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this will be a short review on davids tea’s dragonwell. i tried this once before and didnt really like it, since it was very vegetal if i remember right, and i dont usually drink green teas so i was not used to the flavors. im giving this another try now, with my 60ml gaiwan with 2g tea, at 83C.
after rinse it gets smelling pretty nutty, with some natural creaminess.
first steep is weak with slight vegetal notes and some sweetness.
the second smells a little sweet and sour off the lid. it tastes ok, but im not at all excited by this probably because i drank puerh earlier and that is more my thing.
this would be good in the morning brewed in a mug.
third: smells like raw vegetables and roasted almonds. im just unimpressed with the taste which feels 1 dimensional or something. my tongue is coated. maybe im brewing this wrong.
thats it for me, ill drink more but i dont know what else to say about this tea. pce.
My tea twin, Roswell Strange, reminded me about this tea which I actually tried about a week to go as an iced latte to go while wandering downtown Toronto looking for stuff to buy for my sister’s bachelorette party.
The sales person told me that as an iced latte, it tastes a bit like an iced cap. Though I am not sure I would go that far, it definitely had a chocolate coffee flavor, similar to the iced capps made with chocolate milk…but much thinner. When I let my friend try the tea, she said it “tasted like vanilla smelled…which I guess means it tastes like vanilla”. Once she mentioned that, I noticed it too. Also, that comment made me laugh which meant noticing the vanilla made me laugh too.
Ultimately though, most of this got tossed because at the end of the day it was like a thin flavored milk drink and in the hot, hot sun, milk wasn’t really sitting well.
Hmm, another DT blend without a lot of reviews. Are people just not excited by the new blends anymore? I guess I can’t really blame ’em – at a certain point things just start to feel less exciting or even creative/unique.
The dry leaf for this one smells really good: lots of creamy, vanilla notes and milk chocolate as well as a bit of coffee. I don’t get too much coffee in the aroma though; it’s a bit like an iced cap in that it’s more sweetness/chocolate than actual coffee. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of coffee and coffee flavoured/infused teas but it’s pretty darn yummy smelling…
I’m drinking this one hot; well, hot-ish ‘cause I forgot about the mug and it cooled down a lot. It’s actually kind of just “meh”. Despite lots of leaf, and more than ample infusion time (like ten minutes), it tastes watered down/thin. Actually, what it really reminds me of is the cacao shell ‘teas’ sold by Herbal Infusions that smelled AMAZING but always came out very thin when infused; the chocolate notes are quite comparable. In addition to chocolate, I’m getting vanilla, coffee, custard, and maybe a bit of malt? In a way it is mocha/iced cappuccino like but the coffee flavour is actually so much weaker than the chocolate notes (which I’ve already said are kind of watery) that this reminds me more of hot chocolate than a coffee based beverage.
Eh; not the worst. Pretty plain/forgettable though. And since this sort of thing isn’t really my jam anyway it’s not a tea I’ll be revisiting.
Cold brewed this the other night and basically forgot about it in the fridge. Even after about 36 hours cold brewing it doesn’t taste over brewed. It is quite good. I’m not really sure where the watermelon begins and the honeydew ends. I think it’s watermelon and honeydew in this tea anyway. Had to buy a lot of this to get the sale price. It was a really good sale price but you had to buy 10 ounces to get fifty percent off, otherwise it was only twenty percent off. But each pitcher of this uses about an ounce or a little less so I think I will end up finishing this tea. This is one fantastic herbal as an iced tea.
I brewed this over two nights in a 64 oz Iced Tea Pitcher with 8 tsp leaf in the fridge.
This was a replacement for the other David’s English breakfast.
The leaf looked much more broken, but there were more tips.
Overall the dry leaf smelled better than the previous one.
Nothing to write home about though. Actually, I find this one so unexciting that I didn’t even finish it all.
I’m starting to wonder what is going on at the lower end of the sprectrum.
Did tea used to taste good and now doesn’t at a certain price point?
Bought this to cold brew as an iced tea. Drinking it hot today. It is fairly tasty with a mix of fruit flavors. I’m not really sure what I’m tasting and it comes off a bit artificial. I think it will be much better as an iced tea.
I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 minutes.
Finished this one off cold brewed while I was at work;
This is still my favourite of the collection but I think I like it hot better than cold brewed. The cold brewed flavour was still good, and very similar to the hot cup though: as a whole it gave off a peanut butter and honey sort of vibe, but broken down a bit more it has separate notes of apple, coconut, honey, peanuts, and almond. And actually, the almond is more noticeable in the cold brew than I found it to be in the hot brew. It’s just that I think the nuttyness comes off better and smoother when this is hot.
Lots of people have now compared this to DT’s Peanut Butter Cup blend and I do think there are a lot of similarities between the two blends when it comes to the nuttiness. Of course, the major difference is the lack of chocolate in this blend – but if you liked that one I bet you’ll enjoy this one.
Last tea left to try from the fall collection (‘cause I’m not revisiting Pumpkin Chai)!
So, of all the teas this year I personally thought this was the most “question mark” worthy before smelling things in store – and then when I picked up my sample, I hated the aroma of the dry leaf the most out of any of the blends. Don’t ask me why; it just didn’t sit well with me. So, I put off making it. But the more I put off making it the more I actually found the dry aroma growing on me. Instead of smelling weird/funky/plastic like it gained more of a creamy, peanut butter aroma and that intrigued me…
Fast forward to me actually brewing this one up, and I’m basically drooling as I hover over the infusing mug because it smells exactly like peanut butter toast and creamed honey. Mmm! Comforting, and kind of the epitome of “fall” if not just breakfast in general. Quite the turn of events, no?
Taste wise; I think this was the clear favourite from the collection and at this point in time the only one I see myself actually buying again. If I close my eyes, shut down my brain for a second and just drink it as a “whole” rather than breaking down ingredients it tasted exactly like creamy peanut butter and honey. It’s really soothing and comforting, and quite refreshing because it’s not really a “fruity” blend but not exactly a sweeter, “dessert” blend either. If I do look at it more as the parts that make a sum, I notice the apple notes in the blend a little more, especially in the top of the sip, and I pick up on the coconut a touch which I think it virtually non existent when you flip back to looking at the sum of the parts. This was just a pleasant experience overall, though!
And trust me, I’m quite surprised that after all four teas THIS was the one that’s initially won me over. I wouldn’t have called that, but it’s how it worked out.
1. Nutty Granola Crunch
2. Pom Cider
3. Blueberry Muffin
4. Carrot Cake
Cold Brew Sipdown (130)!
Wow, holy fucking nope. This is just NOT doable as a cold brew; I made it less than three sips in before just absolutely calling it quits. The pomegranate tastes cloying and artificial, the stevia is out of control, and the fennel is definitely NOT subtle. I thought this was ok hot, but if you’re taking the cold brew into consideration…
Well, then this is the worst thing from the fall collection.
Time to talk about another fall tea…
Of the new collection, despite some iffy ingredient choices (stevia, and SO MUCH fennel), this seems like the “safest” of the new blends. It’s not overly creative or ambitious, but it seems like a solid flavour pairing as well. So, I was hopeful – but reserved also because this collection has been a bust so far.
It’s not bad, honestly. The blend does have an AWFUL LOT of fennel in it – like more fennel than actual tea leaf. And I’m someone who really likes fennel so I can’t imagine what someone who dislikes fennel is gonna feel when drinking this one. Despite that overload of fennel though, I didn’t find it overwhelming. Basically, the sip starts off with almost candy like pomegranate flavour. It’s similar/comparable to the pom’ in the summer collection’s Pom Diggity blend. Middle/body notes are more muddled pomegranate/apple notes with a touch of hibiscus like tartness and then a strong, sweet fennel/licorice finish. I expected more tartness to be perfectly honest; so I’m happy with what I got in that regard. Also, for a “cider” blend I expected more apple as well, and in that regard I do feel a bit let down.
Ultimately; I think this could have wound up being a much, MUCH bigger disaster with some of the ingredients and proportions of ingredients in the blend – but I found it better than both Carrot Cupcake and Blueberry Muffin so we’re moving in the right direction with the rest of this collection. This is really rich and sweet so ere on the side of less leaf, though. I think I used 2 tsp for my 16 oz. mug, and in the future I’d want to try 1 1/2 tsp of leaf instead to cut down on some of the fennel and built up pomegranate notes.
But not bad.
So, I think DT has actually been carrying this one for all three+ years I’ve been really into tea, but to be perfectly honest I’d never really considered even trying it up until last week when the associate pulled the tin down for someone else to smell and I caught a whiff…
Funny story about them pulling the tin down; the lid was so warped that it took like two solid minutes for him to pry it off and then like another three minutes after measuring the leaf out to jam the fucker back on. Apparently it’s the acidity of this blend that causes that which is something I’d never even thought about; but if that’s true it’s a little freaky to think it has that much effect on the material used in the big wall tins.
This was good; I actually think it had a really, really lovely balance between the natural flavours of the oolong and then the added ingredients. And, it was a balance I honestly wasn’t expecting so it was even more appreciated. The base itself was nice and vegetal/grassy with slight buttery undertones and then a really pleasant floral, almost lily like, quality that seemed to blossom up from a subtle background note
alongside the added jasmine in the blend until it was about as prominent as the citrus in the blend. I definitely have a preference for darker roasted oolongs, but these qualities in greener oolong are all ones I really appreciate.
The added flavours were interesting in how the interacted with the natural notes. I’d say at the top of each sip was the bright, brilliant citrus notes: a mix of lemonade and freshly squeezed, unsweetened orange juice. By some miracle this manages to be a blend with an impactful, full bodied flavour but that still feels really nuanced and delicate and these fruit notes are the best example of that. Alongside that brilliant fruity note was the vegetal/grassy combination of flavours from the base, and personally I think the almost ’sharp; quality of those notes really well suited the acidity of the citrus.
The mid sip and bottom of the sip was more where the floral notes rested; a combination of lily and soft, natural tasting jasmine. Starting off as a very subtle background flavor both of these notes rose to a more developed floral note in the aftertaste that lingered lightly and pleasantly.
Personally, I REALLY liked this blend. It’s the best offering I’ve had from DAVIDsTEA in recent memory – and I look forward to playing around with the rest of the small sample I picked up. If nothing else, it’s just a shame that I waited three years to try it.
I was really looking forward to a good cup of English Breakfast. I LOVE Ceylon Tea. In fact, I had already had a few good cups earlier in the day. Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything that good about this one.
The dry leaf didn’t have any interesting aromas. Broken Orange Pekoe, I suppose. You can see tea stem and leaf in the finished product. It’s uniform.
Cup brewed up to a darker red colour. No interesting brewed aromas. I noticed a little bit of dryness on the tongue.
I even brewed the second brewings both together to try to increase the strength of the brew. Still nothing amazing. Sheesh.
The thing that galls me about it is that Ceylon teas are not expensive, so they should be able to provide a flavourful cup. Blending should make that easier too.
Tried this 2 ways: regular cup and a latte.
Regular cup: 1 perfect spoonful steeped 5min in 8oz of 200F water: tastes nutty/peanuty and a little sweet in the foretaste, but what follows is kinda watery. Not so good.
Latte: 4 perfect spoonfuls steeped 5min in 8oz of 200F water, mixed with hot, frothed 1% milk: The foretaste is the same, but something weird and a bit gross lingers in the aftertaste (artificial flavoring? apple?). I didn’t care for whatever the aftertaste was, so I couldn’t quite finish my latte.
In short this is not a repurchase for me. Glad I only bought a small amount and used it up.
Flavors: Nutty, Peanut, Sweet
This tastes just like a blueberry muffin, I swear. I brewed it before dinner and had some warm, and it was lovely. Then, we went on an impromptu dinner date, so I put the lid on my mug and left it out. Of course, when I got home it was cold, so I added some ice and off I went. It is just as incredible iced as it is hot.
It’s fairly sweet, and I tend to like bitter teas, but I loved it anyway. Very good.