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It smells delicious, but that’s about it. It steeped really bitter, and I did try multiple ways : with agave, without, as a latte, pure, and all ways I found it bitter and didn’t like it. I found it tasted burnt. I ended up using the rest to marinate chicken, attempting to give it a smoky flavor. It was OK but as a marinade didn’t really flavor much.
Flavors: Ash, Cinnamon
And the medicinal tea serves its purpose well! Hence I’m bumping my rating. It makes me smile to see I’m not the only one who’s done this in the past. I love that I can have a hoard of “feel better” teas to complement my shelf of “this is delicious” teas. I don’t find it often that the two distinctions overlap but I do enjoy working out where a tea belongs. So does what ails me right now…
… and what ails me is Too Much Cheese. I had cheese for dinner and dessert. To be honest I don’t think it was the cheese though, I’m pretty sure it was the rice pudding I had for second dessert because I am a guts and a fool.
This tea is bringing my stomach a lot of comfort. Phew.
So, this is a good tea. It is one of my oldest in the cupboard and still going strong, though I only have enough for maybe one or two more servings worth from this 50g bag. Chocolate, soft mint, a hint of spice, goes well with or without milk or additions. This will more than likely be a reorder as I find myself craving it at the weirdest times. Mint can sometimes give me bad heartburn, but this one is gentle and tasty. It really does age quite nicely, which (as I’ve recently discovered) is not true of all teas. :)
Still not pink, but a tasty cup. Cinnamon, nuts, apples… really really good with some whipping cream.
Especially since I forgot about dinner and just baked an oaty jam crumble (use a very small amount of sugar in the oat mixture because jam is sweet! Also maybe an egg if you layer oats on the bottom) instead. Yep, this goes good with oats and jam! (Almost typed ham there. Hmm.)
Finally have a chance to log a few teas; admittedly I haven’t had much to drink today though…
I started the morning with a nice frosty mason jar of this blend, which had been cold brewing for around 24 hours. I really mean frosty, though; most of it was frozen solid. For the first while I drank it it was like having a tea slushie. It was good though; creamsicle/gooseberries and refreshing spearmint. It felt very nice on my throat, which has been sore most of the day.
My Dad has now left, but my brother is here until Tuesday evening. Basically my Dad just got violently ill. He shit his pants; vomited on his car seat, did his laundry, ruined a pair of my pants by wearing them while he was doing his laundry (despite my insisting they wouldn’t fit), did my taxes, had a cup of tea, and went home…
hate “love” family.
420: Praise it and Blaze it. Something of that shit, anyway…
Now my brother and I are having supper (we walked to the gas station because apparently none of my food interesting him). It’s pretty boring, not gonna lie. I know he appreciates being here rather than at home, though.
And I secretly like having him around. I’m glad my Dad is gone, though…
Double sipdown time! I’ve reached my goal of 8 for Easter weekend!
I used about 3 tsp of Forever Nuts and 2.5 tsp of Big Apple, brewed with my uber-big teapot of 45oz. I didn’t boil enough to fill the teapot all the way, but I guess there was at least 40oz by the end. Steeped at 85C for 5-6 minutes. I know that the Forever Nuts blend requires a higher temperature, but I didn’t want to burn the green and white teas in the Big Apple sample. I also added a dollop of cinnamon honey to round it out.
Brewed, I’m getting a lot of flavours, but nothing in particular is winning out except possibly the green tea. I let one cup of this cool and it’s surprisingly good cold, with more of the fruit and cinnamon flavours coming out. But I have to admit that this isn’t the blend for me – especially considering that Big Apple is going to be discontinued soon.
Thanks again to Aimee Popovacki for giving me a sample of Big Apple to try! I’m glad I got to give it a nice sendoff.
Back from the future in-laws! I went prepared this time, with my Timolino and some tea, but I didn’t have any the entire time I was there. I’m thinking of getting an electric kettle for my fiance’s mom so that she can make tea more easily and I will be able to make tea when I go over. (I swear, my own selfish desire to feed my tea addiction did not play into the formation of this idea at all …)
Anyway, I was desperate for tea when I got home. In keeping with my goal of trying the whole spring collection before I place another DAVIDs order, I made some Grape Expectations. (Insert pun-filled joke about this tea’s name and my hopes for its taste here.)
Dry and brewed, this tea smells like grape Tootsie Pops. Hooray! I like those! That’s the flavor I usually pick if I have to eat one! The taste of the tea, however, is sadly lacking. It’s edging on bitter and floral. It sweetens as it cools, but the bitter edge becomes more pronounced as well. Ick. I’m going to sweeten the second steep and see if that helps any.
So far, I’ve been mostly disappointed with the spring collection, which is just depressing. I was really hoping I’d find at least one tea that I absolutely loved. Maybe I’ll have better luck with Cool Cucumber. :-/
(Edit: Second steep with sugar is all bitter nastiness. Yuck.)
Day 11 of my Easter Advent calendar!
To be honest…I don’t understand how anyone can like this tea. Granted, I might be biased for two reasons: 1) I don’t like coconut (more on that below…), 2) I have two friends that make me chai blends from their home countries (Ethiopia and India), so I’m a tad spoiled on the “chai beverage” front.
I can’t usually tolerate coconut in anything, so the fact that I don’t like this tea shouldn’t be all that surprising. That being said, I DO like some teas with coconut in them, especially from David’s; Elf Help is one of my favourite teas on the planet, and that has nice big strands of coconut in it that I don’t even try to pick out (I thought of it at first…). So the presence of the coconut isn’t the only thing that makes this tea disgusting to me.
I can’t quite put my finger on WHY I find this tea so terrible. I think it might be the rooibos, but I’m not sure on that one, either. I love cardamom, I love peppercorns, I love cloves, I love vanilla. I should, except for the coconut, love this tea. But I don’t. I got 5 sips of the tea down before I was all “I can’t do it without barfing” and was about to throw the cup out. I thought I would try a last-ditch effort of throwing out half the cup, filling the other half with milk and adding some agave to see what would happen. I couldn’t make it worse, right? I was already at the point of feeling nauseous from it. Well, the “latte” didn’t make it any better. Five more sips and down the drain it went. I’ll try to find someone to pawn the other cup. Even if I detest the tea, I still feel bad throwing it out.
Verdict: you couldn’t pay me to drink this again.
This smells amazing dry. However, I am mixing it with David’s Tea Blueberry Jam as I need some caffeine this morning. 3 tsp of each in the (boyfriend’s) 16 oz PerfecTea maker. My first sip, “Wow, I think I got it right!” and the boyfriend laughs. It likely is more blueberry-y than most would like because I love my blueberries. I am getting the vanilla and a bit of the caramel from the Oh Canada. This is a great way to start the day!
The bag says to steep this at 92°C but I never quite manage to do that. Also my brain is wired for delicate teas at 80°. Anyway, an 80° steep works well for this blend. There’s a bit of an oil slick across the top of the tea but I blame all the delicious coconut on that!
I still haven’t gotten around to icing this one. I might even try a cold steep for once! Gotta get some sweet jars for cold brews. My latest obsession is the More Tea Tea Bottle so no doubt that’ll be in the fridge soon enough…
And to round out my day, I figured I’d go with a tea that is approaching sipdown status…
This one is ok, but I think I oversteeped it a bit. It’s a tad astringent. I have just enough of this left to combine with my remaining stash of Forever Nuts to make apple pie tea. I’ll do that Monday night, probably – double sipdown in the works!
EDIT: My husband, who rarely drinks tea because he thinks most teas taste weak and “watery”, says that he would probably enjoy drinking this tea! As a caveat, he’d probably only drink it if he were sick, but this is progress! One day, with my tea wiles, I will slowly wean him off of diet coke. The only problem is that this tea is being discontinued soon. Bah.
Just an average tea for me, I think… I liked the honey taste, but I think there was too much straight rooibos taste for me in this one. I didn’t realise that was part of this blend, and I probably wouldn’t have gone for it, otherwise. Nice caffiene buzz (no pun intended, haha), though, which was appreciated. If I try this one again, I’ll probably add sweetener (which I don’t really like doing, because tea shouldn’t have to be additionally sweetened, in my opinion!)
Thank you Faith for the opportunity to try this tea. I expected a lot more from it however it is an older tea so I imagine some of its flavor might have disappeared. I mostly get the taste of green rooibos while subtle notes of strawberry float around and hide in the cup. Not bad, but also not a tea I am heartbroken to see go.
A while back I asked steepster what tea was good for coldbrewing. The response I got from so many of you was this tea. When I went to pick some up a while back, I was told it was retired so yesterday when I saw it on the wall, I jumped at the chance to try it. Sipping on it now, I definitely understand why it was so highly recommended. It is basically like sipping on a cup full of berries. No base, just sweet, fresh berries. Yum! Now I guess I better decide quickly how badly I need this around as it is getting retired soon.
ETA: For those interested, DAVIDs added more chocolates. Now they have Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate and Forever Nuts Milk Chocolate.
Day 6 of my Easter Advent calendar!
Can’t believe I didn’t add a tasting note from when I bought a bag of this. Whoops!
This is a tea I always get excited about drinking, make it, love the smell of it, love the taste of it for the first few sips, then it’s just SO SWEET that I can’t finish the cup. It tastes like artificial cake (because: flavouring), has the oily layer on top of the cup from the chocolate chips (which I’m not totally against…works like lip gloss), and that OHMYGODIJUSTHADACUPOFSUGAR from the sprinkles. I don’t understand the point of the white sprinkles, and the red ones impart their lovely artificial colour to turn the tea pinkish (did you know that red velvet cake shouldn’t ever have red food colouring in it? It turns “red” because of a chemical reaction between the fine cocoa powder and the vinegar added to the cake base. Now you know). It doesn’t matter how long I steep this tea, I always get that raunchy after taste from steeping black tea leaves too long. Boo.
Verdict: I want to love this tea because I love red velvet cake, but nope. Just can’t do it.
Day 10 of my Easter Advent calendar!
It’s pretty obvious that I like this tea already (d’uh) and I have some both at work and at home. My mom loves this one, too, so we go through an obscene amount of it in this house! I like how nutty and pie-y it tastes, but almost more like apple crisp. I love it. And I love that it’s pink, and from rather flavourless beet juice. Doesn’t take away from the flavour of the tea, and doesn’t add tangy-ness. Yum yum yum.
Verdict: will definitely buy more when my stash is gone.
Day 8 of the Easter Advent calendar!
I still love this tea. I heard it was being discontinued…I hope whoever said that to me was full of it, because I’ll be sad if this one disappears. I love the creaminess that it has, almost like key lime pie. It’s lime-y, without being like green tea with lime juice squeezed in it.
I liked it so much I had both cups right away. Now I’m sad it’s gone. lol
Verdict: will go buy some on my next trip to David’s.
Looking for something sweet after dinner and this tea has been calling to me over the last few days, I love the smell of amaretto and almond. I’m watching Man Of Steel for the first time, my husband is a huge Superman fan whereas I am predominantly a Batman fan. I love original comic references but most modern film adaptations forget the comics, so far this film has yet to impress me.
This tea has a strong scent, very much amaretto and almond, it’s heavenly. The blend itself may not look too tempting but it’s scent makes up for that, it looks dry and desert like. I just gave it to my husband to sniff and he said it’s like sherbet. It’s perhaps a little on the sour side and not as sweet as amaretto but sherbet…I wouldn’t go that far. Still it’s nice to have another’s perspective.
Once steeped the scent is still very amaretto but definitely more dry too and heavily nutty. The nutty part I don’t mind as I love nuts…..and I just realised that can sound a little rude.
Flavour wise again it’s heavily nutty, the almond being more dry than sweet and rather savoury at that. In fact the sweetness has been lost in preparation it would seem, raw it was sweet and sticky almost but now it tastes like I’ve eaten a handful of whole almonds. It’s nice but not amaretto so slightly disappointing there. Kind of toasty taste too it as well.
I wouldn’t trade for more of this, just not what I was expecting despite it’s wonderful raw scent. Oh well, still made a nice tea post dinner.