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Thank you for the sale, MissB! I really wanted to try this one. It would probably be better in autumn, but it was delicious anyway! I can taste pumpkin in this. I’m not sure how authentic it is, but at least it’s TRYING to be pumpkin. The spices were more of a fragrance from the cup more than in the flavor. There was also a lot of creamy slightly tarty flavor that was like cheesecake. I did actually have the pumpkin cheesecake ONCE and it was quite good (actually the last dessert I ate in a restaurant and that was ages ago.) This blend has a nice balance though this rooibos was slightly harsher on the throat than usual, even in a teabag.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // few minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // few minutes
Got this for free with my David’s Tea rewards card last week. It is fairly tasty. I just western brewed this today, basically following the directions on the package. I can’t really taste the tea however, the main thing I get is the coffee beans.
I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 4.5 min.
I’ve been trying more matchas and I keep hoping I will like them, but I honestly don’t. It’s just my own personal tastes I think. I found this one to just be… not my thing I guess is the only way I can think to put it. I don’t know if it was the mocha flavouring or the grassyness or maybe the combo? But for me it just didn’t work.
I really liked the vanilla matcha, but haven’t found another one that I like. Maybe some day I’ll find one.
Brewed a pot of this just after I got up, and have been nursing a cup all day. Tried making iced tea with it, but it wasn’t strong enough and just tasted like really watery cinnamon. This is definitely designed to be a hot tea, although drinking it after it’s cooled off isn’t bad.
It’s sweet enough on it’s own, but I could see adding a tiny bit of sugar and maybe a little bit of milk to make it a dessert tea. I’d almost liken it to drinking a liquid cinnamon roll, which is pretty great.
I was hoping to get through the pot fast enough to get a second steep out of the leaves, cause I always feel guilty using like 3-4 “perfect spoons” of leaves and only getting one brew out of them. Today was a pretty lazy day though, so I’m not surprised I didn’t manage to drink a pot of tea. I think it’s time I go back to brewing one cup at a time.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet
Yummy!! Got this one iced a few days ago, and what a treat! On it’s own, it’s quite tart, but sweeten it and it’s like sipping fresh-picked strawberries. Definitely one I’m going to have to add to my collection (why must I be running out of space in my cupboard?) I also didn’t get overwhelmed by the hibiscus, which was a nice change
(brewed hot by tea guides, consumed iced)
Flavors: Strawberry, Sweet, Tart
Coffee or tea? I know that they are usually mutually exclusive, but after I smelled this last week I couldn’t forget it, I had to break down and buy a cup on my pilgrimage to David’s Tea today. It tastes just as good as it smells, and if it doesn’t keep me up tonight, I may drink it regularly.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Coffee
So, I actually had this when it first came out, and I was negligent on writing a tasting note. I had it as an iced latte, and I went back the same day for another one, only iced with milk rather than a latte (which actually was not as good). I had it again recently, enjoyed it, and decided to make it my FS redemption. It’s not the most expensive tea to get my money’s worth, but I feel like I’ll use the 50g and then probably get tired of it by the time the bag is done. That said, I had it as an iced latte again today, at home (via cold steep in mason jar) and using more leaf will mean the bag is finished sooner.
I love the banana and chocolate taste of this one. And, even though it does have a bit of that weird artificial taste, I can handle it in this blend. Almost as good as the banana and chocolate flavour is that it is 1) caffeine free and 2) a green rooibos, which I can totally do! Really looking forward to more steeps with this one. Like I said, I may be sick of it by the time the bag is done, but at least it was a free bag. :)
Flavors: banana, Chocolate
I used to drink Shirley Temples when I was a kid like little else – it was my “treat” whenever I visited my mom at work. So, even though it’s been a while since I’ve had one (I occasionally still order one), this isn’t at all what I love about a Shirley Temple. Nope, nope, nope. There’s waaaaayy too much hibiscus, not enough cherry realness, and just… nope. Fizzy tis might work better for me (as a tea pop), but… nope. Did it iced, and, nope.
Flavors: Artificial, Cherry, Hibiscus, Tart
I was talking to someone on steepster about this tea (can’t remember who). This tea has been around for a while but has never interested me before, but whoever I was talking to said it’s not too tart so I decided to give it a try :).
I bought 25 grams of this tea, and used it in it’s entirety, along with what was left of Nettle Greek Mountain from Steeped Tea in 2L of near boiling water (that’s the second FULL tin of weaker herbal teas I’ve used up by mixing it in with fruit teas :) ). I steeped it for 6min, pulled the filter out, poured myself a half glass and popped that in the freezer to cool down quickly. It was cold enough for my liking within 45min – the rest of the pitcher is still fairly hot in the fridge :).
Overall the tea is only slightly tart with a nice fruity taste (mango with what I assume to be guava?). Not bad, especially for a hibiscus tea. I may purchase again, but with the exception of an order I made today to DAVID’s (which was mostly for another iced tea pitcher- i only bought 150 grams total of ONLY fruit teas!) I’ve decided to take a break from buying for DAVID’s teas to try different kinds (I’m thinking of trying different bagged fruit teas to cut my spending down (I’ve bought hundreds of dollars in loose leaf teas over the last 2 months…yikes)).
Flavors: Fruity, Tart
I didn’t care for this herbal tea back in 2012 and I don’t care for it now. This was one of the first teas I tried from DAVIDsTEA. I purchased it in the summer of 2012 because I love all things melon and it was one of most appealing sounding varieties from that summer’s collection. The combination of carrot and watermelon didn’t jive on my palate three years ago and the same holds true now. I just made an iced glass of this tea after swapping for about 25g. I’ll be looking to re-home what I have left because I don’t think I can finish this glass. I was excited to try it again because DT’s recent releases of Melon Drop and Honey I Dew are two of my all-time favorite blends. Maybe I just prefer honeydew melon and rock melon/cantaloupe over watermelon? Or maybe the carrot is just too present in my cuppa and it just lingers on my palate? I’ll be adding carrot to the list of ingredients to avoid when it comes to tea. I should’ve paid more attention back in 2012. I believe Indian Summer also contained carrot AND watermelon, and I loathed that tea when I had such lofty expectations for it. But, I digress…
I’m glad I’m not a fan. It’ll save me from scrambling to stock up on this re-released, but LE, fan favorite. That’s just as well. The new website is a nightmarish labyrinth of glitches and programming errors. They should have enlisted the help of some Frequent Steepers to BETA test the site before launching it.
Well I poured off about two cup’s worth and diluted the rest with water and that improved things somewhat but I’m still getting that distinctly medicinal aftertaste. I think it might have something to do with the licorice possibly(???). The boyfriend felt the same way about so unfortunately this is probably going to end up going down the drain as it’s not really salvageable.
Argh, did I steep this wrong? Because it tastes like a particularly revolting brand of cough syrup. Bleh!!! I’m going to have to pour some out and then dilute it because it literally isn’t drinkable as is.
I made this up as an iced tea using the same method as usual (30 g of tea) in 1 liter boiling water steeped 5:30 min and then I filled the pitcher up the rest of the way with ice to make 2 liters. What about you – those of you who enjoyed it?
I really wanted to try this out either hot or as a latte (or both) but I liked the cold brew so much that without thinking I dumped the rest of my sample in my mason jar to finish it off that way.
It tastes so good; like banana candy, fresh whipped cream, and chocolate syrup. I can’t get over the rich, sweet and accurate flavour – not sure when I’ll next be at a DAVIDsTEA store but I hope it’s in time to pick up more of this because I’d really, really like to continue experimentation with it. I have a lot of ideas for ways to play with it.
For the record, I hate that I love this one so much though. It has added sugar in it, which I’m so vehemently against, but it works so well here…
This was the only tea out of DT’s “Old Timey Treats” collection I was actually interested in trying, and I made a special trip out to the store after work last week just to pick up a sample of it because I was so damn curious.
It’s quite good! The banana is clearly a “Banana Candy”/“Bananas & Cream” sort of flavour and it’s super rich and sweet without being overwhelmingly sweet which was definitely my biggest concern about this blend given that it unfortunately has pre-added rock sugar. I’m not a fan of having my teas sweetened for me; but luckily it kind of works here. The cocoa is great too; I’m really happy to see the use of nibs over chocolate chips – maybe DT is finally listening to consumer feedback? And the green rooibos base is perfect too; it creates such a subtle backdrop and doesn’t really directly influence the flavour. More green rooibos please, DT!
Overall this is 100% banana split, like intended, so major brownie points for hitting the nail on the head with the flavor. I really enjoyed the cold brew, I can definitely see myself going through a lot of it if given the chance. And just imagine how great this would be as a latte! So creamy and delicious; am I right!?
Flavors: banana, Candy, Cocoa, Cream, Vanilla
Gah the heat just won’t let up here and I’m going through what feels like a pitcher of iced tea every day.
The colour of the tea is a vivid pink, not unlike some types of guava, though the ones that you can get in the grocery store around here are all the white-fleshed kind (and pretty bland). I’ve actually eaten fresh, ripe guavas when I was in Belize so I know what they’re supposed to taste like and this is actually a fair approximation, though it’s tarter than it should be and leans a bit more towards green apple notes. I could have done with less hibiscus but other than that it’s good.