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This is a another tea in the cupboard that’s more suited to my fiance’s tastes, but the chili got my attention. The chocolate is a decent chocolate, definitely much better than the chocolate in Davids Tea’s Read My Lips! I get a little hint of chili, but not as much as I was expecting.
Overall a decent chocolate tea, but it doesn’t particularly stand out to me. I wish the chili was more prominent, and I don’t know if I’d really consider this one a chai. If a tea is advertised as being a chai and having chili in it, I really want it to be spicy.
My first cup of this was with milk and honey and I enjoyed it but it didn’t blow me away. I had a re-steep that was black and I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first cup. The predominant flavour that really stood out to me was cinnamon. There wasn’t enough maple flavour and I was left disappointed. I was expecting something better. Still, not bad, just not destined to be a favourite of mine.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Maple, Sweet
This is one of the first teas I got when I started drinking tea and didn’t like it. I also didn’t know of cold brewing or icing teas so I only drank it hot and cursed the tartness the lingered in the cup. Tastes have changed and I learned new techniques so I decided to try it again since I have been icing/cold brewing caffeine-frees a lot lately.
Today I am having it iced and it’s actually quite juicy. The Berry is captured well. I’m getting a lot of what tastes like blackberry leaf and currant. It’s quite nice and has been a great companion while I’ve been running errands today.
I was rummaging around in my tea cupboard and came across an unopened sample of this. I’m not sure how long it’s been in there, but it’s very possible that it’s been years. Clearly, I need to do some cleaning out of the cupboard.
Anyway, I decided to brew up a cup of this, while not knowing much about it. All I knew about it is that it had chocolate in it, and little candy red lips. I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate teas (probably why this was sitting forgotten in my cupboard), so I didn’t have the highest of hopes for it.I brewed it up with milk and a little bit of sugar. First thing I noticed was that the brewed cup smelled more like mint than chocolate. As for the taste, I couldn’t really taste the base tea in this. It made me check to see if this was actually an herbal, but no, it’s classified as a black tea. It makes me think more of a slightly minty less sweet hot chocolate. I don’t know if it’s the age of the sample or what, but I found it fairly weak. If I’m going to have a mint chocolate tea, I want the mint to be strong; this felt more like just a hint.
Overall, not super impressed. I’d prefer a mint hot chocolate to this tea if I’m going for that flavor profile, or if I’m going for a chocolate tea, the Chocolate Rocket from Davids Tea.
I drank this tea hot just now, but I’ve primarily used it for iced tea in the past. The mint comes in that cool mouth feel and aftertaste, while the fruity raspberry is what hits you up front. There’s something about these flavors that just screams summer to me, and it makes a great iced tea. While it’s decent hot, I think as an iced tea is where is really shines.
This tea goes down really nicely first thing in the “morning.” On the first sip it is light, lemony, and green. There is a slight bitter/ acrid side to it but I actually enjoy that. I I like bitter foods (cranberry, grapefruit, etc.). Helps me to feel awake and cleansed in a way. I could be imagining it, but I feel like this tea helps settle my stomach. According to my physiotherapist I have a “hot” stomach with an imbalance of chi. Haven’t looked into it but I do often get random stomach pains and acne on my right cheek, which in TCM indicates stomach problems. Things to think about.
Anyways. I have brewed this hot several times now from a sampler pack and am debating purchasing it on its own.
Flavors: Herbaceous, Lemon, Lemongrass
Mo sprinkles, mo better. After reading all the horrified reviews for Ice Cream Cake, I had to have it. This tea makes me giddy. The leaves, once steeped, look like the sad barfy aftermath of someone’s sweet 16. It smells cloyingly sweet – and there is a delightful sheen to the liquer from all those melted candy chips and chocolate curls. Yes. Sweet heavens above, YES.
I gave this a good steep of at about 5 minutes to make sure all the sprinkles were melted. I will go for a shorter steep next time though, because some astringency is just starting to kick in and I don’t necessarily enjoy that. I will also sweeten it with cane sugar next time because I used stevia and it feels like it is covering up some of the flavour.
Overall I love this tea. It’s a great little sweet comfort on saturday mornings, or as a reading snack. I have purchased 100 grams so as to not run out anytime soon.
Flavors: Cake, Candy, Cocoa, Honey
tried this one as a cold brew from david’s tea the other day. I kinda like this one, though i’m not sure if i’d keep it around to get though a while 50g…maybe 25g to see how that goes for the summer. It’s not terribly artificial tasting…just a mild sort of watermelon taste. I’ve got a tiny bit left so that i can try it as a hot brew. Cold though, that i can do.
tried this one from davids the other day. not a fan. It reminds me of those artificial punches you can get, just more watered down. it’s not terrible, but it’s nothing i would ever reach for again. this is much more apple like…maybe a little cranberry…but there isn’t much pineapple or papaya. oh well, good to try at least.
I love quinces, a friend of mine brought a bunch back from Iran and I’ve been cooking and making jam with them ever since. So I pounced on this when I saw it was Davids Tea of the Month.
The scent of the dry tea is odd and bit overpowering, it’s a very sweet, almost bubblegum like smell. There a bit of that odd perfuminess in the flavour, especially as the tea cools but there’s a sour undercurrent (thanks hibiscus). I can taste the actually quince flavours, the closest thing I can compare it to is a mix of pear and apple, but there’s just something off about the flavour profile that I don’t care for. It’s coming across as too artificial and sweet maybe.
I am just getting into kombucha so I thought I’d give this a whack. Was curious to see how they would incorporate it into a dry, loose-leaf tea. Well – the answer was about what I expected. Powdered kombucha culture. Okay. My overall first impression was “not bad,” it’s got sortof a muddy, trail mix kind of fruit flavour to it. Could be cleaner. I wonder what this would taste like blended with green tea instead. I tried this iced overnight in the fridge and it was alright, but the flavour didn’t come out of the oolong very well. I just wanted to see what it would be like because I’d rather be able to preserve some of the integrity of the kombucha, if there’s anything left in it from being dried anyways.
Hot was much better. I sipped it unsweetened while checking emails and winding down for the night. I agree with other commenters saying it’s a bit on the syrupy side. By the end of the cup you’re left thinking about other oolongs or tropical greens that do a bit better job incorporating the same ingredients.
Overall, definitely enjoyable, nothing negative to say, but I don’t think I would repurchase.
Flavors: Apple, Malt, Mango, Perfume, Sour
Drinkable, but not very good (for a chai). It doesn’t have a lot of vanilla flavour. I taste ginger, maybe cinnamon?, and WAY too much licorice root. The licorice makes is kind of gross because it is sickly sweet.
I love some of DAVIDs’ other chai blends so this is very disappointing. A better name would have been “sweet licorice”. I would have liked some peppercorns and cloves in this blend to even out the licorice root.
I don’t think this blend is terrible, but I was expecting a chai and this is missing key chai spices. It’s like there wasn’t room in the ingredients list for any more spices so they just make licorice the first ingredient.
Flavors: Anise, Ginger, Licorice
Although David’s Tea has now discontinued this tea, I still have more than 100g of it. As soon as I heard that they would no longer carry it, I stocked up on as much as I could (despite the price…). It is my favourite green tea to date – for so many reasons. I often find myself in the middle of the day in random situations craving this tea. The smell of it is unlike any other green tea this company carries. I often find myself keeping the steeped cup close to me when I have this tea to make sure I can smell it. I find the description to be quite true in that it really does have a buttery taste.
Berries and vanilla and a bit of sweetness and a bit of something artificial. This tea is, thankfully, from before the time that DT began stevia-ing everything to death. I am drinking it hot. I like the whiff of juicy black and red berries that comes up from the steam in my tea glass. I like the tartness of the hibiscus with the mix of berry and vanilla. I save myself from the artificial flavours by underleafing somewhat: strong enough to steep up a bright red flavourful cup without much of the nonsense.
Flavors: Apple, Berries, Hibiscus, Vanilla