So, I’m finishing this one off right now as an iced tea, and I have to say that I’m nearly done the cup and I’m still not sure whether or not I like it.
I do think overall it’s pretty accurate to the name/desired flavour but it took me a while to think so. It starts off very fruity, and tart! The hibiscus in this one clearly comes though, along with sour green apple notes and a very citric orange. I can probably handle the first two notes overall. but the degree to which the orange is present really threw me off. I mean, I just don’t think there should be orange in a “caramel apple” tea, or at least not this much of it.
I also didn’t really taste the caramel at first; but it IS there. Thing is, it’s only really present in the finish after the bulk of the fruity notes have subsided. I think largely that’s because this tisane only uses caramel flavouring. I’d love to see, in addition to the flavouring, actual caramel pieces tossed into the leaf as well. So, despite the fact that this element of the flavour is softer/more subtle, and not present in the whole sip I do think it’s very lovely. I just want more of it. A lot more of it.
In fact, in general I think this tea would benefit greatly from just as overall increase in sweetness – both with the apple (red instead of green, maybe?) and with the caramel element. Just tone down the hibby a touch, and cut the orange in half and you could really have something nice!