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I REALLY REALLY wanted to LOVE this tea as soon as I smelled it.
I even drank it twice once with honey and once plain to make sure of how I felt.
once steeped the caramel scent retreats a little and the Rooibos smell pokes it’s little head out.
quite smooth and it makes me smack my lips quite a bit when I drank it.
It doesn’t taste how it smells though and when I looked in the bag at the loose leaf there was very little to no caramel.I did not feel that I got that flavor very much while I was drinking it.
refreshing,light,Rooibos-y and lightly sweet.
Very pleasant to drink but not memorable (asides from the smell) which is such a shame.
I will have to trade this to a true Rooibos fan- lindairvine
Perfect cold day/night tea.
A really nice spin on the apple cinnamon teas that I have actually had a lot of trouble looking for.
It has no overwhelming taste or bitterness all is balanced and it tastes nothing like a green tea.
None of the overwhelming nut taste that I have found in other variations on the apple cinnamon theme.
warm,soothing,gentle and even a little refreshing.
In my opinion It’s just a soft-core and watered down version of Tea Forte’s Harvest Apple Spice (which is not for the faint of heart).I do think it’s a great staple apple cinnamon drink for most people.I however would rather have much more drama.
Woke up on the wrong side of the bed today so decided to try one of my favorite forms of tea:Chai.
The Smell was intoxicating it fills up every room with rich dark chocolate smell.
It’s a very yummy tea..but I do not consider it a Chai tea( although they should remove “chai” from the label)..it just doesn’t have that kick that I usually expect and lust for in my Chai.
It has a nice Chocolate taste without sweetness and a slight spicy after taste.
I consider this a balanced basic morning black tea with a twist.
I was expecting hardcore Chai and I got soft core black tea with a twist.
However I think it’s a great tea for mornings where you need a extra boost.
So I once posted that this one makes for a decent liquid orange creamsicle if you cold-steep it for hours, then add plenty of white sugar and milk.
Well, I take it back.
I cold-steeped this last night with some sugar and went to add milk this morning. Then I spotted the half-and-half beside the milk and thought…well… CREAMsicle. And (crazily?) used half-and-half instead.
Oooh! I’ll be doing that from now on.
This tea. I don’t know if it’s all that exciting all by itself. I haven’t had it as anything other than a “liquid orange creamsicle” for a while now for that reason. But late last night, I was steeping up a mixture of David’s Chocolate Cake and David’s Glitter & Gold when I suddenly thought (too late), “What about a cinnamon chocolate cake with orange peel frosting?!”
Yeah. I think I actually will stock up on this at some point in the future, as it hadn’t occurred to me to mix with other teas before. But now I’m curious!
For all the people who’ve had this one hot and wondered if it would taste even more orange creamsicle-y cold: yes, yes it does.
Cold brew this one with a TON of sugar (I used white) and ample amounts of milk (I actually made the cup one-third milk and two-thirds tea) and voila. It’s lacking just a bit of that artificial sugar-sweet orange taste, but otherwise…orange creamsicle in a cup.
LOVE LOVE this tea.
This is the discerning tea addict’s lemonade.
If you are a citrus addict like I am a citrus addict then you’ll love this tea.
the hint of mint just adds that extra magic that makes this a totally unique experience.
perfect for cleansing taste buds and after heavy meals.
the more I drank the more I loved it.
Want to try it iced and in Popsicle form.
This is definitely going to be a staple tea for me.
I love it! And I’m not ashamed to say it!
This was the first pu-erh I was brave enough to try, and it’s opened me up to a whole world of curiosity!
The first whiff of the dry leaves, while yummy, doesn’t necessarily have that musty earthiness. It’s all chocolate and orange and yum. But on deeper sniff, there’s something darker there. Something nifty.
It brews into a very dark tea, with a seriously rich scent. The first sips are again mostly orangey with a chocolate background. Like a delicious Terry’s orange. But as I let it cool, I start to notice what must surely be the pu-erh. Earthy is the right word. And it’s so perfect with the added flavours – each element plays in the cup by itself, but also blend together like… I don’t know. Words aren’t the point.
The point is, I like it. I love it! I will drink it all year round – Christmas tea or not!
And pu-erh – here I come!
Day 58 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge.
Brewed at 3 minutes, this tea is pretty good — the apple flavour comes out, and the tea is subtle enough to make for a good blend. However, it oversteeps very easily, as I found out.
Resteeped, and ended up pouring two cups at once for myself to avoid the problem again with my two-cupper.
Definitely one you want to use a teaball in a cup for, if you’re making it for yourself.
Dry, this smells amazing, though very little like chocolate. More like raspberries.
Brewed, the smell is hard to place: kind of fruity, but a little more earthy (likely from the chicory.) The taste is lovely, but definitely not super chocolately; it’s really all about the raspberries, with a little bit of sweet earthiness (again, that chicory!)
So, I’m really thinking that I need to curb my tea spending for a while, and finish up some of my old gems. Some of which are a little past their prime, but still entirely drinkable. (Such is the life of a tea addict.) Case in point, this vintage blend from DAVIDsTEA, which even after now I still have a good steepful left.
It has a sweet, fruity scent, but the taste is not as full as I would prefer. A little musty as well, from the white tea (and perhaps also being a little old, but still certainly not a bad cup.) I look forward to finishing it up, and giving it the proper sendoff it deserves (maybe with a cookie to celebrate its life and enjoyment.)
Day 57 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge.
I have to say, this tea was too weak for me. I followed the directions on how much to put in and how long to steep, but… I just found it to brew very weakly. There was a hint of a fruity flavour, but nowhere near strong enough for me to properly enjoy it.
I resteeped it and left it overnight to see how it would react to uberoversteeping. It didn’t bitter (THANK YOU WHITE TEA!), and the flavour was more intense, but still mild.
I still have a little left of this 2010 winter tea… I suppose I will have to put it to good use, letting it brew for a LONG time before I sip it.
Day 56 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge.
My dad calls these “dragon balls,” to which I can’t help but giggle and think of tea leaves with little stars inside…. perhaps I should brew seven and make a wish on them sometime!
Geekiness aside, it was an interesting experience. I brewed around 1tsp in a clear cup, mostly in a tea ball, but I put three in the cup itself so I could watch them unfurl. It was a nice little show, I must say, though not as colourful as a blooming tea.
The taste… I’m not a fan of jasmine, but this was a lot better than I thought it would be. Not at all bitter when a shorter steep time is stuck to, and it’s still rebrewing quite nicely a few cups later (I save the tealeaves in the ball and have had a couple cups since). I plan to milk this teaball-full as long as I can before getting rid of them!
Is there anything better than a cup of tea out of a brand new pot that you found dirt cheap and are already in love with? I initiated my new pot tonight with this one, and it went extremely nicely with what I was craving after dinner. I had it with just a pinch of sugar, which brings out the chocolate for me. Mmmmm.
Mmmm. I’ve fallen in love with this one this winter. Not because it is chili or chai flavoured though, if anything I get neither of either of these two flavours. I get a lovely chocolate flavour, instead. And a chocolate tea that actually tastes like chocolate is always a good thing for me.
Tonight’s cup was my first attempt for this one as a latte. I have to say it stood up well. As I was sipping I was very chocolate happy, but now as I’m sitting here I’m realizing that it is chili notes and not chocolate left in my mouth. My latte finally found the chili in the tea!
Had not tasted this in awhile. So refreshing to have this wonderful berry blend. I’m supposed to have a more room temp tea with my oral surgery…ugh…so having some tepid tea’s sounded unappetizing. This on a rather warm Winter day did sound good. Even cool and sweetened it has the character of the liquor that is left in the bowl of blackberries lightly sugered for dessert. Imagine the fresh flavor when you pick up the bowl when noone is looking and slurp it down. That’s how fresh this tea tastes and how spot on the berry flavor is. I really like this tea. Can’t wait for summer to create some recipes with Bear Trap!
Second review…so the next few days it’s supposed to snow and I’m going to be the bear in the trap. So I set up a nice strong brew and let this lush jammy berry tea take me away through the brambles. I used to live in Northern California close to an area called Watsonville where there are oodles of berry growers….blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and so on…and apple orchards. Not far away grow grapes and blueberries. I’d take my children to farms and pick berries for jam making. We’d eat and pick then go to the ocean beach close by for lunch to rinse off before heading home. Bear Trap tea tastes like a sweet mix of ripe berries without being too tart. Love that! I’m looking forward to trying this in hot weather with 7-up as a spritzer or making my own wine cooler. Refreshing thought!
Had a migraine and took a nap. Woke up and said…ok…let’s try this and see if I like the berry flavor… “I dare you Bare Trap to make me feel better”. Well, I DO like this. It’s not what I expected at all! The ingredients start with Elderberry and Apple but they are not heavy handed. The Lemon Verbena, Papaya, Strawberry, Blackberry, blueberry and so on…dark notes and light notes blended in such a way that you really do not get a screaming single flavor that drowns out everything else. What a delightful whirlpool of flavor in the mouth.. richness and a perfume that should be mulled in an open pot on the stove so that it can waft and fill the whole house (nice thing to do with used up leaves). Sweetened this but I did not add milk. Steeped 5 min. Not bitter at all. Uh What migraine?!