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Backlogged – had this yesterday while home sick with Yet Another Migraine From Hell.
Carrot Cake is one of my favorite varieties of cake. OK, look, I’ve yet to meet a cake I didn’t like. ;)
I love the medley of this – allspice with a hint of carrot, and a hint of cream cheese/buttercream flavor. Because it’s oolong, I would be very careful about steeping and the temp of the water. I kept it at 192 degrees and steeped for exactly 6 minutes; I like a stronger tea. Bottom line, this is a new fave.
Day 24 of my do-it-yourself scavenger hunt advent calendar!
When my dad was making the advent calendar, he didn’t know that this was one of the teas not on my list of “teas I like, or teas I would like to try” for a reason. I had this tea, and ended up giving it away because I disliked it so much. I almost enjoyed the first few cups, but as my 50g bag was slowly disappearing, I liked it less and less. Thankfully, I only have 3 more cups to choke down (my dad tried this as a sample in-store and really liked it, so this might actually be the only cup I have to choke down).
Part of my distain for this tea definitely stems from the coconut they put in it. Why on earth does a salted caramel tea need coconut in it?! This makes no sense. Other than to make it taste fake-creamier. Just put more caramel pieces in it! Problem solved. I still don’t get any sea salt flavour, but the caramel flavour is more obvious than I remember it being. And it almost tastes in this cup like I’m getting some caramel flavour from the actual toffee pieces, not just from the artificial caramel flavour they add to the leaves. I get more of a “coconut black tea” taste than anything else. And I hate coconut. Bumped the rating down to be the same as my dislike for coffee cake.
Verdict: I don’t hate it, but I certainly don’t like it enough to buy it again.
I bought 50g of this tea to try out since I absolutely LOVE salted caramel, and I’ve got to say I’m a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong—it’s good. It’s just not delicious (to me). I was expecting salty caramel-y goodness with a hint of black tea in the background and what I got was the opposite; a strong black tea flavour and a hint of salt and caramel. Boo! The smell is delish, though, so it makes up for it. And makes my cup smell good when I forget to wash it and leave it sitting on my desk :)
I tried this iced since all the teas of the day seem iced for summer, though this one begged to be drunk hot, in my opinion, as a latte. I did get it hot today, but just with milk and agave. It was pretty mild, though the cinnamon flavor was the most present flavor, but not in an overbearing spicy way…the chocolate definitely blends well and is balanced.
I bought 16g to play with at home and see if I can make it a latte now that I have mastered the art of the microwaved frothed milk.
Bottom line, I like it, but I’m not sure I love it just yet. I think it might be a nice fall tea…
Amanda Thanks for a bit of this!
I can taste the pineapple and peach right off the bat and it’s YUMMY. The bamboo is also distinct and serves its purpose well! I can taste the apple popping in and out while I sip…kinda neat! The Rose/Peony Combo is VERY muted but I’m thinking it’s there just to pull back those fruit flavors a bit so it’s not too overpowering.
LOVING the JUICY in this!
This is nice, it’s straightforward, simple. It doesn’t have anything complicated to say. Usually this ends up being my after-dinner tea. Most of the time I try to drink tea without sugar added to it, but once in a while it does magically end up in here. It’s not the strongest peppermint, but it’s far from weak. It’s a nice, easy going tea. All smiles from me.
Tough to get it to brew strongly enough. That’s my short review of this one. I expected robust, malty, and typically Assam, but this tea fell a bit short on the robust side of things. The leaves are not as large as some other “full leaf” assams I have tried, so it surprised me a bit that this one did not brew up as richly as I expected from an assam variety. That said, it has a smooth maltiness to it and is better than David’s Tea’s English Breakfast, which I found to be quite weak. Maybe this is indicative of many of the mega-chain tea stores that have popped up — I thought the same thing with the Teavana brand English Breakfast. For me, I would have liked a darker, richer brew… and I guess for the money I spent on this loose leaf tea, I would rather buy a couple of boxes of bagged Punjana or Barry’s Irish Tea.
This one’s great! My new favourite mate, besides Chocolate Rocket, but who knows…I haven’t tried the other new chocolate-y one yet.
Hot, this basically tastes like orange juice, although it lacks something very particular to orange juice…some of the acidity, maybe? I think the other fruits sweeten it a bit. Underneath that you can taste the mate, but it blends well; although a bit of a bitter roasted flavour comes out as it cools to room temperature, so definitely drink it hotter.
Or maybe colder? I only got 10g of this, which makes about three gourds, so I haven’t iced it yet; but I imagine it’s going to be amazing iced. I’m definitely going back for a tin of this to have in the mornings with toast and eggs!
Oh yes, and I also got the little ceramic gourd and teeny bombilla DAVIDsTEA is selling right now. I’ve seen traditional ones for sale before, and never got them; mainly because I didn’t trust myself to care for them properly, and because the bombillas were severely marked up.
Then I saw this guy in DT: http://www.davidstea.com/ceramic-mate-gourd
And I thought, naw, I totally have to do this cutesy-wutesy easy version. I love it! The only complaint I have is about how the ceramic gives off heat, which makes it very hard to hold until it cools down. But it’s very easy to clean, and the teal silicone attachment holds the bombilla perfectly in place so it doesn’t go all over the place. The bombilla works fine, too; I left the mate to swirl around in the gourd, and the bombilla sucks up all the liquid without getting clogged.
Since I am internally six years old, I delight in now being able to drink tea through a straw. So naturally, I started experimenting with said straw. (Which I’m also going to have to buy replacements for, because I just know I will use this thing until it breaks.)
Back when all the stuff at my local Teaopia was 75% off, I picked up this thing which looks like a plastic coffee cup to-go lid with a removable infuser attached to the bottom. The infuser isn’t large, and is mostly kind of useless, but I discovered yesterday that the lid part fits PERFECTLY on (what else?) a Perfect Mug. And the bombilla? Fits neatly through the little drinking hole in the lid.
So I’ve now discovered a way to drink hot tea in a cup with a lid and a straw. I don’t think it gets more Westernized/Western bastardized than that.
Special thanks to SoftRevolution for this one!
I really like that David’s used Green Rooibos here. The trio of lemony-goodness and the ratio they used of each was lovely! Not too over-powering. It’s soothing and comforting. This is lemony but not puckery and not really sour. It’s sweet and slightly creamy in the middle of the sip – more specifically.
This is really lovely!
After a weekend of camping, eating junk food, and not drinking any good teas, I look forward to drinking good tea again! I thought mint would be a good choice to settle my junk food stomach.
This tea dry really reminds me of mouthwash. Steeped, it isn’t as much as toothpaste or mouthwash, but still a little bit. Otherwise, it is sweet, minty goodness. I really like mint as a flavour, so for me, this is a great bedtime tea.
Maybe try mixing with peppermint.
I finished another sample of this today. I decided to finish this one today because my hubby and I have a movie night planned tonight. We picked a movie up from the library and we’re hoping to have a relaxing night for a change, rather than the hectic days we’ve been having lately.
As for the tea, it’s one of those blends that I gravitate towards in the Spring and Summer. It’s light, sweet and lovely, and it occasionally reminds me of caramel corn. I enjoy it, but it’s not a tea that I need to keep stocked in my cupboard year round. This is nice as an occasional treat so I plan to pick up another sample of this in the future, possibly next Spring/Summer if I can wait that long. I’m trying not to buy much tea these days and use what I have instead, as we’re gearing up for our upcoming move into our reno’d home. Less than a month to go, 22 days to be exact…I’m getting excited!
It’s been a while since I’ve had this tea. I believe it was one of the first teas I had ever tried from Davids Tea, back when I started with Steepster about 9 or 10 months ago. I’m impressed that I still like it almost the same as when I first tried it. It’s one of those teas that I don’t see myself drinking on a regular basis, but is thoroughly enjoyed when I have it on the rare occasion.
As I described in my previous log for this tea, hot, the smell and taste is like caramel corn, but as it cools there is a slight tartness that comes to the forefront that personally, I could do without.
It’s a unique tea, but not worth getting more than a sample size at a time. The taste is a fun novelty (or noveltea, if you’re like me and you laugh at cheesy puns). It’s certainly not a classic everyday option for me – that would be like watching the same movie every night.
Delicious! Tastes like caramel-corn. As a hot beverage I liked this one instantly. With a little coaxing, paired with the heavenly aroma, and the pure curiosity of a tea called “movie night”, I convinced my husband to take a few sips of this one – and even he (who is very much a non tea drinker)said that it was good. I also tried this one cold, and although it was still quite good, I prefer it as a hot beverage as the sweetness seems to blend more smoothly with the flavor when it’s hot. So good I give it 2 thumbs up!