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This tea makes me angry. Tea shouldn’t make you angry, right? I’m not used to tea provoking in me a burning rage. The thing is, this tea is so much better than any other chocolate based tea that I can’t help but look at my tea stash in frustrated, barely hidden contempt when I realise just how many paychecks have been halved by my buying chocolate teas that can’t even begin to be half the tea that Oh Christmas Treat is. I love chocolate, and I always seek out chocolate teas thinking “yes, this is it, this is the one that will make me swoon and say ‘you, darling tea, are as good as hot chocolate!’” Only to take a sip and sadly shake my head in disappointment.
Well, Oh Christmas Treat is not your typical tea that boasts of chocolate and leaves you looking wistfully at the box of truffles that you promised yourself you wouldn’t open until you had company over. No, it’s chocolatey. Really, gloriously, no-lie chocolatey. Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a cup. Foam up the milk for a latte and you’re not going to be remotely tempted to visit your friendly local barista for something foamy and sweet.
What’s this, it’s a seasonal tea? Oh, right, it’s right there in the name. Oh dear, I have one tin to last me the year? Anger… rising… must… ration… sweet mana… nooooooo!
Just a quick edit to express my delight that this tea has been added to the permanent collection. It will be back in stores by the end of February and I won’t have to be angry every time I ration it anymore.
I find this tea to be a bit of a hidden gem. It was really good! Not at ALL what I would have expected it to taste like with the subtle fruity edge, but it has a unique flavour all to it’s own. The chamomile is strongest, but with a lighter, smoother taste than normal. I didn’t add any milk to it, which I don’t usually do with most of the teas, but it didn’t need any.
I find it a nice evening tea, probably again because of the smooth camomile…. which I usually don’t drink on its own. The best word for Buttercream, according to that fact? Relaxing. It makes a nice movie-watching tea. Light, delicate, and ever so yummy. :) I’m not 100% sold on the icing theory, but that doesn’t even matter.
Attention DavidsTea fanatics: Oh, and one evening I added a tiny bit of Cranberry Pear to use up the last bit of what I had…. and it was perfect. “Cranberry Buttercream” MmmmmMMMmmmm, how I love you!
Well, for a rainy day pick-me-up, I’m not as impressed as I want to be. It should be simple: I love black tea, I love raspberries, and I love coconut. A match set up for success, right? Meh. Don’t get me wrong, I did like it… but I didn’t love it. I think the loophole might be how they use tiny freeze-dried pieces of raspberry, when perhaps I was expecting a stronger raspberry flavour…. and a stronger coconut one too. Maybe it would be more amazing if they used bigger pieces of raspberry and the slices of coconut they use in Alpine Punch. However, this tea’s subtleness is overall pleasant. I just feel a more rich flavour would make it even better.
Daisy Chubb is my hero!
Funny…I remember when I thought Adaigo’s Valentine’s Flavored Black was da bomb…but…this kicks it’s ass 7 ways to Valentine’s Day! :)
It’s really great! The Black tea base is still around medium strength for having flavors on top of it. The strawberry is juicy, tangy, and sweet without being tart. The chocolate smells AMAZING and the flavor on the taste buds are marvy, too! the rose is a nice touch but doesn’t overly contribute to the end result of the overall flavor but I am totally fine with that. This is the way it SHOULD be…ahhhh!
I’ve been going through my Sweet Indulgence box set that my parents got me for Christmas, and have finally worked over to this tea. It smelt awesome, and then made myself a cup of it. Like most reviewers, I found it smelt completely different from its actual taste. The pink color is marvelous, and it has a beet taste to it alright (which is where the color comes from). The taste of the herbal tea reminded me of “sweet and sour” candies, more akin to sour keys. Mind you, it doesn’t taste like that at all.
The taste was a whole other experience. At the front, you have the sour taste from the beetroot. Then, you get the sweet nutty taste from the almond, apple, and cinnamon. When I first sipped it, I didn’t know how to feel. Now that the cup is done, I want more! It’s a tricky cup to figure out, and honestly reminds me of some of the crazy things that happen in life.
It’s outstanding what tea can remind me of!
Ok, this has become the worst tea in history… or at least, the worst tea in my own tea-drinking history. I didn’t like it last time (I gave it 13/100) because of the pungent chemical smell, and I tried to bring myself to give it a try again just now. But I couldn’t… seriously, I wanted to throw up as soon as I opened the tea tin. :( :( :( Conditioned taste aversion, I guess. So now, the tea leaves are in my rubbish bin. I have never done this to any tea before, and I really couldn’t imagine myself doing this to a tea that I had only drunk once! But what else can I do? I can’t drink the tea and I don’t want to give this disgusting (it’s also the first time I described a tea in this way!) tea to others!
A total disaster. It’s my first David’s Tea and I know I have certainly made a wrong start. I feel so sorry to Chris, who brought me the tea all the way from Canada! :( Hope the other samples from David’s Tea won’t be so disappointing…
I was really excited about this tea because the recipe sounded totally delicious. As a dessert and oolong lover, I was dying to try it – to the extent that I shamelessly asked my friend in Canada to buy that for me as a b-day gift! :P Thanks Chris!!!
Sadly, this tea is a HUGE disappointment. I hate to say this, but it is just awful. Before I tried it (but after Chris had already bought it), I was shocked by the massive reviews by displeased Steepsterites :0 I thought, it couldn’t be that bad, could it? Yet it IS really bad, and much worse than I have expected! Like many others, I am put off by the strong, unnatural “carrot cake” aroma. At first the smell wasn’t that strong so I could drink the tea… which tasted mainly of coconut and perhaps a bit of carrot. It did reminded me of carrot cake but definitely not a very tasty one because it lacked creaminess. Now the tea has cooled, and the synthetic carrot cake smell has become sickening enough to pollute the air in my room. It gives me a headache and makes the whole room stink! God, what should I do with the rest of the 100g tin?? X_X
This was a nice, delicious and almost spicy cup. I just polished it off as I type this now. Unfortunately, the black tea taste is underneath the delicious chocolate, and peppermint tastes of the tea. Not necessarily a problem for most, but I wouldn’t mind being able to taste some of the base. Any chocolate mint fans looking for something to kick start their mornings will want a cuppa this.
Thanks to Jessie I can finally take this one of my Tea Bucket List!!!! Woot!
This aroma is amazing!
I might be a little partial as I grew up right on the line of Western New York and Ontario and I LOVE CANADA. As a Sabres Fan I grew up with BOTH anthems, too! AND…since I have been doing genealogy have found out that my Great Grandfather was born in Canada – apparently his father ran off with his secretary – to Canada – had my Great Grandfather and then came back to the states about a year later! The three of them were missing for approx 2+ years in the meantime…oh skeletons, eh!?
Anyhow…I LOVE THIS FLAVORED ROOIBOS!!!!
The maple is outstanding and the sugary-sweetness is right on! There are caramelly-notes and the honeybush is nice, too! It’s sweet and smooth and candy and maple Niiiiice!
Ahhhh! LOVE this!
A very pretty tea! I love pretty teas!
The tea on its own smell like cinnamon with a weird mix of other scents I can’t figure out.. and almost like alcoholic drink with a soury scent. Steeped, the smell reminds me of like a spiced cider, without the sweet.
First sip… yep, cinnamon. Not that spicy tingley cinnamon – a warm comforting kind of cinnamon that makes you think you are also drinking apple as well.. but no apple flavour. The rose in the tea adds a touch of floral. The rooibos adds another warm mellow flavour – but not a very strong one as it blends well with the rest of the tea. As it cools, I found it tasty, clean and refreshing.
I tried The Glow mixed with a bit of Mate and it was excellent for a morning wake-up on a cold day – instead of a strong black tea.
I’d say this is a more unique mix for a herbal. It’s not fruity (technically), it’s not tart, it’s not rooibosy, there’s no chamomile, which I think would appeal to many people.
This would be a tea I’d give samples to my coworkers/friends who strictly drink herbal teas – I think it would go over great. I would definitely buy this tea as gifts with a pretty floral tea set. For myself? It’s beautiful, unique, I love it mixed with mate. I think its a keeper, but no wow factor for me.
Thank you to Taite for this tea. Boy, am I in love with this one. I’ve tried quite a few rooibos dessert blends, and perhaps a couple of caramel rooibos teas. My favorite was TeaPig’s version before I tried this one. Yummy! It’s smooth, sweet and perfect to have after dinner before bed. I’m getting a lovely mix of caramel & vanilla — it’s sort of like a sugary frosting. The finish is nice and memorably smooth. The characteristic rooibos wood flavor comes out at the tail end of the sip. This is so good. I’ll definitely be buying a bag when I’m out!
What better way to end a work day than with a tea that tastes like chocolate orange? I’d gotten this one in store before I left since we still have some in my store here and mmmmm. Definitely delicious as always. I’m still surprised I like this one as much as I do since I’m not a fan of those Terry’s oranges OR of pu’erh. And yet I love this tea.
This was my last tea in my completion of having every tea on the current DavidsTea wall. Yes, I went with the irony of the Orange Pekoe. :D
I had them prepare mine with milk and agave, and it was delicious, if a wee bit too sweet. Who knew, I don’t like agave in my orange pekoe! This was an excellent cup of a solid tea staple, and I am definitely going to be enjoying the bag I got of it as well!
Wait, I bought the Raspberry rooibos, right? checks package Yup, okay. So it wasn’t just that my cup didn’t get a solid rinse. I am tasting rooibos with like a drop of raspberry. Add triple the fruit flavours/ingredients, and this might be an awesome tea. Right now, it is way too strong of a rooibos for me.
Oh Cinnamon Heart, why oh why are you a pu’erh? If you were a black you’d be in the top teas for me. But no, you have to come into the room and bring your fish pollution with you. Didn’t your mom teach you to wash your hands after food handling, Cinnamon Heart, and to not mix certain foods?
sigh Sorry David’s, yet another pu’erh I can’t bring myself to keep around. Which is sad because omg the potential of this one if it was a different tea!
After reading the notes, I think I steeped this one too long. It was nice, but a tad too jasmine for me. I did finish the cup though, which is more than I’ve done for a few of the teas in the last twenty four hours, so yay! Going to try a shorter steep nice time and see if that gets me more lemon than jasmine.
This is one strange tea. It smells bright and refreshing and not sickly lemon or cleaner lemon, but like real lemons! The color is so happy too.
On the advice of the sales girl, I brewed it in a T-sac and a dark mug to avoid staining. I added a little raw honey to taste. While its brewing, the smell mellows out considerably and smells kind of like Indian cooking. Nonetheless, I took a leap of faith and drank some!
YUM. The lemon taste from the dry leaves really pops out and it tastes refreshing and energizing even though it’s rooibos! It has a little aftertaste of cooking still but it’s really good.
Second steep… not so great… it REALLY tastes like cooking now BLECH.
It’s a great tea and its worth trying but I can’t imagine repurchasing it unless its for health reasons.