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Sampled a nugget of this in-store, but it was especially bitter. Reminded me of Mango Madness… bitter, bitter mango. My little girl enjoyed it though and drank the rest of my sample for me.
Both my rooibos connoisseur husband and my toddler loved this tea.
Well, and I did too, but they almost wouldn’t let me at my own cup of tea they wanted to drink it so badly! Are we sure that it is, indeed, jellybeans in this tea and not crack?
I chatted up the sales-associates when I bought this tea, which might be why I have a couple jellybeans in a mere 20g bag. I cut one in half before I steeped it to ensure that the goodness could go around a bit longer since I don’t really live anywhere near a candy store (in order to buy more beans).
I’m definitely tasting and smelling piña colada from this tea, which seems to get stronger the cooler it becomes. Hmmmm… next time I’ll have to ice it. This is definitely going to be a tea to stock up on, if my husband + daughter’s enjoyment is any indication.
I thought this tea couldn’t get any better…
Then my husband brewed me a cup, added milk + sugar… + whipped cream.
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…
Can’t stop drinking this…
That is all.
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!
Have you smelled this tea? Well, have you?? If you have this tea in your possession go smell it immediately… it’s okay, I’ll wait.
I know, right? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! My sister suggested this to me after hearing about my trouble with Alpine Punch and how I was Jones-ing for a flavourful replacement rooibos. At first I was skeptical, the brewed tea just tasted like plain old rooibos. Then I added some milk + sugar and SWEET MERCY it’s like liquid caramels, for reals! Liquid. Caramels. Why have I not tried this tea before?
Another tea I wish I could drink, but leaves my head aching and spinning.
I was so excited about this tea—it sounds delicious—but I won’t rate it since I can’t properly judge this tea flavourwise. From what I did taste, the licorice seemed to overpower the chocolate & strawberry flavours I was looking so forward to, which makes me sad since I absolutely cannot stand licorice in tea. It reminds me too much of Stash and their penchant for adding licorice flavour to absolutely every tea they have.
Sigh… hopefully you all have better luck with this tea than I did.
It’s a sad, sad day when I have to admit defeat on a tea… Alpine Punch, that is.
I’d tried and tried and tried again to make Alpine Punch work, it tasted so good! But without fail I would get a headache 3-4 sips in and then have to dump the rest. So, the other day I walked into my local DAVIDsTEA in shame, a bag of Alpine Punch to return. The sales-girl helping me was more than accommodating, giving me plenty of suggestions and recommendations.
In the end I exchanged for this tea, since I’ve been looking for yet another black tea to put into rotation with Nepal Black, Buttered Rum, and my collection of Earl Greys. This has a nice body that holds up to milk and sugar, which actually seems to get better as it cools. Right now it’s lukewarm and downright delicious! Nepal Black is still my favourite, but it’s nice to have a break once in a while…
Tried a little sample of this in-store, so not much to go on review-wise.
The smell of the dry leaves is like ice cream, butterscotch ripple to be exact. The taste, not as delicious, but drinkable. I’d have to buy some and try it at home to be sure, but I currently have enough tea right now.
It’s my birthday today… what’s better than birthday cake?
This tea. Oh, and smoked gouda cheese. But mostly this tea.
To reiterate my other reviews…
First steep @ 94°C for 2 min: creamy, buttery notes first, which subtly z give way to something reminiscent of leafy greens, with the slightest hint of sweetness.
Second steep @ 95°C for 4 min: Like the first, but much more delicious!
Third steep @ 96°C for 5 min: Almost identical in taste to the first, less flavourful than the second.
Fourth steep @ 98°C for 7 min: Still delicious. Might even get a 5th!
There seems to be a lot of hate for this tea, but I’m not sure why?
I happen to find it a fairly decent Earl Grey compared to Twinnings (cardboard-tasting) or Second Cup (too much orange) or Stash (licorice?! how’d that get in there??), yet not quite up to par with Numi’s aged Earl Grey. Still, if I’m craving a London Fog I keep a stash of these teabags in my purse and head down to the local cafe to order an extra hot vanilla steamer. Then, I just add my own teabag. Easy-peasy-bergamot-squeasy.
I find that on it’s own it can be rather overpowering with bergamot. However, steep this baby in extra hot milk and it really holds its own. There’s nothing more disappointing than ordering a London Fog only to be underwhelmed by the Earl Grey. Me, I’ve solved that problem.
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Nope. Still can’t do it.
I even tried brewing it for a shorter time at a slightly lower temp, BUT this tea and I were not meant to be.
At least my 13-month-old enjoyed sipping on it lukewarm…