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Mmmmm smells good. I think I will ice some later.
Anyways, I was kinda disapointed when the spring collection came as my free samples with my online order of Southern Belle (i totally forgot i ordered 100g, thank goodness I did, i love that one)!
Back to the samplers, I decided to try daydreamer first and wow Im glad I got that sampler! I lovelovelove green tea and luckily I can actually taste the green tea in this one. I actually followed the directions properly on this one (i never follow the directions), and i wish i didnt follow them. I like my tea extra steeped, especially green teas. Anyways I do enjoy this tea and it just might have a permanent spot on my shelves. (:
Ohhhhhhh the taste of greeeeen teaaaaaaa
Mmm… delicious. I put off trying this for so long after multiple people convinced me that this was nearly identical to Lime Bang. Well, it is – however, while Lime Bang was prone to be bitter and sour despite a dedicated effort not to oversteep, Lime Gelato is creamier & delicately sweet thanks to the yogurt drops. A vast improvement! I can’t wait to try this iced.
Pucker up!! this has some serious citrus. I could definitely taste the blood orange. and see it to… the tea was a deep brown/pink!
After adding some agave, I could taste less sourness and more orange… and very little pu’erh. Well that’s not true there was some deep-rooted fishiness going on as well.
I don’t know why, but the flavours really didn’t gel for me here. There was no tea goodness! I was sad. and it tasted somewhat chemical like as well, in that fake orange sortof way. So overall, it was ok. Second steep was better. Not something I would reach for often…
Currently cursing my body because I have a long day upcoming and try as I might, I cannot fall asleep. Figures; I’ve been sleeping 12-hour nights for the past week. Hopefully those will tide me through today and I can get a good rest tonight, because I’m running a 5K on Monday morning! Bah.
So anyways, it’s 6:26am, and I’m sipping a big hot cup of this one before trying one more time to even get an hour of rest. I’m heading to church with the boyfriend (eep) followed by meeting his extended family for Thanksgiving lunch/supper (double eep), so it really would have been nice to have slept prior instead of being anxious for the past, oh, six hours…
Sigh. This one is never going to live up to the amazing first cup I had of it. Faded tea crush, anyone? That said, I’m still really enjoying it tonight, even though the magic isn’t quite there the way it used to be. Second infusion is actually pretty satisfying though.
[Backlog from yesterday evening.]
Trying this one again :D
I think it’s not quite so caramelly today, but I do still like it. Very soothing and like a light dessert.
Today’s second steep is kind of watery – either I didn’t steep it long enough or used too much water. Might throw it out – it tastes a little icky. I figured out that the taste I dislike is kind of chloriney, so if it’s masked it’s ok, and if not then I’m not a fan. And I think the chloriney taste comes out in weaker infusions more prominently. Might try a longer third infusion later.
Oh my goodness. I am SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW! My order from Verdant Tea arrived!! Roomie and I to have a fabulous tea tasting evening…. as soon as I actually do some homework. I’m so lazy…
Anyways, onto the tea that this note is actually for – Dulce & Banana! Of course, after enjoying the Banana Oolong so much, I started to get curious about other banana teas, and this one sounded delicious. Until I read that it contained chamomile. Big red flag – I hate chamomile! So I held off buying a test sample in-store while it was still there, but my curiousity could not be tamed, so I ended up requesting a sample in my last online order, and thank-you DavidsTea – they sent one! A nice big one too (probably because this tea is so light?) So now we’ll see whether the chamomile is too much to handle or not.
The dry tea smells mostly like caramelly banana. I’m hardly getting any chamomile, in spite of the fact that I can see the flowers. But that’s ok, the less the better.
Brewed, it smells like chamomile and not much else, at which I am disappointed. Please please please have some other flavour too…
And it does! Yes, I’m getting chamomile, but I’m getting a caramelly flavour weaving in and out, which is lovely. No banana, per se, but that’s alright.
Um, guys? I actually like this one. This chamomile-loaded tea. Is good. I’m actually questioning whether I really do dislike chamomile, or whether it has simply been in mixtures that I disliked before for other reasons. I greatly dislike Celestial Seasoning’s ‘Sleepytime’ and DT’s Sweet Dreams wasn’t good either… I wonder if those both have peppermint or something? Because I definitely do not care for peppermint in teas unless it’s mixed with, say, chocolate.
So I’m not sure if my palate is changing with all this tea tasting I’m doing, or whether this is just a pleasing mixture, but… I’m considering purchasing this one. Still have to use up the rest of my sample and make sure this isn’t a fluke, but… wow. Makes a strong case for trying ALL THE TEAS, even if they don’t sound appealing, because you never know…
ETA: Second infusion of this (steeped for 5+ minutes) is a lovely, sweet chamomile. I think I might be getting some lavender in the sip, which is quite enjoyable as well. I really am stunned at how much I like this. I am definitely making yet another online order from DavidsTea in the near future to make sure I have a supply of this one, barring strange flavours appearing in subsequent cups.
Also, I must say that this seems like a really great evening dessert tea for those evenings when one wants something sweet (because this is genuinely SWEET), but doesn’t want fruity, or rooibos (although this one does have some in it, it’s definitely not a dominant flavour).
ETA again: Third infusion tastes… like pineapple!? Wha?! It tastes very tropical, and truly, like pineapple. I’m getting chamomile too, but… pineapple?! Very interesting. This is as far as I took it though.
So, I ordered 25g of this and I also got a small sample with another online order that I made. I decided to try this one at work, so I brought the small sample with me.
This one tastes like Swampwater. When I smelt it in stores, I didn’t even put the two together, but now that I’ve tried it, it is amazingly similar. I love swampwater too, so that’s good. I didn’t end up getting any of the jellybeans in the sample that had, but I’m going to go ahead and buy some from the bulk barn and add them to my tea. I want to know what it tastes like with them. I bet I definitely wouldn’t need to add sugar after those things disolve. haha
Hoping they keep this one around for a while. I might have to order a tin of it at some point.
My friend asked me to make hot buttered rum lip balm, so last night I finally got around to it, and now all I can think about is buttered rum. I still have some of this, it’s probably incredibly old by this point but it’s been in a bag in a tin in the pantry. So, actually still tasty!
Speaking of lip balm, I sent out 2 packages to Canada today, and the entire process is suddenly a PITA. Anyone else in the US ship anything to Canada somewhat frequently and notice this sudden change? Now they enter I guess all the information into a computer from your customs form and it takes F-O-R-E-V-E-R. It’s going to Canada, not North Korea, IT’S RIGHT THERE AND OUR BFF TRADE PARTNER WHY ARE YOU WASTING MY TIME I AM SO HUNGRY.
Okay I may be done complaining about it but it was just baffling all around.
I am not getting that much rum from this, the coconut is pretty strong. I let it cool off and it tastes far creamier and is tasting a lot more like rum too. Hot, it felt like the flower petals were even coming through strongly.
Thank you Bonnie for sending some of this my way!
I saw people rave about this tea for a good bit of time, so I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to give it a shot. It’s definitely not something I would normally think to get, but it’s really good.
The rum flavor is really apparent when the tea’s still very hot, but I am liking it more as it cools. It has a very creamy taste, with a touch of rum and coconut. Next time I am going to steep it a bit longer because it’s just a little too subtle overall at 4 1/2 minutes.
It’s also making me incredibly hungry and I have no idea why. I have to stay up for another 3 hours or so and I made this to avoid that happening. Argh!
Bought 50grams of this to stock up for the summer. I plan on making it iced quite a bit, but don’t have a DAVIDs near me at home. Decided to try it hot tonight and yummmmmm, I like it way better hot! I can’t really describe the flavour, definitely cinnamon, apple and hibiscus (although there isn’t apple in it, so I don’t know where that coming from…). It tastes like a warm and sweet fruit pie. It’ll be a toss up on whether to cold brew or have it hot…
They were giving out samples of this iced as I walked by my local DT. I have never tried it hot but iced it is very refreshing. I found it to be flavourful and sweet enough without any sweetener, and very refreshing! I really like hibiscus and fruity teas so for people who share my enjoyment, try it iced!
Finishing off the last of my sample of this one. I gave it a 1-minute infusion this time, as I seemed to recall that someone suggested it was best that way, and it is reasonably tasty. It tastes much like banana + nuts to me, not really whisky, although to be fair I haven’t ever drank whisky. Overall, it’s tasty, but falls into the category of being too expensive for what it is (e.g. a white tea blend that doesn’t even taste like white tea!), so this will be the last time I’m likely to drink it. Also, I’m pretty sure it was just discontinued, heh.
ETA: Second infusion was tasty enough. Not super sad that I’m out of this one.
Asked for a sample of this with my last online DT order and they obliged. So happy :) My store had been out of it FOREVER (ok, for a month?), and then it went to online-only/discontinued (it seems we were misled about the online-only teas remaining available online, as they seem to be discontinuing a bunch :().
I don’t know how long I ended up steeping this one for; I kept smelling it and it smelled kind of like hot water, so I just left the tea ball in longer. Perhaps 6-7 minutes? I only have enough for two cups of this, so didn’t want to screw the first time up.
Steeped (and cooled a fair bit, maybe to ~35C?), the scent is of sweet caramelly…. bananas? What? Did I grab the right glass? I do have Banana Oolong right next to it… but nope, right glass, and bananas is what I’m getting. Well, it’s better than hot water!
… Ok, you know what? This one does ACTUALLY taste kind of like alcohol! I admit I doubt I’ve ever had whiskey straight, as I dislike the flavour of alcohol in general, and if I choose to drink it, it’s usually covered up with various sweet flavours, but I’m definitely getting the sense that this might be similar to how whiskey actually tastes. To me, it tastes caramelly but not really sweet, per se, and although I saw the peach pieces with my own eyes, I’m definitely thinking banana as opposed to peach. I may have oversteeped it a tad, which is causing a teeny bit of bitterness to come out, or it’s possible that the blend just tastes like that; it suits the alcohol impression well. The aftertaste is definitely white tea, and wow does it ever work in this tea to create the impression of a relaxing alcoholic beverage!
So glad I tried this one! I don’t think I’d bother picking it up again because I wouldn’t want to accidently fall in love with it and have it completely discontinued, but I am happy to know what it tastes like and not have it remain a mystery!
I’ve just finished my bag of this tea, and I was a little disappointed in it. I know it’s generally gotten and lot of love, and definitely a lot of hype. That probably has something to do with my disappointment. It just set the expectation a bit too high I suppose.
It’s not that there’s anything specifically wrong with it, so I can’t give it a failing grade. The chocolate comes through just fine, and the chili flavour does (provided you let it steep long enough). Once, in an effort to get a bit more chili kick I added a few dried chili flakes to the mix. Let’s just say I never did that again. In all seriousness though, I think the main thing I found a bit lacking was the chai itself. It just seemed a bit weak to me, and as much as I drank it I always found it to be a bit wanting.
Would I recommend it? Maybe. Would I get it again? Probably not.
Final verdict. Good but not great. If you’re going for the comfort drink a nice thick hot chocolate might be a better bet.
Nom nom nom. Still whisk-less, but I did a better job with the fork this time. Mixed it with a bit of hot milk and agave, then added cold unsweetened almond milk. Learned last time that almond milk does not microwave well.
Anyways, still quite happy with this one. I do need to get a tin or something for it though; I don’t like it being in a bag. It’s irritating.