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Am I missing something really obvious? I couldn’t find this tea so I had to put it in myself, but it’s been out for a couple of weeks.
Oh well. I LOVE this tea. It tastes like Red Bull, but not bubbly. It is my go-to energy tea every morning. Right now, I usually brew it and pour it over ice because it is HOT out.
Hellooo! I haven’t written a tasting note here i n about a month, I think.
This afternoon my mom and I were both feeling headache-y, and when I decided to brew some tea to hydrate myself, mom asked for some too. She rarely drinks tea, and when she does, she goes for black tea, so when I asked her what she wanted, she just told me she wanted something fruity that didn’t smell too strongly.
Weirdly enough, I don’t have a lot of black fruit blends. Green fruit blends and herbals yes, but those are pretty fragrant. So I pulled out this blossom tea, which I got in a swap at least a year and a half ago.
So how was it?
Not bad, but not that memorable. The instructions on the packet said to brew this with 4 cups of boiling water for 10 (!) minutes. I think I probably did only half that. The result was a slightly leathery, smoky brew with a hint of flowers and peach.
My mom didn’t object, so, mission accomplished!
I just tried a cup of this today because I felt like trying something new. It tastes of herbs, dried flowers, and fruit. I can taste hibiscus (but it isn’t a sour tisane overall), lavender, chamomile, rose, lavender, and something fruity. I’m not sure what sort of fruit, but it tastes like it belongs in a herbal tisane or granola bar. I like the mild sweetness from the fruit; this makes for a fine iced or hot tea.
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Flowers, Fruity, Herbs, Lavender, Rose, Sweet
So I just had to try this, because it is the most ridiculous sounding blend I’ve ever heard of. I was surprised to find it actually sounds good. I can taste fruit (coconut, pineapple, maybe blueberry. I like the coconut in this one. Sometimes I find the coconut David’s Tea uses tastes soapy or overpowers the blend, but this one has a nice balance. The rooibos brings a nice sweetness to balance the acidic fruits. Unfortunately I did not get any jellybeans in my 100g.
Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Pineapple, Rooibos, Sweet
This is a tasty tisane. But I think it will be better iced. I get a variety of notes, mainly strawberry but perhaps the rhubarb too. I think there is a creamy note too. I think this blend has yogurt in it.
I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 4 minutes.
Ok, so I admit.. when I opened the package and smelled the tea, I was seduced.
But it meant nothing to me, I swear.
The warm brew with sugar wasn’t sweet, it was just weird.
Like two flavours competing and no one winning.
When things finally cooled down, it got better. As things usually do.
Give this one to someone you don’t like. They’ll think it’s sweet, at first, and then maybe they will go away.
The first time I had this tea, I was disappointed. It smelled so delicious, but I could barely taste anything, other than a light pleasant aftertaste. It wasn’t bad, but I like my flavours to be industrial strength. This time I used more tea and planned to let it steep a little bit longer than recommended to see if I could coax out more flavour. Unfortunately, I forgot about it for a while and now I have a super bitter tea, and it’s not even that flavourful still. I’m going to drink it out of principle, but I’m not enjoying it at all.
This is tasty in an odd sort of way. It definitely has a buttery or creamy note. I’m not entirely sure what is in it I just know it’s caffeine free so picked it now. I’m not entirely sure what to call the primary notes of this but I think it will be better iced.
I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 4 minutes.
This herbal tea is very unpleasant (both cold and hot) because of the overly sour and citrus-y flavour. This tea tastes and smells very artificial. The color, however, is pretty good-looking (a beautiful, bright red!), but after tasting it I can assure you that this tea is only enjoyable with the eyes as your other senses with not be pleased.
I’m really not sure what I am going to do with the rest of the bag…
Flavors: Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Sour
So far, I’ve only had this tea iced – it’s delicious! It smells delightfully fruity, and is bursting with fruity flavor when cold brewed. I will say though, I couldn’t really tell there was green tea in there at all, based on both taste and scent of the dry leaves. I added a bit of sugar, and it was the perfect treat to cool down with on a hot day. I only purchased two ounces of this, since I had never tried it, and am already planning my return trip to Davids to snap up more before it’s sold out.
That one is my absolute fave. I’ve had it with my Favorite Steeper points and it’s definitely worth its price. It’s more close to a black tea than a green one, even though the leaves are definitely greener than dark once steeped, and its mineral, spicy taste is delicious. Interesting fact to notice, at first it was not that good, then with time ( 2 to 3 months in my cupboard ) it only got better and better and the fruity, ripe plum aroma is definitely there when you open the tin. I love everything about this tea.
Do you know strawberry milk? The super sweet stuff you buy in bottles (usually when you’re a kid)? Well, that’s what this tastes like. Strawberry milk but for adults because of caffeine.
It would be interesting to try some other flavors of matcha that DAVIDs has to offer since it’s certainly easier than Red Leaf Tea to get ahold of. Maybe I will hit up a store while I still have my 20% off discount (or is it 30% now?).
This is nice. A light green tea with a slight nutty flavor with a pinch of pineapple. I’m not sure if it is possible by adjusting brewing times or how much leaf I use but I would like to see the green tea remain light and smooth while increasing the power of the nut and pineapple.
If I’m being honest, I think it’s just me. Unflavored tea I pretty much have down. I can brew it with relatively few problems. But, flavored tea or tea with added bits and ingredients? Those usually give me trouble. Or perhaps I expect more out of them because I see the flavorful bits and get super excited to what flavor they might impart and then get let down because it tends to be weaker than the scent.
Either way, thanks to SuperStarling! for this sample.
Flavors: Green, Nutty, Pineapple
The classics are classics for a reason. Ceylon tea is about comfort. I had memories of drinking this tea from several years ago. Back then, it literally dotted my tastebuds like a fine talcum powder.
The tea leaf itself is thin and wiry, yet fairly small.
I used the whole 6g sample to brew and made sure everything was steaming hot to extract as much tannin as possible. I did two steepings of 3 minutes each.
The result was a nice balanced tea that wasn’t bitter. Adjust the strength with a little water, if you need to.
Without milk, with sugar this tea has that little bit of tartness that you need from a black tea.
With milk, on the second steeping it moved closer to Assam.
I get some of that classic ceylon taste for sure.
This tea or Ceylon Supreme should be fine for a daily.
There are a lot of different Ceylon teas out there. For something different, go to a third party that sells a large number of Ceylons. But this should do for your daily cuppa. :)
If you take a look at this pic, you can see the brown twig like pieces that are from the tea leaf. In an ultra high grade OP tea these would be as long as possible and without any leaf attached. They would yield a most mild cup of Ceylon. It’s as much about factory prowess as growing conditions.
Ceylon Teas are the best.
This particular Ceylon is a high mountain one, which is synonmous with quality.
I get a pleasing nose from the tea; its warmth reminds me that Ceylon tea is like comfort food.With sugar, it is so easily drinkeable. I can feel the umami dancing on the front of my tongue.
When mixed with water, this tea is as smooth as a darjeeling that is in my cupboard.
It reminds of a wine of high quality, that is too easy to drink.
At the same time, it’s a good value at $16 / 100g Cdn.
The only thing that I will mention is that you will need a fine sieve for this one. Even from the picture you csn tell that this is not a wiry tea. It looks almost like a gunpowder that was broken up. There was a considerable amount of tea dust at the botton of the cup which required filtering.
Also, the brewed leaf had pieces that were larger included.