I love herbal tea, and recently purchased Lipton’s Herbal Collection package of herbal tea bags with an assortment of caffeine-free flavors. Among them is cinnamon apple, which I was eager to try because I love hot apple cider, and I love cinnamon. I didn’t think that the concoction would taste much like apple though, because apple is nowhere listed in the ingredients for the brew. Sure, cinnamon was the first one, but it was quickly followed by hibiscus flowers, chamomile, and the only fruit addition to the herbal tea I saw was orange peel, which was 3rd to last. So I didn’t jump into this tea with high hopes of getting a tart apple, cinnamon beverage that I was longing for.
I was wrong. While cinnamon and chamomile are the strongest flavors I can get out of the tea (chamomile to me has a nutty, alfalfa taste, and is one of my favorite tea flavors), apple is somehow oddly present. Not so strong that it tastes like I’m drinking apple cider by any means, but the mix of ingredients tastes like I just took a big bite out of a juicy tart apple and then got inundated with the nutty, tangy sweetness of the cinnamon and other herbs. I don’t taste orange at all. Hmm….
I am very pleased with the flavor of this tea. It’s strongly flavored on its own, so I drank it without honey or cream, just plain, to get the maximum cinnamon and apple taste I could. It tastes a bit like eating an apple tart, and the cinnamon is strong enough to smell or taste without being the only noticed flavor in the tea. It’s a bit weird to obviously taste the chamomile, but somehow it all blends together in an overall, apple tart yet cinnamon sweet beverage that totally fixed my craving for apple cider and warmed me up on this blistery Fall day.