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I had a craving for this last week and realized I was out! So I bought a tin a few days ago and have been drinking it every night since.
I love the smell of the dry mix – I find myself opening the tin just to smell it. The flavours blend really well. The spices add a nice kick that keep it from fading into obscurity the way some lemon teas do.
This tea has a really nice smell to it. I like fennel and spices, so had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately the chili peppers were a bit too much for me. They BURNED going down. I ended up removing most of the peppers from the dry mix so I can finish the rest of the tea.
It would be a good tea if you really like chili pepper.
This is another tea I got my mom for Christmas, as she’s a licorice fiend, myself..not so much. So it was with a bit of apprehension that I tried this tea. She actually snuck a cup before I had a chance to try it with her, and she said it was good. So I brewed us both a cup tonight.
The dry smell is predominantly minty, with a twinge of licorice. Steeped, hmm, it’s a lighter mint smell with some sweetness, to be honest, I didn’t smell it too much as it was brewing! I steeped for 5 minutes, about 2.5 tsps for 2 cups of tea. Also, the liquor was a rich sunny yellow, must be from the safflower and marigold. It was very pretty while infusing, the little flowers were floating all over the place :)
The taste is actually not what I was expecting! First you get a hit of the mint, then I get some of the nettle (I only know it’s nettle because of my other nettle tea I have), some ginger, a hint of heat from the chillies, and then…the licorice! It hits..it’s a cloying sweet aftertaste most definitely like licorice candies. This is my least favorite part of the cup, but that was to be expected as I’m not a huge fan of licorice. I imagine that some of the sweetness also comes from the pineapple. There’s also a nice swirling of spices throughout this, and yes, the warmth of the chili is still present a bit after the sip.
Overall, this tea surprised me (yay!). It wasn’t as licorice-y as I thought it would be, and I’m very happy the mint is at the start of the sip as I love mint! This tea is actually quite complex to me, but the flavors mesh pretty well together. I don’t think this would be a repurchase for me, just due to personal taste. But I must admit, this would be darn soothing if I get a cold, so I might get a little bit to have on hand, and it might be nice to have something different. Oh, and mom likes it, and that was the main goal, so hurray!! 3 for 3 for the teas, although she hasn’t cracked into her new tin of Pumpkin Chai yet :P
It’s a funny thing. I can’t stand black licorice, but I love licorice and anise teas. Add mint, and I’m sold. This was a winner for me, and I’ll enjoy it throughout the winter months. The additional spices help to give it a unique taste, and the smell is great.
I don’t worry about over-steeping this, as it tastes good to me no matter how long it’s steeped for.
Only for licorice tea lovers.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. I don’t mind green tea, but I’m not a huge fan, either. Toasted Walnut has a great smell to it, and a nice, delicate taste. I’m not sure how walnutty it really was, but that’s ok, as it tasted good anyway.
The second infusion was even lighter tasting, but still good. I have enough for a few more cups before I have to decide if I’ll replenish.
I’ve been rationing my last bit of this for a few months now, trying to make it last until winter, when hopefully Davids Tea would bring it back. Well, I went on their site today, and it was listed! I put 100g in my shopping cart, and added a few other items (I didn’t really need anything, but, well, you know).
I decided that because it’s a heavy tea, I should order more than 100g, so I tried to add 50g more. I got a notice that no more was available! I hope the 100g I ordered wasn’t a mistake, because I just used a bunch of what I had left.
Still love the creamy coconut-minty goodness.
This was the first loose leaf tea I ever purchased (I’m pretty new to the loose leaf world). I LOVED it. I steeped it for a long time, and the creamy, coconutty taste was great. The mint helps give it a fresh taste. I liked it hot, but actually preferred it cool.
I drink this straight up, as I think sweetener would make it sickly sweet.
Well, it seems the third, fourth, and fifth times are the charm. I’ve gone from pretty much detesting this tea to quite enjoying its light, nutty taste.
I have about one serving of crushed leaves left at the bottom of my bag, and then I get to decide if it’s worth re-stocking.
Upped my rating quite a bit.
I finally tried this one again, as I’m trying to work my way through some of my suddenly immense tea collection. I was not impressed by this at all last time. I actually don’t mind it tonight. It has a light, nutty flavour that’s alright. It reminds me of some nutty white teas I’ve had.
I’m not sure if my tastes have changed over the last few months, or if my tastebuds were off before for some reason, but tonight I’ll enjoy my cup of this. I’m bumping my rating a bit, but not too much until I try it a third time. That’ll be the tie breaker.
What can I say? It has a strong, sharp peppermint taste. I happen to really like peppermint tea, so that’s ok by me. I’ve steeped this one at all different times (anywhere between 30 sec and 10 min), and it’s tasted fine to me. It’s even ok cold.
This is a great herb to use to mask the taste of bitter herbs that you may want to make into a tea. I’ve made a lot of herbal teas taste better by adding a touch of peppermint.
A staple in my cupboard.
I really like this one, partly because of the taste (chocolate and raspberries, how can you go wrong?), but also because I like the energy the mateine in it gives me.
The initial smell is amazing, and while the taste doesn’t fully live up to the smell, it does a pretty good job. I discovered that I prefer it steeped for a long time, and cooled off a bit, which makes it perfect to take to work with me. A bit of stevia or cane sugar helps to bring out the flavours.
This is my first review here, but the second time I’ve had this tea. The first time I made a note that it smelled and tasted a bit chemically to me, and I only found it decent after adding both cane sugar and almond milk.
I tried it again tonight, and added a touch of stevia while brewing. I like it a bit better this time around, but don’t plan on purchasing more when I finish this. I think I was hoping for less rooibos and more creme taste.
This tin of rooibos is one of the “originals” from my initial first purchase at David’s Tea. Age has not weakened its resolve to invade entire rooms with its “stench” whenever I prepare it- it may even have made it stronger!
Despite owning this for over year I still have yet to figure out if I love it or merely tolerate it. Coconut and monstrous lavender carry both the scent and flavour profile. Sometimes that comes off as yummy creamy, floral, and mint-like, other-times it simply makes me nauseous in a soap and perfume guzzling way. I wonder what would happen if I bathed in this olfactory titan.
Although I have mixed feelings on the taste, it never fails to make me nostalgic of my first days of loose leaf purchasing. Back then I bought 100g tins of everything and was on a mission to obtain every tea and tisane that even mentioned coconut. If it weren’t for my obsession with coconut, the whispers of a delicious coconut tea at Murchies, and the continuous “sold out” status of said tea, I would never have begun exploring in the first place. My love of coconut and tea are deeply connected to each other.
Today, I find myself enjoying this rooibos blend. When it’s like this I always wonder why I don’t drink it all the time. I’ve yet to try other lavender blends but this one has always made me curious to try more.
Still unsure about this tea but it would feel so wrong not to have it around after our long history together. It’s odour would always be noticeably absent. :(