110 Tasting Notes
This tea is very smooth, not too spicy. There’s definite vanilla and caramel tones mixed in with just a touch of brown sugar squash flavors. Cinnamon and a touch of some kind of allspice, not quite cloves. This tea has the spices of pumpkin bread, not necessarily chai flavors like ginger. A nice seasonal mix, gently sweet and starchy, a good match for fall!
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butternut Squash, Caramel, Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Vanilla
The dry leaf for this tea smells amazing, very strong allspice and nutmeg, honestly reminds me of the type of spices you would put in eggnog. There’s even a nice whiff of vanilla creaminess in there. Brewed, the dry hay flavors of the mate are much, much stronger (maybe I oversteeped?); the earthiness is a bit overwhelming. There is a definite barnyard fragrance, which does admittedly smell a bit like fall (like a corn bale maze). Pumpkin is not the main flavor in any way, nor is coconut (which is listed as an ingredient). The prominent tones are allspice and cloves coupled with dry grass and earth. Not unpleasant, but not a runaway favorite. Definitely the boldest of the pumpkin flavors this season, and worth a try if you’re not too sold on the candy-sweet blends.
Flavors: Cloves, Earth, Eggnog, Grass, Hay, Nutmeg, Spices, Spicy, Straw
I got a taste of this blend as a free sample today, so I’ll have to brew a full cup and mull it over for more detail. This flavor is smooth and sweet without being cloying (for example, I think the pumpkin chai was a bit too heavy on the caramel). This blend has a focus on cocoa, and paired with the honeybush it has an almost cookie-like aspect. The honeybush brews up decently strong with a medium body. I tentatively say this is the most “pumpkin” of the pumpkin blends this season, but even so it is a very gentle and light flavor note in this tea. I noticed that maple sugar is an ingredient, which was a bit surprising since the blend was not very forward in maple. I be the smooth mouthfeel comes from the presence of maple and almond flavoring. Overall this tea is very drinkable, but since it is pre-sweetened it might serve best as a late or a dessert.
Flavors: Almond, Cocoa, Cookie, Nutty, Pumpkin, Spices
This has become my new daily matcha from the legendary Red Leaf Tea. This is a mid to high grade matcha from Red Leaf, and reasonably priced. It’s hard for me to describe this matcha, as it doesn’t have any notes that are too forward. I liken to what I have heard people say about vodka, that “good” vodka really shouldn’t taste like much of anything. This matcha is supremely smooth and gentle, not too grassy, not too floral, not too savory. I have been drinking it iced, and it is simple and refreshing, cool, airy, green tea. All sweet and not bitter. It doesn’t have as diverse of a flavor profile as some of the higher grades, but this is definitely one of my favorite day to day matchas.
Flavors: Creamy, Green, Smooth
[not sure if this is catalogued correctly… maybe someone from the DAVIDsTEA account can update it]
This is a cute blend, with little pumpkin candies in the dry leaf, a sweet novelty for someone who is a Halloween fan. I brewed this hot and steeped it for a long while, luckily I like my teas strong. This tea is pre-sweetened, between the pumpkin candies and the caramel, so it is definitely for dessert. Cinnamon and caramel are the strongest flavors, equal parts sweet and spicy. While carrot is listed as an ingredient and I think I see some carrot in the leaf, I really don’t get any of the squash or carrot flavor. Likewise the cloves and lemon peel and very subtle.I would sum up this blend as “caramel chai,” and the black tea base is amazingly smooth, especially for my oversteeping. I wouldn’t mind a blend in the future with a little more body or flavor variety, maybe some earthiness… maybe David’s would make a pumpkin pu erh? Anyway, this tea was a delicious sweet fall treat, no tricks here!
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Candy, Caramel, Cinnamon, Spices
I was very skeptical of this tea, so I was very glad to get a chance to try this as a free sample. I brewed this hot and let it steep for a good long time. The dry leaf smelled promising, lots of cocoa and nut flavor, which was surprising considering the first ingredient is “apple.” After a good long steeping, I gave it a try and am thoroughly surprised. This tea actually does taste like a chocolate peanut butter cup. Not artificial, not too sweet. The cocoa and chocolate flavor really benefits from the fatty peanut flavor. Usually, chocolate teas are a bit too watery or weird, but having a peanut pairing gives body and balance. This tea was not bad without milk or sweetener, but probably not something I would drink on a regular basis. However, I saw in their blog that David’s Tea intended for these fall flavors to be best as lates, so I added a good splash of almond milk to my cup and tried again. Having a creamy base really adds to the full mouthfeel and dessert quality of the tea, and this would likely be an amazing late for a decadent fall treat. This is a crazy idea for a tea but it actually delivers on chocolate peanut butter flavor. Worth a try if you are curious!
Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Cocoa, Nutty, Peanut, Sweet
I saw this tea get advertised and I immediately had to try it. Jasmine, mint, yerba mate. Sounds like a caffeine dream on a hot morning. Brewed hot, this blend has a strong focus on the nutty green rooibos and dry grass yerba mate flavors, all wrapped up in almost-medicinal mint. Cold brewing this blend brings out the jasmine more, and the more honeyed tones of the green rooibos. This blend has such a smooth feel and flavor in all its forms, sugar optional. I prefer this as a cold brew for the gentler mate and mint tones, and I would have loved to have an even stronger jasmine blossom presence in the blend. This is a delicious nutty, grassy alternative to a high caffeine black tea or coffee on those mornings when you really need a kick.
Flavors: Grass, Hay, Honey, Jasmine, Mint, Nutty
I ordered a sample of this from Amoda tea right before they sold out. The vanilla bean is the star of this blend. It is super fragrant in the dry leaf, and truly vanilla bean in flavor (not vanilla flavoring, not cream or frosting flavored). The black tea is rich and smooth without being too overpowering. The orange notes are just present enough to confirm this is an earl grey, but the citrus definitely takes a backseat to the herbal vanilla. I don’t drink my tea with milk or sugar, so I am getting the most robust take on this blend. I bet this would be decadent and comforting with a dose of milk. I will be eager to see when this ends up back in stock, it’s the suavest earl grey I’ve had the pleasure to drink.
Flavors: Cream, Earl Grey, Earth, Orange Zest, Vanilla
I tried this and Tealuxe’s Unity blend back to back. The Unity blend had a focus on lemon and mint, but this is all ginger! I love ginger, so this is an obvious blend for me to brew. The licorice root is just a hint of sweetness at the back of each sip. While there is spearmint and rose hips listed as ingredients, they get lost under the hot ginger. Tealuxe recommends trying this iced as well, so I will have to experiment.
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Licorice
I bought this in store at Tealuxe, first time I’ve been to their shop; it was packed! Anyway, I got to try this tea at home later. This has a lot of my favorite herbal ingredients: lemongrass, mint, ginger, it even includes licorice root and black pepper in the ingredients list. The savory spiciness of the blend is more pronounced in the dry leaf and it mellows out into more of a medicinal lemon brew with hints of ginger and cooling mint. I’m a total sucker for overly strong herbals so I will probably steep this a while longer next time. This is definitely a great decaf brew for colder months or when my body needs some soothing.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Mint, Pepper