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HOT: This tea is very light and mild. It is soothing and has warm cinnamon notes pairing pleasantly with cool crisp pear/apple. The ginger is more of an aftertaste at the end, on the back of the tongue as you swallow. it is a lovely tea for the stressful holiday season.
I mildly enjoyed it hot, but it really tastes best made as a cold brew!
COLD: both the smell and the taste is reminiscent of a mild ginger beer, like when you mix lemon-lime soda with it. There is a much stronger spicy tone when it is cold, and the taste is somewhat stronger. It is also a little more bitter in taste when iced, but not unpleasantly so.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Ginger, Green Apple, Pear
I think this tea is OK, seems to have more flavor as it cools. It definitely has the peppermint tingle, and a faint chocolate flavor, but it just needs…more. I steeped plenty long, and used plenty of tea, so it seems more of a problem inherent to the tea than user error. I can totally see people liking this, maybe if they have more sensitive taste buds than I do. :) I just don’t have a personal need to get it again.
Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint
Day 10 of the 2016 advent calendar, and one of my favourite teas! The smell of this tea is beautiful, its a lovely balance between fruity and fragrant. It’s also a visually appealing tea too, lots of different shapes and colors going on.
Steeped, this tea actually tastes stronger on the green tea base which is something I prefer in fruity greens. As long as the green tea base tastes good, that is. But this tea’s base is excellent it has just the right amount of body to work well with the fruity notes.
Overall, this might be one of my top 5 iced teas period. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this over ice I would definitely make it a priority if you love fruity iced teas.
This tea is definitely sweet from all the chocolate and candy, but it’s pretty good. I’m not sure if I like this one more than Santa’s secret or not… I like how Santa’s Secret I could sweeten to my liking, whereas this one is very sweet already…
I know this would make a good latte though. I will probably try that tomorrow. I feel like I’m kind of back and forth on this one and how I feel… haha yeah I don’t know. The peppermint is nice but it does seem to need a bit more black tea base or something to it. I do feel like it is missing something? I’m really not sure.
I got some of this for my younger brother for Christmas this year, but I decided to pick up some extra just for me because it sounded good. The tea smells so light and citrus-y that I already foresee this being excellent iced.
So naturally, I made this over ice and I have to say that I’m a big fan. As it smells, it is indeed very bright with delicate citrus notes. They chose a very light green tea base for this, and the orange and bergamot are balanced well with each other.
Overall, this is a very good twist on Earl Gray and I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves lighter tasting teas.
Advent calendar day 9. I am a fan of this tea. It has a subtle flavour of nuts and cinnamon and smells like faint appley cinnamon. Every time I drink it, I forget it turns bright pink and am surprised all over again. Today, mine turned a shade of pink only comparable to magenta. Someday, I want to try this tea as a latte. I would consider purchasing more of this tea as I can see myself drinking it all year long.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Nuts
I got this tea as a free sample with a recent online order. I was shocked at how much I liked it. The thought of a tea with cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns put me off for a long time and boy was I missing out. It has just the right amount of spice without being overwhelming and the sweetness/fruitiness of the coconut helps to even the flavour out. I’m not sure this would be something I could drink large quantities of but it is really good as an occasional tea. I would consider purchasing a smaller amount of this tea but I don’t think I’d buy a big tin of it.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Coconut, Peppercorn
My coworker brought in some advent calendar teas, so I gave this a try. It’s very floral, and a bit more bitter than my preference, but it’s good at being what it is. Kind of in the same family of flavour as the pomegranate and blueberry teas from Tim Horton’s. This has more depth and variety to it, but it reminds me of them. I’ll finish the cup, I’m sure, but I’ll try another one next time rather than finishing off the tiny container.
Flavors: Floral, Rosehips
Day 9 of the 2016 advent calendar! Ah yes, the classic Forever Nuts, I’ve never actually bought any of this tea on its own because its so common in sets that I’ve somehow gotten over 50 g of it anyways. Smelling this tea never gets old though because it really does smell just like an apple crumble, it’s amazing.
Steeped, this tea has a rose color from the beetroot, and smells heavenly. Based on my experience with this tea, it does benefit from a longer steep time for a stronger flavor. I would highly recommend it because the flavor is delicious, its like a warm dessert in a cup.
Overall, if you’re getting into more ‘fun’ teas, this is a good place to start. Or if you’re just looking for something desserty, honestly. I can see why this tea is in David’s top 3.
Day 8 of the 2016 advent calendar, and my first time actually having this tea hot. I’ve been meaning to review this tea because I actually love to have it iced for morning classes sometimes, since the ginger helps my vertigo. The tea does have a very strong pear smell to it, with a warm note of ginger in the back. I love the smell of this tea, I wish there was a candle of it.
Steeped, the tea has a light yellow-green colour and maintains its strong pear smell. Like its smell, the taste is also predominantly pear to me, with ginger on the back of my tongue. Ginger Pear is a very apt description of this tea.
Overall, this tea is delicious hot or iced, and I’m very happy that David’s seems to be keeping it around as a staple.
I will finally live near a DAVIDsTEA! I picked this one up (and 3 others) while I was up in Connecticut looking for an apartment. I love this tea so much, it’s very malty and pleasantly bitter. I think my excessive Keemun consumption has resulted in a love for medium strength black teas. This tea was by no means weak in strength, but it did not make me jittery and uncomfortable either. I was able to get 3 good steeps out of the tea, and can’t wait to drink more tomorrow and buy a huge stash of it in 3 weeks when I move back to the Northeast.
Day 7 of my advent calendar and another hit! :) It’s the perfect blend of spice and a bit of a nutty flavour. Nutty teas are my absolute favourite. Not to mention that the leaves brew from small little balls to big beautiful leaves! I definitely plan on adding this tea to my collection after Christmas!
I got to try this tea in my advent calendar this week and I can assure you that it tastes nothing like coffee. It is soooo good. I didn’t get much of the fruit taste, just a faint amount (which was perfect for me) and a creamy cakey taste. One of my new favorite teas. I steeped a perfect teaspoon with a mug.
Advent Calendar day 4! This one is soooo good. It’s more of a sweeter tea that relaxes. I prefer this one over Mother’s Little Helper to relax in the evening for sure! I’m definitely going to be adding this tea to my Christmas list! I steeped one perfect scoop with a regular mug
Bought this one in store yesterday. I figured I like chocolate and I like almonds so it should be good. It has the taste of dark chocolate to me not milk chocolate. And the almonds are present too with a nutty note. Overall this is very tasty.
I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 4 minutes.
Flavors: Almond, Dark Chocolate
Another new start. Apple, cinnamon, and almond feels kinda Christmassy to me, so I brought my sample tin of this one to work with me today. It’s one of the better “apple pie” esque blends I’ve tried – the apple strikes a pretty perfect balance between sharp and sweet, with just a touch of floury-floral. The cinnamon adds a hint of spice, but isn’t overpowering, and the almond rounds everything out with a kind of crumbley amazingness. I could probably have left the leaf in longer and come up with a stronger flavour, but I was in a hurry so 1.5 tsp of leaf got around 4 minutes in boiling water. It’s pretty delicious, even so. I’m looking forward to drinking a lot more of this one!
It’s that time of year again. Work really picks up from the end of November right through to February now, pretty much, and then there’s Christmas and all the associated hoo-ha that comes along with, and this year I’m also half-way through buying a flat. So I’m tired, and stressed, and a bit grumpy right now. And I have to do reception this morning as well as my own work (try concentrating when you’re being interrupted every ten fucking seconds), so that’s already put me in a fairly disgusting mood and today’s work day is only 10 minutes old.
Mate is what I usually turn to from mid-December until the Christmas break starts on the 23rd. I’m looking forward to having 10 days off more than it’s possible to communicate in words. I plan to sleep a lot, and be at least a little bit selfish. Until then, I’ve got this. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water.
It’s good. Maybe the best mate blend I’ve tried in a while. I like the freshness of the orange. It’s juicy and fruity and walks the perfect line between sweet and sharp. There’s also a hint of papaya, and just a touch of pineapple, but it’s mostly orange. Like orange juice orange. Orange perfection. The mate is a little earthy, but it works, somehow, and I’m really appreciating the energy boost. On the whole? A really good ’un. Love this.
DAVID’s Tea Advent Calendar Dy 7:
Yay!! I enjoyed this one tonight. So far this is the best tea from the calendar. The color is fairly pale amber. The flavor is subtle. I can barely keep my eyes open, so I’m cutting this short. I’ll just say I liked this one. maybe even enough to re-order.
Sipdown! I’m two days behind on the Hannukah sipdown countdown, but I haven’t given up.
This blend tastes exactly like banana nut bread. It does. But… it’s got that heavy sweetness that certain DT, Teavana, and T2 blends have, where it’s hot and sweet and flavorful but doesn’t taste anything like actual tea or any traditional tisanes. It’s a pleasant brew but my tastes have mostly shifted away from this.
Another tea from the boyfriend from 2014! I remember getting an extra 50g of this because it was seasonal and I was upset because some of my favourites in the summer collection that year were gone forever. Desperation with limited edition teas really does get the better of me. Regardless, this tea does smell kind of like a snickerdoodle. There’s some other scent behind it all that’s a bit strange, I might attribute that to the monk fruit. I also seemed to have forgotten just how dusty this tea is.
Steeped, the tea is quite cloudy which I assume is from all the dusty bits. The tea… sort of still smells like a snickerdoodle. There’s that strange note in the background again, maybe that’s what they were using for the cookie base? Anyways, this tea is already very sweet and does NOT need any added sweetener. With milk, this is pretty tasty and comforting. It’s not the best kind of hot dessert tea, but I am enjoying it.
Overall, it’s not a bad tea. I might play around with it since I have so much of it lying around.