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What a treat this gyokuro is. It’s richly vegetal with this lingering aroma and taste of browned butter. It’s the perfect compliment to sea food, especially the raw variety. Since its grown under the shade, it also contains a high amount of amino acids giving you the perfect little mid day boost! :)
Flavors: Butter, Spinach
Just chuggin’ along on the David’s winter tea train! Thanks again to miss Roswell Strange for providing me with 10g samples of all of these teas. I have to say, the notes that I’ve seen regarding this tea have made me rather scared to try it, as they’ve pretty much all been negative. Oh well, onward!
Now, on the pouch, this claims to be a rooibos blend. However, as far as I can tell, there is zero rooibos in my sample. So either there’s so little included that it’s pointless, or whoever measured out this sample didn’t bother to stir it first, leaving me with all of the food ingredients which tend to rise to the top as the rooibos sinks. Oh well! Dry scent is like a very heavily spiced apple cider.
Wow, I’m actually very surprised by this tea. I don’t hate it at all. Thankfully, I can’t taste the chili, which was the ingredient that really worried me (I do not enjoy spicy foods). The hibiscus is present but in a complementary way instead of being overpowering. I really enjoy the star anise in this blend, as most blends with licorice only include the root and there’s no actual licorice-esque flavor. Speaking of licorice root, I can taste that sweetness at the end of the sip, but it’s actually balanced rather well by the tart.
Overall, I’m surprised to somewhat like this one. There’s a lot going on, but it ends up tasting like a simultaneously spiced, tart, and sweet mulled apple cider.
Flavors: Anise, Apple, Hibiscus, Licorice, Spices, Sweet, Tart
Yay, another of my new David’s samples! I love eggnog, so I was pretty excited when I saw this is one of the holiday teas. When I opened the bag, I was shocked by how many white chocolate chips are in this blend! The picture is indeed accurate in that respect. The dry smell is quintessential eggnog. I admit that I made sure to stir a spoon around in my brew basket when the tea was done steeping, just to try to get all of that white chocolate to dissolve into the tea a bit.
I’m actually pretty underwhelmed by this tea. It comes off as quite bland to me. Yes, there is a strong nutmeg presence here, which is appropriate for eggnog. Other than that, all I really get out of this tea is creaminess. I feel like it’s unfair for me to expect more from this tea, as eggnog is so much about the thick and luscious texture, which can’t be replicated here. Overall, it’s just ho-hum.
Flavors: Cream, Nutmeg
I decided to try a cup of this today after my aunt graciously offered to buy me a cup. It’s very fruity, rounded out by the taste and feel of the spices.
It tastes very comfortable and makes me think of coziness and home, but it doesn’t really make me think of rhubarb. The main fruit that I really get is apple; it’s not tart or, well, rhubarby enough to live up to the name.
Still, it is delicious and I definitely think that I will have to get more of this for my home collection soon.
Yay, my David’s winter/holiday samples from Roswell Strange are here! I can’t thank her enough for being such a sweetheart and sending me all of these 10g samples from her local store. Love you, Roswell!
This is one of those teas that just makes you smile when you peek in the pouch. It has these cheerful little candy cane sprinkles and their red color mixed with the green of the crushed peppermint is very festive indeed! Plus it smells very yummy, sweet vanilla and peppermint combined remind me of peppermint bark.
The tea itself tastes pretty good. I must say, it’s not as amazing as the smell because there’s only a touch of sweetness from the melted sprinkles. However, the flavors are still yummy together, and I can taste the vanilla (though I could use more!). Overall, it’s a perfectly nice little peppermint black tea with a touch of vanilla. Would definitely make a fantastic latte!
Flavors: Artificial, Peppermint, Vanilla
After reading so many tasting notes about how good this is, I was pretty excited to try it. An it’s alright but probably not something I’ll buy once my 10g sample is done.
It has a bit of a water hot chocolate smell and taste, with a touch of raspberry tart and flavour, but also a lot of roasted chicory flavour, char, earth and mustiness which takes away from the elements that I was enjoying more.
I’m not generally a mate drinker, but I was hoping that the flavours here would compliment it nicely, and I’m not overly impressed.
Flavors: Char, Chocolate, Earth, Musty, Raspberry, Roasted, Tart
This is another sample that came with my Davids Tea order. Apparently it’s one of DT’s most popular blends and I can certainly see the appeal even if it isn’t necessarily my absolute fav (I still reserve that place for their pumpkin chai).
You can barely tell it’s a rooibos base apart from the lack of caffeine as the coconut and spices are quite distinctive. There are cloves and cinnamon in there as well as a slight bite from the peppercorns and he coconut gives the tea just the right amount of sweet, nutty flavour. I wouldn’t mind actually buying some of this tea down the road when my cupboard isn’t stuffed to overflowing.
Trick or Treat! This is a tea is no trick, its a treat for your pallet. A tea that will get you pumped for pumpkin and all the fall activities. There are even little orange sugar pumpkins in this lovely loose tea. The taste is of plump pumpkins and cinnamon. A sweet tasting black tea that will warm you up for a chilly day. The perfect tea for the morning or afternoon.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Pumpkin
Hmm, I have such mixed feelings about this tea… Generally, I like my apple teas to have some spice in them (especially in a cider-inspired tea like this one), and I tend to prefer an apple note that tastes “red” or “yellow”— mellow sweet, instead of sour-sweet like a green apple. But I knew going in that this tea would have no spice, and I could tell from my first sniff of the dry leaf that the apple was the candy green kind. So it’s not going to be my ideal apple cider tea, but I’m okay with that.
That said, I’m not quite sure what to think of the flavor. It’s very strong and sweet (and artificial, but I don’t necessarily mind that). The apple note is prominent, which is nice. There’s also some creamy vanilla here, which I find odd for a cider tea. But I’ll go with it! Overall, I’m finding this tea “okay.” It’s not bad, or undrinkable by any means. But it’s not my favorite kind of apple tea, so it’s hard to get excited about it.
That said, I tried a little experiment last night, and blended some of this with Teavana’s Spiced Apple Cider rooibos (which doesn’t have nearly enough apple and WAY too much cinnamon), and it was pretty awesome. Maybe even close to my ideal apple cider tea! So at least I’ve found a good use for the rest of this.
Made in my timolino, the flavour profile was almost identical to the mug worth I had a few days ago, but this one was just slightly stronger on the fruit notes and had a very slight, floral rose note to it as well.
I still think this is the most enjoyable and justifiable of the Winter teas to repurchase, but even still I’m not impressed enough with it to do that. I’m getting too picky guys; but then again that’s probably a good thing. And I still have lots of last year’s teas I stocked up on (Gingerbread and Choconut Oolong) anyway…
I should not have opened up the DAVIDsTEA site here at work; all the “food” pictures for each tea are making me SO hungry, and I can smell Subway baking fresh bread for the highschool lunch rush. Killer combo.
This was my morning tea yesterday: and it was pretty good. When I watched it steep at home, the oolong leaves in it really unfurled. I mean, like completely. Usually it takes at least two steeps for me to get all the leaves totally unfurled. But, despite that the oolong flavour was still really weak!?
I spent all morning sipping at this in a state of slight aggrivation. Why did this taste so familiar!? I just couldn’t figure it out. Well, it finally hit me at like 10:00PM on the bus ride home: it’s really similar to DT’s Snickerdoodle from the autumn collection! I mean, two totally different bases and no butterscotch in this blend but both are pretty cinnamon heavy with bread and nut notes. This one does have an underlying fruit note in it too though.
Even though it’s not terribly complex or anything, this one is probably my favourite of the Winter/Holiday blends – at least at this point. But even still, don’t think I’d pick more than an extra 10g up of it.
Ok, take two writing this note ’cause I lost the first one…
This is a tea I was really excited about, especially with a green rooibos base! And in store, it just smelled so good. Very rich, and creamy and thick so I was easily talked into my 10g sample purchase. 10g ended up being enough for two hot cups, and the first of which was in a timolino for work.
Sadly, I agree with other’s reviews that despite a rich taste this does come off pretty thin. But, it’s pretty hard to really capture the thickness or richness of Eggnog to begin with, so that considered they did a decent enough job. Rooibos haters; the base was definitely present, although it’s the much more tolerable green variety so there’s that. Just, be cautious? And even though there was some “film” sorta feeling ‘cause of the chocolate, it wasn’t as bad as anticipated and DEFINITELY not as bad as last years White Chocolate Frost was – and the white chocolate it the culprit for both of those teas. So I was a little let down, but probably only because my expectations were pretty damn high. It was actually an ok tea overall.
I love spicy teas most of the time, but I’ll be honest… This one might have too much cinnamon even for me! I don’t taste much orange in this, but I do get a hint of the chili peppers. It’s a very sweet and warming blend, and I like that it has a green tea base (since black bases are pretty common with spice teas). I think this might be one of those DAVIDsTEA flavors that I’ll appreciate under the right conditions—like when I’m freezing cold and need something to warm up. As it is, this tea isn’t undrinkable for me, but it’s not the type of spice blend I usually crave. (We’ll see if my opinion changes when the weather gets colder, though!)
It smells amazing, but it gives me a deja vu feeling with an apple tea from a few years back…it gets a little sour as it cools down. It has been mentioned that this is a heavier tea, and that is true. I don’t know if I will repurchase or not. It is goo but not great. I agree that DAVIDs is getting a bit too artificial.
So delicious, this is like a healthy! blueberry dessert in a cup. Adding a bit of milk makes it super rich and creamy. Also, this has got to be my favourite iced tea at the moment. With a bit of rock sugar = tastes like heaven!! Perfect score for me, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with this lovely tea!
Did I get a bad batch? This tea’s got a good rating!
I’ve always been a fan of DAVIDsTEA until recently. A lot of the newer seasonal teas have been very artificial, this one is no exception.
The smell of this tea is particularly enticing due to vanilla (I’m a sucker for) but overall smells like cupcake frosting. Even after following the steeping proper instructions, I found this tea to be rather un-flavorful and misleading. The apple and custard is nowhere to be found, just a mysterious blend of artificial sweetness.
Ooof, this one is a doozy. Serves its medicinal purpose well; it will definitely cure what ails ya. Unfortunately the taste is reminiscent of molten Vicks Vaporub. Far too strong and herbal for casual sipping.
Recommended as a cold remedy.
Flavors: Eucalyptus, Peppermint
Tea of the month, finally got around to tasting it. I was worried it would be way to sweet, but I was surprised. Always lovely to have a caffeine-free and sugar free tea. This is a rooibos blend that smells like sweet marzipan and spice, with a little bit of apple tartness. The aftertaste is super creamy, almost coconutty. This is a nice alternative to the various chais and super fruity herbals out this time of year, and it’s not too sweet, even when steeped for hours. The red medicine rooibos flavor is mild and works well with the strong almond. It is definitely like a nutty, marzipan apple cake in a cup. So glad I tried it!
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Coconut, Cream, Marzipan, Rooibos