Way to get my hopes up with those 50 degree days, Wisconsin.
|Rah rah go chives go!|
So, after having a couple what I'll call wishful thinking cups of tea this morning (fruity white teas that reminded of somewhere warmer), I decided to drink something that fit the weather better a rich creamy cup of apples and cinnamon sounded just about right.
|These are some of the nicer black leaves|
I've seen in flavored black tea.
The very first thing I noticed is that it didn't smell nearly as sweet or apple-y as I was expecting especially considering the big chunks of apple in there.
Then I added the 212 degree water and there was my apple!
I steeped for 3 minutes and was welcomed with a really warming cinnamon and apple smell, highlighted with sweetness.
The tea itself brewed a really rich red-brown and had a nice creamy mouthfeel. The initial taste that hit me was the apple, followed by some cinnamon and sweetness then ended off on a milky note. While some tea tastes better once it's cooled, as you can taste it better, this one tasted best piping hot.
It doesn't have a great second steep as most of the flavor comes out in the first cup and you just end up with a sadder, weaker version of the first.
|Hello winter comfort in a cup.|
My next experiment with the tea will probably be one of the most delicious tea lattes I've ever had. I only wish I thought of that first :9
Blue Raven Tea