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Since I’m a fan of chocolate and mint, I decided to buy this tea. The taste is refreshing and there is some sweetness as well. There is a more minty taste than a chocolaty taste. I prefer to add soy milk to it which gets rid of some of the bitter taste from it.
Whoo! HAd this iced as the tea of the day – it did leave a little to be desired, but I brought some leaves home because I knew I could coax some more flavour out of it.
I was right! Lovely natural pineapple flavour with a delicious oolong base (possibly the same base as banana oolong? either way I’m a fan!) Creamy, yet light and refreshing.
Pineapple is not my favourite flavour, but I can say this was done well! Now, strawberry or mango oolong and I might go bankrupt, I’m just sayin ;)
Had this earlier today, got it as a sample from my last order. I love it when free samples are included!
This was alright, not a favorite though. Definitely did taste like strawberry and a bit vanilla/cake-y. My cup was cloudy though, not sure why or if that’s normal. Wish I had a chance to try this cold, but I used all my sample up. :(
This one’s a sometimes-tea for me. Another blend we have for my boyfriend’s benefit in the house. I find this blend very dark and rich, but not earthy. There’s a light note from the “buttered” side, but generally I find this one a little strong for me. A nice tea for wintertime, but not my favourite!
This one is a Love it/Hate it situation; my partner loves it and I cannot stand it.
I’m afraid I personally have nothing good to say about it; something about this blend makes me feel nauseous when I drink it, which I can’t say I’ve ever experienced with any other tea. It smells SO LOVELY and like a banana-coconut blend dry, and I don’t pick up the whisky at all. But once the water’s in, it transforms into something much stronger, earthier, and, for me, over-powering. Even with milk added, something about it is just so strong I can’t handle it.
That being said, as stated before, my partner does really like this, and it may be his favourite from DAVIDs TEA’s Cigar Box collection.
This tea is suh-weet! I don’t mind it hot, but I’d rather drink something else. But iced? It’s perfection!
It is so delicious, with a great medley of fruity flavours great for an iced drink that is very sweet. There’s the softer flavour of strawberries, apples, there’s a lovely soft floral accent, and then a citrusy kick! It’s neither plain and sweet nor too tangy – it’s a playful, zingy blend of both worlds.
If you have kids, I’d say this is a great alternative to sweet drinks loaded with additional sugars. Plus you can always throw in some lemon if you like to taste! I made this in my home (no kids here) where we rarely stock iced tea, and it disappeared in no time! The bright red/pink colour, too, will probably trick kids into thinking they’re drinking their Kool-aid wannabe stuff. But nooo… It’s tea! So great! It looks like summer, it tastes like summer; good all ’round!
Flavors: Berry, Citrusy, Floral, Lemon, Strawberry
This spicy tea is just lovely! I got it from my sister (!!) when it was being discontinued (tears were shed!) but then it came back!! But because of its rarity back then, I drink this tea quite sparingly, and generally only for special occasions! Which is ironic, because now it’s quite readily available… (And haven’t they changed the old sparkly dragees to little sparkly stars? Adorable; DAVIDs TEA always thinks of the aesthetics, which I adore.)
The dragees add a cute, very “David’s” element to the tea, and when you steep it, look into your cup, you’ll find a gentle shimmer glimmering from the surface of your cuppa! I always love special little details like this, despite the dragees/sparkles seemingly doing nothing to the flavour.
This is such a great blend for cold winter nights leading into Christmas. I never was a fan of cloves growing up, but once I started drinking Glitter & Gold, I found myself developing a deeper appreciation for them that I now seek out in my holiday tea blends.
I never knew until recently that people make dried oranges (or other citrus fruits?) with cloves in them, and I’ve never personally made them, but if I did, I wonder if I would find myself surrounded by Glitter & Gold flavours – there is that very soft hint of citrus in this tea that doesn’t really seem to take centre-stage, but rather accents the more earthy flavours of the black tea and cloves. It’s a light accent that helps those flavours shine more brightly.
Did I mention the sparkles? I love the sparkles. Never stop sparkling, DT.
Perhaps the only downside to this tea (which is a personal preference issue) is that adding milk substantially detracts from your ability to see those lovely sparkles. I guess you have to pick your battles.
Flavors: Citrus, Cloves
STEEP THIS BABY, AND STEEP IT LONG!
I find it’s not nearly as satisfying as the smell if you don’t steep the heck out of it, but that could just be me. A lot of people seem to think the scent beats the flavour, but who knows! I guess you’ve got to try it.
To think that it’s flavoured with white chocolate kind of shocks me; I don’t care for white chocolate, but it really works nicely to give it a sweet, creamy flavour. Don’t expect it to blend perfectly into its namesake popsicle flavour, but you can always try! If you want, a neat thing to try is making a latté with vanilla soy! I find it really… Wow. But not always something I’d want!
I don’t like raspberry teas, and I generally dislike coconut. But you know what? Sometimes two wrongs DO make a right!
Every time I drink this I could SWEAR there was a hint of dark chocolate in there, but it doesn’t appear there IS, so I guess that gives you an idea of how this can taste. It’s sweet, dark, and deep. Really great, I think, for the coffee lover who enjoys sweet things. I’m always surprised by this tea because I really do like it so much – but if I let myself break it down in my mind and separate the flavours so I can taste them distinctly, I start to dislike it – but then I let them meld into one once again, and it’s lovely.
Another great tea for the colder months, this one just warms you up from within. Again, I want to say it’s the dark chocolate but THERE IS NONE!
Flavors: Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry
I was told you can eat the nuts after steeping. … I don’t think you should do it. Soggy nuts are not great. Just my opinion.
But, WOW, is this tea ever great! I looove it! It’s so… Nutty! Of course! It really is, as described, earthy, deep, oh… Just so… Musky like a forest! And just stuffing your nose in the vapours and breathing them in… Soft and beautiful. Absolute must for autumn, in my opinion; it really gives you that sense of damp fallen leaves, but in a warm, soothing cuppa that just makes everything seem so far away and unimportant. This tea is so dreamy; I didn’t expect to like it, but I love it. And, it’s an almond tea that does NOT taste like “all the other” almond teas! It’s very distinct. And the brilliant pink colour from the beetroot (which I don’t know if I taste, and that’s not a bad thing) is just so unexpected and sweet. It’s a very pleasant experience, from scent to taste to sight.
You probably know, if you’ve had it, that this tea has been discontinued. WHY DO I STILL HAVE SOME LEFT!? Well, because I can’t bring myself to finish it. The day I went to refill my can was the day I found out. Luckily, my helpful store employee directed me to Tealish’s website and told me to try the Lemon Meringue Pie they had, which I keep meaning to do, but never have the funds.
Anyway, I love this tea. I blasted through it pretty quickly, and it’s one of the few citrus teas I’ve REALLY, REALLY enjoyed. It really does have that lemon meringue pie filling taste – I’ve never had a lemon CREAM pie, so I can’t compare to that. Sorry. I’d love if it were a bit “creamier”, though. It’s sweet like the pie filling, or sweet lemon curd, but it doesn’t have another level for the “cream” part of its own.
That being said, I don’t think it loses anything to that fact; it’d be amazing if it had that multidimensional flavour, but in doing just one thing, it does it well. I would call this the lemon equivalent to David’s Tea’s Dreamsicle tea. Absolutely lovely – and I’ve never even tried it iced. I would, but, you know… Limited supply. :(
Flavors: Lemon, Sweet
We have, I believe, three tins of this throughout our house. None of them are full – they are all nearly empty, waiting for November to roll around so we can restock.
This minty mixture is soooo nice – it’s a lighter, sweeter mint than you’ll find from a Marakesh Mint tea, which is perfect for a pepperminty experience in the wintertime, but with the same soothing effects. The little candy cane candies don’t add any flavour (in fact, you’ll probably never see them biodegrade while in your teapot) but they add to the festive charm of this tea. Definitely a lovely touch for the mint-lover, a great after-dinner tea, and just so perfect for a cold day when you want to be reminded that something sweet is just around the corner! My boyfriend is in absolute love with this tea, and I blame him that we’re always out – he just brews pot after pot after pot (he uses a small pot and never re-steeps!) and it drives me a little nuts, but I swear I’ve never seen him love a tea quite as much as he love’s Santa’s Secret!
My boyfriend had to pick this one up, yet here it lingers, unfinished a year later. I find he likes much darker, headier teas than I do, so that’s why I can’t really stand making a cup/pot of this tea when there are others around that I know I will enjoy far more.
It also has a really odd scent to it, considering its name. Caramel Spice? I’d say… Fruity citrusy spice, to be honest. I don’t taste any hints of caramel, and to me that’s deeply disappointing. And I find the spices kind of shock my throat into feeling a little sore – like I’m on the brink of a cold. Not particularly pleasant, and a bit odd.
Also, I’m not sure what redeeming quality mulberries have in teas – I feel like they’re dragging this one down.
This tea has a lot going on – and sometimes that just doesn’t work; it can be too much. Looking at the ingredients list for this one, you’d think, “It’ll either fly or it won’t.”
Baby, it flies! Citrusy, fruity, mildly minty, and even flowery, this tea is a real blend of everything you’d imagine a beautiful evening in the garden to be. You know, if it were idyllic when you were out there. It’s very, very well-balanced.
My rating for this doesn’t fly the highest, however, simply because I’m not hugely into fruity teas, and out of all its elements, I would describe this one as predominantly fruity. It’s gorgeous hot or iced, but it’s not among my top faves – if fruity was my thing, however, I think it would be!
You want a sweet tea? I WILL GIVE YOU A SWEET TEA! Here it is; Oh Canada! Nothing could be sweeter than this cheery blend of toffee, caramel, maple syrup, more stuff that aren’t necessarily sweet, and a garnish of cute, colourful maple candies to top it off, how can you go wrong?! Of course, if you dislike sweet teas, this is a very sweet tea, but wow, is it ever fun!
I find this tea particularly wonderful for autumn (maybe it’s the little maple leaves, makes me see the changing leaves outside!) alongside David’s Tea’s Pumpkin Chai, but whereas P-Chai brings me to a mellow, calm, warm place, Oh Canada takes me on a sweet, bubbly ride through the orange-and-yellow forests!
Also, this cheers me up immensely when I have a cold; it’s absolutely a comfort tea, and while I wouldn’t have it every day, it’s still an absolute joy to have on hand!
I feel I should also add that this is one of the very, very few Rooibos teas I will drink regularly – generally I prefer a strong black tea that will pair well with (too much) milk without getting drowned out. But Oh Canada! stands on its own two feet, even paired with milk, and still pulls through more than admirably. I’m not sure I’ve found a lot of Rooibos blends that can say that, at least not ones I love this much. It’s a great bonus to a lovely tea.
But this tea is really THIN to me. Watery, almost a bit fruity (which has no place here in a creme brulée tea, in my opinion) to me. I don’t find the scent particularly “outrageously tempting” – I find it weak. I hoped when I bought it that it would translate stronger into a brewed cup, but for me it just doesn’t stand on its own. Thin, watery, kind of sweet, but it doesn’t taste like creme brulée and it doesn’t have the textures reminiscent of it, either. I’d add milk to help give it a more robust texture – but with the flavour already coing across as thin, well, it’d be essentially knocked right out. Just a miss for me.
I can’t really describe this tea too well. It’s rich, dark, earthy, and very unique. There’s also a spiciness to it that I can’t compare with anything else; it’s something of a base note for me, and dissimilar to most spicy teas. It tickles my throat gently, just hinting at its presence among all the other very complex flavours.
Personally I prefer lighter, sweeter teas, but occasionally I find this perks me up in the winter time, with its very woodsy feel – reminds me of damp autumn days, but other times I find it’s just too rich for me, and I don’t want to have to finish my cup. I think this may be one of those very, very rare brews where I appreciate less to more; one small-medium cup is preferable to a large thermos.
If you like a complex, earthy, deep flavoured tea, this one will likely be a hit; my partner drank it for much of the semester when we first purchased it – and I think it only fell by the wayside because he transitions between tea and coffee on a regular basis.