61 Tasting Notes
It was the day after a nice relaxing day at the spa that I got the pleasure of trying this tea. The sweet tang of this rose elixir reminds me much of cranberry apples for some reason. Which definitely brought up pictures of the autumn harvest festivals and the Saanich Fair that we have on the island. All very pleasant images to say the least.
I can honestly say each sip was a piece of nostalgia which I’m guessing is the magic effect that David’s Tea was going for. Please let me know if you think that the magic is something different. But I think we can agree that it’s a great fit for their iced tea menu. Happy Tea Drinking Everyone. :)
Now for some positivity. It was yesterday morning when I tried this tea for the first time. Lord they were not kidding when they said it was tart! I totally get the visual of the “Queen of Tarts” that they were intending from the blood red hue of the elixir. But gosh it is a tea that has to be drunk slow to adjust to all the flavor notes.
I have not tried it hot yet but if I keep optimistic it probably is a little more nicer on the taste buds. I can say this though the energy provided by the tea made for a refreshing end to the day. So that’s probably one of its winning details. Cheers.
Have you ever had someone that you really cared about online that you had this almost psychic like bond with? That’s me with “Dan” (name changed to protect privacy). We’ve written collaborative stories with one another for over five years and our creativity together mesh so well that he can usually tell what I’m going to write before I even write it. And I can do so for him.
Well for a year or so he took a break from being online to catch up on his reading, gaming and work. He never told anyone and seemed to just disappear… suffice to say naturally I missed him a lot because of the bond. Last night as I was headed to sleep I got a ring on my phone from him. He said he never should have been away as long as he had and that he was back for good. That we’d have a chance to write together again tomorrow (which is today).
It made me cry tears of happiness and I was on cloud nine allowing me to have wonderful dreams that night. In the morning I was more than a little bit blissful and completed my usual daily tasks with a joyful sort of energy. However as the day neared to a close he never showed up like promised. I know I should’ve been prepared for this since he’s done this before but it…disappointed me greatly.
So to cheer myself up I decided to brew myself up a cup of “Pink Lemonade”. The sweet rose tisane with it’s refreshing scent and tartly sweet taste really did the trick to bring my smiles back. I love how similar this herbal blend is to the real thing without the added sugar. It truly is a ‘pick me up’ in a cup and I have no doubt that it would be perfect iced~. Thank you Murchie’s Tea & Coffee shop. :)
I love strawberries and Earl Gray so suffice to say I was happy to find that David’s had a tea that combined both. In a complimentary way that made the flavors harmonize wonderfully as well. The aroma is filled with all the classical charm that one looks for in a good Earl and paints a picture of an old English afternoon tea.
I admit to visualizing the Old English Rose tea set placed on a crisp white tablecloth with this tea served in the delicate tea pot and on one of the plates a tower of buttery scones topped with strawberry compote. The clotted cream for the delicacies placed just within reach all at the same time. It’s that reminiscent of a picture with every sip.
I thank a grandma who stopped in to David’s this morning for the inspiration to have this tea tonight to wind down after a long day. She may have purchased the Cream of Earl Gray but it served to remind me of this one. I think I might’ve even suggested this one to her when she was trying to decide an Earl but I digress. This is one great blend!
I can really hardly believe I haven’t done a review of this one yet! Especially since I only have one serving of the tea left. But I guess it happens to the best of us, haha. With the prediction of cooler weather to the island and a trip up to the farms this morning for some of the early harvest vegetables I thought I’d go with a comforting classic for my tea of the day.
Buttery, smoothly rich and warms all the way down. The taste of Toasted Walnut is just the subtle treat to drink to wind down. Yet at the same time the clean sweet notes of the green tea keeps your mind refreshed just enough to keep you energized for whatever the rest of the day might bring. Be it gardening or even curling up under the umbrella reading. Either way you are good to go.
This is probably going to mimic the Pink Passion fruit review but it cannot be helped. I admit I have never tried Guava before. That being said my curiosity was perked for David’s Tea’s introduction to the pretty fruit. The dry mix is almost as tropically aromatic as the brew itself. I was blown away.
Now onto the flavor itself. The guava fruit I admit adds a semi-sweet nuance to the rose hued elixir akin to perhaps a kiwi? I can imagine it being a great popsicle if frozen. The next endeavor for the company for a summer treat. A Tea popsicle, purchased for about $3? What do you all think of that? Wow, almost went on a tangent there.
But yeah, I think the tea is grand and I thank David’s for introducing me to another delicious fruit. I think they’ve really pulled me over to the tropical side of the flavor tree with their spring and summer collections. I almost fear (with happy anticipation) what they have planned for the Fall. A return of Mama’s Apple Pie? We can all wish. :) Cheers!
I have to admit getting home to Victoria just in time for the second of the “Garden to Cup” series release was fantastic. The tea leaves smell refreshing and look so bright and green in their dry form. I can only imagine what it would be like to visit Shizuoka to see these leaves in person. This is the next best thing.
The flavor when brewed is smooth and very buttery to the taste buds. Yet the scent is very soothing to the spirits perfect for an evening stargaze. It is a worthwhile treat and priced just right for a fresh green tea such as this. Truly en par with the Gyokuro varieties that are available. Delish!
It was the day after the premier of Hangover 3 did I try this one and boy was it a refreshing fit. In comparison to the Valencia Orange that I tried when I came home and Mango Madness this one is the perfect blend of both. The natural goodness of a tart blend sweetened nicely by the nuances of pineapple. I have yet to try it cold but I can say with certainty that it would make a smashing tea pop or an iced tea.
On the note of a tea pop. This is also the time I tried the new tea pop at David’s. My first trial was the Lime Gelato. The combination of soda water and the tea was very refreshing I found. The flavors still came out just fine and worked great with the soda water without anything really getting muddled.
As for pricing, I can see why they charged $4 for the drink. It’s approximately $2 for the soda water and $2 for the tea. So it all evens out in the end and makes it worthwhile on paper. Especially if the clerk at the desk lets you experiment with the type of tea that you intend to use as a base. (The ones back home at my neighborhood David’s allow it and encourage it. :) )
I think it was mid-way through the week in Edmonton when I tried this tea. Yes, the Sunday when I went on the day trip to the Conservatory and TELUS world of Science. The creamy deliciousness that was Coconut Grove was what perked me up for the exploration. I’d say the vanilla notes are what made for the extra richness that was not in Coconut Oolong.
Not to say one is better than the other. I love both equally. But as I couldn’t naturally take my tea collection from home on the trip the Coconut Grove fit the missing spot that the oolong filled just nicely. It smelt fantastic in dry form but really shone once it was brewed. I just recommend if you are at a hotel with their coffee machine brew the water first rather than use their filter for the full effect.
It tastes more pure that way. Or if you are extreme or don’t plan on buying souvenirs bring your electric kettle from home. Haha, but I digress. If you liked the oolong you’ll love this. :)
It’s been awhile hasn’t it. May and June have been how you say “busy” with travelling for vacation in Edmonton. Although it was only ten days, scheduling the trip in the middle of the month makes it seem a whole lot longer. Wouldn’t you agree? While staying at the West Edmonton Mall I arrived just on the release date of the Summer Collection so the next few posts are going to reflect that. Hope you’re ready. :)
I have never tried passion fruit before so when I found out that David’s Tea was coming out with one for the summer I was very curious suffice to say of what it was going to taste like. At a first glance the soft rose hue of the elixir was enough to give a hint of what to expect but wow. It was sweet and light like one of those tropical flower petals.
The passion fruit gave it a very refreshing edge and made each sip a joy to the palate. It wasn’t too sweet and it wasn’t too tart. On the whole it was very cooling to drink both on the vacation and when we had that heat wave a week back. I can say for certain that cold or hot you’ll enjoy all the subtle nuances of this tisane. Cheers!