31 Tasting Notes
I’m not normally the biggest Rooibos fan; typically I prefer something black, but every now and then, I find a tea that I just can’t resist taking a chance on bringing home with me. This is one of them.
Unfortunately, it sat at the back of my tea cupboard unloved for a long time after that, but today it saw the light of day once more, and I think that perhaps because I wasn’t expecting anything earth-shattering this time, I was able to enjoy it just a little more.
The overall flavour of this tea, I would say, isn’t necessarily of cotton candy – but the aroma certainly is. The tea itself is a little bit subtler, though it is certainly still sweet. Still, I actually enjoy the sweetness. I typically dislike the taste of sugar in my teas, or even honey, though I do enjoy dessert teas on the whole. Something about the colourful little gems of brittle (which are gorgeous to look and delicious to simply pick out nibble naughtily) doesn’t translate to the sharp twang of sugar in your tea. This, I can deal with.
Maybe not a whole pot of it, but in small doses, certainly. Which is good, because the original packaging, with its adorable carnival-themed boxes, enticed me to buy two packs!
I have to admit that at first I was reluctant to switch from tea balls and bags to this big old cup-like infuser. I think it was largely simply that it seemed so different from what I’d been used to – but I’m really glad I eventually gave it a chance.
First off, let’s talk a bit about the fact that Davids Tea have made this design kind of cross their different product range – the first one I got was for one of their large bubble teapots. But the infusers also come with their range of Nordic Mugs (and likely plenty of other things).
The greatest part is that you can use it for single servings in a mug (and not just the DT mugs; with the protruding handle and lip around the edge of the unfuser, it balances with relative ease within most mugs large enough to contain it), or for the whole teapot (providing you can fit in into said teapot.) And once in, you can hold a LOT of tea. I typically use two teaspoons whether I’m doing a cup or a potful of tea, so I don’t need a heck of a lot, but for people who use more than that, it’s great.
What’s more is that because there’s all that space in the infuser, the tea has plenty of room to expand and really brew that perfect cup. I never realized that some of my regular ball-style infusers were kind of cramping the tea and as such releasing less flavour until I started using something with a bit more space.
The infuser has plenty of holes, and is easy to wash – easier, I find, than mesh infusers, and the cup part isn’t too small that you can’t fit a proper washcloth in there to give it a good scrub. Mine does tend to look quite tarnished after a while of hand-washing only, but once done in a dishwasher, it comes out sparkling like new.
If they suddenly announced that they were discontinuing these infusers, I would likely go out and buy a couple more, just in case. I like them that much.
Pleh. There is nothing “pumpkin” about this tea – it’s Papaya Spice. Sure, the spices are those associated with pumpkin pies, but coming in expecting something with that great, earthy pumpkin feeling… I was disappointed deeply. To me, the papaya is too summery, as well, so even as a seasonal tea I wouldn’t care for it.
Also, I’m not a fan of papaya, so there’s nothing actually redeeming it for me. _;
This one’s a sometimes-tea for me. Another blend we have for my boyfriend’s benefit in the house. I find this blend very dark and rich, but not earthy. There’s a light note from the “buttered” side, but generally I find this one a little strong for me. A nice tea for wintertime, but not my favourite!
My boyfriend loves this, and I cannot stand it.
I’m afraid I personally have nothing good to say about it; it makes me feel nauseous, and makes my gag reflex act up. It smells SO LOVELY and like a banana-coconut blend before it’s brewed, and I don’t pick up the whisky at all. But once the water’s in, I get whisky.
I’ll add – and I think this is IMPORTANT – I don’t drink. Ever. I can’t. So I don’t know if my reaction to it is related to that, but for me this is just too much. But the boyfriend finds it quite nice. _
I didn’t think I would care for this tea – don’t know why, I just assumed. How wrong I was – when I finally smelled it, it was everything I had been looking for; I just hadn’t known where to look! This blend is so sweet, but not overpoweringly so. It’s got caramel and almond that I had expected Caramelissimo to deliver, but I didn’t find it did. this was just what the doctor ordered. The almond isn’t super powerful, too, whereas some almond teas can taste entirely different. Give this one a sniff while you can (before Teaopia is gone to become Teavanna!) and decide quickly if you’d like to take some home! And don’t forget to try it as a latté with vanilla soy if you like it sweet! 0
This tea is suh-weet! I don’t mind it hot, but I’d rather drink something else. But iced? Yahoo!
It is so delicious, with a great medley of flavours great for an iced drink that is very sweet. If you have kids, I’d say this is a great alternative to sweet drinks loaded with additional sugars. Plus you can always throw in some lemon if you like to taste! I made this in my home (no kids here) where we rarely stock iced tea, and it disappeared in no time! The bright red/pink colour, too, will trick kids into thinking they’re drinking their Kool-aid wannabe stuff. But nooo… It’s tea! So great!