81 Tasting Notes
I wanted something to replace a cup of coffee in my day, and I gave this tea a try. It’s got yerba mate (roasted) for high caffeine, and some of my favorite chai spices. The nuance of the spices are more prevalent in the smell of the dry leaf, and tend to get drowned out by cinnamon in the brewed tea. The toasted yerba mate is great, not as astringent as black tea but with a nice warm body flavor, almost like a nuttier hojicha. The spices trick me into thinking this is sweeter than it is, with lots of cinnamon and ginger and just a hint of anise, it feels like a spicy baked cookie. A really great take on mate and worth the change of pace.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Toasted, Vanilla
Bright and summery, not sure if it is part of the sunny citrus-type collection out now. This tea is definitely full of fresh, sour, fruit flavors and would be a problem for those of you who don’t like hibiscus. I was intrigued at the idea of there being carrot and beet in the blend, and thought those flavors were more prevalent in a sort of savory-ness in the smell of the dry leaf. The back end of each sip has more of the apple and tangerine flavors, but the hibiscus takes the lead on flavor. I bet this would be a great power up as an iced tea, but today I am drinking it hot. There is some great novelty in the fact that this tea does brew up hot, flamingo pink. Good choice for the fruity, hibiscus lovers.
Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Fruity, Hibiscus, Lemon, Sour
This is an excellent tea as an alternative chai if you’ve gotten a bit burnt out on too much ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. This is a coconut lemon dream. No sugar, but still plenty sweet and flavorful. The lemon is delicate and natural, not like the cleaning-supply lemon that can happen if too much artificial flavoring is added. This is truly a reflection of the lemon myrtle and lemongrass. The lemongrass adds a more vanilla/lemon flavor, couple that with the buttery coconut and cream flavoring and this is like a lemon dessert. There’s just enough ginger to balance out the sweet with a little spice. A hidden gem on the white tea shelf at Davids Teas.
Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Vanilla
Full disclosure here, I probably over brewed this tea by a few minutes, but I prefer my brews to be on the strong side. That being said, the first flavor I taste off the bat is sweet. This is not a sugar free tea. The sweetness comes from the strong pineapple and strawberry presence in this blend, making the forward notes very fruity. The rose hips, lemon, or other floral flavors are definitely distant and hard to detect. I’m not sure what prickly pear cactus tastes like, but there is a slightly earthier sweet note on the aftertaste that might be the cactus. For a green tea, this is very light on the grassier notes I expect to taste, and feels almost more herbal. A fun tea to try but I’m not sure that I’d buy a whole bag to bring home.
Flavors: Fruity, Pineapple, Strawberry, Sweet
Tea of the day at David’s stores today. This tea smells juicier than any dry tea leaf thought possible. Brewed, it has more depth with the earthy pu erh base. The sour fruit notes are the most prevalent, and though hibiscus is in this blend, it does not take over. The tangerine flavoring is the most distinct , though I am able to recognize just a hint of the darker blackberry as well. I think this tea is less sweet than garcinia goodness at Davids Tea, but still has a robust and fruity flavor. Since pu erh teas do have a tendency to get too earthy or fishy, pairing it with a bold punch like orange is a good call in my opinion. And the medium caffeine level means its just right for a noontime cup.
Flavors: Blackberry, Citrus, Earth, Hibiscus, Orange
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
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
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
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
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