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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
905 tasting notes

Second cup of the day. I was very excited to try this tea as I love ginger and really like sugar and spice, which tastes like gingerbread to me, and I’m generally a fan of rooibos, especially green rooibos. So I picked up 20g of this yesterday.

The dry smell is nice and ginger and a bit of cinnamon. Very nice. I brewed it for 5 minutes, and the steeped smell is so familiar… I figured it out. A mixture of birthday cake by davidstea and coco chai rooibos also by davidstea. Not a fan of the birthday cake smell at all, much too sugary.

Flavor… Ehhh, not my favorite. I get a watered down birthday cake with some ginger and maybe pineapple. Thankfully its not as cloying as birthday cake, not as sweet. It’s similar to Della terras pineapple upside down cake, but different. There’s a lot of flavors going on actually, tough to discern what it is. The aftertaste has brown sugar and fruitiness. It’s not bad the more I sip, but not gingerbread to me. I much prefer sugar and spice for a gingerbread flavor.

Overall, a weird tea. Not much rooibos flavor, it is very masked. But I will need to have a few more cups before I figure this one out. I had the same trouble with mint julep (spring collection) just too many things in it. I confess I’m a bit disappointed. Rating 79 for now.

ETA – Now I got a big mouthful of spice. What the heck. Tea, sort yourself out! I like some sips more than others even! And now that I read the description, yeah, there’s molasses in there. Weird though still. Don’t know what to think. I think I will add ginger to it when I’m home to make it actually gingery. Sigh.

keychange

I agree that sugar and spice is a perfect gingerbread tea!

MissLena

Yes indeed :) my second batch I picked up of it has more fruit in it and not as much cinnamon, but still a million times more gingerbread-like than this one unfortunately.

OMGsrsly

I added a piece of candied ginger when I steeped mine. Takes it up a notch – so good!

MissLena

That sounds like it would do the trick! I’m going to try fresh ginger, have some already, and hopefully it will help it out, this tea has potential to be awesome

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keychange

I agree that sugar and spice is a perfect gingerbread tea!

MissLena

Yes indeed :) my second batch I picked up of it has more fruit in it and not as much cinnamon, but still a million times more gingerbread-like than this one unfortunately.

OMGsrsly

I added a piece of candied ginger when I steeped mine. Takes it up a notch – so good!

MissLena

That sounds like it would do the trick! I’m going to try fresh ginger, have some already, and hopefully it will help it out, this tea has potential to be awesome

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I recently tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)

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