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Adagio Teas Apple Cantata Herbal Tea Review

A Sweet Whole Fruit Herbal Tea

Summary : This tea is very sweet and also has a very unique flavor, being a combination of a number of different types of fruits.

Review : I like whole fruit teas, more or less. Well, sometimes. Guess it depends on my mood. But in any event, as part of my job as a tea reviewer (what a career choice, huh?), sooner or later I'll try just about any tea. And on this late night in January, I was in the mood for a whole fruit tea...why, I have no idea. I just was. So I rummaged through my collection of teas from Adagio Teas and came up with a whole fruit tea called Apple Cantata, a herbal tea.

Apple Cantata Leaves

Now, as this is a whole fruit tea (no "leaves" are in the tea), you'll be amazed at how large these whole fruit pieces are. So large, in fact, that these fruit pieces can probably make a handy weapon of last resort, if push came to shove. Being beamed by some of these fruit pieces would hurt!

This is how Adagio Teas describes this tea on their website : "A delicious blend of natural fruits and spices that brews up a mouthwatering cup of herbal tea. Entirely caffeine free, it holds a special appeal for kids and sweet-toothed adults. Yet contains no sugar or other sweeteners. The flavor is all natural, emanating from dried apple pieces, lemon peels, hibiscus flowers, and other fresh fruits. Highly addictive; Please proceed with caution!"

Now...if you are searching for a tea with a powerful aroma, you won't find it here. But really, that isn't surprising. After all, this is a whole fruit tea...which consists of dried fruit pieces. And dried fruit pieces aren't known to have much of an aroma.

The tea, once brewed, has a pretty light red/medium pink color to it...depending on your lighting conditions and how you view it. It is quite pretty to look at.

The flavor of this tea was, well, interesting. The flavor, quite truthfully, is a bit difficult to describe. It doesn't taste like a traditional "apple tea," that is for sure. Yeah, there is some apple flavor, but it is a bit skewed by the other fruits in the tea. If you are searching for a good apple flavored tea, then this tea won't be for you.

So, this tea isn't an apple tea. So...what is it? That, my friend, is a good question and one I don't have a great answer to. See, the taste is "unique," and tastes nothing like any fruit or fruit tea I've tried before. It's almost as if someone took a bunch of different fruits, mixed them altogether, and produced a totally different and very unique taste.

The flavor that you get from this "mixing process" is quite sweet. If you enjoy sweet teas, the odds are good you'll like this one. While not as sweet as say Tazo's Wild Sweet Orange, this tea still does rank in the top 10% of the teas I've tried in terms of sweetness.

Yes, despite all this, I wasn't horribly fond of this tea. It wasn't bad...not by a long shot. I just didn't find anything "special" about it. The flavor was unique, but forgettable. And while a sweet tea is always nice, there are truthfully many better teas out there that have a more powerful flavor and more sweetness.

Recommendation : Maybe. It depends on what you like. If you want a pretty sweet tea with a "unique flavor," then by all means, give this tea from Adagio Teas a try. Additionally, if you enjoy whole fruit teas, then this tea will most definitely be enjoyable. I just found this tea, well, forgettable, which is why I give it three stars. That all said, though, I can see where this might make for a fine iced tea during the summer months.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Apple Cantata Whole Fruit Herbal Tea
  • Manufacturer : Adagio Teas
  • Available from : Adagio Teas
  • Type of Tea : Herbal Tea
  • Leaf Type : Loose Leaf
  • Date of Review : January 23rd, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Use 1.5 teaspoons (due to large size of fruit pieces). Pour 1 cup (5.5 ounces, but 6 works quite nicely) of water heated to 180 degrees over the dried fruit pieces. Let the tea brew for 7 minutes. Enjoy.

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