Coming home from her honeymoon, my sister was in Paris for just a few short hours but she still managed to grab me a sampler pack of teas from Fauchon. This was one of four tea tins in that package.
I opened it up and the first thing I noticed was the “leaves” because there really wasn’t leaves in the tin so much as there was powder. It actually looked like instant coffee to me. The other three tins looked more like the common tea leaf but this one was different and I was intrigued as to what that might mean for the flavor of this tea.
I decided to ice it in the iced tea press figuring apple is a nice flavor cold but also that the very fine filter of the iced tea press would effectively strain out the powdery tea.
Tasting it now, my first thought is “this is a weird one”. It has a sweet apple flavor but the base is brisk and quite astringent. I imagine that crushing it down didn’t help but also the iced tea press could be part of the issue since a bit of the tea continues to steep after straining. Also, black teas always ice up quite thick which doesn’t impact that taste but instead of letting this be like a juice consistency, there is a fullness to the mouthfeel that seems out of place.
Ultimately this is a black tea with apple as opposed to an apple black tea. Hopefully that makes sense. Essentially, the base is what stands out here with the apple playing second fiddle when it should be the other way around. So iced, this is not the best. I hold out hope for this being better hot.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Fauchon
A fruity and sweet tea with a caramelized red apple flavour.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
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About a year ago, I actually stopped drinking tea but as my stash of over 200 teas started aging I decided I needed to respark my interest. I chose to take a 365 days of tea challenge on Instagram in which I post a new tea picture every day. So far it has been rather successful as I find myself drinking (and buying) more and more tea each day. Plus it enabled CuppaGeek to find me and invite me here to SororiTea Sisters.
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