An herbal blend that imitates another popular hot drink - interesting! This week on Tea Review Tuesday, we are taking a look at Bigelow's bagged Apple Cider Herbal.
I steeped my bag of this tisane in eight ounces of just-boiled water for four minutes, unsure of how strong it would actually brew. The aroma is exactly like packaged hot apple cider (I have never personally had fresh hot apple cider). Juicy and spicy, the cloves are especially noticeable.
Without sweetening it at all (though the package suggests that it should be sweetened to taste), I find the steeped herbal blend to be pleasantly and adequately sweet, just from the included ingredients. The flavor begins predominantly apple-centric, followed by some citrus notes. The clove is light and does not taste as strong as it smelled, originally. Four minutes was the perfect length of time for steeping. This really is a tasty cup.
The cup tastes smooth and very close to packaged hot apple cider but without the overload of sugar. Bigelow's Apple Cider is a delicious hot beverage for your winter evenings, completely caffeine-free. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tisane a 94/100.
Bigelow's Apple Cider Herbal is available from their website, here.
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