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thank you FJELLREV! This was on my wishlist to try after a review by my darling swedish chef and so she sent a little my way. I made this tonight for me and my other half. This is delicious! it’s pineapple and papaya and sweet and delicious and yum! It’s everything i want david’s teas to be… just yum…without stupid sweetner!
Final Count: 81
Ohh, I quite like this one. It’s a safe cold brew, meaning that it doesn’t go wonky on you, the hibiscus isn’t too crazily tart, yet it’s not special or particularly unique since this is a berry profile I’ve experienced in the past from other companies such as Bayswater and maybe even Tea Desire. I get primarily strawberry, rose hip, and a hint of hibiscus.
Such a thirst quencher. I’m thirsty and anxiously waiting for my brown basmati rice to cook. Two cups already gone.
Cold-brew-that-tastes-like-Rockets this fine morning, once again. My mom is flying over tomorrow to spend some time here, so I have xyz to do before she comes. It’s a stupid goal of mine, but I told myself to sip down a certain amount of teas before she arrives. Maybe because having less in my cupboard while she’s here would make me feel slightly better? So I’ve been trying to finish off this one plus a few others. But looks like I won’t since I have one more 2L jug of this after this one. Oh well, no biggie!
Now for some cold brew to wash down some of that lingering pu-erh flavour.
In a nutshell, this basically tastes like Rockets (or Smarties as they’re called in ‘Murca). To non-North Americans, it’s basically like powdery fruity candy. The apple is one of the strongest notes, followed by berry (this has blackberry in it but it doesn’t distinctly taste like blackberry), and the hibiscus is on the light side. Not crazily tart at all. It’s one of those teas that while you’ll enjoy drinking it, its not a repurchase.
Still anxiously awaiting an email from Bare Minerals, especially since the parcel is already back in their city. I’m worried that by the time they get to my email, it may be too late and they would have already dismantled the parcel or something. Makes me want to just call them but that would be very expensive.
Such a fool, I am. When I flew over to Alberta to spend time with my mom for a couple months, I brought all of my fruit blends from Janet’s thinking I’d cold brew them all while I’m there. My mom doesn’t have a jug in her new apartment, and we ended up not spending any time at the house (which was the original plan, to pack and organize stuff to eventually sell it) so I ended up bringing back every single gram of these fruit blends to the Island. Only now am I getting to them. I always shake my head whenever I pack something and end up not using it.
So this tea is absolutely beautiful. Golden hues, delicate wispy calendula with generous chunks of tropical fruits. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before. And no hibiscus (which while I don’t mind, can get a little boring after a while)!
It’s awfully yummy, too. I detect mostly pineapple with a hint of papaya. One thing I love about this is that it’s not overly sweet. This is what I wanted David’s Tropicalia to be, which to me, was like drinking pure sugar. There is no weird sweetener going on in this, either. For an extra special treat, I’d imagine Malibu would be amazing in this.
I’ll definitely be purchasing more of this in the future.
Onwards with the sip downs. This cup was better than the last. I didn’t steep it for as long so that must have done the trick. Now the rose is stronger whilst the base isn’t as loud and astringent. It’s winning more at life this way.
If I were ever craving rose tea and didn’t have a better one around, I could definitely see myself making a trip up to Janet’s and grabbing some more of this.
Oh yes, the bin of rose tea which smelled like freshly cut roses in a flower boutique. How can I forget? It smells like BPAL’s Rose Red. Rose absolute infusion.
The rose isn’t as strong in flavour as I would have liked, however. The base is rather bold and astringent, like a strong Ceylon. It goes well with the rose but the balance isn’t quite there.
Working through another sample from Janet. The packet didn’t contain any notes or ingredients but there are clearly tons of cinnamon pieces in here, and it’s pretty much all I can taste mixed in with the green base. Maybe a hint of ginger or clove, especially the former since I’m detecting a bit of spicy heat in my mouth. It’s nice but I wouldn’t buy more.
Now that I am back home I can continue trying out these teas I picked up from Janet back in September. I love chai so this was an obvious choice. I taste mostly cinnamon and cardamom although I swear there is also a ginger note even though it isn’t listed in the ingredients. I had some with a little light cream and while the spices are coming through nicely, I cannot seem to pick up much coconut or chocolate from this. Maybe a touch of cacao, but nothing too obvious. Would I buy more? Probably not, however, I appreciate that I was able to try a sample and not have to commit to a whole pouch of this.
Chestnuts are currently baking in the oven! I’m rather excited because I actually haven’t tried them before. Now to pick out another tea to drink which would complement the warm roasted chestnuts.
I’ve had this twice now, and I really like it. I picked it up in the bin of samples Janet had in a container on the counter in her shop. The name didn’t give any info, though the back was simple…black tea, cocoa nib, caramel pieces. SOLD!
I find the base to be pretty smooth, and my first impression of this tea is like a fraternal twin to Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam. Only the vanilla here is replaced with the cocoa…and the cocoa blends in nicely with the black base that the caramel stands out more, with the smooth cocoa-ish backdrop.
I’d definitely consider getting more of this on a later visit. It is a nice morning tea.
Backlog from last night…This is a really interesting contribution to the SSTTB that Bear With Me put in. Being sick, I’m sure I missed out on some of the notes in this tea, though the mint was probably the most prominent flavour, but not in a minty way. I’m to sure if that makes any sense, sorry. I definitely want to give this a better try when I have my full senses. I’m gonna have a few more steeps, and then toss it into the box again, as it is a rather generous amount in there, so more to share!
Had some of this last night or night before, because I’m sick, and this is a sick kind of tea. I got a sample of it despite it having licorice in it. Actually, Janet tossed this one in as a freebie since I had a sore throat when I was in…she is really a very sweet lady.
So, I did not find this repulsive, and I was able to drink the whole cup. But it is not my favourite tea…it something I might have on hand for being sick though. Since it is a medicinal tea, and it contains ingredients I know I dislike, I am not rating this one.
The dry leaves smell amazing, and there are bits of vanilla pod chopped up and strewn about in the bag.
Sadly once it steeps, I can’t really tell there’s vanilla. This might be because of the cold I’m still recovering from, but IDK. I made it into an eggnog latte, and it’s really good this way. :) Ahh, yes. Now I can tell there’s more vanilla than just in the eggnog!
(8oz tea, 4oz eggnog)
This tea doesn’t pack quite the punch of the Cardamom tea by Alokozay. The cardamom flavour is really mild and is almost clovey. And the tea itself isn’t anywhere near as strong and thick and rich.
So while I can appreciate this, I prefer the other companies version.
Had the last of this tonight with milk. It’s so tasty! I still have some almond rooibos I’m trying to finish, or I’d be getting more this weekend.
…who am I kidding. I’ll probably get more anyways.
This rooibos isn’t too twiggy, steeps nicely even when you ahem forget it on the counter while
playing on the internet doing laundry, and has a delightful delicate frangipane flavour – almonds and raspberry jam. Yum! (The one I started with was this recipe, without the tart shell and without the cream… http://www.channel4.com/programmes/jamies-30-minute-meals/articles/all/jools-pasta-with-frangipane-tart-meal-recipe but I have adjusted it. Goodness knows where that scrap of paper went to, though!)
Thanks for sharing, Bear With Me!
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m afraid of the dark, and that fear of the dark has led me to be a total insomniac – sleeping the day away and being stuck awake all night. So if I’m going to be up anyways, and since I’m feeling ballstastic, I might as well have some tea.
I absolutely despised DAVIDs Tea’s Mint To Be which was a coconut and mint black blend, so I’m surprised by how much I love Janet’s anniversary blend!
When she showed me this one, Janet joked that her supplier probably took all their leftovers and tossed them in a bag and shook it up then sent it to her, and she may be right! This is such a random blend, all that’s missing is the bloody kitchen sink!
That said, I love how smooth, creamy, and toasty this tea is! The mint is just enough to add a bit of zing, and the almonds and brazil nuts overpower the coconut (I’m not a huge coconut fan) and make for a creamy but toasty cuppa.
It’s random, it’s sweet, it’s nutty, and it packs a punch – it’s Janet in a cup!
Have you ever felt SO happy but because you had no specific reason to BE happy, your brain pulled a 180 and left you feeling miserable instead? I’m having one of those nights…
I made another trip to Janet’s today. I had to pick up a couple things I promised to send a few people, this included, but I grabbed enough for myself to enjoy too and tonight I’m sure glad I did.
This is a slightly malty black with lovely maple flavour. Not sweet maple like syrup, but unmistakably maple nonetheless. It feels like waffles in a mug and is getting me through this bit of a slump.
I predict another sleepless night. Bah.
Flavors: Creamy, Malt, Maple
Nice medium bodied oolong. The leaves are dark green and crumpled and open up nicely with the first steep and allow for a second steep. The roast level is warm and nutty, though not as roasted as David’s Oolong Supreme, Butiki’s Gui Fei, or an oreiental beauty or big red robe. This is a little lower than those, but still more roast than some of the greener oolongs I’ve had. I don’t find this one to be terribly floral. It’s a nice simple oolong, and I think a good starter one for someone. I found that it did not go bitter or astringent with the 3 or so minute steep and less than boiling water.
Not sure what to think of this tea. There is no actual rhubarb or rhubarb flavour in this tea, though there is the tartness of the blackberry and lime leaves, combined with the jasmine petals, that does give it a bit of a rhubarb feel. I’m not sure how I feel about it all. I am drinking it with a little organic cane sugar, but may go add milk to see how or if it changes the flavour. I think that this is probably a tea that would be good cold steeped, or iced over the summer. I think that I will be ok to drink the rest of the sample, but I’ll reserve judgement on whether I want more after I’ve had more.
Ladies and gents, I’ve just done one of the craziest things I’ve personally ever done to tea. But before I talk about that, I accidentally oversteeped this tea, so it was extra bold. That said, I’ll give it a more proper review with the last of my sample next time. But for now, it’s a decent Assam, just not as malty as I had hoped.
My cotton candy pink hair inspired me to go out and buy the actual stuff because I haven’t had it since I was a kid, and you know what? I was in the mood for some of that fluffy pink and blue candy floss. Looking at it (and tasting it too!) got me thinking about all the cotton candy blends that have been popping up (David’s, Della Terra, 52teas) and how they don’t taste like the actual thing. To be fair, I haven’t tried Della Terra’s, David’s is the best I’ve had to date but it’s even sweeter than actual cotton candy, and as for 52teas, it just tasted like generically sweetened black tea. It lacked that special something that cotton candy has.
So blah blah blah, I MELTED ACTUAL COTTON CANDY INTO MY TEA. Equal parts blue and pink to be fair. And while it has indeed substantially sweetened up this bold tea, the flavouring from the cotton candy (blue raspberry and bubblegum, respectively) gets lost. If there’s one thing that this experiment has taught me, it’s that the flavours that make cotton candy, well, cotton candy are muchly too delicate and subtle to be accurately captured in a tea. I could see it potentially work better with green rooibos (hence why David’s probably is the most successful, in my humble opinion) but the black bases smack those cutesy flavours down to the pavement and steal their lunch money.
The funny part is my lips are sticky from the liquid cotton candy though. Sticky lips but no cotton candy flavour satisfaction. Ripoff!
I have enough left to try with another cup or two with another base. Maybe I could try it with one of Butiki’s Assams? Or just screw it and eat the rest? Errrrrrrr?