312 Tasting Notes
This type of green tea is my absolute favorite. I decided to get this instead of the two other options from David’s: Butterfly Jasmine and Dragon Pearls. This is a bit cheaper, and I have faith that it still tastes good. Besides, unless I am brewing those in a glass teapot I can’t see it unfurl. Hence why I picked this tea over the other two, because I don’t mind if it doesn’t look fancy.
Anyways, this didn’t disappoint me. I like it because it takes green tea (which is enjoyable by itself) and adds a nice floral taste to it (not too little, not too much). I’m normally not a fan of flowers and tea, especially rose and lavender. But I love the smell of jasmine and it tastes fantastic with green tea. To me, this is not a “refreshing” tea its a relaxing tea.
In the future, I may buy a small pouch (25g) of the Butterfly Jasmine just to discover if it tastes much different. When I run out of Silk Dragon Jasmine tea I will most certainly refill my tin. Like I said earlier, this type is one of my favorites and it is going to stay in my permanent collection.
1yr reflection: Wow I can’t believe I liked this one so much… because it’s not that good. Removed rating
This reminds me very much of Coco Chai Rooibos. Except well this is a black tea instead of rooibos and its also much harsher.
Just smelling the canister can overpower your senses. You would expect this to be somewhat weaker when its brewed but it isn’t. Once the liquor hits your tongue, the spices punch you in the face (I mean this in the best way possible). Its the sort of thing I’d expect a “rugged” guy to drink, and not what a nice old lady would.
I recommend drinking this in the morning. Especially if you can’t seem to keep your eyes open.
I’ve been wanting to buy this since it came out but never got around to it. In the canister the coconut and vanilla are really strong scents. And since I bought this during December at the mall, I had to ask the ladies to break out a new bag of Buttered Rum. There was hardly anything left in the canister.
Onto brewing this stuff. It reminds me a lot of the Bourbon Vanilla tea from Teaopia. Except that is lacking the coconut, but otherwise smells and tastes similar. Between the two teas I really prefer this one, it is really smooth and the coconut completes it.
The liquor tastes so rich and full of character, while still remaining refreshing too. It doesn’t weigh you down, it gets you to relax and put up your feet. The aftertaste is good too, the coconut, rum flavoring, vanilla and cornflowers just linger for a bit. Then you just taste the creamy black tea fading away. (I brewed this for 6 mins and the black tea was still enjoyable, not bitter)
When it comes to flavored black tea I prefer blends like this. I don’t like it when David’s Teas loads the blends with candy. Even though I don’t specifically drink tea for its health benefits, I do like to minimize my sugar intake.
I have not had a good cup of Earl Grey tea in a long time. The bergamot is very present in this tea, and its enjoyable. Usually I have bagged Earl Grey tea, since that is what most places carry when I ask for tea (bleh). And in the bagged tea you never taste the bergamot and the black tea itself is kind of bland and bitter.
This tastes sharp and the bergamot is so zesty! I will definitely buy more when I run out of this.
I’ve decided that I don’t really enjoy cider-type drinks. So I added some black tea (mystery brand!) and milk (1 teaspoon of winterberry wine, 1 teaspoon of black tea and I eyeballed the milk). Unfortunately the black tea I used gets undrinkable after 3 mins, so the spices didn’t get to sit for the full 6 mins.
I like this combination a lot better. Its like a sweet and fruity chai with a bit of a kick (not much of one unless you spike it w/ something else).
Like I said, I am not crazy about cider but I am looking forward to working it into some other teas I want to get rid of. Some peppermint or sencha are next on the list of things in my mind to throw in with Winterberry Wine. Or perhaps I will mix the Chocolate Chili Chai with this too, since I hardly drink that.
Will I buy more Winterberry Wine when I run out? No. But I am enjoying mixing it with other tea I have. :)
Note: This isn’t a bad drink, I just don’t care for cider (“fruity spiced water”).
Finally finished my bag of this and overall I’m not very impressed. Whether it is the tea or the fact that maybe I don’t like like white teas in general I don’t know.
I probably won’t stock up on this again, even if I don’t have anymore white tea in my cupboard. Its one of those “meh” teas for me. When I have more experience with white tea I will form a stronger opinion on this one.
I am starting to have better luck brewing this tea but it is difficult to get it right. A big thank you goes out to Jaime for suggesting a lower temperature.
After rinsing the leaves (which I don’t know was good enough), I smelled the tea. Right away, I was put off by how dusty it smelled. I’m not sure if I didn’t rinse the leaves enough though so I can’t argue about the dust too much. Then, drinking it I was pleasantly surprised. It’s very light in color and taste, but still the dust was starting to irritate my nose. So I wasn’t able to pick out the different flavors of the tea. :(
On the second brew I let it sit slightly too long and I ruined it. I’m not used to teas that are this fickle. When I say I let it sit too long, I mean an extra 30 seconds. If you see this tea darken all of a sudden, it is completely ruined. Unless you like dusty, bitter, watered down Timmy’s coffee.
I still have 5 or so of these left so, I’ll use the remaining ones to figure out how to make a good cup of tea. I’m going to try and rinse the leaves a bit better next time and watch my tea timer very carefully.
This is a nice cranberry cider drink. Which is not something I usually look for, but I have cider sometimes during the winter season. So it is a welcome addition to my tea cupboard.
The cranberry is not overwhelming, just a nice sweet and tartness to the cider. The spices make this a lot less boring than it could have been. Overall I like it, but it doesn’t really impress me a whole lot because I am not a big fan of cider anyways.
Recently I was making some pulled pork in my crockpot (just a pork pot roast, onions, chilli sauce, etc). Since pork goes well with fruity things I brewed a cup of Forever Nuts and dumped it in my mixing bowl along with other seasonings. Then poured everything over the roast and let it sit in there for about 10 hours.
I’m really glad that the finished product was not too sweet. The Forever Nuts is pretty noticeable while you’re eating, but it’s kind of a different flavor because its been mixed with a bunch of other ingredients.
The recipe is pretty average, but if you want it just send me a private message.
At David’s Tea I was looking for some plain black tea and this caught my eye. I usually keep 1 of each “type” in stock at my house. The canister in the store had just enough for a few more scoops of Black Needles before it ran out. So I guess this is popular at my location.
Anyways, onto drinking this stuff. I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly this goes down. It tastes like a nice, strong flavored black tea. What more could I expect? The fact that it has the strong flavor and it goes down really smooth, is a nice feature.
If I don’t feel like trying out new black teas I will probably just buy more of this.