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So, I ordered this one online. It sounded really good.
I get it and open it up… and unfortunately the smell of this one was overwhelming, but not in a good way. From a distance it smells it good tho. It’s just up close where it smells funny to me.
Taste… I couldn’t do it. The funny smell that I had smelling it up close transfered to the taste. It smells too artificial or something, so that’s the taste that I had. I took like three sips and had to toss it. It tastes too funny to me. I didn’t get any cherry taste at all.
I really wanted to like this one, but I can’t do it. :(
Davids really does know how to do a warm, toasty, nutty tea!
i agree with some of the other posts; similar to toasted walnut and secret weapon, but when you’re doing it right, i say keep doing it! the coconut comes out as a nice finish at the end as well. and i don’t really taste the raisins, but that’s not a bad thing ;)
i bought ‘The Gentleman’s Collection’ for my dad for his birthday, and he really liked toasted walnut, which was in the “Tea Aficionado” collection, so i think he will be pleased!
oh, the only downside, i made sure to have a nice 1 1/2 tsp. of tea AND one big whole brazil nut, but then that only left enough for one more cup from my 10g sample. yes, i know, i wasn’t expecting to get a ton out of it, but those nuts are pretty heavy and bulky! it is on the low end of their price range though, so i guess that makes up for it :)
umm… how is there no hibiscus hiding in here?
maybe the strawberries were particularly tart at the time of freeze-drying?
oh how disappointing, it’s all strawberry and no shortcake. and not a good strawberry at that. pooh. ahh well, will have to try this one iced as well i suppose!!
uugh, i keep drinking it too! stop!
ahh this one is so strange! i really can smell the chocolate, the vanilla and the strawberry all at once.
it smells milky, like ice cream, and a bit more toasty, which is probably coming from the black tea.
really interesting. everything combined makes it kind of a mash of flavours in your mouth, but it’s not bad.
the strawberry and chocolate go well with the vanilla coming along at the end. i find the sprinkles and stevia barely sweeten it at all, just a little hint to convince you it’s a desserty tea.
i did steep this using one of the DAVIDsTEA filter bags, which are really fine, so i didn’t get any ‘scumminess’ that some of the other reviews mention. and to be honest, i don’t really like to see those colourful sprinkles with all their colour oozing out as it steeps! so a bag is definitely the way to go for this tea, i think.
it’s very different! and i must say that after trying the Birthday Cake tea, i didn’t think i was going to like any of the other cake teas, but i think it was just that too-sweet rooibos. the black tea is definitely a good pairing for these flavours.
overall, i like it! a nice novelty tea to have around, i won’t stock up but i will probably get some more just to have :)
hooah! this one smells so sweet it’s giving me a headache!
i really should be reviewing it when i’m more in the mood for a sweet, fruity tea, but i have all these new black teas to try and i figured a marathon taste test was in order (so, staring with the one that is disagreeing with me the most…)
yeah, such a sweet smell. i’m guessing it’s the acai powder.
i’m thinking it would be nice iced though. and as they’ve released it just in time for summer, i bet that’s what they were intending.
oh very surprising! it doesn’t taste even 1/4 as strong as it smells! it’s pretty nice actually, though i can’t say i think the black tea was a good choice. it’s somewhat overpowering in the aftertaste, coming through a bit bitter after those sweet, sweet berry scents.
i don’t know, it’s okay i guess. what a weird one! i probably won’t buy it again, but i’ll finish the cup.
yeeesss! chocolate cake!
mmm, this tea is divine. i definitely get that ‘cakey’ taste through the chocolate and alongside the tea. what a brilliant dessert tea it would be! though i just had it for a late night treat ;)
yes, definitely chocolate. yes, definitely tasty!
I’ve only tried this tea iced, but I am a fan! It’s fresh, crisp, and yes, quite tart, but I like a little kick from my iced tea. The pear taste isn’t very strong. I would describe it more like a Granny Smith apple. Not an all-time favourite, but it gave me just what I was looking for – a refreshing fruity iced tea.
Thank you TheTeaFairy for this Sample
TheTeaFairy wrote a note on this sample that said “very good and refreshing iced”, so I did just that!
I made a strong brew…and when finished I put my nose to the brew basket and loved the scent so much that the lightbulbs in my head started to activate…bing…bing…bing…in the creative cooking section.
I ignored the lightbulbs.
All of them extinguished…but one.
The “heat up some coconut milk and infuse the tea in it” lightbulb stayed on and I couldn’t resist the urge and gave in. I did what it commanded me to do.
Back to my original plan, the brewed tea that was ready to pour over ice…was now plopped and in the frig.
I heated coconut milk, put the brew basket in and let it sit for awhile to steep. 10 minutes later, done.
30 minutes later…here is the review!
This is indeed delicious! There is a creaminess and natural sweetness from coconut and honey. The spices are pretty tame but lend an air of exotic (as the name implies) richness that makes me think “Indian Food” and of “Curry”. I almost want to add curry powder to this or steep rice in the tea! Which leads me on to why I had the lightbulbs going ping in my head!
Heated Infused Coconut Milk:
The steeped hot version is fabulous! I took a sip and am saving the rest to cook with later. I think that this tea would be best used by me as an addion to my Indian Spice Box. Steeping Coconut Milk for Rice Desserts and Curry would be sooo good. Even a bread pudding with regular milk would be fantastic! OK!
There isn’t an overwhelming amount of lemongrass flavor to me. Even the cardamon is not strong. The bite comes from cloves.
I really like this soooo much! Getting some for myself!
I ended up using the infused coconut milk for a tasty curry risotto that was so good alongside a cold curried pea salad with smoked almonds. Must be curry day!
I made a huge David’s Tea order a looong time ago. It was pretty large and I have done a terrible job at trying them. I am leaving to Europe on vacation Tuesday, so I decided that I would go ahead and try a few more of them. This is one I have been looking forward to. Bananas are everywhere here in Ecuador. There are a bunch of varieties (from normal yellow ones, red ones, green ones, small super sweet ones…) and they are eaten in every way imaginable, both salty and sweet. Oolong and banana? Sounds delicious.
The dry leaves were a beautiful emerald green with small cubes of banana mixed in. The scent was surprisingly smooth oolong with a hint of natural banana! I was expecting artificial candy type banana. This was a pleasant surprise! I brewed 2 teaspoons to my 12oz tea cup. The scent while brewing was almost entirely oolong, but a sweet creamy oolong. Exactly the kind I like!
Once brewed the scent was oolong with a hint of banana. It smelled sort of like what a fresh head of bananas smells right after it has been picked: a mix of sweetness, grass, fruity banana, and cream. So inviting… I could barely wait for it to cool down enough to sip.
The first brew was smooth and creamy oolong with a hint of banana at the end of every sip. There was a nice hint of banana to the scent that was delightful. The second brew was a tiny bit stronger on the banana flavor and the oonlong was sweeter. I always find second oolong steeps to be my favorite! Both brews were really sweet and no sweetener was necessary to enhance the flavor. If you like oolong, especially milk oolongs, you should give this a try!
My boyfriend sniffed it and asked to try it. He says it tastes like a sweet large banana we have that we usually bake or fry that we call Maqueño in Ecuador. It is delicious baked with mozzarella cheese melted on top…
I’m almost finished with the 38 grams of this I bought last week. Not very much of it, but if I went through it that quickly I know it’s something I’ll be picking up again. I’m usually nursing a cup of wonderful, tasty Yunnan or Keemun.
As Indigobloom pointed out, most of DAVIDsTEA’s selection seems to be of the relatively mild variety. Not this one. This is by far the strongest tea I’ve had from them.
This morning’s first steep didn’t even break the three minute mark. Two cups of near-boiling water, two teaspoons of tea (not heaping, but not stingy). Brewed as dark as most of my teas would be after a 4-5 minute steep.
The taste is very earthy and slightly bitter, but the good, pleasing kind of bitter. I definitely get the floral notes, but thankfully not as strong as I do in the smell (not a fan of floral). It’s very full-bodied. Very satisfying as a pick-me-up, but it works well as the after-dinner treat in the official description.
I spent a good amount of time preparing various teas to chill or cold brew since its a hot weekend and we will be wanting to drink lots of cold drinks!
This particular tea I decided to brew hot and then ice. I read somewhere that fruit teas don’t cold brew well. I have my doubts about that but I only had enough to make one pitcher so I thought I’d go the safe route.
Dry, this tea smells like melony heaven. Very honeydew! Yum!
Hot, this tea just tastes mostly like hot apple. After chilling this tastes more like sweet melon but still pretty strongly of dried apple pieces. I don’t really like the taste of dried apple pieces. Other than that this tea is definitely very summery and melony. I don’t think I like this enough to get more but it is definitely tasty. Could be good as a liquid for aqua fresca.
Husband has already consumed more than half a pitcher. Good thing I made all those other teas cold brew style!
I just tried this today and I must say I am very impressed. The smell alone is enticing and reminded me of a watermelon gummy bear, watermelon is infused throughout and there hints of flavors that aren’t on the label. I could swear I am still tasting a bit of banana. Can’t wait to taste this iced, and I don’t think sweetening would be necessary.