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Blech. Another tea I really don’t care for. The combo of hibiscus/cinnamon/floral rose-y flavours is pretty gross. Apparently last time I tried it, I vowed not to have it again, but here I am…. I still have a cup’s worth left to get rid of. I have no intentions of drinking it.
I feel like I may have steeped this one too long, and am dreading the hibiscus…
Anyhow, the tea smells pretty floral, cinnamony, and strong. Reminds me quite a lot of potpourri, really. And for whatever reason, that smell is not appetizing me right now. Really not a floral tea fan, and mixed with hibiscus?! Yikes. Alphakitty, I hope I sent some of this to you (too lazy to check).
Oh man. Uhhh… yuck. The hibiscus isn’t bad (actually it’s not really an issue at all), but SO MUCH rose and the cinnamon flavour are just screaming BATH PRODUCT to me, not tea. Which gives me a soap association (not a soapy flavour though). I’m going to go water it down some though, because I think I was a little heavy on the tea compared to the water, and I’ve had that issue with floral teas before (by floral I mean rose. I really like the orchid floralness of oolongs, entirely different beast altogether. A gentle, happy beast, not like this one.)
Ok. Watered down it isn’t making me gag nearly so much. But again, it’s too much like a bath product for me. This one’s going down the drain; I would MUCH rather get started on the Harney & Sons flavoured blacks from Alphakitty awaiting me on the counter……
Lynne-tea, Mercuryhime, CHAroma, any of you guys interested in about a cups’ worth of this one? Zero chance I’ll be drinking it again. (Or anyone else for that matter…)
ETA: I just want to mention that I don’t think oversteeping is my problem with this one, it’s just not a combination of flavours that I find appealing.
Thanks to my tea pal Indigobloom for this sample!
Is this tea perfect for San Francisco? Hippy-dippy and kinda fruity? I’m about to find out. Speaking of fruity, I have a fruit fly infestation right now which is such a drag — I’ll have to take these leaves out to the compost immediately after I’m done! After doing a quick read of the package, I used my small Finium teacup and filter and went with 180F for 5 minutes.
My cup ended up being a medium orange and smells very fruity! The flavor is incredibly peachy and pineapple-y. It’s kind of hard to taste the oolong underneath here but it makes a good foil for the fruit. I actually like those fizzy kombucha drinks even though they are expensive. This has the slight aftertaste of one of those, it’s a fermented almost beer like quality. I didn’t know you could even get powdered kombucha, so that was interesting to discover.
When you buy a fresh kombucha drink it’s $4 a pop, so I was thinking you could mix this tea with some fizzy water and have a reasonable substitute for a lot less money. I wonder if it still has the same health benefits as the fresh tea? This would be good iced, too.
I’ve never been the biggest David’s Tea fan, but this had me scanning their website for the price. I might need some of this in the future, but then again I have a ton of flavored tea I still need to get through. Are they ever going to open up a David’s Tea in California?
It’s a nice fun, fruity flavored kinda deal. I think I’m going to try cold brewing the rest of it overnight. Me likey. Thanks IB!
This one’s interesting. I kept getting a nagging voice in my head telling me I was drinking Secret Weapon, based on the scent. It’s indeed similarly nutty, obviously, but quite sweet. I like it. I’m not sure how I feel about the massive Brazil nuts, though I acknowledge that’s kind of the tea’s whole gimmick. But, how much flavour do whole nuts actually impart? All I know is nuts are heavy! Anyway. Aside from that, and the slight bitterness that came out even at 3 minutes at 200 degrees, I enjoyed it.
Oh, Steepster. I’ve been quite MIA for some time now. I’m so behind on the things I’ve been drinking! I’m going to ease back in with this one, which I’ve had a few times now both iced and hot.
I found this one a really pleasant surprise! It’s a well-balanced, straight-up blueberry black. I haven’t had a blueberry tea I’ve liked, so this carries the distinction of being the first. The stevia doesn’t interfere too much (though I still find it an odd choice to be in so many blends). I’ve had it iced from the store a couple of times, and it’s flavourful enough to be satisfying while a lot of DT’s teas can be underwhelming iced in-store.
EDIT: Tasting note 300!
Yum! Picked up 25g of a bunch of new teas from Davids today… to celebrate the first paycheck of course :D! (So happy there is no tax on tea here) Also picking up some last minute teas for the tea swap aaand some awesome cute kids stickers! Yay!
This is a pretty decent caramel black. Good job Davids. It’s creamy and sweet – and I looove the addition of the sea salt with the toffee bits. Brewing it at home was great – not bitter at all after steeping for about 3 minutes, and when I accidentally walked away from my resteep for 10 minutes, it was also not bitter! That was very lucky. I added milk anyways :P
Man I am rambly lately. Ramblo. Anyways! Right now I don’t need a caramel black in my cupboard, but when I do I think this one will be it. Lots of toffee chunks, and I loved the rounded flavour the coconut gave it (coconut sucker alert).
Maybe I will try it as an iced latte – but I might just stick to hot. With a dash of rum. OR Caramilk Liqueur? hmm
I got a sample of this in my last DT order, along with tropicalia and strawberry shortcake. Decided to brew it last night and ice it to go with the Friday night fish and chips, was even generous enough to share it with the other half (not that I would’ve got away with it, he loves watermelon).
Scent : wow. You could not confuse this as anything but a watermelon infusion! The smell just smacks you in the face!
Liquor: the sample I had was pretty pale. I steeped it twice and got 2 small glasses out of each (each was about half a DT iced tea take out cup), but only the first glass of the first steep was anything close to pink, and a much more paler one than I’ve come to expect from something like forever nuts. The final glass was almost clear.
Taste: wow, just as watermelonly as the smell. Even right at the end when the tea itself was almost clear it ws still watermelon all the way.
Will definitely be getting some of this for summer when it eventually rolls around.
It’s a nice sleepy afternoon here in Northern Alabama, and with nothing to do but wait on the laundry to finish & read a book I thought this tea seemed quite appropriate.
Upon opening the little sample packet sent to me by the lovely Bonnie, it smelled fruity and sweet. The sweet aroma lingered on as it steeped away and as I poured it into my cup.
I added just the slightest touch of honey and this cup is all that I hoped it would be. Light, sweet, refreshing and fruity. I’ve had greens before that were overpowered by the fruit flavors they were blended with, but that is not the case with this tea at all. There is just the perfect amount of mango and the guava lingering in the background is quite refreshing.
A perfectly pleasant cup for a quiet afternoon! I’m wondering if I can get another steep out of it, not sure but I’m sure going to try!
I bought this as a sample a few weeks ago. As soon as I started ripping the little package open, I smelled incredibly delicious scent.
It steeped to a nice ruby red colour, slightly sparkly. I expected the tea to be a little sweeter from the smell, but it’s actually pretty sour. I’m really not a fan of tartness, and after a few more sips, I decided to add a bit of sugar. It’s better, but I doubt I’d buy any more of this. Seems like it would be a nice, refreshing iced tea, though! Reminds me a bit of lemonade. Maybe I’ll pick up another sample and try that one day…
Thank you Jason for this BIG Sample!
My granddaughters (18,17,15) are sitting and watching Gladiator on my big screen TV as I write.
I served them some (Tangerine Creamsicle) tea already and had some myself but now I wanted more. (I’ve also seen Gladiator a zillion times!)
What could be better than blood, swords and tea?!
Jason kindly sent a nice hefty sample of this Darjeeling which I was ready to try.
The scent of the liquor was such a heady floral mix of orange blossom, jasmine and wet bamboo steaming and curling up into my face. I took a cup around for each of the girls to smell. Ummmmm. Smelled good to them. Approval!
I took a sip and noticed how light and brisk the flavor was at first. There was no astringency and the flavor was naturally sweet with a light bergamot taste.
As the cup cooled it became creamy and thickened. I added sweetening and swooned. Oh the exotic Indian winds blew through me…a monsoon of delightful floral tea.
I commented to the girls that this would be a proper tea to take on a Yurt trip (people of all ages go stay in Yurts Colorado. Youth groups, even the Senior Center has Yurt trips!) This and an Assam would do well.
DAVIDsTea has successfully created a blended darjeeling to take the guesswork away for people who just want to drink tea and not study first flush, second flush…and flushes that don’t make sense to many people.
I may or may not have steeped this one, then forgot about it while trying to wrangle my 1.5-year-old down for her nap. Luckily it’s a rooibos and highly forgiving on the steeping scale…
And I gotta say this is so, so, so much better than Raspberry Nectar! Still rather strong in the citrus department, but at least I’m getting some raspberry flavour in there too. Hot, it’s alright: rooibos-y with strong hits of citrus AND raspberry. Cold, with a dash of sweetener (raw cane sugar) is when it truly shines; tasting almost like Fruitopia rather than the tea it actually is.
I’m tempted to try that Razzmatazz Fizz they mention in the description, but we’ll leave that for another time…
Light sweetness throughout. Slight saltiness present closer to the end of the sip. For some reason, drinking this tea makes me think of pudding (butterscotch or chocolate). The flavour blooms into a more solid caramel taste nearing the end of the sip. This tea sometimes feels thin in the middle, which may be due to the saltiness. I am able to detect the black tea to a slight degree in this blend. There is a definite saltiness in the lingering aftertaste. I feel that I may be a bit sensitive to having actual salt in my tea. I was very glad to try something so different from my usual choices.
The strawberry flavour of this tea fades away in the background. Overall, the taste is very thin. I am not able to detect a full white tea taste. There seemed to be a kind of saltiness upon each sip throughout until the finish where the strawberry tastes blooms slightly.
I know that I am sensitive to the taste of stevia, so this may be what is making my tea experience less than desirable in this case.