75 Tasting Notes
I’m having this hot this morning. There’s a damp chill in the air, and I wanted something that tasted like fall. I haven’t been drinking a lot of tea lately because I’m challenging myself to avoid sweeteners, but this sounded like a nice way to start the day. I don’t mind that it’is tart, with cranberries and hibiscus I expected it to be a bit sharp. With a lack of added sweeteners, though, I do think I’d prefer it over ice.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cranberry
Whoa. Holy nutmeg! This blend is a full-on assault of spice. To my tastebuds all the typical autumn baking spices are present and accounted for, so I’m not sure why it’s called Spiced Pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor is so faint that it’s almost an afterthought. Just name it Pumpkin Pie Spice and be done with it. It’s sweet but the sweetness doesn’t read as maple to my palate. I bought 4 ounces and I’ve sipped through about 1 ounce. I’ve had it on its own (hot and cold) and added into other pumpkin teas (hot and cold). This is one to add to the box of unloved teas to re-home.
Also, what’s this thing with calling anyone who likes pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavored things basic and/or basic white girl? I must be behind the times.
Of the three teas in this year’s “pumpkin collection” at DT, this mate blend is my favorite. I don’t mind the roasted, earthy flavor of the mate. I think it compliments the pumpkin/squash flavors really well. There is noticeable spice but, thankfully, it does not overwhelm the blend. I love the idea of a pumpkin tea, but I’ve yet to find one that ticks all the boxes for me. I have such a difficult time explaining the fact that pumpkin spice is not the same as pumpkin. This is a pleasant tea, but I find I enjoy it more hot than iced. If I want hot tea in the morning I’m more likely to grab a black tea than a mate. I have about 50 grams left, and I think that’s sufficient. I wouldn’t be opposed to swapping it away for something I’d enjoy more, but it’s not something that I’m in a hurry to get rid of.
Flavors: Earth, Pumpkin, Roasted, Spices
I’m contemplating taking the Whole30 challenge next month. I really need to sift through the teas I have to find something that I’ll enjoy drinking unsweetened. I might have to rely on some bagged teas from Tazo or Republic of Tea. I’ve been able to cut back on “refined” sugar by adding liquid stevia to my tea, but this unsweetened tea business is going to be a whole new ball game for me. Giving up sweetened tea is going to be such a challenge; I reckon it’ll be harder than giving up desserts…or bread. Oh, to be from the South…where you have to make a point to say unsweetened iced tea at a restaurant because sweet tea is the norm.
I’ve been really enjoying this an afternoon tea while at work. It’s a nice sweet tea that helps to curb my sugar cravings that creep up right around 3 pm.
Flavors: Apple, Sweet
I’m not a huge fan of apples or green tea, but, to my surprise, I enjoy this tea over ice.
I don’t find that the green tea in this blend is bitter or that the hibiscus overwhelms the blend. This tea is essentially all apple. I find that it tastes predominantly of fresh, juicy, lightly sweet apple and has a bit of a candy apple finish. The pear flavor is lighter than I would’ve liked, but I don’t mind that. The tea is called Honeycrisp Apple after all.
It’s a nice tea and I’ll probably keep it in my drawer at work as an afternoon teatime option. It’s not my favorite tea from the fall collection but I have purchased 6 ounces of it to sip over the next few months.
If you love teas with bold apple flavor and don’t mind teas that are on the sweet side, I’d say this is worth a try.
Flavors: Apple, Sweet
I steeped equal parts Bear Trap and Queen of Tarts this morning.
I’ve decided two things:
1.) I need to acquire a large tin of Queen of Tarts.
2.) This blend shall henceforth be referred to as Trap Queen.
I wish I’d tried Queen of Tarts earlier in the summer because it’s been saving my mornings lately. This blend is awesome lightly sweetened over ice, and I’m so glad QoT is a permanent tea.
Matcha and I are not the best of friends. There are a few unsweetened blends from Red Leaf Tea that I’d like to try when pay day rolls around. I’m also intrigued by DT’s new Pumpkin Pie Matcha that’s due out soon. This blend, however, is one that I’m trying to sipdown (quickly). I like it but I don’t love it.
I reorganized my tea collection over the weekend. I really dislike having superfluous boxes lying around the house, and I had two tea hauls that needed to be properly stored. I now have a small bin of opened bags of loose leaf tea that I’m trying to drink before I open (too many) additional bags.
I was clearly not very awake this morning when I made the decision to prepare matcha instead of maté on the first day back after a three-day weekend. I don’t know what I was thinking. Halfway through my morning bus commute, and the iced matcha latte in my matcha maker, I realized how much I’d regret the decision. I’d probably like this matcha blend more if it had more vanilla flavor. The vanilla seems like an afterthought. As of late, every time I prepare this matcha I add vanilla extract. It’s not an awful blend (particularly if you like sweeter teas), but I’m grateful I only have enough to make one more latte.
I spent a good portion of my morning reorganizing my tea collection. Why doesn’t DT sell their larger tins online?! There are so many teas I need to re-home! I seriously need to buy a scale. But, I digress.
I stumbled across a bag of Bear Trap that had ended up in my box of unloved teas. I was craving some iced Queen of Tarts and added a PTS of Bear Trap to the infuser for funzies. The Bear Trap herbal blend added a wonderful boost of berry flavor and a little bit of sweetness. I don’t care for Bear Trap on its own but this combination was tasty enough for me to keep the rest of my 50g bag to combine with Queen of Tarts on occasion.
Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Hibiscus, Tart
I received a sample of this in a recent swap. Normally the word “chai” is enough to dissuade me from trying a tea. Spicy teas, we just don’t mesh well. I took a quick glance at the ingredients and didn’t notice the list of the usual chai spices, only ginger and cinnamon. I love all things coconut and I don’t mind ginger or cinnamon in small doses, so I decided to give this tea a try.
I steeped my sample per the directions on the packet (1.5 tsp in boiling water for 3 minutes), poured it into my travel mug that was partially filled with ice and topped it up with a decent splash of coconut-almond milk. This tea tastes very bread-y to me. It might’ve been the addition of non-dairy milk. The more I drink this tea the more I’m reminded of spice cake batter, like a carrot cake batter minus the carrots and pineapple. It’s nicely spiced but not overwhelmingly so. Despite the addition of coconut-almond milk, the coconut flavor is, unfortunately, barely there. It’s not something that I’d rush out to purchase, but it wasn’t unpleasant. I imagine it would make a nice base for a autumnal smoothie, oatmeal/porridge or baked goods.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Coconut, Ginger