Hey there Teacups! I can believe how fast February is going January went by so slowly and I feel like February is going by in a flash. Today I’m back with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Zest Tea’s – Cinnamon Apple Blend. If you’ve been reading my blog for at least a month you’ll know that I recently tried their Blue Lady blend and loved it so when the time came to try another one of their blends I couldn’t have been more excited. Out of all the blends they sent it was the aroma of their cinnamon apple blend it smells just like Christmas and as a lover of everything Christmas it appealed to me the most. I miss Christmas for a good two-three months after so I do everything I can to keep little bit of Christmas in my life. (I’m probably the only tea drinker out there that doesn’t just drink my Christmas blends at Christmas)Here’s what Zest Tea have to say about this blend on their website: We looked to American icons when creating this blend and what’s more American than Apple Pie? Unfortunately, football and the Grand Canyon didn’t make for great teas. This blend of premium Orange Pekoe black tea smothered in real bits of apple and cinnamon is a nod to your grandmother’s 4th of July specialty. Natural Ingredients – Certified Non-GMO | 135-155mg caffeine = 3x regular tea | 35-40mg L-Theanine = no jitters, no crash
Ingredients: Ingredients: South Indian Flower Orange Pekoe Black Tea, Cinnamon Chips, Apple Pieces, Cinnamon Flavour, Apple Flavour, Natural Caffeine (V)
Tea Tasting Notes
Steeped, the cinnamon smells like cinnamon sugar cookies it smelt very sweet and quite strong. Personally I’m not a huge fan of how strong it is but my fiancé loves this tea and he will probably end up drinking what I have left of it. I can tell that along aside natural cinnamon note provided by the cinnamon chips there is also a unpleasant artificial cinnamon note that made my mouth feel really weird, I’m sure the cinnamon chips would have provided enough of a cinnamon note for this blend to be good so I’m not exactly sure why artificial cinnamon flavouring was used as well. It’s the same with the apple both apple pieces and artificial apple flavouring were used and I’m not sure why it reminds me of Christmas Yankee candles and I just can’t look past that while drinking it. Both the cinnamon chips and the apple pieces would have provided a delicate natural cinnamon and apple note that would have made this much more of a pleasant tea to drink.
It’s a pleasant enough blend to drink like if it was the only tea in the house I wouldn’t turn a cup of it down, but I also can’t see myself reaching for this over all of the other teas that I have. Another thing I’ve noticed about a few of the Zest Tea blends I’ve tried is that the moment they start to cool no matter how much honey you put in or how naturally sweet they might be they turn start turning bitter so if you’re planning on trying this tea or any of the other Zest Tea black teas make sure you don’t let them cool down too much. Mouthfeel wise it’s quite smooth actually and with an added teaspoon of honey those aritifical notes do calm a little bit so not all hope is lost with this blend. I was going to try and make this iced but after seeing how bitter it got once it started to cool I don’t think that’s the best idea but I’ll experiment with it and come back to this post in the future to tell you how it all worked out.
Overall Teacup Rating: 3/5
If you want to find out more about Zest Tea and purchase some of this blend for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley