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It has been a long day full of finals and counting down the last 3 months until I graduate early. It’s cold, i’m tired and stressed. All I want is chocolate. David’s Tea sent me this as a sample with my order of other holiday themed teas so I brewed it up immediately when I got home. It smells just like hazelnut and chocolate but it tastes like watered down fancy hot cocoa. It’s not bad but it’s not great either. Honestly I would have given it a higher rating if I could taste more of the chocolate or nuts in the tea but I just can’t do it. Maybe I just need to make out like the cookie monster for my stress chocolate binge.
I got this sample with my recent order. I was afraid to try another fig tea after the one that tasted like a stinky shoe, but I did it anyway. Good news is, it doesn’t like a stinky shoe, but I don’t like it. Not because of lack of flavor as some of you note, but because I don’t like the flavor. I guess i just don’t like fig tea. I feel like it could use more spice or more cranberry (for some tartness). It’s a muddy unpleasant flat flavor to me.
Another tea brought by a well meaning family member.
I dont care for chai, but I do love all the spices that go into chai, so I keep trying them.
My mom made an absolutely delicious pumpkin ring, I though that this would go well with it. Wrong.
It was just weird. I had to spill out my cup.
It didnt taste like pumpkin, it kind of smelled like carrots. It had a sweet sort of fertilizer smell and the fruity flavor had an over ripe quality – not a good thing.
I’ve said it before and I will probably say it again – I will leave the chai spices to baking and curries.
How does one drink this tea? I had a sample cup at David’s Tea and it tasted very bitter. I brewed a cup at home and it tasted like drink. Now I have a cup that I brewed for 6 minutes and added a little bit of stevia and it still tastes rough going down. I’m trying to like this….
I like cocoa, oolong, and licorice, so except for the black tea, the ingredients in this are right up my alley. A good start that went downhill when I opened the package. The dry mix has a strong, almost alcohol-like smell to it.
Brewed, it has a lighter smell. The alcohol scent is pretty much gone, thank goodness. Taste-wise, I get a bit of nuttiness, but overall the main impression is sweetness, probably from the licorice and flavourings. I don’t add anything to my tea, and I’m glad here, as I think adding sugar would make it undrinkable (for me).
Overall, it’s drinkable, but not something I think I’ll ever wake up in the morning craving. It’s too bad. If it were a bit nuttier and not as sweet, I think I would have loved it.
I was SO excited about this tea. It would be pretty decent, except it has this kind of terrible aftertaste that I am assuming is the licorice.. It lingers on your tongue and mouth for AGES. I’ve had a pumpkin/cinnamon bagel with cream cheese and a full glass of water since drinking this, AND I CAN STILL TASTE THE LICORICE!!! WHY IS THIS A NECESSARY INGREDIENT? This tea would be really great without it. Maybe sugar/milk will disguise it? I’ll have to try.
Quite intriguing in that it’s reminiscent of a well executed fig dessert. I would disagree with Tealizzy in terms of depth of flavour. This tea has it in spades BUT you have to use at least 2 teaspoons making it very pricey. I bought 10 grams and it was good for one large cup. I am an extremely loyal customer but my pet peeve with David’s Tea is that they won’t let you sample a tea of your choice. So I do recommend it, just be aware of cost.
When I read about this tea, it was right up my alley, but like many of the other ratings, I was disappointed. It has a great smell, but the after taste is bizarre. I couldn’t quiet put my finger on it, but now after reading other reviews I see it is the licorice that gives is a sweet after taste. Not just sweet, really sweet. I initially thought that maybe it was stevia because it tastes artificial almost. Not very good :(
I was searching for the flavour I get from this tea, and my fiance totally hit the nail on the head- marzipan. This tea is pretty darn marzipan-y. I don’t see that as a bad thing, but I know a lot of people don’t really dig that. I enjoyed it after dinner with a slice of fig cake, but I’m not sure I’ll be reaching for it over and over.
I really love the flavours in this tea. The bergamot and fruit are balanced well. I don’t really enjoy berry flavours but for some reason, that’s the best part of this tea. It tastes great with milk and a little sweetener, but it’s pretty sweet on its own. I’ve never had it black so I’m not sure what that tastes like.
I was also lucky to get a sample of this tea with my last order. I was REALLY excited, because I love chocolate hazelnut spread, and was hoping this one would be a hit. It’s also really nice to try it before you buy it. Anyway, I was kind of disappointed by the small leaves. I mean, it’s an oolong…shouldn’t they be long or curled up? The smell of the dry leaf, however was very enticing. I started to steep it at more conservative parameters, even though the directions are pretty much in line for how you would steep a black tea. So I did it at 190 degrees, and was thinking 4 minutes, but decreased it to 3 when I saw how dark it was getting. Three minutes turned out to be plenty long. The taste is very nutty, full of hazelnut, although there is some chocolate in there. After a few sips, it reminded me a lot of flavored instant coffee. Not good. I want my tea to taste like tea! Well, so much for my high hopes. I wouldn’t sneer at another cup of this, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way for it.
I was lucky enough to get a sample of this tea in my last order, before it’s even in stores! I was intrigued by the name of this tea, even though I’m not big on herbals. Just like the previous reviewer, the sample I got was really small. I suppose it’s because the samples are measured by weight, and being a fruit tea, it’s heavy, so you get less. I steeped it for the full 7 minutes in a little over 8 oz. of water. It came out pretty weak. Kinda fruity, but weak. I thought I tasted a little fig and a little spice, but it was very faint. I guess I’ll have to pick up some more if I want to try it properly, but knowing my general lack of enthusiasm for herbals, I’ll probably skip this one. I still feel special that I got to try it early!
Wooo first one to review this tea!! I was lucky enough to receive a sample of it with my last order and needless to say I was VERY excited to try it!! I mean, chocolate and hazelnut?? With a smooth oolong base??? How could I resist?
It is steeping right now. The dry leaf smell is SENSATIONAL! Smells pretty much like chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella, for the non-US residents). It is sweet and rich, very dessert-like.
Brewed, the oolong comes out more in the aroma. Oh and I’m starting to get the caramel! The chocolate is also definitely there. Writing along as it is steeping…
Ok it’s been 5 minutes, I’m letting it cool down slightly so I don’t burn my tongue and compromise any chance of actually tasting something…
First sip: Holy nuts batman! This is straight up hazelnut! Actually, roasted hazelnut. The grilled/roasted flavor is very present and I think it overpowers the chocolate completely. Maybe it will come out more as it cools down. The oolong is also very discreet, far behind. That hazelnut is like a big bully pushing everyone else back. Not sure if I like it….BUT I don’t dislike it either! Strange… I guess it is a tea that you have to be in the mood for. The smell is very attractive though.
I will add a little bit of sugar to see if it brings the chocolate out. Hmmm it softens the taste a little but still not loving it. Maybe I steeped it too long, although I did follow the instructions.
Wait a minute. As this cools, I can definitely taste the fig. Oh, it’s quite lovely, even decadent. I wish I had more to play around a bit. Hopefully it’ll show up for sale around the same time the DAVID’s store opens down the street next month, and I can grab a small amount to see what’s really what.
I may be the first to try out this tea; my DAVID’s Tea order came today, and with it three samples from the Winter Collection. So excited!
Then, I saw the sample size, and thought… what do I do with this? It’s so small. Can I even get a cup out of it? I decided to see what came out of the package (literally, 5 chunks of what looked like grey fuzzy coal), and then steep it twice the recommended amount to get at least a hint of the flavors.
Smells like water, looks like a light amber. Steeped twice for 7 minutes each, just trying my best to milk out everything I could, flavor-wise.
The flavor is so vague and faint, it’s hard to tell what this is. Some spice, maybe? A hint of apple. I added some Truvia to see if the flavors come out to play a bit more. I get apple now, most definitely, and plum oddly. Fig is a bit of a stretch (even though I’m pretty sure those chunks I saw were figs).
Dammit. I need more than 5g to tell if this is something I want to purchase. Right now? It’s just faintly flavored water. Note for next time: less water, smaller cup, extra long steeping for these mini-samples.
This is so good, you guys. So beautiful to look at, too. I know some of you might think that Dexter3657 and I should probably start some mutual adoration society or something but I’m going to say this anyway: Dex is an amazing friend. You see, it’s my birthday (soon) and since I was lusting for this tea that I would have likely never bought, or not in the foreseeable future, Dex sent me some, among other things.
I had this as a sample with purchase last time and I wished for more. The leaves are gorgeous so I brewed it in a glass gaiwan to see what’s up. Very pale brew and I still can’t tell what it tastes like any better than last time. Uncooked peaches and cream corn. Or something like that, sweet and green.
It seemed like 94C would be a bit high for a white so I did 190F (which is about 87c). No additives.
Thank you, Dexter3657 for this tea, for your thoughtfulness and for making me feel special.
Now I gotta go drink me some more tea :)