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In an attempt to finish (or at least try) all of the 4872876548 samples that I have, I decided that I would make a goal to finish all of the ones that the wonderful Bonnie sent me forever and a half ago (thanks again, Bonnie!).
I decided that since it’s still early (well, early-ish), I decided to pick this first out of my remaining selection as it’s coffee and it fits the theme. I did a quick (15 seconds?) rinse of this to get rid of the the fishy smell and then I brewed at 200 degrees for 5 minutes. This is good! I wouldn’t say I like it as much as the chocolate orange pu-erh, but I like this one a lot! It has a nice and smooth coffee flavor (like when you get iced coffee and it tastes like coffee but without the harsh bitter edge to it) and it also has a nice caramel flavor to it. This is good! Actually, the more I drink it, the more I like it! This will definitely be going in the basket with my next DAVIDsTEA purchase! I plan on steeping this one again and making a latte (as par Bonnie’s directions). I think that will be heaven on earth!
Thanks again Bonnie!
And now, for the hot rating. I had this one at 100oC, Steeped for around5 minutes in a DT perfect mug to keep all the goodness in. A small dollop of honey was added. I’ve upped the rating for the hot tea.
So yesterday was the coldest day of the year thus far in SE Australia. Combined with my currently woefully insulated house, I spent the entire day blowing my nose. As in literally the entire day, I could get about a one minute break before needing another tissue. Not the way I’d intended spending Easter Monday. By about dinner time, I’d gotten so sick of the nose blowing I ended up taking some cold and flu tablets to stop the dribbling. By 10 pm I was actually able the get to sleep, which was a huge improvement (though I had that drug induced blocked dry nose. At least waking up very few hours for more water was better than not being able to sleep due to the runny nose). Anywho, by the time I woke up this morning the congestion had left my sinuses and move to my chest. Ick.
But then, my newly cleared head remembered the previously cold steeped Strawberry Ginger on my teashelf! Perhaps the ginger with a hit of strawberry and honey would be beneficial.
1st steep: the scent of the hot brew is fantastic! The tea smelled less tart than when iced, the strawberry and ginger were more prominent. The colour, just as when iced, is a deep magenta. The taste is much more a strawberry ginger blend rather than the tarter tea I tasted when iced. The strawberry and ginger are both easily identified, and are a tasty combination. The bit of honey I added made the tea extra tasty. I can feel the ginger doing lovely things to my throat. Very enjoyable.
2nd steep: a paler pink, and the ginger is more prominent in the smell and taste. Still very tasty.
Overall: I think I’ve enjoyed this one more hot than iced, and have upped the rating accordingly. Definitely worth a try hot for anyone wondering, and quite good on my sniffles!
I had this one yesterday after returning from the weekend market in my city. It had unexpectedly warmed up (oh March/April in Tasmania, so unpredictable!), so the boyfriend and I decided iced tea was the way to go. I did his Pink Flamingo in the steeper, so I made mine in a cocktail shaker (so easy, the best lazy iced tea option – just chuck everything in, water, ice tea sweetner etc, shake to mix and leave to steep for the required time then pour!). It was pretty warm yesterday, so I ended up having almost three different steeps in one brew!
I poured my first one after 5 minutes. The flavour in the first steep was a bit mild, almost like a gentle green. I could taste the tartness, as well as a bit of sweetness (not sure if it was the strawberry or the agave I added…). The colour was a mild pink, almost a salmon pink. I topped up the glass at 8 and 12 minutes with the remainder of the shaker contents. The colour and flavour became increasingly strong, the tartness and sweetness were more pronounced and the tea became tastier. I enjoyed all the flavour levels, but think the stronger one was best.
Overall opinion? Tasty as an iced tea (will have to try hot), especially when left (or forgotten!) to steep. Not as good as Pink Flamingo, and while I enjoyed it I don’t think I’d order some (not worth the international shipping), though I’d probably grab a cup or two if I lived closer to a DT!
Grabbed my usual 10g of this one today when at the store to try it out. Dry it smells lovely, all lemony with no backhints or anything making me question if I’m going to like it. Once brewed my first sips were mostly a light lemon flavouring, making me wonder where the cream was, other than in the ever so slight floaties I saw as I pulled my infuser. A few more sips and I found the cream and it added a nice note. As the cup cooled, though, I found that I noticed the flavour less and less, and just kept drinking it because it was there more than anything else.
It is a nice tea, but I don’t think I’ll be restocking since I already have a white lemon which I prefer. Still, this is the first tea from Davids in a while that I’ve given a solid ranking to!
This was the newest David’s Tea to their collection.
I decided to try it iced.
The dry smell is mostly lemon. You can definitely see the green and white teas.
After it was steeped this was a refreshing iced tea. It was the perfect amount lemon and it was not overpowering at all. I didn’t taste much of an Earl Grey flavour, but I did think that it was similar to iced teas you can prebuy (Nestea or Liptons). Still one of the good ones and I will go back for some on a hot summer day….soon.
UGH what did they do to my precious glitter & gold??
I can’t even drink this :/ I miss how it used to be, with the gold spheres of happiness, the actual shimmering, and the delicious sweet and spicy orange flavor.
All gone. Not here. This is just blandly kind of like a spiced cookie, and there is no shimmer to it.
The stars are cute. I will give it that. But it is a shell of its former self and no bueno.
I can’t believe I haven’t gone back to this tea after all these months, and that I didn’t make the mistake of not getting more when my boyfriend stopped at DT for me. So this is finishing what Kittenna sent me, and then I have that.
I also got my replacement bubble teapot but I think it’s still not up to par, but now I feel like a jerk if I ask them about it again. I know it’s their job to make me happy and all but now I’m like seriously, is everyone with this gold winter tree one having paint chips and I’m just really picky? If they weren’t so obvious flaws I guess I wouldn’t be so bothered but I feel like once you notice them, they become obvious flaws.
Anyway. I remember the first time I drank this I really didn’t notice that it was so glittery (duh, name) because I used a t-sac..although I can’t remember now if I used one of my white mugs or black mugs, which could also have probably made it difficult. So I used my black mug and wowowow SO PRETTY.
The spiced orange flavor is perfect for a day like today, overcast and at the time I was drinking, it was still raining. I steeped it below the recommended time but I think it could do the 4 and not be terrible for me.
It also went perfectly with my breakfast, pumpkin pie oatmeal I cooked in a water bath in my slow cooker all night. Sooooo good. Since I used that Nutcracker Sweet tea for the water in the recipe, there were already elements of this tea in there, in addition to adding more cinnamon and cloves in there. Perfect match!
Thank you again Krystaleyn for swapping iwth me, making it possible for me to try so many more DavidsTea products than ever before possible without spending a fortune. Of course, border patrol opened up the package because clearly tea samples are the new marijuana or whatever they think would be sent from Canada to this lovely drug trafficking hub. Thankfully they took nothing but now I’m all uncomfortable that they are watching me or something.
I had to try the sparkly tea first of course. I used to not really like cinnamon in tea, but it’s growing on me. The clove is a nice touch too in here, it makes it feel like I should not be drinking this with days getting close to 90 close ahead (ugh).
It smells like it’s just going to be another cinnamon spice tea but it just doesn’t taste ordinary. It tastes like real cinnamon, which can always get me, thanks to once working in a craft store. I know that nasty fake cinnamon smell and it’s not in this tea. The sugar adds just the right touch of sweetness to keep the spice from being overpowering.
I made it in a t-sac because that’s all I have right now so I could not fully enjoy the sparkly. Next time. I am going to have to buy those cake teas coming out and this might be an additional purchase with them because I am loving it.
I have a sample of this tea from the connoisseur package, and I think this is my first time trying straight oolong.
And it’s just making me realize all over again how wonderful straight, conservative teas are. Blends have never really thrilled me, but straight teas seem to hold all the magic.
There’s so much tradition behind it, and I feel as though I can relate to people thousands of years back who were sipping their tea, thinking wise thoughts, enjoying life in a cup. :)
Any tea that leads to thinking like this deserves high praise.
If it weren’t for the steep prices (ahaahah; did not mean to use a pun) I would definitely get 100g of this right away!!
Yet again, I’ve found myself sniffing teas. This one’s amazing. A heavy dose of coconut and a touch of raspberry make for a smooth scent that really does make me feel like I’m on an island: just as David’s Tea promised.
Without sweetener, this tea is a tad bitter. I steeped it for the max time: 6 minutes, so I’ll probably just steep for 4 minutes next time. The raspberry is dominated by the other ingredients, so much so that I can barely tell it’s there. But the coconut still finds its way out. It’s as good as coconut gets: smooth, strong, lingering on your tongue… But since I’m finding the tea a little bitter, I’ll add honey. Although it’s sweeter, I feel like the honey actually distracts from the coconut, which is a shame.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this tea. I love coconut, so that’s probably a huge reason why. Next time, I’ll be sure to cut my steeping time. And I’ll be sure to try this iced, I’ve heard it’s delicious!
I heard about all the amazing benefits of mulberry leaves and wanted to try this tea. Not to mention the dry smell so delicious.
The 3 times I first tried this tea I over steeped it and it was so gross and earthy, so naturally I hated it. But someone made it for me with very specific instructions and now I can’t get enough of this tea!
The hot tea taste is sweet with nutty notes and it is a creamy sort of liquor and taste. I added a bit of agave and a splash of milk (which brings out the creaminess) and it was PERFECT!
I must stock up before I can’t get it anymore!
The tea of the month for April, who would have thought they would all be about cakes!
Dry this tea smells amazing. Definitely a cake smell, but there were a bit of lemon notes to it.
I had this as a latte. I have to admit I was so excited to try it but it did live up to what I thought it would be. It smelled so amazing steeped I thought there was cake in my cup. It wasn’t a very strong taste, and Rooibos was the most dominant taste of the tea. There were still hints of cake but not much.
Honestly, I am more excited for Chocolate Cake, I hope it lives up to my expectations.
This is still a yummy tea and I will probably still drink it often. :)
Having it iced today.Lovely!
I’m so sad that it is getting removed from DT’s stock!!!
I’m happy I stocked up and maybe they will bring it up for a revival but I blame you guys that never gave it a shake..Damn brilliant tea..I will miss you….the perfect fruity black tea..full of gorgeous fruit perversion and complexity..bursting with gentleness or a a huge tarty kiss. I Love you Paradise Found. We will meet again across the great void.
Oh My God…
being a DavidsTea expert (self proclaimed)I made sure that I went with a lower steeping time and with 1.25 tsps since their black teas can become too bitter if even steeped a little too much.You can’t just dump mounds of tea in because you’ll ruin your tasting experience.
I steeped until 5 minutes only.
I was looking for a Tazo Passion tea clone from DavidsTea and I found it!!!!!
For all the people having trouble with this one go easy…and you’ll find the paradise mentioned I swear!
I’m not so sure how I felt about this tea, I received it as a gift for Christmas and it seems to have failed my expectations. I can’t describe how, but I expected it to be sweeter I guess. It’s somewhat tasty, but not. I’m just trying to finish the last couple cups from my bag, and I don’t plan repurchasing.
So yummy. I made a big pot of this to accompany my essay writing (my standard method for gold rush.. I find it tastes the best when brewed in a big pot for some reason..)
Caramelly coconut with sweet mulberry accents atop a lovely white tea. This tea was what originally made me place my first online order with DT and I have not regretted it since. It is really a decadent tea.
Scrumptious. Enough said.
What is going on here!?
– the newest batch of Gold Rush from Davids Tea I received tastes like peppermint! Not just subtly – there is a strong peppermint flavour. Every time I try a cup from the new bag (which I placed in their tin) tastes like peppermint. I don’t have peppermint anywhere near this tea. Hmmmph. I bought 100g of this too. I hope the other bag isn’t like this. This bums me out because the first bag I got was soooo soo so good. But now I’m not so sure as I don’t want a cup of pepperminty caramel tea. I want my delicious golden cakey coconutty vanilla heaven back =(
What to do?
This was the first tea I really day-dreamed about tasting. The reason for this? Well, the gloriously golden mulberries with lovely coconut shavings of course! It all looked so yummy on DAVIDs website.
Dry: Again.. beautiful golden mulberries with lovely coconut shavings and delicate white tea leaves. It smells like a liqueur of some kind..something sophisticated and lovely whatever it is. It really does smell delightful.
Liquor: 1st steep- A light honey/sunshine color. Smells like coconut vanilla pudding and tastes close to that as well, though it is weaker then I would like. Pleasing and has an addictive taste. 2nd steep- Deeper honey sunshine with intense smells! Very creamy vanilla golden cake of sorts. Delicious. When hot, I find the flavours are much more intense then the first cup, but still muted.. but I accidentally left my cup alone for too long and it became luke warm. HOLY! It’s amazing. It tastes thicker. Much more complex and sweeter. Like sweet milky honey with a touch of vanilla and the faintest hint of tang on the tongue. It tastes so great.
I bought my first 50g to try out about a month ago and I have already run out and re-ordered! This is a very tasty tea!
PS: 1st steep: 10 minutes, 94’C, 2nd steep: 14 minutes, 97’C. I have gotten a third steep before, but it started to lack flavour and I just really wanted to eat the mulberries because they are so delicious.