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Got my DT Halloween mug today, yay! And this tea, which I was curious about. It smells a lot more amaretto-y than I was expecting, with dark coffee aromas mingling in the background (I assume chicory is there as well), and brewed up, it also tastes a bit on the amaretto side. Thankfully it’s not overly strong, though. The base ends up being quite strong (although whether that’s from the accidental 11 minute infusion, or a characteristic of the tea, it’s hard to be sure), and tastes more like a blend of coffee/chicory than any tea, despite there being a fair amount of tea in there.
Overall, pretty neutral on this one. I’m sure I’ll get through the bag, but it would have been a tea I’d have been happy merely sampling.
I went to DavidsTea last week to pick up some teas for my mom and of course, couldn’t resist picking up a little something for myself! I’ve been wondering about this tea, so I picked up a small amount to give it a go. Tonight is my second cup. The first time, it was very sweet, but I could also taste the silver needle in the background. Tonight I decided it tastes like rum. Not bad, but almost too much flavoring for me. I think I’m really starting to move away from heavily flavored teas. There’s just so much to love about great quality unflavored teas.
This was neither good nor bad but somewhere in between. It was savory in character and I couldn’t taste the cheese in cheesecake. I would not buy it again. There was a heavy flavor of rooibos which was good but little sweet flavor which was bad.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.
Isn’t it funny how different the tasting notes are on the same tea? People seem to love it or hate it.I was sort of reluctant to try it but I am really glad I did. I am really enjoying this tea. :-) I do tend to like sweet and flavored blacks. I was all set to have to add maple syrup but I didn’t need to.
Flavors: Maple Syrup
I’ve had a sample of this for a while now and never felt brave enough to try it. I found it while going through my tea cupboard and decided to try it out. This smells like floral and honey and tastes similar but with heavy marshmallow notes (or something like that … this tea tastes very fluffy to me). Not sure if it’s something I’d want in any appreciable quantity, but it’s good and I definitely regret not trying it sooner.
Flavors: Floral, Marshmallow, Sweet
I got this tea as part of the whole fall collection set, and was planning on giving this one to my mom, since I didn’t think I’d like it. Berry teas don’t generally work for me, and especially not ones with hibiscus. Still, I gave it a go, and I’m glad I did. The hibiscus was not over powering and the slight hint of tartness mixed with cinnamon spices makes it good. Not great, but something I could see myself being in the mood for every now and then.
This tea was pretty good even though I am pretty sure I didn’t get the temperature right. I was at a friend’s house with just a stove top kettle. I had to estimate the temperature without a thermometer. There was just a hint of bitterness and a nice flavor of vanilla and orchids. The background flavor of the oolong was there too. It was not a strong oolong flavor but a mild one. It was excellent.
I brewed this once in a 26oz cast iron teapot with 4 tsp leaf and approx 195 degree water for 4 minutes. I would buy this tea again, at least in theory.
Flavors: Orchid, Vanilla
Thank you SO much to VariaTea for letting me sample some of this! So glad I did, because I don’t like it as much as I thought I would, so I’m less crushed that it’s gone. Sure, it was sweet and creamy, with vegetal mulberry leaf flavour (and it didn’t leave my throat scratchy like Mulberry Magic), and it was quite enjoyable, but I didn’t really taste pistachio… and to be honest, Butiki’s cream flavouring blows this away, too, so I’m just as happy if not moreso with Creamy Eggnog or Pistachio Ice Cream. Of course, there’s the sad fact that Butiki is closing… but at least I stocked up on those teas, while this one is completely unavailable. Certainly tasty enough though, and had I the chance, I’d stock up on 50-100g of it mostly because it’s delicious AND caffeine-free (rare combo, sometimes).
So many teas I haven’t added to my cupboard it looks like! Well I bought this one quite a while back (late summer) and have had a cup or two since, and am having one tonight for the nettles, which TerriHarpLady swears by for allergies. I also bought straight nettles but am chicken to try them straight lol. All in good time!
Anyways, this tea! The dry smell is rosy and sweet, and the cinnamon is slightly present, but a sweeter cinnamon scent than the harsh spice in other blends. I steeped it for around 5 minutes with boiling water, and the steeped scent is very light, slightly floral, and nice. Oh, and the dry leaves looked to be at least 80% nettles haha lots of green anyways, so that’s good!
As for the flavor, this tea is quite light. The floral notes of the rose come through with light cinnamon, and the nettles provide a herby backdrop, as they have quite a herbaceous flavor in the other teas I’ve had them in (only Nettle Leaf by Davidstea, since discontinued). The rooibos provides a bit of a scratchiness on my throat in this blend, maybe because it’s with cinnamon, so that is a bit unpleasant, but other than that I like that this is a light, refreshing blend.
Overall, a tasty little tea. I need to have a few more cups to fully make my mind up about it, but as I am going to try to have mostly herbals for the next little while (my caffeine cleanse that I do every few months or so lol) this will be a nice choice. I also need to decide which teas to get with my DavidsTea points! Trying to decide which teas I need 50g of lol, the ones I usually stock up on I already stocked up in late summer, so might be tough to find the right ones. Ah well, this might be a contender!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Herbaceous, Rose
This tea is quite good the way I steeped it. I ignored their directions for a 4-7 minute steep and gave it 30 seconds. It came out somewhat sweet and very tasty. I think 4 minutes for puerh is tremendously over steeping it. It think it would be too strong and bitter. That being said it is not as good as a Dayi but it is tasty. The sugar I added is bringing out some nice dates notes in this tea. I think they would be there anyway but am not sure. So far I have tried four teas from David’s Tea and am 3 for 4. Only one was horrible.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec. If you buy this tea I urge you to give it a short steep. This is one case where they are recommending a steep good for a black tea, not puerh.
I grabbed some of this along with my Pumpkin Chai order.
The description sounded amazing, but in all honestly I guess I’m no rooibos fan. I find it quite woody. Some are alright and they don’t overpower the whole tea… but this one was definitely on the edge.
I really did not find the ‘creaminess’ that would be associated with a cheesecake. I tried adding a little sugar and a little milk and it really just tasted like I added sugar and milk to Oh Canada. The two are very similar in flavour I found. I really really really would have liked more pumpkin flavour and pumpkin pie spices…
Not quite a winner, but I have a packet so I’ll make it work!
Ps. They gave me 2 oz instead of 50g… Seems they’re switching over to oz instead of grams? I think they do that for their American customers.. so I guess we’re going to have it in oz now too?
I got this as a sample with my latest DAVIDs TEA order.
Seeing as it contained a lot of hibiscus, I was a big nervous that it would be overtly tart. Thankfully, the flavour reminded me of cranberry (as it should) with the nice tartness that cranberries have. I do love cranberries (try them in a smoothy!!)
I was seriously surprised at the level of spice in this tea. It came at the end of the sip like a smack in the face, but I was loving every minute of it. The spices did seem to settle at the bottom of the cup (flavour-wise).
This tea was lovely I found. Nice cranberry tartness with apple sweetness and beautiful pumpkin pie spices that I absolutely adore. This tea reminded me of an cranberry apple crumble. I really wish I had gotten this instead of the Oh Canada!.. oh well. Next time!
Seriously don’t understand why it’s rated so low though. I definitely recommended this to my sister!
I grabbed 50g of this while ordering a large stash of Pumpkin Chai for my love for Christmas. I’ve been more sensitive to drinking caffeinated teas after work and staying up all night, so now I’ve been trying to get more caffeine free teas as my boyfriend and I have drank nearly all of my caffeine-free options.
Having smelled this about 1.5 years ago at a friends house, I remember how insanely maple it smelled. I decided to grab some when I ordered online. Unfortunately, when I opened the packet, the smell seemed a LOT less memorable. What happened to all the maple smell?!
Either way, steeping it up I was finally greeted with some maple flavour. Though, this flavour was not as intense as I was thinking it would be. Regardless, it’s a good enough night-time tea that I can depend on until it’s gone…. then not get more of it.
Who knows. Maybe the maple flavour will jump out of the cup the next time I steep it up? Here’s hoping so.
If it weren’t for the sample in store, I wouldn’t have thought to pick this one up. It’s just the right amount of pear, and luckily, it isn’t too artificial. My favourite part about this tea is the ginger heat that hits the back of my mouth. So perfect for these drier cold days out on the prairies.
Ginger Pear takes me back to pear-obsessed Sweden. There, you can get pear-flavoured ice cream, sparking water, cider, candies of all sorts (I swear Bilar are pear-flavoured!).
I’d definitely consider getting more after I’m done with this 10g pouch. Suh-weet.
Yay, finally have internet again. By the time I got to a David’s, the Pumpkin Cheesecake was all sold out. One location even had both sold out so I had to go to another one for this one. Not worth the hassle. The dry leaf smells decent, at least. Like creamy pumpkin spice.
But it lacks in flavour. All I really got were bitter spices. When my mom walked into the room, the first thing she asked was, “Why does it smell like curry in here?” So looks like she picks up on the garam masala notes. Otherwise, nothing else notable here.