t feel like writing a note – or reading lots of notes. And that’s all okay!

tea-sipper

I care what you’re drinking because now I want to find this tea in my stash and have it tomorrow. :D

Martin Bednář

White Antlers: yep, I am still very interested in teas, but not interested in writing it down. Maybe I should not take it as a mandatory to write it down. Maybe I just need to get into better teas which are more interesting to write about. You probably noticed, I am drinking mostly tea bags, of companies you guys never heard of, because European. How would you even get them? Maybe just from swap with me? I don’t know, I shouldn’t care… but I feel I am boring with my tasting notes. But yeah, maybe I just need to have life, interests and energy (all three honestly) somewhere else too.

mrmopar, White Antlers: Come here and enjoz hot cuppas with me :D.

Ashmanra: No, I don’t think it will happen I don’t feel like drinking tea, although I have two days without tea just because I didn’t wanted any. It happens. But thanks saying it is normal I don’t feel like writing note, or reading them. I am somehow overthinking recently (are those panic attack effects or just tiredness of nightshifts, or both?)
tea-sipper: I hope you have found it and prepared it. It is not one of the greatest teas, but it was comforting yesterday!

tea-sipper

Yeah, please don’t make tasting notes mandatory for yourself.. you will be sick of writing them quicker. If I was writing notes for EVERY tea I drank, that would be exhausting. For some people, that is the point of Steepster, but not for me. :D

Shae

I’m in agreement with everyone here. Sometimes you feel like writing down every little thing and sometimes you don’t feel like writing anything whatsoever. I say do what feels good for you in the moment. I enjoy reading your notes and do care about what you’re writing, but I also definitely understand needing a break from it every now and then. I’m sure most everyone here does. :)

Leafhopper

I think this is normal. I also go months without writing a tasting note because I’m drinking the same teas. It’s fun to read about teas I’ll never get to drink, if only to hear your reactions to how bad some of them are. :D

Feel free to send your 15C temperatures to Ontario! We’re about to have several days that are over 30C, and we could use a break.

Martin Bednář

tea-sipper: yep, I know it’s not mandatory. But I kinda like the idea that I share teas you won’t taste. Like really unique blends, weird companies and my stupid thoughts about it. But yesterday was a tea-free day again (I just didn’t had time) and I wasn’t making a big deal of it :)
Shae: Yep. Exactly; sometimes I write everything, sometimes I write nothing. Almost. I am glad that you like my notes anyway.
Leafhopper: Some are pretty much bad. I blame the age most of them (huge bags section), sometimes they are bad on their own even fresh (I look at you Loyd teas). I would send, but it will heat up meanwhile above the ocean :D

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