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This is another tea I probably would have passed up on if I had not gotten to taste it personally. Cinnaberry is the tea of the day at my local Davids Tea. It is definitely cinnamon heavy in flavor, but coupled with a berry sweet note in the middle, and a berry sour aftertaste. The tea brews up a rich red, from the hibiscus and the rooibos. The flavor is not exactly like a muffin or pie, but the cinnamon makes it feel warm in your mouth and throat, and the berries make it sweet enough to feel like a dessert. I can’t see the sugar listing for this tea online, so I can’t say if that’s where the sweetness comes from for sure. I think the currants and hibiscus save this tea for me, adding a complex sourness to what could be too much of a bakery tea flavor. Not sure that I would buy a bag of this tea to drink at home, but it was gloomy and rainy today and the warm cinnamon rooibos really hit the spot.
Flavors: Berry, Black Currant, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Cookie, Fruity, Hibiscus, Pleasantly Sour, Spicy
Maman died today.
More to come…
Flavors: Flowers, Medicinal, Peppermint
This was one of the free samples I got with my David’s order (unfortunately, the other two were Fall Collection teas that I already have). Looks like a food tea. There are big pieces of dried apple and other things, and it smells sweet and nutty with some buttered popcorn notes. I steeped the sample (1.25 teaspoons) for 5 minutes in about 6 ounces of boiling water.
Sadly, it came out weak. I knew that it wouldn’t be enough for an 8 ounce cup, but it seems it wasn’t even enough for a 6 ounce cup. I guess this is one of those teas that requires a whole tablespoon of tea to be strong enough. The flavor that’s there is okay – kind of like buttered popcorn with almonds and some cinnamon. There’s an undertone of sweet apple. Not bad, but not something I would buy.
Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Creamy, Nuts, Popcorn, Sweet
When I read about this one on the David’s site, it sounded so delicious. On a budget, I only ordered two teas, so this one got added to my “maybe purchase later” list. I was quite excited that a sample was included with my order, since I did really want to try it.
I’m very glad I tried it and didn’t buy it.
This tea is just not my thing. The cinnamon tastes like red hots, there’s a predominant apple flavour going on that I don’t associate with snickerdoodles, and the sweetener is something I’m not looking for in my loose tea (I’ll add my own sweetener if I want it).
The aftertaste is very artificial sweetener and red hot candy….
It sounded fantastic, but just didn’t work in my cup. Even dry, the cinnamon was way too strong and artificial.
As per my usual fall ritual, I head down to my local DAVIDsTEA to pick up some more of this. Tastes pumpkin-y (is that a word?), warm, sweet,and spicy. Like autumn exploded in your mouth. Probably one of their best teas.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Spicy, Sweet
I received a sample of this with my David’s order (hadn’t ordered from David’s before, but was pulled in by their Pumpkin offerings…).
This tea reminds me of the Grandma I never had. In my imagination, I like to pretend that I have this amazing Grandma and that she would bake me treats that would probably contain pineapple and walnuts (why would they contain pineapple and walnuts? I’m not really sure, but it just seems like they type of baked good Grandmas would really be into). I imagine she’d have tacky wallpaper, but I’d love it just because it would remind me of her. We’d have tea together, nothing fancy, just comfy mugs and treats. This tea smells (and tastes) like the baked good that would be on my imaginary Grandmas imaginary kitchen table…. It’s really, really comforting.
Imaginary Grandma, you’re the best. :)
I probably would never have tried this tea if I couldn’t have tasted it first, so I was lucky that this was the tea of the day. In this case, the sweetness of the tea works in its favor, making the nutty notes more creamy and cookie-like. Even without sugar or a milk, this tea tastes late-like, and my barista recommended it as a late for a future order. A toasted green tea base gives some body to this tea, and goes nicely with the walnut, keeping in the smooth, earthy, dusty palette. The pineapple is barely noticeable, otherwise this could have tasted more tropical. My understanding is that the tea gets its creaminess from the coconut, though again, it does not taste too much like a pina colada. Nut brittle is listed in its ingredients and that is an accurate description of this tea, which makes it feel appropriate for the harvest season and upcoming holiday season.
Flavors: Candy, Caramel, Coconut, Cookie, Cream, Nuts, Peanut
The second new pumpkin-y tea from DavidsTea that I got last week! This one is a huge improvement over Pumpkin Cheesecake lol. Unfortunately I am at work so I can’t write an overly detailed note, as I made this in my travel mug, but I have had 2 or 3 cups at home prior to this since I got it lol, so that sums up how it is.
I remember this smelling so caramelly and mapley I thought it was contaminated by Pumpkin Cheesecake at first. But turns out this tea really is a lovely sweet maple tea, with a fair amount of spice balancing out the sweetness. The base holds its own much better than an rooibos would. To be honest, I don’t find this overly spicy, but then again, I drink Super Ginger frequently and it doesn’t bother me either lol, so I think spices in tea don’t really get to me that much. This tea, however, has a really nice spice note mixing with the sweetness. I don’t get a whole lot of pumpkin….that is my only complaint, maybe I don’t know what pumpkin really and truly tastes like in a tea? But I haven’t really found a tea that tastes overly pumpkin like I guess lol…so I’m not sure. I guess this is probably the closest, this or Pumpkin Chai by DavidsTea or Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie by Della Terra lol. This one definitely has pumpkin spice though!
Overall, I have been quite enjoying this tea. I need to have a cup of Pumpkin Chai later to determine which is my favorite. But so far, this is quite delicious!
Flavors: Caramel, Maple, Spices
That’s really just about all I have to say about this blend. Meh
It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad, it was just kind of there. And it’s similar enough to the Pumpkin Chai that I have to wonder why it was necessary? My wife and I shared a pot and couldn’t remember anything about the tea afterwards. I’m making vegan butter “chicken” later this week, the rest of our sample will be used to flavor the rice.
From the Fall sampler, which my friend was kind enough to gift me (along with the tea chocolate) when she came to visit!
Dry, this smells like apples and thick, gooey caramel. Very promising. Steeped, this tastes like apple juice, which is great because that’s close to its intended flavor. That being said, there’s this weird fluffiness to the taste that I couldn’t place until I got to the last few sips in my mug.
This tea tastes like apple juice Jello.
Not that that’s a bad thing, it’s quite pleasant. It’s just … not cider?
Too bad too, because apple cider is one of my favorite things and this tea is a lot cheaper than buying jug after jug of it.
What?!?!? My dearest Ost….how is it that you somehow were able to send me so many samples that genuinely surprised me? I did not at all expect to like this. But lo and behold…I did! Now, I will definitely do things a tad differently next time I have this, but I actually liked so much more than I thought I would. I will put less tea with more water next time to combat the slightly overwhelming sweetness I got on the first steep. The second steep was amazing. Like…I really didn’t want it to end. It was so relaxing.
And seriously…I don’t like cotton candy. At all.
But this was so good!
Flavors: Cotton Candy, Sweet
I was disappointed… am I missing something? After hearing lots of positive reviews for this blend, I was looking forward to trying it and let down. I found it to be a bit too watery, with the chocolate taste only occurring slightly in the aftertaste. It is also fairly sweet, so I would not add a lot of extra sugar. I think I will give this tea one more chance to see if there really is something I’m missing, however I will try it with 1.5tsp of looseleaf (instead of 1.25) to increase the flavour, and 1tbsp of milk instead of my usual 2.
Flavors: Chocolate, Spices, Sweet
I had to try this pumpkin flavoured tea as soon as I saw it was available! It has a nice, creamy smell and taste. The first time I made it too strong and bitter – definitely go with a shorter steeping time! I mixed with 2tbsp milk and 1tsp brown sugar, which blend nicely together. Although I cannot really taste the pumpkin, this tea has a nice mix of spices, carrot, and a creamy toffee-like taste. I will enjoy finishing of my bag of this tea, it has a nice fall feeling to it and would probably make a great latte.
Flavors: Caramel, Carrot, Creamy, Molasses, Spices, Toffee
New tea, first tasting! Yay! The name of this one sounds so promising…the dry smell, mapley and sugary and sweet. Not much pumpkin…not much cheesecake. It is akin to Della Terra’s Carrot Cake for sure as a few other reviews have noted. I steeped it for 5 minutes with boiling water. The steeped smell is also ridiculously sweet, lots of maple sugar.
As for the flavor, also sweet maple flavor, with some creaminess. It’s not too bad, not a whole lot of pumpkin flavor, but there is a bit, and there are some spices as well. Very similar to Carrot Cake by Della Terra lol, which I didn’t mind, except for the fact I couldn’t find the cream cheese icing part. This one, I can’t really find the cheesecake part either! And it’s really quite sweet for my tastes. But it’s caffeine free, and will be nice for if I get a sugar craving.
Non tea related part below, skip if you want
Ugh, sorry for the hasty, messy note. I am in a right terrible mood right now due to problems with my house, aka inlaws wanting to renovate the whole basement of our house and basically taking liberties to rip up an entire room in the basement. Oh yeah, that also helps my sensitive, asthmatic lungs heal. I went down there and couldn’t breathe. Just wonderful. Sorry for the rant, I usually don’t like to rant on the internet. But there you have it. Hopefully my review doesn’t zoom up to the top of the feed LOL. No rating on this tea yet cuz I just can’t think straight to rate it.
Kicking myself for not buying a full tin of this, as it’s a winter seasonal. Really, really tasty. And it would be really good as an ice tea as well. Like gourmet fruit punch for adults. Great dessert tea and decaf so I can have it late at night. Really just makes you physically smack your lips, it’s so good. It’s on the sweet side of what I normally like so I brew it a little weaker than most herbals. Very distinct tastes within the tea.
Last year I bought the delicious Mom’s Apple Pie tea from David’s fall collection and LOVED it. So I figured I’d best try this one as well. I was not disappointed! I LOVE this tea! I’d actually say I like this one even better than the Mom’s Apple Pie. It has a lot of creaminess to it. I can really taste the vanilla and the apple comes out nice and crisp as well. I will 100% be stocking up on this one before it’s gone!
Not a big fan. I tasted the maple and cinnamon, but there’s something about the cinnamon DT uses in a lot of blends that doesn’t sit well with me. I really don’t know what it is, but this is not the only tea that has this certain flavour that I really don’t enjoy. Oh well; at least I only have 12g!
Thanks again to Janelle for some of this one. I’m sure it tasted better when it was as fresh as the description says, but it was still a pretty good tea. Buttery green tea, a bit nutty. Vegetal and delicious. I can only imagine how it was previously. Probably one of the first plain senchas I’ve really enjoyed.
Coffee substitute, eh? That makes sense…. boy does this brew up dark! 4 minutes and it’s more opaque and dark than most coffees, I think! I didn’t drink too much without sweetener (yes, I dumped in some maple syrup), but the flavour was reasonably pleasant. Strong and full, though not bitter like coffee, just heavy and rich, with maybe a touch of the flavour of liquorice (but no lasting weird sweetness, just that black liquorice flavour). A bit on the woody side, perhaps (but not the woody I mentioned in other reviews. There, I meant stale. Here, I mean it in a much more favourable light? Hard to explain, apparently!)
Anyhow, once sweetened (I couldn’t handle much unsweetened… but I also don’t drink unsweet coffee), it’s more palatable, but I’m still not overly fond of it. I’d rather drink my sweetener with a nice spicy and/or smoky chai.
Thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea!
Thanks to Janelle for a few bags of this tea! I remember thinking that I’d like it more than the “Her” version… but not really. It smells “herbally”, and a bit like hibiscus, and tastes like old woody hibiscus (also a bit fruity). I’m starting to wonder if all of the teas in baggies from Janelle have picked up this woody flavour, as it’s the same that was in the Nightcap tea… but I also have a cup of Coconut Grove here (baggie stored in the same place) and it’s fine. So maybe it’s the hibby. Bleh. Have two teabags of this one left… not sure what to do with them!