409 Tasting Notes
Thank you Mercuryhime for this sample!
At first, I didn’t get this tea. It just tasted like green tea with a little bit of flavor that I couldn’t put my finger on. As it started to cool, I could pick up on the chestnut taste. The more it cooled, the more I tasted. I do love chestnuts and the flavor seems pretty dead on with this tea. This might have to go on my shopping list to try some more!
This stuff smells like a frosted lemon cookie! The first sip I took was a little too citrusy for me, but it mellowed out quickly. The taste isn’t as potent as a frosted lemon cookie, but the tea still holds some of that flavor I could smell when I opened the packet. It’s good and it is light, but it doesn’t quite captivate me. I like it, I’m not in love and I’d drink it again!
This tea isn’t really doing much for me. It smells pretty good in the bag, but I’m not getting much flavor which is disappointing. I put a bit of sugar in it and that brought out some taste, but not enough for my preferences. I’m finding I favor DT’s rooibos blends much more than the blacks.
Wow, did someone put out a campfire in my mouth?! Sat down with my tea at breakfast this morning and my husband said he smelled a fire. I casually told him it was my tea and he had to sniff it to believe me. Then I had to hear how it’s probably filled with carcinogens which is bad for you. I’ll just pretend he didn’t say that part. It’s so smokey! I like it!
This tea is very similar to the Mudslide tea from Teaopia and later Teavana. It has a good balance of chocolate and banana (a little less artificial than the Mudslide tea) and without the yummy nutty flavor. I really like banana flavoring and I think this is a bagged tea worth my restocking.
I’m tasting cloves, cardamom and lemon in this tea. It’s pretty good on it’s own, but since it is a chai I’m going to try it with some milk. I think the milk tones down the spices a little, but doesn’t take the tea to the next level of yum that I was hoping for. I tried playing around with it a few more times, but it just didn’t grow on me any more than the initial cup. I wouldn’t turn my nose up at it, but it isn’t one I’d get again.
Finally getting back to the advent calendar! I think this is day 9? This is a really enjoyable cup of Earl Grey in what I’m guessing is the really well balanced soft black tea base of theirs that I have tasted before. It is just so smooth! The bergamot is present, but not biting. Nothing is overpowering anything else. I’m not a huge EG fan, but this may be the nicest I have had.
The dry tea smells like cherries. I used about half the water than I usually do in my David’s mug, hoping for a more concentrated taste and I think I got that. I’m reading the description now because I have no idea what I am tasting. Poppy and peony?! I have never tasted those before! Maybe the cherry I was smelling was the marzipan. This is probably the best DF cup I have gotten so far! Even so, it isn’t a must have, but I would enjoy drinking it again sometime.
This smells very syrupy. The more I smell it, the less it smells like maple and the more it smells like table syrup trying to be maple. I love maple syrup but turn my nose up at table syrup, so I’m not super impressed here. This needs sweetener or it just tastes like an odd woodsey rooibos. Once sweetened, the syrup takes on a fuller flavor that masks some of the rooibos if I don’t take too many sips in a row. Adding cream kills the flavor a bit. This is an okay cup, but it is a little boring and leaves my mouth dry.