Leaf Type: Black, Oolong & Rooibos
Where to Buy: Inspired Leaf
Tempting crisp apple with notes of earthy sweetness.
Inspiration No. 53: Harvest the good in those around you.
Ingredients: Black tea, oolong tea, organic rooibos, apple pieces, fig pieces, clove, star anise, natural flavors.
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This Berkshire Apple & Fig Blend from Inspired Leaf is really yummy!
The base of black tea and Oolong is a pleasing combination – it is mild but not too mild … it is strong enough to provide a solid background of flavor without overwhelming the flavor of apple and fig. There is a moderate amount of astringency … just a slightly dry sensation of the palate toward the tail, and the aftertaste is sweet … the kind of sweetness that lingers on the palate after eating dried fruit.
As for the rooibos … I don’t taste it! Then again, I can’t say that this blend would taste the same without the rooibos, and some of the nutty, earthy flavors of this cup are probably due to the presence of the rooibos.
But what I really like about this cup is the way the apple and the fig taste together. Sweet and autumnal … a trait that is further accentuated with the addition of clove and star anise. The spices are subtle … adding just a hint of warmth and exotic sweetness without adding a lot of distinct spicy flavor.
This is a real treat … a cuppa that evokes thoughts of autumn even though spring is just around the corner.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!