62 Tasting Notes
I got this tea since I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather and I have a soft spot for anise and licorice flavors. Licorice is the main flavor, despite the varied ingredient list, with mint being a close second. It does not taste like candy, not like black jelly beans; it’s a softer, more herbal flavor. On the aftertaste there is a bit of the fennel flavor, but I don’t taste any pineapple, cloves or cocoa. It’s caffeine free, and an unusual flavor, so it might be a nice change of pace from the roobios or ginger nighttime teas I drink lately. It definitely looks colorful and fun with real chunks of licorice root in the mix, but probably not a great tea if you aren’t a fan of black licorice.
Flavors: Fennel, Honey, Licorice, Mint
I was craving something rich and coffee-like today so I opted to get a hot up of Coffee Pu’erh. This tea smells amazing as a dry leaf and when brewed. It is definitely related to coffee but made more gentle by the smooth, earthy pu erh, instead of coffee’s usual acidity. Chocolate is present throughout the flavors, perhaps even more strongly than the coffee flavor. This is an example of a blend that tastes sweet in a rich way instead of just a candy-like way, and I enjoy it much more than the usual sugar-inspired blends at Davids Teas. I took this tea without sugar or milk, and let it steep a little long. I bet as a late this is amazing. This satisfied my coffee/late cravings without sugar, acidity, and lighter on the caffeine. This might become a new staple for me as a way to drink less coffee. Every bit as satisfying in mouthfeel, taste, and smell.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee, Creamy, Earth
This is another tea I probably would have passed up on if I had not gotten to taste it personally. Cinnaberry is the tea of the day at my local Davids Tea. It is definitely cinnamon heavy in flavor, but coupled with a berry sweet note in the middle, and a berry sour aftertaste. The tea brews up a rich red, from the hibiscus and the rooibos. The flavor is not exactly like a muffin or pie, but the cinnamon makes it feel warm in your mouth and throat, and the berries make it sweet enough to feel like a dessert. I can’t see the sugar listing for this tea online, so I can’t say if that’s where the sweetness comes from for sure. I think the currants and hibiscus save this tea for me, adding a complex sourness to what could be too much of a bakery tea flavor. Not sure that I would buy a bag of this tea to drink at home, but it was gloomy and rainy today and the warm cinnamon rooibos really hit the spot.
Flavors: Berry, Black Currant, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Cookie, Fruity, Hibiscus, Pleasantly Sour, Spicy
I probably would never have tried this tea if I couldn’t have tasted it first, so I was lucky that this was the tea of the day. In this case, the sweetness of the tea works in its favor, making the nutty notes more creamy and cookie-like. Even without sugar or a milk, this tea tastes late-like, and my barista recommended it as a late for a future order. A toasted green tea base gives some body to this tea, and goes nicely with the walnut, keeping in the smooth, earthy, dusty palette. The pineapple is barely noticeable, otherwise this could have tasted more tropical. My understanding is that the tea gets its creaminess from the coconut, though again, it does not taste too much like a pina colada. Nut brittle is listed in its ingredients and that is an accurate description of this tea, which makes it feel appropriate for the harvest season and upcoming holiday season.
Flavors: Candy, Caramel, Coconut, Cookie, Cream, Nuts, Peanut
Before my loose-leaf tea days, a favorite tea of mine was Stash’s lemon ginger tea bags. Since then, warm ginger tea is a flavor of comfort and health to me. Super Ginger from Davids Tea, is a close approximation to that old flavor of my earlier years. I let this tea steep for a long time, and while it is spicy from the ginger, the stevia and green rooibos help even it out with a little honey-like sweetness. I like the idea that there are peppercorns in the mix though I can’t exactly pick out their flavor. As usual with Davids Teas, I would have liked the blend to be made without stevia and been a bit spicy or bitter, so that one could add sweetness as needed. Still, it is not too sweet to drink, so I’m not too worried. I am very glad that it is an herbal blend, and caffeine-free so I could drink it under a quilt at bedtime or as a means to settle both my stomach and my mind without getting myself hyped up. The purest ginger tea Davids had to offer.
Flavors: Ginger, Honey, Spicy
I got to try the pumpkin trifecta today at Davids Tea. I’m still partial to the pumpkin chai, though I’d be hard pressed to identify it from the pumpkin patch flavor. And pumpkin cheesecake is as ridiculous and decadent as it sounds. It’s nice to have a rooibos/decaf pumpkin option. All of them, but especially the cheesecake flavor, are pretty sweet or have little candies in the tea. I’ve got a favorite pumpkin flavor of my own from somewhere else, so I think I’ll stick with that for this season.
Pu Erh Ginger:
One whiff of this tea sold me. I’ve been having a stomach ache today so I wanted something with ginger. The earthy pu erh is a nice compliment to the hot and spicy ginger. I was careful not to let this steep forever, though it was probably a few over 5 minutes. The tea brews up a rich red-brown color, bright with the almost citrus, sharp taste of ginger, and smooth with the fully leafy tones of pu erh. It did help my stomach, sort of, or at least comforted me to have something warm and clean-tasting. I love ginger any time of year or day, so I knew this would be a winner for me. It’s nice to have a ginger tea that’s not also a chai; cloves and cinnamon are all nice, but I like to feature the ginger itself for once too. I haven’t found a tea quite like this at my other usual vendors, so this might be something I purchase a full pouch of this fall.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Earth, Ginger, Hay, Smooth, Spicy
Visiting Davids Tea today I got to try their “mystery tea” which is melon-themed. It was nice in that it felt authentically melon-like and wasn’t just another tropical pineapple, fruity tea blend. It was sweet, as expected, but actually kind of nice. Melon’s not a flavor I go crazy for, nor is is one that replicates super well without flavoring. It was alright and I think it will be a hit in the Spring/Summer.
Back to Buddha’s Blend…
I’ve smelled this tea few times when I walked into the Davids Tea store, so I figured it was time to actually try it. The loose leaf is gorgeous with big, white hibiscus blossoms, and smells very floral. I was warned when brewing it, not to go over the recommended 4 minutes, which may explain why this tea wasn’t a favorite for some people on Steepster. That said, it still brewed up a lush golden color, and smelled richly fruity, with a focus on peach. The scent has gentler tones of jasmine underneath. Drinking the tea, it definitely seems like a white tea (it’s a white and green blend) and there’s a lightness to the body and mouthfeel of it. The earthy (almost dusty?) flavor of white tea plays nice with the fruity notes, and comes through most at the end of the sip along with the jasmine. I can see in the aftertaste how this tea could get bitter so easily. I feel it being a little sticky or prickly on the back of my tongue. This is a delicious tea, in my opinion, and it is what I wish some of the other summer teas (like Just Peachy) had been. There is natural fruit-sweetness, lush floral fragrance, and genuine tea flavors, all without needing sugar or too much candy-flavoring. Probably too blended and sweet a tea for hardcore white and green tea analysts, but nice for a playful tea drinker.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Flowers, Hay, Jasmine, Orchids, Peach
Went into David’s Tea today and thought I’d get the rundown on some chai teas. Ironically, I didn’t go with chai at all, but a spiced blend called The Spice is Right. (The mate chai, “chai guarana” was oh so tempting, but I’m trying to cut my caffeine). Already I’m in love with The Spice is Right: orange, chili pepper, clove, cinnamon! And no sugar or stevia. That said there is still something sweet about it, light and bright and not too earthy or leafy. I like my teas spicy and love things like extra ginger and clove or anise. This one is perfect. It’s a green tea, so I don’t feel so guilty about the caffeine level, but it has the boldness of a black or a typical chai. I do feel the chili pepper, though I have also let this tea steep the entire time I drank it because I couldn’t resist. The cinnamon is strong, as it tends to be in chais, but there are other notes to the spice. It brews up light in color and looks pretty as loose leaf with all the different shapes and colors in the mix. This is the best not-chai spice tea I’ve had from Davids Tea.
Flavors: Clove, Green, Orange, Pepper, Spices, Spicy
I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while and as soon as I took a whiff of the loose leaf I knew this is what I would be brewing up today. The leaves are highly fragrant with citrus oil and visually the jasmine blossoms are startling. This tea brews up pretty pale, yellow/green, even if steeped over the recommended 3 minutes. I love the balance of floral jasmine, tart, natural citrus, and the smooth oolong body. One of my favorite teas I’ve tried at Davids Tea, partly because it is flavorful without being too sweet.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Green, Jasmine, Lemon, Mineral, Orange
I went into Davids Tea looking for a mid-caffeine tea that might not be too sweet. I had oolongs in my mind so I asked to smell a bunch of the loose leaf. I like gingery things so I thought I’d try the ginseng oolong but it was intimidating, both in its chunky appearance and earthy/dusty smell. So I thought I’d give vanilla orchid a try. This tea smells gently of vanilla, and gets much stronger when brewed. The vanilla flavor is herbal but still sweet enough not to be medicinal. I don’t take any honey or sugar in my tea so this was definitely not sweet on its own but had a pleasant green/mineral flavors like an earthy green tea rather than being too vegetal. It was more like hay or leaves in the best way possible. This oolong brews up light, more yellow/green than amber, and I suspect I let it oversteep, so it was a bit strong for me. The vanilla is vigorous but authentic and not at all candy-like. As long as you know that going in, this tea is worth the try.
Flavors: Grass, Hay, Medicinal, Mineral, Vanilla