144 Tasting Notes
This is a really tasty gourmand tea. The smell of the dry leaf is quite intoxicating and very unique – rich, boozy, chocolaty. I’ve never had chestnuts before but the nuttiness in this blend reads hazelnut (not surprising given the ingredients) to my tastebuds. The black tea base was quite smooth and naturally sweet. The cocoa beans and husk lend a nice, bold chocolate flavor. I appreciate that the tea didn’t contain pieces of chocolate that would melt and, therefore, create that unappealing oiliness that coats the roof of your mouth.
I steeped the leaves three times before giving up the ghost.All in all, it’s a lovely chocolate tea.
Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Sweet
I steeped this Friday night to chill overnight for the weekend. Apple teas don’t really rank very high on my list. I love fruity teas, but I’m more drawn to tropical, summer, and stone fruits.
That said, I love this tea. It’s one of the few flavored green teas that DT has offered in recent years that I actually enjoy. Daydreamer is another one I wish was still around. But, I digress…
I think the hibiscus is what saves it for me. For me, the hibiscus adds just enough dimension in the short steeping time to prevent this tea from becoming full-blown candy apple.
Lovely little tea to enjoy while my ankle was elevated for a good portion of the weekend. I managed to sprain it at some point during the day on Friday. No bueno, especially with a lot of chores and errands to get through. It’s better today, but I should’ve worn my brace to work…or, at the very least, flats.
Mocha Chai + a sprinkle of Bluebird’s Great British Cuppa + cocoa powder and vanilla powder (Wild Foods Co), steeped in almond milk.
I’m not usually a fan of chai teas but I wanted something warm and caffeinated to help me wake up early Saturday morning. Holy smokes! This really hit the spot. I had the first cup warm and I enjoyed the remainder over ice in my mason jar mug. Warm it tasted a bit like a Mexican hot chocolate – the spicy (not hot) chocolate flavor accented with vanilla. Iced it tasted like melted chocolate ice cream with very subtle spiciness. Spicy teas aren’t my thing, but this is one of the better chai blends I’ve tried.
Redberry Tonic + Main Squeeze (1:2), iced.
It’s been another very trying week. One day I’ll be one of those people that loves their job and enjoys going to work. One day, but that day is not today.
I’m not super pumped about the weekend either. I’m gearing up to sell/trade/donate a lot of things that have accumulated in various “do something with this crap” piles over the past few weekends of spring cleaning.
Oh well, TGIF.
I was randomly craving orange juice this morning, but I can’t stomach orange juice unless it’s freshly squeezed (sans pulp). That sounds like something a bougie hipster would say. It’s just that orange juice, as Sophia Petrillo would say, repeats on me. TMI. :P
This is a lovely substitute. It’s a lovely, light combination of orange and papaya that’s super refreshing over ice. I haven’t been able to sell what’s left of this gigantic 250g bag I bought from DT last year, so I’ve decided to just add it to my sipdown pile.
Redberry Tonic + Jungle Ju Ju, iced.
I need to buy more of this, but I hate having to place orders on two different sites because of inventory. Not cool, but it’s so delicious iced or chilled. With temperatures already hitting 90° F, I need to bulk up my stash of fruity teas to enjoy over the next six months. I might cave.
Another tea from my Pick N Mix experience pack.
I had to do a double-take of the packaging when I sipped this hot and straight this morning. There’s banana in this? I didn’t taste much other than black tea with the slightest hint of vanilla. I added a bit of sweetener and a good splash of (almond) milk before taking a second sip.
Truthfully, given the name I was expecting a more in-your-face banana tea. That said, the tea did not disappoint. The banana flavor is subtle but delicious. I sort of wish there were more bananas in my bag because the flavor they’re giving me is more natural than artificial. I definitely don’t get the banana candy flavor (think Runts) that seems to be so prevalent in the banana teas I’ve tried. I’m so used to bananas being paired with chocolate in teas that I assumed chocolate was in this blend as well. I’m really glad it’s not. It would’ve overpowered the lovely, delicate banana flavor. It’s lovely as a breakfast tea and would probably make a killer latte. I need to start making a list of teas to latte (latte is a verb, right?) on weekends.
I might repurchase this when I’ve used up some of the other banana teas hanging out in my collection.
Flavors: banana, Creamy