4 Tasting Notes
So, this is my first tea from DAVIDsTEA. I was pleasantly surprised to find the box on my porch with all of my tea goodies in it, and it was wrapped so beautifully! Like some tea packaging slave painstakingly wrapped all of my items with care. But, anyway. On to the tea!
I am a red velvet fiend. Especially in cupcake form. To save my graceful figure (har har), I decided to indulge in this wonderfully aromatic tea. The dry tea smells amazing. I will admit I felt a little weird drinking a tea with sprinkles in it, but if it adds even a smidgeon of anything to the brewed form, then do whatcha gotta do! Since my electric kettle isn’t completely adjustable, I ended up brewing at 210F. I figured the cold cup would help settle things. I was surprised that with so many chocolate bits floating around in the tea, I ended up adding sugar. So much for the figure! The tea itself is delicious, and brewed a lovely dark red. The aroma is fairly strong, considering the flavor is slightly less than that. As the tea started to cool, I really started to get the feeling I was drinking some red velvet cake. Yum. Now I’m super excited about the other teas I purchased!
What can I say? Most of the teas I have purchased from Teavana were based off whichever had the yummiest scent (especially since they practically waft the tea into your face). I cannot say that has worked out for me so far, but this tea in particular has a mixture that doesn’t necessarily conflict with all of the ingredients that are included. The dry tea in the tin is.. chunky. Huge chunks of coconut, and whatever else they felt was necessary abound, and I wonder how any tea manages to make it into the infuser to steep. The brewed tea itself is milky, and the flavors are definitely not as strong. I can taste the ‘inspiration’ of Hawaiian chocolate cake, or at least for me, I like to pretend I’m in Hawaii while drinking it. Maybe an extra scoop of tea will make it more flavorful..
I really enjoy straight black teas, especially with milk and sugar; black dragon pearl is one of them. The aroma of this tea invokes thoughts of smooth, and velvety deliciousness. I love how they’re rolled into little “pearls;” the description from Teavana mentions chocolate undertones, and although subtle (at least for me, who is a chocolate fiend), it definitely has that lovely hint. Out of all the teas from Teavana, this is one I will definitely keep in the cupboard for morning or afternoon tea.
This tea leaves something to be desired. It smells delicious in the tin, but the steeped product is a hodge podge of too many flavors mixed together, forming a randomized hot substance in the cup with a taste similar to cinnamon and apple oatmeal.