OK, so take this with a grain of salt because I don’t like earl grey/bergamot which smells like men’s cologne… why does anyone want that in their tea? Anyway, Lizbet sent me a sample of this (a tiny sample since she knows my feelings on earl grey) and I’m actually surprised by this one. It’s not great, but it’s not sink worthy either. I barely taste a hint of chocolate and a hint of lemon, and maybe if I try and think about it hard enough, I might get a hint of bergamot. Mostly, this one just tastes like black tea to me… with something. Thanks Lizbet for adding an exception to my earl grey rule.
302 Tasting Notes
This might be one of the best smelling teas ever. I opened the package and smelled a strong candy-like smell of vanilla and caramel. It smelled so good that I was very skimpy with the tea leaves so I could make sure that I had at least two cups of it. Once brewed it still smells pretty good and has a nice real vanilla flavor. It reminds me a lot of Harney’s Vanilla Comoro but maybe a bit better. This is a really nice tea.
Thanks much JoeCool (Nichole) for sending me a sample of this.
1 tsp/10 oz.
I’ve been in a real blueberry place lately, so I was happy to find this in my mailbox this morning. This tastes like the same tea as Special Teas Blueberry Cocktail which I ran out of a long time ago. It’s pretty good. It has a strong blueberry flavor and some grape flavor too. But… I just had the Rishi Blueberry Rooibos a couple of days ago and I’m buying the Rishi over this tea.
Thanks JoeCool (Nichole) for sending this to me!
Mmm. I’ve been dying for some blueberry tea… for days. So yesterday I checked my mailbox and found a surprise tea package from Lizbet and it smelled like blueberries before I even opened the package. I’m so happy to have a cup of blueberry tea today. Thanks Lizbet!!!! I think I’ve tried this one before and I like it a lot more this time.
Update – I’ve been thinking about this one since I had it a couple of days ago and plan to buy it when I hit Whole Foods tomorrow.
Back to a favorite for the last cup of the day. I’ve noticed that I like this one really sweet. The agave nectar sweetener really brings out the coconut.
I’ve had bad luck with any tea that contains strawberry or cherry, but this one is ok. Just ok. In the bag it smells like Special K Red Berries cereal. Once brewed, I taste the white tea and a gentle strawberry flavor. One of the better strawberry teas I’ve had. Still… I can’t quite get over the occasional resemblance to strawberry cereal. That is mostly a problem with my head though, not the tea. Thanks Batrachoid for sending this one in the swap!
BTW – I used a ton of tea and might have grabbed more of the big chunks of dried strawberries than I was meant to for one cup. :)
This is my last cup of this one and honestly, that’s ok. I bought a big bag of this and I’ve kind of gotten sick of it. I think it’s really good, but I need a change. Thankfully, I have two other chocolate teas on the way! I’m sure I’ll turn around and miss this one after it’s gone.
I had this yesterday on the ski slope at the lodge at lunch. It was orangey and cinnamony. I didn’t taste much else in it until I got to the bottom of the cup and then I suddenly started getting a spicier kick, but this was not a good thing as it was like it had cayenne pepper in it. I didn’t like it very much.
Batrachoid sent me a sample of this one. It’s yummy… like sucking on a dark chocolate bar. I thankfully do not taste the roses. This is a nice tea to drink while sitting on the couch in my pajamas watching it dump snow and watching a movie.
2 tsp/12 oz, and a smidge of agave nectar.
Update: Oh wait, there is the rose. Not too terribly strong though. This is a nice treat, but I don’t think I’d order it.
So, I walked by my co-worker’s desk (chris_s) and noticed he was opening a new tin of tea. I smelled it and then begged him for some… I think I said ‘Gimme!’. It has actual coffee beans and chunks of roasted almonds in it. It smelled so amazing, like almond coffee. It smells just as good brewed and has an interesting complexity because of the coffee beans. This is definitely going on my shopping list.
This might be my favorite 52teas tea yet!
I’m drinking this again today. This really is my last cup of it. I had about a 1/2 cups worth, so I scraped it together and filled my mug halfway in desperation to get another cup. I’m definitely going to have to start scraping some pennies together to get more of this.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so sad to see the end of a sample. I’ve been drinking this over the last few days, almost always as a mid-morning tea. I’ve had a cold so I didn’t want to rate it until I could properly taste it. It is interesting that when I am drinking this tea it doesn’t necessarily knock my socks off, but yet I keep wanting more of it (what did you put in this tea Frank!).
I don’t normally like chai but I really like this. In the package, the tea has the scent of chocolate raisins. One brewed the tea is raisiny, chocolatey and has a fair amount of cinnamon flavor. It’s kind of like a mexican chocolate cupcake (esp when sweetened with agave nectar). I sure hope this is in the permanent collection because I am definitely going to need more of this (see reference to crack above).
BTW – there are thankfully no milk chocolate chips in this. I will have to verify with Frank that it is a typo and not just an oddity with my sample.
I think I had my expectations set way high for this tea by all the great reviews. I suppose I was bound to be a little disappointed. This tea is just ok for me. I taste a black tea with strawberry (a la Frankenberry). I’m not getting vanilla or creamy custard. I’ll finish off the sample, but it’s not something I plan to order again.
Lowering my rating on this one. I like it, but the more I drink it, the less I like it. There is some weird flavor in the background that I am associating with melted crayons (I got this after a 5 min and also after a 10 min steep). Also, tonight I steeped it 10 minutes and I am getting lots and lots of cinnamon. Cinnamon crayons. Maybe waxy is a better description. I liked it better at 5 min.
So the description of this tea on steepster says milk chocolate chips, but the bag and picture listing the ingredients do not. I haven’t found any milk chocolate chips in it either. I wonder if it changed at some point or if that was a misprint somewhere. I was surprised to see that in the description when I logged in to review this.
I got this as one of my 3 ValenTeas samples. I think it was good. I’m not going to rate it yet because I cannot taste much at the moment (cold… boo). I wasn’t going to drink any good teas until I could taste again, but for some reason I keep grabbing the teas with chocolate; perhaps that is all I can taste. I drank this and DavidsTea Read My Lips today.
- Update – I checked the tea and there are no chocolate chips in the package that I have.
I’ve been giving this little teabag package the evil eye for about an hour. I don’t feel good and the thought of anything in my regular collection made my stomach turn a little. Well, the sore throat finally won and I made this tea. It’s not bad at all. I was so worried because there are a couple of kinds of tea in that cold sampler box that are horrid (but work). This one is actually ok, so don’t be afraid. It’s licorice-y (which I don’t like so much but not overpowering) and gingery. And weirdly makes my throat feel better.
Update – dropping my rating as I don’t like it as much as it cools and there is a weird pile of cruft at the bottom of the mug. I don’t dig cruft,
Mmm, this one is good too. I’m having good tea luck today. I was worried that I wouldn’t like this one. I get cinnamon, then strawberry, then cinnamon, and then the aftertaste leaves me with a feeling of a brown sugar oatmeal crumble topping. I don’t get ‘crust’, but I think the crumble topping is even better. I sweetened it with a little agave nectar. This is my first ValenTea sample. I might have to buy more of this.
Oh man, this is good. If you like coconut, I hope you ordered it. I don’t know how it tastes like cheesecake too but it does. The level of coconut is perfect in this tea and then it has something in the background which mellows it a bit (the cheesecake flavoring). Man, I’m really digging it.
Update – both my cats keep trying to drink this tea!
Kristen sent me a sample of this in a swap. This tea is much better than I expected. It smells a little like banana laffy taffy, but it tastes like banana bread. I’m getting the walnut flavor in the finish. It’s pretty good. I sweetened with agave nectar and gave it a tiny bit of silk soy creamer.
Update – lowering my rating as I could not drink a whole cup of this. It’s not totally the tea’s fault. I just think banana in tea is not my thing.
This is another sample that Kristen sent me in a swap (thanks!). I like it; not as much as the buttered rum, but it’s good. It’s very minty and the chocolate is more of a background flavor. The unsteeped tea is beautiful with the red lips candy and tons of dark chocolate chips. I wish it had more chocolate flavor but I still like it enough that I might order this one too. DavidsTea flavored black teas seem to have a nice quality base. I don’t detect any astringency or bitterness in this tea after a 5 minute steep.
Dude! This is great. I like this better than real Hot Buttered Rum, which I recently had over Christmas. With real buttered rum, the rum is very sharp and I don’t like that part of it. This tea has a rum like flavor but without the sharp bite of the rum. It’s tasty and mellow. The coconut gives it a fuller flavor but is mostly a background flavor. It even has a buttery-ness to it (and somehow a thickness that I associate with having butter in it). I steeped this 5 min, based on how long everyone else who’d reviewed this steeped it, and there was no bitterness or astringency in the black tea base. Lovely, lovely snowy afternoon treat.
I was a little worried about whether I would like this one, but I do and I will definitely be ordering some of this (I’ve asked to make a large DavidsTea order as my birthday present in April). I wish DavidsTea would open a distribution center in the US or get some cheaper shipping method!
Thanks to Kristen for sending some of this in a swap. This is one of many DavidsTeas that I have been dying to try.
Kristen sent me a sample of this one (thanks!). I think this tea is identical to Special Teas Lemon Chiffon. I haven’t been able to detect any difference yet. So, for anyone who was upset about the loss of the Lemon Chiffon, this might be an alternate source (unless Special Teas was the supplier). I’ll be interested to see if Kristen thinks the Lemon Chiffon I sent to her is the same.
Last cup of this sample. It’s nice but not going to particularly miss it.