646 Tasting Notes
I tried a sample of this on the T2 counter today when I dropped in, because for me it was the most appealing of this month’s three limited edition teas (theme: chocolate).
The smell of this tea was INTOXICATING and totally lamington! Super strong coconut and chocolate notes.
Unfortunately the tea itself wasn’t anywhere near as amazing as the scent—the black base was totally overpowering and the more exciting flavours got lost in it. It was actually kinda astringent, even.
I love T2’s creativity but I think they need to take a serious look at the base tea they’re using. This isn’t the first time one of their amazing limited edition teas has suffered with a poor base (looking at you, Banana Bake). But I’m pretty over it by now. I won’t be buying this. Take a break, wallet!
Today I drank the last of my sample from VariaTEA but this time as a cold brew. I steeped it in the fridge for well over a day and I was sad to see that all the sparkles had dissolved by this point… but it certainly didn’t make it a lesser brew. Lovely cinnamon sweetness, like candy. (And I still got to see the shimmers when I first poured the cold water in, as they exploded even in the cold!) Thanks again for this one VariaTEA — I’m so grateful to still get my hands on some DAVIDsTEA all the way at the other end of the world :)
As soon as I read the description on this sample I got from VariaTEA I knew I’d be cold brewing this. Looking at the previous tasting notes I can see I wasn’t alone in that decision.
But also, wow, correct decision. Hello juicy tasty treat! How incredible is this? Perfect cold brew black. I really loved this, I’m shocked to see so many negative reviews for it—most if not all of those appear to be for trying this hot, so I’m even more glad with my cold brew decision.
Is this one actually discontinued now?
Thanks so much for the sample VariaTEA — I loved this one!
The first of the Monstrositea August box—another exciting month of teas, I’m glad I stuck with this over the other Aussie box.
I’ll admit that I mostly picked this tonight because it’s a herbal. My first sip was a big mouthful of licorice root, which bummed me out, but then I decided to follow Monstrositea’s suggestion of adding a squeeze of fresh lemon and MY MIND IS BLOWN.
OK. A squeeze of fresh lemon totally transformed this tea for me—and makes me wonder if my licorice root hatred can be zapped using the same method in the future too. That aggressive licorice flavour was just… depleted. A faint lingering but that’s it. And it actually made this blend taste super creamy. What!? I’m so confused but also so excited. What. Ok. Cool.
Definitely looking forward to the rest of this.