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I used to drink this tea hot, but today I tried it iced – great decision! I had cold-brewed it overnight and it was the perfect pick-me-up this morning. I added a little bit of honey, which I thought finished it off well (the smell of honey without the sweetness seems cruel to me). I find that this tea has much more flavour cold. It smells just as delicious either way, but I always thought it didn’t really taste like much until I iced it!
Came home, really really tired – my body’s beat, not sure why, but I slept from 12pm to 9am, and then from about 10am-3pm. And I’m still exhausted and my eyes hurt and I have a headache, so I think I’m going to finish watching Sherlock with my friend (she’s never seen it before and she’s in Iowa, so she’s liveblogging it, and her comments are hilarious.) and get my words in for tonight and then just go to bed. Long shift tomorrow too.
Tossed one of these little tuochas into my tasting cup. I’m underwhelmed. It’s a decent pu’erh, I guess, but it’s fairly flavorless. Generally just meh.
I have never had bamboo before, so this was new for me. I like it!
Hot: fruity with mostly peach taste and a little pineapple, but I do get that “coolness” from the bamboo. Some people mentioned a weird aftertaste and I am getting it a little bit here.
Cold brewed: Even better peachy pineapple goodness. I am getting less of the weird aftertaste.
I might have to stock up on this one this summer.
Last cup, and another one down!
I completely love this one though, and will eventually pick up more of this. It is way better a mate than the mate chai I had in my cupboard previously. I’m not always the biggest fan of the chocolate-and-raspberry combination, but these flavours just work together perfectly. I think it is the almond balancing everything out.
I like to match this one up with DT’s raspberry-flavoured agave. You need to be careful not to overdo it on the agave, though – I have discovered that the flavouring is quite strong, and if you go hard on the agave, you end up with tea that tastes like raspberry flavouring and, uhhh… Raspberry flavouring. So yeah. Not too much agave.
Apparently I never reviewed this tea when hot, even though I’ve had it plenty. Every time I smell the dry leaves, it smells like Bailey’s to me. It never quite tastes like that though.
I cold brewed this one, and it seemed to bring out the flavors better, and seemed closer to the smell. Another one that I probably prefer cold.
I don’t drink this one too often, but I’m going to miss it when it’s gone!
I actually preferred it hot, although it also makes an amazing iced tea. I have my second steep cold brewing in the fridge – I’ll probably leave it in there for a few days to get the most flavour that I can.
Yummy and peachy with a hint of pineapple! Just like juice, but needs NO sugar. Love it!
This tisane is delicious and refreshing! Great pineapple and peach flavour – it’s super juicy – I looove bamboo and want more tisanes with it as a base!
Of people mentioning a strange aftertaste – I get it when I ice it, but not when it’s hot. I prefer this tea hot! I also think the aftertaste isn’t from the bamboo (in my opinion) because I drink a lot of Blazing Strawberries and that doesn’t have the same taste – I’m thinking maybe the peach crunchy thingies?
Anyways, I think this blend is hilarious – it’s so pretty and bold that I feel like a kid. huge bright yellow flower buds and deep red petals! Giant chunks of pineapple! feels like I’m playing with megablocks instead of lego.
Anyways, I probably won’t stock up, but this was a nice summery treat and a great choice for tea of the month!
I tried this today iced and wasn’t terribly impressed. Maybe it was just the strength of the brewing (a friend made it) but the flavors didn’t pop the way that some of the reviewers have mentioned. Was it blueberry? Sure. But it wasn’t anything to write home about. I’ll likely give it another shot when I can make it myself though to be sure.
My first foray into darjeeling tea, I was quite pleased with this. I’ve read that Darjeelings can be a little confusing with first flush, etc etc. and I’ll admit that that’s part of what has kept me from trying them myself. This has been noted as a good beginner’s darjeeling and I think I quite agree!
The aroma that greeted me as this tea steeped was woodsy, slightly roasted and made me think of warm grains. The flavor was astringent but not overpoweringly so, with notes of spinach and light grains. It was crisp and made me think of walking through the woods in autumn and feeling the leaves crunch beneath your feet. At the end I get gentle notes of wine like flavor (unsure of an adjective to describe it other than that as I am not all that knowledgeable in wines).
Over all a very enjoyable tea that makes me want venture out to try more Darjeeling varieties!
Holy cow – if this is supposed to make you healthy, I should be healthier in no time! I love this licorice, ginger and herbal blissful tea! It’s very flavorful and spicy, which I love. I saw the other note after I had already brewed it for five minutes and I enjoyed the spicy cuppa, although I know not everyone is a licorice fan. The spices overpower the orange peel and citrus side, which I don’t mind, but if you’re looking for an orange-and-spice cuppa, this isn’t it. This is a great late-afternoon and evening tea, as it relaxes your mind. I purchased this as part of my inaugural Davids Tea order and I’m hooked – on the blend and David’s Tea. :)
And tonight it was – went to my local independent theatre to see The Dark Night Rises. Was going to properly brew this one before leaving work, but time got away from me, so ended up leaving the tea in the timolino basket after madly rushing out the door from work. I’m finding the tea steeped for around 4 hours (! Oops…) tastes mostly of green apples. Not detecting any caramel at all, but the appleness is very tasty!
Not going to rate this yet, need a few more cups!
This smelled very fruity dry. I ended up with just one bit of popcorn in my cup, so the taste is definitely green apple, with a popcorny caramely after taste. I definitely enjoyed it, but need a few more cups to give a proper rating. Might get some help from friends later today!
Second tea I’ve tried from David’s and it’s pretty good. I think Kanpe is still a front runner and I just tried a Luscious Watermelon sample and it might just beat Tropicalia.
I drink Tropicalia cold. It has a subtle fruity pineapple taste. It smells so good, I almost just wanted to eat it ;)