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Another great, refreshing iced tea for these hot humid days! It’s citrusy but not heavy or very tart, and a little bit of the mint comes through at the end of each sip.
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Tried this for the first time last night, after letting it chill a few hours. I love the dry smell, lots of those good summer berries there (the blueberry, strawberry and raspberry) but the currants stand out especially, and it’s beautiful.
Iced with a bit of honey this is perfect. The berries and lemon verbena are a bit tart and zingy but also light and sweet. I used about 2 ‘perfect spoonfuls’ and forgot about it for a few minutes so it steeped maybe 15? But even with the rosehip and hibiscus, this didn’t taste oversteeped at all.
I will definitely be grabbing more of this, I can see myself going through this 50 grams very quickly in this heat!
Today is a perfect day to try out my new iced teas! And this is turning out to be pretty nice, even though/maybe because I didn’t expect too much. I wanted to see if I liked this any better than Dulce & Banana – it’s sooo much better, (at least in my opinion).
Made a cup of this iced, and it’s very smooth and refreshing – I can smell a hint of coconut, and the taste is light, sweet. There is definitely some kind of pina colada after taste, but with more banana than pineapple.
Wouldn’t have bought this before, but now I’m kinda considering getting a bit to have on hand.
Summer weather is finally here and I have been seriously craving something fruity and iced. I find this nice and refreshing, if steeped really well with a bit of honey. That brings up my only problem with this – I have to use sooo much of it to get the flavour I want, like 4 heaping spoonfuls for one mug. (Although I will admit, my favourite mug right now is kind of hefty.)
QueenOfTarts, thank you for sending me a sample of this!!! Reading the description here about the windmill cookies definitely sparked my interest – they are a favourite of my mum, brothers and I, especially with a cup of tea!
I should have steeped this longer, it seems like it could be a tiny bit weak. But that may just be because I want MORE of this, lol. It really tastes delicious. Not much almond flavour to be found, but it truly reminds me of the windmill cookies! A hint of cinnamon, and maybe it’s forced/imaginary but I get a bit of that buttery cookie-ness of those windmills too.
To make this tea even more amazing in my opinion, the smell is totally reminding me of Christmas. Warm, sweet and a hint of spice.
I made a Fantasy Island latte this afternoon, with some milk heated in a pot plus a dash of maple sugar, (frothed by hand with a whisk :P)
I can’t believe I have never tried this before! Somehow the milk being frothed makes a huge difference (plus the very tiny hint of maple) . I made a bit too much milk and didn’t want to waste it, so the tea part is not as bold as some may like. But it’s still delicious – definitely something I’ll make again with this tea!
Today I steeped this really light (like half tsp) for 4 minutes (only because the pumpkin in this gets really overwhelming for my taste), with a dash of pumpkin pie spice. To sweeten, I broke out some of my new pure maple syrup sugar from a local farm :) and some milk. This was delicious.
I felt a bit guilty adding so much extra spice and the hint of maple, but it was honestly a perfect combo!
Hmm. I’m a sucker for flavoured teas, and always look for something interesting (and inexpensive!) to try at the grocery store. I’ve been treating myself to some better teas lately though, so I knew there was a chance that a cheaper one like this might not do the trick anymore.
I wasn’t totally disappointed. White tea is a new thing for me, so I don’t know what to expect there, but it kind of reminded me of another cheap green tea (that’s not just me, because it’s labelled as just white but the ingredients list says “white & green tea”).
The smell of mango and peach is definitely present both dry and when steeped, which is a plus.
The flavour was nice – light and clean, with a hint of tropical fruitiness. The fact that there is no actual mango or peach listed in the ingredients is a turn off though! I will try this again, and think it would be interesting to make iced, but this tea is nothing special. I was right, now that I’ve tasted better quality teas, the grocery store ones just aren’t comparable.
Iced goji pop is delicious.
The first time I drank this, I had a cold or something and wanted something soothing. It said echinacea mint flavour, so I figured it would be ok (my sinuses were bad and taste was not a huge factor!)
I sweetened it with a touch of honey, because I hadn’t FULLY read the ingredients list. It has stevia so this was kind of a mistake for me (anything with stevia in it is already sweet in my opinion). I let it steep super long as well. Anyways, once it cooled down, the first few sips were ok. Very minty, and herbal. But soon the licorice just completely took over, and it stayed in my mouth! I like a bit of licorice, but not that much. The licorice and sweetness made it just too much and I didn’t enjoy the taste at all, BUT it was soothing and opening up my sinuses a bit.
So last night I was feeling a bit stuffy and decided to try this again, WITHOUT adding sweetener and steeping it for just a few minutes. Those two things made a big difference. The licorice only became kind of much near the end of this cup, staying in the back of my throat again. It did soothe my sinuses though and I will probably end up trying this again if I feel under the weather (if only to use it up, because I think Sleepytime might make me feel just as good & comforted, and I know it tastes alot better!)
I was happy to get a sample tin of this one, because I wouldn’t have bought it without smelling or trying it first.
You can see lots of lime peel and coconut shreds, plus it smells intensely sweet and limey, dry. I steeped the whole sample (1 and 1/4 davids perfect teaspoon-ful) for 6 minutes, and the lime smell got mellower, but it still very present. I took a sip, and was surprised. It tasted like lime with black tea, and kind of bitter (I steeped it for the longest time suggested, and used less water since I’ll be adding icecubes to cool it down).
It was really decent though! Love how the black tea was present almost as much as the lime. (No coconut yet though…)
It definitely needed sugar though, so I added almost 2 tsps! (I like my iced tea much sweeter than if it was hot.)
Anyways let it cool down completely in the freezer for a bit, and now it tastes quite nice. Just like a good iced tea spiked with lime. Definitely not much coconut though, if any.
If you enjoy lime in your drinks, this is a tea for you. I don’t always care for it, but have to admit that this is another job pretty well done from Davids tea!
Thanks Joy’s Teaspoon, for the lovely samples! As far as the scent goes, I’m glad I chose this one. The mix of ingredients is definitely intriguing me (apple, blackcurrant, orange peel, etc…)and my cup’s too hot right now but I’m betting this is going to taste good.
Added a touch of honey and let this steep about 8 minutes. First of all it smells like berries (of course!). The blackcurrant is there for sure, but that and the other things in this tea also remind me of blueberries or blackberries, mixed the way they are. I think I can taste the apple on it’s own a bit too.
Underneath the fruitiness, it tastes floral, and the flavours are all mingling in a mild, pleasant way. All in all, this tea is tasting pretty nice!
I would drink this again for sure, especially on a spring day like this (20 degrees, in april, in ontario!!!! so awesome despite the storms we’ve had). It seems like this would be amazing iced, so maybe I will do that with the rest of my sample.
This tea steeps well several times too! I have only done it twice but am sure you could do more. Just doubled the time I had steeped this the first time, and it might have tasted even better the second time around.
I really really reallyyy like this.
I’ve never had Teaopia until yesterday (although it’s much closer to home for me than my new obsession, Davids). And oolongs are new for me as well, but this sounded so tempting. It also smelled great in the tin, and I could see almond slivers, caramel pieces(!!!) and the flowers.
(I like how Teaopia is set up – all of the teas are on some kind of lazy susan deal in the middle of the shop, so you can look at and smell whatever you like, without HAVING to talk to the employees before buying something. Davids is cool but sometimes I like to just browse on my own.)
Anyways, like I said the smell is delicious. Very nutty, and sweet at the end. I want to say it’s like vanilla, but then decide it’s more caramel…but that isn’t it either! So it’s got to be the creamy part I’m getting.
I brewed this for 3 minutes, added a pinch of sugar, and the taste is just like I imagined! So good.
In a way it reminds me of Toasted Walnut from Davids Tea – I fell in LOVE with that tea when I got a sample of it, and haven’t been able to get any since but crave it all the time. Now that I have this though, the cravings won’t be so bad :)
*I noticed this tea has apple pieces in it – I can’t distinguish them from the almond really, and don’t notice any distinct apple flavour (which doesn’t change my opinion of this tea one way or the other, just something I noticed). It also seems that alot of Teaopia’s flavoured teas have apple pieces in them…just kinda interesting to me.
Ok, I played around a bit more with this one, and now it’s tasting like I think it should. I used about half the amount of dry leaves as my last two cups (1/2 to 3/4 of a ‘perfect teaspoon’ful). Let it steep four minutes, and voila – that earthy vegetable taste is perfected. I can taste the ‘pumpkin’ flavour still but it’s less overpowering. The spices are now alot less apparent though, (but I could always just add a dash of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, ginger, etc).
It seems like I prefer to brew some teas a bit weaker than suggested, and this is definitely one of those (although some I like to steep as long as possible, like Buttered Rum).
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So excited to try this! I love squash and pumpkin pie, and autumn is kinda my favourite season, so I was dying to get one of these cute little tins of Pumpkin Chai. I have to mention that I wouldn’t have this tea right now if it were not for the excellent customer service at Davids. I had an issue with another tea I bought so they offered to get me another tea instead, and luckily there was still some of this left!
I made a cup yesterday, with a little brown sugar and lots of cold milk. Let it steep about 3 minutes, and it smelled wonderful. My bf (who hates tea but has said “mmm!” to almost every tin of Davids I’ve shoved under his nose :P) said that it smelled just like pumpkin pie.
With just a bit of sugar and some plain milk, the spices come through in a really nice way. It warms the back of my throat but isn’t too overpowering. The pumpkin is definitely there but I don’t know if I’m liking it that much…it’s hard to describe the flavour it’s giving me. It’s not terrible, but a bit too strong I think.
Now I’m drinking a homemade ‘latte’ and it’s treating me much better :) I brewed a heaping spoonful of the tea in a small cup of water for 4 minutes. I also added a bit more sugar, almost a tsp. Then I brewed a tassimo latte disc into the tea (lazy but I had to try it!). Plus a dash of pumpkin pie spice on top.
The results….are not bad! I definitely enjoy the pumpkin taste a bit more, now that it’s muted a bit. And the spices are still shining through (with some help from my garnish).
All in all, I am so glad I finally got to try this!! Next time I’m gonna use even more sugar though and see what happens. It may not be a favourite, but it is interesting and worth a try.