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I seem to be on a chocolate/Valentines tea kick right now. This one smells incredibly good – it must be the chocolate liqueur, though the scent reminds me of Baileys almost. The tea brews up lighter than I normally care for in black teas, but it’s pretty standard for DT’s blends unfortunately. The first flavour that hits my tongue is the chocolate liqueur, sweet and decadent followed by the tang of the bergamot. The rose notes are quite subtle and most noticeable as an aftertaste.
A really enjoyable tea, despite some shortcomings, and it’s good for drinking in the afternoon when you want something a little lighter that will still give you a caffeine boost.
This tea is bananas…b-a-n-a-n-a-s. Holy moly….listen, I dont usually like banana flavored ANYTHING. But I love anything nutty. So, because this is called banana NUT bread, I decided to give it a go. And boy am I glad I did! The dry blend is very much a trail-mix look alike. I feel like I could just eat it. Alas, I did not. I steeped a little over 1 perfect spoonful (a little over 2.5tsps) in 16 oz of water (DAVID’s Nordic Mug). I steeped it for 10 minutes at the recommendation of my fellow steepster reviewers. Once steeped, this tea smells exactly like freshly baked banana bread. I added a tiny little splash of DAVID’s vanilla agave and just the most minuscule splash of milk. Oh boy does it taste heavenly. Its sweet and nutty with a hint of banana. The banana is present, but not overpowering. The nut flavor really comes out. I am so glad I faced my banana-flavor fear and tried this. I bet it would be dang good as an iced latte!
Flavors: Baked Bread, banana, Nutty, Sweet
This is one of the teas where, for no good reason, I’ve been nervous about trying. I mean, what gives?
Well, no more! I am trying things in the cupboard, and this one is up.
I’ve never had kombucha, and I can’t say it really interests me. But I do like fruit, and I like oolong, so I thought there might be a chance I’d love this.
Eh, is the answer. Its mostly a mango-y taste, which is not for me. I don’t care for mango. The oolong base is fine, nothing exceptional, and the whole thing creates a fruity, slightly earthy cup.
Meh. I’ll finish it, but then it will not be coming back.
Oh my goodness. I think I have some sort of a stomach flu! So, I dug through my tea stash and saw this tea & I remembered that it has peppermint in it. Hoping that the mint in the tea would calm my belly down I brewed up a cup. The dry leaf smells yummy, like vanilla and a hint of minty sweet. Brewed it smells much like vanilla and I couldn’t quite detect peppermint. On taste, vanilla is very prominent and the mint is there but I dont know…they dont compliment each other well in this tea. It wasn’t for me, unfortunately. There was a strange taste to it that I can’t put my finger on.
I had this earlier. It tasted fine by me. I really enjoyed the juniper. It tastes exactly as a medicinal, herbal, tea would taste like, but maybe a little too light (which threw me off guard). Then again, I will try steeping it longer. I was just apprehensive to steep it more than 3 minutes because of the green tea, but I think there is enough rooibos to mask any extreme bitterness. OH! Also I actually did appreciate how underplayed the lemongrass was, because sometimes I just hate lemongrass.
Okay, okay. Something sweet. It’s not very aggressive though, and I kind of want that (maybe it’s because I only steeped it for 3 minutes). All I’m getting is this maple flavor, not much of a scent.
I feel like it could be better, and I will give it more chances.
Flavors: Caramel, Maple, Maple Syrup
This tea is generally a comforting cuppa for me. As long as its steeped correctly. I’m not sure whether it has that hot cocoa taste to it, but it might have a hint of it. This is one blend that has coconut, but I surprisingly love. The coconut doesn’t stand out, it’s more of that white/black tea blend and I’m guessing the Roman chamomile in it. All together makes for a lovely tea.
Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut
Happy Valentine Day everyone!! I may be single but I have awesome friends so I’m now the proud owner of two new mugs from DAVIDs and the heart shaped tin of this tea. Luckily this was my preferred of the Valentine’s Day collection which I reviewed here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/02/14/the-2017-valentines-day-collection-from-davids-tea/
I tried a sample at my local DT and enjoyed it so much that I bought some right away. I haven’t been thrilled with many of their new flavoured teas, but this is an exception. For one the base is much more robust than what they usually use for their blends and I can actually add milk to it without it turning the colour and strength of dirty dishwater. The dry tea smells quite sweet and chocolatey but it’s the rose flavour that dominates, it’s a nice rose though, and it manages to avoid being too perfumy – I think the stronger base contributes to that. The white chocolate is more of an after-thought, coming in at the end of each sip. This was a lovely Valentines Day tea, I hope they bring it back next year.
What an interesting day. I interviewed earlier today for a potential promotion, and I think it went well, plus they seemed to really like me, but who knows what’ll happen. I also just bought concert tickets. My favourite band, Katatonia, is coming to town! Plus my Amoda order arrived today but I still need to add everything to my cupboard.
Now I’m dead tired and still trying to fight off this sickness. I have a headache and mild fever, still, after over a week, plus my neck still hurts from when I fainted and fell last month. So I’m being ultra lazy and useless just bumming around.
But tea! This smells like bee pollen at the farmer’s market, 100%. I was anticipating being smacked in the face with chamomile, but surprises are surprising. The honey really comes through in the flavour and complaints the chamomile wonderfully. You know what? I like this more today than when I had it for the first time the other week. It’s soothing and so smooth for chamomile, which can sometimes be a bit much, especially on its own. I’m not quite sure if I would buy more, but it’s a dope sidekick, at least when you’re sick.
Thanks so much for this one a WHILE ago Julie Jones! Just writing a tasting note now. In theory, this tea should be my thing! But among the supposedly awesome ingredients, I’m really only tasting a flavor that seems like either splenda or licorice and those are the two things I wish would disappear from this blend. It’s supposed to have chocolate, hazelnut and caramel flavors! Along with black tea and oolong! But no, only the flavors that aren’t for me. To be fair, this blend isn’t fresh but there is only one serving left until a….sipdown.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4-5 minute steep