Tea of the Week for October 19, 2020: Caramel Apple Cider Rooibos!
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Caramel Apple Cider Rooibos!
The Third Tea of our Trick or Treat Theme for October 2020!
Tea Description: I don't go to the coffee shops often, but I find that I go more often in the fall than I do any other time of year. There are just so many flavors I'm fond of this time of year. First of all, yeah, I'm totally into the Pumpkin Spice (although I prefer a PS Chai L over the PSL) but I also LOVE the caramel apple cider that the coffee shops have this time of year.
This year, I decided to make my own version of it, using some naturally sweet, nutty rooibos as the base. I added apples & caramel essence, as well as cinnamon, cloves, allspice & a touch of nutmeg & just a bit of vanilla bean to add a creamy element to the caramel essence. The result is a sublime cuppa that can be enjoyed any time of day or night (because - caffeine free!)
Not only is it caffeine-free, but it's also organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen free! A perfectly delightful treat for fall - this brings me back to trick or treating when I was a kid - our neighbor would always serve warm apple cider for the parents that were walking their kids around the block. Tasty!
organic ingredients: rooibos, apples, cinamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla bean, calendula petals & natural flavors
I am LOVING this cuppa! I absolutely love apple cider & I like it even more when it's caramel apple cider! Warm, inviting & perfectly autumnal. It's a warm, cozy drink that will comfort you as the weather gets cooler. It tastes like Halloween to me - because I remember when I was younger - our neighbor would not only make AWESOME popcorn balls for trick or treaters, she'd also make a big pot of apple cider for the parents who were walking their kids around the block. She'd dress up like a clown and hand out these homemade goodies. It was one of my favorite houses to stop at every year.
I love how the caramel shines through here. It's smooth & sweet & creamy. The spices are gentle - I wanted the focus to be more on the caramel & apple while the spices remained subtle. It's really a pleasant cuppa!
to brew: give the pouch a good shake - this blend has spices plus vanilla bean and the vanilla bean may shift to the bottom of the pouch a bit & you want a little bit of that in each measurement, so give it a shake every time you measure some out. use 4g of leaf to 12 ounces of very hot water (heated to 195°F) & steep for 10 minutes. strain & allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. enjoy!
I enjoyed this without sweetener, but I found that the caramel notes & the spice notes shined through a bit more with the addition of a little sugar (about 1/2 teaspoon). Even better if you have some brown sugar!