This is warm and comforting and I just can't believe that I forgot to drop the cinnamon stick in! I trimmed back on the brandy. I used Tetley's regular but I think that Darjeeling would be a treat in this. It was very welcome on a this gray, wet afternoon. I did add some Splenda as the apple juice wasn't quite enough with the strong tea. Although the directions want the juice made into a syrup, I opted to use just the juice because concentrating it would also concentrate the sugar and make it impossible for me to try this. I'm sure that it would be even better with the intensity of the apple syrup.