302 Tasting Notes
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.