141 Tasting Notes
On the 22nd day of tea-mas, DAVIDsTEA gave to me…..
On its own, I find the tea a little too smoky and overwhelming. (It may have been slightly bitter, but I brewed it for the time suggested — 4:15 is on the low end of the recommended 4-6 minutes). Milk tends to mellow it out nicely, and saying how I generally drink my blacks with milk, it’s not bad. However, it’s not my ideal good-with-or-without-milk black tea.
This tea has a rather intriguing flavour. It doesn’t seem quite like a traditional chai (which makes some sense — it has coconut and peppercorns, and is missing the traditional nutmeg). I didn’t find it quite as comforting as a traditional chai would be. Still, it was enjoyable — more enjoyable straight than a normal chai, though I prefer the other when mixed just right.
Steeped for 4:45 the first time, 8 minutes the second, gonna make a third brew with these leaves now.
To be honest, on its own I find the honey and lemon a little cough-syrop-y. However, paired with something more sour or savoury, like crackers and cheese, it makes a delightful compliment.
On the 19th day of tea-mas, DAVIDsTEA gave to me….
If Elf Help was too much like rockets, then Exotica reminded me of fruit loops. There was a citrus overtone with an interesting sweetness to it.
Not precisely my favourite tea, but not bad either.
On the eighteenth day of tea-mas, DAVIDsTEA gave to me…..
Steeped for 1.5 minutes the first time, 5 minutes the second. Let the kettle sit, so I don’t know about the exact temperature….
This tasted… almost exactly like rockets (smarties for the American contingent). Unfortunately, that has never been a favourite candy of mine, and I found it a little too… tart-sugary-sweet as a result.
I guess elves like their candy.
On the 17th day of tea-mas, DAVIDsTEA gave to me….
I don’t think I made this quite strong enough (eyeballed the amount — just over half of the little container in my 2-cupper teapot and steeped for around 5 minutes), but I still am getting the wonderful white chocolate aftertaste. This is still my favourite tea for travel mugs — it steeps really well without bittering even through my “travel mug abuse” and, well… I LOVE IT. …I’m going to have to pony up the cash one day to get myself a large amount of it… it will be expensive but hopefully VERY worthwhile.
This tea tasted quite good. Subtle, mellow… I’m not sure if I’d recognize the flavour as walnut, but enjoyable nonetheless. It’s not my favourite tea ever, but I think this is more a matter of personal taste than the tea itself — it’s quite nice, I just prefer some other flavour combinations.
Steeped it for 3 minutes the first time, and… longer the second time, but enjoyed it through original and re-steeping.
I… really need to work on how I brew blacks from David’s. It says 4-7 minutes on the package. I brewed it for 6, and, well… the first few sips were nice, but the bottom of the mug in particular was quite bitter. Added milk the second time, and that mellowed the flavour nicely, but I’m still unable to get the bitter flavour out of my mouth.
Hopefully going to brew this again eventually, with a much shorter brewing time. However, as I did follow the directions as written, I’m going to rate it based on my experience anyway. 70 because the flavour was nice to begin with, but I can’t give it higher when the bitterness is what I remmber the most.
I think I used too much tea, or steeped it for too long this time. Probably both. Which isn’t a problem I’ve had before, but then I think my pallate has been developing.
I can tell you though, it’s still WONDERFUL with milk and sugar. But not as good straight as I remember.
On the 13th day of tea-mas, DAVIDsTEA gave to me….
There’s a fruity sweetness to the tea, which pairs nicely with the nutty tone it has overall. The apple and cinnamon notes are nice, and make for a nice flavour. While the beetroot makes it pink, it is less pink and more mellow than, say, Sleigh Ride or Pink Flamingo.
Emptied my entire sample in my pot, as I seem wont to do for the herbal samples. Glad I did — it was a nice strength. Might even brew it a bit longer next tme.