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I was so excited for this tea because I had only heard amazing reviews! But I obviously had heard wrong! Or it was a bad batch with WAAAAY too much vanilla flavoring! I used as much as directed in a latte and it was way to artificial tasting! And for a Naturally flavored Organic tea. I was appalled! I will try it one more time with the shortest steep time and perhaps less tea before I pass this one along because I really wanted to like it!
Hello, my friends. Long story short, I quit the MA program even though I’ve done everything up to and including the rough draft of my thesis, largely due to a controlling supervisor who isn’t happy that I don’t want to go on to a PhD and was therefore making it very difficult for me to get this degree over with. Blah blah blah, that said, I’m back to enjoying other things in my life! Hope everyone has been super swell and enjoying all them wonderful teas.
I picked this up the other day because I ran out of tea filters for making cold brews. It’s fluffy and mildly, generically fruity-smelling. Perhaps I should have used more leaf but the liquor is pale and the taste is on the weak side. Maybe a bit of berry but that’s it. It’s still nice to drink when it’s hot outside and you just want something cold to drink.
Would I repurchase? Not sure, but I’ll enjoy what I got.
When this collection came out I wasn’t even remotely interested in trying this one, but a few favourable tasting notes and it being cleared out convinced me to give it a try, and I actually quite like it.
They really nailed the flavour inspiration with this one. It has that tart, cherry candy flavour of a snowcone (and no overwhelming hibiscus!) Straight it was missing a tiny bit of sweetness, though half a teaspoon of sugar in my cup was overpowering. Just a pinch I think would have done it nicely.
I don’t think this is a flavour I’d be in the mood for often, but for what it is, it’s good.
Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Sour, Sweet, Tart
I felt like a plain tea this afternoon so I picked this one out of the Canadian Traveling Teabox. It’s a fairly standard sencha, mildly grassy with a bit of a seaweed flavour. I can tell that it’s decent quality and not harsh or bitter for all that it’s a bit uninspiring. For those who want an intro into Japanese greens and don’t feel like shelling out a ton of money right off the bat this would be a great place to start.
David’s sent a sample of this in my order. I was mystified when I first tried it, because it tasted SO familiar and yet I couldn’t recall where I’d had it before. It didn’t taste anything like cider, despite its name. Finally it came to me; this is the exact flavor of Quaker instant apples-&-cream oatmeal.
I can see from the other notes this tea hasn’t been a huge hit, and I think if you are expecting cider, you will be disappointed. I am kind of nostalgically fond of that oatmeal though (I don’t think I could get something so sugary down now, but I loved it as a kid) so I am enjoying the flavor in this new form.
Flavors: Apple, Cream
I made this iced after having it hot and I think this is how I prefer it. It has the same flavors as the hot version and ultimately I feel those flavors lend themselves best to a colder drink. Nonetheless, like all the other Fall blends this year, I am still not sold so the rest of my sample is going to a friend as my relationship with this tea has run its course.
So this smells like bubblegum both dry and brewed. Weird…very weird. Though now that I have tried it cold brewed and hot, I can say I definitely prefer it hot. It is still sweet but a different sort of sweetness than the cold brew. It tastes like those caramel apple lollipops except one that has been soaked in vanilla for a few days to make it that much sweeter. Ultimately, it’s not something I will be restocking once I finish my sample but that’s okay because I have a lot of teas anyways.
It’s 10° out this morning, which always feels delightful in April, but it’s cold and shivery in September! Planning on a lot of tea to warm me up, so I timed my steep in order to have enough oomph left in the leaves for another round. I’m using the Nordic Mug today, so that’ll be a litre of tea! Nice!
Anyway, steeped for a bit less time this tea has a touch of apple to it somewhere in there. Still loads of cinnamon and clove – could just be putting me in mind of mulled cider…hmm. Also still presents pumpkin, caramel, and lemon, with some buttery taste in there. I’m not noticing as much smokiness. As well, I took a good inhale of the dry leaf first, this time, and it smells of butterscotch, spice, and malt.
I’m happy I went with this one today. Got envious remarks from co-workers again, too, haha. (I’m not a jerk and did offer to share)
Agh, I wish I’d written this note when I drank the dang tea. It’s so much easier to wax poetic about a thing whilst in the throes of enjoying it, and this tea deserves poetry. Nonetheless, I’ll do my best to describe it for posterity.
This tea has a delicious aroma. People in my office were remarking on how wonderful it smelled. It’s like a warm, spicy, autumn hug near an oven full of candied yams and pumpkin pies. I left this one to steep for a while because I am, let’s face it, a ridiculously forgetful person. I probably overbrew the vast majority of my teas. But anyway, pumpkin chai. Yes!
The first sip is delectable, immediately evoking warm, autumn tastes of spice – clove and cinnamon, mainly – over a rich carotene sort of base. I use this word because because I know there is no actual pumpkin in the tea, but instead that there are bits of carrot, however, it doesn’t change much of the overall effectiveness in evoking pumpkin from the taste buds. It may be simply through a memory association, although I’m tempted to speculate that carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, and certain squashes are all fairly interchangeable when liberally doused in clove and cinnamon. Maybe I need to do a taste comparison, some sort of soup off! I’m making myself hungry. Where was I…?
Oh yes, tea! (Gosh I’m tangential today) I heartily enjoyed this tea, and found it a bit smoky on top of the spiced pumpkin/carrot flavour, with some hints of lemon and butter way underneath. Quite scrumptious, and I’m thrilled I decided to get the special set with the fancy mug and 100g of the blend, so it’ll last me a little while (although I may need to pick up some more to go through winter, as this is a seasonal blend).
Flavors: Butter, Carrot, Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon Zest, Malt, Pumpkin, Smoke, Spices
I can’t believe that I waited so long to try this one! I finally tried this last night and was pleasantly surprised. The dry blend smells EXACTLY like a piña colada! I was shocked to find out that there were apples, mango and anise in this because all that you smell is the pineapple and a bit of the coconut. I had this warm and forgot to take my tea bag out until I was halfway done drinking it (oops!). I noticed that the longer it steeped, the more apple comes through which contributes a sour note to the tea (similarly to how it comes through with Movie Night). If you like piña coladas, I would recommend steeping this for maybe 2 or 3 minutes at most- but if the more fruity and sour blend is what you prefer, steep it longer. I’m excited to try this iced as well as I think that it may taste even more tropical then. A great alternative to a tropical drink (but with way less calories!).
Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple, Tropical
This is a tea that has grown on me. The first couple of times that I made it, I wasn’t a fan, but I had two bags of it (one purchased, one gifted), so I figured I’d try it again. Now it’s becoming a staple during my nightly routine. This tea is mellow and not too sweet. I use lavender and chamomile lotion and room Wallflowers from Bath & Body Works to relax me and this tea helps to accomplish the same thing. :)
Got this one from the TTB I was in a few weeks ago. Been distracted with other teas so much lately that I almost forgot I had it! So finally trying it.
But ooo….this one….Almost too strong. 0_0
I steeped it for not even 4 minutes and holy shanghai…
It’s strong. Not bitter. But so strong that it’s almost inky… It tastes like ink, in the aftertaste a lot too. Oy.
I feel that I would have liked it otherwise…but it seriously tastes like ink.
Maybe a bad batch…not sure. But just…no…..Oy….
Tasting – shmasting … I wanted a tea that would help me sleep through the night … This tea is a bases loaded home run .. two teaspoons in a tea ball … pour in enough boiling water to cover … let steep … the longer the better and drink about a half hour before going to bed. I am now sleeping through the night …. a much more restful and relaxing sleep then usual… I wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day and rarely have the urge to nap .. I should also add that this tea has really improved my mood and outlook on life … much more upbeat and gregarious then usual … there is an anti anxiety aspect of valerian and camomile that really seems to work for me … highly recommended!!!!
this tea was free with my Frequent points.
6g 100ml 185F
its is floral, nutty and mildly roasted(too mild for my taste;)
longer steeps bring astringency and bitterness. I suggest to prepare it Gongfu(pseudo gongfu if you dont have gaiwan). Otherwise tea is kinda flavorless and bitter. More leaves, less time.
It is a quality tea, just not my taste. But it was free, so no complaints.
I got a pitcher packet of this in my last David’s order because I just needed to spend a couple more dollars to get the free shipping, and I absolutely love it. The sarsaparilla tastes amazing. I don’t get any cinnamon, supposedly the main ingredient in the tea, but I guess it’s doing it’s doing it’s job because the blend tastes great, all that root beer flavor without the sugar overload. But now that the whole packet is gone in this one pitcher, I’m faced with a restocking problem. Drinking this hot sounds kind of nasty, and with cool weather setting in, I don’t think I’ll be making many more iced pitchers. Should I just buy it now and save it till next summer? What are the odds that David’s will offer it again next year, since it was a special collection tea?
Pondering this deep philosophical riddle.
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Flavors: Butter, Sweet, Tangy, Wet wood
Like I said on my profile, I’m pretty much obsessed with ginger. And this blend does not disappoint! Before it’s steeped, it smells almost like ginger salad dressing, much to my delight (though not sweet at all). After steeping, you can smell more of the pepper in the blend. The taste is dominated by ginger and pepper notes, which give the tea a nice spicy burn on the tongue. I also like the green rooibos— it has less of a medicinal taste to it than red rooibos, so it gives the blend a hint of vegetal sweetness. Make no mistake, though… This is a spicy savory tea, meant for ginger fanatics like myself. No caffeine; it’s great as a digestive aid. It also adds an extra kick to subtler ginger teas, like Sweet Ginger Heat and Gingerbread from DAVIDsTEA, so I often blend it with those.
Ditched the Snickerdoodle and steeped up some of this. Much much nicer! For some reason I was expecting an emphasis on watermelon, whereas mint is actually the dominant flavor. The two make an interesting and refreshing combination. I am drinking this hot and it’s good, but such summery flavors just beg to be iced, I think, so I will probably try that tomorrow.