drank Chai On Life by DAVIDsTEA
451 tasting notes

I had this as a soy latte, with a bit of creamed cinnamon honey (omg so delish) when at DT this evening (variaTea, I caved!). Actually, I’ve been really emotionally under the weather lately, and something about being in a tea shop: that signature David’s tea smell, casual chatter around me, the ability to pretty much sniff any tea I wanted, chatting with Mr. keychange over our respective cups (he picked glitter and gold mmm)—it all combines to have such a soothing effect. And it can really get you to leave your head for a while, which I find really therapeutic.
Anyway, the tea. It’s a very, very light chai tea, although because of the presence of the spices, you can actually taste it quite strongly. So strongly, in fact, that having it as a latte doesn’t seem to mute the flavours, as far as I can tell (I haven’t had this tea straight yet, but I intend on it). What I get before all else is the ginger, and i’m not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand it has a bit of an instantly calming effect, but I also find that it ever so slightly tips the tea into the category of “savoury” and that isn’t ok. Very close on the heels of the ginger is the cinnamon, and I really like the cinnamon used in this tea-it isn’t terribly sweet (like the cinnamon in David’s pure chai), but it isn’t really drying, either, so it still goes down really smoothly. This isn’t to say that I don’t adore sweet cinnamon (because I do), but rather that this particular cinnamon seems to go well in this chai blend. I really enjoyed the addition of creamed cinnamon honey though, although i tasted the honey element of the cinnamon honey a little more than I would have liked. I also enjoyed the fact that I couldn’t detect the lemongrass, although somehow I think that note might stand out more when this isn’t in latte form. Nonetheless, a fairly decent cup of tea, and I don’t think I’ll have trouble finishing off my sample of this.

I, uh, also got a few more samples while I was out. Superberry (smells so so good!), and their second flush Darjeeling. And 100 g of blueberry jam! (I also smelled the earl’s Garden and really liked how it smelled, although i wonder if the bergamot would be too strong). Anyway, I’d consider that trip to have been a success. I love hanging out there. And hey, I didn’t get any new mugs! (Mr. keychange already thinks I have far too many. I only have thirteen, so it’s far from too many, if you ask me).

(I need to stop perpetually using parentheses)

Pandeme

I’m going to have to try Chai on Life as a latte, I have the cinnamon creamed honey at home and it sounded yummy in your tasting note. I’ve had it straight before and I quite liked it.

Superberry and Blueberry Jam are two of my favorites! Good choices :)

Cavocorax

Im happy to hear you were able to relax! I love going to a DT.

I’ll have to try this as a latte!

JustJames

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VariaTEA

haha as soon as I saw you reviewing a DAVIDs tea, I thought you might have caved :P I am glad you enjoyed your purchase though! Those creamed honeys are calling to me and I don’t even sweeten my teas. I think its the addiction drawing me in. Also I definitely understand being in a tea shop being soothing!

Abby Noelle

Mmm, creamed honey, I want to order it so bad! I’m begging for a David’s Tea here in Vegas!

keychange

The creamed honey is absolutely delicious! and really thickens up the tea, too, so you don’t feel you’re drinking flavoured water. And James, at work, but will click that link as soon as I get home! I’m so glad you guys get how relaxing and awesome it can be to hang out at DT.

Tuscanteal

This post made me smile. This is how I felt going into the tea shop that was close to my house a few years ago. Then they packed up and left and move downtown. I hope you felt better after :)

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Pandeme

I’m going to have to try Chai on Life as a latte, I have the cinnamon creamed honey at home and it sounded yummy in your tasting note. I’ve had it straight before and I quite liked it.

Superberry and Blueberry Jam are two of my favorites! Good choices :)

Cavocorax

Im happy to hear you were able to relax! I love going to a DT.

I’ll have to try this as a latte!

JustJames

what’s wrong with parentheses??? punctuation bias is not alright. hey you, this might make you smile…. he’s a chiptune writer. https://soundcloud.com/deepstealthdungeon/likes

VariaTEA

haha as soon as I saw you reviewing a DAVIDs tea, I thought you might have caved :P I am glad you enjoyed your purchase though! Those creamed honeys are calling to me and I don’t even sweeten my teas. I think its the addiction drawing me in. Also I definitely understand being in a tea shop being soothing!

Abby Noelle

Mmm, creamed honey, I want to order it so bad! I’m begging for a David’s Tea here in Vegas!

keychange

The creamed honey is absolutely delicious! and really thickens up the tea, too, so you don’t feel you’re drinking flavoured water. And James, at work, but will click that link as soon as I get home! I’m so glad you guys get how relaxing and awesome it can be to hang out at DT.

Tuscanteal

This post made me smile. This is how I felt going into the tea shop that was close to my house a few years ago. Then they packed up and left and move downtown. I hope you felt better after :)

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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