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Not a big fan. I tasted the maple and cinnamon, but there’s something about the cinnamon DT uses in a lot of blends that doesn’t sit well with me. I really don’t know what it is, but this is not the only tea that has this certain flavour that I really don’t enjoy. Oh well; at least I only have 12g!
Thanks again to Janelle for some of this one. I’m sure it tasted better when it was as fresh as the description says, but it was still a pretty good tea. Buttery green tea, a bit nutty. Vegetal and delicious. I can only imagine how it was previously. Probably one of the first plain senchas I’ve really enjoyed.
Coffee substitute, eh? That makes sense…. boy does this brew up dark! 4 minutes and it’s more opaque and dark than most coffees, I think! I didn’t drink too much without sweetener (yes, I dumped in some maple syrup), but the flavour was reasonably pleasant. Strong and full, though not bitter like coffee, just heavy and rich, with maybe a touch of the flavour of liquorice (but no lasting weird sweetness, just that black liquorice flavour). A bit on the woody side, perhaps (but not the woody I mentioned in other reviews. There, I meant stale. Here, I mean it in a much more favourable light? Hard to explain, apparently!)
Anyhow, once sweetened (I couldn’t handle much unsweetened… but I also don’t drink unsweet coffee), it’s more palatable, but I’m still not overly fond of it. I’d rather drink my sweetener with a nice spicy and/or smoky chai.
Thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea!
Thanks to Janelle for a few bags of this tea! I remember thinking that I’d like it more than the “Her” version… but not really. It smells “herbally”, and a bit like hibiscus, and tastes like old woody hibiscus (also a bit fruity). I’m starting to wonder if all of the teas in baggies from Janelle have picked up this woody flavour, as it’s the same that was in the Nightcap tea… but I also have a cup of Coconut Grove here (baggie stored in the same place) and it’s fine. So maybe it’s the hibby. Bleh. Have two teabags of this one left… not sure what to do with them!
I have been of late very disappointed in David’s Tea. They have been using more and more sweetener in their teas and I hate it, aka Blue Lagoon and Snickerdoodle. I think they are trying to tap into the younger generation who don’t drink tea and need the sweetness. But it also does not allow for new blends to be added where the tea is just good with nothing in it.
That said, I enjoyed Snickerdoodle on the second steep more because it still had that cinnamon flavour characteristic of the cookie, but none of the artificial sugary sweetness. The first steep was overwhelming and I drank it over a longer period. I was so excited for this tea and now I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. Somewhat in the middle I guess.
This isn’t something I would have picked out for myself. One of my friends gave it to me as a housewarming present when she was over a few weeks ago. My fiance and I have been living together for a year and just got the house set up about thirty minutes before she arrived. She’s now one of three friends we’ve actually had over since moving.
(Not being conveniently located makes it hard to have company over.)
Anyway. My friend gave me this and some of the Coco Chai Rooibos chocolate. Hot Lips seemed to be the more interesting choice, so it’s what I dug into last night.
The chocolate is extremely dry and crumbly, really not my favorite. I keep wanting to mix it with something soft (ice cream? cookie dough?) to make it’s consistency more appealing. And … it’s overwhelmingly spicy cinnamon, not bad but a bit overwhelming, especially when the squares are so big!
On the bright side, it assuages my curiosity about Hot Lips itself. If the chocolate is accurate, Hot Lips = Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice … and I have a lot of that already.
I don’t know, guys. It’s not bad, but I’m on the fence anyway.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices
I sampled this in store the other day and liked it enough to buy, so here we are.
The dry leaf smells intensely caramel, with some spicy notes. There’s dried currants and chunks of bright orange carrot (which I’m guessing is there mostly for the colour).
Steeped, I smell pumpkin spices and an intense caramelized sweetness. It smells like autumn baking to me. On the palate, this is not as sweet as I expected it to be. The caramel and burnt sugar notes are still very strong, but not actually that sweet. There’s a nice amount of spice to this, a hint of bitterness and some pumpkin. I drank it straight, but I think it would be fab with milk and sugar too.
This is really nice, but I also feel like I have a lot of teas that are very similar to this. I will definitely finish what I have but I don’t know if it stands out enough to restock. Also, garam masala as an ingredient is hella vague, since that can be any number of different spices in combination.
Flavors: Bitter, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Peppercorn, Pumpkin, Sweet
I can’t believe I haven’t left a tasting note on this yet, because I love it enough that I bought the giant clearance bag of it.
This tea is very different from any other I’ve tried. The dry leaf has intense melon fragrance that’s sweet and almost bordering on artificial. It has medium side black tea leaf and large pieces of cucumber.
The liquor brews up to a deep brown, and tastes just heavenly. There’s strong melon notes, the juicy, subtly tart flavour of cucumber, and lots of sweetness. There’s a beautiful cooling sensation that gives the impression of mint, though not the actual flavour of mint, and the cooling experience of fresh cucumber.
This is super fresh and light. Probably not a tea for everyone, but I love it.
Flavors: Cucumber, Melon, Mint, Sweet
A deep, fulfilling, lovely, cinnamon-blueberry flavor, with notes of apple and honey. I first thought maybe I didn’t brew it strong enough, but the flavor is definitely good with the amount of tea I used. I’m excited that this is naturally decaf. It’s an exciting yet comforting tea, almost the flavor of blueberry pomegranate juice, but with cinnamon.
Glad I purchased more than 1 oz!
Addition: for some reason the juice-like comparison made the tea seem less evening-like and I couldn’t finish my cup. :( will try again because I do like the flavor- maybe this is a day time tea
Flavors: Apple Candy, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Honey, Pleasantly Sour
This tea is kind of crazy. If you have an aversion to spicy things… DON’T go here!
First of all, like some other David’s Teas I was happy that this doesn’t taste artificial at all. A black tea with pumpkin and spices. Nom. I’ve always liked pumpkin flavored things. When I was a kid I looked forward to the pumpkin flavored ice cream that Baskin & Robbins would put out every year.
This is definitely pumpkin-y, but I felt it was a lot better after sugar and soymilk was added. Then the mystery ingredient… I kept noticing how spicy this was in the finish and how “peppery” it seemed to me. Nobody said anything about pepper when I was at the DT store.
I looked the mystery ingredient up on their website? Garam Masala?!? Whoa. That is a bold choice and definitely not for the meek. So I’d say this really seems like a pumpkin curry tea and is definitely not for wimps. I happen to like garam masala in food but I’m not quite sure what I think of it in the tea. I wasn’t really expecting such a spicy tea. I can see how this would be good for colder weather, or to chase off the gloom. I think I need to try it at least once more before giving it a rating and I might steep it for less than 5 minutes next go around, it seems very intense but I have a turmeric tea that I enjoy a lot.
The first time I had this, I just added a little sugar and didn’t really care for it much. I could only taste what I considered overpowering artificial rum. This time I added some brown sugar and milk and it was delicious. I could taste the coconut and vanilla, even that delicious buttery note.
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Rum, Vanilla
I said I’d recommend this tea because I, personally, liked it. Obviously it’s something that not everybody would enjoy! It is VERY smoky. If you’re intrigued, get a small sample and give it a try!
The smell of the dry tea is just like a campfire and honestly, a bit off-putting. Brewing it definitely calms the smoke a bit, and the underlying black tea flavour is actually quite smooth. I’ve enjoyed it straight, but for some reason I always find myself wanting to blend this with other teas. I’ve mixed this with black and oolong tea to make a Russian Caravan type blend, which I definitely recommend if you’re looking for a more subtle smokiness. Today I’m drinking it mixed with the Cinnamon Rooibos Chai from David’s Tea, and I really like it. Something about the combination of spicy/smoky seems just right for a rainy fall afternoon. :)
So when I went to get the two new pumpkin teas at DavidsTea on Friday, I had a sample of this in store and it was actually quite good. After trying a few cups at home, I have determined they must have steeped it for literally about 1 minute, and added a bunch of sugar lol. Nonetheless, I will review the current cup I am having of this tea to know what to improve in the future.
FIrst off, the dry smell is quite pleasant, cinnamon and spices with an apple scent in there as well. Definitely pumpkin spice. The tea in the store tasted very pumpkin-y, so I hoped to achieve this at home. Ok, the first cup I made was a complete write-off – blood red liquor, so tart I actually had to throw the cup out, and I am not a hibiscus hater…but that was just gross. So today, I tried a little less leaf for only about 2.5 minutes.
The steeped smell is still rather tart, although I can pick out the spices at least in there as well. And yes, it is still bright red. Ugh, less steep time next time.
As for the flavor..it is a huge improvement over the first cup, but this still isn’t the sweet spot. True, I can taste the spices, a pumpkin flavor, and a tiny bit of sweetness, but it is still quite tart and in need of some sweetener I think. Maybe I’ll add some brown sugar….okay, added some and some pancake syrup and not much change. Still quite overpoweringly tart. Whether it’s from the cranberries, rose hips or hib, I don’t know but…yeah. Gah. Ah well, can’t win them all. It is slightly improving as it cools, but still not a favorite.
Overall, I am not impressed with this tea. It was so tasty in store that I bought some, and at home it is just blah. I never sweeten my teas unless it is honey to enhance already awesome flavors (aka my amazing ginger teas), so the fact that I was adding random stuff does not bode well. I will play with it some more, as I know it has good potential, and I love the idea..but currently it’s just not for me. Sorry, but I will say this so far to this tea…No, we Cran’t. :(
Flavors: Hibiscus, Spices, Tart
I’ve had this a couple of times now. The first time I tried it I remember thinking it tasted like butter cookies. When I drank it on Friday it was more like nutty cookies – no real surprise there due to the macadamia nuts. But I have noticed I can only have a couple of mugs of this at a time. There’s something in the background that doesn’t sit well with me.
This morning I woke up in tons of pain and couldn’t go back to sleep. Which kinda seems like an awful morning in a way since I didn’t wanna wake up so early on a day I could sleep in.
It was freezing in my room this morning! And when I looked outside-much to my surprise it was cloudy and chilly!
I seized my opportunity to drink chai while it was cold out.
So I made this! ^^
On my second cup and it has been perfect for a chilly morning.
But now the sun is coming out again. >> Stupid SoCal…
Gonna take some pain killers and make a new tea. But this chai start of the morning was really nice. (:
It’s really nice to try and make the best of a seemingly bad start of the morning. Tea always helps! Thanks again, boychik! :D
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I thought this was going to be awesome, but it’s pretty weak and nondescript. I get a bit of cinnamon, cardamom and pepper, and a note that reminds me of really cheap black tea bags, but it all around just tastes kind of flat.
Maybe different steeping parameters would make this better. Milk and sugar helped a tiny bit, but for now, this is bleh and every other chai I have in my cupboard is better.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Pepper
Sad, sad story for a wonderful tea. Delicious, sweet, spicy, and smooth. A great mix of vanilla, clove, and a hint of caramel… and yes, of course… sparkles and shinny thingies!!! All of it smelling oh so delicious in my tea cup, sparkling in the moonlight of our new apartment’s kitchen. Until… I reach over to toss out the leaves from steeping the tea and my entire cup (except for about 3 sips that miraculously managed to stay in the cup) spilled all over the counter!!! I was sooo sad. The tea smelled so so so good. The three sips that stubbornly stayed in my tea cup were tasty, yet only a small reminder of what I could have enjoyed!
I have had this tea many times before, in fact, it is one of the one’s I chose to serve at my wedding ceremony (April 5th, 2014 for those who are wandering!). I enjoy the black tea base which is complemented and not completely hidden by the light spiciness and creamy notes. Caramel is predominant in my opinion, but it is smooth and works well with the mix of flavors. I would especially recommend it to someone who enjoys vanilla and caramel notes, and a sweeter tea. Not really for the chai lovers, since the spicy notes don’t stand out too predominantly (though I do love the clove!!!)
This is the end of the sad story. Tomorrow’s breakfast will bring another cup of this tea, I hope to manage not to spill it everywhere this time! It belongs in my tummy after a quick journey in my mouth befriending my taste-buds. :)
Glad to be back on Steepster married and done with my master’s degree!!! Missed everyone!
I actually quite liked this one! I thought the combination would be a bit of an eyeroll for my palate but there was the perfect balance between fruit and mint. Reminds me how I still need to try a mojito, but nevertheless, it wasn’t overly sweet, but I never picked up more out of sheer laziness. Well, it didn’t motivate me enough to get more, you know? Because it’s alright, but not amazeballs.
Steepster has sure been KING JERK lately.
Normally I can’t stand dragon fruit. It tastes like cellar. But I swallowed hard and picked up enough to cold brew two litres. The result wasn’t half bad, as I got mostly apple and hibiscus, but it wasn’t amazing either. Kind of tasted a lot like many other David’s fruit blends that they’ve rolled out over the past few years. The lines start to blur after a while.
But at least it wasn’t ridiculously sweet like others in the past have been.
Right off the bat, the dry “leaf” smells like fruit roll-ups if there was a mango version. It looks more like a dried fruit medley than an herbal tea. The ingredients list includes sugar AND marigold. I prefer my tea blends unsweetened and marigold always clogs up my steepers. So this tea has a lot going against it before I’ve even added water.
The brew is yellow. Not golden or delicate or dark or bright, just… yellow. It tastes like watered-down juice, which is about what I expected. Not bad, but not tea. If I want juice, I’ll drink juice. These blends are rather confounding – since they have sugar, they’re not exactly a healthy alternative to juice. Nor are they tea-like. So… what’s the point? I genuinely want to know. What’s the appeal of a fruity, sugary herbal blend over watered-down juice?
This does make a good “tea”-pop. Once the brew cooled, I added chilled seltzer in a 2-to-1 ratio. The result was similar to Izze Sparkling Juice Soda. So I guess this is useful for making knock-off Izze at home, slightly cheaper than store-bought.
Low score for being pre-sweetened and tasting more like juice than anything else. Score adjusted upwards for making a good “tea”-pop.
Thanks to DavidsTea for the sample!