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Tea of the wee hours of the morning….. I would love to know why I am so awake this early!
I finally got the message that for me this tea does not hold up to added milk products. I must have pumpkin spice latte on the brain….. This time, I steeped it and only added sweetner. It is quite a bit better this way. I am thinking that pumpkin is a subtle flavor with a kind of warmth, and for some reason most pumpkin teas seem kind of weak to me right now. I guess I am in a phase where super cinnamon is good, so subtle doesn’t really cut it. Enjoyable but not stapleworthy.
Steeped by the usual parameters. Lightly sweetened.
Hmmmm. Yes, it is a chai kind of day. So I am onto another pot of this. I guess in comparison to regular chai, it seems kind of bland. However, it is creamy and pumkiny and very good. It is more of a spiced pumpkin tea than a chai in my book, but if the chai spices were much stronger they would overpower the pumpkin flavor. This time I added a smaller amount of half & half and it works so much better.
Yum. I made this today more like traditional tea as I was not really sure it was spicy enough to stand up to the normal chai in a pan method. I did add a splash of half and half. It was good, but I am thinking it does not need so much added. It works mostly just as a tea. Will give it another go later, but this is really good!
24 oz teapot, 4 tsp tea, freshly boiled water with enough space left for the half and half, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened and added half and half (definitely go less on the h/h!) Resteeped at 7 minutes and just sweetened..was still pretty good.
I LOVE this tea! I was hoping for a tea that would fill the hole that Fruite Mate left in my life, and whoa nelly! Jungle JuJu sure packs a wallop – I love that I can drink it straight or with a teensy bit of agave. It is nice and fruity without being pungently so, and it does not get super strong or bitter if I have it in a travel press all day. I really hope they keep this one around for a long time!
This is definitely one of the best teas I’ve had in a while!! And it’s so perfect for fall too, which makes me love it even more. It smells like real, fresh, homemade apple pie, (or at least the apple filling part).
The actual taste is the same as how it smells, except the green tea shines through as well. I like how the flavour of the apple & cinnamon is obvious but doesn’t take over everything – these ingredients work really well together. Plus it’s sweet, but the apples are also a bit tart too, which is just like apple pie should taste. It’s like drinking a hot apple cider, but lightened and freshened up by the tea part. I could see alot of my family/friends liking this as well, and I hope it sticks around at Davids because it’s pretty amazing.
This is something I feel like I should always have on hand from now on. It`s so good! I definitely got the creamy vanilla flavours (I added a little bit of milk and sugar), and it worked so well with the Earl Grey base.
The dry smell of this tea is kind of different, (also reminds me of Buttered Rum in a small way) but I would drink this any day.
Straight: Not really feelin’ it…
Latte-d: Whole other story! Especially with the addition of spiced butter. Not quite what the doctor ordered (I currently have shingles, yay), but can’t really go wrong! Besides, I’m not supposed to take the pills on an empty stomach…
Had a rough day yesterday at a local craft fair, in which I have a booth. The only sales I’m making so far are to friends and family… but I could do that without having to rent a booth! So, I’m barely covering my costs at the moment.
Let’s hope today goes better, and this time I’ll be bringing a large carafe of this tea to keep me going while everyone just passes me by…
Can’t remember if I have reviewed this yet… oh well, I will now!
I bought 50g of this via the website in an order earlier this fall, then proceeded to forget about it in my excitement to try the fall collection. It waited, patiently, for me to give it my attention… and today I finally brewed up a cup and focused on the flavour. But I gotta say, I was disappointed! With all the hype this tea gets, I thought I would have fallen in love immediately.
Not to be swayed I brewed this again, but this time I made it following last years December DAVIDsTEA newsletter recipe for spiced butter—cream together 1/2 cup butter, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg, and a pinch each of ground cloves and salt, then store in the fridge to use ANYTIME—and made it like a latte.
Now. There. Is. No. Turning. back. I’m addicted. I can’t stand this tea straight-up, but with the addition of milk & spiced butter it’s a whole other tea…
You know when you got a special tea, it give you a little “buzz”. Like a dreamy day with beautiful snow falling down with a big serene sun splashing over the snow.
This is that kind of tea. Try it a little less hot than what DavidsTea recommend you (85 degrees will be perfect.) and steep it for 10 minutes.
This is one great Bao Hao Yin Zhen, but not the best ever. As a white tea, the “Sri Lanka Silver Needles” from DT was WAY more memorable, but it was in a limited supply…
I received this tea as a sample. When I first opened the pouch, the I was a little surprised at the strength of the jasmine. Then again, I hadn’t had jasmine tea in a while. I was on an oolong kick (and still am). However, as I sip this tea, it brings back a sense of nostalgia. I grew up in a tea drinking family and jasmine green tea was an early favorite. It’s like finding an old teddy bear.
As for the quality of the tea, it is very smooth with a slight bitterness. Generally, I don’t like bitter, but jasmine scented greens wouldn’t taste right without the bitter note. And though this is not the highest quality tea out there, it is very good. It lacks the astringent harshness that lesser leaves tend to deliver.
I am very pleased with this tea and will probably gladly order more if I ever get through all the other teas in my cabinet. My husband has banned me from ordering more tea since I’ve got enough to last several years. :( I think I need to do some tea swaps…
I’m giving this one another go—since I still have plenty left—but adjusting the temp & time.
Someone recommended that the reason I’ve been having trouble with this tea is that I’ve been steeping it too hot for too long. Oh, probably. So, today I tried steeping it at only 75°C for only 3-4 minutes and… it still tastes bland.
Yes, I’m getting the apple-y-ness and the pie-y-ness, but it’s not astounding my taste-buds into believing that I am drinking apple pie. Just an apple & spiced green tea. I guess this one is destined to become a “company tea” that I serve to guests who want something a little fancier than plain black tea, yet I won’t be sad to see it go.
As someone previously suggested, this totally smells like those caramel-apple lollipops. Hmmmmm…
First steep: Okay, so the baby was doing fine until I was just about to take a sip, then apparently decided that life was just tragic and worth whining about (8 month olds are like little bi-polar crack addicts, oi!). So, I got busy with her and forgot about this tea until it had been steeping for a good 15 minutes! Eeeee… so now all I really taste is bitter green tea with a hint of apple pie. Sigh.
Second steep: Since I blew the first steep, maybe the second will be tolerable? Mostly just refreshing green tea, with hints of caramelised apples. Not bad, considering. I won’t rate this though, since I completely wrecked the first steep.