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I can always fall into the words of Rossetti’s poetry quietly. Her words are quick to catch the attention in any topic she chooses, whether she is writing about unrequited love, love lost, or a sister’s love, and always leave a sweet aftertaste.
The tea I recommended for this book is Hard Candy by David’s Tea. With it’s smoothness upon your lips to the sweet taste, it reminds me wholly of Rossetti’s word, especially her Goblin Market poem.
Really big BIG pieces of fruit in this tea dry and not much else. The tisane brews up lemon yellow. The flavours are bright—mango, citrus—and a teeny bit of citrus bitterness peeking through. Initially, it seemed like grapefruit peel bitterness, but perhaps that’s not it. Each sip seems to have a different flavour variation as it cools from hot to not all that hot: pleasant though. Fruity, juicy, and pleasant.
I don’t find that the flavours taste unnatural, like others have mentioned, but then, I was quite stingy with the dry tea.
While I enjoy this flavourful cup, I imagine it would be quite expensive to keep on hand given the density and size of the fruit needed for a each cup. I will enjoy what I have, but likely will not restock all that often.
I have a peanut allergy, and I’ve had it for my whole life. HUGE props to DavidsTea for making a peanut tea with no peanuts!!!! That makes me feel very included and loved. :3 thanks, Davids!!
However, I really don’t know how to feel about this tea, because when I smell it my brain goes “peanuts! you must not drink this!!”
I overcame my fears and had a bit in store and liked the nutty taste, and I will probably pick up a bag at some point just because it’s a peanut thing I can actually have. I gave it a rating of 59 because while my taste buds kinda like it, it felt like I was doing something wrong when I drank it, due to the almost 25 years of staying away from peanuts like the plague. Having never eaten a peanut butter cup, I can’t attest to how much it tastes like an actual one.
I may have tried this initially either in the store or as a sample packet from a purchase. Or not. Or read about it from other reviewers. Whatever.
One day when I was in a David’s store here, I ran into a client who raved and raved about this tea being her favourite. She often doctors it up with organic baby rose buds she buys from a health food store. Between this chat and the intoxicating scent of the dry tea, I ended up buying a good bit to try and formulate my own perspective.
Based on what I don’t know, I had expected this tea to taste false, unlike real things. Nope. I had given the bag a good shake to ensure that I would be getting a bit of everything on my scoop, brewed it quickly with boiling water that I had walked away from for a few minutes to let cool a bit.
This is lovely tea. Lovely. Yellow amber in the glass. Smooth, light, intoxicating flavour. Floral and fruity but mellow and not too much of either. Rose, jasmine, and lychee fluttering about on a delicate white tea base. Apparently, there is green tea as well, but it must be just a suggestion to give a bit more body.
All in all, a very nice balance of flavours and a very nice cup indeed.
I had one of those moments where I craved a dark oolong. I was dreaming about it last night. And my mood has honestly not been to great lately. So luckily Andrew provided me this sample, and damn, is it good. Sweet plum and shea butter. So fruity, so fragrant, so roasted, so nutty,and so much like nectar. I estimated the first steep again, and it was somewhere between 30-45 seconds, and the water was closer to 190 degrees at most. Man, it hit a sweet spot.
Now, I’m looking at the product description, and a temple is what I imagine as I swallow this down. I didn’t realize that this was a Dan Cong, (would this technically be a Phoenix Oolong?) and this one is one of the best that I’ve had. All the notes are balanced, and it is oh so sweet. Curse my expensive tastes.
Flavors: Bamboo, Butter, Creamy, Honey, Nutty, Plums, Roasted, Stonefruits, Sweet, Wood
I put together a sachet of this to take to work today, so that i could use my kettle and not make a mess with strainers and leaves and other tea-related debris. Anyway, I had it plain, and it was actually quite decent given that my expectations were fairly low. There isn’t anything complicated about this tea at all: it’s a lot of cinnamon with some apple lurking underneath, and it was comforting and warming on a day when my office felt as though it might as well be outside. I think I might leave the bag in for even longer next time, since I don’t think there’s much of a risk of over-steeping this one.
Ok, only an hour and twenty minutes to go until I go home. But who’s counting?
I bought this because I L-O-V-E Davids Vanilla Orchid Oolong, and wanted to add a pure Oolong to my collection. This is pretty darn good. It’s slightly floral and sweet. I added a tiny touch of agave and a splash of plain soymilk. Very, very satisfying. I really think I am an Oolong girl. Time to add more to the collection. (I do have at least 3 others, but they’re the types that are way over powered by additional flavourings)
Flavors: Floral, Green, Sweet
Unlike most people, I wasn’t disgusted by the idea of this tea. Apples, ginger and raisins in a herbal tea, why not. Finally, I don’t like it as a tea pop (a bit weird that DT is making people taste a new tea in tea pop) nor as a regular hot tea. Alright as a iced tea. The ginger is really strong and stings in the throat in the aftertaste. Decent but won’t try again.
YES, a ginger beer tea that actually tastes like ginger beer. I went to the store earlier this evening to pick up more filters, the birch tree Nordic mug, and more Spiced Pumpkin. The tea guide offered this to me as I was so impressed that I grabbed 20g to experiment with at home, and here I am drinking a huge mug of it. I don’t think I used enough leaf because my cup isn’t as gingery, and the heat is quite a bit calmer. The batch they brewed at the store burned the back of my throat in the best way possible. Mmm.
It really ended up being an awesome trip because I was only $5 away from getting a free Honeycrisp Apple candle, so I went ahead and grabbed some more Peanut Butter Cup.
I’ve lost track of how many Nordic mugs I have now, but it doesn’t help that I have all of them back at my mom’s in the middle of nowhere. Now I can go back to having tea without having to rely on filters.
If you like ginger beer, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, definitely check this out. I can imagine it would make a killer cold brew.
This is another tea that I don’t really like but seems to get gret review, so maybe my tastebuds are really weird.. I do not like this one really, to me it smells like … mildew? I don’t know, like sickly-sweet weird thing, and I’m a lover of everything sweet, just not this one. I was really looking forward to it but this was not for me!
I’m not really a fan of this one, although I’m biaised as I don’t really like things that have passionfruit in it. I don’t know why but to me it smells and taste like sweat.. Yeah, weird I know. This one might be better chilled, so If you are a cold tea kind of person, give it a try!