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i love the look of this tea dry – the cocoa nibs and almonds look appetizing!
definitely smells sweet with a hint of chocolate. (ahh, that’d be the raspberries, forgot they were in there)
the raspberry flavour is definitely stronger than the chocolate. the mate taste is hidden, i guess the chocolate is just more in the flavour.
nice for a raspberry tea though! not tart at all
To start off—I don’t like rooibos. I was recommended this tea from a friend. From the bag, it smells really amazing because of the berry smells. Unfortunately I can’t get over the taste—I’m not a big fan of it. I really hate to say this, but the taste reminds me a bit of soap. I really wanted to like this one, but unfortunately it won’t happen :(
Had this tea on the way to orchestra today to kill my sweet craving! I did enjoy it, however it wasn’t what I expected. I expected more of a buttered rum toffee taste for some reason. So it wasn’t as sweet as I would have liked, even with the sweetener in it. But it did have a hint of the rum and butter taste that I was craving and did in fact take away my sweet craving. The smell however is amazing,
Gosh this tea sure is pretty. And I quite like it. I had it with a bit of soy and some agave (cause that’s my favorite way to have earl grey – I find it brings out the richness of the flavors). I don’t think it’s anything extraordinary, but I love love love earl grey, and it compares to all my other favorite greys, so that’s a good sign!
And as a note, I brewed less than I needed to. I find earl greys are really strong… so I always brew either a little less of it, or I let it steep for shorter periods of time.
This is my day #15 of the David’s Tea “24 Days of Tea” advent calendar.
Oh my goodness. It smells like an apple crisp. With the granny smith apples, and an oatmeal, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon crumble on top. I was nervous about this one… after having a not so great experience with nuts in one of the past calendar tasters.
As for the taste, I had to add a bit of sweetener (I use agave) to really bring out the flavors. It’s delicious though! It really does taste like an apple crisp. I love it! It’s light and fresh and still incorporates the warmth of cinnamon on your tongue. Tasty tasty tasty!
This is my day #13 of the David’s Tea “24 Days of Tea” advent calendar.
Ommmmmmmmm nom nom nom nom. Super delicious – But I feel like THIS should be Mom’s Apple Pie, not the sham of a green tea offered by David. Anyway, in my opinion this tea is just not nutty enough to be named Forever Nuts. It is SO apple-y and cinnamon-y. But I do love it in its beautiful simplicity.
On an interesting note, I accidentally fell asleep while steeping it in my tumbler one night (whoops) but decided to drink it in the morning. THAT was Forever Nuts. It was so overly nutty that I could barely drink it (actually, I didn’t).
Another day, I was too tired to drink it and left it to steep in the fridge overnight, then put it in my fruit smoothie in the morning. Yum Yum Yum.
I should probably stop having this tea when I’m too tired to drink it.
I’m just not there. I want to be there, but this tea is not for me. I dislike the hibiscus in this blend, and the mixing of cinnamon is simply inappropriate. I don’t even know if I like the fruitiness. I’ll have to give this one a try on another day – I have one more cup left in my sample. I’ll let you know if anything changes, but right now, Sleigh Ride, is not me, it’s you.
**Edit: When first trying Sleigh Ride, I was revelling in how similar this tea smells to Forever Nuts. I wasn’t willing to give Sleigh Ride another chance but I needed to get rid of it (tea overload), so I decided to mix the rest with Forever Nuts and throw it on ice for a beautifully fruity iced tea (about 1.5 tsp of SR/2 tsp of FN, for 20 oz. cup). OH GOOD GOD. I tried it hot before I iced it – COMPLETELY AWFUL. It was so bad, I couldn’t even let it sit on my tongue long enough to figure out what flavours made it so awful. I tried it iced, marginally less awful. I put agave in it, still somewhat undrinkable. I had to put lemonade in this tea just to be able to drink it. Anyway, if anyone comes up with the idea of mixing this tea with Forever Nuts, unless you’re REALLY daring, don’t do it!
Sleigh Ride, it’s OVER. THROUGH! KAPUT.
Love this one. I’ve just spent all day drinking a huge, huge pot of this tea. Both hot and cold, this tea is phenomenal. I love the light, palate cleansing orange and the lingering bergamot. I don’t crave this tea often, but when I do, the craving stays until I finally get it! For people who have previously had this tea and did not like it: It’s VERY particular in steep time and temp, so be careful and don’t blame the tea when it tastes bitter!
Such a fabulous tea. I WAS drinking it with milk and sugar, but I recently invested in some agave, and what a great investment that was. It brings out the lovely citrusy-bergamot flavours in this tea wonderfully, without over sweetening it or any of the strange stuff that sugar will do to your cup. I can’t drink this tea unsweetened, because for some reason it tastes bitter for me (anyone else taste that bitterness too?). BUT I love not having to put milk in it, because it just seems strange for a green tea. Not for an earl grey, but just the fact that it’s green. It’s not an everyday cup of tea for me, but definitely pleasant and enjoyable whenever I’m in the mood.
Another note, I wish it was as citrus-y as it smells, but I think that might just be part of my eternal quest to find a perfectly strong citrus tea. I should probably just be drinking orange or grapefruit juice, but alas, I have taken it upon myself to find the perfect citrus tea.
And one more thing: On my second steep of this baby, it had this weirdly long, string-y tail of sediment in it. Being as curious as I am, I tried to pull it out of my cup, but it was just as elusive as my perfect citrus tea. C’est la vie.
This was the first chocolate based tea I’ve tried, and I fell in love with it.
It just reminds me of Christmas, spicy and sweet! More sweet than spicy however, the perfect blend. Very much a winter tea, but I believe I could drink it all year round!
All in All a great tea!
This is one of my favorite fruit-infused white teas. For me, the delicate flavour of white teas make a wonderful pairing with fruit infusions, as both flavours mesh together instead of overpowering the taste of the tea.
For me, the aroma of this tea is better than candy. It is sweet and tart; everything there is to love about cherries. The taste is, as others have mentioned, laced with hibiscus but I don’t find it nearly as overwhelming as others seem to. I would recommend giving this one a try before purchasing a tin for home, just to make sure you like the hibiscus-y taste!
The first day my DavidsTea store got their shipment of Sleigh Ride (Tea of the month for Dec), I couldn’t resist a taste. I was told it is a mixture of Kanpe and Forever Nuts, but to me it is very much like a sweet, nutty apple cider of sorts. It is absolutely festive, but I can imagine drinking it all year round, and can picture it being wonderful on ice.
Any lover of a fruity or nutty herbal tea – definitely give this limited edition a try! So good, so so good.
This is the greatest tea ever. The roasty flavour of the rice is so very comforting and delicious. I just pop (hehe) a few tablespoons (yes, tablespoons) into the bottom of my mug, pour steaming hot water on top, let the leaves sink to the bottom and drink away. This way, the rice stays on the top and you can have a little snack while you drink your favourite tea! :-)
This tastes like more of a “chai” than it does a chocolate tea. The gingery fennel taste overpowers the chocolate by so much that I would never name it as such!! I’ve always disliked fennel. It’s so pungent and what a bully!
Anyhow, when the cup is lukewarm, the chocolate comes out a bit more, but only for about five minutes.
I resteeped it three times, and took out the fennel on the last one… which seemed to make it a bit easier to bear, but not really enough to purchase any for the house. I mean, it was ok… but nothing special in my books. shrugs
Oh well. Watching the fennel puff up like a balloon was fun!
Before I write my note, I’ll admit: I’ve yet to try this iced, I probably steeped it for too long, and I drank it straight.
That being said, as much as I wanted to like this tea, I just couldn’t. It’s not sure what it wants to be. It asks me, Am I coffee? Am I pu-erh? I’ll just be a strange mix of both! I’ll have to try this again and see where it takes me.
Having tried most of DavidsTeas already, and making a noble effort to try a new one everyday, AND feeling a bit under the weather, this was today’s new tea to try. I hate the smell of the leaves, and considered it utterly un-drinkable for months. But I’m proud to say that I’ve finally taken the leap and tried this tea. And I quite like it. I can’t taste anything but the ginger, but its sharp bite is great. It feels a little bit scratchy on my throat, but it is probably just because I generally don’t drink such ginger-y beverages on a normal basis. I truly can’t taste the green tea, and I can’t taste any lemon or licorice. But, I’ve been steeping it for about an hour and a half now (which might be my problem), and it still isn’t bitter, which I’ve never seen in a green tea. It’s not my favourite and I wouldn’t drink it everyday, but it’s definitely a great go-to when you’re not feeling your best.