1573 Tasting Notes
I steeped the leaves for 4 minutes this time which brought out the muscatel flavours more strongly, making it taste a bit more like a typical Darjeeling – though not as bitterly astringent as I’ve found most 2nd Flush or Autumnal teas to be. I resteeped the leaves (@ 4:45min) and while the results were a little bit bland the tea still had the same recognizable flavour-profile as during the first steep.
You know, adding skim milk to this tea doesn’t really do much for me. Yes it lowers the heat of the cayenne pepper a little bit, but it also dulls the other flavours, including the chocolate (oh noses!). I think this is one of the only chais I’ve ever drank that I’d recommend drinking plain.
This time I drank the tea with a dash of honey and a bit more milk added and liked it even better. The sweetness emphasized the similarily to an SBUX pumpkin spice latte, giving the tea a sweet, carmelized flavour to accompany those fragrant spices. It makes for a very rich, and festive-tasting drink without all (or at least most, I suppose there are some in the honey) the calories.
I’m adding this tea to my shopping list – maybe when I’m down in Vancovuer this winter I’ll see about finding a David’s Tea store and picking some up.
Dear David’s Tea,
Please stop putting all your samples in itty bitty tins that I can’t get my scoop in without tea spilling everywhere.
Oh. My. God. This tastes like those Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes only better! The flavours taste more authentic and the spices are fresher and well…spicier. The addition of some milk makes it creamy and smooth-tasting, and for once I’m actually able to taste the pumpkin. The spices in this blend work really well with the pumpkin – I can taste primarily cloves and cardamom which I like better than the cinnamon that’s often used in autumn-themed teas.
I bet this would be fantastic steeped as a traditional-style chai with steamed milk and honey.
The flavour profile is a bit more balanced this time – I think the extra minute I steeped it helped. The rootbeer flavour is stronger and there’s some slight minty notes as well. Chamomile is still the dominant flavour however, which is fine I suppose – I have nothing against chamomile.
I got this tea as a free-bee with one of my SpecialTeas orders, I seem to recall. I’m generally not big on berry-flavoured teas as they tend to have hibiscus in them, and I have to say I haven’t been too impressed with other greens that I’ve tried from this company. But I try to keep an open mind whenever I try a new tea.
It smells berry-ish or maybe a bit like fruit punch – I didn’t notice the tell-tale red colour and a check of the ingredients list on the website confirmed that there in fact isn’t any hibiscus in this blend (whoot!)
The tea is a little bit bland, although I can taste the flavours a bit better after its had time to cool off slightly. The mix of berry flavours is apparent and has a touch of sweetness and you know what? it manages perfectly fine without a bunch of hibiscus in it. So there all you hibiscus-obsessed tea companies! ;)
The rhubarb flavour isn’t so aparent, but then it’s something that has the potential to rival hibiscus in terms of sourness; so I’d rather they went with too little rather than too much!
I drank this cuppa this morning, but I’ve only now had time to actually sit down and log on to my laptop. There was only enough tea leaf for one more cup so I had it with some skim milk. The milk smoothes the tea out nicely and while it doesn’t turn it into anything mind-blowing I could see this being a solid, go-to breakfast tea for people like me who need a kick in the ass in the morning.
I added in a splash of milk just for curiosity’s sake and it turned the tea a colour that was almost identical to the color of hot chocolate – the kind made from that Cadbury mix.
Anyways it didn’t make the tea taste like a rootbeer float (damn!), although it did bring out the sweet, creamy notes that usually get overpowered by the honeybush and rootbeer flavours when drunk plain. I might just make a habit of drinking it like this. :D