76 Tasting Notes

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This tea is okay; I’m not a huge fan of sweet teas but I got a free sample of this to try a while back and finally brewed it up today. The main flavor is vanilla cream, the “custard” element of this tea. I really don’t taste much fruit or apple. There is a holiday-spice element present that goes beyond just cinnamon, which is nice, but it is not very strong. A pale herbal tea for someone with a sweet tooth.

Flavors: Cream, Custard, Spices, Sugar, Vanilla

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drank Rhubarb Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m partial to chai tea so this was an easy sell for me. This is a fruity chai, not too sour, not too sweet, feeling very natural in its flavoring. You feel the licorice root at the back of each sip, and flavors like apple and rhubarb balance out any tough bitterness or astringency from the black tea. I will say that this is not a very spicy chai, light on cloves an ginger, but it is sort of pie-like with cinnamon and fruit. Definitely worth it as a cup of the day today.

Flavors: Apple, Berry, Cinnamon, Fruity, Licorice

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Not sure if I have reviewed this one before or not. Ginger is a favorite of mine so this was an easy sell. This is a green tea with lots of ginger accents. Despite the varied ingredient list, spicy ginger and bright citrus green flavors of the green tea are the most forward. There is actually a bit of heat at the back of each sip, potentially from the peppercorns or the ginger root itself. This is spicy on its own and smooth and warm with honey. There is stevia in the blend, so it is already sweet, I’d rather more heat than sweet myself, but I enjoyed this enough to take home an ounce and brew it up again later.

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Orange, Pepper, Spicy, Sweet

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea of the month, finally got around to tasting it. I was worried it would be way to sweet, but I was surprised. Always lovely to have a caffeine-free and sugar free tea. This is a rooibos blend that smells like sweet marzipan and spice, with a little bit of apple tartness. The aftertaste is super creamy, almost coconutty. This is a nice alternative to the various chais and super fruity herbals out this time of year, and it’s not too sweet, even when steeped for hours. The red medicine rooibos flavor is mild and works well with the strong almond. It is definitely like a nutty, marzipan apple cake in a cup. So glad I tried it!

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Coconut, Cream, Marzipan, Rooibos

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I’ve been trying to get this flavor for a while, but my local Davids Tea has been selling out a lot lately, whew! Today I got a hot cup brewed for me by the Davids Tea baristas. I’m glad I got to try this tea, but I am not exactly sure what the fuss is about. It is light, nutty, sweet, with comforting cinnamon. But for all its ingredients (chicory, pineapple, rose blossom, and more) it seems pretty simple to me. Perhaps the blend feels one note because it wasn’t brewed long enough, so perhaps its worth me over steeping it next time. There is the usual cinnamon and cardamom to make it feel seasonal, but I can’t taste any rich chicory, any rose, or much of the unusual roasted nuts. I would be hard pressed to distinguish this from a lot of the other nut-based teas on Davids Tea like Toasted Walnut. It’s nice, and a lot of people seem to be utterly in love with it, but I think it could be better.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Nuts, Nutty, Walnut

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65

This tea is both tart, sweet, and spicy; an interesting combination. There’s lots of forward red fruit flavor from the rose hips and hibiscus but they have somehow managed to make this tea spicy and seasonal, not just a summery blast. The cinnamon, licorice, and hot peppers add a christmas orange flavor to this, and the heat from the peppers at the end of each sip feels soothing and warming rather than too brutally spicy. It is definitely sweet, so I wouldn’t drink it all the time, but it was a fun flavor to try. It’s pink, it’s herbal, it’s surprising.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Red Fruits, Rosehips, Spices, Spicy, Sweet, Tart

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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This is reminiscent of the Blue Mountain Twirl, but slightly muted in comparison. This feel more masculine, which is a funny adjective, but it has more tannin and earth flavors than the bright peachy tones of Blue Mountain Twirl. I’m not an expect, though I love to drink tea, so I would probably have a hard time telling this apart from Blue Mountain Twirl and things like their Yunnan black tea. As I drink this without sugar or milk, the primary flavors are gently earthy with hints of peach or other fruit sweetness, finished with a more tannin feeling and the light flavor of green grapes on my tongue. Worth a taste, and also worth finding the opinion of an actual black tea aficionado for a more in depth review.

Flavors: Apricot, Earth, Fruity, Mineral, Peach, Tannin

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70

I picked out this tea today, thinking it was one of the holiday flavors, but I think this is a staple at Davids Tea. No regrets! The chocolate and black tea together make for a rich, coffee-like flavor, coupled with the cinnamon-spice flavors of a chai tea. The peppers are definitely more low-key, even when I oversteeped this, almost undetectable in the scent of the dry leaf, and very mild in the brew itself. I like the idea of this blend and it is an enjoyable brew, but I’m someone that likes my tea with a lot of spice, so I think Davids could kick it up a notch next time.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Spices, Spicy, Vanilla

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drank Vanilla Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I would have to try this back to back with David’s other chais to have a true comparison, but on its own this is a pleasant blend. More sweet and cinnamon than spicy, this is a comforting cup and would go well with milk or as a late. The vanilla is forward, more creamy than vanilla-bean flavor, followed by a gentle black tea base and cinnamon accents. As the tea cools, there’s more of the herbal licorice root at the aftertaste, again sweet rather than sour or too herbal. All in all, a nice chai, though I prefer my chais with more of a ginger kick.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice, Vanilla

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drank Yellow Gem by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the first yellow tea I’ve tried and the only one that Davids Tea offers. They dry smell of the leaf is slightly muted, smelling sort of dusty, earthy, and grassy. I had the baristas at David’s brew this for me, so I hope the temp and time are good to go. The first sip feels almost caramel-like with something sweet, almost like honey. Further tasting brings out fruitier notes, maybe currant, maybe peach, maybe grape. This is lighter and nuttier than the other limited tea from Davids, the Blue Mountain Twirl. I’m not sure what yellow teas are known for, but this does feel somewhere between a green and a black tea, with light color and grassier, hay flavors, along with something tart and savory. I think I like the Blue Mountain Twirl better than Yellow Gem because prefer slightly bolder, brasher flavors, but both are delicious to this inexperienced tea sipper. Worth the try!

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Nutty, White Grapes

Maureen

yellow teas actually fall between the green and white categories. During production, the leaves are introduced to an additional step of adding a little heat to mellow the flavour further. As a result they get the honey-like flavour you described. If you’re more partial to deeper flavours but like the smoothness of this tea I recommend trying both Napal Black, Sheng Pu’erh and Wild Black Yuunan by David’s. I also recommend Adagio’s Yunnan Golden Curls.

A2ShedsJackson

Thank you for the info! Will definitely give those teas a try.

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I have fun designing themed blends and trying the blends made by others on Adagio. I’ve made themed teas for AMC’s show, Hell on Wheels and for the comedy gaming group, Mega64.

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