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I love this tea. It is so good. Chocolate, mint, candy… you can’t go wrong. It’s so delicious. Sweet, but so so good.
Update: I tried this tea tonight with milk and sugar, and it’s amazing. It tastes a lot more like Santa’s Secret, but it has that added loveliness of the chocolate flavour to it. I love it. It’s wonderful. I’m so glad my dad surprised me with a full tin of this tea for Valentine’s Day!!
I’m breaking all the rules at the moment and I don’t care. I’m reviewing this even though I haven’t had it a long time. But the reason I feel I can and not feel too bad is ‘cause I just bought 250g of this one yesterday and I’m dying to get it here even though I shouldn’t drink it until after the baby comes… either way though… I am reviewing this and making a note…
Mostly because yesterday was the worst day ever and my retail therapy helped some and I’m hoping that tomorrow will be the end of my worry for good. I’m going to get kind of personal here… Something I haven’t really done too much on here, but here we go!
My husband and I chose to have the baby tested for Downs and Spina bifida. Yesterday I got a call from the receptionist that one of them came back positive. My world shook. I was so upset I was late for work.
I got in to see the doctor that afternoon and he told me it’s not Downs, it’s the Spina bifida that came back positive and it’s just barely into the positive range. I’m so relieved and yet so nervous. I have been worried that I’m screwing up this baby by not eating well enough or whatever. And part of this Spina Bifida can be that the mom hasn’t had enough folic acid, which I’m taking multivitamins everyday and whatnot, but still..
I’m rambling now. Okay, not really. But I can tell he’s wanting to get it all checked out and make sure that everything is okay, but at the same time I don’t think he’s too worried about it ‘cause it’s not too far into the positive range… like it’s in the lowest end of the positive range it can be. And the thing is, there’s a chance that this could be a FALSE positive too. There is such a thing come to find out…
So, I figure that can’t be too bad. And if the worst thing that happens is the child needs some assistance walking and getting around, we can make that happen no matter what. That won’t be too bad.
I’m praying the baby is fine. Tomorrow at the ultrasound they should be able to tell me what’s going on. I’m praying. Hard. My family is praying. My mom and aunt have a lot of peace that everything is going to be fine and I’m trying to take their lead on that. I know what I keep picturing as the outcome, but I’m almost too scared to say it in case I’m wrong.
Anyway, to the tea! This is a “Back from the Dead” tea for Halloween. I hate Halloween. Never have liked it. It’s a creepy, dark holiday to me. BUT! If it means that a favourite tea is coming back and I can enjoy it again for a long time, than I will like Halloween this year!
To those that are praying folks, please say a prayer for this baby. For those of you who don’t, I apologize if my openness about talking about prayer offended anyone. It’s important to me and I’m thankful that I have my faith to help me through.
I’ll update everyone once I know what’s going on.
I just bought 50g of this tea because I really wasn’t sure if I’d like it. The name and what colour it turns had me a little worried. I ended up making it in a travel mug at work for the first trying of this tea, and I must say, I’m totally in LOVE!! This tea has a beautiful fruity taste and smell. I was whisked away to a sweet heaven drinking this tea. I couldn’t believe how delicious it was for such a weird sounding tea. I MUST buy more of this tea before it goes back into retirement. It is just so good! I’ll be very sad when my cupboard runs out of this stuff.
I love this tea. I think I actually prefer this tea to peppermint, which is surprising for me ‘cause I LOVE peppermint.
I find this tea to be smoother in taste, where as peppermint is a bit more of a punch of flavour. I think I’ll always keep this in the house. It’s great too if you just want something to relax with and to calm ya down after a long day at work. I could see it working really well if ya have a sore throat too, or not feeling well.
I’m a fan of this tea, but not in the “buy now” kind of way. Also, I thought I rated it before but .. maybe I didn’t?
I had it a few times iced with the old $1 promotion (how I miss thee), oh I just looked out the window and it’s snowing like crazy. Okay I can wait for the next iced tea promotion.
Anyways! I think I prefer this one iced. I tried it hot from my advent sample, and it was alright, but as it cooled the walnut, almond and even pineapple flavours popped and made me super happy. Pop! Now I want a chestnut tea.
Anyways, I have to share, when I tried to get the tea out of the little container, my spoon hit something hard. I then pulled out a giant walnut, bigger than my thumbnail, a tiny brain! It was funny to me, even if I did get less tea because of it haha.
A dear friend of mine bought me this when she first found out about DavidsTea and wanted to get me a thank you gift.
I was really unsure how bamboo would taste in a tea, but it smelt SO good and it looked light and fresh, so I couldn’t wait to try it. This tea is so good! The first time I steeped it, I didn’t use enough tea leaves, so it was really weak. The second time was much better ‘cause I added more. I also like to add some freeze-dried strawberries that I bought from somewhere else and add it to the tea. It kicks up the strawberry flavour and makes it so delicious!
I have a bunch of this tea, so I know I’ll get to enjoy the strawberry loveliness all year around.
I had this one yesterday morning after a headache all night… trying to fight a headache without Tylenol or Advil or whatever has been very interesting…
And why am I avoiding these things, including my caffeinated teas?
I’m pregnant! Yaaay! I’m excited and scared and just can’t wait. I miss my teas, but I don’t know which ones are safe and which ones aren’t…
Anyways, yesterday I needed a comfort tea. I didn’t sleep the best and I just wanted something warm and awesome and I can have some caffeine and it’s all good, so why the heck not? This tea was like the sweet heaven that I have loved all along. It screamed of falling autumn leaves and the crisp cold of the weather changing. I could almost taste the frost on everything and yet it had the warmth of sweaters and mitts.
As much as I don’t want fall to come, I guess you could say I’m excited for it too in some ways. Or Maybe I just miss the teas… haha
This summer has been one for heat! We have had at least two heat waves, and I was starting to think that maybe there wasn’t an end in sight! But this morning I was struggling to wake up (which I do on a good day hahaha), and I realized it’s because it’s dark and rainy out! The heat has broken for at least today and been replaced with crazy amounts of rain! Maybe now my flowers will come back to life in the garden!
So I thought, what better day than today, to enjoy a favourite such as pumpkin chai! It is such a warm comforting tea to me.
This tea screams fall. It’s the perfect cup of tea to snuggle up with on a gloomy-looking day such as today. And although I have to work this morning, I brought some with me and I’m really enjoying the soothing comfort of this tea. It is delightful!
Yummy chai! The smell of the dry leaf is heavenly. The rooibos is definitely in there, but not strong. It’s behaving despite a long steep. There’s a slight burn from the peppercorn. Cinnamon and cloves and cardamom. Mmmmmm…. so tasty. I love spices. I might have been born with a piece of cinnamon in one fist and a cardamom pod in the other. The coconut makes it’s all smooth and decadent feeling.
I’ve been looking for a perfect caffeine free chai that I can keep on constant supply. This is a strong contender. One day, when I’m in the mood, I may try it sweet with milk.
Been a while since I tried this, so I grabbed 10g of it when I was in store. From what I remember of my past experiences with this, sometimes it brewed up really . . . thin. I think past!self liked it, but not enough to keep it in on rotation. That remains true. But! Today, this tea was a nice surprise. It’s a strong, pleasant cup (I might have deliberately over steeped). A bit dry, but I find I don’t mind it so much here. It’s also sweet and soothing, and given how cold it is in my kitchen right now, the cinnamon is lovely.
On the downside: this tea always refuses to glitter for me. Why do you hide your light under a bushel, G&G? Why???
I grabbed this in my latest DT haul. I remembered enjoying it enough to go through a tin or two of it in previous years, but tastes do tend to change, so there was a teensy bit of worry. Still, I’m not one to turn down chocolate in any form, so, into the cart this went when I was topping off my online order. Trying it this morning, and it’s . . . actually really nice. There’s a lot of melty dark chocolate, and the peppers peek out mid-sip, before coming out to play at the finish. It’s soothing and warm, and the tongue-tingling sensation is welcome on such a grey, chilly morning. This should never be labelled as a chai blend—it’s far too thin, and the spices are very one-note—but for what it is (a simple, spicy chocolate tea), it’s enjoyable, and I’m glad I grabbed a full tin. It’s going to make this winter way more pleasant.
I packed my work things over the weekend, and this tea was one I debated on, and then threw in for the heck of it. I only had about 25g of it left, and I was getting antsy: should this be an EVERYDAY tea, considering how much I love it? But then I remembered that weekdays are High Stress and I’m always in need of something soft and comforting when I get home. So. Hello, Santa’s Secret. May you and I be BFFS for the remainder of our time together.
Woke up this morning feeling wretched. Head and neck all messed up, throat throwing a fit, and nose so red it was comical. I brewed this in half water, half almond milk, and added a drop of honey. Smooth. Soothing. Sweet. Easy on the throat. Yesyesyes. Ended up calling in sick, but the timolino kept this warm for me as I rolled back into bed.
Love love love this tea. Just like in past years, this defines my December tea-drinking, and is my Christmas-go-to. Sweet, creamy, and nicely chocolatey, despite the lack of actual chocolate/chocolate flavouring, this tastes like ice cream. More specifically, like a soft serve vanilla-chocolate swirl. The peppermint leaves me with that cooling feeling on my tongue that ice cream does. Delightful. Until something better (???) comes along, I’m crowning this my favourite holiday tea.
Mild debate: do I take this OUT of my cupboard, because this cup is my last of CoEG, or do I leave it in, because the likelihood of my re-stocking this the next time I make an order is . . . ridiculously high? Oh, the dilemma of a tea lover-and-logger. GRANTED, I have a sample packet of Sloane’s Heavenly Cream, too, and I’m eager to tear into that. I’m always on the look out for a good, creamy, vanilla-y earl grey (forever in my heart as my [first] Tea Love), and if Sloane’s version proves to be as delightful as its name promises, I might get a tin of that instead of this? Again, dilemma!
Anyway, I’ve been unsuccessful in my fight with the sore throat, and I woke up today feeling like I swallowed a cheese grater. Argh. Milk and honey it is, then.
I was actually pretty surprised at all the hate this tea is getting. I am really enjoying it.
First of all, the smell. I admit, it was a bit unusual. However, I thought describing it as garbage was a bit harsh. It was a bit of a fermented smell and made me think of wine – red wine I think, but I’m no connoisseur. I understand that dried figs are about 50% sugar, which means they ferment easily. Whether this was intentional or not, I don’t know.
I found that the brewed tea did not have any unpleasant odour. The smell was quite fruity and yet also earthy at the same time. An autumn fruit smell as opposed to spring or summer fruit smell if you will.
I found the brew well balanced as far as taste goes. The orange bits did not overpower the rest of the flavours as orange sometimes does. The cinnamon was complimentary, but just complimentary. I didn’t feel like I was drinking a cup of it. The fruity (fig) taste was clearly there, but I could still taste the tea underneath. I added a little brown sugar for a bit of extra sweetness and it seemed to bring the flavour out a bit more.
Overall I was quite impressed. I found this to be a very pleasant tea to enjoy on a winter day. Solid thumbs up.