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If we were rating teas strictly on a “looks” scale, this would be the supermodel-perfect-10 of teas. Holy crap, is this tea gorgeous to look at. Beautiful big brilliant pink rosebuds, petals, a scattering of fennel seeds, and chili threads strewn throughout.
The taste doesn’t quite live up to the promise this tea has dry. It tastes rosey, but not as overwhelmingly so as the dry smell would imply. It is tempered quite a bit by the fennel, which gives it a bit of a licorice aftertaste. It is quite yummy, but perhaps a bit too strange for an “everyday” tea.
Sweet banana heaven!
Kay, this is now my new favourite oolong from DT. It’s just so…ugggghh, amazing. Why the “ugh”? Because I only bought 50g of this, not nearly enough for a lifetime supply, and I can’t really afford stuff I don’t need (damn my prioritizing ways!). Srsly tho guise, this stuff is really good! I agree with everyone else here in that the banana and oolong really compliment each other in the best possible way. I already like banana everything, but this tea has brought banana to me in a whole new way. I lurve it c:
So so so sweet and creamy. The liqueur is thick, just what I prefer when it comes to oolongs. I’m in buttery oolong heaven when I sip this :D I love that I can squeeze four great infusions out of this bad boy too! Ahhhh….and the scent! If you’ve ever had that wonderful Japanese dessert where it’s tempura banana with coconut ice cream…it’s just like that.
Out of the four new oolongs that DT introduced I say this is the best one.
Has it been so long since I’ve reviewed any tea? We visited Davids Tea while in New York. The description of this tea is right up my alley, but oddly enough, it was my boyfriend who purchased it (He That Shuns All Sugar). Now I wish I purchased some for my own personal stash. It shimmers so prettily in the cup, you don’t have to add any sweetener, and just a touch of milk does soften it a bit. If the golden bits were pink, it’d be the Hello Kitty of teas. Delicious!
Just another strong peppermint tea.
good for upset stomachs and sore throats and is a staple for wellness
tastes like any peppermint tea bagged I’ve had(harsh but it’s my opinion)
if you do not have any bagged peppermint tea this is better because loose leaf is always better and it’s organic to boot.
Not the right mint taste that I adore.
Would be good for my wellness tea cupboard when needed.
Mmmmm, sweet and only lightly tasting of rooibos, which works well. Perhaps not quite creme brulee though, to be honest – it just tastes kind of caramelly. Which is ok with me. I definitely seem to lean more towards artificially sweetened creamy/sweet/caramelly rooibos blends (e.g. Birthday Cake, Alpine Punch) than fruit-flavoured ones.
Anyhow, dropping the rating a few points on this one simply because it was one of my first-rated teas, and compared to other rooibos, it’s not at the top, and I had it rated rather high. Big plus for it, however, is a lack of little candies floating around in it that make the tea scummy.
Mmmmm, another creamy tea winner for me. Bonus because this one is caffeine-free, therefore perfect for before bed when, say, Cream of Earl Grey or Buttered Rum wouldn’t be such a good idea. The dry leaf smells ok, somewhat creamy, but not hugely appealing to me. Luckily the tea is another thing entirely. The smell is sweet and creamy, just like the taste, although the somewhat fruity(?) rooibos flavour peeks through mid-late sip, which makes it a bit more three-dimensional than just sweet and creamy!
ETA: The second steep (~5min) loses much of the creme brulee qualities in my opinion, and mostly just tastes like a smooth rooibos. Not unpleasant, but certainly nothing special.
I personally think I prefer Toasted Walnut and Buttered Rum to this one, but due to the rooibos instead of caffeinated base, I think it will hold a nice place in my cupboard unless I find a better caffeine-free desserty tea!
Bugger, Steepster just ate my note about this tea. Basically, same method as Coconut Cream Pie, it smells lovely like sweet buttery rum (although it’s muted since it’s cold), but unfortunately has a plasticky taste, which is not likely due to being steeped in a plastic cup as it’s the first time I’ve tasted it. Basically, I concluded that icing teas may not be for me, although I do tend to like teas warm or at room temperature. I’m so annoyed right now; all day I’ve been typing up notes in Word, and I decide not to, and get the darn kettle when I try to post my note. Argh.
Oh yes, and I added a bit of agave which improved the flavour, but that plasticky taste is still there and it bothers me.
Comparing this one to Market Spice’s Rum Butter, this one is a little sweeter and more candy-like in aroma. Sniffing it, I am also reminded of some of DavidsTea’s rooibos blends. Not sure if it’s a flavouring association (although in this case, hopefully, since the bases shouldn’t be similar!).
Flavourwise, it’s a bit astringent, but sweet and rummy-tasting. There is coconut in this one, and it does come through a bit – perhaps that’s part of the flavour association? I should compare this to coconut cream pie as well. Haven’t had that one in a while since my bad experience one day in the field (using uber crappy field station water), which turned me off all teas I had that day (Malted ChocoMate, Jane Austen Mafia, Coconut Cream Pie, Blueberry Rooibos).
Although this is an unintended comparison, in terms of a desserty flavoured black, I think I liked 52teas Pot O’ Gold better than either of these. And although this one is sweeter and more desserty, the base of Rum Butter is definitely more appealing. My choice however, might be Pot of Gold… (I should do a direct comparison with Rum Butter though, as those two are the most similar. I guess it’s because of the butterscotch flavouring being pretty similar to buttered rum). So, bonus for coconut haters!
Another downside of this one is more oily scum on the top – Rum Butter barely had any. It’s possible that it’s due to the coconut flakes, though.
Second infusion (96C/5min): tastes a bit sweet/buttered rummy, but not a lot of base tea. Not bad, not great.
Dropping the rating here; I had it quite high but really wasn’t enjoying it as much as I apparently had previously.
Ohhhhh yes. This one is just divine. I love love LOVE vanilla in tea, and this combination of a good black tea and amazing creamy flavours is just fabulous. Of course, I had this tea a couple months ago as part of the advent calendar and noted “Very Good” on the back of the box, but didn’t write any other details down. Have to wait until it cools to really give it a good review, but today’s teeny taste of the hot stuff was creamy and great. Eeeee, I love the guilt-free nature of tea treats… in stark contrast to the WHOLE Terry’s Chocolate Orange I devoured last night :/ (It is really too bad that I don’t like Oh Christmas Treat, as that would solve many of my problems…)
Ok, this is definitely just as good as I remember. The more it cools, the more deliciousness emerges. The smell is a light, sweet butterscotch and the taste is gently sweet and buttery, with a light background of the black tea so it tastes grounded. I’m not sure if I taste rum; to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever had rum straight before, as I’m not a big fan of alcohol. I’ve had it in pina coladas, but there are too many delicious flavours there to be able to distinguish it if you don’t know what you’re tasting for!
ETA: Second steep, for which I had low expectations as the tea ball smelled like nothingness, is actually decent. Reduced smell and creamy taste, but it’s still there; it hasn’t just turned into something tasteless. I’m impressed; probably worth the second steep most days! I don’t think I’ll go for a third, or at least not tonight, given that it’s past 11pm and I should really have switched to caffeine-free by now.
ETA (again): Third steep (5.5min), which I stupidly have tried even though it’s 3am, amazingly still retains a bit of the buttery rum flavour, but at this point I’d rather brew a fresh cup of something else as it just isn’t flavourful enough, and I don’t believe that a longer steep would have improved the flavour much more.
Overall an excellent tea if you’re craving a sugary-sweet guilt-free treat! Large tin, here I come!
Hot-brewed and chilled this one to use up the last of it. Still not working for me though. It’s not bad, just really meh. It does taste pomegranate-y, but there’s really no white tea at all, and the hibiscus scares me. Another tea I’m not sad to be finished with!
This one’s not too bad today. Still too weak for my liking even though I probably used 2+ tsp of “leaf”, aka sticky pomegranate aril-ness with tea leaves. A bit of tartness shines through, and it does make me think pomegranate, but it won’t be making a reappearance in my cupboard once it’s gone. Other fruity ones are better.
This is my second time trying this tea, and I’m already feeling better about it than my first try. I added considerably more dry leaf than recommended, and made sure to get not only the sticky pomegranate chunks but some tea leaves as well. Have to wait for it to cool now though… I like my teas warm, not hot (i.e. cool enough to gulp down if I want, but warmer than body temperature so there’s still a warming effect as it goes down!)
Ok, so finally getting the chance to drink it. The flavour is very weak, although pleasantly sweet and pomegranatey, as is the scent. I’m not familiar with the taste of straight white tea, but am not really detecting any tea flavour beneath the fruitiness, which is disappointing, as there is consequently no real point to having this as a white tea instead of a herbal. Definitely doesn’t taste bad, but given the amount of dry leaf I put in, I was expecting something a bit stronger. Have put the tea ball back in to the remaining half-mug to see if I can coax something else out of it. Not too likely to buy this tea though, as it’s a bit more expensive in general, and moreso because I use more of the dry tea than for others.
Ok, after a few more minutes of steeping, I’m tasting more tartness (which I like), but also perhaps a bit of bitterness from the tea leaves. I am attributing this to the tea and not the hibiscus as this isn’t a flavour I’ve ever tasted from a tea with hibiscus (and trust me, I steep my herbals pretty much until I finish the whole cup, which can be as long as an hour+).
All in all, not a bad tea, and I won’t have too much trouble finishing my sample bag, but I won’t be buying this one again unless I have some intense pomegranate craving (and then, I’d only buy a sample-sized bag).
This one just didn’t cut it. I generally prefer full bodied black teas with noteable earthiness. This one was just too light… and a little musty. The dry leaves had a bit of an alfalfa type scent to them along with the traditional (but lighter) black tea scents. This one didn’t steep up very strong, and more time did not improve the flavour. I’ll be leaving this one on DT’s shelves instead of taking it home to mine.
LOVE THIS! It has such a wonderful body, and delicious notes of honey and earthyness. Cannot say enough about this one. I do take it with milk and a little sweetener. Though I can go with or without the sweetener depending on the day. I love to steep this one up really dark because it just gets wonderfully strong and more earthy without getting astringent or bitter at all. It reminds me of Twinings’ Irish Breakfast tea quite a bit, which is likely why this became an instant favourite. It will be keeping this one stocked up, that’s for sure!
I’ve been dancing around this one for a while, and I finally broke down and bought a 50g bag of it yesterday. I love the freshness of the dry leaves, and it didn’t smell like the citrusy flavours would be too astringent either, so I took some home. First impression was that it has a lovely vanilla-like mellow note that I really wasn’t expecting. Kind of like the ‘cream’ part of the creamsicle. At any rate – I like the complex smell of the steeped tea. At first sip I can still taste that creamy note that I could smell, but not as strong as I was hoping. It has some wonderful citrusy layers, but they aren’t definitively orangey, grapefruity, or lemony, like some of the other citrus based teas are. Thank You DT! I was expecting a little more of the apple notes that the sales girl mentioned, but there was none of that. Gooseberries though, I could definitely taste those :) The mint was also deliciously prominent as well which I was really happy about. I’ll have to experiment a little more with temperature, steep times, and addiditives (I had this one with agave), but I think this one might be a great summer/spring tea. I especially want to have this one iced.
Big fan of the Green Mate! I really like this, it’s a little green tasting which is a nice change from the roasted mate that seems a little too close to coffee for my liking. I take this one clear, or with a little agave if I’m in the mood for something slightly sweeter. It’s a great early morning tea as it does bive a good jolt in the morning. Before breakfast though, not with. I also turn to this one fairly regularly in the evenings when I am trying to stay up and alert to finish a paper or some other literature assignment. good times.
This one is a keeper on my tea shelves for sure!
First Gyokuro I’ve tried, and it did smell good dry So I though I’d give it a go.
Definitely vegetal and grassy, but I didn’t get any of the smooth buttery flavour that other people seem to. This one turned bitter almost right off the bat, though I think that was due to the staff person using water that was too hot since I didn’t let it steep long at all. It seemed slightly sencha-like to me, but even that didn’t redeem it in the long run.
I found that I really liked this tea – it was a little close to a Darjeeling, but not too much.
I was looking for a nice mild black and I definitely found it in this one. Very mild but not watery, there is not one flavour that stands out strongly which is nice. It did steep up a little sweet as well. A great simple black for mellow afternoons, though I think this would be good any time of the day, really. I’ll be returning to get some of this for my tea shelves.
Hmmmmm. So. This is pretty much the same as the tea I tried yesterday only less on the fake and more creamy. I don’t get much orange, if any… but it tastes a whole lot more natural to me.
Also, there was no reaction to the vanilla?! I guess I only have issues with the oils and extracts. Interesting.
This would be fun to mix with other teas. I could see this as a decent starter for mixing.