Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Kusmi Tea
Chinese black tea flavored with apple.
Learn more about this tea here.
It’s been a while since I’ve tried a tea from Kusmi, so I happy to receive a sampling of this Apple Tea from Kusmi Tea to review. I’ve always been pretty impressed with the quality of Kusmi, so I was pretty confident that I would enjoy this tea as well.
This cuppa has a really nice apple flavor. What I’m enjoying is that the flavor is strong, but it isn’t interfering with the smooth, rich flavor of the black tea. There is a good balance between the flavors. The black tea is a strong tea, but, it isn’t an aggressive tea. It’s very smooth, with underlying notes of caramel and cocoa. It’s got a slight “bake-y, cake-y” kind of taste to it. It’s a very nicely round, rich tasting black tea. Once it cools, I notice a hint of smokiness to this tea as well.
The apple notes are tart and sweet … similar to a green Granny Smith apple. Because of the richness of the black tea and the touches of apple notes, it is vaguely reminiscent of freshly baked apple pie filling – but not that canned stuff. Think homemade apple pie but without the crust … and not a heavy glaze of sugar either. Sweet … but not too sweet. Tart … but not too tart. All that’s missing is a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg!
One of the nicer apple teas I’ve encountered … I like that I taste the apple, but it isn’t smacking me upside the head. Because of the gentle apple-y notes, it has a more natural taste … I don’t taste an artificial note … I taste a true-to-the-fruit kind of taste. Very enjoyable, and tasty served hot, straight up, and I’m also thinking that this would be nice as a latte, because I love baked apples with a touch of cream! It also makes a nice iced tea and since it’s that season – this one would be a good one to add to your pantry for your iced tea enjoyment.
If you’re an apple fan – try this tea!