505 Tasting Notes
Thanks for the wonderful sample, Stacy! This is my first purple tea ever.
I brewed up a cup, poured half into a mug and the other half into my Timolino, then dropped some ice into my Timolino so I could see what this would be like hot and iced.
Once steeped, the liquor looked very murky. Nothing wrong with that, but I wasn’t expecting that.
Hot, as usual, the hibiscus really comes through. Underneath the über tart hibiscus, I can taste mostly blueberries, and then something fresh and herbal.
Onto the iced. I think this tea is more appropriate this way. I’m getting more of what I’m guessing is the purple base, and the blueberries and strawberries are more prominent, while the hibiscus has calmed down a bit. So, there’s a better balance here. I normally never sweeten my iced teas or cold brews, but I think this would have been even better had I added a bit of sweetener before dropping in the ice cubes.
This one sure packs a punch in the tart department!
EDIT: Oh duh, didn’t realize there was basil in this. That’s the herbal note on which I was picking up.
That was a fast sip down. I’m trying the last of it hot and I actually quite like it. Much like how Bear Trap hot reminds me of blueberry soup, this reminds me of rosehip soup. The hibiscus is a little more on the tart side hot, so that said, I think I still prefer this as a cold brew.
The power was out from 7am until 9pm so no tea until now! Or time in the lab since all the electricity was turned off on campus. No reading either. And the antibiotics meant that I had to stay out of the sun as much as possible, so no reading outside either. It’s nice to have the power back! Now I can watch Breaking Bad and Dexter. :D
I kind of forgot I even had this until the Vancouver meet-up was drawing near and figured I should pass some of this down to everyone. OMGsrsly was sneaky and entered the data from the site before I would have. :p But sorry if anyone thinks my picture is sub-par.
I picked up a tin in Edmonton before coming back to the Island the other month. This has always been my favourite tea of theirs. Not that I tried a ton of theirs, maybe six or so, but Chocolate Dipped Strawberry warranted a repurchase after finishing my previous tin back when I was in Sweden.
The smell of the dry leaf is heavenly. Strawberry, cocoa, and something delicately creamy. I want to just bury my nose in the tin. The scent reminds me of a strawberry cream-filled chocolate you find in assorted chocolate boxes.
The base can take over easily if you’re not careful, so I make sure to let the freshly boiled water cool a little before pouring it.
Without any additives, it’s quite yummy. I can detect all three notes mentioned above. I added a little bit of brown sugar this time, and eh, not too crazy over it that way. Then I added some 1% milk and it’s pretty good. Makes it taste more like milk chocolate, unsurprisingly.
I wonder what would happen if I added chocolate milk to this. I’m going to be brave and do that next time.
Thanks for the sample, Heather! Almonds have always been my favourite nut, so I could always go for an almond tea. The dry leaf smells like almond extract.
Tast-wise, without any additives, the Ceylon base is quite smooth. Actually, I think I appreciate that the most about this tea. The almond reminds me of almond biscotti, but then again, probably due to the almond extract vibe.
I added a little bit of brown sugar and took another sip. It’s ok, but doesn’t really bring anything to the table. Then I added some 1% milk and this weird undertone protruded from out of nowhere. It’s probably the milk’s fault. I think 2% works better with tea.
Overall, I wish the almond popped more, and that there would be most of a roasted almond quality to this.
Haven’t been drinking much tea lately. These antibiotics I’m on have been making me feel nauseated and the thought of anything but water doesn’t sound great.
But this is nice! I cold-steeped a whole jug of this overnight and it’s essentially sea buckthorn Kool-Aid. None of the other notes come out, like the lemongrass or apple, but nevertheless, if you like a mellow berry cocktail, try this out.
And to all the hibiscus h8rs out there, I can barely taste it in here. The berries are definitely the prominent note here. Good job, DAVIDsTEA. Another good herbal.
By far the worst day I’ve had since moving here.
For years, I never made the effort to try this tea. There’s a little tea shop in Edmonton called Cally’s Tea. Cally, the owner, imports tea from all over the world. Sounds nice, but all the jars spread throughout the store didn’t say anything about the origin or company from where she got them. One of the few blends that jutted out at me was this one called Almond… something. But it was basically Forever Nuts, maybe a little lighter on the cinnamon. I liked it, but grew tired of it quite fast.
So when DAVIDsTEA moved in, Forever Nuts sounded exactly like it, so I thought meh. But last time I was in the store, I thought I should give it a chance.
Maybe my tastes have changed, but this is super yummy. I swear it has more cinnamon, and therefore, resembles baked goods even more. The apples and nuts make for a comforting evening cup.
I met up with Heather today to swap samples, and pass off samples to the Vancouver crew since a bunch of West Coasters are meeting up tomorrow (exciting, eh?) and we stopped in at the nearby DAVIDsTEA for an iced tea. Blackberry leaves and citrus, how can this not be good?
For the longest time I stayed away from hibiscus. Most hibiscus blends have been too loud, too tart, too spastic. But after Pink Passionfruit has won me over, more hibiscus-laced herbals, please.
I’m obviously going by memory, but the citrus hit me first, a sparkly orange, followed by a well-behaved hibiscus, followed by crisp blackberry leaves. I’m surprised the lemongrass isn’t coming through, but that’s cool.
I never ever put sweetener in my cold brews/iced teas at home but the agave was kind of refreshing. Don’t know if I’d make it a habit at home, though.
Haven’t been logging my sips, but here’s a healthy sip down for you. Love the subtle caramel notes infused with an almost salty accent.
I’d definitely purchase more in the future.
Words can’t express how excited I am to sip this one down. Sounds kind of wrong, doesn’t it? When I first bought a little bit, I loved it. The kukicha was definitely there in that first batch, pleasantly roasty, and the marshmallows and allspice were perfectly balanced.
So I ran out and bought a tin. My VERY first 100g+ of David’s. That batch was weird from the get go. Perhaps it had way more brittle than the last stuff, or what, did my tastes really change that fast? Once I got down to 1/4 of the tin where a lot of the heavy brittle fell, I seriously had to pick a handful of it out in order to slightly tolerate every cup.
And now it’s gone. Sigh of relief.
Sip down full of relief. Sort of. That 10g couldn’t just go away, so I cold steeped the last of it twice in my Timolino. It’s better this way. Easier to drink, but still a little on the bitter side even though I only let one batch steep for three hours. David’s Dragonwell has been a struggle through and through.