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This is my first order from 52teas.  52teas is the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab of the tea world.  52teas is an artisan handcrafted tea company.  Like BPAL, they have a catalogue of unique and unorthodox flavors such as Graveyard Mist, The Witching Hour, and Peanut Buttercup Cheesecake Honeybush. A new flavor is created every week and is available only for a limited time. Once it is gone, it is gone forever.  They sell out before the week is up — a sign that they must be pretty good darn teas!

Caramel Apple Oolong

Description from 52teas: Here’s a premium oolong tea from the Fujian province in China blended with large pieces of freeze-dried Fuji apples and natural and organic flavors.  And no, I didn’t mistype:  Fujian Oolong and Fuji apples.  Serendipitous.  I didn’t even realize I had done that until I typed it.

Ingredients:  Oolong tea, freeze-dried apple pieces, natural and/or organic flavoring.

Review:  I managed to nab Caramel Apple Oolong for Halloween.  I’m glad I did because by the time I blinked, it was sold out!  The aroma of this tea smells exactly like caramel apple lollipops (a melange of jolly rancher apple sour hard candy and caramel so sticky it pulls out your fillings). This is a nostalgic smell for me because it reminds me of my childhood.  Caramel apple lollipops were my favorite candy especially around Halloween.  I would dig through my trick or treat bag and pick them out leaving the copious amounts of sweet tarts, chocolate, starbursts and peanut butter cups behind.

Apple dominates the flavor and aroma of this tea, you can see huge fuji apple chunks in the dry leaf.  The brew is a gorgeous amber color similar to aged whisky.  The smell is divine, the sour apple candy smell dissipates and you get crisp and tart green apples and apple blossoms.  I get hint of floral which I thought was interesting.  There is an undertone of something sugary sweet but it is not recognizable as caramel.  To my surprise, I don’t get the creamy caramel as I expect with most caramel flavored teas.  I first get hit with apple.  After the sip and the liquid leaves my tastebuds, I get carmelized brown sugar.

Final verdict:  I am obsessed with Caramel Apple Oolong and I will be very sad when I get to the bottom of the bag. Caramel Apple Oolong makes for an amazing dessert tea.  The subtle sweetness is perfect, no need for sugar or stevia. This tea has officially converted me into a 52teas fanatic, I’ve already ordered their 12 teas of Christmas collection.  And I’m sure I will be ordering more!  My wallet is going to hate me.

As of this posting, Caramel Apple Oolong has been sold out.  Teas in their permanent collection will always be available.  http://www.52teas.com/tag/Permanent/

Acknowledments:  All photos by olfactoryobsessed.wordpress.com