Bird & Blend Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 10
I only used about 12 ounces of water for these two sachets instead of my usual 16, because it just didn’t look like enough leaf to me. Plus fruit tisanes always tend to need extra leaf to have a strong enough flavor in my experience.
This feels very similar to Day 1’s Christmas Cranberry Pie tisane – red fruity with hibiscus and spices. But I think this does have a somewhat more “cola” flavor to it, whether it’s from the kola nut or the spices. There is stevia here, but for me it’s just enough to temper the hibiscus tartness a bit. The spices are well-balanced, and the cherry flavor isn’t overly candy-like. There is a slightly acrid taste from the apple that I could live without, and a hint of that powdered-sugar-like stevia aftertaste.
Overall, I quite like it, which is saying something for this sort of tisane. It has a nice balance of sweet, tart, fruity, and spicy. Very festive and something I could see myself drinking in the evening during the holiday season. :)
Flavors: Acidic, Apple, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cola, Fruity, Hibiscus, Powdered Sugar, Spices, Stevia, Sweet, Tart