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Red Seal Apple & Elderflower Infusion

The del­ic­ate fla­vour of eld­er­flower seems to be the ideal flor­al to pair with crisply sweet apples. You can find the pair­ing in juices, in alco­hol, and of course, in teas. This is Red Seal Apple & Elderflower Infusion. Being a cold brew, it begs com­par­is­on with the one by Teekanne Cool Sensations.

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Infusing one tea bag in 200 ml of cold water for 5 minutes yields a clear red liquor. There’s no hint of its fla­vour until the cup is brought right up to your mouth to reveal a some­thing sweet and flor­al. This sweet­ness comes through as notes of juicy apple in the head and increases in intens­ity towards the end of the body before a gentle flor­al hint from the eld­er­flowers fin­ishes the sip.

There’s no tart­ness to the apple fla­vour, which is evid­ent in the infu­sion by Teekanne Cool Sensations, so the fla­vour reminds one of red apples rather than the green apples sug­ges­ted on the box. A hint of tart­ness would have giv­en a crisper fla­vour to the infu­sion, and a more pro­nounced eld­er­flower would have been enjoy­able. As it is, though, it’s a light and refresh­ing infu­sion, per­fect for a hot summer’s day.

This box of Red Seal Apple & Elderflower Infusion con­tained 20 tea bags. It was packed in New Zealand and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2016.