354 Tasting Notes
First of all, I am not a huge fan of rooibos tea, and with the flavor combination of pomegranate and cranberry, I should have know that this tea was going to be too tart (and icky) for my liking. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I bought this one. Thankfully, my brother seems to be enjoying the remainder of the box, but even he adds a touch of honey to “edit” the taste.
I tried a sample of iced Indian Summer at Davids, and I found it fruity and refreshing. It tastes like a fruit punch that leans towards a cherry flavor. This would be perfect as a summertime blend, although I understand that the term Indian summer refers to a heat wave that occurs in the Fall. I bought a small sample to bring home and try hot, and although I enjoy this one both hot and cold, my preference is as a cold tea. I think it’s delicious with no sugar or other additives, just over ice and on a sunny day.
Like a few other Davids teas that I’ve tried, this one confused me at my first sip, but after a few more swigs, I decided it was alright. I must admit however, that first sip really reeked of disappointment to me. I am in love with Davids Big Apple tea for its fresh fruity taste, so in comparison this Persian Apple tea tastes so floral to me that I am left searching for any hint of apple. It’s like I’m bobbing for apples and I keep getting mouthfuls of rose petals. I suppose it’s possible that when I scooped the dry tea, I may have gotten a strange ratio of ingredients? After my initial disappointment however, I came to appreciate this tea on its own merits. It’s refreshing, light, and versatile enough to be enjoyed as either a hot or cold tea. It’s not bad, I will enjoy finishing off my little sample, but I don’t think this is one that I will jump to restock.
I’ve never tried actual red velvet cake, so I can’t speak for the authenticity of the flavor of this tea, but I get the chocolate cake taste right from the first sip. Yum! I’ve tried this one both as a hot tea and as a cold one, and I don’t recommend it cold unless you like to drink wearing a blindfold. Whether hot or cold, this tea has a greasy film on top that makes it less appealing (likely from the chocolate chips). So when it gets cold the greasy bits float on top, becomes a more prominent whitish solidified oil, and creates an unappealing film on the cup.
Wonderfully fragrant both dry and brewed. The aroma of this tea is spot on, and the taste is very good also. To me, the taste starts with more strawberry flavor then finishes with the tartness of rhubarb. I’m not a huge fan of many of Davids herbal teas, but I must say that this one was a pleasant surprise.
I must preface this with saying that I am not really a lover of chai, pumpkin, cloves, or cinnamon, (at least in my tea), but the SA at Davids encouraged me to give this a try. Although I don’t love it in that “gotta have it” kind of way, I’m glad I listened to her suggestion. I like to drink my tea with no milk or sugar, but I can see how those little additions could certainly make this tea even more rich and dessert-like. Personally, I wouldn’t buy this one again, just because there are so many other teas that I prefer, but for a tea with so many contents that are “not my favorite” I am very glad that I gave this one a taste. Having said that, I would still reccommend this one to any pumpkin lovers out there
As I went to take my first sip, the smell of coconuts was very apparent. So I was surprised to not be overwhelmed with this note with my first sip. At first I was confused at what I was tasting, and very unsure whether I was going to enjoy this tea at all. There was a very slight sourness to the tea that wasn’t bad, but I didn’t really care for. I had never tasted mulberries before, so I indulged my curiosity and picked one out of the dry tea mix for a little taste. Mmm…yummy like a fruity honey. Now is it just me, or does this tea taste better after you eat one of those little guys? I suspect that if I were to overcome my “drink it as is” stubbornness and add a touch of honey, I would probably enjoy this tea even more. But for now my hard-headedness triumphs. At least this tea helps answer a childhood question of what a Mulberry bush is. Now I just have to figure out why the weasel goes pop and my life will be complete :)
First sip: ugh! strange
Second sip: hmmm…
Third sip: o.k?
Fourth sip: not bad
Fifth sip and beyond: hey! this is pretty good
Toasted Walnut makes an especially nice Fall or Winter tea. To me, the nutty taste was immediately apparent. Although I didn’t love this one right away, it grew on me within a few sips. For some strange reason, the smell and part of the aftertaste reminds me of an Irish cream coffee that my parents used to drink when I was a child, but looking at the ingredients, I’m not sure why that would be? So far I have only tried this one hot with nothing added, but I suspect if I added a smidgen of brown sugar and perhaps a touch of milk, this tea would taste even more like a dessert.