218 Tasting Notes
I have been heavily broke so it’s been months since a DT run…and it’s killing me! Thankfully I have such a huge amount that I’m never broke in a having tea sort of way. My birthday is soon so hopefully my boyfriend will be tea generous:-)
ON TO THE TEA.
In the pouch this tea smells earthy but berry good.Strawberry notes make my mouth water. The blackberry is lovely dark and more of a sullen sweetness.Smells like what I imagine a HEALTHY fruit roll-up would smell like.
First taste: Berries and sweet with a sourness that is like the sourness of new fruit. Pleasant and I can see beautiful possibilities involving ice cubes and porches with huge umbrellas breaking up the sunshine while my legs dangle over the edge getting sun kissed .
Reminds me of ; Summer,being a child,getting sun-kissed and huge umbrellas with striped patterns on a lovely deck overlooking the great BC expanse.
Perfect for: A real damn good icing.Those days when you want something sweet but not too sweet.If you want a sweetie with a tarty side!
Final verdict : A nice surprise. It is not amazing or a huge discovery but it feels like the staple berry tea you will be giving your guests in the summer iced and in the cold times a nice reliable tea that is the quintessential berry tea everyone should have in their cupboards. So versatile and simple it is the reliable shoulder in the cupboard when you need nothing fancy but nothing boring either.
I haven’t been here for a while which I deeply regret.I’m starting off with Cherry Blossom because it seems appropriate since the lovely things are blooming like crazy around my beautiful but rainy home province.
plus : FLORAL, FLORAL FLORAL!! ( I’m a BIG fan of floral..in fact I’m the only person I know who actually likes All The Raj!)
In the pouch it smells very cherry, a little sweet and lightly dusted with coconut..every time I shake the pouch or smell it again it changes in lovely ways and makes my taste buds ache with antici…..pation.Oh and it smells expensive like you shouldn’t be able to afford it.
First taste: Gently sweet and I can tell this would be much better iced.It is also a little bitter and I didn’t take into account the green tea in it so I recommend putting it for less then the recommended time for sure!
Reminds me of: Spring and picnics under a beautifully blue sky.
Perfect for: A good Icing.Sitting on the patio with good friends and people that can get the timing juuuust right.
Final Verdict: Nice,but ultimately uninteresting.I will try it iced next time but really I prefer the smell from the pouch and wish I could bathe in it( perhaps I could make it into potpourri?? is that even possible with tea?? SERIOUSLY let me know it smells that good.)Not floral or fruity enough either.The sweetness was nice though.
So this smelled like a tiny tropical paradise in the store so I promptly bought 25 grams and scurried home as fast as my legs could take me and prepared it.
It smells in the pouch very similar to many of the other pineapple teas they carry except for one thing ..this little smile at the end of each sniff of white chocolate sweetness..WHITE CHOCOLATE..and tropical paradise..I should be scared of such a bold combo but instead I am dancing inside.
and it doesn’t even smell like Pu-erh but something else…once brewed it smells richer and almost honey-like with a tiny lick of muskiness.
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First taste: nice..like watered down hot chocolate..in a very nice way.Sweet and dusky..the pu’erh just a sweet suggestion and the white chocolate is gently dancing with girls wearing grass skirts.Doesn’t blow my mind but it’s nice and light and warm.
Reminds me of:A shadow of hot chocolate,a light kiss of a tropical breeze.
perfect for : commitment-phobes,Pu’erh lovers(obviously),just one try.
Final verdict: Alright.Really didn’t like the sediment at the bottom.Pretty forgettable and I’ll be trading my 25 grams I think..there’s other drinks similar that are much better.
sexy,sweet,dark,fruity,sensual and even a little dusky it tastes so expensive like good cashmere or gold flaked vodka.
I remember to only put in a shallow tea spoon and steeped the shortest recommended time..it is perfect!This tea can get really bitter if even the slightest change happens in your preparation routine.
rule of thumb (I’M SOOOO TIRED OF REPEATING THIS)with DT’s Black teas with the exception of Buttered Rum and a Glitter and Gold…ALWAYS put in half the recommended amount and steep for the shortest time recommended.THEN experiment but don’t base the rating on this tea for your first bitter taste GET IN YOUR CUPBOARD AND DO IT RIGHT…and I promise you it will be the fantasy and escape it was meant to be.
Verdict (very biased)
Reminds me of : silk and lace,a perfectly velvety starless night,slow kisses after eating coconut cake and abandoned beaches where we go skinny-dipping.
Perfect for : Sophisticated gatherings,porcelain tea cups,Icing,when you are in lingerie after a tryst, comfy beds with canopies and pretty much in any castle.It is THAT fancy! Ideal for people who are aristocratic and people who like to get spoiled,gold-diggers and women of means..(you know it’s a good tea when you get full of crazy notions)Also perfect for writers looking for inspiration…a muse if you will.
Last thoughts: It is perfect when you make it perfectly and I so do love it but it is a bit of a pain in the ass.You never know when the bitterness will appear and so it’s a bit of a crap shoot..when made right and the stars are aligned this is one of DT’s BEST teas but when it’s not it tastes like expensive mud.I would love to give this a 100 but I can’t justify it since making it is so finnicky that it is more usual for me to pick something else then my 100 grams of it.I’ll go as high as ethically possible.
OKAY OKAY I know…MORE Vanilla..well it can’t be helped!
At first I thought Vanilla Oolong was Vanilla Orchid just with a vamped up name (they did this with chocolate orange and renamed it for Halloween and also did it to Dr.Chocolate or something similar and changed it to Spiced Carob???If you know the actual name I’d be grateful..PLEASE STOP DOING THAT DAVIDsTEA)
Off the rant path now let’s down to business.
This actually does not smell like Vanilla Oolong it smells like it’s in the same family but once removed.This smells less milky and more creamy and a little sweeter.Also the quality of the Oolong is vastly superior just by the dry smell alone it seems to have fully absorbed the vanilla and created this Vanilla Heaven..I wish I could smell like this..It is sexy but pure,Rich but attainable and smooth but not sassy.
Once steeped the Oolong takes centre stage but the vanilla is the best back-up singer not out-doing or showing off but complementing the premium Oolong..this even smells expensive( and it sooo wasn’t it was in the 2 for 5 bin I got one for myself and one for my bff Linda Irvine)
As for taste…I like this so much more then Vanilla Oolong and that drink was beautiful!I think I prefer this because it lacks the milk base but still stays creamy,sexy and smooth.It’s not quite as sweet either..more delicate and just lovely,lovely lovely!
Perfect for: late nights,people who don’t like milk bases with oolong and Vanilla but want creamy still,studying,watching marathons of a guilty pleasure show and basically any time you want to feel like you are indulging heavily without the mess or consequences.
Reminds me of: feeling rich,thick silk drapery,pretty french lacy underwear,Simone De Beauvoir,Orchids and being comfortably alone.
Last thoughts: I love this…I don’t know if I’ll buy again or not but I’m really crushing on this at the moment.I’m not an Oolong girl unfortunately so that may be the death knell of our relationship but for now it’s the most lovely tryst, affair ..passing ships in the night?If I want decadence I may just reach for this.
I guess this is the time of Vanilla because there has been so much tea coming out or waiting to be reviewed that uses the hell out of this most sexy of ingredients.
Dry this Oolong smells sweet,creamy and with a tiny kiss of orange to tie it all together nicely.I can’t get over how sweet this smells it’s really decadent and rich like a pudding or mousse.
Once brewed the Oolong comes out on top but the base stays ridiculously smooth and creamy.I cannot wait to try you!The liquor lies golden in my mug.
As for taste..it taste like it smells..creamy,sweet and smooth ..almost seems to have a milk like base and I think this would make an unbelievable latte if ONLY I knew how!
It’s lovely and light and just the thing for a lonely mid afternoon..at your desk.
It’s basically a non-latte latte..if that makes any sense.
This drink is perfect for : Oolong lovers,Vanilla lovers and lazy latte lovers that want similar taste with little to no effort.It is also for people who want a superb latte and are damn good at making them.Also perfect for people who want to get into not sweetening their tea since this one needs no such thing.KEEP ALL SWEETENETS AWAY..it’s perfectly sweet on it’s own.
This drink is not for people who don’t like milky tastes and aren’t fans of vanilla or Oolong however it may be a game changer for people just beginning experimenting with Oolong since it’s so light and flavorful and full of potential.
I have a lot of this ..not sure if I will buy more..but for right now this drink is perfect.
Reminds me of :cream,lattes,vanilla pudding,spring time,lovely velvet draped casually across across a couch,soft music,white flowers,bars of gold and sweet light kisses.
I just wrote a long review and it disappeared and it was pretty brilliant isn’t that INFURIATING? EXPLETIVE EXPLETIVE etc..
Short version..which goes against every fibre in my being..
Smells: nutty,slightly fruity,warming,green tea
Taste:Deep,woody,warming,slight bitterness,very nutty..needs a straightjacket
Do I like it:I want to but I think I steeped it a tad too long ..the potential is there and there will be more experimentation!
Who would like it:once bitterness is no longer a factor anyone wanting to expand their tea horizons and start the lovely foray into Green tea this is a great start..this would also be perfect on the ski slope in a Thermos ..and on any cold cold day.
I will rate this on potential and go cry about my lovely verbose and sexy review getting vaporized.
I love mint. I was kind of confused about this tea but it smells right and I hope it taste as right too.I love all the ingredients but together ..wow we will see.
I’m really hoping for a tea slam-dunk my last 2 were not that worthy of taking up permanent residence in my tea cupboard and being restocked again and again.
I need a winner.
Once steeped the mint tones down a bit and this sweet coconut is holding it’s hand.I don’t smell apple but there is a light fruity kick that piggybacks the rest.it smells minty but sexy fresh but rich.
Okay so the taste is heavy on the mint and I definitely taste the cream.
It is a combination I’ve never tried before……hmm I’m not sure what to think I’m quite confounded..I find it hard to give you a worthy review so I think I’m going to rate it but go back to the drawing board and brew more..