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I’ve had this in my cupboard for a while and I have merrily carted it from work to home and this weekend to Camp Bernard! Yes this tea has been to Scout Camp!! And I must say I was SO happy to have it with me! It fought off the cold, and slowed down the progression of the cold I have now.
The kids agreed that the tea smelled like carrot cake with frosting and one even went so far as to try and trade me his hot chocolate for my tea at “mug up” – Sorry kid, this tea is for big kids.
Mmmm carrots, Mmmm apples, Mmmm delish! You won’t want to share either.
One of the few teas that I had to toss out after a few sips. I really could not stand the taste nor smell of this tea. First smell it is ok, I thought the taste would make up for it. Then trying out the rest of the tea….oh my. It tasted like alcohol to me (I personally hate the taste of alcohol). Nothing about this tea is good…which is a huge shame because I was kinda looking forward to liking every single DAVIDsTEA.
Sad, sad, sad…
I love this tea, but I think it is not agreeing with me anymore. I’ve noticed a prickly feeling in my throat, along with a dry mouth, the last few times I’ve had this. I’m not sure if it is the tea itself, or the rooibos. I had Orange Blossom recently-ish, though I can’t recall if I had the same feeling.
I just got a bag of this from MissB to add to my existing bag. I’m hoping that maybe it is a weird fluke and maybe too much cardamon or something in the steep. It is not every sip.
I do still love this tea though…
Ahhhhh, I needed this. Bad migraine and sinus stuff today. I had some Cookie Dough tea earlier this morning, followed by a Chocolate Orange Pu Erh, then a Gingerbread Latte from Stabucks with their 2 for 1…that’s a lot of caffeine for one day (but the caffeine helped with the migraine and sinus congestion pain) so I opted for Alpine Punch for the non-caffeine aspect, hydration and migraine support aspects. Oh, and the fact that I love this tea adds the extra bit of help too.
Details on my previous tasting notes….
Oh my god, I love this tea, and I am so so so happy it is back! I like Amaretto too, but Alpine Punch just has something that I can’t put my finger on that I like better. It’s more like an almond dessert, like marzipan, than the alcoholic drink that Amaretto is. Amaretto is stronger too; Alpine Punch is almond and amaretto, but the fruit in it does something to balance it all out so smoothly. It’s like one of those almond croissants you can get, only if it had spiced apples with it. Dee-licious!
On a side note, to all the Victorian Steepsters…would y’all like a tea date meet up some time? I have talked privately with a few of you…wondered if we could set something up as a group. Comment below if interested. Thanks!
Second tasting, used 2 not quite full tsp for a fairly full Steeper which yielded a fairly full mug of this delicious hot beverage. I’m not sure how long i steeped…just long enough to cut a slice of caramel apple crumb pie, heat in the micro for 30 secs and add some cool whip. :) I was a little worried at first, because the brew was smelling a wee bit more rooibos-y than I care for, but the taste, thankfully, not so. This brew does not disappoint! Once again, this is pure gold powering the infinite improbability drive of my heart.
I have nothing but good things to say about this tea, and I am boosting my rating…100 all the way baby!!! :)
Ok, can I say…YUM?
Firstly, it smells awesome and yummy, and that’s hard for me to say, because I usually dislike anything with rooibos. There is that certain unpleasantness…I think rooibos is a love it or hate it tea. I really only like it when it isn’t so bold, and takes a backseat in flavour…or basically if I can’t taste it. There are very few blends that I am ok with.
Anyhow, taste? I figure I should get to that. As Daisy says “Yes. Amaretto in tea form.”
I love amaretto. I LOVE AMARETTO!!
Funnily enough, when I first tasted the tea, I knew I liked it, but I couldn’t peg my finger on the taste or why I liked it until I reread the tastings here and saw the mention of amaretto and then I made the connection. I was like, “Aha! This is it! It’s all the almonds! That’s what I’m tasting!”
I am not sure I get the fruit punch flavour, but perhaps that comes out with a second steep? It doesn’t matter though, because I love the almond flavour, and that’s all I care about.
I think this is a tea I can get more of! It is something I will feel comfortable with drinking later in the evenings when I want something without caffeine.
I really didn’t think I’d like this tea, but I do!
I’ve been struggling with stomach issues for about 4 years now… the latest from my doctor is that it’s definitely gluten-intolerance, might even be Celiac’s disease. Sigh. So, I’m trying to go completely gluten-free, but the withdrawal symptoms are nuts: headaches, mood-swings, irritability… it goes on.
I’ve been mainlining a lot of tea as a result, and yesterday my sweet husband offered to make me a cup of something before bed. I requested this since it’s hard for a coffee drinker like him to mess up. While it didn’t do anything for the headaches or mood-swings, it was a nice little cuppa before bed. Hopefully my hunny makes this tea-making thing a habit, I could get used to it for sure!
What a lovely little rooibos!
I am not a big rooibos fan, which is ironic since my husband’s family is from South Africa and they are SUPER picky about their rooibos tea and how altered it is. Me, not at all like that, in fact I can rarely drink rooibos straight! I always need some additive or flavouring to make it a little less… rooibos-y. Anyways, this tea is a perfect example of the beauty of flavoured rooibos; it’s both spicy and creamy, with the caramel-y sweetness of the rooibos tempered by the other flavours.
I drank this once straight, once with a splash of milk, and the latest time I brewed it on the stove like an Indian chai. While it tastes alright straight or with just a splash of milk, it truly shines when made in the traditional chai style! It was robust, but smooth and it blended seamlessly with milk and a touch of brown sugar. The coconut really brings out a rich creaminess when blended with milk. If you have the chance, try the stove-top method. You’ll thank me later…
I really enjoy the banana bread smell of this tea! It’s a lighter tea in taste, but that doesn’t mean that ruins the value of this tea! Although the flavour doesn’t come out too much in the tea itself, it’s nice to have the fragrance without the taste. The tea has a smidge of a fruity taste (from the banana), but very little. I find that this tea is a perfect for those who like lighter teas.
My sister is back in town, but it’s late… what tea to drink?
Being a herbal AND for a good cause, she chose this one. I only had a bit of this left so I dumped what was left in the teapot, poured in the boiling water, and hoped for the best! It did not disappoint, but then again my sister is one of the rare few who really enjoys hibiscus tea. The coconut and cinnamon help to balance it out a bit, with the apple and mango taking a backseat to the other flavours. I must have gotten the water-tea ratio right because tonight this tea was delicious! Warm, spicy, fruity… all good things.
This was the underdog for my tea-tasting party for the fall DT teas. No one expected it to be good. " Another banana herbal? The summer collection one was bad enough, thank you very much!"
Bias – I love banana, and I enjoy it in teas.
First impressions – Visually, it’s one of my favorites. The smell of this one is really nice, and minimally “artificial banana”. Once steeped, it retains its smell, but it becomes more subtle and natural.
Flavor – I really enjoy it. It replaced The Glow as my evening herbal. Once it started getting really cold in the evenings, I transitioned this tea by blending it 50/50 with Exotica, and it’s awesome.
Loveability – It’s the only fall tea that I bought in large quantity. I won’t be heart-broken when I run out, but I’m definately happy I have this in my cupboard for the winter.
I really love the smell of this tea, it reminds me of Read My Lips, but without the mint. I never thought I would be into chocolate teas, but here I am, indulging in a lot of them. The taste is a robust one, with the chocolate flavour which comes out quite nicely. I could not taste the zing or heat that people are talking about and looking in my teabag, there is evidence of chilis in it. I am hoping that my spoon was just a terrible one. Otherwise, I really love the taste :)
I was intrigued by this tea as it sounded very similar to Mom’s Apple Pie (which I love), so I figured I would get a bag of this to take home. Unfortunately I think I oversteeped it as the cinnamon is overpouring everything. I am not getting the caramel apple taste that I was hoping for. I will try for a shorter steeping time and see how that goes.