307 Tasting Notes
Unfortunately, I burnt the roof of my mouth earlier today, so the first thing I get when I taste this is pain. :(
Ignoring that and sipping onward, it’s another understated fruit tea, actually reminding me a lot of the Exotic Fruits tea I reviewed recently. The peach lends a softness, though it doesn’t scream peach. I think it would pair very well with something sweet — this seems like a tea that would be even better with a pastry than on its own, though unfortunately I’m not hungry enough to test that hypothesis right now.
I didn’t have a lot of this left — probably around one serving one way or the other, so I just decided to brew it all.
It’s got a pleasant roasted taste to it — somewhere between black tea and genmaicha. I think I might like it a bit more if it were a little sweeter, or actually, it would probably be amazing with a hint of mint. But overall, it’s not a bad cuppa at all. And especially if it’s going to deliver the caffeine it promises, then I’m definitely going to want to have more of this.
Usually when I have fruity black teas, I expect the fruit to be the star, and the tea to be there in the background. This tea actually has the tea as the star, but complemented by the fruit. The result is rich and pleasant — actually, it reminds me a bit of bubblegum. I do with that the fruit was more of a star in this tea, but I can’t say I mind it like this either.
My love of this tea is entirely my friend Victoria’s fault. She bought it first — we bought bought different teas actually from a store in our town, and she got this one and another… I actually forget which ones I bought. Anyway. So she had it at her house. And I had some of it. And fell in love.
There is a hint of a raspberry lemonadey taste to it, but overall it’s just a pleasant, slightly sweet, fruit and black tea flavour. It’s lovely clear — that’s how I’m drinking it now — or with milk and honey, and it doesn’t oversteep easily. I just enjoy having this tea around. It’s a great thing to drink.
When I first had this tea, I found it remarkable how much it really did taste like an after eight, with a nice combination of chocolate and mint.
I’m not quite enjoying it as much this time — honestly I think that the method of steeping I’m using (in my libre travel mug with the leaves still in) is doing it any favours though. The chocolate is not as strong as I may want, but it’s definitely still there — sweetness around the edges of the predominant minty flavour.
I still think that this would be better brewed another way — it’s certainly overstepping this way (which I half expected, it is a black tea base after all), but it’s not horrible even for it.
Still, holding off on rating until I’ve had it “properly”.
EDIT: Had it again, made more according to directions. Finding it watery.
I’m frustrated because I found it amazing when I had it at the demonstration, but I can’t seem to get it just right at home. Ah well, maybe with a few more attempts….
I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Up too late, and was woken up too early. Not that I have a reason on either end, just nature being itself. So, I decided to go for this tea, which I picked up at the Toronto Tea Festival.
The tea is actually quite beautiful to look at — there are a few whole leaves, I’m not sure if it’s the mint or something else — and then smaller chunks of greenery. Perhaps would be nicer with some colour, but I don’t think it was particularly meant to be seen as opposed to drank. The taste is somewhat herb-y and medicinal, but also sweet. It’s… interesting. Not the best tea I’ve ever drank, but certainly not off-putting either.
I just hope it gives me the energy I need to make it through today. :)
My dad came home from Florida with the remainder of a box of Earl Grey… and a free teabag of this. As it was not one that I currently had in my collection, I asked if I could steal it. He said yes, and so here I am, trying a free teabag of plain, black tea.
I’m actually thinking that the best way to have this may be steeped strong and with milk and sugar, which varies greatly from the recommended 2 minute steep (probably meant to be clear). I brewed it at 3.5 minutes, and… I’m really not seeing anything special with this. I want something stronger, richer, and more flavourful.
Glad I tried it, at least.
I put a tbsp of this in my large libre tea glass. It has a rich, dark taste, just a little sweet. I think it would taste better with milk, in all honesty — it feels like it’s missing the creaminess.
It becomes a bit more approachable as it cools, but I do think that I’d prefer it doctored up nonetheless.
This is one of the first teas from DAVIDsTEA that I fell in love with. Not THE first — that honour goes to a spring collection tea that they’ve never brought back — but it’s up there. I rarely treat myself to it, because it’s on the more expensive side, but I was getting a little of a lot of teas, and I felt like treating myself.
Having it now reminds me of how much I love and miss it. Oh goodness. It’s got a lovely white chocolate/nutty quality to it, and it’s got a smooth, creamy feel to it. Not too bold, yet strong enough, and patient — I don’t think it’s going to start tasting oversteeped any time soon.
I think I’m falling in love all over again….