Leaf Type: Fruit/Herbal Tisane
Where to Buy: Fusion Tea Room
This fruit creation is spicy and fruity with a deliciously creamy aftertaste. Just like the freshly served, steamy apple strudel from Vienna. Air dried apples and strong cinnamon pieces hit your palate as the cream flavor finishes nicely giving it a smooth finish.
My first thought when I reached for this pouch of tea was “Yum! Apple strudel!” I was in the mood for something a little sweet and this tisane certainly filled the bill.
While I can see the connection with apple strudel, this tisane tastes a bit more like warm apple-berry cider to me. It has a very autumnal taste, like something you’d want to share with friends while warm and cozy next to the fireplace.
The apple flavor is sweet yet tart. Off the top of my head I might compare it to the flavor of a ripe Jonagold apple. I like the way the apple is represented here because even though it’s named after an apple dessert, it doesn’t come off as too confectionery. Of course, the hibiscus has a little something to do with that as I can taste the tartness from this herb. But the hibiscus was added with care to this blend – it doesn’t overpower the blend, nor does it come off as too tart. The liquor is not too thick or syrupy, but does have a little bit of body to it (as well as color) that it would lack without the hibiscus.
The berry notes of elderberry and currant also lend a sweet-tart taste to the cup, but again, they don’t overwhelm the cup. The apple is the strongest note of this tisane, and as this is called “Apple Strudel” – that’s just the way it should be.
The nutty flavor in the background is a nice touch, as is the cinnamon. While the cinnamon here is one of the stronger flavors of this cup, it is not what I would consider to be a spicy cinnamon taste. It is more like the sweet cinnamon flavor you’d find in an apple pie (or apple strudel!)
This is a yummy tisane that I enjoy hot for it’s apple-cider-y likeness, but it also makes a very charming iced tea that kids as well as adults will enjoy.