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I had high hopes for this tea since I am a meditator, and am not a Buddhist but I think he had some good ideas. But, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.
This tea is quite pretty to look at. The hibiscus blossoms are beautiful, and it is fun to watch while steeping until it reaches that deep honey white tea color. The smell of it is quite sweet, which is surprising.
In drinking it, it starts with a sweet, fruity taste, then you can taste the Jasmine, and it ends on a floral note. Part of the taste reminds me of an updated version of Jasmine Green Tea. Also, for some reason, the other part tastes similar to DT’s Daydreamer, with a strong mango/peach taste. I would be surprised if this was created by the hibiscus alone (maybe there was something else in the “Natural Flavouring?”), but it is quite unexpected.
I am not sure if I am going to get this one again. It is pretty yummy, but it isn’t really different enough from the other DT options.
I thought this was a sipdown, but there was too much tea left. Booo. So, one small cup’s worth left.
This tea is a pretty good oolong, creamy and “oolongy” (haha), but I’d rather drink straight teas from other companies, and there are other oolongs I’ve found that I prefer, that may even be somewhat cheaper, from other companies (e.g. Verdant, Teavivre).
Continuing with straight teas. Oolong!
Too lazy to brew this sequentially tonight.
The scent is mellow and creamy. I’m really not getting any floral notes, which is ok – I didn’t want that tonight particularly, I just wanted some good oolong aftertaste :P
The flavour is pretty good – mellow and creamy with an oolong aftertaste. Really not floral at all. Wish I had tried this one before making up your packet, Missy/Dylan! But I have no energy to undo it and swap things out now, nor do I have enough sample to send out, given that I only bought 10g.
Although this is good, as Uniquity mentioned in her tasting note, it’s hard for an untrained palate to distinguish this from DavidsTea’s tieguanyin. So I probably won’t get this one again, although I do have enough for a side by side comparison when I am feeling ambitious (although I just put the rest of my tieguanyin in to cold-steep, so I’ll have to refill that one first).
Anyways, this one’s hitting the spot tonight. :)
ETA: Got another two good infusions out of these leaves. I’ll have to watch the infusion time though, because the second infusion, for two minutes, was verging on astringent, and I would really prefer to have none if possible (and I believe it’s so).
Ice cream cake tea smells like equal sweetner and tastes like equal sweetner. Sadly I purchased 100g of it and disliked it after the first sip. It’s way too sweet and the taste made me nauceous. I’m sad about it because the idea of it seemed so appealing. Oh well, one tea out of a few hundred isn’t bad. Lol!
FINALLY A NEW WHITE (or mostly white) Davids’ Tea. Seriously, it’s been a while. And yet another tea that contains hibiscus, so sorry, hibiscus-haters; the girl at my regular spot and I joked that management must’ve bought a big old bag of hibiscus this spring, with the amount of teas it’s been popping up in. This is light, floral and a teeny bit tart on the finish. It reminds me of a fruitier White Tiger, which is a good thing. Just took a cup to go so will have to see how it comes out after a home-steep, but so far, so good.
I had to get this tea after discovering I have a great soft spot for smokey tea.
Dry: Much more fragmented leaves than the Nepal black by DT. Wonderful pine notes with a deep sweet smoke. Yum.
Liquor (1.5min): A deep reddish brown. Its is molasses sweet – like homemade barbecue sauce on something recently gilled. Definite pine notes at the first taste which are very strong and smokey (a little too much so). This intensity then mellows into a sweet barbecue flavour for me. Delicious!
Overall this tea is good. I wish it had a more well rounded black tea, instead of just a high intensity flavour off the get go. I want to enjoy my cup – not have my tongue assaulted by a burning pine branch. It’s drinkable – only because I didn’t steep it as long as DT said. No way hosay would I drink this steeped at 4-6 min =\ yikes.
This tea smells like autumn. The combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and caramel resemble a pumpkin pie so closely that I’m getting a little nostalgic… Is it Halloween yet? This tea has adorable little orange-coloured candies floating among the tea leaves. I can’t help but smile, it just makes me so happy.
The tea steeps to a beautiful orange-brown, and the smell is still just as prominent. And drinking it? Amazing. I taste the spices first – cinnamon, cloves and everything else that makes both chai and pumpkin spice delicious. It’s pretty light for a chai, not as spicy as others I’ve encountered. Then, the taste of pumpkin lingers on your tongue. Even though there are candies in the tea, the taste is by no means fake. The pumpkin taste is as real as pumpkin can get; I’m impressed.
As per David’s Tea’s orders, I’ll try this with a bit of sugar and milk… Oh wow, this is even better! I added just a little milk and a touch of sugar, but the effect is extraordinary. Now, I really feel like I’m eating a pumpkin pie.
This tea is up there among my favourites. When I bought it, I was told that it was a seasonal tea, but creeping around on their website – I see that it’s not! I guess they changed their minds, and I am oh so glad they did. If you want a tea that’s a lot of pumpkin and a touch of chai, this is it. Pumpkin Chai seems like an appropriate tea to drink before heading out to a costume party. It’ll almost make you believe it’s Halloween.
This is another autumn tea from David’s Tea. The dry tea smells amazing. You can smell the orange peel, but it’s not a purely fruity smell, probably because of the Saigon cinnamon. Once steeped, the first thing I do, before even touching my drink, is pick out the mulberries from the steeped tea. Unconventional, maybe. But they are so delicious that throwing them out would be a sin. I had never tasted mulberries before picking them out of this tea, and now I’m hooked. They aren’t tart like a lot of other berries, and they soak up the tea so they’re just about bursting with flavour.
But I digress, the tea is now steeped. It still smells just as sweet, and is a very dark, but clear brown. Unfortunately, I find it to be lacking a little in flavour. After taking a sip, I taste a bit of orange and mulberry on the back of my tongue, and hints of mulberry and cinnamon definitely linger. Regardless, it isn’t as full a flavour as I had hoped, and I couldn’t taste caramel at all.
I’m trying to decrease my use of sugar and honey in tea, but I’ll sweeten this a little. It makes a bit of a difference, the tea tastes a little fuller now. I can actually taste the cinnamon before I’ve swallowed the tea, but the aftertaste isn’t ideal. The mulberries are already naturally sweet and I find that the sugar makes it all a little overpowering.
I’m not sure if I’ll buy this tea again. As far as scent goes, it’s definitely at the top of my list. And the mulberries are a huge plus. But the tea is lacking taste without sweetener, and gets overpowered with sweetener. Unfortunate, since I really do love mulberries.
I don’t know how I’ve managed to never log this one – especially since we bought it months ago and I am positive that I’ve tried it before now. I recall it being too sweet and bubble-gum as opposed to cranberry or pear – in the way that many DT teas tend to be to me for the last year or so.
On to the tea! Steeped a pot up with the beau and father-in-law, the aroma is very much of bubble gum. I’m starting to worry that my memories are correct. First sips are sweet, but not exactly bubblegum. Maybe artificial pear. Very artificial. LIke a lightly flavoured hard candy or something. There is no cranberry and no tart (I would expect tart in this one!). It’s tolerable but not fabulous. No black tea taste, but I can feel it on my tongue if that makes sense. It’s a supporting role. Unfortunately, this is another middle of the road sweet fruity tea. I’m not so fond of those anymore. : (
Edit: I can’t believe I’m so out of tune with everyone else on this one – what is going on with me?!
Another lovely tea sample from IndigoBloom-let! Thank you Dearie!
A Scot’s got to have her Whisky don’t you think? Sooner or later, Bonnie of Stewart, Cameron, Johnstone is needin her DT Whisky White and thanks to I-Bloom up in the land of my Fathers (after leavin Scotland) in Canada, here I go.
Being somewhat of a know-it-all old person, I did not read the steeping time ahead. What for?!
Steep 1 = 4minutes YA HEARD ME RIGHT!
A bit honey gold and very flavorful. I can’t say I don’t appreciate the full flavor. It’s like a honey, ertzy banana, rye bread. If you put in a little sweetening it is more banana.
I looked at the directions online…OOPS…30-80 seconds recommended as a steep time!
Second steep = 45 seconds. SHOULD BE BETTER!
But, it smells like CLOROX! ADDED 30 more seconds! BAD SMELL IS GONE!
There is a lighter color and flavor. The banana flavor is not as strong which is ok depending on if you like that sort of thing or not. The rye bread taste is also faint but still there and the honey is very light. It is just a gentler version of the over-steeped first batch. You could do this tasting side by side and see which you prefer.
What did I do next…
I could not resist the classic Whisky and Lapsang Souchong pairing.
Whisky drinkers drink this classic smoked tea till they are passed out drunk!
Having a small cup of both tea’s (one sweet and one salty and smoky) proved to
be a delicious way to enjoy this Whisky White. It knocked out the banana flavor!
See what you think?!
I’m back I mixed a little LS and Whisky White together and the Bagpipes began to play!
(If you think I’m kidding about the two, Google “Whisky and Lapsang Souchong” Winston Churchill drank this combination).
Fed some of this to sick boyfriend the other day. He actually wanted tea! Granted, I heavily sweetened it with honey, but he actually thought it was pretty good. (It was funny – he wanted some tea with honey and I had a really tough time finding a tea in my stash that would actually be appropriate for a cold, and was not overly weird and filled with random herbs. Thankfully this did the trick!) Anyways, I didn’t really drink any, but wanted to log this here anyhow. I have a cup’s worth left for one more taste another day.
I’m not a big fan of citrus in teas, because it’s often citrus peel that’s used as flavouring, which I dislike – I only like the juice, which has a different flavour. Anyhow, picked this up a while back to try anyways, because I’m ever-curious about new teas!
Steeped, the scent is citrusy. Citrus peel, definitely, but that’s what I saw in the dry tea, so I’m not exactly surprised. The flavour follows suit: lightly citrusy with a sencha base that comes through nicely. There’s almost a bit of creaminess as well.
If citrusy green teas are your thing, this one would definitely be one to try. Steeped as per the instructions (2 min, ~80C), it’s light and refreshing, without astringency or bitterness. My only complaint is that I’d like more green tea flavour. Common problem.
Awake before noon? Good time to try this tea, finally!
It smells rather like a coffee, to me. Definitely reminiscent of 52teas Malted ChocoMate, but that’s not surprising given that they both contain roasted mate.
The taste is definitely much more palatable than coffee. It’s slightly sweet, with no bitterness, and almost a toasted barley sort of flavour(?) I can perhaps taste a hint of chocolate as well.
Overall, quite pleasant, and definitely doesn’t require additions for me to drink it. However, I don’t like it as much as Malted ChocoMate (whew), so once this small sample packet is finished, I think that will be it for me :) I’m also not sure if I’ll have a problem with the coffee in it, but we’ll see.
Thank you lovely Indigobloom for this sample and many others!
I was humbled today with a big mailing of samples from Indigobloom! I’m like the old woman tucked away who sees family now and then, goes to the grocers and Church but otherwise is invisable in her little home. My friends are the fleeting words on Steepster which I enjoy so much. The kindness of so many samples today was more than I would have expected from anyone!
My daughter told me about a Netflix documentary called Being Elmo…all about the Puppeteer who does the muppet Elmo and how he began as a poor young man in Baltimore, MD. I wanted to pick a delicious tea from my new bunch of samples appropriate for Elmo watching. Hum, got it! Chocolate cake! That’s what Elmo would drink!
I set the steep time for 5.5 minutes. The liquor smelled like cake alright, chocolate and vanilla wafting through the air. The liquor was the color of cream soda…light brown colored and the first sip also reminded me of cream soda with cocoa flavor. The taste was not very sweet on it’s own so I added splenda which improved the dessert quality. One more thing was not quite right. The rich flavor of cake was lacking. The tea seemed thin, so I added cream and again this helped elevate the tea to being more cake-like.
The aftertaste was different…not bitter, but I think the cocoa nibs are giving a woody, dry straw taste on the finish that is a bit odd. Some people might notice this at first and think of a bakery taste and then later it strikes you as an odd aftertaste.
My take is that I think this is enjoyable Chocolate Cake Tea. My grandsons would love this for sure especially with some chocolate ice cream! It was very fun to drink while watching my Being Elmo documentary!
Thanks again Indigobloom!
What a name, but does it live up to the hype?
I brewed it on the low side, just to be safe, but the problem with pairing a green tea + fruity pieces is the fruit really needs a hot + long steep to really bring out their flavours, while the delicate green tea requires a short + 80°C steep. This poses a problem, either you get flavourful fruity bitter tea or weak fruity green tea. The latter is what I ended up with… not horrible, not astounding, just kind of alright.
Which is disappointing because I was really excited there was finally a kiwi tea in the DAVIDsTEA roster.