644 Tasting Notes
When it comes to David’s Tea I’ve become a little jaded. This, however, I like as much as when I first had it years ago. I love how the cardamon, coconut, almond, apple, ginger, and rose come together and create so much marzipan goodness. It’s magical.
From the 2015 advent calendar.
Flavors: Almond, Cardamon, Coconut, Marzipan, Rose
When the green tea and spices decide to dissociate from each other and pretend they’re not living in the same cupiverse we all pay the price, especially my tongue.
I think this all initially stems from DT’s belief that lots of cinnamon is all it takes to make a good spice tea. Seriously.
They also discount the role green tea plays when it’s thrown in with strong ingredients like citrus and cinnamon:
“Is there any flavour combo more comforting than orange and cinnamon?” Oh, don’t get me started.
Flavors: Celery, Cinnamon, Orange
Smells and tastes of banana bread, with a “spiced” (somewhat astringent) finish, but for whatever reason this tea doesn’t quite do it for me. I find it to be on the dry and nippy side, even when I lower the steeping perimeters . Maybe I’d like this more with a different base!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Banana, Butter
This is probably the most balanced “spiced” green oolong I’ve had. At times the base does feel swamped by the ingredients but it doesn’t have that “not mixing” vibe that green and oolong chai blends often give off..
The flavour profile is clean (eucalyptus, mint, cedar), warming (cinnamon, cardamom), and savory rich (buttery oolong). I still think oolong is a tad strange with spices but I keep coming back to this one because it’s such a relaxing and intriguing cup. It holds up well to multiple steeps, so bonus!
Flavors: Butter, Cedar, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Mint
Hello new tea from David’s 2015 Christmas Tea Advent Calendar! This makes it year two where a well-intending relative gifted an tea advent calendar after the Christmas season; this can be cool if you do winter themed countdowns at other times of the year but we don’t, so..
I’m not typically a fan of stevia or chocolate in tea, or David’s flavoured puerh in general, but I can’t deny that this tastes like powdered hot chocolate of childhood past. Better late than never, right?
Flavors: Chocolate, Milk, Sugar
Does Verdant not do flavoured tea anymore? I guess it’s been a while since I checked out Verdant Tea.. I was on the fence on whether or not to order more, and now the decision has been made for me!
This one is getting on in age too, which was made even more clear to me today after looking at Verdant’s website. I’ve been rotating pots of this with Whispering Pine’s Fujian Black, as both of those are showing signs of wasting away.
I’ll miss this when it’s gone. It’s very smooth and easy to drink. The chocolate and malt notes are emphasized artfully with the additional ingredients, to the effect that it’s smooth and roasty like a genmaicha. It’s main downfall is that it sometimes goes into “dirt” terrain.
Flavors: Chocolate, Dirt, Roasted Barley, Toasted Rice
Generously provided as a sample by WP many moons ago, I only cracked open this tea in the last little while. There’s somewhat of an evident flavour fade, but the chocolate and malt notes are still distinct. There’s also a bit of honey, although it’s more washed out.
I won’t rate this because of the age, even though the tea is still pretty fine albeit not particularly exciting (to my palate anyways). I’m still in a bored phase when it concerns chocolatey Chinese black teas.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Honey, Malt