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Adagio Teas Rooibos Cinnamon Apple Tea Review

A Tea That Taste Like Apple Cider!

Summary : For a rooibos tea this tea is pretty good and rather tasty. But it is definitely weak in the "cinnamon" department...diehard cinnamon tea lovers like myself will be disappointed by the weak aroma and flavor of cinnamon in this tea.

Review : Cinnamon, huh? Well...that was what my mood on this Friday evening seemed to crave. Have no idea why...it just "was," perhaps because I was in the mood for something spicy and didn't feel like digging through my tea samplers to locate a chai tea.

In any event, cinnamon was what I craved. And it just happened that I had a rooibos tea from Adagio Teas sitting in plain sight called rooibos cinnamon apple tea.

Rooibos Cinnamon Apple Leaves

Cinnamon and apple...interesting mix I thought? Due to this mix of cinnamon and apple in a rooibos tea, I truthfully had zero idea what this tea would taste like...or even smell like for that matter.

And so with no preconceived notions...I had a totally open mind when I pryed the lid of the sampler container I had...spilling rooibos tea leaves all over my kitchen floor in the process. But that is another story for another day.

Here is the description of this tea from the Adagio Teas website: "Rooibos, colloquially known as Red Tea, is an herbal plant that grows in South Africa. Rooibos is a flavorful, caffeine-free alternative to tea for those seeking to eliminate caffeine intake. Our 'Rooibos Cinnamon Apple' is a top-grade organic version, flavored with apples and cinnamon."

Of course, like I always do, I formed my opinion on the tea as soon as I caught the first aroma. And in this case...my thoughts were all good. Now, the aroma wasn't horribly strong, and truthfully...I would have been surprised if it was. But...what aroma was there was indeed a rather pleasant mix of cinnamon and apple, and did indeed have a "bit" of the aroma found in apple cider.

And so with happy thoughts swirling through my mind, I made up the tea and began the seven minute countdown. The wait was worth it...what else is there to say?

Quite a bit to say, actually. But for starters...if you love hot apple cider...head over to Adagio Teas and get this tea NOW. This tea tastes about as close to hot apple cider that I've ever had. The apple flavor in this tea was surprisingly strong...I was really expecting to be more "wowed" by the cinnamon flavor.

But alas...I did think that this was the teas one downfall...too weak of a cinnamon flavor. Admittedly, I'm biased...after all, I was hoping to have a cinnamon tea this evening! And instead I got a tea with a weak cinnamon flavor that tasted frighteningly similar to apple cider.

Still, I keep an open mind. And just because I mis-judged this tea doesn't mean I can slam it...especially since this tea was quite enjoyable to drink...lack of cinnamon flavor and all.

Overall, if you adore hot apple cider...this tea has your name on it. Similarily, if you enjoy other apple teas...especially apple herbal teas...then you'll love this tea too. The only people likely to be disappointed are those who are searching for a strong cinnamon flavor...as this tea came up lacking in that flavor department.

Recommendation : Yes. This tea is a perfect substitute...and a low calorie and healthful one at that...for apple cider. The flavor of cinnamon is very weak...but the apple flavor is surprisingly strong. And mixed together, these two flavors comine with the rooibos to make a tea that is remarkably close in flavor to apple cider.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Rooibos Cinnamon Apple Tea
  • Manufacturert : Adagio Teas
  • Available from : Adagio Teas
  • Type of Tea : Rooibos Tea
  • Leaf Type : Loose
  • Date of Review : May 11th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Use 1 tsp of leaves. Heat water to 180 degrees. Let steep at least 7 minutes (this is a rooibos tea, so you can't "oversteep")

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