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I received a 50 g bag of this tea around 10 months ago for free. It smells strongly of almonds. I tried it once, hot, and didn’t like it. Plain, it gets bitter very quickly. So, the bag sat for all of that time without being touched again. Someone recently suggested I try this tea as a latte to use it up. I made it as an eggnog latte and ended up using the entire bag in a day. It is so good that way. Since I’d never drink this tea hot, iced, or any other way, I will not repurchase but it is amazing as an eggnog latte.
Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Pineapple
Again, another tea from the advent calendar.
I bought snow day last year and enjoyed it if I was careful with the leaf and steep parameters. Definitely can be very heavy on the peppermint to an obnoxious amount. There is a creaminess which helps mellow the peppermint a bit.
I find the longer you steep it the more harsh the peppermint is and a coy sweetness develops.
This is my first time having this tea and the only reason I’m trying it is due to the Advent Calendar.
I can definitely taste the mate which is nice, and the coffee carob flavour. It’s a bit sweet naturally, which helps this cuppa.
Overall it reminds me of a dirty coffee cup that has warm water in it. Not quite my brew.
I knew I wasn’t going to be a huge fan of this tea just from smelling it. Melons are not my favorite thing but it came in my sampler and I plan to test everything. It was definitely a sweet tea. I always add sugar to teas but this one did not need it. It tasted strongly of green and orange melon.
Flavors: Cantaloupe, Green Melons
Been wanting to give this a try because it looks and sounds good. But.. when i got my sample today the smell wasn’t what I was expecting. It smells very gingery, and spicy. I brewed a cup anyway, had to try it out. I definitely had to add sugar to this or it wouldn’t be drinkable. It’s still very gingery, but it’s tolerable. Almost reminds me of the Ginger Beer tea, in the way that it tastes like gingerale, but stronger. In the background I think I can also taste the citrus, but other than that, this tea isn’t one of my faves.
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Spicy, Sweet
Cinnamon candy-sweet. There is a bit too much sweetness in this one for the use of rooibos which has a clashing savoury note. Good mouthfeel. This tisane feels like it would give the warmth and sweetness required after some time spent outdoors on a cold day.
Flavors: Candy, Cinnamon, Sweet
I have been on the hunt for a plain tea with medium caffeine that i can drink in the afternoon. Im a matcha girl, and thats what I drink in the morning. But as a mother of a 4 month old, I need a little more caffeine around noon time and my low-caffeine movie night and toasted walnut and nutty & spice just weren’t cutting it! So, I saw this “supreme pekoe” and had no idea what it was! (I am new to tea) but I was intrigued by the description of “graham cracker notes”. I picked up an ounce of it at David’s yesterday and just brewed a cup not even 5 minutes ago and its perfect!!! I added a little squirt of light agave to it and it tastes like a yummy “sweet tea”. The aroma is very comforting and I can see how they say “grain” or “graham cracker”. Im not tasting any graham crackerness lol but that could just because I had higher expectations because I am more of a flavored tea kinda gal…I brewed it for 6 minutes and did one perfect spoonful in a 14oz perfect mug. This tea is NOT bitter, which I love because for me I find black tea to be occasionally bitter and thats something I dislike about it. This tea is SO SMOOTH. Like, really smooth. I really enjoy that about it. Id totally recommend this tea to someone who’s looking for an enjoyable, non flavored tea that will give them a caffeine boost. I bet this would be good iced with sugar and a lemon slice in the summer time. #texassweettea
Flavors: Graham Cracker, Grain, Smooth, Sweet
This tea reminds me of forever nuts.. which is one of my all time faves. But it’s much more tart. From other comments I’ve read, I’m gonna assume the tartness is from the hibiscus. That’s slightly disappointing, but doesn’t mean I don’t like the tea. I could not only taste, but also smell, the popped rice. Kind of like genmaicha smell. It was very subtle though. I didn’t get much nuttiness, more so tart fruit and hibiscus and popped rice. I think I’ll steep it for less time next time ( 5-6 minutes maybe- I oversteeped on accident) it’s yummy though! Not awful at all! This and nutty and spice are my fave holiday teas from them right now! I’ll have another cup of this tomorrow and see how I feel then. For now, I’m giving a thumbs up- although if I could I would ask them to tone down the hibiscus
Flavors: Apple Skins, Hibiscus, Rice, Tart, Toasted Rice
It’s hard for me to say whether I like this tea, as I am not usually a mint tea fan. But I am a chocolate tea fan. I love the look of the tea, with the little white snowflakes. I like that it is an herbal tea, and I like that I need minimal, if any sugar at all. I like that it takes milk well. I’m just not sure if I actually LIKE the tea. Part of me is compelled to keep making it, and part of me wants to steep this in milk and use it as the base for hot chocolate. Part of met feels it is too minty and too artificial with the chocolate…artificial tasting has been a theme of a lot of the flavoured blends from Davids lately.
So I don’t know, do I like it? I’ll definitely finish my sample. Will I buy more? Who is to say…
I’m pretty undecided about this one. Although I love chocolate and nut teas, I have been having issues with the chocolate in Davids Teas for at least a year, with them tasting weird…is it the alcohol taste others have mentioned? I am not sure. I definitely like this one better than Coffee Cake (belch!), but I am not sure I can call it a favourite of the collection either.
My initial steep was plain, with no milk or sugar. When I had it yesterday with milk as a latte, it was a little bland, so maybe a smidge of sugar would have helped a bit? I do have more to try. I’ve been trying to have more teas without sugar, but I feel some are better with some. That said, David’s Teas are now mostly sweet enough for me to have without sugar, which I am happy about. I have been cutting my sugar use gradually over the last few years and I was at a little bit of a plateau for a loooong time, so it is good to have progressed further, but I feel like when I do add sugar, I am regressing back to needing it sweeter. Still, progress is progress, and I am proud of myself for coming as far as I have. And I have to remind myself of this when I do choose to use sugar in my tea…I try to use less than I had been before, which makes me feel less guilty.
Anyway, I am still undecided on this and will leave it unrated for now.
I picked this up with the rest of the Winter Collection, even though I had already had Snow Day and Sweet Almond Green from last year (wanted to try them again). I loved the smell of this one….warming and spicy, though I could not pick up any nutty smells. I was worried about the rose petals but had hoped the spice would overpower them (it does).
Sadly, I don’t like this as much, due to the hot cinnamon taste, which becomes more prominent as the tea cools for me. I’m not sure if adding milk will change the flavour enough for me to tolerate the rest, or if it should just go in the box of my tea rejects that someone will eventually get, and maybe they will like.
I had higher hopes for this one.
Kay I’m really finding myself loving this tea. In fact I like it better than LPC (Lemon Pound Cake) which came out at the same time. At first I wasn’t sure but now I really love it. It’s light, but sweet, and I think the chamomile blends well with the other ingredients, because normally I’m not a fan of chamomile… So this is a win for me! I also like the lemongrass in it as well. Lovely blend!! One of my top 5!
Flavors: Lemongrass, Raspberry
This tea is great if you dont want a flavored tea. I had never tried it before but I got a whole tin of it because I knew i’d like it. I have so so so many flavored teas that I needed something more subtle and unflavored. Its very interesting. You know, it tastes like puffed rice cereal. Once you brew a cup and smell it, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I am not dying in love with it. But its a great staple to have in the tea cabinet!
Flavors: Popcorn, Rice, Toasted Rice
Last night I pumped so that I could take the trek down to David’s and the boyfriend could watch our daughter. I hate pumping. Well anyways, back to the tea… I was a little hesitant about trying this tea because I saw a review saying that it tastes like red hot cinnamon hearts. I hate those things. I also hate that hot cinnamon gum..yuck it makes me nauseous thinking about it! But, I didnt really get that vibe from this tea. I tried it in store because it was one of the teas they had on tap and I really enjoyed it. I am currently sipping my second cup at home. I can see how it has that hot spice flavor…but you have to think about it to taste it, its not overpoweringly spicy! I like it with a little agave. It does leave a little cinnamon-y spice on your throat and in your belly though, so that may deter people that aren’t into hot cinnamon flavor, like myself. But the fruitiness and the nuts in it definitely tone that aspect down. I can see myself drinking this in front of a fire with christmas music playing. yum!
So, long story short, I love this tea. I bought 100 g on sale when it was released at Easter. I don’t think it tastes like ice cream cake however it has a delicious chocolatey flavour that I crave regularly. I will be extremely sad when my tin is empty as I have already used the majority of the 100 g I bought. I often brew this tea in my travel mug and just leave it in there as I drink it since I find it doesn’t oversteep. I will definitely look out for a return of this tea and will for sure consider buying more.
Flavors: Chocolate, White Chocolate
This tea was the first loose leaf tea I ever tried. I first tasted it in last year’s advent calendar hot and loved it. When I heard it was returning this year, I stocked up during the F&F sale. I ended up buying a full tin of 150 g. Since then, I’ve tried it iced and it is even more amazing that way. It tastes like cinnamon and fruit without the cinnamon being too overwhelming. It is my favourite winter/Christmas tea and I will be sad when my tin runs out.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Nuts