1710 Tasting Notes
Today seems to be review Davids Teas day. This one is a sample I got from my last order, though it’s actually been on my wishlist for some time. The dry tea smells very much like lime-flavoured hard candies. The flavour is more like lemongrass to me with a sweeter, fruity undertone. I can’t really taste much of the pineapple or apple that’s supposedly in there – of course I went with a reduced steeping temperature and time compared to what the packet recommended, so that might have something to do with it.
Another one of my Christmas teas, this is probably the most intriguing blend from the winter collection. I LOVE baklava, though it’s hard to find outside of Greek restaurants here.
The smell of the tea is heavenly, maybe not exactly like baklava but it certainly has that European bakery vibe. With the oolong base I actually expected the tea to be a bit sweeter than it turned out to be. But it’s got a bakey note with lots of cinnamon – maybe a bit too much in this case. Unfortunately the honey part of the baklava is noticeably missing so the end result isn’t quite like the dessert but more like a spice cake of some sort. I don’t see spicy or dessert flavour used very often with an oolong base so it’s good to see DT changing it up a little bit.
It’s the Snowpocalypse! Here in British-Columbia we got got plus of 40 cm (that’s 16 inches, for you Americans) yesterday and now we’re sort of floundering around trying to dig ourselves out. The schools and university were shut down for the first time I can ever recall. I’m just lucky I live on a major thoroughfare that the snowplow got to pretty quickly, but with some of the backstreets it’ll probably two or three days before they’re cleared.
I got this tea as part of one of those grab-bag deals though I had been eyeing it beforehand. A couple years back Frank made another apple tea called Apple Pie a la Mode which I really enjoyed. This one isn’t quite apple pie to me although it makes a game attempt, there’s a nice apple flavour and just the right amount of cinnamon (IMO – though I know this is subjective thing) . I’m not quite getting the pastry flavour of the crust anywhere, though the base is a good match for the flavours.
I know the recommendation was to add sugar, but I like to try most of my teas plain first to get a good baseline – don’t worry, I’m not going to rate it yet.
As it stands I’m definitely not getting anything like birthday cake from it, though the tea has a mildly sweet, slightly buttery flavour that is quite nice. I’m not getting an overwhelmingly ‘herbal’ flavour than accompanies many tisanes and it goes down quite smoothly without drying out my mouth. I bet this blend would be great with my homemade orange/vanilla simple syrup, I’ll have to test that theory soon.
I got a small tin of this tea as part of a DT gift box with a neat customizable travel mug. It’s a pretty standard minty-flavoured herbal tea – I’ve drank many like it. It’s pleasant though with the mint and lemongrass covering the flavour of the valerian. It definitely has sedative properties so I’d advise drinking this one before going to bed.
After trying the guava-flavoured tea from the same sampler I was more than a bit wary about the other teas, but this one has helped to allay my fears. It’s a nice, refreshing citrus flavour that pairs well with the white tea base. It’s not exactly remarkable, but it’s certainly good for a bagged tea.
I always get at least one or two different teas for Christmas despite my boyfriend loudly (and publicly) moaning and groaning over how much I already have. This year I got a bunch of those little stackable tins from DT’s winter collection. I’ve had a look at this particular blend in the store in the past but I’ve always passed it by because of the way it smells strongly of dill (despite there not being any dill in the tea at all).
However it seems that I unfairly maligned this tea as it’s actually very nice (and thankfully nothing like dill pickles). The coconut give it a smooth creamy flavour that goes well with the cool, fresh mint. I’m glad to have found a caffeine-free herbal tea that isn’t a tart fruit flavour.
This Christmas one of my gifts was an assorted box of Tea of Life black, green, and white teabags, mostly in fruit flavours.
This one certainly smelled promising – the scent was very much like actual guava and not just Generic Tropical Fruit Flavour™. And at first the flavour seems nice too, the green tea base wasn’t too harsh (always a challenge with bagged green teas because of the broken tea leaves usually used) and the flavour was distinctly guava. The problem is that after the initial fruity notes came an unpleasant aftertaste that I really dislike. It tasted almost rotten to me. I’m not sure where it’s coming from or if maybe that batch of tea was somehow spoiled. But the end result is that it completely ruined the tea for me. :(
From the GCTTB
This is recommended as an iced tea but I have enough for two servings so I wanted to try it hot first. Interestingly enough, the steeping tea smells very much like Lipton powdered iced tea mix. Thankfully it ends up tasting better – at this temperature it’s not really remarkable – black tea lightly flavoured with tangy lemon. The lemon is thankfully quite gentle and natural-tasting as there is nothing worse than tea that tastes like it could be used as an industrial-strength cleaner.As it stands now I wouldn’t buy the tea to drink hot, but I’ll use what’s left to brew up a cup of iced tea and then we’ll see.