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I can quite honestly this is one of the most enjoyable teas I’ve ever experienced.
I say experience because even looking at blend will bring a smile to your face.
This is one of the first loose leaf teas I ever purchased, and although it’s not the best tea on the planet, it’s certainly one of the funnest. This is a cool one to make in front of friends, they’ll ooo and ahh over the actual popcorn in the brew.
Not to mention once brewed this actually tastes like a sweet popcorn, and that’s definitely my cup of tea, delicious.
Over the last month or so, this tea has really been my go to. I never intended on buying this tea, but when I asked for fruity tea (although I do not find this fruity even though the girl from DT told me it was fruity) I purchased a bag of 100 grams to try it out. I went through it in two weeks. After that i went back to DT and bought 500 grams. Whenever i’m feeling sick or have a cold, I add a teaspoon of honey and it makes my throat feel better after just one cup. Even if i’m not sick this is a great tea for after meals or any time of day. Would definitely recommend for someone looking for a tea with citrus notes.
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger
I would firstly like to mention, this is absolutely not a bad tea. But it hardly tastes like it’s name. It’s a very nutty tea, but if you happened to miss it forever nuts is a much better version of the same type of flavour in my opinion.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable cup of tea, and I will enjoy finishing my stash, but it’s nothing to write home about.
I tend not to sweeten my tea, but maybe some honey would amp up the “baklava” flavour – just an idea.
My sis was near a David’s and I got her to pick up a sample size of this for me! I really wish you could buy sample sizes online. Oh well! It helps keep me from buying more tea. I really don’t need more tea. Like, really really.
This tea smells like apple instant oatmeal with a heavy dose of cinnamon. Side note; my mom wanted me to name my daughter cinnamon. She totally didn’t get that it’s a stripper name. Back to the tea… it tastes like cinnamon, apples and almonds. I suppose I could imagine it as baklava, but it mostly tastes like oatmeal. It has a sweetness of it’s own, so I’m able to enjoy it without adding sugar. The mix is pretty heavy on the dried fruit, so for your money I think you are getting more trail mix than tea, but it is tasty. I like it, but I’m not going to run out and stock up either.
A whole bunch of my notes from the past few months have disappeared, including this one. I just found this draft in my e-mail.
I had this tea to go from the store. The scent of dry leaf reminds me of the pumpkin chai – lots of cinnamon. The clerk said that it reminds her of the gingerbread tea from last winter, but I don’t recall having it. I think I oversteeped because the flavor was mostly warm cinnamon with a pumpkin undercurrent and no creaminess to speak of. Tasty, but not cheesecakey. I did not feel the need to buy any for home.
This smells very spearminty and vanilla-y. There are what look obviously like apple pieces and then a whole ton of little white cubes, which look like sponge pieces but I guess were pineapple? I taste apple, a bit of mint and chamomile – though that isn’t in the listed ingredients. I tried adding cream but that just made it stranger. Another David’s that is not for me. Thanks for the sample, NayLynn!
I love how the gold balls dissolve into a lovely shimmer in my cup. When you stir the tea, the sparkles swirl around like a tiny cosmos. You have to actively look for the shimmer (it’s subtle), but what a fun tea experience! The taste is typical black, with cloves prominent, and nice hints of sugar, citrus, and vanilla.
For better or for worse, I have a tendency to overleaf any rooibos that passes through my hands/cupboard. In the case of this tea, it was a success! I haven’t had eggnog for years—no real reason why, I just wasn’t compelled to pick it up knowing I’d be the only one who would enjoy it (family isn’t too big on it)—so when I heard about an eggnog TEA, I was stoked. And given that it’d be a green rooibos, rather than red, or a even grassy green tea? YES!!
That said, this tea is LIGHT. It’s not knock-your-socks-off-BEHOLD-I-am-EGGNOG, but I think DavidsTea did as best as they could, considering the real stuff is mindblowingly rich and creamy. The nutmeg here is wonderful, and I’ve enjoyed both cups my Advent tin allowed, so I doubt it’s a fluke. Lightly creamy and subtly spiced, I’m probably going to grab more of this before it goes away. . .
Day 24 of the advent calendar. I’m sitting here on Christmas Eve sipping away at a mug of this tea and watching Downton Abbey on Netfix. I like how smooth this tea is. A creamy mix of mint and vanilla. It’s simple and comforting. I’m glad I bought over 100 grams of it, so I shouldn’t run out any time soon. This is one that I can see myself cozying up to all winter long.
Flavors: Creamy, Mint, Vanilla
Day 23 of the advent calendar. Let me start off by saying that I hate eggnog. My parents always drank it during the holidays when I was growing up but I couldn’t even stand the look or smell of it. I would never have purchased this tea had it not been one of the samples the day that I went in. When the sales person said “eggnog” I thought…..ewwwww, yuck!" I drank the sample she handed me anyway and to my surprise it wasn’t half bad. I actually liked it! This doesn’t really taste like true eggnog to me (which is a good thing.) I get a sweet, creamy nutmeg flavour with a hint of vanilla. I drank this with a splash of milk to make it even creamier. Nutmeg is the star of the show here. A nice, light, creamy, slightly sweet nutmeg. That’s what this is to me, a nutmeg tea. I think real lovers of eggnog or people who like really strong, bold flavours will be disappointed but for me, it’s perfectly understated and mild which is exactly what it is that makes me like it. Yum!
Flavors: Creamy, Nutmeg, Sweet, Vanilla
This tea has been in my cupboard for a while. Still tastes pretty good! I taste chocolate and a doughy flavor. There is almost a maltiness in there, a hint of coconut. It has a little sweetness of it’s own so I haven’t added sugar, but I bet it would be pretty decadent with some added. Maybe on the next cup.
Cooking TTB #4
I’m so glad Inkling tossed this in for me to try! I’m going to have to go 2 rounds with it, though. I made the mistake of putting some vanilla almond milk in it before trying it plain because I was really craving a latte sort of thing. After the fact, I can say that I’m pretty sure the almond milk just completely covered all the other flavors. At least I can say that I didn’t taste anything I didn’t like ;) I’ll withhold my rating until I drink it again with nothing added.
My problem with this tea is that I can’t taste the ginger! Strong molasses, sweet maple brown sugar…but no ginger zing. It’s a very gentle tea, rather weak in flavor actually, and I was hoping for a more robust taste. But, it’s nice. Kind of like a soft little cookie without any frosting. It’s just as well that this was last year’s seasonal offering. I don’t find it very memorable. If I’m craving a maple syrup and brown sugar taste I can always reach for David’s perennial “Oh Canada!” rooibos.
This tea smells like just chocolate oranges. The taste begins with a hint of orange, but it’s very brief. Then the strong chocolate flavor takes over and the taste ends with a long, earthy pu’erh finish. If you like pu’erh, you’ll probably like it. But, I felt the balance was off. Could have used more orange and less chocolate. It was a fun sample, but I won’t be ordering it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Orange
There is definitely a smell of eggnog with this tea, both raw and then when brewed. The taste, however, is purely lacking. I even let this one brew for an exceptionally long time, and still it was almost devoid of anything. It mostly just tastes like warm water with a hint of something I can’t really put my finger on. Its not as disgusting as Fry warned me it might be, but perhaps she got more green rooibos in her sample than I, because that would be awful. Overall, nothing special and almost nothing to comment on.
My weekly trip downtown to David’s Tea resulted in a cup of Pure Chai. I drink a lot of cinnamon flavored teas, but this one is different; it is savory not sweet. It is also a chai without cardamom which is a nice change since cardamom is not my favorite flavor and in some chai teas it is overpowering. This was a nice change.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg
Day #23 of tea! I was excited to try this one, as I’m looking for another coconut version to try (I’m not as crazy over Cocomint Cream as most people seem to be), and this one was delicious. Nice and creamy on its own, but I added a little milk for an extra oomph. Very tasty on a cold morning – I think I’d also like to try this as a latte.