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I received this tea courtesy of a colleague from her 24 days of tea calendar. I guess she found the smell off-putting, but I quite like it. The cherry aroma is very vibrant and it has a nice chocolatey smell even though there’s no chocolate ingredients listed. Brewed up the rosebuds provide more of a floral aroma although the flavour remains prominently cherry. There’s a delicateness from the white and green tea blend that is quite pleasant.
Flavors: Cherry, Coconut, Flowers
I can’t use the sliders to rate and specify steeping conditions bcos I’m on mobile but I loved this tea! I’m seeing mixed reviews on here, so clearly it is not everyone’s “cup of tea” so to speak, but I’d definitely recommend it to try! It’s a smooth green tea with earthy flavours from the toasted rice. I find it very comforting and easy to enjoy. I re-steeped it and it was just as great the second time! I was having a rough day when I tried this tea, and it was very nice to have such a nice tea to calm me down.
I got the David’s Tea Advent Calendar and have enjoyed Day 1 , 2 & 4 but Day 3 the Genmaicha smelled like dirty socks and tasted just as bad … This is from a person that knows not to judge taste with smell , ie. Grated Parmesan Cheese smells bad but tastes great . However Genmaicha smells bad & tastes bad … I have other green teas in my pantry that I drink often so it can’t be the category of tea
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Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Clove, Cloves, Creamy, Lemon, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Spices, Spicy, Tannin, Tea, Vanilla
David’s Tea Advent Calendar Day 3.
No. Just no. I don’t care for green teas. They taste rather like glass clippings that have sat out in a hot sun after a rain. I would never ordered this, but since it was part of the advent calendar I decided to give it a try. You don’t know if you don’t try, right?
I tried it. That is all.
I am not giving this one a rating because I don’t think it’s fair. I don’t like green teas. But this might be a superb tea for those who do enjoy green tea.
Third day of the advent calander
I…don’t like Genmaicha as a general rule, so I’m not a good judge of this. That said, I don’t dislike it as much as I’ve disliked some others. I wouldn’t buy a bag of it though.
Flavors: Green, Rice, Roasted, Vegetal
Couleur verte très pâle translucide, particules de feuilles de thé en suspension. Arôme de lait, beurre, pas grand chose d’autre. Goût de beurre, végétal, légère amertume. Corps moyen-dense, texture crémeuse voir grasse.
Flavors: Butter, Creamy
Another discontinued tea from David’s that I have to get through to (hopefully) get my tea cupboard looking somewhat presentable. I imagine that this tea was probably succeeded by Juicy Orange, which is a tea I might consider picking up just to try. Fruity Pu’erh teas are a very strange ground for me because I don’t really associate fruit with the deep earthiness that comes with a Pu’erh base. That being said, I would consider Blood Orange a fruit with the right flavor to work well with a Pu’erh base.
Once steeped the tea got the typical dark brown color that comes with a Pu’erh and sadly it did also come with the fishy aroma that tends to be present with that base. However, it wasn’t as bad as what I smelled when I tried my Ginger Pu’erh. The taste itself is more pleasant to me, it has a full-bodied base with just enough blood orange flavor for it to be present, but not overpowering. I did add a bit of sugar later and I think it helped the orange come to the front a bit more.
Overall, I think that this is a decent tea hot, but I imagine that it was eventually replaced by Juicy Orange for a reason.
I’ve been clearing out last year’s advent calendar and this tea was apparently on day 8. I don’t remember it but it smells like cherry so it has that going for it. I made this iced and I think it tastes pretty decent, it has that sweet-tart from the cherry, but the tea base is also very present which is nice change for a fruity tea.
I’m not sure if I like it as much as Sakura Cherry, but it’s still very good and is probably cheaper. I’m too lazy to check, in all honesty. It’s leagues ahead of some of David’s other attempts at a cherry tea at any rate.
This tea was a free sample with my online order and smells absolutely amazing. It has a floral flavour to it which I don’t care for much and is easy to oversteep if you use water that is too hot or leave the tea in too long. I did finish the whole cup, but it’s not a tea I would buy or want to drink again. If you tend to like floral teas, this would probably be your “cup of tea” more than it is mine.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers
The dry mix smells spicy but in a spice cabinet, savoury way. Once steeping I smell definite cinnamon, almost an apple cinnamon even though there is no apple in this (reminds me a bit of cinnamon instant oatmeal scent). It turns into a sweet spicy scent when brewing.
I added milk to mine as I pretty much always drink black teas with milk. With milk added this has a similar colour to Twinnings Earl Grey tea bags.
Very very very mild flavour to me right now. It is nice, but I’m guessing I’d need to steep for longer and add more tea for the amount of flavour I usually get in black teas. I’m having trouble picking out notes since it’s so mild. I might actually try this black the next time I make it to see if I get more flavour out of it. I don’t usually like the added bitterness from straight black tea but this is so mild I think it may not be too much of a problem.I didn’t want to add too much tea as I don’t tolerate caffeine as well anymore. It also probably doesn’t help that I had a hot chocolate about 8 hours ago and burned my tongue a bit. >:(
(Edit: I drank a bit more after writing this review and I did notice more flavour, but it was still a very mild flavour. Mild black tea with cinnamon. Nice, but I prefer stronger flavour in my tea.)
A few new teas popped up today, and this was one of them. Dry leaf looked good for a sencha, with medium sized flat leaves and prepared in store, so this is a preliminary note.
I used their standard 1 scoop and brewed for 6 minutes. Brewed colour was a good colour. I couldn’t tell too much about the flavour given the amount of tea / water.
I have had their regular sencha, this one should compare nicely. Leaf was edible, though a little on the flavoured side.