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Recent Tasting Notes
This is one of the teas my mom and I picked up on the weekend.
The aroma is strong and delicious, of an earl grey with something else playing around. Presumably it’s the berries, but I have never tasted them, so can’t be sure.
The flavour is definitely not what I was expecting, but I like it! It’s a light earl grey (a bit lighter than the Earl of Lemon, in my opinion), with a tasty berry flavour that I can’t quite place. No astringency, which sets it apart from regular earl greys. At this point I’m undecided as to whether it would be a re-purchase, but that’s only because I have so much tea! It’s quite good! Mom thought it was different, but ok. She opted for the Yunnan Jasmine White over it though, for her second evening cup.
I cold brewed this for about 7 hours, and once it was finished I added a couple spoonfuls of agave to the pitcher.
Also, I picked out the little hearts before brewing because of the “real carmine”, which didn’t sound appetizing. They were kind of whimsical though, I would have liked them had they not had crushed beetles in them.
This definitely does smell like pina colada. It was a little jarring because its BRIGHT yellow when poured into a glass. It’s refreshing and coconutty. Maybe a little pineappley. There was something though, and I can’t put my finger on what, that I just didn’t like about it. Like, it’s not something I would ever crave and it’s not something I could just sit down and drink a big glass of. I finished what I had made, but was glad when I was finished with it.
This one seems like it might be a strange one to brew hot because its so fruity, so I didn’t try it that way. Maybe I should have.
For me the issue may have been the coconut. I haven’t met a coconut tea that I’ve liked, so I think coconut just isn’t for me. This came in my summer tea set though, and I wanted to give it a shot.
TL;DR version: Just okay. Not bad at all, but also not good.
Yum yum. I’ve had this both iced and hot and it’s delicious either way. I don’t know what else to say about it other than that it’s like a creamy vanilla cake with hints of fruitiness. Oh, and of course the sprinkles, love, love, love the sprinkles. :)
I also ordered some of this for my mom for her birthday, couldn’t resist.
ICED TEA MODE!
The last of my sample of Green and Fruity, prepared iced with rock sugar.
Very nice, more of a brighter fruit taste and the papaya comes out really nicely. Iced, the rooibos takes the background (yay!).
IMO, better iced. Pretty nice tea, but I’m not going to order more of it as its not wow’n me – but I will put myself on lookout for other good papaya teas.
This was one of the last teas I bought before moving out of Canada.. and I kept forgetting to try it!
DRY: Smells almost like peaches and cream instant oatmeal. Fruity with a little woodsy. Lots of bricks of dark orange and yellow fruit things.
STEEPED: Ambery look (as always) and fruit smell. I snagged a steeped dark orange chunk and it was very tasty dried papaya. Dang, I could probably snack on them and wreck future cups of tea. Other chunks turned out to be apple and I saw one melted looking fruit that was probably mango.
Looks like I didn’t get the water hot enough. My kettle was purchased in the US with F temperatures, with DT’s temperatures listed in C.. and I only know C so I failed at choosing a hot enough water setting.
TASTE: Light tea. Green roobios with a hit of apple sweetness, and I can taste a little papaya filling my mouth. The green roobios is pretty nice and is the main taste, with fruit in the background. The fruit flavor stays in my mouth after I finish the cup – very yum. I tossed in a couple rock sugars with 40% of my cup left and it brought out the sweetness of the fruit a bit more.
WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TEA: fruity peeps – papaya tea is uncommon. Roobios drinkers, however this green roobios is not bad and this roobios-disliker liked this cup of tea. People who like/want decaf tea.
COMMENTS: Not bad – I love the papaya and I now need to try more teas with papaya in it. I’m not a huge roobios fan, but this tea had a great flavor to it with a great combo of fruit and the green roobios being very good.
I want to try this double strength iced and rock sugar sweetened. I’d drink this whole 20g I got and not share, but probably won’t buy more – it is pretty nice tea but it didn’t punch-me-in-the-face-wow-me and not in my favorite range of tastes. However, I would recommend others to try this tea. I can see why this is a popular DT tea.
Tried this iced in the store yesterday with a bit of agave and I really liked it! Even flash frozen, when all the ice was melted, it kept all its flavour. I’m not sure if that’s due to the artificial flavouring in this, and I’m once again side-eyeing David’s for that decision, but this is one of their new blends that I actually do enjoy. I may pick some up to brew myself.
1.5 tsp for 250mL water @93C. Steeped five minutes.
Because this blend contains green tea and jasmine, I decided to go a little gentler with the water than the recommended 98C.
Not sure what the “artificial flavouring” is, but this blend has a definite peachy taste to it. I don’t catch much jasmine, but I can smell roses, especially at the tea cools. Tea liquor looks like one from a dark green tea. A bitterness lurks at the edges; I think this one might get soapy is steeped too long. The blend of black and green teas in the base gives a slightly creamy mouthfeel. I’d hoped for more jasmine — and less peach — but this blend is quite agreeable
Made for me at a DavidsTea store. 3-minute steep.
I really need to stop trying flavoured teas. The older and grumpier I get, the more I want straight tea. And yet, I tell myself, somewhere that perfect blend awaits …
Well, this one’s fine and dandy, as flavoured teas dominated by their flavours go. Pleasant apple taste without being too sour. But, as usual with many of DavidsTea flavoured teas, I don’t taste any tea. Not enough white tea, at least. You can taste white tea in the DT Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble, for example. Really, there’s nothing wrong with Big Apple, except that I want to taste tea when I drink tea.
Tried this the other day as recommended by the description: Viet-style, with condensed milk. I didn’t have it iced, though. Interesting blend of flavors. It doesn’t pack a sugar-rush whammy like Vietnamese iced coffee with milk (ca phe sua da) but it wasn’t bad, either. It was the last of my stash, so unfortunately, I won’t be able to continue my experiment further.
I love chai and being Vietnamese, I love me some Saigon cinnamon. I’ve had this iced, hot with honey, and also almond milk/honey. I do enjoy drinking this tea, but I don’t love it. It’s a nice cinnamon-flavored tea. I prefer my chai to have more of a “punch you in the tastebuds” impact, so unfortunately, this didn’t make the cut. Will not repurchase, but it does smell oh-so-lovely in the bag.
Backlogging from the weekend.
I really liked this one, I had it hot, but I think it would be great iced. Raspberry with a little lemon in the background. The hibiscus isn’t too tart. It actually words well here. The rooibos doesn’t come through too earthy which is great.
So, no hibiscus or lemongrass for me for awhile, so I am sending this one off tomorrow to Amanda!
There doesn’t seem to be much too say about this tea. It’s got a good flavour to it, but it honestly isn’t the most peppermint-y tea I’ve ever had. Still good though.
The fact that it’s caffeine-free is a bonus for me as I will drink it before bed, particularly when I’ve got a cold. Or if I AM cold. Or any old reason, really.
I do warn anyone purchasing this tea though that it is an extremely light tea. I learned the hard way that buying 100g of it from DAVIDsTEA is a whole lot of tea. I left there with two bags and one of their tins.
Good thing I like peppermint.
The name and description alone attracted me to this tea, because I am far too easily amused by things like the fact that this tea turns such a nasty colour. I purchased it online long before it was released for the summer season.
I’ve never put a sweetener in this tea; I find it’s pretty good all on its own, though if it’s not left to steep long enough the flavour can leave something to be desired as it will turn out a little bland.
I’ve tried it hot, cold, and room temperature – though that was more through neglect than anything else. Personally I’ve found it quite enjoyable at either hot or cold. The oily film it forms from the sprinkles is a little unpleasant to look at, but doesn’t seem to affect the flavour.
Smells like grapefruit? Hmmm, interesting.
Now I know that Swampwater is supposed to be the tea you brew for kids, but, no sooner had I taken this out of the fridge—after brewing it for 10 minutes, straining, then placing it there to cool—then my 18-month-old hold her sippy cup out to me. She’s probably thirsty and I prefer to fill it with cold tea, instead of juice, anyways. I hand her the full cup and she literally starts drinking without stopping for a breath! Either she’s really thirsty of she really loves this tea. Probably a combination of both! Looks like this will be in full rotation this summer as I brew it up for my daughter to drink.
Now, what do I think of it? I find it’s a really flavourful brew, especially when you just leave it for a bit, then strain and chill. I could see it being a little on the weak side if you brewed it then poured it over ice, so to get maximum flavour I recommend steeping it for 10+ minutes, straining it, then forgetting it in the fridge for a day so it reached peak coldness.
Trust me on this one, have I ever lead you astray before?
Dang this stuff is good.
Typically I like my loose leaf tea hot, which may or may not be affected by my struggle with getting iced teas quite right. This tea is definitely an exception to the rule; even my mediocre iced tea making skills aren’t enough to ruin it.
I first had it iced with a splash of agave nectar, all following times I haven’t had the nectar in it. Personally I prefer it with a bit of agave in it, but it does have plenty of sweetness all on its own.
Love this tea. It’s just a shame that the blend for it is so large.