Soothing Sips: Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos is the perfect autumn tea

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit

Today I finally purchased a tea I have been lusting over since its release a few weeks ago. Teavana’s Spiced Apple Cideris fall in a cup—the blend of rooibos, apple, cinnamon and clothes warms you up on a crisp, fall day.

Teavana’s Apple Cider Rooibos is a delicious combination of apple, cinnamon, plum, hibiscus and hickory. PHOTO/Stephanie Sokol

Teavana’s Apple Cider Rooibos is a delicious combination of apple, cinnamon, plum, hibiscus and hickory. PHOTO/Stephanie Sokol

After adding about 2 tablespoons of the blend to my infuser, and half a tablespoon of rock sugar, I poured slightly cooled boiling water over the tea. The aroma is lovely—smells like fall, maybe even Christmas, with cinnamon standing out and apple following behind to add sweetness to the spicy scent.

After steeping about 6 minutes in hot water (some people like to bring water to a certain temperature, but I just use slightly cooler than boiling), I removed the tea and took the first sip. Cinnamon is the first flavor that stands out; this tea is spicy. Apples are tasted next, along with cloves and sweet rooibos. Hibiscus and plum are bottom notes in the beverage, leaving interest to the blend.

Spiced Apple Cider is one of my favorites for fall. I have always enjoyed Bigelow’sApple Cider Spiced Herbal tea, which is heavier on the apple. Teavana’s cider is much spicier, though both are good in their own way.

This festive flavored brew is one of my favorites from Teavana so far. If you enjoy cider, this is a great alternative. Apple cider is one of my favorite fall traditions, though it sometimes bothers my stomach. This tea blend gives me the taste without as much sugar and acid. It will probably become an autumn staple to my tea collection, as the perfect way to warm up when the weather grows cooler. But for now, it’s filling that void in my life from missing the cookie tea.

Wondering about a tea flavor? Questions about steeping? Contact Soothing Sips’ Stephanie Sokol at stephso2010@aol.com or follow her on Twitter @StephanieSokol

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