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I don’t eat mushrooms so I don’t really get the woodsy notes from this one… but despite having a box of Tetley in my tea cupboard, this is the first straight tea I’ve had since getting into loose leaf tea in June. It’s a nice, smooth tea that… well, sort of reminds me of Tetley. I think I’ll probably be getting more of this one, since I just bought the $1 sample they had.
An interesting tea to say the least. Much like a mint icecream with coconut shavings on top. It is very refreshing after a long day or as a night cap. With late night classes and new dances to master I found my energy return from savoring this sweet treat. The apple provides the balance between both the mint and coconut, yet stays in the background to boost the two. A perfect tea for those who love the mint varieties of teas and are looking for one that is very soothing indeed.
When looking for a vanilla tea prior to this it was often the “Cream Earl Grey” that caught my attention. Mostly because of my enjoyment of London Fog tea lattes. Now to have it in an Oolong I have to admit it is like drinking a vanilla cloud. Light and refreshing to the tastebuds yet wonderfully aromatic. Just the right amount of pure vanilla flavor to provide that comfort one hopes for in a very romantic tea like this. Loved it, very much so.
Well , for someone not being a big chai fan, I like this tea. And what I like most about it is the fact that it doesn’t have that distinct chai taste that I have come to dislike. When I first tried this tea, it was because it was the tea of the day sample and who can refuse a sample? Well I tried it and wasn’t completely sold. Then my cousin made a recipe from this tea and she said it was amazing. So I decided to buy a 50g bag of the tea just to try out the recipe. I made the cupcakes and they were amazing. Let’s fast forward a few weeks to Halloween day where I tried the chai again, but in drink form. It was Halloween and I was feeling spirited and decided to have a pumpkin chai latte. And it was yummy, been hooked ever since. I’m sad because the fall collection is no longer in stores, but I will for sure buy some online.
So I am recently new to the tea drinking world, I used to think that tea tasted like a dirty cup of water. However when I was visiting a friend for the weekend she made me a cup of FOREVER NUTS, and I have been addicted ever since. This tea taste like I am eating a package of mixed nuts without all the extra calories that come with snacking on nuts, and the tea also turns a sweet pink colour as well.
Enjoying this as an Almond Milk Latte right now. Pretty darn tasty. I love the smell of it-it reminds me of Market Spice, which I also love. As a latte the cinnamon is a little bit harder to taste. I added sweetener while I steeped the tea, and as a result the latte tastes like warm, muted sweetness. It’s pretty tasty although, like I said, the cinnamon is lost. That could be because of the milk though. I will post again next time I drink this straight! None the less, very tasty.
SIGH. Darn keemun ruins this for me every time.
I wanted to give this another shot because I’m quite tempted by Butiki’s Black Lotus, but apparently I’m just that sensitive to the Keemun that I won’t be able to enjoy it like I want to. Grr. I so want to place a Butiki order this weekend and may give it a try anyway to see how that compares to this.
As for this tea, I need to give it away. Actually I have a couple (read: most) of my David’s Tea collection I want to give away/throw out. I’ve found after a cup or two of a blend the novelty wears thin/quality doesn’t measure up and I lose the drive to finish what I’ve got. They have such great marketing that it’s a shame. Oh well, I’ve got plenty more tea companies out there to try, I guess!
It’s Sunday! It’s Sunday and I don’t have to go to work tonight!
This is a biscuits and tea kind of morning, for sure. I beat the boyfriend’s wake up by an hour so I had plenty of time to get the biscuits together, throw them in the oven, put on a pot of tea and clean up after myself. I love when days start off productive!
Lately I’ve been shying away from dessert teas for some reason. I’ve been wanting the heavier unflavored blacks and oolongs. This morning screamed breakfast tea and I remembered I had this and it had been awhile. The Keemun in this made me leary, from what I remember. I think I was able to taste the smoke and this girl does not do smoke in tea.
Luckily though I don’t get any of that this morning. With milk and sugar this is just a strong, clean, get moving kind of drink. A fantastically rich mouthfeel just rounds out it perfectly. Glad I found this one in my cupboard today!
Steep notes: 3 heaping tsp. leaf, 750 ml. water, below parameters.
I had the first cup with milk and sugar, and the second straight – and both ways were pretty darn good. I don’t remember being so enamored with this last time I had it, but it is less smoky today and quite malty and chewy.
I’m really favoring more “pure” teas of late, so it’s a good thing I’ve got a Verdant order and a TeaVivre order coming my way – so many new black teas to try!
So, what is the deal with Keemun in this one??
I ask because on the David’s website, no Keemun is listed in the ingredients. That’s probably shame on me, because they do say teas from Yunnan, but they didn’t specifically list Keemun until I looked at the package that had been shipped to me.
Now I’m super picky about smoke. As in, don’t like it. Don’t like the smell from campfires, from cigars, all of it is super offensive to my nose. So I was on hyper alert and sniffed the heck out of the dry leaf to see if any of that Keemun was there. And I guess I lucked out – because maaaaayyybe in the back corner of the smell, that last tiny speck of a whiff might have hidden some smoke. But it didn’t set any warning bells off so into my Breville it went: 3 tsp. leaf, 500 ml. water, at the below parameters.
Once brewed that tiiiiny scent translated into maybe a few little sips with smoke on the back end. I added some milk and it went away though. Whew! This led me onto more important things – comparing this breakfast tea to my gold standard, Upton’s East Frisian Blend. (see: all 20+ plus reviews of me singing its praises.)
I’ll just cut to the chase here and say that this one didn’t win. Although this tea is less astringent, even with a slightly longer steep time, it’s also got that thinner mouthfeel that I’m 3 out of 3 for with David’s blends. Even with the milk, it just doesn’t quite measure up. Both breakfast teas are very malty like good blacks are, but Frissy has more of a caramel-sweet note that is so homey and comfortable.
Also – as this one cools, or as I’ve left it alone for a second to write this review, that smoke is coming back on my radar. Smoky tea/milk – not my favorite.
Sigh. I feel like I’m being so hard on David’s! I don’t want to be, either, so I’ll say something positive here – I love their perfect tea mug, I loved their shipping and packaging of the teas that they sent to me. Everything is done with care and I know they genuinely love their customers and their products. And I KNOW I will love some of their teas – but I may have to wait for a store to come here (which – well, I live in Atlanta, Teavana Central) so I can sample smaller amounts at a time.
Who knows, maybe that Chocolate Chili Chai will be a contender..
Wow – love at first sip!
My new Buttercream! :D It doesn’t have the same flavour notes as Buttercream, but it is naturally sweet like it (naturally as in no added sugar by me!) and it is delicious.
The first sip was an immediate reaction – oh my gah it tastes like chocolate chip cookie dough without the chocolate chips. That’s always my favourite part of cookie dough, smooth and sweet and buttery – yum!
I kept my tea bag in for about 10-20 minutes (I was in training) – I found that at 15 minutes (it didn’t get bitter at all) but it started to lose it’s signature cookie dough taste. At 5-10 minutes it shone and was great! So I say, don’t be afraid to keep the leaves in, but don’t use boiling water – experiment, smell and take sips as you go. Don’t put your leaves in and forget them for 10 minutes lol, everyone’s process is different!
On a different note, any “tea budget” has gone to Lush for the moment. How sad! At least I can get some DT with a small discount when I’m craving. Not that I don’t have enough tea, oi!
I had been craving something like bagged orange pekoe but with a bit cleaner flavour (I often find bagged teas a bit “muddy”) I tried this one from my conisseur collection and it was perfect! Going to be rebuying a little bit for those days when I just want something familiar from my childhood.
One of the free samples from my David’s tea order.
After the disappointment of the Salted Caramel tea, I was relieved to open up the package and smell this one. It reminded me of pumpkin pie, which really was because of the strong cinnamon and pumpkin notes. It almost seemed to have a hint of graham crackers in it, which made me think of pie crust I think.
So anyway – wonderful smell. I used the whole sample in my new perfect tea mug and steeped it in around 10 oz. of water at the below parameters. Added only a splash of milk because the initial taste seemed a little thin.
That ‘thin’ texture seems to be my main problem with David’s so far. The tea tastes fine – it just seems so watered down. This chai was definitely on as far as the pumpkin and cinnamon was concerned, but I got no other real ‘chai’ spice, and the milk really had to help to get that creamier, chewy texture.
This was another one that was just okay. I have the Chocolate Chili chai sample to try next so hopefully that one will wow me!
Day 6 of Advent Calendar happiness!
I was super super hung over this day which is why I am a few days behind in my tea reviews. I like Glitter and Gold a lot. It is really fun to make this in a clear mug, and then put frothed milk on time because it swirls together in a sparkly way. Very exciting. My mom also liked this one a lot.
I was recommended this one for lattes by a friend because she said it tasted like a cheap chai. I also like it straight because of how it sparkles.
It is a nice rich cinamony tea, good straight or with milk and sugar. I don’t think it’s the best flavoured black, but it’s a good crowd pleaser since it caters to familiar flavours.