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Green rooibos and I are new best friends. Especially this one. It’s very fruity and sweet with big chunks of dried fruit. I can definitely taste the peach and mango. It’s the candy version of these fruits but I’m ok with that. It adds to the illusion of sweetness even without sugar. There is a bit of flavor after taste that leaves me feeling like I just finished some candy. And of course my husband loved it because it was sweet and fruity. Yay. I have just enough left after my pot of tea to make a large pitcher of cold brewed yummy. That’s the fella’s favorite way of having tea. Cold, fruity and sugared up. Hopefully, I get a taste of it before he sugars up the whole pitcher. I also love that it’s caffeine free. I wish I wasn’t so sensitive to caffeine.
First tea battle!
So, I feel like I need to give a short explanation before I go on with the review. I’ve had, for the last 3 years, the aim of trying all of the teas from DT, buying at least 25g of each (usually 50g) to give them all a true shot at impressing me. I finished the endeavour about two months ago, and I was totally thrilled about the achievement (so was the staff at my local DT, lol). But all along, I’ve been doing it with the goal of building, afterwards, a 32-teas cupboard with my own “permanent collection”, that is, all my favourites. Narrowing it to 32 is REALLY difficult, and sometimes, it’s not worth taking up 2 different spots for 2 teas that fill the same “role” (that is, when I feel like having one, I usually don’t mind having the other instead). Sooooo, this is why I am making tea battles (exciting, right?! I think it is!), where I brew 2 teas side to side, compare them, and choose a winner to be part of my collection of 32 teas.
Today’s contest is: Kanpe Tea vs. Sleigh Ride
I always felt like these two teas were essentially the same, both being very tart from the hibiscus, as well as fruity and spicy and comforting and sort of juicy. I LOVE both, but it certainly isn’t worth having both at hand as they are so similar. Going into the tea battle, I did feel like Sleigh Ride had an advantage, having it linked to fond memories. Comparing them side to side really made the differences more apparent:
- Kanpe is really an in-your-face tea, the flavour is bold, very bold, and rich. Right away, you get a huge amount of sweetness, and a huge amount of tartness. Yum! I know hibiscus haters are a plenty, but I love it! Behind all that sweetness and tartness, you can definitely pick up the fact it’s very fruity, yet it’s really difficult to point to specific fruits, it just feels tropical. It’s also a little spicy, with a hint of cinnamon. But that only adds depth to the prominent sweetness and tartness, which compliment one another in a very balanced way. Maybe it actually is a little too sweet, but that doesn’t keep me from craving one more sip after each of them! It is very slightly astringent. Not enough for it to be unpleasant, but I’d do without that hint of astringency.
- Sleigh Ride is surprisingly (well, it surprised me anyway) a bit less bold. As similar as it is, I see big differences now. What you get right away is the hibiscus: it’s very tart. Probably, not more than Kanpe, but all of the spotlight goes on the tartness, since it is not nearly as sweet. However, after the initial hit of tartness, the spices are very prominent, especially cinnamon. I think I can taste what the popped rice adds to the mix, and I like the additional dimension, but it gets a little lost in all the rest. It’s also fruity, but the spices are really what I naturally concentrate on after the tartness has passed. It has the hint of astringency that Kanpe had as well, so on that level it’s a draw.
Comparison: While Kanpe is so sweet it is almost too much, the in-your-face sweetness compliments the in-your-face tartness so well that I can’t help falling in love with every sip. Sleigh Ride is awesome, but feels a little empty on that level compared to Kanpe. The additional spice taste gives it a few extra points, but that won’t do it. I think Kanpe is a keeper. Sorry Sleigh Ride, I love you nonetheless!
Winner: Kanpe Tea! Yay!
YUM! I totally agree with some other reviewers, this is Forever Nuts + Kanpe. Maybe a bit tarter than Kanpe even! (at least when you put as much tea as they recommend – 2tbs per cup, 5mins steep)
I looooove everything tart (I enjoy eating fresh lemon!), so to me, this is awesome!
I finally made it to the new store in manhattan (Bleeker) and I just love the staff there. So friendly. They were impressed that I came In with a list of teas. I am a dork, obviously. They were sampling this tea today and I’m pleasantly surprised. I didn’t expect to like it this much since mint blends tend to be overly minty and I’m not usually a fan of black tea but this is good. The tea base actually acts as a malty boost to the chocolate with a minty brightness keeping it interesting. I was almost tempted to get some. Instead, I left with about ten .5 ounce bags of different teas to try.
I’ll be back to try others. Yaaaay. I’m so excited that DT opened here.
I was really excited when I first got this tea because honey is pretty much my favourite food. So while it’s not exactly healthy to eat a jar of honey I figured this would be a great substitute. And considering the smell of sweet honey goodness along with something floral is so potent…I couldn’t say no c: Side-note, this review is extremely biased as I’m obsessed with sweet things and anything I can associate warm, lazy days with. Also, fyi, this is the tea I chose to get when I returned DT’s Toasted Walnut green tea. I have a review on that number if you’re interested.
When steeping, the aroma it gives off is the same but with more of a body. It’s so strongly sweet it fills up my suite with its smell, which is great! I like it when my place smells cute without nasty plug-in fresheners or cheap scented candles.
The colour actually looks like a nice dark amber honey. This is the tea I appreciate most when it comes to colour. Just gorgeous. As for taste….holy cow, no need to add sweetener here! While it doesn’t taste like the honey I’m used to (local naturally harvested stuff) it does have a lovely honey nectar quality to it. It’s sweet in the best ways possible – without being sickly or have the need to add unhealthy sweet stuff. I also taste floral, tangy, woodsy notes which adds to the feeling to being in a warm field with wild flowers and buzzing bees 8D As for the mate, which is suppose to be a big part of this tea….I can’t taste it. Or maybe I can but I’m just confusing it with the other flavours. I dunno, I’ve only have straight mate once so my palate isn’t that great when it comes to it. But the mate isn’t useless! This tea is my go-to tea on mornings when I have to go to work. It does a nice and gentle job of waking me up. Also it just makes me happy c: Very important to me considering I’m just the worst person ever if I have to work morning! Yep.
I must say though, this tea is so gross if it cools down too much. I think it’s the lemon myrtle (makes it taste soapy and off). If this was properly made into an iced tea it would probably be fine…I must try this sometime c:
Otherwise, great tea – I lurves it!
I really wanted to like this tea, I really did……but I just can’t D: I’ve been eyeing this one ever since DT opened up in my town, but haven’t gotten around to getting it. Well, it almost being winter, and what with the weather being especially chilly, I decided to finally give it a go!
The scent is what really gave me the push to get a 100g tin of it. Smells like…..vanilla….and sugar cookies! Pretty much what everyone else describes here c: and I heard that if you like the hearty taste of genmaicha then you’ll probably like this tea. Not to mention just paring walnuts and green tea sounds sensational
Well, steeping it seems nummy….the odor it gives off is the same as the tin, maybe more toasty. it has little oil specks, but walnuts are a fatty nut, so that’s expected.
Taste: I’M SOOOO DISAPPOINTED D8
It’s just sooooooo weak. I can’t trace any green tea in it AT ALL. So basically it tastes like sweet walnut water *bleh! If only that was more green tea in there, this tea would totally work…..it would be my new thing! But alas, I had to return in the very next day…..That’s another great thing about DT, they can do exchanges no problem – I’ll give a review on the tea I got instead soonish. I just don’t understand how there can be next to no green tea flavours in there when I can clearly see them floating in my cup! Even when I over steep it – nothing! It doesn’t seem like a hard thing to blend right, so I dunno….
Had great potential, but that just made it fall harder when it was a miss.
This is truly, actually a floral elixir. One of my favourite relaxing teas, The Glow has all the apple-cinnamon-y goodness of Forever Nuts but without the somewhat artificial-tasting baked goods flavouring. I can taste the cinnamon first and foremost, with the oat straw and the nettle leaf lurking somewhere underneath. If I REALLY try, I can taste the earthy sweetness of the rooibos – But I can’t see it, and it seems to be easily lost in this mix. I use this tea not only to relax but also to help with my allergies – the nettle leaf in it is supposed to be really good, and it definitely takes away some of the itchiness I get in my throat.
I can drink this one day and night, and often do – though my rating may be biased because I love floral teas and I love cinnamon, don’t be scared to give it a try! It truly is a beautiful blend.
I was rationing this tea because I only have 100grams and wanted to make it last. But now they are making it permanent, so I can enjoy more often!!
1st steep: 3.5 min, 96degrees, amazing dark chocolate earthy flavour, with hints of orange that are not overpowering. With a little splash of milk…WOW
2nd steep: 5 min, boiling, added a little steamed milk. The flavour is still going strong. Amazing with that extra creaminess from the milk
3rd steep: 10 min, boiling, still great flavour!
Yum! I will have to refill my tin soon!
I looove chamomile when I’m going to go to bed, but most blends ruin it for me with too. much. licorice.
Not this blend! There’s just the right amount for my liking, and omg hibiscus? hiss… I didn’t realize that was why it was pink! haha I’m smart. Anyways, I guess I should also say that there is the right amount of hibiscus in this for my liking as well :)
It’s not different enough from my usual bagged unnamed grocery store brand sleepy time tea to warrant buying the loose leaf though, when I need sleep inducing herbs, I think I’ll continue to use that.
Great to give this a try though!
It would have helped us fall asleep.. if I hadn’t made the super strong chai a few hours before. le sigh.
The smoky flavour was strong and intriguing, so I decided to try a cup of this today.
Honestly, when brewing, the smoky scent reminded me of bacon. …I never thought I’d find a tea that reminded me of bacon….
It is certainly a unique tea. I find the flavour a little better with milk, but it’s not a favourite of mine. I can imagine someone else really loving it, but smoky teas apparently aren’t [quite literally] my cup of tea.
Got this as a sample in my recent order,
the leaves smell like nuts, almonds mostly
The liqueur is a nice lemon color and smells like a chocolate duncan hines cake while its baking in the oven… i know specific smell but it gave me a flashback of sitting in front of the oven door watching my mom’s cake bake.
time to taste: first sip … cocoa and tea, it tastes a lot like it smells again like a duncan hines chocolate cake… i really like this i think i’m gonna add this to my shopping list.
I won’t be the first one to say that isn’t the best experience I had with Lapsang Souchong. However, the taste is definitely there: smoky and wicked strong. This one definitely is more fragrant smelling than the one I’m used to, but from what I remember in terms of taste, it was hard to stomach at first. The longer this one steeps, the better it gets. Don’t know what I can recommend for steeping time, because my leaves sat at the bottom of my mug. Try 5 min. to be safe.
Day 9 on my Advent Calendar
This is another tea i’ve been meaning to try happy to see it in the calendar.
dry leaves i mostly smell mint and i’m also picking up the fennel from the seeds.
liqueur is a nice dark caramel color and smells like peppery mint
Time to taste: mint and the fennel licorice and then it leaves a nice sweet note on the tongue, very refreshing! and very christmassy to me as we usually have fennel on the table to munch on while we play cards.