Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Retro Leaf Teas – Applevania II: Cinnamon’s Quest, the partner in crime to their Oolong based Applevania blend. If you’ve been reading my blog for the past few months you’ll know that I loved their Applevania blend and was so happy to see apple in the spotlight and not just used as a filler. So when it came trying this blend, which is essentially the the sequel to that blend, I had high expectations and was eager to see if I would enjoy this as much as I enjoyed that first blend.
Here’s what Retro Leaf tea have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Applevania is back with bits of tart, tangy apple and spicy cinnamon, creating a caffeine-free alternative for the hero in all of us.”
Ingredients: Dried Apple Bits, Cinnamon Chips, Cassia and Natural Apple Flavouring
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I only tried this blend prepared one way because when I took my first sip of the cup I prepared I loved it and knew that it didn’t need anything added to it or to use to make another drink. It was just amazing as it was and definitely lived up to the expectations I had going into the tasting session. This blend smells exactly like cinnamon rolls and I was all but certain that it wasn’t going to end up tasting the same way but honestly, it really does. When prepared hot this tastes just like a freshly baked cinnamon roll with lashing of frosting and its to die for. Honestly I thought this was going to just taste like hot apple juice with a little bit of cinnamon but it had much more depth to it and completely shocked me with how good it is.
The apple adds a really nice natural sweetness and of course a delicious juicy apple note, though the apple note was a little light than I would have expected it still stood out to me. There are two kinds of cinnamon in this blend which made for a blend which I thought would definitely overpower the apple but that wasn’t the case at all it was prominent but still allowed the apple to come through and shine just as bright. The smell of this blend took me right back to 2017 sitting in the food court of Orlando International Airport next to their Cinnabon counter and made me even more excited to go back *hopefully* next year. I love it when I tea is able to transport me back to a specific moment it time, it doesn’t happen too often but when it does it’s great.
The cinnamon was sweet, spicy and overall just very heart warming. Something I didn’t expect from this blend is the creamy frosting like note that it has, I have no idea which ingredient in this blend is providing that note but I love it. I expected this to be a little bit drying with it being all apple and cinnamon but it was actually quite smooth and such an absolute pleasure to drink. Towards the end of this cup, mostly in the aftertaste, there was quite an earthy note which I can only assume is from the Cassia, it was a nice way to finish this cup off though as it broke through the overall sweetness of this blend.
I feel like I need to experiment with this blend though as i think it would mix with some other teas really well and It would be great to use in autumnal bakes as well. However I only have half a sample bag of this left so I’m going to have to order some more as soon as I get the chance, there is simply too many things I want to try and do with this blend and I know what I have left isn’t going to last me long at all. If you love cinnamon rolls with lashing of frosting like I do, I highly recommend you treat yourself to at least a sample bag of this blend because you will love it.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Retro Leaf Tea and purchase some of this tisane 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 possibly can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tisane featured in this review was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*