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I tried this as both an iced sample and a hot cup to go at my local David’s. Cold it had that tart cranberry bite I love, but with some sweet to balance it out. An average experience overall, but I don’t do iced tea much and generally don’t care for my tea being cold, so I needed to try it hot to fully render my judgment.
Unfortunately, that judgment is…well. There is a reason they sample this tea iced. Hot, any sweetness in this tea disappears, overtaken by the intense harshness that is the dark side of the cranberry. I ask you, friends: have you ever tried cranberry juice? Pure cranberry juice, with no clever blending with the juice of sweeter fruits like grapes and apples like most “cranberry juice” you’ll find in your local supermarket? If you haven’t, let me tell you, it’s not fun. It has gone to tart country and decided that this place is not hardcore enough, and it is going to liven it the hell up. The tartness is seriously dialed up into a very screwy kind of bitter. Any sugar in the berry has fled deep into hiding in fear for dear life. You’re left with an astringency of the kind that makes the juice very difficult to swallow. And hot, this tea tastes very much like cranberry juice, diluted in water in a desperate attempt to make it bearable. The attempt is, largely, not very successful. I can just barely taste the other flavors, desperately trying to get out and smooth things over, but they’re drowned out by the overwhelming force of the cran.
It’s a pity, because I actually have a deep and abiding love for cranberry. But cranberry needs to be carefully managed and subdued to really shine, and everything else in this blend just doesn’t seem up to the job. I ended up having to just give up and toss out the tea mostly undrunk, and that makes me very sad because it feels like such a waste.
Mmm.. This tea is quite delicious. Caramel, pumpkin, and a sweet hint of cinnamon. Yes, it is very good, but would I consider it a chai? No.. not really. It is very light and almost has a maple taste to it. The cinnamon is present, but not very bold and this tea is not very spicy at all. However, it is still a delicious autumn-inspired tea so I am happy!
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Maple, Pumpkin
Thank you Maria for the sale! I’m not much of a drinker at all, but I have to admit buttered rum sounds delicious. I’m not sure how these flavors are here if this blend is organic, but it does taste and smell a little buttery and a little rummy. The coconut is the raw looking stringy type and I can’t say if it adds much flavor. There is a slight plastic flavor that is a little odd, but otherwise the blend is okay. It basically matches the name of the tea, definitely. I only used one teaspoon and probably should have used a teaspoon and a half as suggested. Not my favorite from David’s tea… honestly, I haven’t tried too many blends I didn’t like from them.
Steep #1 // couple min after boiling // 3 min
It’s just not my cup of tea. I don’t enjoy the chocolate in it. It dominates the tea flavouring without making it better. The little hearts are very sweet, and I think it would make a great gift at Valentine’s day or something, but I’m not personally a fan. On a related note, I recently tried a tea with cocoa in it, and that was really good. I’ve had a few chocolate teas in the past, and this is probably one of the better ones, but it’s just not something that I really like to drink
Really excellent blend. It’s good with milk, and it’s the right strength for me – great with a little milk but not too strong. It’s got a lovely round flavour to it.
Some of my friends insist on teabag tea. This is one of the few teas that is very close to something like Tetley, only much nicer and smoother. I’m sad it’s run out.
So when I got David’s Chai Collection this was the first of the trio that I tested out. After making a few pots full and drinking them down, I went ahead and got a full tin of the stuff. I couldn’t even wait for the sample I had to run out, I just needed to have plenty of it on hand immediately. It’s that good.
Things I love in my chai: spice, heat, comfort. This chai definitely meets those marks. Steeped in warm milk, water, and just a touch of raw sugar, it’s got lovely flavor while tasting a bit lighter and less decadent than chai usually does to me when prepared stovetop-style. (Once I tried chai that way, back when I was still just discovering tea beyond cheap bags, I just couldn’t go back to steeping it in plain water and then adding whatever else – the most time/effort-crunch compromise I’ll make is quick-heating the milk and water, combining them & the sugar, and then steeping the tea in the mixture.)
Overall it’s not the best in the world, but it’s pretty perfect as an everyday blend for me – and as a humble but delicious addition to my daily life rather than a special occasion type of tea, I adore it entirely. If you want a lighter chai that still has quite a bit of spice, you can’t go wrong with this one.
I was in the mood for something fruit-heavy tonight, so I decided to go ahead and finish off my last sample from David’s. The sour, tart sort of smell of the sour cherries was what hit me on opening the package. Used the whole package, brewed it for five minutes hot, added a little honey.
It’s tart and refreshing, but I just can’t get past the taste of the cherries. A confession: with the sole exception of rainier cherries, I cannot staaaaand cherries at all. Something about the flavor just really does not play nice with my taste buds, and I will take basically any fruit flavor over it. Why drink a blend called Cherry Snowcone at all then, you ask? Because the tea was free and I live in the hope that I’ll be pleasantly surprised. As it is, this has enough besides the cherries going on in its taste that I’m not going to throw the rest of the cup down the drain; but definitely, definitely won’t be ordering more in the short time David’s summer collection has left on the shelves.
In conclusion, about as expected; not my thing, but I’m not the intended audience. Not going to put a number rating on this one because I don’t feel like that would be fair when I’m already biased against it.
I got 50 grams of this to try out while we in David’s Tea last week. I was warned that it could be cloyingly sweet and to approach steeping it with caution, so I tossed it into more tepid water and only steeped for a minute and a half. I am a fan of cinnamon but not in huge quantities. I do, however, have a weakness for Snickerdoodles. The steeped brew was very sweet, I am glad I didn’t toss in sugar, but it was still enjoyable. I am not sure how often I would drink this, but once in a while I could see it being a nice, indulgent treat. I do get the cookie notes and there is almost no discernible rooibos flavour to the tea. Another tea that was not my favourite, but I am sure we will get through the fifty grams we have in the house.
Maybe it is the cinnamon and the cloves, but did anyone else find that this tasted A LOT like Sugar and Spice from last year? I don’t mind it, but it didn’t knock my socks off. I like cloves a lot, but everything from the flavour to the drier mouth feel reminded me a lot of Sugar and Spice. I am glad I gave this a shot, but it was not a huge winner in my world. Also, I get almost no maple. I will make a point of brewing another cup and trying it again, but so far the maple is totally eluding me.
Edit- Apparently there are no cloves in this… I guess it is the cinnamon that reminds me of Sugar and Spice?
Being a Frequent Steeper member, I got this tea for free as I spent over $100 earlier this year (I had gone a little tea crazy back around March/April LOL). I had looked at the ingredients as well as the reviews here (thank you!) prior to picking this up.
Made a batch for the iced tea pitcher I bought from David’s Tea – I used 3 tablespoons with 1.7L of water @ 100C/212F, let it steep overnight, and left the tea in the strainer. Nothing was added.
I served this as an iced tea for a party we had here last Sunday. It was well received and went pretty quickly! It’s got a nice fruitiness that isn’t overwhelming, and no one flavour dominated another.
Side note – I also tried this as a hot tea and liked it.
I bought a tin full of this to add to my tea cupboard. :) This is definitely a tea I’ll make sure to stock up on.
Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Guava, Mango
As mentioned in my review for David’s Tea Sweet Apple Cider, I had been looking for an apple tea for some time.
Big Apple was the first one I tried. Sadly, I wasn’t at all impressed with the tea. In following the directions with steep time and water temperature I found it bitter. I was rather surprised that they recommended 90C for this tea, considering it’s a white/green hybrid.
I tried it a few more times tweaking both the steep time and temperature but to no avail.
Flavors: Apple, Bitter
Been lurking about this site for the last several months; new member as of today. I’ve found many reviews here extremely helpful in helping me decide which teas to try. Thank you! :)
Got a sample of this tea just before the August 27th launch and decided to give it a try this afternoon.
The name of this tea is rather misleading as I think of apple cider being spiced with cinnamon/cloves, however, as an APPLE TEA it’s mild but pleasant. I can make out the subtle tartness of the apple and it’s a rather clean tasting tea.
Nothing was added to the tea (I never put anything when trying a tea for the first time).
I’ve been looking for apple tea for the longest time – I had tried Big Apple earlier this year and was not at all impressed (add to that, and I had mentioned this to a few employees that, for a white tea, the recommended temperature is WAY TOO HOT thus rendering a bitter taste). This one is a bit more of what I’m looking for.
Flavors: Apple, Tart
I’m a bit leery of guayusa due to the high caffeine content so I only did the minimum recommended steeping time from the package. There are huge chunks of papaya and peach in there and the smell of the dry tea is an interesting mix of fruity and herbal. I get some pretty good flavour from the papaya and peaches – I’m not sure if it’s those or the guayusa itself that are giving the tea a slightly sweet undertone. There’s a slightly herbal taste but not as strong as I would have expected from the smell.
The caffeine amount turned put just right – I’d only had a few hours of sleep last night and was super groggy, but this woke me up without making me jittery and gave me just the right amount of energy to go about my day.
Just brewed this. I am so excited to try this tea and am waiting for it to cool a little. I brewed it in a paper filter (The ones by Melitta- LOVE them) The dry leaf reminds me of Terry’s chocolate oranges. (yummy) LOL, just tried to drink out of my travel mug….and then realized it was closed. (fail) Wow! That is amazing tea. It’s not overly sweet, but rather a perfect balance of dark chocolate and zesty orange. Will definitely be sipping on this more. And on a less important note, this is my second pu’erh!
Flavors: Chocolate, Orange, Vanilla
I’d say it’s a very average jasmine tea. Assassin’s creed “good enough.” A tad salty, however, after longing for a jasmine tea for months and not finding any in my cabinet, it really hit the spot.
Enjoyed with my best friend at sunset: