73 Tasting Notes
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
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
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
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
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
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
I bought a cup of this flavor as an indulgence, since I knew it would have a sweet kick to it. There is a good strong coffee flavor to this tea, since there are literal coffee beans in the mix, but the caffeine lift ends up being mostly from the mate tea. This tastes like a sort of grassy version of a coffee late. The white chocolate chips are very sweet and creamy, and the blend is not too bitter overall. It actually errs more on the dusty, green mate flavor side of things more than a true coffee flavor. It was a fun cup to order but too sweet for me to order on a regular basis.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Cream, Grass, Hay, Sweet
I’m always looking to expand my caffeine free flavor palette, so I can take some of the overcaffeinated burden off my heart. I’ve had this on my wishlist for a while and got a chance to try it today. This tea is rich with red rooibos and its medicine-herbal flavor, but it is tempered with some barky, nutty honeybush. Creamy coconut is very forward and adds much of the sweetness to this blend. I have a hard time detecting the lavender when brewed, but the loose leaf certainly looks pretty with cornflowers and lavender.
Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Frosting, Nutty
This tea is a famous staple at events hosted at my work, often served with lemon. I prefer my tea without sugar or lemon, generally, though the citrus is nice with this tea. It is definitely smokey, but less of the bacon-like smoke some brands of lapsang souchong seem to have, this is gentler and more woody. The smoke flavor is not as noticeable in the scent of the leaves or the tea, but comes through the most when drinking. There is a traditional black tea feel and taste to this, not bitter but full-feeling and with a sort of rich tanin flavor and texture. Some kind of spicy, almost cinnamon-like, secondary note comes in the aftertaste which really adds a coziness to the forward smoke flavors. I thought I had heard somewhere that this might be close to the kind of tea drank in Boston historically, but I could be making that up. Overall a bold cup with just the right amount of smoke. It’s famous around here for a reason!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Smoke, Tannin, Wood