266 Tasting Notes
Mandalay is a cousin of Esprit de Noël blend. A cousin by cinnamon & cardamom filiation
The scent is strongly spicy, not floral at all.
The dry leaves are so beautiful, a large amount of petals of sunflower is mixed with some red spices.
Steeped four minutes only to ensure not having a too spicy cup, the tea was perfectly balanced between the spicy notes and the rose note.
If you want to taste this tea, you should be spice lover otherwise you can be very disappointed. Rose flavour is really sweetening the liquor and is really present but the main notes remain spices, cinnamon & cardamom on the top.
I won’t have Esprit de Noël (sometimes called Noël) and Mandalay in my cupboard at the same time.
I have to think about that but I really appreciated the rose flavour in this blend so not sure I’ll won’t change my dear Noël by this blend sometimes.
One of the tea I absolutely wanted to taste- I bought a full bag today.
The dry leaves scent is amazing, opulent & floral more than fruity, very promising.
The liquor is less amazing than the dry leaves scent but the notes are very well balanced between floral and fruity ones.
It’s so well balanced that it is complicated to get the ingredients identified clearly.
Even if I know there are vanilla, red & black berries, citrus and cornflowers and mallows, none is overpowering.
Warm, it becomes even better than very hot.
I’ll need to taste it more to see if the experience is different. To be continued so !
This is my third David’s Teasane, oops meant David’s tea.
As I had difficulty to taste the tea base with this brand, I decided to sacrifice the whole generous sample kindly given by Darby for only one cup (4 ts)
I mentioned there was still few tea leaves in this blend so decided to cure this by having an heavy blend.
So, verdict…hummmm ! …can mean yummy , mmmmmmm or meah but really meah. Here you already guessed it’s hummm like meeeaaaaahhhhhh.
To me it’s definitively not a tea, I cannot taste the tea base. I am just drinking a warm tisane.
I get the nuts very distinctly + something which probably can be strawberry
This is sweet ,a nice tisane but the problem is this rating is supposed to be for a tea.
This is probably a fantastic iced beverage
This is a tea I get thanks to Nicole. Thanks really for that.
Paris…my town…I mean Paris is really my town, the one I love overall on earth.
The other one which touchs (almost) so much my heart is Lisbon.
I decided to have this tea especially today because of its name, I’ll explain you why : I’ll have to leave my apartment in one year, the owner needs it.
Regarding the rates of the apartment in this city, I won’t be able to find another one with the same rooms number.
So I am already nostalgic with my town as I really don’t want to leave it : I feel already out of Paris even if I am still here.My bakery, my supermarket, my daughter’s school seem already distant now, as no more mines…
So let’s back to the tea : it’s a real tea :) I mean I feel the tea + the flavours and this is very nice.
After reading some reviews and especially cteresa’s one, I didn’t steep it too much, 3 minutes only.
I had none bitterness,none astringency.
This is a nice tea where I picked out bergamot (leading note for me) and vanilla and just a hint of caramel.
Not sure I would have chosen these flavours to represent Paris, but why not ?
This is my second David’s tea and I had it thanks to Darby.
The dry leaves have a scent of rum… or am I crazy ?
I see very few tea in this tea…many marshmallows and chocolate chips but really few tea leaves …I am suspicious and a little worried.
I steeped it 5 mn and the scent of the liquor is really spicy (cinnamon is the leader)
I don’t get the marshmallow taste, just sugar.
Had the impress to drink a hot water with cinnamon and sugar – weird
As mentioned this is only my second DT and I have the same problem : I don’t really taste the tea base. I get the flavours (not all) but not the tea base.
Really odd,I’ll continue with testing DT, I’m sure I didn’t taste the 2 main teas of their collection.
Awaiting to taste their masterpiece …which is ? to your opinion ?
I drank this tea in the morning but this is more an afternoon tea.
To me the dry leaf scent is something like panettone’s aroma.
Probably due to the citrus present in the blend and in the recipe of Panettone.
The tea base is correct (mix of Ceylon and China blends)
Dammann’s promises were for a Lemon meringue pie & toffee.
Normally, with a Christmas tea, we expect an explosion of flavours.
Alas, it is not the case here.
The main flavours perceptible to me are lemon and toffee (more caramel than a real toffee).
I am a little bit disappointed with this Noël à Venise.
To be honest this is a good tea but a soon as drank, it’s immediatly forgotten… it’s not remaining any flavour in mouth. It’s a fleeting tea.
Disappointing for a DF tea and disappointing for a Christmas tea with such a Name and promise.
I won’t buy it again.
I got this tea thanks to LaFleurBleue, merci beaucoup :)
(by the way if anyone can help me by telling me how to manage to put some writing in bold here on Steepster I would be more than grateful – I really don’t see where to do this)
So merci beaucoup because it is really a very nice tea, very delicate, refined.
To me, basil is the main flavor but not overpowering, it’s just on the top of the other flavors : rose and peony. It’s like the cherry on the top of the cake, it sublimates the whole tea.
This is a mild tea, may be perfect for an evening.
This is my first Gryphon tea and I really appreciated it. However I liked the tea bag quality which is really high and all the information provided on the wrapping sachet (character, aroma,origin, tea pairing suggestions)
The flowers and basil seemed to be of highest quality.
Aïda …is a tea opera dedicated to the glorious citrus !
I am not able to identify each type of citrus present in this blend but they are a lot : for sure bergamot,lemon (candied probably) and bitter orange.
It’s like an orchestra where each flavor is playing its musical score with respect and harmony with its citrus collegues.
Without being exceptional, the black tea base is nice, strong enough to welcome all these fantastic flavors.
Recommended to citrus lovers for sure
Thank you Darby for this tea !
This is my first David’s tea and I was a little curious to know how apples and cinnamon would work on a green tea base.
It works perfectly well, I can get every flavor : the crisp of the pie, the cinnamon, the apples. It it really yummy.
As a French, I have to confess the apple pie is not a childhood reference for me. For apple cake reference,we are more on tarte tatin or simple tarte aux pommes here – and there is no cinnamon in Tarte Tatin and sometimes but rarely in a Tarte aux pommes.
So none nostalgia about the Mom’s cake (however my Mom was and is still a awful pastry cooker ! She makes nice salted meals but not desserts at all)
I appreciate the pastry taste of this tea, it is not only an heavy apple & cinnamon flavors.
The thing I liked less with this blend is the tea itself, I cannot really get the tea base.
To me it tastes more like a tisane than a tea. The good point is there is no astringency, no bitterness at all but I would have loved to get the tea base more present.
Despite this point, I really liked it but it seems this blend is discontinued ?
So I managed to brew it correctly for my palate !
2 minutes only are really enough.
I can now appreciate both malt and caramel and behind a little chocolate hint
I amended my rating.
First time in my life I have to steep a blend such a little time !
This tea can really bear several steeps without any problem, so quite economical finally :)