Absolutely loved this tea the first time I had it. It wasn’t too minty, in fact I found it needed a little bit more, and would add just a little extra mint leaves. I loved it so much that when I went to restock I grabbed a 200g tin of it that was on sale. This time it’s super minty, almost to much for me. Hours later and my mouth still has a minty feeling! Chocolate in this batch is very subtle as well, I may add some in hopes of balancing the mint.
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I am seriously addicted to this tea. Also, the fact that it tastes so incredibly good after a brief hot water infusion (ok, 4-5 mins) followed by cold-brewing makes me wonder if most herbals would benefit from a bit of hot water before cold-brewing. I’m not sure it would be effective for actual tea due to bitterness, but I think it may help herbals like this one out a bit.
Anyways. Deeeeeelish. I really should stop drinking teas that are in nice, airtight bags though. Gotta sipdown the plastic baggie ones.
Not really related to this tea, more lamentation about tea below
Sooo…I should probably look at joining the tea hiatus group lol. Mom came over for a visit and wanted to take me to DAVIDsTEA…hahaha, of course I can’t say no! So we went, and she stocked up on a crazy amount of tea, she actually paid the same as me for hers, but she got larger quantities of some favorites :D so that was good, and I got a bunch of tea..and an iced tea mug..and mom got me a pitcher, she wanted to get me a gongfu pot but I already have that haha. So yes, NO MORE BUYING TEA/TEA THINGS! /my verdant order(s) are at the post office as well haha.
ANYWAYS..ONTO THE TEA…
I just had to try some of this. I recall seeing a whole bunch of notes on this a few months ago, and I was like hmm that looks good, but it somehow slipped my visits for quite a while. I saw it today though, and smelled it, and man is it ever strawberry and rhubarb! My mom even thought it smelled like a rhubarb pie, and she makes an EPIC rhubarb pie. So yes, I got apparently 18 g of this tea haha, and I might have to get more.
I steeped it for around 6 minutes with boiling water, and omggoodnesss, this creamy, delicious scent is wafting up. Even after it cools, it still smells just SO CREAMY. The flavor is excellent. A perfect balance of sweet and tart, and it does pretty good with the flavoring too, which I am surprised with. I think you could actually pretty closely discern the rhubarb not knowing what it is supposed to be!
Overall, I am super pleased that I finally remembered to try some of this. It is a lovely treat that smells super sweet, but actually is very nice. Yay for good tea, and caffeine free tea before bed too! :D
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WHOA this tisane is different! The smell of the steeped cup is exactly like a cinnamon roll. Warm cinnamon under sweet sticky vanilla frosting! I just want to keep sniffing it, lol. It tastes nutty, with a warm subtle cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. I’ve always been curious about this tea, but I didn’t expect to enjoy it this much! It’s definitely not something I’d drink very often, but it might be a nice winter evening treat.
Thanks so much to Tealizzy for the sample! :)
YAY!!!! First sample from the swap box Shmiracles sent me!!!! I’m so excited! There are sooooo many teas in this box! You really outdid me. I thought we were shooting for 10. I think I gave you 13. And then I open this deceivingly small box to find 20 samples!!!! Wow!! You are amazing, girl!
So, on to the first one! :D I do have to ask though…What does this tea have to do with North Africa? When I think of houjicha, I think of Japan. When I think of chai spices, I think of India. And when I think of peppermint, I think of Christmas and the North Pole. LOL! No Africa in any of that! But let’s just get brewing already. :P
The dry leaves looks like chai and are chock full of spices and big cardamom pods. Mmm, I LOVE chai! This smells heavenly! And I don’t even remember the last time I had houjicha. It’s been too long. I loved houjicha long before I loved sencha, matcha, white tea, and even oolong! Okay okay, it’s done steeping and now I can finally get to the taste!
First sip…hmm, all I can really taste is chai spices. It probably didn’t help that I just ate three slices of pepperoni and sausage pan pizza. LOL! But I was starving!! I couldn’t wait any longer! Man, I am talkative tonight. I apologize for my ramblings. Just very excited! Second sip…now I’m getting a hint of mint amongst all the spicy goodness. But the houjicha seems very quiet still.
Well, even just as a cup of chai mint tea, it’s yummy! I’m surprised I like the introduction of mint in chai. I think it works because it’s a very small amount of mint compared to the other flavors. Now if only I could get the houjicha to shine! Houjicha has such a nice roasted toasted taste. The base here feels more like a backdrop to the mint and chai spices so that you’re not drinking a purely herbal tea. No roasty toasty elements to be found, sadly.
Oh well, if I didn’t know what houjicha was supposed to taste like, I wouldn’t know what I was missing. So overall, I’m enjoying this cup for what it does taste like. ;) Wow, my brain is just kooky tonight. Is any of this making sense? LOL! Thanks Shmiracles!!!!
REALLY irritated about the pre-infused sugar cubes. And who the heck wants hydrogenated oil in their tea. Read the ingredient list on the packet I bought at Davids (after brewing my first cup). What a disapointment!
I went into the store to get some Coconut Grove for my Mom and of course I couldn’t resist the tea of the day. I got this iced to go. It was very watered down, so I don’t think I got the full effect. I got some sweet fruity taste which was vaguely pineapple, a floral not I could barely make out and something savory that I couldn’t identify. This might be worth having again, but steeped much stronger.
I’m not sure how I feel about this tea. The concept is great – a black tea with mint and coconut notes. I tried it both hot and cold (and this one I certainly prefer cold). Hot, to me, this tea tastes overwhelmingly like rooibos, which I am not a fan of for the most part. However, the other pick me ups in the tea almost make up for this and I find the rooibos isn’t nearly as present when it’s made iced with a bit of milk.
Delicious! I hadn’t tried this one yet even though I’ve had it for a while now. It’s really quite tasty. I liked the fruitiness of this one and that it didn’t have any bitter tones at all.
I don’t remember much more about this one as I had it this morning, but I’d definitely have it again.
So I’m new to the single-serving-iced-tea deal, so before I started my own system, I got a to-go cup of iced Pink Passionfruit. It reminds me a lot of the “red” tea at Starbucks (passion tea?) but I prefer this blend because the hibiscus gives it a nice, sharp note that isn’t present in the Starbucks blend. It’ll be my go-to iced tea for the summer.
I’d recommend steeping this for at least 3 minutes to really bring out the flavor. I love the smell of this tea! Its reminiscent of lemon meringue pie without the taste being too sweet. This tea would complement desserts quite well, or you can drink it casually if you’re looking for something light with a sweet, tarty aroma.
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This one reminds me of toothpaste!
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So far this is my go to hot tea in my modest, fledgling collection.
The smell of the dry leaf alone — vanilla and coconut — is enough to make one’s mouth water. There are large chunks of vanilla bean (I wondered what the bark-looking pieces were so I stuck one in my mouth only to discover it’s a piece of a rather large vanilla bean) and shreds of toasted coconut. Pretty blue petals that the box informs me are cornflower peek through the black tea leaves.
1st steep at 4 minutes with near boiling water gives a dark brown liquor. Stick your nose in and you might find it smells more like tea, less like coconut and vanilla. Ditto for the taste. Coconut is there but I think this one is a 3 minute steep for me.
2nd steep is more coconut, less tea, but somewhat watery. Would never steep this 3 times. Brown tasteless water is not my thing. :)
Throw in a sweetener of your choice and some booze and Bob’s your uncle.
I’ve had this tea for a while, and since I’m just trying to get into drinking more tea, I haven’t tried it until now. I steeped this for five minutes in regular boiling water (out of the kettle at work) and didn’t add any sweetener. It was a nice, fruity flavor and it turns out I didn’t need the sweetener! The black tea wasn’t bitter at all.
Mmmmm this was delicious! It smells like the graham cracker crust that my mom used to make – and tastes like it too! I tried it without anything added and wasn’t too impressed, but when I added milk and sugar it was wonderful. Will definitely get again!
I’m beginning to suspect that DAVIDsTEA requires more steeping than usual. I steeped mine for ~2.15minutes and the taste was barely there. I’d try for 3 next time.
You can taste a slight spicy kick to it, and you can smell the sweetness of the mango flavor. The good thing is that its not too sweet, which makes this tea a drinkable option in the mornings. All in all, a solid ‘meh’ tea that I don’t really care for.
I LOVE this tea. I originally bought it as a replacement for my Pom Power tea and I was hoping it would live up to my expectations. The strawberry flavor is so light and delicate and goes perfectly with the rosehips and hibiscus. I prefer the tea iced, and it’s perfect for summer.