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With all my hibiscus hate… I am actually CRAVING it.
What is up with that?!
My last 3 iced teas from DT had hibiscus, and they were so tart and flavourful and sweet and quenching. I made an iced tea of something hibscusless at home and it fell flat! I wanted some tart! I’m just craving it is all.
And guess what? I have ZERO teas with hibiscus in them. Zero. Sigh, so to go teas it is.
This isn’t my favorite iced tea, but it’s pretty tasty. I would never drink this hot, that’s for sure. I’m getting some mango and other fruity flavours, and a bit of flowery taste, but the hibiscus quickly takes over. Which is kind of what I want right now. Go figure!
It’s a breakfast tea. It’s very pretty clear, light orangey-brown, and it smells like your typical “American black tea.” (I know David’s Tea is Canadian. I’m just saying.) Fairly light on the taste, with a tiny bit of astringency. I can definitely taste the Assam in this. It’s gets creamy and smooth with a splash of milk, but it doesn’t need sugar.
Wow. I’ve been very impressed by all three cupcake teas! The chocolately tastiness of this one cannot be denied. My wife and I shared a pot last night and to my shock, she actually sweetened the pot with a touch of sugar! Usually she drinks her teas black and I sweeten mine. But she was hoping the sugar would add a little depth to the flavor and boy did it! It tasted like chocolate cake to me, which is awesome…except for the part where I don’t like chocolate cake. But it is what it claims to be and that makes it awesome in my book. Definitely keeping some around for when those killer chocolate cravings hit.
I received this tea as a sample on two occasions.. and tonight it was time to try a batch. I’m not typically loving many tropical fruit teas for some reason. It just is what it is.
Dry: Not very large pieces of fruit chunks.. possibly because it’s a sample. I wonder what a bag of this would look like. Smells fruity. Peachy something.
Liquor: Lush peachy amber. Reminds me of a fuzzy peach. It has a very funny taste for the initial taste.. maybe I will let it cool and taste it again. I can definitely note a fuzzy peach taste to it (did others find it?..) It’s delicious. Except for the initial note. I think that might be the green rooibos. I am not sure though, as I am not familiar with green rooibos. Maybe it will be a lot better iced. Its still good.. just odd.
EDIT: I tried this cold. I regret trying this cold. It was disgusting. The odd flavour took center stage and I really couldn’t find any of the tropical fruit flavours. Really not my cup of tea in any way.
So I went into the store today hoping that Chocolate Cake would be on sample… but twas not to be! bah! the trauma :/
Nevermind, when I got to talking with the lovely DT Staff (who I won’t call out here, but yer awesome you know that right?!) and mentioned my awful tea experience she brewed a cup for me on the house!! wow! =D
Anyhow, the tea itself is not what I expected. It’s chocolatey, and I do get a chocolate cakiness, however there seems to be a dusty flavour sitting on top of it. I’m not quite sure what to think. It’s as if the tea is made up mostly of artificial ingredients.
I remember drinking out of Nestle chocolate straws a few years back, and never finished the package because it tasted so fake. That’s what this tea reminds me of.
Satisfying, and yet… disturbing all at once.
On another note, this is my 500th review! I can’t believe it’s been so long. Funny how time flies when you’re having fun!!! thanks to all my Steepster friends who made me feel so welcome here from the get-go :)
I brewed this up at work today. It was an exciting moment for me!!! until I realized that the tea, well it wasn’t doing anything in the cup! I ended up with chocolate water :(
Even with milk and sugar… bleh!
It looks like there is enough in my package to try again. Here’s hoping that whatever went wrong wasn’t with the tea!
So, almost out of this, and I don’t think I’ll be making it a repeat purchase.
I love pu’erh and orange/citrus tea. The earthy-ness of pu’erh is so calming and relaxing and pu’erh is one of my favourite teas for a reason. But I don’t get any oolong taste in this, and, well, if you told me there was ginger in this before I’d read the label, I don’t think I would believe you for one second. Maybe the point is ‘benefits of the ginger’ and not ‘flavour of the ginger’, but still, with something that has extra ginger flavouring on top of the ginger root, you’d think you’d be able to taste it.
I have enjoyed what I’ve had of this, but my first impression still stands: I think I’ll stick with Blood Orange Pu’erh to get my fill of earthy citrus tea.
So I bought one of the specialty tins of this today, thinking that I really love pu’erh and have a newly discovered appreciation of ooglong teas, but so far I’m not too impressed.
The tea smells really good in the tin (I was able to smell it even through the plastic bag), very orange-y and citrus-y. I don’t see too many of the orange peels that the ingredients promise, though, just the tea leaves, ginger, and what I’m assuming is eleuthero root, so I’m a bit skeptical at how much of the orange is from the flavouring and how much if it is from actual orange peels. I might just be the batch I got, though.
Brewed it has a nice earthy smell from the pu’erh with a hint of citrus, and the liquor is a deep red. I found it rather lacking in taste, though; to me it’s like a less strong version of Blood Orange Pu’erh. I couldn’t taste any ginger in it at all, either. It may be how much tea I used, though, so next time I’ll try using some more and see if I get better results. Until then, I might take this for the supposed health/weight loss benefits when I’m having a bad body-image day, but I much prefer Blood Orange Pu’erh for a orange and citrus pu’erh, and I always have lots of nice oolong teas.
What the heck, Steepster keeps eating half of my review when I post it. :s
I forgot how good this tea is iced. Just delicious cherry that commands some immediate attention, then a buttery edge that smooths everything out. Delicious. It’s back on my shopping list.
My first ever sipdown without immediate replacement..I’m sad about that.
Side note: I mixed this cold steeped with matcha and a little almond milk, touch of agave, pinch of salt and it was delightful! Cherry almond matcha. Yummm!
Well.. my heater is broken downstairs and so it is now constantly over 25C at all times. I figured I might as well try some iced tea, since hot tea is out of the question. I tried this tea previously hot and it was less than appealing, but reading the reviews I decided not to fully decide what I thought until I tried it iced…
Ohhh boy is it good. It tastes like cherries. Not artificial cherries (YUCK)… but delicious cherries. And it’s naturally sweet. It reminds me of juice, except this stuff is healthy! It also has a buttery flavour at the very end of a sip. I really enjoy it. I am going to have to buy more and make this a regular drink for summer (when it finally arrives..)
I had this to-go today in an effort to knock off some of the teas I haven’t tried that I think sound okay-ish. This one falls firmly into that territory.
The description really confuses me. I got lots of fruitiness from the scent, both dry and steeped, and the flavour! Fruity and a little floral. It was quite sweet, nice and smooth. Not bad!
So I tried this for the first time today, and I have mixed feelings about it. I think mostly they’re due to the service I got from David’s, so I don’t want to give the tea itself a bad rating due to bad service because it IS a really nice snack tea, but hopefully the next time I try some it’ll be better because I’m always a rooibos fan.
I went to the DT by my campus after class and picked up a specialty tin of The Skinny and a cup of Birthday Cake to go. I had a bit of a wait before I got my tea (and the employees kept leaving while I was getting everything and paying), but after I got my cup to go and had waited a bit for it to cool down I tried a sip and there was loose rooibos everywhere. So I opened the lid and sure enough, the tea bag had either ripped or not been sealed properly and it was everywhere. I decided to wait to try it until I got home and pour it into one of my mugs with a filter, since it was only a short subway ride, but I was really disappointed with the service.
The tea itself, as I said, makes for an excellent snack tea. It’s very sugary sweet (I had mine with a little bit of agave as well) and the flavouring in the tea comes out more than the rooibos/honeybush. I’m tending to side eye the prevelance of artificial flavours that David’s is relying on for their newer blenders these days, so I don’t think this’ll be something I’ll have too often, but it tastes like it sounds and is definitely a cake tea.
Felt like something sweet so I made a latte, since this has ginger and a good, strong base. Agave nectar used, plus my hand-held milk frother.
Mmm pretty damn good, actually. Added a little too /much/ nectar, I think, but it’s delicious and sweet and with a strong ginger kick (used an extra teaspoon and steeped longer). The pu’erh makes it through the milk as well,; not fishy, gives a pretty unique taste to a latte.
Overall quite good.
It did not brew inky black despite only doing one steep, but it was a short four minutes (the steeping instructions gave you a range of four to six).
First sip is a good ginger. Still pretty hot, though. I’m getting pu’erh in the smell, though.
I only did four minutes, so I can understand why this is rather soft. I like it, though. The pu’erh isn’t too strong, but there, and I like the spicy ginger.
I want to preface this by saying that this is the first milk oolong I’ve ever tried.
The leaves, dry , are tightly pressed into uniform size but not shape, and there’s definitely a different scent to them – not anything I’d ever associate with tea. Creamy is one word I might associate with it, but I don’t think that’s right. It almost smells like rice pudding simmering on the stove.
The leaves in the tasting cup are about an inch or two long, with ragged edges and a dark green, spinach-y color. The rice scent intensifies, but there’s also a more vegetal, typical “oolong” scent as well.
The liquor is pale yellow, and the rice/pasta scent comes out more strongly here. I can’t say it’s appealing to me. It subsides on later steeps and I sort of start to see where the floral notes other people seem to taste come out, but it still doesn’t taste right to me.
Up for swap if anyone wants!
Colour: light brown
Smell: dry—amazing, brewed—still smells great
Taste: I think this tastes more like neopolitan ice cream than ice cream cake. Like others have mentioned, I am especially getting the strawberry ice cream taste from it. I don’t think I could drink this everyday, but nice for a sweet treat.
It does leave a scum on the cup though, and leaves lots of little particles in the bottom of the cup. That is a little off-putting.