81 Tasting Notes
So I like spicy, but holy crap is this tea ever spicy!! Like so spicy that I ended up giving it to my boyfriend (who really likes it, so maybe that justifies the mantea label). Now and then though, I crave this blend. You can taste both the chocolate and the spice equally. It is definitely a milk and sugar kind of tea though. Particularly the latter.
HOW HAVE I NOT REVIEWED THIS MAGIC?! I’m hoping that this tea is revived through the efforts of social media, because it look as if people miss it as much as I do.
This tea is pure magic – it was one of the first “blended” teas that I actually considered palatable and even just for that reason, it holds a special place in my heart. I’m not a huge cookie dough fan in that raw dough kind of scares me, but I do like freshly baked cookies and this tea reminds me more of that angle.
Needless to say, I have 500g just chillin’ that I bought on web special because I am a crazy tea lady.
EDIT: I guess I have reviewed this magic. OH WELLS.
I wanted so much to like this one, but I just don’t. If I’m being completely honest, it’s because I don’t care for rooibos unless the taste of rooibos is almost 100% masked. Otherwise it just tastes like sticks at the end of the my cuppa which is extremely unpleasant. The best part about this tea, in my opinion, was the strong apple flavour. That I could get behind – it was delicious. However, the cardamom and the rooibos… I don’t know how to explain, but it just didn’t work for me. Next time, gadget!
Here’s a tea I don’t really get. I have now tried it hot and iced and I absolutely dread it either way. I was told that if you were a fan of Kanpe that this would be a good alternative. Well, I wasn’t a huge fan of Kanpe, but I also didn’t spit it back out either. This one… bleh. In DT terms, it’s like if Queen of Tarts and The Glow had a baby.
When I first tried this tea, I thought that it was the bees knees. But after a full cup of it, I retract that statement. There is something in this tea that is oddly sweet, but it doesn’t jive well with the rest of the chai-like ingredients. If you’re looking for a DT chai that has a lighter body, I’d probably suggest Chai on Life instead. This one just doesn’t have that je ne sais quoi.
At first taste, I wasn’t a huge fan of Chai on Life. I felt like in terms of DT teas that it was just a white tea version of Exotica. After a while though, this one does grow on you (and yes, it is different than Exotica). Maybe I just have Exotica on the brain (boy, does that sound bad)? Very nice, light cup of tea thanks to that white tea base. Would recommend for those wanting a chai but not wanting the heaviness of a black tea.
Before this year, I had never tried Sleigh Ride before as fruit infusions never really jived for me. But I’m so glad I’ve worked on that over the past year because this tea is amazing. I bought a web special of Merry Cranberry to tide me over the Xmas season just in case I hated all of the winter teas… now I’m kicking myself because I didn’t have to. Between Sleigh Ride and Spiced Fig, I’m already ultrafestive.
Anyways, back to Sleigh Ride. I’m a notorious hibby lover (Queen of Tarts + Dischord forever) so of course I’m going to love this one. It’s sweet and it’s tart, so similar to strawberry rhubarb parfait… which is another tea that has grown on me.
This. Is. Incredible. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really care for most rooibos blends, but I’m slowly but surely getting to a place where I can be happy and accepting of the rooibos. Those who know me know that I love ginger more than anything, so I waited with a ton of anticipation for Gingerbread to come to stores. I wanted something that would be less medicinal than my other DT favourite, Super Ginger (also a rooibos, go figure).
This tea did not disappoint. It is very cakey and that molasses flavour comes through but the base of the tea is still sweet, delicious ginger. I’m going to try my best to keep this one around forevers (like Cookie Dough. I like it that much).
I’ve been trying to figure out why I absolutely love this tea and why everyone around me seems to think it’s complete garbage. Licorice, that’s why. Like many things in my life I happen to love licorice teas (and hibiscus too, lol). I think I would have preferred this tea with a black tea base rather than an oolong as I find the tea really thin for what it’s supposed to encompass. But yeah, it’s surprisingly licoricey. I tried it even before reading what was in it and I was wondering why I had a strange mouth feel… dat be licorice bro.
I’m actually having it as a latte right now and it is really, really good. I love chocolate hazelnut anything, so that helps, but I think the licorice gives it something special. Personally.
Out of all the Holiday teas this year, I figured I’d hate this one the most (that trophy still goes to Alpine Punch, two years in a row). It was the most surprising. I’m not a huge fan of figs or dates… but this tea is extremely festive. This tastes like the holidays to me. A huge downside – it’s very heavy… Spiced Fig is to Winter 2013 as Mango Fruit Punch is to Summer 2013.