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I must not have any luck when it comes to Chocolate Orange tea, which is a shame because chocolate orange is my favorite dessert combo and I love almost all dessert teas. I don’t like the smell at all of this tea, I’m not too experienced with Pu-erh so maybe that’s what’s causing it but it really smells, well, fishy to me. It smells like an orange chocolate only when it is out of the bag/tin. The taste is very smokey, and reminds me of like an orange flavored tobacco product of some kind. I’m really sad about the whole thing because I am a huge fan of David’s Tea, chocolate/orange, and tea in general and wish that it had worked out. I’ll have to send this one out in some swaps or something to people who can better appreciate it. Anyone who wants to try, I have 100g of it that now needs a new home!
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @85C, steeped 6 minutes.
Quite sweet, and quite potent. Sulfites might trigger headaches in anyone sensitive to them. I find guayusa very stimulating; I don’t drink it too often, and I want to have something saved for when I need an extra push. I’ve got nothing to object to in this fruit and guayusa blend.
Mde for me at a DavidsTea location. Steeped 4 minutes. Some agave nectar added, because I’d never tried agave,
I love guayusa and how sweet it is — sweet without getting sickly. That said, Jungle Ju Ju can develop an earthy, herbal bitterness, so I thought I’d try to offset that with agave nectar. The agave blends really well with Jungle Ju Ju; I forgot I’d sweetened the tisane. It’s easy to forget this blend is a stimulant as you enjoy the fruitiness. Good and potent, but I do find mate better when I need a boost.
Made for me at a DavidsTea. Bare — no sweetener or milk.
WOW. I’v had guayusa before and liked it, but this is really good. The fruit balance gives a shart scent but sweet tasting notes which complement the smooth earthiness of the guayusa beautifully. Some spicy notes, too. Very easy to drink. I would strongly recommend sipping it first before adding a sweetener.
This isn’t a new tea for me, but I’ve been drinking tea like its going out of style for the past couple of days. It’s finally cool enough outside to drink hot tea (okay, by “cool” I still mean 25 degrees, but its a lot better than the 30-40 degrees it’s been for the past 5-6 weeks).
This one definitely does best with a shorter steep time because it has a nasty tendency to become bitter really easily. I did 4 minutes, but 3 minutes might have even done nicely. It might also help to use cooler than boiling water.
I let this one sit for 10-15 minutes before drinking it because it is best cooled down a little; the strawberry flavour comes out a lot more that way. It’s very strawberrish and has a lot of sweet, tart flavour. I really like to drink this tea in the morning.
Just enough left in my bag for one more cup, maybe not even (which means I’ll get to make another franken-tea!). I’ve really enjoyed this, but I’m not too disappointed that I can’t repurchase it, it really does have a summery feel to it. I’m ready to move onto my spicy, deeper fall teas.
I love dessert teas and I love black tea. This one sounded promising and it delivered.
Lots of nice dried berries and bits of toffee in the leaf. The first time I brewed this it was a tad bitter, but I realized it was from using too much leaf and oversteeping. The second time I made it, it was perfection. This one really develops as it cools a little. The strawberry flavor comes out and the sweetness from the toffee is present. I added agave nectar because you can’t very well drink a dessert tea unsweetened (well I mean lots of people probably can, but I can’t). I really enjoy this one and am glad I have a bag, even if its only 25g.
Huh. Well I dug this out since it was Easter the other day and decided this was my most Eastery tea. I recall not much liking it last time I had it, but that was a long time ago.
I brewed it up and it smelled pretty nice at first. Fruity, not bad at all. This brew didn’t have a jellybean, but whatever, I was adding sugar anyways.
So, the thing with this tea is that it taste quite pleasant. You’re getting some citrus and sweetness, and it’s nice. But as it starts to cool, it starts to smell like stomach bile and/or vomit. Seriously. I have to go back in my notes to see if I smelled this the last time I drank it, but I seem to recall that it did smell off. If you just drink it without inhaling, it still tastes nice and pleasant. But if you inhale as you sip, God help you.
I just…yuck. Drink this one hot guys, real hot. And don’t inhale as you sip. Yikes. Would not repurchase and will be hard pressed to finish the bag I have.
Just catching up on some ratings, I’m so bad about doing them on the days I actually drank the tea.
I was certain that I’d like this one because its fruity and has jellybeans. I’ve only made this one once, and I think maybe I used too much leaf (okay fine, I was digging around for jellybeans and used extra leaf in the process). I also may have oversteeped it just slightly because I wanted the whole jellybean to melt. It didn’t.
Bearing these brewing errors in mind, it was not bad. The flavouring was nice, but didn’t seem to mesh well with the earthiness of the rooibos. The rooibos was very strong in this one (likely because of overbrewing/too much tea), and it almost had a sort of sour note to it. Not fruity-sour, more like…earthy-sour. Fermented. Not my favorite, but I do plan to re-try this one brewed properly. I suspect that maybe I just don’t like the taste of red rooibos, because Birthday Cake has the same earthy-sour/fermented note and has a red rooibos base.
At any rate, I’m not going to give up on this one yet because I didn’t make it correctly.
I feel this tea was really well done. I enjoy it both iced and hot and the flavour takes you in many different directions. (Not nearly as much as Exotica!)
It has the sour and tart flavour or grapefruit but without the bitterness to go along with it. It has kick but still smooth to drink. I find it very enjoyable. Careful on steeping too long!!
This tea is good. Nothing bad to say about it. Maybe that the flavour could be more memorable but it is just so right. Sweet to start; the salt at the end makes you think that the flavour of the sweet has ended, but it is that ending is what makes it so fulfilling to drink because you can pinpoint it.
1.5 tsp for 250mL water @ 100C. Steeped 8 minutes. Sweetened with 2tsp white sugar.
I really, really like this tisane with a bit of sweetening. Make no mistake: chicory is bitt-errrr, but it’s not sour. Bitterness can be dealt with. Even with 2tsp of sugar, there’s some bitterness in the aftertaste, but I find that adds to the overall richness of the drink. It’s an herbal, earthy bitterness. Sweetened, the liquor develops a heavy body and a winey taste. In appearance, it’s a dead ringer for black coffee. Not something I drink every day, but I always enjoy it when I do.
1 TB for 450mL water, 5-minute steep. Rating: 85.
It’s not tea. It’s straight-up chicory, which is bitter and coffee-like, yet has odd sweet notes. DavidsTea has mixed it with vanilla and almond, flavours which amplify the dark-bittersweet thing chicory has going. Steeped, it looks like coffee. And it smells very enticing. I get burnt sugar notes.
I’ve tried this plain, and with stevia and milk. Both ways are great. The half a pack of stevia (equivalent in sweetness to 2tsp of sugar) I used smoothes out the chicory but does not obscure the bitterness. I didn’t expect to like this, only buying a tiny amount to try. But the chicory’s got something I really like; the bitterness, which is not at all sour or toxic-tasting, intrigues me.
Nothing like tea, as I said. And not much like coffee, either.
I find it refreshing.