87 Tasting Notes
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.
Sooooo… all my friends are saying that they hate this tea because it tastes like cough syrup. However, I’ve been fairly addicted to it since it came out, and I personally didn’t understand the cough syrup thing until…
I realized I had a childhood addiction to grape flavoured dimetapp (like my parents would have to take it away from me because I’d drink the whole thing). THAT’S why I love this tea. Tastes just like it!
This. Is. Amazing. I was thinking that this could go either way – it could be really good or really terrifying. Luckily, it’s totally the former. When I smelt the tea, I was sceptical. It gave me the same feeling as DTs Salted Caramel – a tea I don’t personally care for. Regardless of my intital feelings, I decided to brew a cup, and it was phenomenal. I couldn’t believe it tasted JUST like candy corn. Delicious and sweet, almost like honey.
Holy stromboli! It doesn’t get much better than this. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t order this because I already love DT’s Blueberry Jam and I was looking to see whether or not it was indeed the best blueberry black tea. Wrong! This one takes the cake by a mile! It’s the first pastry tea where I can actually taste the flaky danish-y goodness. The blueberry also tastes much more “real” compared to other blueberry teas. I didn’t put any sweetener in it – the blueberries sweeten the cup nicely on it’s own. However, a splash of milk really brings this blend to life. Really happy I ordered it!
I can’t believe I waited so long to try this tea – probably because I’m not the world’s biggest licorice fan – but still… there are so many other things going on in this tea that the licorice just plays a part, but is not the entirety, of the tea. Star anise and chocolate is not something that I would ever put together.
But it works! It works magically! The star anise is the first flavour I get followed by this chocolate-coconut-y magic. MAGIC, I SAY.
Tin and permanent collection worthy. Fantastic morning tea for fall/winter.