253 Tasting Notes
Upping the rating, since I find myself craving this tea more than any other right now.
You’d think I would crave something chocolate-y since I gave up chocolate for Lent… but no. This is all I crave. And I tend to dislike flavoured green teas.
Also, I just had a brain wave… wonder what this would taste like mixed with Mom’s Apple Pie? Hmmm… next time!
Liquid. Cinnamon. Hearts.
Is is just me or does it feel like this winter is dragging on and on and on? It doesn’t help that my husband’s side of the family is from South Africa and they’ve all been vacationing over there for weeks while posting lovely, sun-drenched, beach-laden pictures on facebook of their adventures. Sigh.
It was free tea day yesterday, but I felt guilty about just popping in to abuse this perk, then leaving… so I lingered around a bit and got talking to one of the new sales-associates (I know because almost all the others know me by now, or at least they know my adorable toddler) who kept suggesting to me teas I have already tried. When he asked if I had tried Hot Lips I told him I hadn’t… that I’d just never gotten around to it. So, he took the canister down, popped the lid, and even before I leaned over the canister I could smell the cinnamon-y magic.
However, once I got home I had to wait to steep it, since my caffeine tolerance is so low even this would keep me up. This morning I brewed it and BAM the whole apartment smelled like cinnamon hearts. Drinking it is like liquified cinnamon hear candies are flowing down your throat, minus the overwhelming sweetness and burn of the cinnamon. So good, I even got two really flavourful steeps out of it!
Got this free in-store today because it’s LEAP day, can’t argue with that!
Hot: It’s alright, rooibos-y (should be called greonbos—Afrikaans for green bush—since it’s not the red variety, it’s green), fruity and sweet.
Cold: Absolutely, without a doubt, one of the BEST iced teas around! Needs barely any sweetener since the rooibos + fruit do some of that already. Just a splash of agave and you’re ready to go on a journey towards iced tea nirvana, my friends. Now I’m sipping this and wishing spring would hurry up and get here!
Finished off the rest of this today.
Tried steep.it‘s suggestion of only brewing this tea for a minute. Turned out much less bitter, but altogether not that different. It’s alright for a green tea, but not spectacular enough that I will be restocking, genmaicha is still the best everyday green tea in my books.
This tea must be magic!
I completely forgot about it while my 13.5-month-old threw a fit about not being able to climb on the bookcases. Sigh. I nearly panicked when I realised that it’d been steeping for nearly 20 minutes and I only have a limited supply left. Amazingly, it was still warm, creamy and delicious. No need to add milk or sugar.
It’s a Christmas miracle… just not Christmas anymore…
Another white tea greatly improved with a lower temp + short steep.
Steeped only 1 minute (would’ve been 30s but the timer went off and then I puttered around forgetting what the timer was for in the first place!) and it came out delightful and sweet. It’s creamy, light, floral… and so much tastier than I remember it being! I suppose there is something to steep.its white tea recommendations, DAVIDsTEA should take not of that, seeing as all their recommendations for white teas seem to make them taste not as satisfactory as they could be!
I’ll make this short, since I have reviewed this tea multiple times already.
Went into my local store to see if I could buy up any remaining stock, but they’re already out! However, they assure me that it’s not being discontinued, just re-blended. Let us hope the re-blend tastes just as good—if not better—than the original.
Alas, I am down to my 2nd last cup of this, with just enough loose tea for a final cup sometime in the future. As usual it’s dreamy and luxurious with the perfect balance of strawberries and white tea. Please, oh please DAVIDsTEA… don’t screw this one up!