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I received a sample of this with my David’s order (hadn’t ordered from David’s before, but was pulled in by their Pumpkin offerings…).
This tea reminds me of the Grandma I never had. In my imagination, I like to pretend that I have this amazing Grandma and that she would bake me treats that would probably contain pineapple and walnuts (why would they contain pineapple and walnuts? I’m not really sure, but it just seems like they type of baked good Grandmas would really be into). I imagine she’d have tacky wallpaper, but I’d love it just because it would remind me of her. We’d have tea together, nothing fancy, just comfy mugs and treats. This tea smells (and tastes) like the baked good that would be on my imaginary Grandmas imaginary kitchen table…. It’s really, really comforting.
Imaginary Grandma, you’re the best. :)
I probably would never have tried this tea if I couldn’t have tasted it first, so I was lucky that this was the tea of the day. In this case, the sweetness of the tea works in its favor, making the nutty notes more creamy and cookie-like. Even without sugar or a milk, this tea tastes late-like, and my barista recommended it as a late for a future order. A toasted green tea base gives some body to this tea, and goes nicely with the walnut, keeping in the smooth, earthy, dusty palette. The pineapple is barely noticeable, otherwise this could have tasted more tropical. My understanding is that the tea gets its creaminess from the coconut, though again, it does not taste too much like a pina colada. Nut brittle is listed in its ingredients and that is an accurate description of this tea, which makes it feel appropriate for the harvest season and upcoming holiday season.
Flavors: Candy, Caramel, Coconut, Cookie, Cream, Nuts, Peanut
The second new pumpkin-y tea from DavidsTea that I got last week! This one is a huge improvement over Pumpkin Cheesecake lol. Unfortunately I am at work so I can’t write an overly detailed note, as I made this in my travel mug, but I have had 2 or 3 cups at home prior to this since I got it lol, so that sums up how it is.
I remember this smelling so caramelly and mapley I thought it was contaminated by Pumpkin Cheesecake at first. But turns out this tea really is a lovely sweet maple tea, with a fair amount of spice balancing out the sweetness. The base holds its own much better than an rooibos would. To be honest, I don’t find this overly spicy, but then again, I drink Super Ginger frequently and it doesn’t bother me either lol, so I think spices in tea don’t really get to me that much. This tea, however, has a really nice spice note mixing with the sweetness. I don’t get a whole lot of pumpkin….that is my only complaint, maybe I don’t know what pumpkin really and truly tastes like in a tea? But I haven’t really found a tea that tastes overly pumpkin like I guess lol…so I’m not sure. I guess this is probably the closest, this or Pumpkin Chai by DavidsTea or Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie by Della Terra lol. This one definitely has pumpkin spice though!
Overall, I have been quite enjoying this tea. I need to have a cup of Pumpkin Chai later to determine which is my favorite. But so far, this is quite delicious!
Flavors: Caramel, Maple, Spices
That’s really just about all I have to say about this blend. Meh
It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad, it was just kind of there. And it’s similar enough to the Pumpkin Chai that I have to wonder why it was necessary? My wife and I shared a pot and couldn’t remember anything about the tea afterwards. I’m making vegan butter “chicken” later this week, the rest of our sample will be used to flavor the rice.
From the Fall sampler, which my friend was kind enough to gift me (along with the tea chocolate) when she came to visit!
Dry, this smells like apples and thick, gooey caramel. Very promising. Steeped, this tastes like apple juice, which is great because that’s close to its intended flavor. That being said, there’s this weird fluffiness to the taste that I couldn’t place until I got to the last few sips in my mug.
This tea tastes like apple juice Jello.
Not that that’s a bad thing, it’s quite pleasant. It’s just … not cider?
Too bad too, because apple cider is one of my favorite things and this tea is a lot cheaper than buying jug after jug of it.
What?!?!? My dearest Ost….how is it that you somehow were able to send me so many samples that genuinely surprised me? I did not at all expect to like this. But lo and behold…I did! Now, I will definitely do things a tad differently next time I have this, but I actually liked so much more than I thought I would. I will put less tea with more water next time to combat the slightly overwhelming sweetness I got on the first steep. The second steep was amazing. Like…I really didn’t want it to end. It was so relaxing.
And seriously…I don’t like cotton candy. At all.
But this was so good!
Flavors: Cotton Candy, Sweet
I was disappointed… am I missing something? After hearing lots of positive reviews for this blend, I was looking forward to trying it and let down. I found it to be a bit too watery, with the chocolate taste only occurring slightly in the aftertaste. It is also fairly sweet, so I would not add a lot of extra sugar. I think I will give this tea one more chance to see if there really is something I’m missing, however I will try it with 1.5tsp of looseleaf (instead of 1.25) to increase the flavour, and 1tbsp of milk instead of my usual 2.
Flavors: Chocolate, Spices, Sweet
I had to try this pumpkin flavoured tea as soon as I saw it was available! It has a nice, creamy smell and taste. After making it I think I will try a shorter steeping time next time I make it (more in the 4 minute range). I mixed with 2tbsp milk and 1tsp brown sugar, which blend nicely together. Although I cannot really taste the pumpkin, this tea has a nice mix of spices, carrot, and a creamy toffee-like taste. I will enjoy finishing of my bag of this tea, however I think I still prefer the pumpkin chai blend.
Flavors: Caramel, Carrot, Molasses, Spices, Toffee
New tea, first tasting! Yay! The name of this one sounds so promising…the dry smell, mapley and sugary and sweet. Not much pumpkin…not much cheesecake. It is akin to Della Terra’s Carrot Cake for sure as a few other reviews have noted. I steeped it for 5 minutes with boiling water. The steeped smell is also ridiculously sweet, lots of maple sugar.
As for the flavor, also sweet maple flavor, with some creaminess. It’s not too bad, not a whole lot of pumpkin flavor, but there is a bit, and there are some spices as well. Very similar to Carrot Cake by Della Terra lol, which I didn’t mind, except for the fact I couldn’t find the cream cheese icing part. This one, I can’t really find the cheesecake part either! And it’s really quite sweet for my tastes. But it’s caffeine free, and will be nice for if I get a sugar craving.
Non tea related part below, skip if you want
Ugh, sorry for the hasty, messy note. I am in a right terrible mood right now due to problems with my house, aka inlaws wanting to renovate the whole basement of our house and basically taking liberties to rip up an entire room in the basement. Oh yeah, that also helps my sensitive, asthmatic lungs heal. I went down there and couldn’t breathe. Just wonderful. Sorry for the rant, I usually don’t like to rant on the internet. But there you have it. Hopefully my review doesn’t zoom up to the top of the feed LOL. No rating on this tea yet cuz I just can’t think straight to rate it.
Kicking myself for not buying a full tin of this, as it’s a winter seasonal. Really, really tasty. And it would be really good as an ice tea as well. Like gourmet fruit punch for adults. Great dessert tea and decaf so I can have it late at night. Really just makes you physically smack your lips, it’s so good. It’s on the sweet side of what I normally like so I brew it a little weaker than most herbals. Very distinct tastes within the tea.
Last year I bought the delicious Mom’s Apple Pie tea from David’s fall collection and LOVED it. So I figured I’d best try this one as well. I was not disappointed! I LOVE this tea! I’d actually say I like this one even better than the Mom’s Apple Pie. It has a lot of creaminess to it. I can really taste the vanilla and the apple comes out nice and crisp as well. I will 100% be stocking up on this one before it’s gone!
Not a big fan. I tasted the maple and cinnamon, but there’s something about the cinnamon DT uses in a lot of blends that doesn’t sit well with me. I really don’t know what it is, but this is not the only tea that has this certain flavour that I really don’t enjoy. Oh well; at least I only have 12g!
Thanks again to Janelle for some of this one. I’m sure it tasted better when it was as fresh as the description says, but it was still a pretty good tea. Buttery green tea, a bit nutty. Vegetal and delicious. I can only imagine how it was previously. Probably one of the first plain senchas I’ve really enjoyed.
Coffee substitute, eh? That makes sense…. boy does this brew up dark! 4 minutes and it’s more opaque and dark than most coffees, I think! I didn’t drink too much without sweetener (yes, I dumped in some maple syrup), but the flavour was reasonably pleasant. Strong and full, though not bitter like coffee, just heavy and rich, with maybe a touch of the flavour of liquorice (but no lasting weird sweetness, just that black liquorice flavour). A bit on the woody side, perhaps (but not the woody I mentioned in other reviews. There, I meant stale. Here, I mean it in a much more favourable light? Hard to explain, apparently!)
Anyhow, once sweetened (I couldn’t handle much unsweetened… but I also don’t drink unsweet coffee), it’s more palatable, but I’m still not overly fond of it. I’d rather drink my sweetener with a nice spicy and/or smoky chai.
Thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea!
Thanks to Janelle for a few bags of this tea! I remember thinking that I’d like it more than the “Her” version… but not really. It smells “herbally”, and a bit like hibiscus, and tastes like old woody hibiscus (also a bit fruity). I’m starting to wonder if all of the teas in baggies from Janelle have picked up this woody flavour, as it’s the same that was in the Nightcap tea… but I also have a cup of Coconut Grove here (baggie stored in the same place) and it’s fine. So maybe it’s the hibby. Bleh. Have two teabags of this one left… not sure what to do with them!
I have been of late very disappointed in David’s Tea. They have been using more and more sweetener in their teas and I hate it, aka Blue Lagoon and Snickerdoodle. I think they are trying to tap into the younger generation who don’t drink tea and need the sweetness. But it also does not allow for new blends to be added where the tea is just good with nothing in it.
That said, I enjoyed Snickerdoodle on the second steep more because it still had that cinnamon flavour characteristic of the cookie, but none of the artificial sugary sweetness. The first steep was overwhelming and I drank it over a longer period. I was so excited for this tea and now I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. Somewhat in the middle I guess.
This isn’t something I would have picked out for myself. One of my friends gave it to me as a housewarming present when she was over a few weeks ago. My fiance and I have been living together for a year and just got the house set up about thirty minutes before she arrived. She’s now one of three friends we’ve actually had over since moving.
(Not being conveniently located makes it hard to have company over.)
Anyway. My friend gave me this and some of the Coco Chai Rooibos chocolate. Hot Lips seemed to be the more interesting choice, so it’s what I dug into last night.
The chocolate is extremely dry and crumbly, really not my favorite. I keep wanting to mix it with something soft (ice cream? cookie dough?) to make it’s consistency more appealing. And … it’s overwhelmingly spicy cinnamon, not bad but a bit overwhelming, especially when the squares are so big!
On the bright side, it assuages my curiosity about Hot Lips itself. If the chocolate is accurate, Hot Lips = Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice … and I have a lot of that already.
I don’t know, guys. It’s not bad, but I’m on the fence anyway.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices
I sampled this in store the other day and liked it enough to buy, so here we are.
The dry leaf smells intensely caramel, with some spicy notes. There’s dried currants and chunks of bright orange carrot (which I’m guessing is there mostly for the colour).
Steeped, I smell pumpkin spices and an intense caramelized sweetness. It smells like autumn baking to me. On the palate, this is not as sweet as I expected it to be. The caramel and burnt sugar notes are still very strong, but not actually that sweet. There’s a nice amount of spice to this, a hint of bitterness and some pumpkin. I drank it straight, but I think it would be fab with milk and sugar too.
This is really nice, but I also feel like I have a lot of teas that are very similar to this. I will definitely finish what I have but I don’t know if it stands out enough to restock. Also, garam masala as an ingredient is hella vague, since that can be any number of different spices in combination.
Flavors: Bitter, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Peppercorn, Pumpkin, Sweet
I can’t believe I haven’t left a tasting note on this yet, because I love it enough that I bought the giant clearance bag of it.
This tea is very different from any other I’ve tried. The dry leaf has intense melon fragrance that’s sweet and almost bordering on artificial. It has medium side black tea leaf and large pieces of cucumber.
The liquor brews up to a deep brown, and tastes just heavenly. There’s strong melon notes, the juicy, subtly tart flavour of cucumber, and lots of sweetness. There’s a beautiful cooling sensation that gives the impression of mint, though not the actual flavour of mint, and the cooling experience of fresh cucumber.
This is super fresh and light. Probably not a tea for everyone, but I love it.
Flavors: Cucumber, Melon, Mint, Sweet
A deep, fulfilling, lovely, cinnamon-blueberry flavor, with notes of apple and honey. I first thought maybe I didn’t brew it strong enough, but the flavor is definitely good with the amount of tea I used. I’m excited that this is naturally decaf. It’s an exciting yet comforting tea, almost the flavor of blueberry pomegranate juice, but with cinnamon.
Glad I purchased more than 1 oz!
Addition: for some reason the juice-like comparison made the tea seem less evening-like and I couldn’t finish my cup. :( will try again because I do like the flavor- maybe this is a day time tea
Flavors: Apple Candy, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Honey, Pleasantly Sour
This tea is kind of crazy. If you have an aversion to spicy things… DON’T go here!
First of all, like some other David’s Teas I was happy that this doesn’t taste artificial at all. A black tea with pumpkin and spices. Nom. I’ve always liked pumpkin flavored things. When I was a kid I looked forward to the pumpkin flavored ice cream that Baskin & Robbins would put out every year.
This is definitely pumpkin-y, but I felt it was a lot better after sugar and soymilk was added. Then the mystery ingredient… I kept noticing how spicy this was in the finish and how “peppery” it seemed to me. Nobody said anything about pepper when I was at the DT store.
I looked the mystery ingredient up on their website? Garam Masala?!? Whoa. That is a bold choice and definitely not for the meek. So I’d say this really seems like a pumpkin curry tea and is definitely not for wimps. I happen to like garam masala in food but I’m not quite sure what I think of it in the tea. I wasn’t really expecting such a spicy tea. I can see how this would be good for colder weather, or to chase off the gloom. I think I need to try it at least once more before giving it a rating and I might steep it for less than 5 minutes next go around, it seems very intense but I have a turmeric tea that I enjoy a lot.
The first time I had this, I just added a little sugar and didn’t really care for it much. I could only taste what I considered overpowering artificial rum. This time I added some brown sugar and milk and it was delicious. I could taste the coconut and vanilla, even that delicious buttery note.
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Rum, Vanilla