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I got more of this in my last DT order, just so good! Had it blended the other day with a smidge of Raspberry Vanilla Rooibos, very yummy! Definitely a keeper.
I had this one yesterday after returning from the weekend market in my city. It had unexpectedly warmed up (oh March/April in Tasmania, so unpredictable!), so the boyfriend and I decided iced tea was the way to go. I did his Pink Flamingo in the steeper, so I made mine in a cocktail shaker (so easy, the best lazy iced tea option – just chuck everything in, water, ice tea sweetner etc, shake to mix and leave to steep for the required time then pour!). It was pretty warm yesterday, so I ended up having almost three different steeps in one brew!
I poured my first one after 5 minutes. The flavour in the first steep was a bit mild, almost like a gentle green. I could taste the tartness, as well as a bit of sweetness (not sure if it was the strawberry or the agave I added…). The colour was a mild pink, almost a salmon pink. I topped up the glass at 8 and 12 minutes with the remainder of the shaker contents. The colour and flavour became increasingly strong, the tartness and sweetness were more pronounced and the tea became tastier. I enjoyed all the flavour levels, but think the stronger one was best.
Overall opinion? Tasty as an iced tea (will have to try hot), especially when left (or forgotten!) to steep. Not as good as Pink Flamingo, and while I enjoyed it I don’t think I’d order some (not worth the international shipping), though I’d probably grab a cup or two if I lived closer to a DT!
I had a bit of a sad day yesterday, so I hoped my first cup of jolly jellybean would bring some happiness. I put the recommended 2 scoops into the steeper, and had 3 jelly beans hiding in the scoops! Yay for getting a good bag! It smelled fantastic as it was brewing, a nice sweet jelly bean smell. The tea streamed out of the steeper and into my double walled tea glass (the best way to use the steeper is with glass, it makes it that much more enjoyable, promise!), and the tea was a nice earthy orange. So expectations were high.
After the whole glass, I was a left a bit wanting. It tastes nice, but I had that first glass naked and I think it could really benefit from a good dollop of agave. Will try again sweetened before rating.
I quite enjoy a bit of tartness in teas (I love Elf Help!), so I was looking forward to this one (after everyone else’s negative comments about the tartness!). I’ve iced this one to have with dinner as per the general recommendation, and am really enjoying it! Though I think the little bit of agave I added to the steeper is taking away from the tartness. Will try it virgin next time. All in all, I found it easy to drink, and quite sweet.
Oh! Forgot to add – going with a longer steeping time does bring out the flavours more (thanks to everyone who recommended that!) And I does two infusions quite well.
Was intrigued by the description of this one when I read it here, I’ve never had mulberries before. So glad this was a surprise inclusion – had my first cup this afternoon. So tasty! I like caramel, and this is such a nice flavour! I like the coconut in it too, gives the caramel from the mulberries a nice twist. I have to agree that the white tea component isn’t overly strong or noticeable, but I still really enjoy the other flavours in this one. Now I just have to figure out how to hide it from the boyfriend…
My DT order arrived yesterday, so its time for another round of tastings for new teas. First up was Daydreamer. I made iced tea for my timolino and my other half’s thermos this morning – our 28oc autumn day called for the iced option! I was really excited to try this one after reading the description too, I love both sencha and mango.
We both really enjoyed it! I do a nice subtle green blend, where the base tea is still taste-able, and the mango was a good match for the sencha. Very light and refreshing after walking through town to my office in the warmth. I did give mine a bit of a longer steep than recommended, I find sencha can cope with it as long as the water is cool enough. I find it helps bring out the accompanying fruit flavour.
All in all, I enjoyed this one. I’ll agree with others in that its not remarkable, or a instant must have (like the first time I tried Chocolate Rocket, for example), but still very enjoyable and refreshing.
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This tea was another discovery from the advent calendar (totally ordering another one later this year, best tea investment I’ve made in a while!). Was a bit reluctant to try it at first, as I’m not a huge fan of nuts usually. Well! This tea confirmed my suspicion it was the texture of nuts, not the taste I usually don’t like. It was so delicious! And helped fight off the sore throat I got just before Christmas! (no, not placebo it works dammit!). I liked the walnut taste, and the white tea base set off the other flavours nicely. Was very calming on my throat and didn’t need extra sweetening (which is good as sugar is bad for a dry inflamed throat). Definitely going on my reorder list.
Unexpectedly enjoyable. A lavender tea? It sounded quite weird before I tried it, but I’d learned to trust in David!
Turns out its very comforting, just like the scent of lavender. But I think the taste comes more form the rooibos and coconut, it tastes nothing like I imagine a sprig of lavender would! All in all a very enjoyable tea.
I wanted to love this one. Like, if I was on a desert island this is the tea I’d take love it. Like, I vow to take this tea above all others for the rest of my days. And in theory, I should’ve. I’m an earl grey fan. And I like berries. And I’d previously tried and liked both Davids earl greys and berry teas. And this one smells truly amazing in the wall tin/bag. Just stunning. But see, I’ve gone through my 50g bag I actually bought in person in a shop, and I’m always left wanting. There has been a bitter aftertaste with every mouthful of this tea I’ve tried, and I’ve varied the temperature and steep time, changed the level of sugar/agave I’ve added (yes, tried to get both to work), and nothing. Well, nothing a amazing as this tea smells (dry and steeped). It’s mightily puzzling and disappointing. Will just have to stick with my other earl grey faves, Cream of EG and Countess of Seville.
Another advent calendar tea. I very much enjoyed this one. Tastes exactly like a mint slice biscuit, but without the guilt! A very enjoyable cup!
Had this as an online sample, and in the advent calendar. I’ve now tried it hot and cold. I enjoyed it hot, but it really comes to life cold. The fruit flavours are much fuller when iced. I also found that a large cup of this iced helped with dehydration as promised (but that might’ve just been the hangover talking…).
How do you revolutionise tea making? By using the Steeper – tea brewing is quick, easy, and mess free, and you get to watch your gorgeous leaves unfurl and dance through the clear BPA free plastic! Just a genius device, and the joy of watching the liquid disappear into your cup never gets old ( or I’m just very easily entertained!). Thank you DavidsTea and international shipping!
Was quite underwhelmed by this one. The smell was amazing, but the taste did not match my expectations once brewed. Couldn’t place my finger on the problem, but thinking it might be the yoghurt drops. These work much better in something like DavidsTea’s southern belle than this one. Won’t repurchase.
I really enjoy this one! It’s a nice fun tea for Christmas with the candy canes in it. The minty taste is strong when it first hits your mouth, but doesn’t linger too much, so is quite enjoyable. I often find when eating actual candy canes that the peppermint taste just gets stuck in your mouth and throat, and after a while it isn’t enjoyable – not the case with Santa’s Secret. A fun addition for Christmas.
My taste buds and lemongrass teas are not happy bedfellows.
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Unsure about this one. I like actual chocolate oranges, but this tea leaves me… unsure. I think perhaps it’s the fact it’s a pu’erh. I’m not a coffee fan at all, so I think it’s the earthy tones in the pu’erh base that’s putting me off. Will give it another try on a cooler day ( if we get one in the near future, not looking likely though!).
This was my favourite new tea from DT’s 24 Days of Tea. A sufficient hit of chocolate for this chocoholic, and the raspberry tones sweetened it perfectly so extra easn’t required. Anything that means I get to have chocolate with breakfast is a keeper for me! A nice punch of energy, in a chocolatey coating – what more could I ask for! My small tasting tin was devoured in 3 days, each cup got 2 steeps (in one of those handy DT Perfect mugs).
Brewed in accordance with the instructions.
Tastes just like rum without the burning sensation in the back of your throat! Very creamy and flavourful, a nice warming treat. My father in law enjoyed it greatly too (I think his rating would be 100!), might have to order him some for winter.
The temp/steep time functions are not massively user friendly on the iPad, so I’ll update my ratings later. I used boiling water, and around a 5min brew.
Wow. This one certainly is minty. Don’t think I’ve ever had anything with quite as strong a mint taste. Even the herb itself. Got it in the 24 days of tea advent calendar, but haven’t been game to go back. Might try it next time with half the amount of tea, or in a cocktail.
Steeped according to DT instructions. Will try again at some point an re-review.
I really like this tea. I got a sample when it was Tea of the Month, and loved it so much I had to order more. It’s sweet, without being overpowering. Comforting both hot and iced, this one has a permanent place on my shelf. Has been very good iced this week while it’s been so hot.
Just tea-lightful. It smells just like Canada, which is good considering I’m so far away. Just adore this one. Totally agree that the smell is much stronger than the taste, which is good. For an over-the-top treat, add half a teaspoon of québécois maple syrup to your freshly brewed tea and be transported to maple heaven!