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This tea has definitely surprised me. For the last several years I’ve been looking for a really nice apple tea… Something warm and comforting. Something that makes me thing of fall and the leaves falling and the magnitude of fall colours. Well, this tea hits it right on the head!! It is absolutely delicious! I was hoping Davidstea’s Mom’s Apple Pie would have been that tea for me, but it really didn’t give me that warmth from a tea that I really wanted.
This tea does it. It’s probably the black tea base. I definitely prefer it to the green tea. I don’t think I’m much for green teas after all. But that’s okay. I know I’ll still finish up the Mom’s Apple Pie. Can’t let a good tea go to waste right?!
haha I love tea so much!
I got this with my monthly tea-zer program through Steeped tea. I was surprised to see this one as I was thinking about buying 50g of it, but decided against. Now I have a 50g bag to enjoy!
I’m going to be comparing this one to the Nova Scotia Wild Blue tea that my dad got me for Christmas as that’s the one that’s definitely the closest. This tea is nothing like the Blueberry Jam from Davidstea. I didn’t care for that one all that much. But this one and the Wild Blue, I LOVE.
Anyways, this one is VERY similar to WIld Blue. Now, I’m going on memory of the Wild Blue as I haven’t had it in a while, but rereading my note on it is refreshing my memory a little bit.
This one is quite nice. I do wish the black tea base was just a bit milder, so the blueberries could take more of front seat in this one. But that’s not to say that the blueberries don’t to some degree already take a front seat. It’s just I’m not getting the juicy blueberry taste from this one that I was with the Wild Blue.
I was just thinking… I did steep this for 3mins when Steeped Tea recommends 2mins for their black teas. I probably over steeped it, which could explain why I feel like I’m getting some bitterness in the tea. I think next time I would do more than a 1.25tsp for 12oz but do a shorter steep to see if I can kick up the blueberry flavour but drive down the bitterness.
Overall, not a bad tea. Just needs some tweaking. If I still get the bitterness after a 2min steep, then we’ll have to talk. haha
This was another sample that I was a little afraid of. I don’t normally do well with anything licorice.
This isn’t your average licorice tea. The anise is mild and gentle, there is some creamy tones, the black base is present, and maybe a hint of nutty from the rooibos. All in all, I don’t hate this, I don’t think I would drink it everyday, but I’ve had two cups of it tonight.
Thanks Sil for a sample of this interesting tea. :))
WOW! I’m surprised by this one.
Smell: I was really unsure of this one. I can make out the chocolate and I’m picking up a hint of the strawberry. But the almond I’m missing in smell.
But Taste: I’m getting it all: chocolate, almond and strawberry all combined. It’s absolutely delicious! I love the combo. It reminds me ever so slightly of Chocolate Rocket from Davidstea, but this one is a lot more subtle, where the chocolate rocket is just like “Bam, I’m here!” I definitely like the black tea base with these items. And the strawberry instead of the raspberry in the rocket is nicer to me.
I love the sweetness of this one and it’s not too much. It’s quite subtle in sweetness, but you know it’s there. Milk was added to this one to make it a bit creamy, which I love. I’m sure this one would have been amazing on its own, but I love milk in my black teas.
I definitely would get this one again. Absolutely. I’d probably get this one instead of Chocolate Rocket, as I’m realizing I don’t care for the Mate base in teas. I’ve tried several and I don’t think I’ve found one that I really love yet.
When I first had this tea, I found it remarkable how much it really did taste like an after eight, with a nice combination of chocolate and mint.
I’m not quite enjoying it as much this time — honestly I think that the method of steeping I’m using (in my libre travel mug with the leaves still in) is doing it any favours though. The chocolate is not as strong as I may want, but it’s definitely still there — sweetness around the edges of the predominant minty flavour.
I still think that this would be better brewed another way — it’s certainly overstepping this way (which I half expected, it is a black tea base after all), but it’s not horrible even for it.
Still, holding off on rating until I’ve had it “properly”.
EDIT: Had it again, made more according to directions. Finding it watery.
I’m frustrated because I found it amazing when I had it at the demonstration, but I can’t seem to get it just right at home. Ah well, maybe with a few more attempts….
This is the Green Earl Grey de la Creme.
I got this one as a part of the Tea-zer program through Steeped Tea. If you host a party and it has $250 in sales, plus you have two parties book off of yours and they both reach $250 in sales, then you get 6 months of tea FREE!
Wow, the way I wrote that out almost sounds like a sales pitch. Rest assured, I’m not a Steeped Tea consultant. I’m just someone that loves free tea.
Anyways, so I tried this one finally yesterday after getting it a few weeks back. I had the afternoon off ’cause of poor weather, so I thought I should try this one out too.
I’m really unsure of what to think about it though. To me, it had your typical Earl Grey flavour, but it was QUITE a bit milder. it was more like it had a hint of the earl grey flavouring. I found the green tea base to nice as a paring. Only steeped this bad boy for 2mins! And I think doing so has prevented it from going bitter on me which I find green teas do so well!
OVerall, I’m still very undecided as to whether I like this tea or not, but I’ll try it again and update this once I decide what I think about it. As of right now, I don’t think I’d buy it myself, but I know others that would probably love it… so who knows?
Ever since I was made aware of this tea’s existence, I wanted to try it. You see, I love (what I call) Dutch licorice. Love, love, LOVE it. It’s very different from black licorice, or just plain licorice, and you’d tell the difference instantly should you have two pieces one right after the other, or if you’re a weirdo like me and used to eat Dutch licorice by the handful as a child. It came as little kitties, or short and hard stubs, and occasionally (for a real treat!) it was in pastille format and had the weird name of Zout, Double Zout or Triple Zout. Yes, that’s salted licorice folks, and it’s amazing… if you’re Dutch. I rarely ate it as a child (too salty!) however I craved it while pregnant with my now 16-year-old, and if I do run into a European deli, it’s the first thing I look for. My former mother-in-law sent me some just this past Christmas.
So as you can imagine, I had high hopes for this tea. While I love licorice teas, and have had a few (So Long and Thanks for All the Licorice from Butiki comes to mind), none have been Dutch licorice.
This tea? This is obviously made by someone who knows the difference between the two, and called it Amsterdam Licorice for a reason. It’s Dutch licorice, and it’s spot on. I’ve added a bit of sweetener to it, however my next go-around, I’ll add some salt to see if it estimates Double Zout.
Thank you Cavocorax for generously sharing the last of your stash of this with me! I was so excited to get this, I literally opened it and brewed it just now as soon as the package arrived.
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.
Flavors: Cream, Licorice
I’m just about done this one. I have enough for one 8-oz cup, which means it’ll probably be mixed with something else to make enough for either a 12 or 16 oz cup. So,… that being said, I guess I should consider this a SIPDOWN!
I really enjoyed this tea. It’s a very nice mild black tea that isn’t in your face. I found it to be very much like an orange pekoe and I was totally fine with that. I’d absolutely buy this one again, without a second thought. I’d definitely get the 100g bag tho, as 50g didn’t last me too long.
It holds up really well to a second steeping too. I bet it would even do a third steeping if I tried.
This tastes kind of apple-y when brewed, but there’s something about the cloying sweetness of the dry blend that I don’t like. Plus, there are so many small leaf pieces in my sample that getting the infuser clean afterwards is a real hassle. I’m probably just going to compost the remaining dry leaf.
mmm thanks cavocorax i made this as a super extra strength latte and man it’s good! I’m not sure i’d like this straight, but hell this is delicious as a latte!
I have to say…this isn’t really mint chocolate. it’s after eight. Slight distinction but it’s there. :) (169!)
OMG. This tea is amazing!
I had brought home a sample of it from a Steeped Tea party, along with two others… well, I didn’t try them right away, so when I finally did, I didn’t know which was which ‘cause I didn’t label them…
Either way, I steeped up what I know realize was this one and had it at work a few weeks back. Again… OMG! I knew I needed to get this one.
So, I placed an order at my most recent steeped tea party that I was invited to and got 100g of this one. No point in only 50g. It’s only a few more dollars for a MASSIVE bag. I was hoping and praying that this was in fact the one that I had tried and fallen in love with. And, I was was right!!
It has a lovely light white tea base that is just fantastic. It’s not heavy at all, so the caramel/toffee flavours get to really shine through. And they really do. It’s a nice smooth flavour, not a like POW in your FACE toffee either, which is good.
It’s just all around a nice smooth, toffee tea with just the right amount of flavour and not sweet like you might expect some toffee teas to be.
This will be a fantastic refreshing tea. I’m SO glad I got a lot of it!
Last weekend, I threw a Steeped Tea party! A representative from the company comes to your house and has a few different teas (picked by the hostess) to sample, and practically the whole loose leaf tea product line to smell. We had a great afternoon with my family and friends, sitting around the table, chatting, sipping tea and eating pastries. We also had a couple of food items made from Steeped Tea products – a caramel apple cheese ball and a fiesta rooibos dip. They were huge hits!
This particular tea I received as part of my order in the Christmas Collection, which contains 6 different holiday themed teas. Brewed as per instructions, steeping for 5 minutes in 98 degree water. Before brewing, the caramel was the main thing I was smelling in this package. But now that it’s steeping, the chocolate is really coming to the forefront. It’s shimmery across the top – fancy! One of the great things about rooibos tea is that it already has a bit of natural sweetness to it, so I was worried that this may end up being over the top, but it was not the case. Hints of the ingredients peek through and make this a thoroughly enjoyable drink. And because it’s a rooibos, that means no caffeine and it makes a great dessert tea! This is perfect for curbing those sweet-tooth cravings after dinner. I added some milk and it really brought this tea to another level. Made it a little richer tasting and really brings out the delicious flavours. Definitely something I would recommend to get for anyone who needs that something scrumptious late at night.
Backlog from earlier:
I was considering if I should just toss this or offer for a swap because I wasn’t drinking it, and was apprehensive about it. I decided not to though bc I’ve got so many swaps going at the moment, I wasn’t ready to do another. And I’d feel bad dumping it.
Turns out it’s not as bad as I remember, but it’s still not mind-blowing. A touch of milk mellows it out and makes the licorice not quite so overpowering. I’ve probably got 1oz of this left, but that shouldn’t take too long to drink up as I over-leaf it and under-steep it a bit – for best result?
I was a bit surprised by this one this morning. I was expecting it to taste like the Kenyan Tiberet (sp?) from Davidstea because the leaf looks almost the exact same, but it doesn’t taste like that. It’s quite a bit milder.
My second cup definitely tasted more like an orange pekoe tea to me. I think if I were to have this again and not expect it to be like the Kenyan one, I’d be better off. I’ll have to try it again before a full review.
A very girly sipdown
Excuse me while I put on my minolos and sit for dinner with my 3 best friends sex and the city styles. Although there isn’t any cranberry taste to it.
At first sniff: this tea smells of apple anf citrus. It smells very fruity. The tea is pretty to look at with the blue corn flower petals and hibiscus. I like it.
At first taste. I brewed this hot and then iced it. Haven’t had it warm because I seem to have an aversion to fruit teas and how they taste hot. When it’s cold its refreshing and tart. There’s a bit of a final after taste. Kind of like diluted apple juice. I like it overall though but probably won’t buy it again. It’s on the expense side and lacking oomph.
Won this as a prize at a vendor booth. I was sent this one and another one as part of their teazer pack. It’s alright. Pretty identical to creme caramel from Davids. I have another 30g left but it’s a bit expensive for what it js. There are other higher quality rooibuses I’d rather buy.
At first sniff: not artificial smelling sweet sugar smell. But sweet smelling.
At first steep: its typical rooibus colour and it doesn’t have that licorice smell and taste that some of Davids have so I appreciatethat.
IIt’s alright. That is all. I feel kind of been there done that with it. It more gave me an excuse to go enjoy a walk with mu doggie. Saddened by the news today about a dog being stabbed to death I was happy to get a nice walk in with my bff.
I’ve had this one twice now, both times was iced. I really love this one. It’s the best iced tea I have ever tried. No lie. I don’t usually like iced teas, but this one is to die for!
It is a nice strong fruit punch-like flavour. I’m totally in love with this one. I got a 50g bag, but I probably should have gotten more. Maybe the next party I go to I’ll get more.
The only thing I would do differently is I wouldn’t put as much sweetener in it. This past time was a bit sweet, but still delicious. I’ll be looking forward to enjoying this one a lot.