601 Tasting Notes
Cherry flavour is very artificial-tasting. It seems more like a sugary plum taste to me. The tea base is very mild and, as with many other DAVIDsTEA flavoured blends, is of poor quality. The tea base does come through and is distinguishable as a white tea with the “swampy” flavour that I usually associated with whites. It also complements the flavouring well.
Flavors: Plums, Sugar
I got this tea as a sample in my 2015 DAVIDsTEA advent calendar. I remember having this tea years ago when it was first released. The brew I had today was a bit different than what I remember. The “glitter” used to come in little spheres in the tea that made the tea shimmer when you infused it. I did not have that experience today with the gold stars in the brew. There also seems to be some sugar crystals included which is an interesting addition- I personally prefer my tea without any sugar additive. I guess the extra sweetness adds to the indulgence of this Christmas-themed tea. Still, I am glad that the choice was not made for stevia to be used as an sweetener. This tea has a full savoury aroma that reminds me of smelling a creamy bowl of cinnamon oatmeal. The tea is quite balanced in its flavour profile with both the black tea and cinnamon coming through. I am able to taste the aftertaste of the added sugar trailing at the end of the sip. It is unfortunate that a low quality black tea seems to have been used in this blend. This is not a tea that I would keep at hand but I am glad that I was able to try it!
The almond flavouring is quite good in this tea- amaretto with sweet nutty tones. The green tea in this blend, unfortunately, seems to be of low quality. There’s an odd artificial aftertaste. I like the sugar cookie sweetness in the background.
Flavors: Almond, Nutty, Sugar
I am very sensitive to stevia flavouring and I find that it overpowers the mango and fruity flavours with a dull bitter trail to the sip. It may also be the additives to the candied pineapple that makes this brew undrinkable for me. I am only just barely able to taste the white tea.
Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Mango
A bit of pleasant cranberry-tartness (likely from the hibiscus) with somewhat of a dull overall flavour. There’s a bit of a trailing hibicus aftertaste that is overpowering. I am detecting some nutty-savoury tones mixed with creamy apple and cinnamon that reminds me of Forever Nuts from DAVIDsTEA. This tisane is blended well but has too much hibiscus to it. I am also discouraged by how much “dry leaf” is required to achieve a decent flavour. I’m getting more of a cider flavour as it cools- the apple is coming more to the forefront and balancing out the tartness of the hibiscus.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Nuts, Tart
I brewed this tea according to the instructions on the bag. However, I’m just noticing right now that online it is recommended to infuse for 4-5 minutes. I will try infusing for that length of time next time I drink it. There are some pretty incredible flavours (smokey, woodsy, fruity) that are peeking out but they just aren’t bold enough in this brew.
Plum and fruity tones- almost like a fruitcake in the background. Note of honey sweetness. Barn-y, almost bitter note near the end of the sip. Make me think of copper when I drink it.
Second infusion at 4 minutes with same temperature. The astringency is softened. Still has nice flavour.
Flavors: Barnyard, Fruity, Honey, Plums