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The sample I received of this from aisling of tea was the perfect size for a cold brew, which made me really excited because that’s why I had it in my shopping/wishlist in the first place. In total, this cold brewed for nine hours.
I brought it to work today to leave at my till and drink in between customers. It’s definitely more refreshing keeping cold brewed teas around than hot, though I appreciate the hot tea at the end of my shift when I’m cashing out/doing the closing paperwork and on the walk home.
This one was REALLY good. It definitely came across very strongly of berries, and I specifically tasted the sweet acai berries, and the blueberry. Sadly, the Juniper berries were kinda lost in the other strong flavours despite there being so many of them; I’m sure that they contributed something to the flavour on a whole though. This also reminded me a little of Blueberry Jam, which I also thoroughly enjoy.
Once my cupboard is better maintained and I’ve finished off a whole bunch of other DT blends, I’d TOTALLY stock this one up just for cold brewing; I think the key difference between this and Blueberry Jam is that Blueberry Jam didn’t make for a great cold brew where as this one totally did. It’d be interesting to try this hot and see if the reverse it true as well…
I got this from shmiracles pretty recently :)
Opened up the pack and… medicine? The blueberry flavouring was kinda overpowering, and the sweet African Rooibos was kinda getting lost with all the other super fruity flavours.
I poured it into my slightly warmish moist mason jar and it kinda just sat there for a while as I was waiting for the kettle to boil and the mediciney smell was definitely going away and I can smell the sweetness of the rooibos! oh happy day :)
It’s steeping and wow. The lavender is coming out like a lot a lot.
The taste of the actual tea is a bit confusing. Love the lavender and I love the rooibos (those are the two most prominent flavours I can taste) but I don’t think that they mix well together. Can’t taste the rose in it, and I’m getting wee bits of the blueberries and currants. Like I said, the lavender is pretty strong in this tea.
It’s okay? I probably won’t finish this cup, but I’ll wash out my mason jar and stick it in the fridge and see how it’ll taste in the morning :)
Another new taste from the spring collection – and this is the one I was the most vary of as I am not a big green tea drinker. The smell of this one was amazing and while the taste didn’t quite live up to the smell, I was still happy with my cup. Very light and refreshing and I think I’m going to try it iced next.
Huh. I thought I didn’t like this tea, but looking back at my rating, apparently I did like it. Ah well, it’s been sitting in our cupboard for way too long. I cold steeped it today and again for tomorrow to use up the last of the tin.
it is hibiscus, which is why I thought I didn’t like it, but iced, the cinnamon wins out and it’s a tart treat. The lemon works in wonderfully and it’s just a yummy cup.
Flavours are not balanced well. The licorice is far too strong. The chocolate notes are quite bitter and dilute.There is something very artificial and chemical-tasting. I am a person who generally really enjoys licorice. The tasty aroma of the dry leaf does not translate into the flavour
Thanks to Kittenna for sharing her sample with me!
Okay, this one is an instant love affair. I love peaches and I adore vanilla. This has both in spades. Hot, the vanilla dominates, but, as the tea cools, the peach notes get a lot stronger and the tea becomes a lot more balanced and spring feeling. This is one I could see myself drinking a lot of! A lot….
Flavors: Cream, Peach, Vanilla
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This is another discontinued DAVIDs blend I have wanted to try so thank you Kirlika so much for including it in the box. However, there is something off about this. I get banana but then there is a cloying taste from the coconut that is really not sitting well with me. I am glad I tried it though because now I know it is not for me.
I goofed… This was the tea I was most excited about, and I underleafed and understeeped it. I was tired, it was morning, I was brewing it to go in the timolino, and things just went downhill from there. The tea was pleasantly sweet, though nondescript in flavour. I need to try this again before I draw anything resembling a conclusion on this tea. It is on my list to try asap though, because the flavour that was present was certainly enjoyable.
Great Canadian TTB
This one smelled amazing to me and since it is no longer available at DAVIDs, I was happy to see it in the box. However, it is falling short of my expectations since it lacks the banana flavor I was hoping for. There is a nice walnut flavor and an almost caramel sweetness from the calendula petals I am guessing. Good but once again, not something I feel the need to stock which is good since I can’t get it anyways.
My turn to start reviewing these spring teas. This one was interesting! I am not sure what to think. Piping hot was a firm no, but, as it began to cool, the melon showed up and I became far more interested in it. I am not the biggest melon lover, but this is certainly drinkable. I think I want to try it cold steeped and see what I think. Also, I think I need to treat this like a potential case similar to Mint Julep, which I hated the first few times I had, but has grown to become one of my favourite teas. I love that the base on Cool Cucumber is delightfully subtle and the melon and mint flavouring really shine. Like others, I didn’t get a ton of cucumber, but that is okay in my world. I am going to make a concerted effort to try this tea a few more times before I even rate it because, while it is not immediately a tea I love, I think it is going to grow on me with a couple more tries.
Great Canadian TTB
So I made this having no clue what was in this. Then I took a sip and gave the cup to my two friends to try too. I tasted flowers, another friend tasted citrus, and the last just made a “blech” face. Reading the ingreidients, I still have no idea what is in this blend but I do know it was an alright cup. Nothing to write home about but still something I am happy I tried. Also, surprisingly, the hibiscus is not bothersome in this blend so it has that going for it.
This tea has an heavenly smell. I wanna eat it, wash my hair with it, put it on my clothes, I’m crazy about the smell. And… it tastes what it smells, but in 2 distinct parts. First, a lemon-y flavour. Then, a good blueberry aftertaste. It’s delicious, but I suggest steeping it stronger and longer because – and that’s my negative point – the taste is really too light if you follow the recipe.
Didn’t enjoy this one as much as I usually do… not sure why. It was nice, rich and warm with that lovely peppermint freshness but there was a metallic undertone that really just threw things just a little bit off for me today. Oh well. I suppose if we had perfect cups of tea each time then there’d be nothing to distinguish tea with! :)
I’ve heard that some have this as a latte, I have a hard time imagining how that might taste… Anyone willing to try and describe how it changes things? (I realize that everyone has different tastes but I really can’t quite see how hot peppermint milk makes sense; granted I love peppermint ice cream so…)
I really didn’t get what I expected from this one, I’m disappointed.
Dry leaves smell almost exactly like blue raisins. It’s an awesone smell and you want to taste the grapes so much when you drink the tea. Unfortunately, it mostly tastes green tea with a very weak grape aftertaste, which I don’t even get in every sip.
Overall, this tea does not taste bad, you just really don’t get what you would want (I believe you are looking for a grape taste if you are buying grape tea).
Great Canadian TTB
When I was took my first sip, I was really surprised. I was expecting the smooth mint I got but I was not expecting the coconut creaminess. I mean, is there even coconut in this? Ultimately, I think this cup is tasty but it is not something I need to keep around. I am very happy I got a chance to try it so thank you Jeweled Thumb for adding it to the box :)
This tea smells wonderfully of cinnamon. Unfortunately, there’s not nearly as much to the taste as I would like. It’s… mildly cinnamonny? But doesn’t really pack much of a flavourful punch of anything, just a mild sweet-spiced something. So it’s… not bad, but not strong enough to even be in the contention for very good or great.
Oh my. I wasn’t expecting to like this tea. I’ve been trying to like black tea and there’s very few I really enjoy. This was quite a pleasant surprise. The black tea doesn’t seem overly strong and mixes well with the peppermint, peppercorns & chocolate. I can taste it all and it all goes together soooo well. Yes, I could see myself buying some of this. Thanks MissB for putting this one in the mystery package!
Flavors: Chocolate, Peppercorn