252 Tasting Notes
Today is my second Mother’s Day and definitely better than the last: breakfast in bed, lunch at Earl’s with my Mom + brothers (although being gluten-intolerant means I can’t eat anything other than salad, but hey, it’s the quality time that counts right?), and free tea from DAVIDsTEA!
I went with iced Mamma Mia, since a) I’ve never tried it before and b) it was too warm out to merit getting a hot tea. I thought about adding sweetener, but I guess the stores brewed it extra strong because even over ice it was sweet and delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I mistakenly gave my 16-month-old a sip and she proceeded to slurp as much as possible before I took it away… thus I poured half of my Mother’s Day treat into her sippy cup.
Flavour wise it reminds me strongly of Kanpe, but with a few more flavours going on, probably due to the abundance of ingredients. Makes a deliciously juicy iced tea, sweet enough that it’s almost like juice! Still, I slightly prefer Kanpe, but that also might be the fact that whenever I drink Kanpe I feel good about all the proceeds going to Haiti…
What a name, but does it live up to the hype?
I brewed it on the low side, just to be safe, but the problem with pairing a green tea + fruity pieces is the fruit really needs a hot + long steep to really bring out their flavours, while the delicate green tea requires a short + 80°C steep. This poses a problem, either you get flavourful fruity bitter tea or weak fruity green tea. The latter is what I ended up with… not horrible, not astounding, just kind of alright.
Which is disappointing because I was really excited there was finally a kiwi tea in the DAVIDsTEA roster.
The girl helping me tried to convince me that I needed more than 10g since, “What if you end up really liking it?”
I think I’ll stick with my 10g, since this tea is not for me. Brewed there is an underlying smell and taste like cherry cough syrup. Maybe I brewed it wrong? I’ll have to try again, but so far this looks like it’ll go in the “company tea” pile…
Had a girls’ tea party with two childhood friends and found out my friend Chelsea is almost as big a DAVIDsTEA fanatic as I am! She mentioned that she’d been dying to try this tea, so this was the one that they chose of my vast collection.
We had it with a dash of sugar + topped with whipped cream. So. Good. Exactly like a moist slice of birthday cake topped with buttercream icing, in a mug.
Holy Peppermint Explosion Batman!
This is by far the best straight peppermint tea I’ve ever had. Pure, unadulterated peppermint. My mom recommended this for when my stomach is spasming, but I have yet to test her theory (thankfully, the stomach spasms feel like contractions—except contractions come and go in waves—and a stomach spasm can go on for hours). However the in-laws are visiting this weekend and without fail their presence tends to trigger one. Let’s cross our fingers that this time will be different, but if it does happen I’ll have this tea on-hand to potentially aid the situation.
On another note, has anyone tried this iced? As a cocktail? I’m tempted to play around with it a little bit since 30g of this tea seems like a lot.
It may have snowed 20-30cm overnight, but I’m craving iced tea!
I’ve had a jug cold-brewing in the fridge for a day or two, so I mixed it with lemonade and here we are. The tea holds it’s against the lemonade, balancing the acidity with its malty flavour. Normally, I go for Red Rose when I want to make plain iced tea, but on occasion this one will do just fine…
If you’ve read any of my other tea reviews, you know that I am a bit of an Earl Grey aficionado. So, I tend to steer clear of Earl Grey variations… until now.
The premise intrigued me, since it’s not uncommon for people to sometimes add a squeeze of lemon to their Earl Grey. The lemon here reminds me strongly of Lime Gelato… except substitute lemon for lime and add a dash of bergamot, not that the bergamot is particularly strong. It’s an interesting variation on a well-known tea, but it should be called Lemon Gelato instead, with the yogurt adding a creamy gelato-ness to the lemon + bergamot.
I took steep.it‘s advice and steeped it at 85°C for only a minute, and it turned out lemony with a hint of cream. No bitterness. Managed to get two steeps out of the leaves as well. Quite a nice flavoured white/green tea, not sure if I’ll restock once my 10g are gone… might have to let it grow on me a bit.
Ever since going gluten-free I’ve had to give up a lot of delicious, gluten-y things—cake being one of the hardest. Nothin’ like going to someone’s birthday party, only to turn the cake down because you can’t eat it. You then have to explain why you’re being such a party-pooper… “No, no, it’s not that I don’t want the cake… I just can’t eat the cake. Gluten-intolerance, you see.” Then they look at you with pity. Because really, what’s a birthday without cake??
I don’t feel so bad anymore though, now that I have this tea! With a sprinkle of brown sugar + splash of whipping cream I can almost feel the spongy texture of a slab birthday cake on my tongue as I sip. And the smell! The smell alone has my head spinning.
Next party I attend I’ll be bringing a thermos of this tea with me and sipping all through the chorus of “Happy Birthday” with a smile…