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Mackintosh: Crisp Apple Black Tea

Rated 4.5 out of 5
Based on 184 reviews

Tastes Like: baked apple, fennel, lemon zest
Feels Like: afternoon in the highlands

This is a crisp black tea blend made by marrying mild black tea and tart green apple, with a bit of fennel and clove to brighten and deepen the apple flavor. Like an irresistible apple pie with subtle spices and a hint of tartness, this tea is warm yet bright. Milk enhances its natural sweetness. It makes a stunning iced tea, and a very exciting tea latte. A sweet-tart afternoon tea that is a delicious pair with pastries.

📝 Blender's Notes

This vibrant blend has been renamed Mackintosh, formerly known as Dots and Loops.

I wanted to make an apple tea with a little pizzazz and sharp flavor. Of all of the apples I’ve tasted, the McIntosh is my absolute favorite.

The McIntosh apple variety, with bright red and green skin, crunchy flesh, crisp aroma and perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, were the inspiration for this tea. The goal in this tea was to use a mild black tea to carry the vibrant, sweet flavor of apple with a little fennel to brighten and a little clove to deepen it. The result is a layered, aromatic, bright green apple tea.

The deliberately-spelled name is a nod to the fantastic apple orchard in architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House in Scotland. This gorgeous orchard has fantastically-shaped apple and pear trees trained along a brick wall as well as traditional rows in the orchard.

Even if you’re not a fan of fennel seed or clove on their own, please know that they are minor notes in the blend. This blend is not a cinnamon spiced or buttery apple tea. I hope that you enjoy the irresistible flavor of a freshly-baked pie with slightly undercooked apples and a hint of sweet spice.

It’s divine with milk. It also makes a stunning iced tea perfect for a garden party. Please try variations of milk, sweetener and ice, and see what you like best. If this tea is new to you, or you haven’t tasted it in the years it’s been gone, I can’t wait to hear what you think.

Gina Zupsich
Head Blender

🔍 Ingredients and Details
  • All Natural
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Non GMO

south indian FOP black tea, egyptian fennel seed, turkish apple, caraway, natural flavor of apple, clove

Net weights
4 cup deluxe sample: 14g
15 cup bag: 50g
70 cup bag: 250g

🔥 Brewing Directions and Recipes

Hot Brewing 10 oz

  • Heat 212°f/100°c water
  • Add 3.5g tea, about 1 tablespoon
  • Pour 10oz/300ml hot water
  • Infuse 4-5 mins. Longer is stronger.
  • Repeat Reinfuse 1-2 times

Iced Brewing 10 oz

  • Heat 212°f/100°c water
  • Add 3.5g tea, about 1 tablespoon
  • Pour ~3oz hot water to barely cover tea leaves
  • Infuse 4-5 mins. Longer is stronger.
  • Dilute with 7oz cold water
  • Serve Over ice

Pro tip: If you want more concentrated flavor, try doubling the tea leaves in this recipe.

Drinks with Mackintosh

Mackintosh Apple Swizzle

Mackintosh Black Tea Bourbon Highball

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Reviewed by Christine
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

My favorite go to tea!

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Reviewed by Bill K.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Southern Sweet Tea Review

When "Dots & Loops" was discontinued, I loved the taste so much that I grabbed up a bunch of the last few small size bags before they sold out so that I could save them for special occasions. Macintosh is a worthy successor and I just LOVE it as an iced tea (made the Southern way, adding sugar until your ancestors whisper from beyond the grave for you to stop (~1.75 - 2 cups per pitcher). As an iced tea, the fennel forward nature of the tea is very calming on the stomach, and the soft apple notes round it out and make for a very pleasant drinking experience.

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Reviewed by Marla A.
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I don't recommend this product
Rated 1 out of 5
Review posted

Too sharp for me.

I’m sorry 😟. I absolutely love so many of your teas. I hadn’t tried this one and I love your other apple teas so thought I’d enjoy this one as well. But it didn’t hit me right.

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Reviewed by Kim C.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Good tea

My spouse thought the Macintosh was spectacular, I thought it was a bit fennel forward. But the fennel was very fresh -- it will probably calm down a bit. I liked it anyway, while it got an A++ from my spouse.

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Reviewed by Miranda D.
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I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
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A Pleasant Surprise

I ordered this and one other tea. The other tea was the one that most caught my attention, but this one took me by surprise and ended up being my favorite of the two. It's very fragrant when you first open it. The apple is pungent but the tea once brewed is very subtly fresh and fruity. I drank it with oat milk and honey.

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