I have to admit that when I read the ingredient list for this tisane, I was a little dismayed. Hibiscus as well as stevia? Ugh. I would rather companies not put stevia in their blends, because I like to decide how much (if any) sweetener I add to a cup. I don’t like this decision made for me. And well, it’s no secret that hibiscus just isn’t my favorite tea/tisane ingredient.
That said, this tisane was still pretty darned good. I do think it would have been better without the stevia, but as it is, I found myself enjoying the apple-y notes and the spices, and the stevia does nicely accentuate the spice notes.
This tisane tastes a bit like apple cider that’s been mulled with masala chai spices.
Fortunately, the hibiscus is on the light side, and I would still recommend only steeping for 6 minutes to keep the hibiscus from becoming too syrupy.
A well-defined apple note with lots of well-balanced spices: ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Essentially, this is like an apple chai! Nice!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/18/spicy-apple-tisane-from-tea-people/