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Recent Tasting Notes
My first tea taste out of the Fall 2015 Collection.
This tea smells very nice and is a pretty heavy tea, this has A LOT of cranberries in it, which isn’t bad because I do like them.
When steeped, it is a very light colour and the taste isn’t as strong as I hoped even though I did steep it for longer than what was required, it’s still nice though.
Everyone said that it smelled like an actual muffin and I am getting that VERY slightly from the dry blend, but not from the brewed.
It has hibiscus in it (I’m not a fan of too much), but I can’t really taste it, same with the cinnamon and the actual cranberries, even though they are the strongest flavours, there’s not much there.
It’s not bad, but not a restock.
Got a 5g sample of this with my last order from DAVIDs. At the time I didn’t realize it was a mate, but that’s alright cause this is just a small sample.
I brewed this weakly (the nuts make this blend heavy): the entire 5g sample in 600 ml of water for 5ish min (one cup for me, one for my husband). The taste is lightly apricot-y with a bit of grass undertone. It’s ok, but not a taste I really go for. my husband says this blends reminds him of some of my cosmetics from Lush, haha.
Ultimately, this blend is ok but if I want a mate tea I prefer plain.
I love flavored blacks, and aside from some grocery store bought teas that are rather tasty, this is the best black that I’ve been able to find. It surprised me that I liked pear flavor! I didn’t think I would. This is the tea I drink when I want to be ultra soothed, and can handle the caffeine – even though the caffeine is supposed to be low on this one.
So I brewed this up hot and now I am experiencing a weird combination of a very loose tasting tea that still has chocolatey banana flavors that you would typically have cold. Basically, as a regular tea, the taste and consistency just don’t mesh well. However, I could see this being good as a latte as the flavors are there but need a creamy boost. Better yet, this would probably be delicious as a cold latte.
I picked this up on the weekend along with this years Pumpkin Chai and Honeycrisp Apple (notes on those later if I remember), and decided to make it this morning as it is a slightly chilly more autumn feeling morning, and a cranberry muffin tea sounded about right lol. This will be a quick note as I’m at work, but the dandelion root and cinnamon are good in here, making it toasty and muffin like. Cranberry and hib are staying at bay, probably because I only steeped for 2 mins (finally, not an overwhelmingly hibiscus cup!!). This actually is reminding me of Verdant’s Campfire Blend a fair amount, probably the cinnamon and dandelion. Tasty and sweet this morning!
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I used to drink a lot of Chamomile, but not so much recently. I’m hitting up the calming teas at the moment, though – this week I’ve got nerves like never before. Anyway, the tea. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. No additions. I like watching whole flower chamomile as it brews – I think that’s at least half of the calming effect. The liquor is a bright, sunny yellow.
To taste, this is one of the nicer chamomiles I’ve tried in a while. I mean, yes – they’re all pretty similar, but whole flower ones are definitely different to bagged varieties. This one is mildly floral, with gentle notes of hay and honey. It’s not overpoweringly sweet or cloying, and it’s not at the tasteless end of the spectrum either. It’s just…right.
I might have to snag this one for copious drinking over the next few days.
Oh wow, this is fruity. Fruitier than I was expecting to be honest. Predominantly VERY juicy cantaloupe (a favourite of mine), but there’s also peach and a hint of grape (both very juicy as well). There’s a hint of floral elements as well, but considerably in the background.
I will note that I completely ignored the brewing instructions, fearing 96 degree water would burn the green tea in it. Probably a good move as even 4 minutes at 85 brought out the slightest hint of bitterness (barely noticeable, but I might go for 3 or 3.5 minutes next time).
Overall a rather nice tea. I do love the cantaloupe. I might prefer this as just a green tea; the black is a little heavy for the fruit. Will give it a go iced as well to see how it fairs.
Flavors: Cantaloupe, Floral, Grapes, Peach
No one’s reviewed this yet? Strange.
Before I give my review, I’d like to admit I do not drink matcha and I hardly ever drink my tea sweetened. So I am a bit biased against this tea to start with. I actually bought this tea so I can throw a small spoonful in my morning smoothie on days where I need a bit of a caffeine kick and don’t have enough time for my breakfast AND a cup of tea. This is one of the cheaper options from DAVIDs (largely because cane sugar is the main ingredient!), but either way, it will work for my purposes.
I decided to try it out as an actual drink before using it in my smoothies. I followed the instructions and mixed 1.5 tsp in 8oz of water. I don’t have a matcha whisk so I stirred it with a fork, lol. The resulting taste is upfrontly sugary with a mix of blueberry flavouring and slightly bitter, grassy green tea. All together I must say I’m not loving this blend. Much too sweet, I don’t like fruit flavouring in my green tea, and the bitterness of the matcha is off-putting as well. Maybe I overleafed it? I didn’t even finish my cup- I dumped it down the drain. Either way I will use this up in my smoothies no problem (since I won’t be tasting it), but I would never buy it to drink as an actual drink. If I wanna try matcha again I will by plain matcha. This blend doesn’t work for me on any level.
Flavors: Bitter, Blueberry, Grass, Sugar, Sweet
A very nice green tea. The aroma dried and brewed is like a lovely key lime pie. The flavour has a wonderful creamy sweetness to it. There’s something comforting and even indulgent about it. I didn’t really find the apple or pineapple notes in it, but was happy enough with the creamy lemon-lime taste.
Flavors: Citrusy, Creamy, Lemongrass, Lime, Smooth, Sweet
I don’t know how they managed to make this taste muffin-like, but this is easily my favorite of the three samples I’ve received recently. I’m glad the hibiscus flavor isn’t as strong as I was expecting when I saw that it was an ingredient. This is a really pleasant tisane with strong, but not overpowering, cranberry flavor that is nicely complimented by the orange, pineapple and cinnamon. It’s definitely my favorite from the fall collection, so far.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Citrusy, Cranberry, Orange, Pineapple
Props to DT for such a witty name. This maté tea is a pleasant blend of apricots and almonds. I added a bit of ice because I prefer my matés over ice. It’s tasty, but the flavor was quite light. That said, I was only working with the tiny amount available in the sample packet. It’s not something that I’d rush to stock up on, but I’ll likely order a small amount to drink when I want a maté that isn’t super tropical. I imagine it would make a tasty iced latte with almond milk. I’ll give that a try when I get my hands on more.
Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Nutty
Peanut butter cup? Hm, I dunno about that. Maybe my sample packet had too much apple and not enough of everything else. This tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to me. I don’t get much chocolate flavor at all, so that’s disappointing. I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter, but there’s potential for this tea as the liquid base of a smoothie. I don’t know that it’s something I’d drink on its own again. If the chocolate flavor was more present I’d probably be more inclined to stock up on this tea. But the apples, as the primary ingredient, really take over, imparting not just their sweetness but their flavor as well.
Peanut butter cup, not so much.
Peanut butter and (apple) jelly sandwich, definitely.
Flavors: Apple, Nuts, Nutty, Peanut, Sweet
At long last, Pumpkin Chai. It was out last year when I got into tea but I didn’t get around to trying it despite the hype. I have to admit, this is pretty good, though pumpkin has never been my thing. It tastes exactly like pumpkin pie, with all the usual spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg). Looking forward to trying this as a latte (maybe with some whipped cream ;) ). If you’re a pumpkin pie lover you should definitely give it a go!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Nutmeg, Pumpkin
Ok, so I probably tried this a stupid way for it being my first time having it since the naunces of flavour were lost. I’ll definitely revisit and make sure the next time I try it is slightly more proper and done in a way I can break down and taste the specific flavours of the tea.But that said this was incredibly fun and tasty, and really what I’m getting at is…
Recently, I received a cookbook themed around matcha as a gift – there are actually quite a few recipes in it that I want to try out (a huge part of why I redeemed my free 50g on fancy ass matcha from DT) but since my cooking skills are crap the easier for me to make was salted matcha popcorn! So basically:
2 tsp of matcha
1 tbsp of butter
1 tsp of salt
All melted down and mixed together and then sprinkled/splashed over some fresh air popped popcorn! Holy balls it was such a pretty, gorgeous bright green colour! The taste was surprisingly great too; I actually don’t like salty food that much (cripes; pretzels are my worst nightmare) but it worked with the popcorn/matcha because it was like a very seaweed/kelpy vegetal snack but light and fluffy! Seriously, it was a strange juxtaposition overall but very tasty! I half believed after trying this I wouldn’t want to again but I’d totally revisit this!
Matcha popcorn and a movie night? Sign me up!
Holding off on rating until I can rate the ‘pure’ tea.
This is a very pleasant afternoon tea. The lemongrass and coconut blend quite nicely creating a natural creaminess. The pineapple flavour is faint, more of an afterthought, but a nice finish on the palate nonetheless. Best to finish it before it cools though, I wasn’t a fan of it cold.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Lemongrass, Pineapple
This is an alright mate that blends a grassy/earthy flavour from the yerba mate with citrus and orange zest accents. The pineapple and papaya notes are subtle, not overly prominent. Found this one a tad too sweet for my liking as a morning starter. Maybe it would be better as a late morning or early afternoon tea when you need a bit of a boost. For me, I find the sweetness a bit off-putting though.
Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Grass, Orange, Orange Zest, Sweet
First let me freely admit that I’m biased against this tea because of the hibiscus and beetroot. I chose this tea as a free sample pack on a recent David’s order without looking closely at the ingredients. Dried, this tea smells amazing and just like I envisioned from the name. However, I find the flavour very different from the aroma and unfortunately for me the hibiscus and beetroot dominate the palate and overpower the more subtle strawberry and cream notes that I was hoping for. That said, if I was to try it again in the future, I would try a shorter steep to lessen the tart hibiscus and earthy beetroot notes.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Sour, Strawberry, Tangy, Tart
I was so excited when they first announced this as a new tea. I know many people felt peanut butter would not make a good tea flavour, but I was totally sold right away. I only worried that it would not translate well into a tea. But there was nothing to worry about! This is an awesome tea. One of my new favourites, in the top 10. An excellent dessert tea prepared as a latte. For me, the peanut butter flavour comes through prominently, so I am kind of surprised to read that others do not feel the same. I will definitely be stocking up heavily on this one. Another great tea from David’s Tea.