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Hey, backlog complete! I’m finally logging a tea that I’m actually drinking today. Hooray for that! It feels like a nice little mini accomplishment.
Yesterdat I cracked open my sealed 25g pack of this from the Christmas gift box thingy I received from my Dad back in January so I could parcel some out for 221Tea. I probably would have opened it sooner rather than later anyway; I’ve been looking for dessert teas and black teas I can work towards sipping down and this fits bot of those criteria.
It was my breakfast tea this morning, and I have to say I’m not totally sure how I feel about it. I’ll probably need subsequent cups to determine that. It’s problematic to me because I was reminded of DT’s Red Velvet Cake which I despise as well as Della Terra’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake, which I adore. This is somewhere inbetween both of those.
As far as the RVC comparison goes, this had the same sort of artificial and general generic sweetness that I dislike greatly in the former – but it didn’t come off as chemical like I recall experiencing, and I think the lack of chocolate worked in favour of this blend.
Now comparing it to Pineapple Upside Down Cake; I think this had slightly more generic fruityness to it (especially in the aftertaste) but similarly nothing obviously flavoured: you would not know it’s pineapple or cherry providing the fruitiness. There’s also that similar brown sugar sponge cake vibe from this. In this blend, it was more aromatic than PUDC, but PUDC tastes better/captures it in a better and more realistic way.
So yes; somewhere in the middle. Perplexing, indeed…
I figured that since I was doing a teaware review already I’d toss up a review of this one too and add it to my cupboard, since I’ve had these teaballs practically since I started drinking tea and they’re an everyday part of how I make tea (I know, I know…).
I mean; they’re teaballs. There’s nothing special about them; they do what they’re intended to and the fact they came from DAVIDsTEA over other places really doesn’t do anything to change how they function.
For the most part I find that there’s enough room for expansion for a lot of the teas I drink; though definitely not all of them. However, I definitely have a wide range of teaballs/clamps from various stores and companies in a great number of sizes including one as big as my fist which I use for things like oolongs or black teas such as Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black; teas that need room.
But yeah… Teaballs. They are what they are, and that’s convenient and easy to use. Can’t really complain too much about that.
I don’t get why DT put 98 degrees as the recommended steeping temp for this, considering the green tea. I did 92 as a compromise but probably would do closer to 85 or so next time.
I mean, if there was a next time, but I don’t think there will be.
I bet this tea would be amazing iced, or even hot for someone who likes fruity teas which apparently I no longer do.
It’s very peachy, it’s kind of hurting my teeth. I also just recently within the last hour realized that I have a mild headache, and I can’t help but associate that with drinking this.
Sooooo, another one for the pile!
Drinking lots of teas I don’t overly care for lately, and it’s sucky.
I find myself unsatisfied.
I deliberately made this one as a cold brew for my brother and I to split because it’s the tea that “changed everything” for him, and made him realize that there were/are some teas out there that he does enjoy. They just happen to all be cold brewed/iced, and typically herbal (right now; I have faith he’ll eventually branch out).
Like expected, he loved it. To me this batch sort of tasted like really overripe peaches. But oh well, C’est la vie. Technically I still had more of this left, but I gave the rest to him to enjoy in addition to the 50g he bought for himself. This one is being discontinued by DT so I wanted to give it to him because he’ll make the most of it whereas I’ve reached a point where I’m ready to move on with it to bigger and better blends.
This cold brew traveled around with me in my thermos all day yesterday during our trip to DAVIDsTEA and the movies but was hardly touched. I had a few sips and my brother tried a bit too but didn’t like it all that much (we’re thinking because of the hibiscus – because he ate some dry leaf later in the day and thought everything tasted good but the hibiscus).
When I got home, after my Cool Cucumber, I poured this into my perfect mug along with a shot of vanilla vodka, and I drank it that way. Honestly; you couldn’t even tell that the vodka was in it at all, which makes me curious to try a cold brew of this straight into some vodka.
Anyway, lovely as always. Such a great, flavourful Guava flavour. Nothing like it, really…
I used to like this! The first time I bought it iced to go while in store I thought it was delicious and promptly bought 102 grams. Subsequent attempts were not as successful. Today I made it and it tasted kind of wrong, probably the stevia, not sure. So I fixed it by mixing in a splash of orange juice. It’s really good like that. I have enough for a couple more cups but I’m definitely not repurchasing.
In my little travel mug from Coronado and I’m sitting in the lobby waiting for class to start :)
This is my first tome drinking this tea, and I actually haven’t tried it hot yet. But this smelled like it would make a great cold brew and it is getting hotter and hotter so iced is a must :)
I really like it! I’ve never had pomegranate before, but I like the flavour with the mango. A nice refreshing drink for a hot day like this :)
I christened my new perfect tea mug (review on the mug coming eventually; I’m still working through yesterday’s backlog) with this blend yesterday evening after my brother and I got back from the movies. It seemed like the perfect tea to do so with.
Man, this really is the epitome of refreshing tea. Even drinking it hot, I felt totally relaxed and at peace with, well, everything… Just, so so very good.
Somehow in some weird way you’re able to taste each element separately: melon, cucumber, and spearmint. And yet all those things still uniformly make this astoundingly wonderful “whole” cucumber experience. I’m almost regretting just getting 50g instead of the full 100g – but I have absolutely no closet space left for tins of black tea. Seriously, my black tea tins are starting to spill over into other sections; namely Pu’Erh and Mate.
I drank this while portioning up “one serving” size cold brew sample bags for my brother. Since he’s grown to accept/love iced and cold brewed tea and even purchased 50g of tea yesterday I offered to send him off with some samples of things that work well cold brewed. So he left this morning with 18 different cold brew samples to work through. I’m so proud of him.
I should really take a picture of my closet of tea, so you can all understand and comprehend the craziness of it. It takes up a lot of room. If I get any more tins I’ll have to clear off another closet shelf. I don’t think Tre would let me live that one down. So yeah, that’s the rule right now: I am not allowed to buy any more black tea until I finish off at least two tins OR I finish off at least four of the sample bags.
Now I just need someone (VariaTEA?) to hold me to that. Especially since I plan on transferring Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black, Boston, and Ice Princess to tins eventually too…
It’s one of those weeks at work where I am so busy that my desk is buried under a mountain of paper so massive, people are actually noticing it. And my lunch has been getting later and shorter every day lol. Nonetheless, I will persevere and hopefully get everything done. Haven’t had much tea these past 2 days, but this is in my travel mug this morning, hoping to make something else this afternoon, this one is getting pretty old after sitting all morning lol. See previous notes.
Now’s the part of my backlog where I get to get into all the really fun stuff I did on my day with my brother! Hooray!
The day started out with a trip to Market Mall where I mailed off my package for 221Tea (which cost a lot less than I was anticipating, which is always a pleasant surprise). We then stopped at my Dollarama and I returned the work phone, which I brought home with my Saturday evening. Oops. It looks like they managed fine without it, though.
We took the bus from there to the downtown mall. My brother was both amazed with and pissed off at the bus system here in Saskatoon. The bus fare is more than a dollar higher than what it is in Regina, and of course he didn’t have a bus pass so he was unimpressed with paying the high fare – and then even less impressed with how long it takes to get anywhere in the city. Saskatoon is a fair bit bigger than Regina. That said, once we were on the bus he was really amused by the fact there’s a digital read out of the time/streets we’re on as we travel (which is hilarious, because I remember Tre and I being amused greatly by that as well on our first bus ride in Saskatoon), and the fact there are buttons not cords you push (instead of pull) to let the driver know where you want to get off.
Once we were downtown we only made one stop; DAVIDsTEA. Mostly we were going there for me: I bought my first perfect tea mug (the glass one with the octopus tentacle), 100g of Superberry (since it’s soon to be discontinued), 50g of Redberry Tonic, 50g of Cool Cucumber, 50g of Guava Cadabra (to top off my tin at home), 10g of Coconut Oolong, a brown Pu’Erh tin for my Caramel Pu’Erh (from Tea Desire), and this as a To Go, iced. I also signed up for the rewards program! Hooray!
Much to my surprise, however, my brother picked up 50g of Bamboozled (which I had causally pointed out was being discontinued earlier in the morning when I was preparing our cold brew of it). I didn’t even do any pushing. He just did it.
And of course his sales associate was my favourite (extremely cute) one!
Jealous. In true excellent DAVIDsTEA service fashion he made my brother feel at home in the store (he looked painfully uncomfortable as he bought his tea). He asked how his day was going and why he was in town (I’m not totally sure how he knew he wasn’t from Saskatoon…), and Liam (my brother) said he was here visiting family. It was a nice exchange and I think my brother felt more at ease.
I’m wondering if maybe he knew he wasn’t from here because he recognizes me as a “regular” and I’ve mentioned in the past that I moved here on my own… Hmmm…
Anyway, this was the To Go tea I picked out because I wanted to try another of the Spring blends and this has fairly solid reviews, plus it has pineapple in it. It was iced. I have to say, I was pretty let down by it though. I vaguely understood the comparison to Blue Whale candy but mostly I thought it tasted very artificial in a negative way and also very weak and flavourless in general, except for the aftertaste which I couldn’t get rid of fast enough: there was something very chemical about it. I don’t handle Blueberries very well; they can’t taste artificial or have a realistic blueberry texture – so that may have tainted my view. I’m happy I decided not to buy any.
My brother loved it though. I would have just tossed it out once I’d left the store but he really, really enjoyed it and said it tasted pretty great (although he agreed that it could have been made stronger). I’m really proud of him; he used to reject any notion of tea or tea drinking but he’s really opened up. Although he is pretty set in what he likes: it has to be cold brewed or iced and typically he only goes for blends that are fruity and herbal.
After DT we went to the movies and saw Divergent. I honestly didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but it’s been about a day since I’ve seen in now and I still cannot get it out of my head. I want to read the book series so badly now! In fact, next paycheck, I might splurge and buy the series since I’ve already set aside rent for the month of May so the only think earmarked in the next paycheck is groceries.
Seriously, go see it! It was surprisingly fun with good action scenes, comedic moments, and a fun, almost “surrealist” aspect with the fear simulations – and I really, really like Tris/Four as a couple. There’s that too.
All in all: crappy tea but a good day!
Morning/Breakfast tea… Yesterday.
I picked something fun and straight forward to have in my Peekaboo Giraffe Mug yesterday morning while I parceled up a package for 221Tea and got ready for a day out with my brother.
This was nummy. Nutty and appley and sweet and mmm!
I should have this more often; but not too often, I feel like it’s something that if drank really regularly I’d get sick of quickly.
Dry Leaf Nose: Ginger, cinnamon and exotic fruits.
Liquor: Red/pink and clear liquor with a kick of ginger and cinnamon and fruity background.
Flavour: The ginger and black tea compliement one another well while the cinnamon brings out and enhances the fruits (apple and rhubarb). The licorice sweetens the blend and adds a thick fullness to the body.
I had enough leaf left to make 1 small teapot and another cup left over. I didn’t want to have this hanging around too much longer, though, so I used the entire remaining bit of leaf (about 5 tsp) with 3 cups of water. I thought I could compensate by steeping for a shorter amount of time, but the clock got away from me.
As a result, this tea was remarkably bitter today, even with the addition of agave nectar into the pot. Also remarkably sharp and peppery – I guess there were a lot of peppercorns in that last bit of leaf.
I feel bad, but the tea is so bitter this time that I want to dump it out, rather than power through the entire pot. Decisions, decisions.
Many thanks to Aimee Popovacki for sending this my way. I really did enjoy the previous steeps of this, even if this sendoff didn’t work out.
This is a nice take on rooibos, that’s for sure. Enjoying it as I finish up some school work. Adding more of it helped bring out some of the flavors. I can see keeping this one around. I have said it before and I will say it again, I quite enjoy how many options are out there, even for non-caffeinated!
This is good stuff. I’m working on a sipdown but I’ve still got a few cups left.
I was fully prepared to dismiss it, that’s been happening to me a lot lately with Davidsteas…old favorites no more. Not the case with this one, however.
It’s so tasty! Nutty and sweet and delicious.
I even got flavor out of a resteep…amazing.
This is one I would restock. It’s a flavorful, toasty, sweet, non-bitter green tea. Awesome. Bumping my rating up from 78.
Digging into my reserve of this as part of my mission to stop hoarding tea. It’s amazing how my tastes have changed because I really don’t love all the teas I used to, and at this point I just want to pare my collection down so that it consists of only my favorites.
I’d like to still try new teas, but first, must purge the older ones.
It’s sweet, it’s creamy, it is reminiscent of a frosting but as a suggestion rather than the actual flavor. It’s slightly fruity, and because of that it’s not quite what I’m looking for, I wouldn’t quite consider this desserty enough for me.
It’s decent, but I’m done with it now! To the swap/sell pile!
Drank this, it’s been awhile. It’s very fruity, can’t taste much tea. Tangy, and tart, which I attribute to the kiwi.
I think it would make a good iced tea, if I were into that!
I guess ultimately I’m kind of over fruity teas. I’m putting the rest of this in my swap/sell pile. It’s growing.
ETA THIS was my 200th tasting note. this. Boooo.
This is pretty tasty, but I’m not getting much of a similarity between this chocolate and the tea it was based on. It’s kind of like a Cadbury Fruit-and-Nut bar, but sweeter. I’m also getting a hint of coconut flavour – however, that’s probably the milk chocolate base, as I got the same taste with the Coco Chai Rooibos milk chocolate.