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Okay, as promised I revisited this one today in the middle of the day to give it a fair chance. And I tossed milk and sugar in since that’s how I prefer my straight blacks.
It has redeemed itself. Actually with milk and sugar it’s a delightful cup that may become one of my black tea staples in my cupboard. There’s definitely malt and astringency but at the same time with the milk it mellows to a great morning kick, which is what I prefer.
I tried this one a year ago when I was new to David’s and I must have got a bad bag or something because man did I hate it. It tasted like I was licking burnt trees.
Fast forward to today when I retried it. I don’t know if this time maybe I actually read the directions, or got a better sample, or what happened, but no burnt trees. Actual raspberry flavour. A cup of tea I could finish. Wow! I don’t hate this anymore! Two mates in one day which don’t make me want to toss my cup. I’m going to have to change my preferences for the next tea exchange, now, aren’t I?
This is my favourite black tea from David’s! Before pouring milk, I love seeing the gold swirls around in my mug. At first sip, you can feel the zing from the cinnamon with the deep resonance of the cloves and warmth from the vanilla. It’s such a warm, comforting tea perfect for a rainy or snowy morning while reading the paper. If you have an open house or friends over for dessert, brew this tea to make your guests feel warm and invited.
I was curious to try this tea because it apparently alleviates several digestive issues. With ingredients like fennel, ginger, and peppermint, I wouldn’t be surprised. Needless to say, I didn’t feel like it alleviated those symptoms, but it’s definitely delicious. I enjoy having this as an afternoon tea if I am in the mood for something herbal. Cats love it too! (To sniff not to drink!)
The floral, bold aroma from the vanilla combined with the tropical coconut is quite intoxicating and I am sure this would taste awesome with rum. I love to sip this tea in the afternoon for a quick pick-me-up while working. I wouldn’t suggest this as a breakfast tea as with most David’s black teas, they are just not strong enough to get the am going.
Try this tea with a piece of chocolate pound cake.
At first, I felt like I was drinking thai fried rice because of the predominant ingredient lemongrass. Supposedly, lemongrass is good for stomach ailments or head aches. Didn’t really notice it helped much in those regards, but it tasted pleasant nonetheless.
In fact, if you like thai food or fragrances, this tea can be brewed with rice and spices if you crave a milder version of thai rice.
Exotica is more a tangy tea with hints of nuttiness and would go great combined with a straight green tea.
Would I buy again? Probably not. Would I suggest it? Hmm…not necessarily.
Had this one this morning to kick me in the pants. I was groggy and out of it and knew that a standard tea cup wasn’t going to do it. So, mate to the rescue! The high did the trick, and lasted until about 3:30, when I was stuck in a meeting of dooooooom. Flavour wise it isn’t anything extraordinary, but I do enjoy it, and it does the trick when I need a kick!
This is only my second time having a pure mate, and wow what a different flavour than the first one I tried (Adagio’s). I was dreading this one, since the one I’d had from Adagio had been a very green and unappealing flavour to me. But I’m working on the entire David’s wall so sacrifices must be made.
And I’m so glad that I tried this one! It has redeemed mates for me. I agree with the other tasting note that compares to Genmaicha. There’s a roasted toasted type flavour to this that makes it a pleasant tea to sip while I’m reading all the reviews you guys have posted while I slept. I just finished my cup and I have an aftertaste in my mouth that is like toast and caffeine, but not offensively so (less burnt coffee and more pleasant). I’m very glad I tried this now, and am looking forward to the rest of the mates on the wall!
Yes, this tea is amazing. Limes are one of my favourite flavours in the world, and this tea tastes as wonderful as it smells! It would be wonderful iced, but I haven’t tried it that way yet. I’m sure I will come summer, though. ;)
The lime agave syrup sticks enhance the flavour of this tea VERY nicely, too.
Highly recommend! _
So I’m on a caffeine “cleanse” (I miss my oolongs… 2 weeks to go) and I picked this up the other day. Dry, it smells like cough syrup to me but then again, I think that about most rooibos teas so I bought 50g to try. I tried it both hot and cold.
Hot: It was pretty good. Very smooth, mellow flavors and it’s definitely relaxing. I drank some before bed and it had me nodding off. It tastes a little cough syrupy when it’s hot, but it’s not a horrible taste somehow!
Cold: YUM. this tasted like a creamy, orangey bubblegum! Weird I know but somehow it works and it’s sooo delicious when cold with a little honey. Tastes like happiness in a cup :)
Next, I’ll try it as a latte. Yay for new tea discoveries.
Day 47 of my 101 days of tea!
I’ve been thinking about this one for a few days now, and finally got along to trying it now by getting a cup in-store. I was suggested a 5-minute steep time, so that’s the timing I went with. The bad news — it didn’t live up to my expectations. It smelled like a strawberry liqueur, but I found the white tea taste to be more powerful, and not quite my style. It grew on me somewhat, especially as it continued to resteep… I definitely liked it more with each cup, and the flavour didn’t seem to be diminishing at all even after the third time. If nothing else, you can definitely get your money’s worth out of this tea.
Now, let me begin with a bit of explanation. Before I visited my wife up here in Canada a few years ago, I had never had Indian food. I grew up in Nashville with a mother who was…less than adventurous when it came to food. Even know, though I live where such food is very accessible, I don’t reach for it often. I haven’t worked up the courage to try much outside of butter chicken, which I can no longer have (boo)
Anyway, what this all leads up to is that these new teas throw me off with spices and flavors I’m completely unfamilar with. So this is another tea I just…I don’t know. The rooibos and lemongrass and ginger make me think of Detox, which I enjoy. And licorice root and I are besties. We go way back.
And yet I’m still not sure about this blend. The ginger is too in your face. I just don’t know how I feel about this blend, but I’m not sure I’d reach for it if given the choice.
The first time I had this tea, my friend made it with boiling water and left it to steep for probably 30 minutes – It was the worst tea I’ve ever had. Flash forward to right now – I’ve steeped the tea at a toasty 80 degrees, 1.5 tsp, for 4 minutes in my perfect mug. Holy cows! The lemongrass is perfect. The rooibos, exquisite. The flavours in this tea are incredible, I just can’t believe it’s a detox tea. It doesn’t taste like there is much green tea in here, nor could i see any in the dry leaf – I just see it in my infuser, having expanded. Either way, I’ll be trying to keep this one on hand as much as possible. Who knows if it actually detoxes, it just tastes phenomenal.
When I first opened the package this morning, I thought to myself ‘Why did I buy this?’…the smell is very potent! As an avid tea-taster, I gave it a try even though the smell made me feel a little woozy. I steeped for about 4 mins and the smell of the brewed tea was certainly not as strong.
As a drink, I don’t mind this one although it is definitely not my favourite. I do like the leafy taste and after-taste of mint. This will likely not be a regular every-day drink for me…but that’s mostly because I can’t get over the smell.