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Finally getting around to trying this one. I guess it didn’t really interest me, as I’ve had a sample of it for quite a while.
The aroma is primarily kind of sweet and nutty; the flavour is much the same. I was initially just going to say that this is sort of a “dry nut” sort of flavour, but it occurred to me that what I’m tasting reminds me of hazelnut coffee! Which gives me a strong desire to sweeten it and add some milk, but I’m too tired for that sort of effort tonight (and have enough left for one more cup, so can try that another day). Although it’s certainly palatable unsweetened (and there’s only a touch of astringency), the thought of making a hazelnutty tea latte far outweighs my desire to drink this straight (and the nuttiness/astringency makes it a bit more drying in the mouth than I’d really like). Better than I expected!
ETA: So I let this one sit overnight, and in the morning when I drank some to help a tickly throat, it tastes remarkably chocolatey! Or at least, I think it was this one, and couldn’t come up with any other teas I’d brewed up that would have been chocolatey. Interesting. Second infusion (5min, close to boiling), I’m primarily getting a kind of chocolatey flavour as well. Nutty chocolate, a bit akin to… Florence?? From H&S? I can’t recall, whichever one is chocolatey and nutty. Definitely better than expected. Enough to bump the rating some. I assume the chocolatey notes aren’t an artifact of my stuffed up nose, as I could taste better earlier today when I had the cold tea.
Thanks SARE for the fantastic mystery swap!
This tea is fun. I can certainly see why it’s called Swampwater. But it’s very tasty! I love the little sprinkles in it! It’s fruity and sweet. You can still taste the rooibos under the sweet fruitiness. Someone had mentioned that it would make a great Halloween tea and I agree 100%! Now I want to order it and make cute little Halloween gifts for my tea-loving friends. It’s awesome :]
Well, I tried to sip this one down, but no such luck. I ended up making a travel mug’s worth of this one, mixed in a ratio of 3:1 with Super Ginger. The result was ok, and I dosed it well with honey and drank much of it up. The remaining bit that I discovered in my mug a few hours later had kind of a funky smell to it, though, so I just dumped it. Honestly, if I’m going to have ginger/lemon/honey tea for a sick day…. I’m just going to heat up some hot water, squeeze in some lemon, pour in some honey, and if available, dunk in some ginger slices. No need for a tea that has honeybush and other ingredients in it. (Over the past couple days, I’ve had a few cups of honey/lemon/water… quite tasty.) The exception may be a tea that contains licorice and/other other medicinal-type ingredients, which I think I may endeavour to find today, being that my throat still hurts.
Still sick sick sick, decided to go for a tea that I can “taste” whether or not I can actually taste things (i.e. the ginger is a sensation less than a flavour). Definitely not a big fan of this one though, I just wanted the ginger tonight. Unfortunately, gingery hot water came off more weirdly to me than I expected (but I still drank it, accompanied in the last half hour by some lovely NyQuil Sinus LiquiCaps that my boyfriend took me out to buy partway through our movie). Here’s hoping I improve soon! Sadly, the boy was also quite sniffly tonight, and I think he’s coming down with a cold as well, though we haven’t seen each other in five days. Poor us! :P
It seems that I have caught a cold :( so time to bring this tea out as it seems rather appropriate!
The dry tea smells very potently of ginger and lemongrass. The intense ginger is a bit worrisome, as I’m not the biggest fan of strong ginger, it seems that the ginger is tamed a bit after steeping. Also, it smells like DT’s Ginger Pu’erh – shocker, eh?
The flavour is much milder than I anticipated. There’s a bit of a burn from the ginger, but it’s certainly not as strong as the aroma indicated. I can’t really taste much in the way of lemon though (or even lemongrass), although the honeybush provides a nice base.
I personally think that a more apt name for this blend would be ginger honeybush, as that’s about all I can taste. Not bad, however, but probably not a tea I’d go for again. I’d prefer a cup of hot water infused with fresh ginger, lemon juice, and some real honey. (But too lazy to do that now).
ETA: About all I’m getting in the second infusion is a strong gingery tingling in my mouth/throat. Can’t really taste a great deal at this point, but I think I like this infusion better (or perhaps it’s because I can miraculously get some sort of sensation from this one!) Still can’t beat the real deal though, I think.
Day 16/24 of 24 Days of Tea
I was so glad when I opened up today’s tea to find a straight green! I’m a big green tea drinker and straight greens are my favorite (beside jasmine green teas). I brewed this up in my travel mug for my last day of the year at one of my jobs. I’m soooo looking forward to not working 6 days a week for a couple weeks!
Onto the tea though: it’s your basic grassy, vegetal green. Nice and smooth with not astringency when brewed properly, and a nice pick me up. I have a lot of greens in my collection right now, otherwise I’d purchase this one!
Flavors: Grass, Vegetal
Apparently it’s been 3(!) years since I tried this tea, which is shocking because I drink tons of green tea and have been going through all of DAVID’s green teas.
The smell of the dry leaves is like fresh cut grass, and the taste of the brewed tea is like that as well. There was no bitter aftertaste and it’s really nice and not a bad price. I may have to continue buying this one :)
Very rarely do I buy alcohol other than wine, but I had a craving to do so last week and I bought banana liqueur and vodka. I was doing the liqueur + a little vodka mixed with milk, which is good, but very sweet and heavy. Thus I decided to try my hand at a tea cocktail with luscious watermelon.
I steeped 4 perfect spoonfuls (10 tsp, same amount I use for lattes) of luscious watermelon in about 12 oz of boiled water. Steeped for 5 min, then cooled down with ice and added about half a shot of the liqueur and the same amount of vodka. The cocktail was light and refreshing and not too sweet or boozy. I made one for my husband that was heavier on the vodka and he really enjoyed it as well. I recommend trying this out! Be advised though, Luscious watermelon is a heavy blend and 2 drinks used up a LOT of leaf. Probably close to 50g. Luckily I had a leftover tin of this from last year that I’m trying to use up; otherwise I’m not sure If I would go out and buy tea specifically for alcoholic drinks.
Flavors: Fruity, Melon
Oh, sweet, sweet Luscious Watermelon- how I’ve missed you. David’s tea brought you back for a limited time online and thus I had to buy 250 grams. I’ve been desiring this tea for 3 years (that’s when they discontinued it and when i first got into tea). I’m so glad to finally get some more- this is one of my favorite fruit teas. That watermelon mint tea they had last year just wasn’t the same.
I steeped 6 “perfect spoonfuls” (about 3 tbsp) in 2L of near boiling water overnight in the fridge (at least 12 h?). then i removed the filter and enjoyed the (not overley) sweet taste of watermelon and apple. So refreshing. I adore this tea and glad to have lots to enjoy over the summer. Grab it now before it goes out of stock!
Tasting note from 3 years ago (2012):
I really like this tea. This is more of a juice-like tea, but it’s not too overpowering. It really does taste like watermelon, and I like it iced or hot. It’s especially nice in the summer :)
Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Melon
Green Tea sipdown!
With the comparing of the Jasmine teas and now this, this is definitely more caffeine than I need today, but I’m having a nice, leisurely lunch and have been enjoying re-rating green teas that I haven’t had for a long time. I’m a lot better in picking up subtleties in green tea than I was a couple years back and I’m curious to see how my opinion has changed now that I have a better trained palate :).
I remember initially purchasing this tea simply because the leaves were so gorgeous. They are whole, pressed flat and oblong and I could tell care was taken in harvesting this tea.
The smell of the leaves is grassy, and the brewed liquid is a light yellow and quite nice. The flavour is smooth and a little grassy and buttery (although not as buttery as say, gyokuro). Regardless this tea is very nice. My original rating 2 years ago was an 85 and it stands. This is a great mid-range priced straight tea (actually, if you go on DAVID’s website, select “straight green tea” and price low to high it’s exactly in the middle). Gyokuro is better than dragonwell but it’s double the price (this tea is a little under $10/50grams, gyokuro is nearly $20/50grams) and the thing about gyokuro for me is that I believe with a tea that good you should sit down and enjoy it, not mindlessly guzzle at work. With Dragonwell I wouldn’t feel bad bringing it to work and “mindlessly guzzling it” but it’s also nice enough to sit and enjoy leisurely. It’s the best of both worlds.
This tea may become a staple for me. I would really like to compare it to Japanese sencha since that tea is a mid-range priced tea as well, but I have over 40(!) teas in my collection so it will be a while till I do so :)
Flavors: Butter, Grass
I didn’t care for this tea at first, but then the lady at David’s tea told me I shouldn’t be pouring boiling water onto green tea because it burns the leaves and therefore gives off the bitter aftertaste. Once I started to let the water cool before pouring, the tea started tasting much better :)
I got this in a swap from Sare, thank you!
The dry notes definitely smell like banana. But raisins in banana bread? I actually prefer my banana bread nutless. My Nanny makes the best banana bread.
The steeped notes smell bananaie, cake like and buttery. It even brewed up to look like melted butter. I allowed this to steep extra long because it was so light in colour.
This is really good. It’s like a piece of fresh banana bread with butter that has melted on it. It’s a little sweet for my liking, in the way of teas (which is weird, because I have a major sweet tooth), this almost rivals my Nanny’s banana bread and that’s definitely saying something.
Ick, there’s a yucky scum, powdery layer on the bottom.
I actually wanted to try my banana matcha which also came today (I got four packages in total today) but I knew the caffeine would probably keep me up.
I haven’t had this tea since I first started drinking tea 3 years ago. Decided to buy 18 grams of it- the perfect amount for a latte. I steeped it in my steeper for 5 minutes with a bit of vanilla agave, then mixed it with frothed milk.
Overall I’m disappointed in this one. I’m not sure if maybe my sample had a lower concentration of caramel pieces (there were a few for sure though), but this doesn’t taste very caramelly at all to me. I’m getting a bit of vanilla/caramelly sweetness, but I think most of that is from the agave. Overall I’m glad to have revisited this one, but also glad I only bought just enough for 1 latte. Birthday cake tea from DAVIDs is still my favourite for lattes.
I remember about a year and a half ago when I first started to get into tea, detox was a favourite of mine. This was before I understood that when it comes to green tea, one must not pour boiling hot water on the leaves so the leaves don’t burn and you get a bitter aftertaste. Detox was the first “green tea” that I enjoyed-largely because it didn’t taste like green tea! However, now that I know how to properly make green tea, it’s been a while since I’ve had detox. Sadly, I am no longer a fan because all it tastes like to me is lemony rooibos. I love lemongrass and rooibos, but not when either taste is overpowering. The rooibos does do a good job of covering up any bitter taste one would usually get from pouring boiling water over green leaves, but my mouth does dry out a bit just like it would from the burnt green tea.
Overall I don’t think I’ll buy this again. I’m glad my brother likes this tea; I’ll give him most of it.
Day 18/24 of 24 Days of Tea!
Ah, Forever Nuts- the tea that started my tea obsession about 3.5 years ago thanks to a good friend. I don’t drink this tea very often now as my tastes have developed to appreciate more “natural herbals” and straight greens, but Forever Nuts still is an old friend. Apples, cinnamon and vanilla reminds me of apple pie. No hibiscus in this fruit blend, which is a huge plus for me since I hate drinking hibiscus hot and that how I’m drinking this tea. I’ve had this tea iced too and it’s nice in the summer. I think after work today I may make a latte out of this tea since I’ve heard it’s supposed to be great that way.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Never did a proper review of this one.
I recently got a sample of this in a recent order to DAVIDs. I haven’t had this tea in a long time since I’ve been going through my mint teas slowly. Apparently they reformulated this tea with apple, but it wasn’t in my sample at all. Either way I love the original: very strong peppermint taste with what I assume to be eucalyptus, and a hint of citrus. Great even as a regular tea, but I know it’ll be good for illness too. I don’t know if I’ll like the reformulated version as much, but I will eventually repurchase and do a tasting note.
Flavors: Eucalyptus, Mint