With a name like Caramel Baked Apple Oolong, this tea screams for those cozy days of fall, my favorite yoga pants, and my favorite hoodie! Fire up some horror movies like Sinister and It Follows and I am set!
A Quarter to Tea is a newer tea shop on Etsy. This shop features amazing sounding teas like the one I’m reviewing today, Banana Nut Pancakes, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and Maple Pumpkin Chai, to name a few. What better way to celebrate the upcoming fall season and the spooky Halloween time that is rapidly approaching than with a Caramel Baked Apple Oolong tea. My Halloween Pops even wanted in on the action!
(from the site) Caramel Baked Apple Oolong: The crispness of a fresh autumn apple mixes with a buttery caramel and hints of cinnamon and a nutty, slightly bready oolong, to make this tea a fixture for fall. Takes milk and sugar well. All orders come in resealable packaging and include a reusable muslin cotton tea bag. Ingredients: Organic Chinese Formosa Oolong Tea, Freeze-Dried Apples, Cinnamon, Natural Flavorings
My samples were adorably presented with fantastic Halloween tape. I was literally squealing over the cuteness.
Inside the packaging were 5 samples of A Quarter to Tea’s offerings. I quickly nabbed the Caramel Baked Apple sample and prepped up the water.
In the dry leaf mixture, there were huge pieces of apples just begging to be steeped up. We obliged and steeped this tea up per the instructions on the package. There was a definite note of an almost maple syrup quality in the air while the tea was steeping. It made me anxious to try the tea.
Finished steeping the tea and poured myself and Jason a glass. Took a sip and I can’t get over how delicious this tea was. I didn’t pick up the roasted oolong flavor like I thought I might. What I got was this delicious right out of the oven backed apple pie dessert with a caramel drizzle and cinnamon sprinkled on top for good measure. Holy teapots! This was a treat! I felt like I should be guilty because of how decedent this tea was. The malty caramel undertones is what I fell in love with the most. The Apples were sweet but not overly so giving way to hints of tartness here and there. The cinnamon completed the flavor with a gentle kiss while the whole time I swear I was also picking up a maple syrup finish. Dessert in a cup. That is what I have decided I am now calling this. Or better yet, Fall in a cup!
I wanted to see how this tea would stand up and the second infusion was still a pretty strong representation of the tea. The flavor was just slightly less but all the flavors were still identifiable and still there.
For my first experience with this tea, I’m very impressed. I can’t wait to try the other flavors I have. I did verify that these are hand blended -so really what more can you ask for. I think this is going to be a tea shop that is going to produce some dynamite blends! I’m a fan!