Teavana: Spiced Apple Cider Herbal Tea With Cinnamon & Cloves
Updated: Oct 8
Company/Brand Name: Teavana
Name: Spiced Apple Cider Herbal Tea With Cinnamon & Cloves
Category: Spiced Apple Cider Tea
Origin: Pacific Northwest & South Africa
Leaves: An Almost Potpourri Esc Ensemble, With Reds & Browns, As It’s Composed of Apples, Cinnamon, Cloves, Rooibos and Ginger.
Flavor: Cinnamon Apple Cider
Overall: Great for Cozy Nights In Front Of The Fire
Spiced Apple Cider Tea Review
I just got to try Teavana’s Spiced Apple Cider Herbal Tea With Cinnamon & Cloves for the first time. This tea kind of jumped out at me when I was browsing teas online. With the weather getting colder, I’d thought this would be a nice cozy tea for festive drinks during the holiday season.
Upon opening the container, the smell of cinnamon apple fills your nose. From there I boiled some water, poured it into a cup and then dropped in my tea sachet. While steeping my tea bag, I watched the water change from an almost apple cider yellow to a darker amber color quite quickly.
The aromas changed after adding the boiling water. A more botanical and cinnamon smell filled the air and the apple cider smell was almost distant at this point. Taking a deep
breath over my tea cup and could pick out the cinnamon and clove instantly.
The clove in my opinion almost over powers the cinnamon when it comes to smell. Behind that though you definitely pick up on the smells from the apple and ginger.
Taking my first sip, I was a bit shocked as it was much thinner of a taste than I had expected. Especially with the potent nature of the smells emanating from the cup. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing however.
The smell definitely contributes to the majority of your tasting experience, allowing you to discover different aspects of the tea with each taste and inhale. There was definitely some spice to the taste from the ginger.
I want to point out that I kept the tea sachet in my tea cup the entire time I was drinking this tea and didn't remove it after the recommended 5 minute steeping time. I had thought that maybe the taste would become a bit more bold and full by keeping the tea bag in. This tea seems to just be thin on the taste, almost watered down.
As a “sweet tea” it is not sweet like you would expect apple cider or any fruit juice to be, but as a tea in general it is fairly sweet and it leaves behind an almost licorice aftertaste in your mouth.
This is a caffeine free tea, but it definitely wakes you up. It makes my brain and body feel almost the same way that I feel when I have consumed a caffeinated drink, which is perplexing as it's not a caffeinated tea, but it wasn't a bad thing.
I then tried the spiced apple cider herbal tea with cinnamon and cloves as a cold tea drink and to my surprise the entire taste of the drink changed. It was actually sweeter and the cider taste was more prominent. You don't get the almost floral smell when it's cold and the cinnamon plays a greater role in the tea flavor as well.
Overall I would say as a fall drink this is pretty unique but it’s a little on the underwhelming side. As a warm drink, I thoroughly enjoyed the cinnamon, clove and apple aromas that this hot drink produces. It perked me right up.
I do think that this is best enjoyed as a cold tea though. It was much more enjoyable and the flavors seemed to come together in the way that you would expect. This would be a great seasonal tea to give to a tea lover in your life, or for yourself to enjoy when the weather calls for it.