Monday, March 31, 2014

Yogi Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life Tea Is Good, But Imbalanced.

The Good: Good aroma, Good ingredients, Sweet and flavorful, Actually seems to help metabolism, Caffeinated
The Bad: Packaging, Apple flavor only comes out when sugar or honey is added.
The Basics: Yogi Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life Tea is a decent metabolism-boosting tea that tastes like caramel, but not so much apple.

Lately, my wife and I have been changing our diets and, as it turns out, it’s around the same time that we started finding a number of good deals on Yogi teas. The perfect combination of those two things was when we had a coupon and found Yogi Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life Tea on clearance locally. As a result, my wife and I have been able to enjoy some decent dieting tea for less money than before. Fortunately, Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life actually seems to live up to its promises to help consumers diet, in conjunction with a healthy diet. On the down side, the Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life Tea requires consumers to add a sweetener to get the full flavor from the tea, which has the potential to undo some of the health benefits.

Even so, Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life is one of the better teas from Yogi I have yet tried and while I wish the apple flavor was more significant, this tea is still easily good enough to recommend.


Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life is a tea from Yogi. It is a tea that is caffeine free, has a light aroma and 100% natural herbal “supplement” tea. Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life comes in Yogi's standard individually-wrapped tea bags, meaning that each tea bag has a papery envelope it is sealed in for freshness. Each tea bag has a five-inch string with a little paper tab at the end, which is quite a bit more waste than I like from a tea bag. When I make pots of tea, I tend to use four bags in my 32 oz. tea pot, and making a steeping pot of Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life reminds me of why I like the easy environmentalism of Celestial Seasonings' stringless bags. A box of Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life comes with only 16 individually-wrapped tea bags, which makes it proportionately more expensive than many teas on the market.

Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life is marketed as Caramel Apple Spice-flavored/scented tea and it is good. Like many of the Yogi teas, Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life trades on a medicinal property of the tea, in this case accelerating the metabolism enough to aid in weight loss. It assists well in that regard.

Ease of Preparation

Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life is an herbal supplement tea (though it has some actual tea leaves in it), which means preparation is as easy as boiling a pot of water! Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life, as the directions clearly state, requires water that is boiling. A single tea bag will make the standard 8 oz. coffee mug worth of tea, though reusing the tea bags yields little more than hot water. These tea bags can be reused and the resulting beverage is about 1/2 strength; given the initial mild flavor of the tea, that makes a second cup not worth making up, in my book. I tend to make my tea using a 32 oz. steeping tea pot and that works well, even for a second pot.

To prepare Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life, simply boil up some water, and pour it over the tea bags in a cup, mug or steeping pot. This tea is recommended to take four to six minutes to steep and after a couple pots, I've found that with boiling water, the tea is ready at the six minute mark and letting it steep longer does not truly change the results, save that it makes it impossible to get an even passable second pot out of the same bags. Letting the tea steep more than six minutes does not net any additional flavor, nor does it denature the flavor of the tea.


The Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life tea smells beautifully of caramel. The aroma that emanates from the steam from this tea is sweet and inviting. The scent lacks any hint of fruit, but is very truly the scent of caramel.

In the mouth, the Caramel Apple Spice is spicy, with only a hint of sweetness. The flavor is very dry. Nutmeg and cinnamon stand out in the Caramel Apple Spice, but the tea is not overly sweet and there is no hint of apple in the unadulterated tea. This is a dry tea with a mildly caramel-esque aftertaste, but it is not unpleasant or bad.

With a teaspoon of sugar or honey, the flavor of apples is revealed finally. The fruity flavor remains sublimated to the dry and sweet caramel flavor in the Caramel Apple Spice tea, but the apple is present at least.

This tea has a very dry aftertaste, though it does not endure for very long in the mouth at all.


It is utterly unsurprising that the dominant flavor in Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life is not apples in that the first ingredient outside the Organic Assam Black Tea Leaf, Organic Rooibos Leaf, Organic Cinnamon Bark and other tea-ingredients is Organic Apple Flavor. Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life tea is all natural, entirely organic, and contains caffeine. This tea may be devoid of any nutritional value, but it is delicious and has nothing bad in it. It contains no calories, fat, sodium, carbohydrates or protein, save when one adds sweeteners.


Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life is a comparatively light colored tea. As a result, cleanup is rather simple, save on fabrics. The mugs and steeping pot easily rinse out. This tea will stain if it is left on fabrics, so simply do not let the tea cups or mugs linger on light colored materials that might stain!

Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life is easy to clean up after - the tea bags may be disposed in the garbage, or composted if you have a good garden and/or compost pile. One of the nice things about this tea - like most - is that so long as it is kept cool and dry, it can last for a long time (the box I just finished going through would have expired on July 11, 2015!) and it is easy to clean up. However, like all Yogi teas, there is extra waste from the strings, paper tabs and individual wrappings around each bag.


Yogi Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life tea is delicious and helps with weight management in conjunction with a healthy diet. It is flavorful and well worth trying for anyone who loves tea and wants some help with losing weight.

For other Yogi teas, please check out my reviews of:
Stress Relief Honey Lavender
Egyptian Licorice
Ginger Organic


For other beverage reviews, please check out my Food And Drink Index page for an organized listing!

© 2014 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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