630 Tasting Notes
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