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In july I cracked a tooth and it was incredibly painful. Due to the health professional shortage in my wonderful province, it still hasn’t come out of my mouth and I have 3 weeks to wait to see a dentist. Antibiotics helped, not anymore.
So, I woke up at 6am in excruciating pain and decided to clean my house before I start this busy day. House is still quiet if you ignore the dishwasher and snoring dogs that followed me downstairs.
I thought this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some Genmaicha. I was certain I messed up my last attempt and I was right! This cup is toasty, not overly rice-y. Unfortunately I hear movement upstairs which means it’s time for me start breakfast. Someday, Genmaicha, someday.
I have now broken two cheap-o electric kettle and realized it’s time to invest. So, this morning I got to boil water in a pot on the stove top. . . like some kind of cave woman! ;)
It actually made it easier to get the temp right which was nice. Used my little DT timer/thermometre. But, for some reason it doesn’t taste as good ad when I got it in store. It’s still quite good, but not what I remembered. I remember a very toasty taste, today I’m getting a rice-y taste. Oh well, every loose leaf cup is different!
I’m just finishing off the last of this tea today. I really didn’t care much for it when I first tried it, but the more I drink it, the more it grows on me. It’s a perfect tisane for Fall, and when I sip it I’m reminded of apple cinnamon muffins baking it the oven. Mmm…I could go for that right about now.Many of my other tisanes are tart, but this one has no tartness, and instead leans more towards tasting spiced. This isn’t one that I would care for year round, but it’ll be a seasonal Fall repurchase…hmmm…possibly Winter also.
WHAT THE WHAT? I remember being really disappointed with this tea when I first tried it this past summer, but now I’m a little stumped as to why I didn’t like it. Can my taste in tea really be that influenced by the seasons? This tea really does taste like Autumn to me, specifically like freshly baked apple cinnamon muffins. Cinnamon isn’t typically my favorite in tea, and last time I tried this, I was probably just too disappointed that the tea didn’t taste like almonds to appreciate it for what it is. But it’s nice to mix it up a bit…upping my rating!
I’ve been trying to fight off a cold for the last little while, but it looks like it finally got me ~ drat! Since my sense of taste and smell are not at their best today I figured I’d get rid of the last bit of this tea that I never really liked.
Why does this taste so bad. There is nothing too wacky listed in the ingredients, so what gives? The first few sips are the worst. It leaves that gross coating in my mouth that makes me want to pressure wash my tongue :P
Lowering my rating
p.s. If you didn’t already notice, sometimes I get a little cranky when I’m sick ~ lol!
EDIT: I bumped my rating up a smidgen after experimenting with this tea. The second brew tastes much better than the first. Cold tastes better than hot. Adding a half teaspoon of brown sugar also brings out the cherry cola taste (which really shouldn’t be a surprise considering how much sugar there is in soda, but I prefer to have my tea without adding sugar).
ORIGINAL NOTE: I must say that although I am a lover of David’s tea. This Organic Cherry Cola tea is quite disappointing for me. I loved cherry cola, whenever I was allowed to have it as a child, so I was excited to possibly find an alternative that I can enjoy that isn’t packed with sugar and carbonation. When I took my first sip, I thought I did something wrong, but looking at the other reviews, I’m not alone with getting a muddied fermented flavor. I occasionally get hints of the cherry cola flavor, but it is overpowered by what I might best describe as an earthy(?) taste…No wait, not earthy…more like a musty/dirt-ish taste? (Not sure if that description will help anyone but me – yeh…should just stick with the adjective “fermented” I suppose). I have to say that I tend to prefer green and white teas over black teas, so my palette was already biased against this tea even before the first sip. It’s not horrible, but I’m glad I only bought 14g. With all the other amazing options at David’s I wouldn’t recommend this one.
Today i went to DT to pick up some essentials and I thought I would try something new to go. I got this with a bit of skim and agave. Living as close as I do I left the bag in until I got home.
I took a sip just as I walked in the door to discover the bag of floor my dog tore apart… which cutely left dough on his face. But it was a bad experience overall. It tasted like a cup of hot grass with sugar. This definitely wont find it’s way into my cupboard.
Exotica has a lot going on. A lot. I’ve had teas/tisanes in the past with a lot of ingredients, but were ultimately not that complex, but this. This has character.
The scent of the tea is a labyrinthine aroma of spices, sweetness, and lemongrass. At first I smell the cinnamon, but wait, then there’s the lemongrass taking over, and the coconut is flying all over the place.
Actually, that pretty much describes what goes on with every sip too. Although the only difference is that I’m experiencing the heat from the pink peppercorns. Also, the sweetness is hard to describe. Some sips are sweeter than others, and while I can tell that it’s partly due to the coconut, it’s still a little mysterious. It actually kind of reminds me of the sweetness you get from licorice. It’s that same feeling.
The aftertaste reminds me of a kind of Thai curry. And now I want Thai curry.
Sip down surprise. Would I recommend this to you if you were sick? I’d say it’s worth a shot. My throat is better this morning, but who knows why. Could be because of the new Excel cough drops I bought yesterday, could be this, could be because I’ve been downing super-high-in-antioxidant matcha smoothies with lots of berries. Could even be because I got a decent night’s rest for the first time in days. Who knows!
But yes, try this out for a sore throat. As a warning, depending on how much dry leaf you use, it can be a little heavy on the eucalyptus.
I wasn’t exactly excited about buying this because of the medicinal eucalyptus, BUT, I know that in this case, it’s more function than smell/taste.
The smell of the dry leaves is mostly eucalyptus, followed by refreshing peppermint, then the orange. No juniperberry scent which is too bad.
But the steeped tea smells mostly of peppermint with some orange in the background. Smells like a couple other tisanes I’ve had in the past, which were pretty good, so yay, this may be alright after all.
And it really is. It basically tastes like peppermint with some orange. The eucalyptus is sort of there, lending a menthol edge to this, but it’s rather light.
After drinking a cup of this, I feel no different, but to be fair, I woke up a lot better this morning after getting the first decent sleep in days, so there’s not much of a sore throat and what not left to comfort.