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I purchased this with the Matcha Maker as “whoa $8 for 50g is a good deal” considering other flavored matchas go for around $20 for 30g.
First off, this matcha is heavy – 2x heavier than the RLT and 3leaf flavored matchas and you use more per cup, so you aren’t getting much of a deal once you have the actual product. The coloring isn’t that vibrant of green in the picture. Guessing since the first ingredient isn’t matcha should of been a warning sign.
Taste wise is pretty weak and doesn’t taste very matcha like. Sweetness is fine. There’s a hint of mocha. Tastes better with milk. I wouldn’t buy this again despite the price.
This would be an alright matcha to try if you are 100% new to matchas and don’t want to pay a bunch, but honestly it isn’t a good representation of matchas and flavored matchas.
I’ve been looking forward to this tea all week. I LOVED the idea of Vanilla Rose. Two of my favourite flavours.
So today as soon as I got off work, I sped over to DavidsTea to get this and Spa Day. There was samples on the counter so I was like SWEEET! Oh, how glad I am that I tried Vanilla Rose before buying.
The dry tea smelled good. The hot tea tasted and smelled like cinnamon. Loads of cinnamon. I tasted a faint note of rose, but it was ALL cinnamon. What a disappointment. I expected a light lovely floral with a creamy vanilla finish :(
Flavors: Cinnamon, Rose
’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #12
For a tiny leafed chai, this sure is a light cup! I expected it to be very dark, especially as it does promise caffeine from whatever these guarana seeds are. There is also some yerba mate in here. I can’t tell if it’s green or roasted yerba mate, just looking at the blend. It looks like an even balance of black tea and the other ingredients. At first I notice a licorice flavor. There’s also some cinnamon that tastes more bakey than usual for some reason. The flavor is so unexpectedly light though. It needs that promised kick! I think I should have steeped this one longer the first time.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Dry Leaf Nose: Tea, rose and vanilla, complimented by a subtle cinnamon note.
Liquor: Golden and clear with vanilla and rose aroma.
Flavour: The sweet floral nuances of the rose petals add depth to the vanilla bean notes. Cinnamon adds sweetness.
Oh, my dear Honeydew Mate… how I do adore you. And how heartbroken I am that you have disappeared, yet again, from DAVIDs site. ((Sigh))….
This tea is so lovely. Packed with flavor, yet light on the palette, it proves to be such a refreshing tea with a wonderful energy boost to it. The flavors are a round & soft melon with an ever-subtle sweetness lingering in the back. I’ve found this tea is super versatile with mixing!! Adds such a nice twist to other teas… such a DAVIDs The Earl’s Garden. It softens the earl grey base and adds a soft fruitiness that compliments the strawberry notes in TEG.
So sad to see this one go again… and SO HEARTBROKEN that I was unable to stock up before it disappeared from the site, especially as the closest store to me is a 6-8 hour drive! ((sob))
Until we meet again, my Honeydew. xo
Flavors: Floral, Green Melons, Jasmine, Melon, Sweet
I picked up 25g of this on Sunday. I just had to. Every time I went on the Davids website, there it was taunting me…“Try me! Try me! I’ll be a great bedtime tea!”
I had originally intended on buying 50g, but the sales person warned me that she felt it was too flowery. But I had to try it any way.
That evening I anxiously brewed myself a cup. I always follow the instructions when it comes to tea, so I did 5 minutes at 96. I found the flavour less powerful than I had expected. Just a soft warm cozy tea. Strawberry stuck out the most, but I also tasted the lavender.
Last night I brewed a second cup, and then thanks to my crying baby, about half the cup was forgotten. Not to let a good thing go to waste, I downed the remainder cold this morning. JACKPOT! This is AWESOME cold.
Flavors: Lavender, Strawberry
’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #9
I woke up thinking of pu-erh due to a dream with pu-erh being important to some spyish plot. I thought I’d give this one a try from the teabox, though the hibiscus was a little terrifying. It doesn’t seem to add much to the flavor but some tartness, but that could be the citrus too. The flavor isn’t the best (hard to explain), but I expected worse.
Steep #1 // rinse // few min after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
I wanted to try this tea because I’m always looking for new teas to drink before bed. I don’t always sleep well and a relaxing drink is always welcome. At first, I was afraid that the rose taste would be too much. My conclusion is that I found the tea to be more fruity than floral. It was good and I could taste the sour raisin that I also found in Green Passionfruit.
The downside of this tea is that its flavour seemed overwhelming to me. I had a hard time finishing my cup because, after half of it, I had had enough. Maybe I’ll try steeping it weaker next time.
Of course, when I don’t finish a cup of tea, I put it in the fridge so I can drink it later. Once it had cooled, I had a sip. I found it better because it had lost some strength.
I’d say cold wins over hot for this one.
Am I gonna buy again? We’ll see.
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Ahh this teas is lovely! I’m so happy I decided to purchase the “They’re Back!” Collection! This tea tastes so much like Blueberry Jam, but with lemongrass and a slight hint of pineapple. A lovely tea to end the night, mainly because it’s soooo good and there’s no caffeine!
Flavors: Blueberry, Lemongrass, Pineapple
I was doubtful, but I did enjoy the smell so I decided to get an iced cup of this while at the mall today (desperately trying to find a birthday present for the bf).
I was right to be doubtful. I like the melon notes in this (predominantly watermelon and cantaloup with a hint of honeydew), but the BITTERNESS! The bitterness did tone down as my ice melted more and the cup got really cold. Anything else that’s supposedly in there (mango, pineapple) isn’t even present—maybe a HINT of mango in the aftertaste. I am willing to give this another go with the possibility that the girl at DAVID’s let this over-steep and that the bitterness may go away with careful preparation but it really ruined this cup for me. Melon Drop is definitely the safer bet if you’re looking for a melon tea from DAVID’s.
Flavors: Bitter, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Melon
This is one of the new teas I bought last week. Yeah, I know, I can hear you : Whattt? You bought it last week and just tried it??? Yes. I did that. This tea is now one of my favorites. I could say it tastes what I wanted last year’s Grape Expectations to taste. Grape Expectations was a big disappointement to me. But Green Passionfruit? Nooo. It was perfect. Well, almost perfect. I found it a bit weak but it may be my fault since I was at the office and I don’t have any real measuring tools there. Water temperature and tea quantity were a bit random. Anyway, I will buy it again and I strongly hope it will stay in David’s permanent collection because I want it to stay in mine. Forever. :)
Flavors: Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Raisins
It really smells like Jolly Rancher candy! Very floral and fruity. I totally over-steeped it by accident (like 20mins) but it was still tasty. It’s got a mineral taste as if there is already spritz in it, but it was pretty strong , too strong, after 20 mins steeping. Also it had this numbing mouth feel from the over-steeping, as if I just had cough syrup…… I’m thinking normal steeping time would be better! :) I’d still have it again. and iced. and as a spritz.
Flavors: Candy, Floral, Flowers, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Medicinal, Mineral, Rose