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This tea is so good. I had a Moment and grabbed my new gongfu teapot from Davids…it’s so wee and adorable! I’m not allowed to handle glass, though, so my wife did the actual steeping. We started with a 30 second steep and went up 15 seconds for each steep, pouring the tea into a bubble teapot. We made it to 1 minute, 15 seconds before the pot was full, and the leaves were still giving off lots of flavor. It smells heavenly. It’s creamy and delicious and everything I love about this tea.
Thanks VariaTEA for the sample!
I was really craving Pistachio Cream but the sample of that is buried in a bag in my closet, so I picked this out instead because it sounded good too. I actually didn’t realize that it’s a white until I was portioning it out and really got a chance to look at the leaves. Huh.
Steeped up now, and it smells and tastes delicious! Like, I definitely get chocolate chip cookie dough from this! And, it’s so creamy too – with a nice, thick mouthfeel and almost marzipan/almond brittle sweetness to it. Definitely delicious, and really hitting the spot! I’m excited there’s at least one more cup of this! Colour me impressed.
There’s also something painfully familiar about this blend too – and it’s killing me that I can’t place what that is. I’m sure that sometime tonight I’ll have one of those “AHA!” moments out of the blue and just scream it out!
I think, overall, it’s been a really good tea day today (so far at least)!
Broke this out when I wanted something light, sweet and not too strong, and it fit the bill perfectly!
Dry Looks: it’s fairly large pieces, hard to scoop into my small infuser (note to self, buy a better infuser)
Dry smells: lightly lime-y
Steeped taste: light, and lime-y, a little bit of added sweetener brings out the flavour
Steeped smell: light, lime-y
Steeped looks: very light, its a green tea, so not much colour
2nd and 3rd steeps: I just increased the steeping time (approx 8 min for 2nd steep, 10 for 3rd) and it was equally nice.
Overall impression: a nice light tea for when I want something warm but don’t need much flavour (like after over-indulging on spinach dip at supper). Not going to be one I bring to work or start out my day with, but I do enjoy having it at home as an option.
I gave this one a go today from my local DT store – I have to be in a particular mood for jasmine tea, and I was intrigued that this one had a black tea base instead of a green. The jasmine taste was still pretty stong even with the addition of some milk – and the weird thing is that it didn’t taste all that different from a lot of green tea bases. Hmm.
Thank you VariaTEA for providing this one! I was going to wait until I had company to brew it up, but with work now it appears that wont be for a long time, and I thought this would be really nice to enjoy on my day off, plus an easy sipdown.
It’s really hot so I haven’t gotten to drink it too much yet; just small sips – but so far I think it tastes really nice. Kind of like strawberry jam, actually! Plus it’s really pretty to look at! I’ll edit my note if any other interesting flavours present while I drink it, but for now I think this is lovely – and I’m really enjoying it!
Apparently, it’s about to snow again so a cup of this seemed rather fitting. I think this cup tastes the best of any time I’ve had it or maybe it’s just that I don’t remember it all that well, but it’s delicious. 2 Teavana perfect teaspoons (which I think are more like 1.5 tsp), 7 minute steep and some sweetener. It’s a bit creamy and spicy but not overpowering. I have just a tiny bit left of what my husband brought back from Montreal but then, of course, I also have that huge bag that I recently bought so I have plenty to enjoy!
Mmm! This is a cold brew; somewhere right around 24 hours give or take a few in either direction. And man is this a cold brew done right!
Seriously; this is so refreshing and thick and juicy tasting! It’s one of my favourite tisanes from DAVIDsTEA, and I think it’s especially good because there’s really nothing else quite like it! I don’t know of any other tea that has such a full guava flavour paired with this sort of rich mango sweetness. The two compliment each other very well.
Eventually, once I’ve cleared out some tins. I’d like to have full tins of Redberry Tonic, Pink Flamingo, Pink Passionfruit, Tropicalia, this one, and maybe Bamboozled (I already have the better Buddha Bamboo, from Tea Desire) just for cold brewing! That means I need to clear out three tins. That’s kinda doable long-term, right? I mean, I know already I wont be restocking Bravissimo and Midsummer Night’s Dream, and once I finish off White Chocolate Frost there’s nothing left to restock; so there you have it!
This was a really pleasant surprise! Reading the ingredient list, we covered hibiscus, which I don’t always like, cinnamon (which I almost never like), and ginger (which I, wait for it- never like). Thus, I had ruled this tea out and moved merrily onto the spring tea plan. My friend tried it, loved it, and insisted on tossing me a sample to make a cup. I smelled it, thought ‘not on your life’ and let it sit for two days.
Today, bored, and killing time, I thought why not and brewed up the cup. To my amazement, this is downright amazing. It is tart, but nowhere near to tart. The cinnamon and the ginger do little more than help bolster the flavour and, overall, make for a really nice blended cup of tea. The roooibos is virtually absent!
I must drink more or this, I need to experiment and cold brew it, I need to have more of this tea in my life! That is what I get for writing teas off and thanks to friends that push you to try stuff!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Flowers
I received this as a birthday present yesterday from my sister in law as part of their huge sampler box with eight 40g tins, one of each type of tea. This is their green tea offering. And though I think it was a good choice for this box, I wish it was something else. I’ve had this before and didn’t like it so I gave the rest of my bag to my friend at work who I dump all my unwanted teas on. I think we have opposite tastes so she usually likes everything I dislike. It works out perfectly, I don’t think she’s had to buy tea in months. This tin will probably go to her as well unless I can swap it out.
I still don’t like this tea. I am not a fan of mint or chai spices so this tea didn’t have a good chance with me. I don’t like this tea purely because I don’t like what’s in it, so if you like mint and chai spices then you will probably like this tea. I hate giving bad ratings to teas that I know I don’t like because of me, and not because of the tea. This tea is well done. In those cases I try to add 10 or so points to what I would rate it otherwise.
Another backlog from earlier in the week, and another green.
I so wanted to like this one because of it’s spice and all of the reviews I’ve seen here describing it as tasting something like red hots, or candy cinnamon hearts.
I got mostly a vegetal green tea base with a hint of spice. A bit of sugar brought out the green tea even more for me. Often as a green tea cools some I can get more of the other flavors, but not so with this one. Maybe I’ll try a lower temperature and longer steep time with the next cup and see if that changes anything for me.
Thanks Janelle for sending this one my way in the mystery package.
The things you learn… This is much, much better iced than hot. Fortunately, with summer approaching, a compromise has been reached in my house. Jace has his tea pitcher and, now, I shall also have mine. Then he can brew all the straight greens and oolongs he wants, and I can revel in brewing copious amounts of Pink Passionfruit and other teas :P
On a side note, I am totally ready for summer. My mind is caught on pink passionfruit, and pink lemonade, and lime gelato, and all my other summer favourites… and I woke up to minus forty outside….. Mother Nature, you suck! :P
Alright, so this is not really that much like Sweet Strawberry, at least not as much as I remembered it being. It is however, a good tea. It has the tartness from the berries mixed with the earthy notes that are the pu’erh. Both good summer teas, but different in their own way. I do need to try cold brewing this one and see where that eventually gets me.
Sometimes when I drink a tea I like to check the notes on here after the drinking and before my own note-writing, just to see how my nose is going. This one was easy—yup, it’s mostly a sweet mint tea with a creamy hint and a heck of an oil slick to deal with. I don’t mind the pre-added stevia (far prefer it to the horror of licorice root in any situation) and love the soothing qualities of a good mint tea.
This tea’s also got sentimental value for me because it was given to me for Christmas by my mum while we were holidaying in white, white Quebec City, and it was the first DAVIDsTEA I ever owned. I’d had a few awesome samples from TassieTeaGirl but I have my very own small tin of white chocolate frost (and coffee cake) and my mum picked them out for me all by herself.
I had this one as an in-store sample while in the mall yesterday. I had smelled this one while in the store last time and did not like it at all, the cucumber/melon smell was overwhelming and made me nauseous. I should probably mention that I absolutely HATE both cucumbers, and melons…both of which are in this tea! When I tried this as a sample in the store, I was surprised to find that the cucumber really mellowed out and helped to smooth out the black tea (which can sometimes be quite strong depending on the blend). I am happy I tried it but due to my hatred of cucumber, I don’t think I would be able to drink an entire cup of it. I do recommend it for all of you who are neutral to or enjoy the taste of cucumber and for those like me who hate it, I would suggest that you give it a try for yourself as you may be surprised!
This one has been on my “Tea’s to try” list for a loooonnnggg time now (over 2 years!) and it was just yesterday that I finally got around to trying it. I had this in a to-go cup while I was out shopping. The earl grey base definitely does come through however most of the taste came from the strawberries which gave the tea a fruity and sour note. The strawberry is definitely toned down in this tea compared to other strawberry teas such as Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait and Sweet Strawberry. I definitely enjoyed this tea and would drink it again however it’s not one I would rush out to buy. I would recommend trying it for yourself too.
I couldn’t make this one come up in the search bar no matter what I tried! I had to go digging through my cupboard; hopefully that’s just a hiccup though.
Work was nice! I brought a cold brewed version of this with me and sipped on it all day while stocking shelves; the cold brew time was nine hours.
While this was nice and refreshing and floral at first, it soon got really gross and the flavour of the jasmine was built up and became very artificial and perfume. It also left a dry feeling on my tongue which was not beneficial to making me a happy worker. So in the end, I tossed the last third of it. In the future, I think I’ll stick to hot versions of this one.
Also, it’s officially passed midnight (in my time zone, anyway) – so…HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE WONDERFUL AND AMAZING VARIATEA! I COULDN’T ASK FOR A BETTER SWAP PARTNER!